Having begun my design career some 17 years ago, just as this thing called the Internet was really catching on… I can safely say that today’s business is vastly different than when I first began and there is a lot more expected of us from the trade side of things, marketing and well clients too. We live in a NOW NOW NOW world and having spent time with designers last week in Highpoint, it’s considerably more stressful than it used to be. A cacophony of pressures and noise inundates like never before and because of this, my biggest take away from being at Market was the time I had to think about what drives me, what inspires me, what captivates me. I was able to connect to my core - my creative core and enjoy POSSIBILITIES. This is vital for any designer. Some find that travel and respite re-charge but for me, I love the ability to connect to what visually inspires me because it sets forth a burst of imagination that I am just happy to let back and let happen.
I came away from Market fuelled in my core because of what I see as possibility vs what a showroom has planned out for me or tried to tempt me with. I found a wealth of individual items that I was drawn to vs being blown away by one showroom. It was great to see showrooms add one or two key pieces that were previously lacking. Others still - like Century for example, added an entire new collection that was truly amazing (Thomas O’Brien anyone?) but it came at a hefty price tag which given the Canadian dollar was slightly disheartening. I did find that I left market a bit hungry to be honest (and we’re actually not talking food as Asa was on hand and made a fabulous meal that lasted us for a few days!!!) - something was missing on the whole and I’m not sure what I haven’t been able to put my finger on it. I came back with over 2500 pictures of amazing things that I saw but yet I’m still feeling a bit… empty. I have heard that some markets just dazzle from showroom to showroom but not this market. Don’t get me wrong there were stand outs - including my sponsors for this market Ambella Home and Kong Xing but for me the conversation with showrooms was different. I tried to chalk it up to having gone to the last three of five markets and maybe I’ve just come to expect the Dazzle but we’re moving out of initial infatuation into regular dating. I can’t say - I’ve really tried to nail it down but it is escaping me.
The bright side though was, as I said, being able to connect to my own core (and not just the sore core thanks to my new trainer). I have plans in my own head, starting with my studio that I want to make happen. We have new projects on the horizon that I want to challenge and take to the unexpected next level. This is the best kind of investment to make as a designer, in your creative source.
Sorry for the prolonged blogging absence - we upgraded to Yosemite and farking hell it’s brutal - I can’t get/find my photos on my desktop easily. DO NOT DO IT!!!
So much Swank from Ambella Home I was moved to request we start a cocktail party mid-afternoon. Too pretty to not have a cocktail whilst perching. The tufted slipper chairs are by far one of the most comfortable chair I’ve ever sat in!!!
Opening Photo: Lisa Petrole as featured in Chloe Magazine. These are just some of the MHD Flat Weave Rugs available now!
I’m trying to tie things up before I leave for Market on Thursday. SO much to do before then - I always hate this part of going away. It’s always great though to get sneak peeks of your projects as they are being installed so that you know you are leaving with things solidly underway.
Before the sneaks.. the LAST thing I do on any project is to choose the paint colours. If I choose them earlier on in the project, when it comes time to paint I will revisit because often things have changed. My opinion for one. We’re choosing colours for our #DoradoBeach project which is about to be ordered. ZOMG the love I have for this project.
We are opting for the grey on the left.
Our #Rye #MountHolly project is in full swing - here we are in the Master Bath. We used our #Madison master bath floor again here because like Madison, this master bath has a rather unusual layout and this design helps to expand the space and make it feel more vast and spacious.
Look at those shower walls!!!
And for those who have been following along on Instagram with my wallpaper choices for the Butler’s Pantry… we have a winner!!!!!
Opening Photo: Michelle Wentworth
All hell breaks loose. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. On Friday last, it was good.
First off, I spent the morning volunteering in Luke’s class. Now the teacher wasn’t ready for me right at 9am so I walked to Starbucks to get a coffee before having to be back at the school. I get to the shoppe and of course, I forgot my wallet at home. THIS NEVER HAPPENS. I was so perplexed. The Barista didn’t take pity on me and well I walked away, dejected. Asa to the rescue, a registration online and voila I had a fully loaded Starbucks card on my iPhone (of course I wouldn’t forget THAT at home - ever) and my drink was a GO! While I was getting said drink, I got a text from Celia saying that our #MadisonDecoration clients had dropped off a cheque and that the plaster mouldings for the ceiling living room and the archways was a go. Well damned if I didn’t well up with tears I was so happy. I’m not one to normally well up but I was just so overwhelmed with the good fortune to have dream clients and a hot beverage. I managed to keep it in check and get back to the school on time and didn’t require a hip flask full of something stronger thankfully.
This is the inspiration for our ceiling. You can totally appreciate why one would well. Non? Having clients trust your vision and encourage it beyond it’s wildest dream - THIS IS THE PROMISED LAND. It’s why we work so hard, care so deeply and worry and stress so much.
So later in the day, Celia and I went out in search of more good fortune in the way of finds for some projects. I wasn’t meaning to find the perfect size of slipper chairs for my own house that only cost $75/chair but low and behold I did and we had a whole “Start the Car…” moment in the store.
I’m wanting to downsize my console for my TV into more of a chic cabinet so that I can have each slipper chair flank the cabinet to allow for more seating in my living room. The rust velvet actually works for now but I will change. Not sure to what.
We found this fixture for our #YorkMills project. We’re not sure if it’s too modern. We love it though.
We also found this more traditional chandelier. It’s more befitting the panelling in the dining room at the moment but maybe we don’t want to work with that….
This one is sort of a hybrid of the two come to think of it…
We found this great mirror as well for our #DoradoBeach project in Puerto Rico. Would make for a TADA entry mirror if painted. I leave for Highpoint on Thursday so I’m tempted to just wait and see what I find there I have a feeling that it is going to be spectacular!!!
LOVE this table for our #Coaldale project but it is more expensive by double than what we’ve spec’d and we’re already trying to shave off on the budget.
This dresser/side table is divine. I love French Moderne. The grey is exquisite. If only there were a pair!!!!
The Opening Photo is Venus Envy by Mallory Page. If anyone is looking to buy me an early birthday present… this is a HELL YES PLEASE!!!
I’m asking for a friend… I swear.
Two options. Here’s some context. We have THIS going in our Butler’s Pantry in our #Rye #MountHolly Project.
The lighting isn’t the best here but….
Here it’s BANG ON….I mean DAMN right? HIGH GLOSS LACQUER STRIKES AGAIN!!! So if you had your choice - which wallpaper would you use? Is there such a thing as TOO much wallpaper? I don’t think so.