I’m sitting at my desk writing this blog post because the whirlwind of the last few days has just sacked me no walloped me in one fell swoop. If you were at the Sheraton Hotel on Wednesday, you will know that a whole can of AWESOME was unleashed at Interior Design Master Class. A wonderful conversation was continued at this event that began with the first class offered back in April. We’re taking the show on the road next week to Vancouver where it may reach fever pitch! Fortunately, 2015 dates will be revealed in January because there is seriously SO MUCH AWESOME it needs to be shared. Thank you so very much to Wendy of Juice Marketing who is the brainchild behind the concept, to DXV who sponsored my keynote, to JF Fabrics, Switch Studio, Gresham House, Q Design, Weavers Art & My Back Shed who helped make the entire event possible.
I always get energized talking about this business and sharing my personal insights into what makes a design biz tick and of course the copious amounts of soul searching that is required of an entrepreneur. In preparing my talk, I kid you not, I had several epiphanies about how far I’ve come, previous road blocks I’d erected on my path that fortunately have now been taken down. I’m grateful for the opportunity to reflect, share and inspire others to NEVER EVER EVER make my mistakes. My way isn’t going to be for everyone, but it may kick off an idea or kick start someone into action that they were unable to make previously. I shared what is now being referred to as my 21 step process to design - I hadn’t really thought of it that way but I did break it down so that other creatives could relate better to my creative madness/genius and use it to reflect on their own. People were surprised that I shared this - I kinda think that it’s like a recipe really. I know that as often as I have tried to make Martha Stewart’s shortbread cookies, somewhere along the way I screw it the hell up so there’s something to be said for timing, finesse and a certain je ne sais quoi but I’m happy to share because on the whole, it strengthens the industry when we all walk a similar path, use a similar lexicon and follow a similar set of professional practices. Strength in numbers. A transparency to clients and the occasional come to Jesus moment when it comes to budgets and fees.
And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, we followed up this amazing day of sharing and learning with a shoot with House and Home of our #Unionville project. Dear sweet, talented Genevieve Ghaleb who has her own design firm in Montreal was so gracious enough to tag along with me and help out - SO LUCKY to have had her!!! Flowers zhushed, hair primped and we knocked this video out of the park before lunch. We got the best news as we wrapped, the shoot goes live on MONDAY. THIS MONDAY. So so excited to finally share this kitchen in all it’s splendid glory along with the rest of the house which is truly beautiful and the culmination of so much love, thoughtful attention and consideration that has been poured into it from both MHD and the clients. SUCH a team effort.
Our Elwood Rug makes it’s Debut!!!!!!!!!
Opening Photo: Ulrich Knoblauch
I just wanted to share an amazing opportunity for Professional Designers in Canada to showcase their mad skills… DXV is looking for entries using a classic story as inspiration to design a storefront window display for the DXV booth at IDS AND the winning design will also then travel to NYC to be installed in the DXV storefront window. It is truly SUCH a fabulous opportunity to gain both national and international exposure.
There are prizes too. $5000 worth of DXV product not to mention the social media exposure that DXV & American Standard will put into this. I adore working with this company. The team is stellar. Please visit the competition website - there should be a link you received from the IDC & Designer’s Walk email blasts that have gone out. I’ve attached the mailer that was sent out!!!
You have until December 5th to enter and yes I AM a JUDGE!!!!!!!!
Click HERE to read all of the deets!!!
Today is #IDMC2014 and I am probably at the Sheraton Hotel sharing oodles of design secrets with my colleagues. If you are in Vancouver or the surrounding area, I’ll be there next week to give the same, but better talk!! Would LOVE it if you would join us.
I keep using the following term to describe the direction I’m trying to drive various projects toward - “Rock ‘N Roll…” Edgier. Modern Trad but edgier. This usually means a bit of ugly, randomness and almost always the unexpected. In some ways this is contrived but the tension I’m trying to create in spaces actually makes for a more harmonious design. Bold. Impactful. Dynamic. Yet we often pair these against something that is Calm. Restful. Luxurious. I’ve got some favourites. For darn tootin’ sure. The Giò” Royal Oak Marquetry Cabinet by Achille Salvagni that I opened with KILLS me. So many great things come to mind possibility wise with this piece. We’re fortunate to be using a dining room table that is VERY much in keeping with this look and feel for our #Ridgewood project.
Modern Arabic continues to be massive for us. This door profile is actually inspiration for our #MadisonDecoration master bedroom and hookah bar. Please be certain that these are not one in the same room.
Blonde woods. OBSESSED. I want this piece for my house.
Art Nouveau and this particular door way keeps killing it for me. Killing in a WOW amazing kind of way vs. the bad dead. There’s good Dead and bad dead. I try and only speak about the former.
I’m warming up to some Brutalist so long as it feels more Bad Ass Rock n Roll than the entire friggin space (KW I’m looking at you and your merry band of knock off artists). This table caught my eye at market and is a possibility for our newest project #YongeLoft
Blonde mixed with mahogany. The layers in this space by Ryan Korban KILL IT. Love. So. Much. I’d totally use a different chair with some curves but again, love the unisex base that one can add masculine or feminine layers to to achieve a desired outcome.
Fringe, sequins, embellishment and not just because it’s the Festive Season. Folks get out your Bedazzlers and dust em off. Things are definitely about to get sparkly.
Hoping everyone had a restful weekend. It feels as if the switch is about to flip and it will be full tilt from here until the 25th of December at this point. I’m trying to prepare myself for the onslaught it always sneaks up on me.
On Friday, we had our #Silverthorn client in town to meet with us from Regina SK. It was great to meet our client in person finally but even more so it was great to hash through the creative process with her and arrive at a truly stellar plan. She’s already purchased some really amazing pieces but nothing felt pulled together which was sad only because they pieces themselves were truly fab they just need us to weave together the ties that bind.
Our client had previously commissioned a piece from Molly Bright her work above. She paints portraits and then adds pop caps to them. Friggin amazing. Our client commissioned a Daphne DuMaurier, her favourite author. You can see the results here. The great thing about the final piece is that it actually gave us the opportunity to take the colour palette in a different direction than we had initially started out with and to be honest, this is what is going to make the room spectacular. We knew we weren’t quite hitting the spot but our client left our office a VERY happy camper and we’re super excited about the organic way things took a different course. The painting opened this blog. KILLER.
This was the result of our hard work. We’ve got pillows galore, new seat fabric for a stunning chair and drapery. We also have silk wallpaper and a custom MHD Rug. The rug was meant for this room using the colours I designed it with but we’re going to tweak.
I really love this piece for over a console. At the back of the living room which is actually the entrance from the foyer, we have a console on one side and a grand piano on the other.
I like this one for over the console as well and then the other one behind the piano or vice versa. I’m going to think on this. There is still a lot of wall - though the silk wallpaper will help to reduce the effect of too much wall not enough art. I’m super excited can you tell???