April 11, 2014:

#StyleSpotting at #HPMKT Spring 2014

This market pleased me. It pleased me greatly. It solidified that the style of decorating that I have been pursuing wholeheartedly for the last five years, is in fact, making a gigantic comeback. That is not to boast, it's just that my preferred style of decorating is about to get a whole lotta love from media and the public at large and this makes me incredibly happy. I am SO glad to see clean, simple lines and minimalism GONE. It's so cold. It's antiseptic to me. Canada needs a giant kick in the ass to be honest.

TRADITIONAL does not mean Old Lady. I mean to some it does for sure and no disrespect to Granny but..... do I even have to finish that sentence? I mean really? You know it when you see it.

The New Traditional for sure, harkens back but it does so with grand gestures and ever so smartly timed moments of stillness, that allows the OOMPH space to breathe. What do I mean? Well if you think of Mario Buatta - the Prince O' Chintz - he would take a bold and saucy pattern and then repeat it everywhere in a room - from the floor to the walls, to the drapery and the furniture. It made a huge statement, no doubt about that but it could be overwhelming. You needed scale and architecture to achieve. The modern twist on this would be say to put the pattern on the drapery, the furniture and then opt for something solid say a grasscloth (textured) to balance it out and opt for a different scale of pattern on the floor to compliment without overwhelming.

Here's a taste of what I saw that falls into the Category of what I like to call Modern Traditional.

Ohhh before I do - a little housekeeping. I may or may not share where certain pieces are from. As a Stylespotter, I was asked to spot 25 pieces which I have posted to a Pinterest board for public consumption. These are totally fair game. I have had people on my instagram feed not only share the supplier (despite my not specifying) and some have even @ their clients and proceeded to have a full blown design consultation on my instagram. This is NOT kosher. It's terrible form and the tackiest of the tacky as far as I am concerned. Imposing on other designers is also not cool - they got on a plane and at great expense travelled to North Carolina giving up precious time away from their businesses and their paying clients to enrich the experience they offer as luxury service providers. This is their intellectual property that they have paid for in more ways than just cash - my knees are still recovering.  Now there are other suppliers that I love and adore and I myself have ascertained their commitment to providing trade only product so I am often more willing to share and give them the love. There are still pieces of that belong to them that I keep to myself because in the Immortal Words of Kenny Rogers (and his pre-plastic surgery face) "You Gotta Know When To Hold 'Em..." There were several pieces at this show that my colleagues and I agreed to NOT share. My policy regarding sharing info when asked is thusly:

  • Does said person interact with me regularly on social media? 
  • Does this person only ask me for my sources?
  • Did s/he ask nicely?
  • Do I or can I follow this person back?

If I interact regularly, I'm happy to share. But I will often do so offline and privately. If this person always asks but no gives in return. Well you can guess how far that goes. Sometimes a nice request, if I'm in a good and sharing mood yields positive results. Depends on what else has happened on my instagram feed that day ha ha ha. If the person is a private user then I will not share. Private Users on instagram I give the side eye to. Not cool. Not kosher. Share and share alike. If it is not worth sharing, then why bother having an account on there. Seems silly to me. That's what other sites are for.

So without further ado...

The scale of this fixture may not be immediately obvious but it was huge. And I died over it.

The Moderne coffee table from Bernhardt. I would classify it as transitional on it's own but pair it with a more tradtional sofa like the one below and it makes for a very interesting space. I'd probably opt for a more traditional persian underneath it with this sofa.

The scallops on this sofa are both contemporary and vintage in their feel. I love the dichotomy of it. The spotted fabric also has it straddling the line between vintage and modern while the chinoiserie pillow adds in another mod trad feel given it's scale.

A traditional slipper chair that goes both ways. The stripe is both contemporary and trad depending on what you put it with. They were also disarmingly comfortable. New from Celerie Kemble whom I had the pleasure of meeting. She was incredibly fun and down to earth too. My kinda gal.

These wall sconces were off the charts. Adore.

This suite from Bernhardt was deliciously formal but not pretentious. Simple elegance. You could do a lot with this and I'm not usually a fan of a matching suite but this one is very well done.

I spotted the Adler table by Celerie Kemble because it had a vintage feel to it, amazing scale and it wasn't espresso. I adore burl and tortoise shell finishes. The daybeds were just amazing. Too bad it was about as deep as my entire den or I'd have ordered it on the spot!!

This green velvet is very trad to me in colour and texture but the contemporary art piece and simplicity of styling made it feel entirely of the moment. Skirted sofas and fringe trim are on the way back too. In case you need to prepare yourself.