Monday, April 18, 2011

The British Invasion

With the royal wedding fast approaching (11 days, but who's counting) we're all getting into the British spirit more so now than in several decades. With 3am viewing parties planned, high-tea scheduled at Windsor Arms here in Toronto, and even some die-hards making their way to the streets of London to try and get a glimpse of the Royal Couple, it's safe to say we have a British love affair on our hands. Kate's engagement ring was even re-produced and sold out with-in only a days of the actual engagement announcement. As the whole world watches the new princess walk down the aisle all eyes will on her dress,  THE DRESS of the century as she has inevitably became a true style icon of our generation. 

With-out a doubt the affair is making quite a spectacle in the fashion industry but who would have thought that all this English influence would become visible in our everyday lives? More so, who could have predicted that this British Invasion would set the direction for our home decor as well? But yet again, we see another cross over between fashion & lifestyle "trends" executed into interior design. One of the most recognizable British symbols is the Union Jack also known as the Royal Union Flag. This banner is now an icon and a very visible pattern in the design industry.

Here is my personal favourite
Union Jack high gloss white Settee finished with nail head details

Ultimate luxury a chaise lounge chair perfect for a "smart" interior

Tufted Ottoman
I can see this used in a really modern loft with clean lines and fresh colours

Louis XV rustic Arm Chair adorned with nail head
Want to feel like Royalty at the head of the dinner table?

If you're not as daring and don't want to invest in Trendy Furniture pieces but still want to pay homage to the British Style then wallpaper is a fantastic solution...
(I fell in LOVE with this print a few months back from Crown Wallpaper)'s time to say good bye to our dreams of marrying THE prince (come'on who didn't fantasize about becoming a princess) and say hello to British Stylized Interiors, I can guarantee we will be seeing lots more of these fun pieces.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sustainability in Style

After 25 years of living in their 50 year old home my clients finally decided to demolish and re-design their existing kitchen once and for-all! A very sad kitchen was the heart of their home; the most used and most lived in part their house. The kitchen should really be called the living room, in my opinion. It is, without a doubt with area with highest traffic and the space we tend to spend the most time in.

At our initial consultation my clients, like many homeowner had no idea where to start from or which direction they were going. All that changed the minute I brought them a sample piece of terracotta  glass backsplash. It's almost as if a light went off and they were sold, this entire kitchen would be configured around the backsplash (a first for me, I have to say). Yet, I'm always up for a challenge!


Besides the obvious aesthetic issues there were quite a few matters that needed to be addressed in terms of functionality. The space was being dwarfed by the unnecessary bulk heads which where stealing a good 10" from these 8'0" high ceilings. Also, my clients wanted better flow in their space, better use for lighting and a better solution to access their "stuff" in each cabinet. Another concern my homeowners had was sustainability, something we're hearing alot about these days. They didn't just want a "pretty" result they longed for a healthy living space without sacrifices, but on the contrary; they wanted to gain more benefits from nature.

soft hues with polished accents in a serene setting 

Ready or Not here comes DEMO DAY!!

Painted with Benajmin Moore eco friendly paint

Espresso Natural Cork Flooring

New high efficently window & french doors
(a huge hyro bill savings)

Quartz Countertop
the most durable solid surface, heat resistant and wont hold bacteria like other materials