Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Baby M's Designer Nursery: Sneak Peak

Being a designer sometimes requires you to also be a mind reader. I know, that's a crazy difficult task but hey, we're up for the challenge! In all honesty though sometimes a designer just needs to be able to pick up on words and transform them into a vision and ultimately a creation. Often this is the case when your client can't emphasize the vocabulary needed to explain their visual thoughts. That said, this is the situation we as designers are put in more often than not, it's in our job description... must be telepathic.


However, emotion is much more valuable in design than words may be. That is why my samples are my lifesavers! I may throws fancy "design vocabulary" my clients way and I may even use words that don't translate into English for them, "monochromatic" what? BUT the moment a client touches a piece of fabric or lay their eyes on 'that' sofa, the one they had always dreamed of or even the space planning they couldn't figure out for months just somehow fits like a perfect puzzle their emotions go into sensory overload, a light goes off and all of sudden that mumbo-jumbo design terminology all starts to somehow make sense.

That's exactly the reaction I had when baby M's mother-to-be saw all the fabric and wallpaper samples I had presented to her (refer to last weeks post). It was that moment she knew her dream nursery would very soon become a reality.

Here is the very FIRST sneak peak of Baby M's Designer Nursery

If you've been following along, great! If not catch up... :)

Thank you so much for all the love & support!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Playground for Aristocrats?!?!

"A contemporary lounge that possesses all the masculine aspects of the Hunt Club yet a livable environment that's warm and inviting"
a descriptive statement that started it all.

My client, a young professional knew precisely what he wanted when he had asked me to design his already remarkable space. Like most young professionals, he didn't have the time nor the patience to source, shop and create - so he did a huge favour to himself and hired a designer! His future self would have thanked him for being so kind. We began by simply finishing what he had already started, turning his bachelor pad into a stylish home.

His residence was truly unique, an address of distinction; the original "Eglinton Hunt Club". This was a playground for aristocrats and fellow nobles. A place where the upper class would entertain themselves with activities such as hunting foxes and riding horses (oh how I would have loved to have been a fly on these walls 100 years ago). The building was also used for the Royal CDN air force but transformed in 2003 to one of the most luxurious condo/loft conversions anywhere in Toronto.

With such character embed in the building, I instinctively knew that my design would need to capture the historic significance yet showcase a more modern approach to designed living.

We've merged from great room decor onto the planning stages of his kitchen project. My concept is to play up the harmonic rhythm between natural stone, metal, glass & organic wood elements while incorporating luxurious fabrics and finishes.

This while truly be a delicious kitchen!!!

I hope you enjoyed and keep following along .... this may be a long journey but I'll be updating and giving away "sneak peeks".  


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday {Inspirations}

Happy Hump Day!!!

Is it still Hump Day if it follows a long weekend? I'm not sure but at least this is a short week, well for those of us lucky enough to get a Civic Holiday
thanx Canadian Government.  

This Wednesday Inspiration is the an example of classic beauty.
A colour palette that always looks fresh, vibrant and current. It is one of my favourite combinations because it can be used as high contrast with equal proportion or subtle hits if used as a grounding device.


Entre si vous plait
This grand entrance just feels like a French Maison. So bold and daring yet intimately inviting.

I love a graphic floor pattern and this one is a definite winner. But, what makes this a design success is the minimal use of colour & accessories;
 the repetition of high gloss black on the doors and soft white walls unify this bold pattern and keep it looking like a classic black & white palette.

If I can add my two cents in though... I'd love to see an oversized coloured vase used as a point of interest.

Thank you for visiting...........