Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    Living Colourfully: Patti Rosati

    Interior designer and stylist Patti Rosati has a knack for pulling unexpected pieces together to create spaces that are unique and full of personality. Mixing ethnic styles, eras and styles in her Toronto home which almost feels like a art gallery with its crisp white walls providing the perfect background for all the colourful pieces.

    The bright pink chair in the dining room is as much a piece of art as the framed pieces hanging on the wall.

    Ethnic styles intermingle in the kitchen with sleek modern appliances juxtaposed with rather primitive looking African stools and blue and white Asian ceramics.

    Love this little bookshelf nook that Patti has created in an unused space at the end of the counter. A great way to hide functional but not necessarily beautiful appliances (like the microwave) and an unexpected burst of colour as you turn the corner.

    The purple Madeline Weinrib rug in the living area provides a colourful stage for soft neutral furniture. Patti adds extra splashes of colour through bright pillows and books.

    A built in bookshelf acts as a headboard in the master bedroom and provides the ultimate display for a multitude of colourful treasures. The luxurious sari fabric on the bedcover adds a bit of exotic flare and livens up the grey room.

    {Photos: 1, 3, 5, 6 Michael Graydon for Canadian House and Home August '11; 2, 4 - Patti Rosati Interiors}

    Monday, July 18, 2011

    Inspiration for the new week 18.7.11

    {Photo: Angus McRitchie for Maison et Demeure April '09}

    Saturday, July 16, 2011


    If I had my way, I think I'd spend the entire weekend floating above the world in a Nestrest. Described as 'an over-sized bird’s nest offering you a secluded, suspended sanctuary and unusual meeting place: it’s the perfect place for relaxation, meditation and open-air conversations'. All you need is a compelling, epic novel and perhaps a cool drink, and then to leave your cares behind on the ground below.

    {Photos: Dedon, first seen at Lace and Tea}

    Thursday, July 14, 2011

    Lovely + lustworthy: Hermes Bleus d'Ailleurs

    I have had a recent copy of Elle Decor lying face down on the coffee table for the last couple weeks. Normally I would never choose seeing an advertisement over the beautiful interior featured on the front cover, but the blue and white plates by Hermes would keep are so pretty that every time I reach to flip it over, I pause and decide to leave it upside down for a little while longer. I have an ongoing obsession with blue and white dinnerware. It's one of those classic palettes I find myself instinctively drawn to time after time. This new pattern, Bleus d'ailleurs by Hermes is especially special, bold graphic patterns that are thoroughly modern, yet reminiscent of eras past - 1960's graphic pop art and mid-century Scandinavian patterns or even ancient Greek pottery. It's this ambiguity of time that makes it so timeless and no doubt keep me just as much in love with it fifty years from now as I am today. If it's possible for a human and a set of porcelain dinnerware to enjoy an enduring love affair, I'm ready to propose right now.

    {Photos: Hermes via Glorious Beach Living}

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Centre stage

    Striking architecture never fails to grasp my attention, this stunning auditorium was no exception. The undulating white waves on the ceiling and aqua blue seating remind me of the ocean. 

    Palace of International Forums in Uzbekistan designed by the Ippolito Fleitz Group.

    Cool in the pool

    A rather stifling two days indoors has had me daydreaming about plunging into crisp, refreshing water and lounging poolside all day long.

      The cat shaped swimming pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami, circa 1955.

    This piece 'Swimmer' is part of a collection of authentic re-editions of pieces by acclaimed ceramacist Waylande Gregory. The collection was inspired by a treasure trove of forgotten pieces that Gregory’s nephew, discovered in the basement of his uncle’s estate.

     {Photos: Cat-Shaped Pool by Slim Aarons; Swimmer by Waylande Gregory Studios}

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Bright at home: Bobbie Burgers

    Bobbie Burgers' Okanagan home is a veritable feast for the eyes. With her own artwork as the focus throughout the space, one can't help but feel like you've walked into a spectacular garden of vibrant colour. A clean all white background throughout (Benjamin Moore Decorator's White) creates a gallery-like effect and adds a clean contrast to all the bright colour, and the perfect backdrop for Bobbie's beautiful art. 

    I remember first discovering Bobbie's work when I'd just moved back to Toronto a few years ago. I'd stumbled into the Bau Xi Gallery on a snowy afternoon, and the lush, oversized blooms in bright, saturated colours instantly transported me back to the middle of summer. I was in love, and have remained a fan of her work ever since.

    I love the strong statement of the bright yellow stove. It perfectly compliments the bright painting in the kitchen and adds a burst of unexpected colour. I love how confident Bobbie is with colour. While I absolutely love the yellow in this kitchen, I have to admit I'm often a little cowardly when it comes to this sort of colour statement and inevitably retreat to classic all-white or neutrals. This photo will have to serve as a reminder to myself to be a little more brave.

    I love that each room really is centred around the art. Here the pillows seem to have been selected by pulling colours straight from the painting featured behind.
    (what's going on with those two outside?)

     Between the beautiful art acting as a headboard and the cheery yellow blanket, you'd be guaranteed to wake up the sunshine every morning - no matter the weather outside.

    I can almost feel the warm breeze on this upper patio. The theme of crisp white with bright accents continues here and creates the feeling of a tropical retreat.

    {Photos: Kim Christie for Canadian House and Home, May 2009}

    Friday, July 8, 2011

    Live in Bellwoods

    I'm excited today to introduce a brand new series by the talented and always stylish Camille from Cambie Design. I have been fortunate enough to have previously worked with Camille, and always marvelled at her attention to detail and knack for putting things together. Here she'll be breaking down the details of some of her favourite looks in fashion and decor and no doubt inspiring us all with her simple, chic sense of style.

    "I had the pleasure of being in Toronto a few weeks back for NXNE and man, was it a jump start to summer! Music, everywhere. One of my highlights was attending two out of the four day picnic series hosted by Live in Bellwoods. Nothing beats spending the afternoon hours laying under tall trees, listening to live acoustic music in your favourite park in the city. My dear friend, Courtney Lee Yip captures it best and I couldn't help but be inspired by the crowds' summer style. The fellas looking effortlessly sharp in their henley tees, Keds sneakers, and rad sunglasses. The lovely ladies embracing florals, long dresses, floppy hats, and relaxed shorts. Looking forward to what the summer has to offer!"

    Live in Bellwoods NXNE Picnic 2011 top left: Hands and Teeth; top right and bottom left: Megan Bonnell; bottom right: one part of dd mm yyyy. Photography: Courtney Lee Yip

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    Sunny seating

    I'd love to spend the rest of the afternoon on Celerie Kemble's rooftop patio. High above Manhattan with a view of Central Park, it's the perfect urban sanctuary. What a cheerful statement the sunny yellow chairs make on the whole space. This would be an easy and impactful upgrade for a summer garage sale find or some inexpensive outdoor chairs - pick your own favourite bright colour for a personalized touch.

     {Photos: Patrick Cline for Lonny Oct/Nov '10}

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Easy, breezy

    We've just enjoyed the sort of holiday weekend that summer dreams are made of - bright blue skies, warm sunshine and that extra day to soak it all in. While now the time has come to scuttle back indoors, I'm dreaming of open, airy spaces that let the warm breezes effortlessly pass through. My favourite way to bring the outdoors in.

    {Photos: 1- via Aubrey Road; 2- Simon Upton for Elle Decor}

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