I have had a long time love affair with green as many of you know. It’s gone through many iterations where I’ve favoured one particular shade over another but in the broad sense I love them all. I get particularly excited about certain hues and I have to say I’ve wondered how it is I’ve avoided doing a lot of green in rooms as say, major players up until this point. I mean I know that the 90’s hunter green game hurt the colour on the whole. That whole country crap we did, ::SHUDDER:: I’ve been looking at real estate in Niagara on the Lake recently and man that whole Tricia Romance decorating is still going strong there. I mean, take $100K off for that shit.
One of our favourite furniture mfgs is in the process of discontinuing the perfect green leather. We have some chairs being done in it for our Puerto Rico project but we had hoped to use it in future projects. We’ve managed to secure enough of it to do two leather tufted chairs - the most perfect and comfortable chairs EVER thank you very much but our clients are still reeling from the sticker shock on them. I mean they aren’t cheap. But I’ve sat in them in the leather and know that they are pretty much an out of body, heavenly experience. We’ve been given the blessing for one of them and well if you can only do one, then it is still worth it.
We’re trying to figure out what drapery to go with this scheme. Well we had figured it out initially but the husband isn’t so sure of our bold choice and would like to see some other options and so we’ve obliged.
Alrighty so if you start on the left the dark charcoal is going on a pair of custom sofas. The green leather is as shown. ISN’T IT GLORIOUS?? The floral on the far right was our first choice and the other two choices have been sent. If this project doesn’t love them I have another project where these could also work!!! I don’t get hung up on when a client passes on something. It’s a waste of good energy and creativity to get your knickers in a twist over it. Move on and let the universe provide you with the right client for it. I firmly believe this. It is also amazing the number of clients who will come back to your suggestions after you’ve moved on because they have design remorse…. I can often time the email arrival on those.
We also thought we’d give our clients a safe option. Never met a greek key trim that I didn’t like we could pair this tape with a simple cream linen and bob is your uncle. In fact, since I began typing this, the client has approved THIS option. While I know that the others will be fabulous they will need to be the faboosh in someone else’s life. I wish however that as compensation we could paint out the coffers in something like this…
Love this room by Celerie Kemble. I’m thinking I’ll do the same in my own den which has coincidentally enough, the floral that we first spec’d the drapery in on a sofa from Van Gogh. I think this emerald green will dazzle. We are going to pair it with a cream white grasscloth from JF Fabrics. So see… one door closes and another opens. The coffers would be pretty damn spectacular though non???
Opening Photo: Geoffrey Baris
As promised yesterday, I am excited to share that we are starting a new project #CotswoldHouse and yet again, I’m finding myself on a plane. This new project is a Tudor Manse that needs to be re-imagined from top to bottom inside & out in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This is going to be the first time I’ve ever been to Manitoba and my bucket list of working on a new project in every province and territory in Canada is getting smaller and smaller!!
Our clients are actually past clients. We have done a home for them in Toronto almost a decade ago and their corporate offices to boot and I am just thrilled to be working with them again. They spread such joy and fun in everything they do and well we have BIG GOALS for this project. Expect to be dazzled beyond belief in the coming months with sneak peeks.
It’s a beauty isn’t it???
Where does one start when it comes to looking for inspiration? I either go with an overall look and feel that speaks to me viscerally or I focus in on specific details and build out from that. Not having been to the house yet, I’m not 100% sure about the flow that we are going to be creating so I’ll start on little details that speak to me in terms of inclusions that I’m looking to add and then I’ll circle back to create a big picture feel. As always, you can follow my inspiration journey along on our #CotswoldHouse board on pinterest and of course on Instagram using the same hashtag.
Shelley Johnstone Paschke did an amazing job on this room and while it may not be everyone’s colour cup of tea I love it to the nTH!!!
I’ve long since had a crush on this dressing room by Hirsch Bedner Associates. It’s just SO luxe.
This kitchen by Matthew Quinn for the Atlanta Symphony’s Show House last year is pretty much perfection. Wrap it up and send it to Manitoba please and thank you. I absolutely want to recreate this very kitchen for this project. It says EVERYTHING I want it to say… I mean HELL TO THE YES GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY must must must do.
Modern Traditional with a zesty luxe and cheeky twist here we come!! I’m having my fur coats taken care of in anticipation of the install which will most likely be rather chilly.
Opening Photo: Paul Edmondson
Lots of exciting things in the works at MHD which is great considering I’m not really vacationing anywhere this summer so I’m happy to be immersed in work - though I do have some travel upcoming more on that tomorrow!!
Our latest project is #ScrivenerSquare which is a fabulous condo project in the heart of the city’s Summerhill neighbourhood and beside one of my favourite buildings in Toronto - The Summerhill LCBO (that’s liquor store and let me tell you if you are ever visiting TO you must see this. It’s an old train station turned liquor store and the tastings and food events are legendary). The condo building itself isn’t that old but was designed by both Brian Gluckstein and Ciccone Simone. Now I’m staunchly more of a BG fan and given that the lobby and hallways are of his design, we are less than thrilled with some of the CS options that the condo itself has and are seeking to add more of a Modern Trad feel to the space. We are starting off with the master suite and then we will work out way out from there.
Because the CS floor plans were more contemporary, we have these loft style doors aka painted pieces of MDF to contend with and we really need to change this asap. They are holding the space back. Here’s a little taste of the inspiration I’m feeling for this new project which will include: millwork, wallpaper and fabulous textiles and moody artwork and lighting. Oh and new carpeting for sure!!!!
Jean Louis Deniot’s doors are pretty much a signature feature in every one of his projects and I’ve yet to find fault in a single iteration he’s done. Black, grey, blue gloss lacquered doors with his hardware. SWEET BABY JESUS. I’d love to change all the doors in this project to a variation of this. YES PLEASE.
I did consider these upholstered babies from Chloe Warner as well. Upholstered doors are practical especially in a condo where your main living space is in the centre of the unit and the bedrooms are off of it. It’s a great way to add a sound barrier and create a sense of privacy where it may often be harder to come by…
Not pink but in the tones of the first JLD picture, chinoiserie panelled or recessed panel doors has some appeal too. Especially on the bedroom side of things. I was thinking that the room needs some chinoiserie panels and if we carried it around the room to the doors, the doors would in effect, disappear. However, this works within the master suite, but it doesn’t work so much elsewhere in the unit and ultimately, I’d rather have the doors have a consistent look and feel.
I’m not ruling it out. Here you can see that Steve Gambrel who can do NO wrong as well in my books, has achieved the exactly look and feel that I am after in this dressing room. I wouldn’t do the cream millwork though, I’d rather it be more tonal. Either do the entire millwork and wallpaper base in grey with blue accents or blue with grey accents. This is all to be determined but I’m on it. I’m also thinking of adding something fun to the ceiling… Stay Tuned!
Opening Photo: Paul Edmondson
We are working on a new project that I have a soft spot for. I won’t work for many friends, it really never ends well when I do (mostly because they see it as a dictatorial relationship - what can I say I know my shit), but my best friend is the exception. Sure she occasionally gives me some push back but she usually defers to me. If it ends up being out of her snack bracket at the time, we put it on a shelf until we choose to revisit it again or we go a different way. We MET (I use the term loosely) on a design board 11years ago -ish so she’s used to me throwing out wild ideas and I’m equally as used to her running with them. Okay all but the one DIY I suggested she take on. She’s firmly entrenched in the DIFM model. In fact, she may have been the reason I switched teams. (DO IT FOR ME)
She’s moving offices within the same firm. It’s a physical relocation from her current office into a bigger one. We’re going to give it a Meredith-ification and can I tell you HOW LONG I’ve waited for this opportunity!!!????
My mission is to make the space feel as stylish and sassy as it’s inhabitant. Strong Feminine reigns supreme and she needs to be slightly menacing… more on that in a minute.
So a little background on the BFF. She’s Italian. She also has a pervasive not perversive love of all things Mid Century. I can pretty much get her to do anything if there is a MCM hint to it or it’s from Italy. I have used both as inspiration to a degree. The layout above is actually my preferred one but I think that she prefers the second one below here because the credenza would be behind her. I can’t fault her on that I’d want the same… Ah hell maybe I do prefer the second one.
She wants a sofa for certain this was a must have. We also have to juggle the client/opposing counsel chairs. We want them to be comfy for the client, but not so much with the opposing counsel. As the designer, they also needed to fit a specific foot print because while it’s a bigger office than she has now, there are certain pieces that dictate how much room we have that we have to work with…. I also have to work with walnut wainscotting on one and a 1/4 of a wall(s) and two walls of exposed brick and I’m not allowed to paint either. Sigh.
Soft Goods part one. I love the lines on this sofa. We’ve used it a few times before and had the seat cushion tufted. I feel it says expensive lawyer don’t mess with me. You? These chairs are my favourite too. They are generously sized and comfortable.
The artwork is my own.. well it’s a la Asa. He’s a talented guy non? It’s from our trip (including Gina and her husband) to Italy of course. A different set of chairs also super comfortable. To me it’s between these two but we’ll have to see how the price shakes out.
Of course these chairs have that MCM she loves and so they are her first choice. If I could do them in brass I’d be in like flynn… we shall see.
I really want to do these two super tall Thomas O’Brien lamps on the credenza though. They are super glamorous and Mid Century to boot as is the desk light. I can’t find a reasonable photo on the web of the vintage desk she has so this will suffice. The artwork - another one of ours’ from Italy… well if you can read my note to her on it? Kinda sums it up… imagine walking into the office and seeing this. YOU HAVE BEEN FOREWARNED!!!! SETTLE NOW WHILE YOU STILL HAVE YOUR HEAD ATTACHED!
I love it when art speaks to you.