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In the morning, I’ll be off to Winnipeg with my team and a few extra team members. We’ve got our millwright and our Drapery Workroom joining us on this trip because there is so much amazing that needs to be done and our wonderful clients have entrusted not just us but our incredible trade partners to make this project a reality. I’m so grateful to NOT be the one in charge of taking measures and translating them to someone else. This is really the ideal design scenario. We come in, we bring in our people, we work with our people to make it all happen and then we install and celebrate. Design Nirvana.

I haven’t shared with you our inspirations for #HandsartHouse or #LighthouseLodge - same client on the blog but if you’ve followed along on instagram you’ll have had a taste with what we are aiming for. With #HandsartHouse we find ourselves with a relatively new build, that checked off a LOT of our wish list items. You’ll hear people talk about “Good Bones” when it comes to a house and often it means it has architectural features, layouts and other items that you can’t really build into a house after the fact. For example, our clients really really wanted a secret passage way. The house comes with two and we’re adding a third. The house comes with two double garages so we can have a show garage and a regular garage. Check. The kitchen is wonderfully laid out with fantastic cabinets - it just needs a few tweaks. Awesome and so on down the list.

Our scope of work however, in spite of the good bones, is still extensive. Every time I think about it I may get a little bit light headed because it is really and truly a designer’s dream. Worth noting on our mandate: Design and build a Hammam Spa in the basement. Other people may have Climbing a Mountain on their bucket list, designing one of these is definitely mine. We are also designing a Virtual Reality room. I’ve tried it out and it’s hilarious. I think there are videos of me doing so on the internet. Apparently you are supposed to be quiet when you are in the VR world… oops my bad. We are vaulting a ceiling in the Master Bedroom to match the one in the office and are looking at a lot of bespoke, hand made, one of kind decorative items. A custom mural in the two storey kitchen (hand painted on the walls), lacquer, wallpaper, Pecky Cypress Panelling, Tile work and of course furniture and other millwork. You can see why we need a Design Army!

​I’m going to start with two rooms that gave me the most trouble. By trouble I mean, I didn’t quite have a vision for them. Well the problem was more that I had too many ideas and narrowing it down to one GREAT idea was escaping me. I want the dining room to be dramatic and not dark & conventional. I’m still flushing out the embellishment but I’m thinking we need gilded mouldings. As you can see, I’ve begun to specify pieces for the room which have actually helped me to better define where I want it to head. Sometimes, it’s a journey to find your way to the right design. We have had a custom wallpaper in mind for the ceiling, by custom I mean, we’ll have to design it and have it made (we have a pro who takes care of this for us) but I’ve also flirted with plaster mouldings on the ceiling. I’m thinking now that we beef up the cornice with plaster, possibly add wall pilasters and lacquer the walls. The moulding will all get gilded. Gloss + Metallic though I was really taken with the ceiling design above. I love the mix of the Chinoiserie chairs and this middle eastern buffet. We fell in love with Holland and Sherry bespoke embroidery on wool drapery so that’s a must.

The Karen Knorr photograph in the opening I’m sort of obsessed with. I love the idea of doing the room in rich aubergine lacquer with burnt red accents and heather and iris with gold accents. I’m also okay with going a bit green should say our clients fall in love with a particular feather wallpaper. More on that later.

​Joseph Dirand for Pucci used a gilded highlight which I think is super elegant on either a light or a dark base. If you want to see some of my other inspiration for the project visit my Pinterest board for what’s catching my eye!

​Our Master Bedroom I had initially thought they wanted a neutral vibe for so I presented that initially but to be honest, it wasn’t much of a presentation it was more of an ink blot test. Ironically, they saw some of the papers and fabrics we’d picked for guest bedrooms and felt Master Bedroom FOMO. They were jealous of the Guest Bedrooms and wanted the Master to have the same WOW. So we’ve got a wonderful Lorenzo Castillo wallpaper, a spectacular Chinoiserie fabric for a headboard AND a matching settee. I was so inspired by Les Ensembliers’ Kips Bay Showhouse Dressing Room that I simply must do something similar for bedside tables. That hand painted lacquer finish was really so delicious I had to stop myself from rubbing up against it. Oh who am I kidding I totally did. We are also going to do more Embroidered Drapery in here to really cocoon them in the winter!

More on the Guest Rooms which are REDONK when I’m back!!!

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Sashay

verb (intr), informal

1.To move or walk in a showy way; parade.

2. To strut or flounce in a showy manner.

Once upon a time we had a Design Forum on our website. A member (who exactly, escapes me) coined the term “Sashay” to describe the excitement that was experienced every time a client/forum member received a package or had a “Reveal” from Meredith Heron Design. I love the visual I get whenever I hear it spoken or see it written..

Here’s hoping every day includes time for a little Sashay!

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