Handmade at IDS18’s Studio North

The 70’s influence was definitely being revisited in the decor at IDS18. Handmade and bespoke items are still being showcased and Studio North is the perfect place to see what’s next in design.

Large scale knitted upholstery and macrame rugs, lights and art were the key features at these booths. These lights are totally familiar to me, as they are very similar to one I had myself as a teenager. Totally dating myself…..

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I missed the names of these booths, so if anyone knows, please message me and I’ll add the credit.

Atelier C.U.B.

Custom leather and wood stools and leather tent shaped lighting was featured at Atelier C.U.B.

Gypsy Potter Studio

Gypsy Potter Studio had beautifully patterned pottery on display. Would you believe horsehair is used to create most of the designs? It is placed on the pottery before firing and it is a surprise as to how the final product will look.

Dusil Design

Dusil Design had these stunning barn doors that have been embellished with metal sculpture. Amazing!

Locus VIE & Hidraulik

Locus VIE & Hidraulik showcased their beautiful floorcloths, which are made to look like concrete tiles. They also did placemats in these designs. So pretty and practical!

And of course there was this unbelievable rug from W Studio. I was there and it’s still hard for me to believe it was a rug.

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Rustic and warm wedding table setting

Well, so far I’m hitting a new post every 6 weeks…Yikes.  I will be trying to improve my deplorable record in the upcoming weeks.  Stay tuned…..

As I previously mentioned, my son got married at the end of September at our cottage, it was a beautiful day, sunny and a little cool, perfect when you are doing plenty of eating and drinking ;-).


This wedding was a labour of love and we had many personal touches to make the day extra special for the newlyweds.  My new son-in-law shares of love of all things decor and DIY with me, so we kind of went to town on wedding DIY decor.


The rustic and warm table settings got many oohs and aah so I thought I’d share them here with you.  Justin, had a very specific vision for them and I just gave him a hand implementing his ideas.  I think they turned out beautifully.


They had decided on terrariums for the centrepieces, together with some vintage silver vessels filled with tiny baby succulents.


Aren’t they adorable?  We managed to get most of them done with lots of family help, on the long weekend in September.  The large terrariums were given to the wedding party as a thank you for being part of this special day and we hope they live a very long life in their new homes.

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I think the first thing that was decided upon, was to use burlap runners (hard to see in the following pics).  I found ready made ones online but they were a little short for our long wood tables, so I just sewed two together to make it work for us.


The table numbers were printed up on paper that looked like chalkboards and we just inserted them into these budget friendly white frames.  The name tags were also printed professionally and placed in “previously loved” wood branch place card holders.

The caterers provided the gorgeous wood boards, and votives and we think that the terrariums looked absolutely spectacular on them.

Together with some beautifully simple white platters and dishes, that pop…. and…VOILA!

You have a simple, rustic yet so interesting and warm wedding table setting.




Design Plan – Gray, Mauve and Yellow

For this cold St Patrick’s Day, I’m sharing I’m  a little bit of spring with a fresh and pretty design, even though there’s not much green in it.


I’m totally in love with the yellow chair, the artwork, the rug, the console…okay I just love everything.  This entryway design is for a client’s home. It was decided to do the entryway after we had finished converting their main floor living room into a functional and pretty home office, a little bit of reno creep.

Stay tuned for the home office reveal soon.




Interior Design Show 2013 – Design Direction

So, back to normal this week, after a whirlwind tour of Toronto and the annual trek to the Interior Design Show (aka IDS13).

It is really hard to get your mind around all that you see, hear and even those that you meet.  It always takes me a few days to decompress and figure out how what I learnt will impact future design.
I am going to spend a few days posting about the different trends….I really hate using that word as it has such a temporary, throwaway feel.  How about we call it “design direction” instead?
So, on that note, the first design direction that was very obvious in this year’s show was:
Sleek, shiny flat front cabinetry
This was everywhere.  Very little moulding or ornamentation anywhere.  Emphasis on sleek, clean, lots of shiny and often floating and veneered cabinetry.
Floating wall cabinets at the Casalife booth.
Sleek and shiny glass fronted cabinetry and appliances at the Jenn-Air booth.
Flat veneered cabinetry in the gorgeous Ikea booth.
Not cabinetry but sleek and shiny, never the less.  This display was by Stone Garden (Caesarstone) and designed by Nendo.
This fresh green and white vignette was at the back of the Gautier booth.
Stay tuned, my next post will be about all the different forms of texture at this year’s show.

A few Christmas ideas and a pillow

In case you are looking for some last minute gift ideas for the design obsessed, here’s a couple of items I’m asking for this Christmas.
I always love getting books, especially new design books, so here’s the ones that made it to my short list this year.

I’ve been seeing alot of my fellow bloggers posting about some of these design books and after checking them out at Chapters, I added them to my “I want, pretty please” list.

First up –

I loved all the cool DIY’s and inspiration in here.
Next up,

Unfortunately Chapters didn’t have this one in stock for me to look over, but after reading Nancy’s review over at Marcus Design, I’m adding it to my list too!  Click here to read it.

I also found this one, which had such beautiful images and well, since I’m a sucker for soft, pale rooms, it got added to my list as well.

So that’s my three for this year, ok hunny, you got it?

On another reading note, I was all cozied up in bed, reading the December issue of House and Home and when I got to this page, I let out a little squeal.

Now pay attention to the pillow on the bottom right and check out my pillow I just made for Woodhaven.

Lisa Goulet Design
Is that not the darnest thing?  I know it isn’t the same colour, but how funny is that.  Love the fabric, it’s called Bodega from Tonic Living. I used it to reupholster an old chair and made this pillow to go with it.  I’ll be posting all about it soon.

I would like to thank you all for visiting my blog and for the many lovely comments and connections throughout the year.  I so love reading them all and wanted you to know how much I appreciate each and everyone of you.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the joy the season can hold!
Enjoy your families and God Bless!