The Business of Design – Project Harbord

The business of design has been well…busy lately.

One of the largest projects I’m working on is the staging of a townhouse developement here in Toronto by Oben Flats, called the Harbord Towns

project harbord oben flats

I was hired earlier in the month to furnish the 4 story model suite for sale. The timeline has been super tight so sourcing had to happen locally and quickly.  So…with the help of Matthew from Heirloom and Knot, a design plan has been put in motion and we’ve been madly ordering things up so that we can install the whole shoot and shabang by August 11th.

I love a challenge and a deadline so this has been super exciting.

Here’s what we hope the plan starting on he bottom floor and working our way up…

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project harbord christine dovey office layout

project harbord living room design board christine dovey

project harbord dining room design board christine dovey

project harboard accessory board christine dovey

project harbord main floor deck design board christine dovey

project harbord main floor layout christine dovey

project hardbord bedroom two christine dovey

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project harbord third floor layout christine dovey

project harbord master bedroom christine dovey

project harbord master bedroom balcony christine dovey

project harbord fourth floor layout christine dovey

Of the plans, I’d say I’m most excited about these things…

1. Black tufted leather sofa from Black Rooster-

project harbord black rooster black leather sofa

2. Canopy bed from CB2…I mean shut up with this one-

project harbord framed canopy bed

3. The custom Stellar Works things I have done for another client that I now finally get to see in action-

project harbord stellar works bench

And of course…the art…as you can see from the plans, I originally pulled some selections from my own collection to help with the timeline…unfortunately, I’m also about to list my house for sale at pretty much the exact same time, so we’ve made a few adjustments and are now adding in some extra pieces to help fill in the space. As you know, art is always my favourite part of any design so I’m super excited to see these lovelies happen…

project harbord blonde nicole cohen christine dovey

project harbord hangout nicole cohen christine dovey

project harbord krisin endsley christine dovey

project harbord nicole cohen peak of season christine dovey

project harbord rose nicole cohen christine dovey

project harbord wild west christine dovey

project harbord pink poodle

A huge thanks to Nicole Cohen, Kristin Endsley and Art.Com for helping me have great art quick!

As well, we’ll be doing a collection of 6 of these…

project harbord rorschach

..which I think will be super dramatic.

PS…this John French photo didn’t make the cut but I think it’s just adorable…buying it up for myself and putting it in the dining room of my flip/live in house…

a couple dining john french christine dovey

Anyhoo…

As of right now, all of the main pieces have been ordered and all that’s left is one big accessory shoping trip, which I of course, can’t wait for.  I’ve already spied an incredible cuckoo clock and am pretty gagga over this giant gold floor mirror…

project harbord clock and mirror

Install happens in just a few weeks so I promise tons of pictures of all the afters!

xx

Project Flip – So What if it Looks Like and Exploded Meth Lab at the Moment…I have NEWS!!!!!

This is a pretty exciting blog post.  Major progress has been made at Project Flip…

project flip logo

…and my fam jam has decided to make some big old fashioned changes…the later is why I’ve been a bit of a shitastic blogger as of late…just been super busy with work and said life adjustments…anyhoo…here’s the news…

We’ve decided to KEEP the flip house, SELL our exisiting house and BUY a little country escape 2 hours away in Prince Edward County!!!!!! Holy geeze…I’m so excited about all of it.  I’ll share the deets of the country abode once we’ve firmed that up…don’t want to jinx it as it were.

For now though, let’s discuss how exciting the whole keeping of the flip house is. Basically what it means for the design portion is that I’ll have free reign to do what I want in terms of finishes, selections etc.  Though I’ve picked all the major things like floors, stairs, cupboards etc., I had been holding back a bit on wallpaper, hardware, paint, built-ins and the like, thinking that I’d have to really work to appeal to the masses for re-sale. Well siyonara on that. I’m going bold, bold, bold my friends.

I’ll definitely be using this Drop it Modern colourway I came up with for a main living space…

drop it modern christine dovey wallpaper

And will be painting out the office in a solid medium grey…with tons of builts ins and moulding…

grey kitchen cupboards

And the front door will be this colour…

yellow door flip house

Also, because the place only has 3 bedrooms, we’re adjusting the building plans to include finishing the attic space. Woot.

But before all of that, we need to deal with the giant ugliness in the room aka the asbestos.

My builder RMS has made boatas of progress on that front and our house is now completely bubbled up and ready for abatement. Interior demo is also well under way.

You might want to cover your eyes for this one but here’s what our soon to be city house of residence looks like at the moment…

Straw insulation…

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A nice orange glow from the outdoor abatement tarping…

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Not one but two layers of asbestos tile in the kitchen…

 

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An open exposed attic that we’re now definitely hoping to take advantage of…

 

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And well, the bathroom of everyone’s dreams lol…

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Oh and a master to end all masters…

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As for the outside, here’a a glimpse at scaff city…

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Such good times.

As for the sale of our house, we’re hoping to list in the next few weeks so….if you live in the GTA, Pine Avenue

christine dovey pine avenue

…is going to be up for grabs tout suite!

xx

Art Fair Fridays – Kelly O’Connor

Friday has once again come around and both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are thrilled to share with you our latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly O’Connor, whose playful collages give a nod to days gone by, with a definite Old Hollywood vibe. She playfully mixes elements that weave together images and concepts to create works that feel imaginative, eccentric and almost fairytale like; an escape from the everyday.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist?

Since 2007, this is when I first started creating bodies of work to show in a public setting.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?

From a professor in college, the most important thing is you make work.  You can figure out the concept later on.

How would you describe your creative process?

I typically start by gathering images I’m attracted to, on such online shops like ebay.  I gather materials from used LP record shops.  Many of the paper materials are harvested from record covers.  I find more of an array of colors to work from when using the record covers.  Many of them were printed with unique processes that no longer exist, plus you can not recreate their patina.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

Collage

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Just recently my work was acquired by the McNay art museum, they have included it in a show with one of the original collages by picasso!

http://www.sacurrent.com/sanantonio/mcnay-celebrates-diy-collage-tradition-with-recycled-repurposed-reborn/Content?oid=2450868#.VZPdStiACyM.facebook

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

My childhood and images from the 50’s & 60s- Which are not the same, I grew up in the 80s/90s.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?

My process is something I developed on my own, I was not taught how to construct my collages.  Many times I use a method of inlaying the pieces of card stock.  The collage fits together like a puzzle.

Art Fair Fridays - Kelly O'Connor

Kelly O’Connor
Treasury of Immortal Pieces
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It’s not secret that I’m a sucker for whimsy…and femininity…and irreverance. Kelly O’Connors skillfully takes all of these elements and wraps them up in one giant ball or quicky pretty, and I love it.

Her works feel over the top but still restrained and cerebral. It’s a wonderful balance and I find myself always very pulled into the story that each piece is telling.

Aside from the wonderful piece on this week’s board, here are my favourite works from Kelly’s current portfolio…

art fair fridays kelly o'connor badlands  christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays kelly o'connor suck and let go christine dovey heirloom and knot  

art fair fridays kelly o'connor walk on sunshine  christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays kelly o'connor valley of the dolls  christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays kelly o'connor my secret garden  christine dovey heirloom and knot

So delightfully fun.

xx

Art Fair Fridays – NG Collective Studio

Friday has once again come around and both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are thrilled to share with you our latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Laura Naples and Kristen Giorgi, the brilliant sister team behind  NG Collective Studio. Though they work separately and from different states, it is their cohesive look and aesthetic that defines their signature style. They describe NG Collective Studio as the embodiment of their creative conversation, in which they employ color, stroke, layering and varied use of media in abstract style.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist?

K: Two years professionally.

L: Also two years (we started this “project” together!).

How is it creating art collaboratively?

K: Its so neat.  We have a truly unique process.  However, sometimes we don’t even need to talk – there have been weeks that we create works that are perfectly complimentary in color and feel and we hadn’t even discussed it.  Sort of an ESP sister thing.

L: The collaborative element of our process motivates me. When I feel I’m lagging, I look to Kristen’s work or advice for inspiration and guidance. When I feel like my ideas are getting somewhere in my work, Kristen is the biggest supporter.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?

K: To believe in it.  Not everyone is going to love it.  If you do, then it will show through.

L: Just keep working. The mere act of creating will always get you somewhere, eventually. (Advice loosely adapted from Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit.)

How would you describe your creative process?

K: Mine is very loose.  I usually do some warm-ups before I really start getting into something.  I will work on some small sheets of paper playing with color and shape and then sometimes those end up being a piece that I sell.  I think when you’re not thinking about it too much, magic happens.

L: Mine is almost opposite. I like to plan things out; I almost always begin with a plan. Not everything goes according to the plan, and sometimes I end up getting inspired by a direction I never saw coming. It’s exciting when that happens and I’m always open to it. Our collaborative works are a combination of the two processes. We plan a little, then take turns making suggestions and marks, changing course if the work starts to dictate that. We’ll hang it up and critique, and repeat till we both feel it’s complete.

What is your favorite medium to work in and why?

K:  Most recently I am loving water soluble oil paints.  They create the perfect “bleed” into paper and give such an ethereal, smokey feel when you apply water to them.

L: Lately I’m interested in the freedom of collage, which allows me to test lots of different directions. I also love the reductive nature of cropping a larger piece into a tighter composition.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

K:  Being featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Domino Magazine.  It was a true pinch me moment.

L: The same!

How long does it typically take to create one piece?

K:   It depends.  Sometimes the most simple works are the most compelling and can only take a few hours.  Others require more detail and intensity – can take multiple weeks and hours, but always spaced out.  I usually have to spend 20 mins here and there – think about it and come back.

L: I agree, it’s always different. Sometimes I will literally haul an unfinished piece around for weeks and spend time just looking at it before determining a next move. For me, a lot of the process comes from looking and thinking.

How would you describe your signature style?

K:  Feminine with a side of edge.  I LOVE light muted colors and sometimes brights, but always have to throw in some black or moodiness.

L: It’s hard for me to describe. Someone else once described our work as having a “peaceful energy”, which I thought was astute. It’s a reflection of what we gravitate toward and what moves us, but arranged in a manner that is our own interpretation.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

K: Mine usually comes from fashion or travels.

L: Ballet. The colors (pale blush, black), the movement and rhythm, the nuance, the severe control and the letting go.

What do you think sets your work apart from other designers?

K: I usually paint with a purpose.  I like to envision the room the piece will go in.  I think this comes from having a designer eye.

L: I like to think that there is a sense of our relationship in our work. We do influence the other and whether it’s noticeable or not, we know it’s there and that sets it apart for me.

Art Fair Fridays - NG Collective Studio

www.ngcstudioart.com
NG Collective Studio
Laura Naples & Kristen Grorgi

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NG Collective Studio has been on my radar for a while because I love how their layered abstract pieces are one giant happy graphic and feminine love ball.  Their works are layered and powerful but still soft and quite.  Bold without trying to hard.  Really it’s like they’ve somehow been able to get in my design head and create paintings that reflect my aesthetic to a T. Oh and thee way NG uses colour…nothing short of brilliant.

My top 5 pieces as of this minute…

art fair fridays ng collective kueen painting christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays ng collective laurel painting christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays ng collective nude number eight painting christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays ng collective kiki painting christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays ng collective kosma painting christine dovey heirloom and knot

Their nudes especially, are perfection in my books. I want all of them.

As portfolio, NG Collective showcases work that instantly makes any room more dynamic and sophisticated…

art fair fridays ng collective installation console  christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays NGCStudioArt_TrotHome installation christine dovey heirloom and knot

Pretty with a super great hit of modern edge.

xx

Haute House – Femme Fatale

If anyone has seen Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road, this week’s post will come as no surprise. Though I believe that being a femme fatale is more about your attitude than the things you wear, these pieces will help expose your inner vixen and make you feel like the fox you are!
So turn up Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, put on some red lipstick and take a look at this week’s Haute House: Femme Fatale edition…
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1) To show a hint of your bad girl side, try this Alexander McQueen Gold Twin Skull Bracelet for $320 at https://www.ssense.com/en-ca/women/product/alexander-mcqueen/gold-twin-skull-bracelet/1226753
2) Take your femme fatale self to new heights in these Jimmy Choo Black Scale Mendez Ankle Boots for $630 at https://www.ssense.com/en-ca/women/product/jimmy-choo/black-scale-mendez-ankle-boots/312403
3) Like I said, being a femme fatale is all about the attitude! To cultivate yours, spray on a little I Dare You Liaison de Parfum by Nana de Bary http://www.liaisondeparfum.com/fragrance
4) A little black dress with lace overlay adds a little sugar and a lot of spice! For $97.53 try this True Decadence one here http://www.asos.com/True-Decadence-Tall/True-Decadence-Tall-Eyelash-Lace-Bodycon-Cami-Dress/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5174687&CTARef=Recently%20Viewed
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5) Arguably the most iconic (and my personal favourite) femme fatale is Cat Woman. Here is the original, Julie Newmar, getting into character-Meow!
6) The secret to harnessing this bad girl air of confidence is fine lingerie that makes you feel sexy and feminine. Mix and match with this bra http://www.net-a-porter.com/ca/en/product/538499 and lace briefs http://www.net-a-porter.com/ca/en/product/513606
7) Being a femme fatale can be tiring! Take a rest on this Mod Leather Daybed at Black Rooster Decor for $2,334 http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/seating/products/mod-leather-daybed-black
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8) For seductive lighting that is pretty with an edge, go to Shop 219 for this Ananas Table Lamp for $698 http://shop219.com/collections/table/products/ananas-table-lamp-free-shipping
9) Potentially the most powerful and easy way to indulge your femme fatale attitude is to slip into a leather jacket, up the ante with one that is custom made for you at CBLstone Leather, like this Classic Fringe (647W) for $888 http://www.cblstoneleather.com/collections/frontpage/products/w647
10) Part of what it means to be a femme fatale is to strike a careful balance of feminine charm with a side of kick ass confidence, this Kelly Wearstler Amorata Stool does just that for $3,200 http://www.kellywearstler.com/seating/amorata-stool/FST15002.html?dwvar_FST15002_color=NEG&cgid=seating#start=1
Girl boss all the way this week and I love it.
xx