Art Fair Fridays – Jessica Rowe

It’s once again Friday and that means both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are ecstatic to share with you our latest instalment in our collaborative Art Fair Fridays series.

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing the talented Jessica Rowe from The Aestate, whose bohemian inspired watercolour prints are the perfect mix of edginess and glamour. Her self-described ‘fast and wet’ style of painting has defined her signature look, finding beauty in the mistakes and the unpredictable nature of watercolours.

Art Fair Fridays - Jessica Rowe

Jessica Rowe
Green Paddle Cactus

How long have you been in business for? I opened my etsy shop in 2011, and then my free-standing web store, last year.

What is your background – What has lead you on this venture? I’ve been drawing since forever, then five years ago I started experimenting with watercolors, totally self-taught. I shared some of the first paintings I did on my interior design blog and I was really surprised at the response. So many people were contacting me asking to buy that I ended up opening an etsy shop and kept painting new pieces. It’s just taken off from there. Growing up, I watched my father start and run his own company, so I think that’s where I got my entrepreneurial spirit and head for business.

How would you describe your creative process? I never start anything anymore unless I can see the finished product in my head first. Everything begins with a sketch. Once the general image is laid out I’ll begin painting. Watercolors are notoriously unpredictable, but I use this to my advantage and make it a part of the process. The end result is never exactly how I pictured it, most of the time it’s actually better.

Where do you find your inspiration? It’s hard to say. Often something will just pop into my head, usually when I’m trying to fall asleep, so I keep a pen and pad on my nightstand for quick sketches. I devour hundreds of images a day between pinterest and tumblr, so maybe it’s a combination of things that struck me marinating in the back of my mind all day to become something new.

What is your favourite medium to work in? I’m still so in love with watercolor. The pigments are so beautiful and there’s something hypnotic about watching them spread and bleed over the paper. The way I paint with them, the end result can be unpredictable, but that just makes it even better.

Of all your pieces, which is your personal favourite and why? I tend to be really critical of everything I do, so its rare that I’ll actually be able to enjoy any of them, but when I finished the “Lola” lips piece, I was kind of in love. I think it’s the big scale (30 x 30″) and that particular shade of red that got me. I considered keeping it for a while, but eventually decided to let it go.

Which piece would you say is your best seller/most popular? Everyone loves the “Beverly” tropical leaf series. I can’t keep them in stock.

What advice would you give to an artist starting out? My advice to artists starting out to remember that there are people less talented than you who are successful. It’s often the talented people who doubt themselves the most, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and go for it.

What do you think sets your work apart from other designers? I’ve worked hard to cultivate a distinctive style. Most of that just comes naturally, but you always have to be mindful that what you’re creating will be recognizable as yours.

What would you say has been a career highlight for you? Seeing my originals in the Jonathan Adler Fall 2014 catalog was one of the coolest things that’s happened so far. He’s been one of my favorite designers since I was a student studying interior design in college, so that was definitely a “pinch me” moment. It still trips me out if I stop to really think about it.

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I’ve been a fan of Jessica’s since I started blogging way back when.

Her watercolours and prints always add the perfect hit of edgy regency glamour to a space…they’re references are most definitely feminine but with a butchy undertone that I love and adore.

Also Ms. Rowe is the loveliest, most supportive person ever so it’s amazingly awesome to see her work now featured in places like Vogue Living and Jonathan Adler…I’m proud as punch of this rising star.

As always, here’s my top 5 most coveted from her beautious collection of art pretties…

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art fair fridays jessica rowe skull christine dovey heirloom and knot

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art fair fridays jessica rowe twiggy christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays jessica rowe black magic white magic christine dovey heirloom and knot

Also this one….

art fair fridays jessica rowe create like a god art print christine dovey heirloom and knot

…as inspired by this quote “Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave,” by Constantin Brancusi…love, love, love. My brain’s morphing to the idea of that as a tattoo along the bone of my lower arm.  Anyhoo…I digress…for now I want that print.


Haute House – Graphic Florals

“Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.”
Though it might not be the first time we’ve seen florals trending, this latest version of bold and graphic floral prints freshen up this season and put a bold twist, on a classic we have all come to appreciate. Though often considered ‘pretty’, ‘girlie’, and ‘whimsical’, the florals we are talking about are luxe, modern, and larger than life! These prints are able to stand alone, or can be paired beautifully juxtaposed next to a graphic stripe or bright colour.
Regardless of how much or little you add, these printed products pack a big punch of design inspiration, and can easily breathe some fresh air into your existing look.


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1. Slip your feet into these versatile New Look Two Part Multi Print Flats for only $25.39 at
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4. This Kate Spade Stelli Dress will have you coming up with different occasions to wear this day and night! For $448 at,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_NJMU4683_color=313&cgid=ks-clothing-dresses-and-skirts#start=26&cgid=ks-clothing-dresses-and-skirts
5. This gorgeous Bean of India Pendant from Black Rooster Decor comes in small and large, making it both a versatile and unique focal point! For $360(small) and $605 (large) at
6. I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want, and it is this Victoria Beckham Simple floral-print leather tote for $1,195 in all its hot pink, floral glory!
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8. This neon floral piece entitled New Year’s Poem created by Canadian artist Thrush Holmes, can be found at!2424 along with his other imaginative works.
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Graphic florals…they’re just so pretty and edgy all at once.
Oh and one day I’ll own a Thrush Holmes piece…for realz.


Art Fair Fridays- Jen Mann

It’s Friday again and both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are happy to once again share with you our latest instalment in our collaborative Art Fair Fridays series.

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing the brilliantly talented artist Jen Mann, whose thought-provoking and hyper-lifelike paintings are genius expressions of saturated colour. Based around the central theme of human interactions, Jen’s work deals with the idea of life and identity. It is her subjects, often in a selfie state of existence that has defined Jen’s signature style, often capturing family and close friends in her masterful brush strokes.

Art Fair Fridays - Jen Mann

Jen Mann
Wall Flower

How long have you been a professional artist? I guess I have been making art professionally since I finished school in 2009 but I would say probably more accurately since 2011

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given about creating art? Have something to say, a reason for making something, and always make work that you care about.

How would you describe your signature style? I’m not sure I have a signature style, but my work is all highly conceptual and always deals with ideas of existence, life, identity, and human interaction.

Where do you find your inspiration? From life, and my experiences. I write a lot, and most of my work comes from things that I have written about.

How has living in Canada shaped you as an artist? I think we are shaped unconsciously by the places we lived, just based on cultural awareness and education. But maybe less so than from past generations. Now with the internet I feel like we are exposed to the world in a different way. We feel connected to people far from us, and are inspired by people and events that are not going on in our backyards. I’m not sure what it is that makes me a “Canadian” artist per se, but I am certainly an artist of my generation.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date? Hahaha I don’t know, there are lots of things that I am proud of. I am very proud of my last body of work Q&A, but I am always most excited about the work that I’m doing next. The next painting, the next show, the next idea. I think as a creator, I have a need to create, and I am always driven by the next project.

What is your creative process like? I write a lot first, come up with ideas that I want to talk about. Then I start making painting ideas. I get into the studio and start shooting photos for source, then I edit those in the computer. Then I finally start painting.

If you could have anyone sit for one of your paintings, who would it be and why? I guess all of the people I want to sit for a painting, do. My work is based on human interaction. And for me making work about the people I know, best reflects the ideas in the work. They are personal, and talk about relationships. Me, my family, and close friends are my main models.

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My love for Jen Mann is no secret.

First of all, I heart that she lives where I live…knowing that talent like hers is so close just make me happy.

And second, well…she’s obvs a genius.  Like for real.

Her paintings are serene and menacing…sensual and cerebral…evocative and still beautiful…all at once.

Choosing my top 5 of Jen’s works was actually impossible so here’s a selection of her brilliance just because…

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jen mann art fair fridays cotton candy christine dovey heirloom and knot

jen mann art fair fridays garbage selfie christine dovey heirloom and knot

jen mann art fair fridays self portrait as a reflection christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays jen mann not the one christine dovey heirloom and knot

And just so you get an idea as to the scale of Jen’s pieces and her process…behold….

jen mann painting q & a series

jen mann painting q & a

I own one of her paintings and to say I feel proud to have it hanging in my home is a little bit of an understatement…

christine dovey sway living room jen mann

My ‘Sway’ is haunting and joyous all at once…arresting. Not a single person who sees it doesn’t comment or have something to say about what they think the piece is about. Like all of Jen’s portfolio, it’s a work that demands attention and conversation, which is so what art is supposed to be about.


Haute House- Candy Crushin’

Candy Crushin’
This week’s trend is good enough to eat! With the warm weather fast approaching, it’s time to pack up our more somber shades, and pull out pops of bright colour to freshen up this season’s trend of candy covered everything! To satisfy any size sweet tooth, you can indulge in a little or a lot of this trend, by offsetting it with black and white, or layering it in more even more delicious colour!
Whichever way you crave it, the eye candies below make it so that you can have your candy, and eat it too!
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1) This stunning piece entitled Bubblegum was created by Toronto artist, Jen Mann. To see more of her incredible works, visit her website at!gallery/zoom/cff9/i21eu5
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3) To add sweetness to any dish, these mini bowls from CB2 for just $2.95 each, are the perfect addition to your summer tabletop decor.
4) For candy covered lips, look no further than Mac’s Candy Yum-Yum for $16 (USD)
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5) Fashionable and functional, this Piper Backpack from Want Les Essentiels De La Vie in rosewater for $995 is the perfect back to school splurge, regardless of your age!
6) Kiss on Frosted Glass 1984 by James Elliott is a stunning piece of eye candy in shades of palatable blues and reds.
7) These adorable little Bubble Teacups from David’s Tea add a hint of sweetness to your morning cup of coffee or tea for $10 (set of 2)
8) If this week’s trend has actually got you craving some sugar, I suggest these delicious salted caramel French Macarons from Toronto’s Bobbette & Belle for $2.50 each
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9) For candy covered seating, go with this Eames Molded Plastic Wire-Base Side Chair from Design Within Reach for $339 (USD). If yellow is not your flavour, there are tons of different choices to suit your tastes.
10) These candy pink ASOS Himalayas Heeled Sandals for $80.40 are the perfect combination of sugar and spice to add to any spring/summer outfit.
11) For those who enjoy a strong peppermint flavour, pick up this darling little Tory Burch Robinson Chain Wallet for $295 at
12) To send a super sweet thank you note in the mail, try this Colourful Confetti Thank You Card by Waste Not Paper at Indigo for $14.50
13) For luscious looking locks, try this Rose “Super Cool Colour” by Bleach London
14) Last but not least, to enjoy a candy stripe without visiting your local retirement home circa the 1950s, go with this Geneva Platinum Women’s Faux Leather Stripe Watch for just $11.99 at
All so perfectly sweet and delicious!
PS…I need the shoes, backpack and both pieces of art large.

Project Flip – Zoning Isn’t my Favourite but Wallpaper and Moulding are!

I’ve got some news/updates re: Project Flip…

project flip christine dovey style

As I mentioned in my last post, my architect brought up some concerns re: zoning after our original design had been completed. The existing house is what you’d call ‘existing non-conforming’ because it was built before the current set-back rules were in place.  Basically, the house is too close to the road and way too close to the neighbour to the west. Because the house is staying, we apparently have to make sure that all additions conform to the current zoning by-laws.

In terms of our plan, this meant we had to push the back addition to the east by a couple of feet and move the garage/mudroom addition back by about the same. In theory, it doesn’t sound like a big deal but well, it was.  The roofline had to be completely re-designed and the affect of the easterly shift on the addition was pretty huge to the layout. After some rather large brainstorming sessions (and a few sleepless nights on both our parts I think) my architect wjbdesigns and I met and discussed options. And here’s the solution in plan terms…

project flip front elevation wjb designs christine dovey style

project flip main floor wjb designs christine dovey style

project flip upper floor wjb designs christine dovey style

In a nutshell…

1. We’ve pushed the kitchen out by about 2.5′ to give it a little bit of a nook where the range, lower cabinets and windows will be. To open up that peninsula wall where the sink and dishwasher are going, I’m going to do this sort of thing…

project flip nate berkus kitchen steel window

i.e. a Nate Berkus inspired steel window that separates the kitchen and family room.

2. Upstairs, we’ve had to re-configure the master ensuite/closet situation. In the new version, you have to walk through bathroom to get to the closet which isn’t my favourite really but it is what it is and definitely not the end of the world.  Overall, I’m pretty happy with the upstairs.  As a sort of fun way of getting that one bedroom with the bed stuck in the corner to work better, I’m thinking of doing built in bunks like these gems from Tim Barber/Kristen Panitch…

project flip tim barber bunk beds

3. The garage had to be made higher to tie in roof-lines so we need to fiddle with that a big…either with a larger garage door or some meatier trim to fill in the siding void…stay tuned on that.

And I think that’s it for structural stuff.  As you can see from the site plan, everything now fits in with current set-backs…thanks god…

project flip site elevation wjb designs christine dovey style

Construction drawings are now in the works so in about 6 weeks, we’ll be ready to go for permit!!!!

In the meantime, I’ve been working on some pretty fun collaborations to get this place looking ready for sale.

And to give you a little taste of that, have a little peek at some custom wallpaper Drop it Modern and I have been dreaming up…

project flip drop it modern wallpaper christine dovey

PS…if you haven’t had a look at their paper’s yet, you must…as evidenced by the fact that I’m using 4 patterns in #projectflip, I ADORE them in huge tremendous ways.  My personal favourite selection is the dot to dot…and that definitely has nothing to do with one of my paintings being part of the advertising for it;)

drop it modern dot to dot wallpaper christine dovey artwork

Love, love.

As for where I’m going to put all this paper goodness…the marble grey will go in the dining room, the pink and black graphic in one of the bedrooms, the dot to do in the other bedroom and the splatter like one on a ceiling (keeping that a bit of a secret for now:)  And though some of it will go on flat walls, I’m also planning on papering up some of the Metrie mouldings that are very hopefully going to play a huge part in this build.

Yuppers…I think it’s safe to say that elaborate trim work and fabulous architectural detail will be a plenty in this place….

project flip metrie

And when all is said and done, I’m hoping this little big house will feel and look very much like the inspo board I put together…

design inspiration project flip christine dovey

Budget pricing comes back this Wednesday so please god let the numbers be where I need them to be…I’m pretty invested in the vision at this point so fingers and toes are tightly crossed as they say:)