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
NG Collective Studio
Laura Naples & Kristen Grorgi

Featured Product:

No. 1  NG Collective Studio – Korthos Pillow Cover – $85.00

No. 2  CB2 – Leisure Blush 23″ Pillow – $49.95

No. 3  Jimmy Choo – Trinny Leather Pumps – $793.68

No. 4  Compartes – Premium Chocolate Bars – $9.95

No. 5  CB2 – Intermix Blue-Green Plate – $5.99

No. 6  Black Rooster Décor – Marble Boxes – $1,049.00

No. 7  Heirloom & Knot – Neapolitan Stripe Wallpaper – $60.00

No. 8  Urban Outfitters – Printed Tin Candle – $8.00

No. 9  Gramercy & Co. – Rablabs Emerald Quartz Kiva Platter with Silver Trim – $420.00

No. 10  Clinique – Long Last Lipstick Soft Matte – $19.00–24

No. 11  ASOS – New Look Panelled Libby – $54.16


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.


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…
haute house christine dovey femme fatal lingerie shoes bracelet i dare you perfume
1) To show a hint of your bad girl side, try this Alexander McQueen Gold Twin Skull Bracelet for $320 at
2) Take your femme fatale self to new heights in these Jimmy Choo Black Scale Mendez Ankle Boots for $630 at
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
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
haute house christine dovey femme fatal
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 and lace briefs
7) Being a femme fatale can be tiring! Take a rest on this Mod Leather Daybed at Black Rooster Decor for $2,334
haute house femme fatal christine dovey
8) For seductive lighting that is pretty with an edge, go to Shop 219 for this Ananas Table Lamp for $698
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
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
Girl boss all the way this week and I love it.

Project Flip – This Weeks Ups and Downs

It was a timultious week at Project Flip…

project flip logo

On Wednesday, the happiest day of my life happened and after more than 2 years of staring at this house and wathcing it sit idol, demoliton/asebestos abatement actually began…




And wouldn’t you know it, we found neat things like wood under that gross, gross tile.

The kitchen got ripped out and within only 24 hours, major demo of the interior finishes was complete.

I was happy….so so happy.

But then…just as quickly as it started, things stopped dead in their tracks.

An anonymous neighbour called the town to make sure we had a demo permit in place…the situation on that is that we had gone in for a site alteration permit and with the advice of our architect, had decided to bundle the demo and building permit together…both of which are due to go in this week. Because we weren’t knocking down walls at this point and just wanted to get on with getting the abatement underway inside, EVERYONE said that we could start this process as the demo permit was being applied for.  But because of some really mean/ugly person, we’re now at a standstill again.

Cue hysterical crying from me and many many texts, phone calls to see if we had any recourse to get work moving again.

My architect has been asked to split the two permits and file the demo one today so gods willing, we’ll be back up sometime this week.

In the meantime, and as has been the case for sooooooo long now, I’ve been using the time off actual work progress to meet with some vendors/suppliers/artisans/shop owners to source out some pretty incredible things for the inside of this place.

First up, I visited the amazing showroom of Cosentino here in Toronto and picked out some incredible surfaces for the kitchen, mudroom and bathrooms…

1. Silestone counters with Integrity sinks for kitchen…


2. Silestone Ariel for master bathroom counter…



3. Silestone Lagoon for kitchen counters…



4. Dekton Kelya or Sirius for the mudroom counters…

dekton kelya

dekton sirius

5. Dekton Aura for ensuite walls…


dekton aura


Re f#4 and 5…If you haven’t heard of Dekton, holy moly…it’s incredible. Read about that HERE.  You can put the stuff on the outside of buildings for goodness sakes. OBSESSED with it.

Thrilled beyond measure to be using Cosentino goodness for every solid surface in the house.  You know I’m a dyhard marble fan but I when it comes to resale and giving people something that looks incredible and will be stong like bull, Silestone and Dekton is where it’s at.

So counters check.

Moving on.

I also visited my favourite of all time architectural salvage place on Saturday and picked out three goodies for the house.

Thanks to the Door Store the house will very hopefully be getting these things (crossing fingers)…

1. A vanity for the powder room…that will be painted black or matte grey…

FullSizeRender (17)

2. Antique doors for the kitchen pantry or to separate the office from the family room…

FullSizeRender (18)

3. A hutch for the dining room…to be painted white or black…or just stripped…


And last but most definitely not least, I spent Sunday with the family…


…visiting one of the most magical places on earth…Trumeau Farms…the home and very beautiful country showroom for Trumeau Stones


FullSizeRender (19)

















It honestly was the MOST inspiring place.

I left wanting a country escape of my own with vinyards SO badly.

I also came home with all my fingers and toes over this…




…a beautiful French surround that the owner/artist Mark will cast out of this lucsious black limestone creation…


I’m quite literally OVER THE MOON about it.

This fireplace will make our living room sing and will create the sort of old work magic that will serve as the perfect backdrop for some of the more modern touches I also hope to add.

So…though it’s been a week of bad news blues in the demo department, I’m bursting with anticipation that all of the above will turn our once very un-special little house into something that’s anything but.

Stay tuned!


Art Fair Fridays- Magnus Gjoen

It’s Friday again and both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are thrilled to share with you this week’s installment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series.

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing the talented visual provocateur Magnus Gjoen, whose stunning prints examine the correlation between religion, war, beauty & destruction. With an intriguing background that includes time working for the legendary fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, this London-born artist, through his art, likes to explore the misconception of beauty. Changing peoples preconceived notions of objects by taking something that is potentially destructive and turning it into a beautiful, yet fragile object of art.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist? I started as a professional Artist about 4 years ago when I was still working in fashion. A year or so after I quit my job, and became a full-time artist. It was a matter of priority where I realised that the art was taking over and I needed more time to do it.

What is your favourite medium to work in and why? I’m constantly trying new mediums and have just finished an exhibition called ‘Monster’ which was mainly Perspex. I liked the polished and glossy finish you got by perfectly laser-cut shapes out of Perspex combined with print. I usually use a mixture of mediums especially with my 2D originals. With the 3D works I’ve used everything from fibreglass to porcelain. Digital and photography have always been part of my work so I would say that no matter what I do there is that element either in the process or the final outcome. It’s about taking something that already exists and reworking it and giving new meaning to it which excites me most. You’re trying to comment on modern society with something that was made 500 years ago, but with a twist which gives it new meaning.

How would you describe your signature style? I enjoy digging up past treasures and reworking them for a contemporary climate. It becomes a kind of Neo-Renaissance.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art? It was more of a question. ‘What are you going to do next- what is the next step?’ It gets you thinking and when you start asking yourself certain questions you progress.

How would you describe your creative process? I constantly do research whether I’m in London or abroad. It’s like collecting snap-shots of beauty from around the world which in the end all come together and either triggers an idea or enables you to finish something you weren’t sure how to. If I can’t find the right balance with an artwork I’ll leave it, even for as long as a year, until something gives me that idea or technique to finish it. I tend to spend a month or more in Italy in summer and visit a lot of museums and churches, but also contemporary art galleries for inspiration.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date? Probably showing at the Saatchi Gallery.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration? Florence (where I am writing this) and Venice are awe inspiring. I can never get enough of Italy and the rich culture and art.

What do you think sets your work apart from other designers? Everyone has their own taste and rules they work from when creating art. Mine is about balance, beauty and emotions. It’s my balance, my beauty and how I want to emotionally involve the viewer. I would say that would be how my work is different from others.

Art Fair Fridays - Magnus

Magnus Gjoen
Delft Stag Beetle

Featured Products:

No. 1   Society Social – Canton – Cobalt Blue – $184.00 Per Roll

No. 2  Versace – Le Grand Divertisse Bread and Butter Plate – $106.00–24

No. 3  Rifle Paper Co. – Everyday Composition Pocket Notebooks – $10.00

No. 4  Cire Trudon – Bethléem Scented Candle – $112.41

No. 5  Zara Home – BLUE PRINTED PILLOW – $25.90

No. 6  The Evolution Store – Torynorrhina Flammea Blue Flower Beetle – $119.00

No. 7  Dolce & Gabbana – Printed faille wedge sandals – $944.19

No. 8  MET Museum – China: Through the Looking Glass Poster – $25.00

No. 9  Zinc Door – Bungalow 5 Legend Temple Jar – $225.00


The work of Magnus Gjoen is provocative and demands contemplation.  It isn’t for the faint of heart or for those who are simply after something pretty or without contorversy. His work is arresting and unapololgetic…each piece layered and complex…full of meaning and dialogue.

For me personally, Magnus’ work has the ability to tranform things I loathe and really feel disdain for, into art pieces full of magic.  He makes me appreciate objects I usually find repulsive and almost forces me to form an appreciation for the pureness of their anatomical and sturctural form.  He works tread ever so perfectly along a border of love and hate and are beautiful in their ugliness…truly anything but forgettable.

Here are my top 5 from his gallery.

art fair friday magnus gjoen madonna mother and child christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair friday magnus gjoen flowers gun christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays magnus gjoen roses are dead christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays magnus gjoen darkness makes on fumble for a key to a door wide open

art fair fridays magnus gjoen roses are dead christine dovey heirloom and knot

So hauntingly beautiful.


Haute House – A Midsummer Night’s Cocktail Party

A Midsummer Night’s Cocktail Party
Last week I spoke about Not-So-Basic Basics, and this week I will be talking about the complete opposite! With all the rich colours of the flowers blooming and the lush green foliage, there is no better setting in which to throw a luxe cocktail party in your very own backyard. If you feel you truly need an excuse  to celebrate, pick any of the following items and make any occasion a special one!
haute house summer romance club monaco dress black rooster plates kate spade rings  one kings lane gold decanter
1) Pretty enough to eat off of, these Black Rooster Decor Square Gold Mixed Plates set of 4 for $91 are versatile enough to mix and match, or memorable enough to work as a stand alone piece to make your tabletop pop!
2) This Club Monaco Melynda Dress for $229 is dying to be layered in luxe cocktail necklaces and bold red lips or for a more natural look, dewy cheeks and bare feet!
3) Speaking of cocktail jewelry, these Chloe Darcey Round Brass & Natural Stone Rings strike the perfect balance between elegant and edgy and can be worn with any outfit.
4) To add even more metallic glow, this Daphne Gold Decanter from One Kings Lane is just the thing, on sale for $39!

haute house christine dovey summer romance alice and olivia pouch fedora kelly wearstler brass tray

5) Need to keep cool and look haute at your cocktail soiree? Try this Alice and Olivia Fan Pouch for $198
7) Ultra luxurious, and somewhat surreal, this Kelly Wearstler Salone Tray in Natural Bronze is the ultimate eye candy for any of your summer shindigs! For $2, 895

haute house christine dovey summer romance fee people sweater camilla styles flowers vintage wine glasses kate spade pink earrings

8) In case the temperatures dip a little lower as the evening grows late, wrap yourself in this Free People Chunky Oversized Pullover for $131.85 in any of their selection of colours, my favourite being this one in misty pink.
9) What is a party without incredible looking flowers? For a summer look try something that’s a little wild, to learn how to make this one go to
10) The mark of a good cocktail party (besides how strong the drinks are), is the way in which the cocktail is presented and what better way than in these vintage Italian solid brassToasting Glasses (set of 4) by Antique Lifestyles for $129 at
11) Last but certainly not least, these Kate Spade Color Pop Statements Studs are perfect…in general. For $68,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_WBRUA227_color=411&cgid=ks-jewelry-earrings#start=5&cgid=ks-jewelry-earrings
I’m so into the romance of these tones lately…pink, burgundy and icy blue are just so pretty together…perfect for a summer’s eve soiree.