Interior Design Show 2017

In anticipation of the upcoming 19th Annual Interior Design Show on January 19-22nd, I am outlining my top 10 must-see exhibitors that I am most looking forward to seeing at this year’s show! With guest speakers like David Adjaye, one-of-a-kind design pieces and tons of inspiration for the new year, it was a major challenge picking just 10. If you are interested in attending the opening party or show, I am offering all my interior design loving readers a 10% discount with the promo code ‘IDS17TIM’ as well, I am giving away 2 tickets to the opening party and 2 weekend passes to a lucky follower who comments and tags the person they would bring with them to #IDS17! For those of you who are still on the fence about whether or not to attend, read on…

1. Altea Furniture

A furniture company that takes worn or distressed European antiques and gives them new life with modern and traditional techniques, sumptuous upholstering and beautiful detailing, is a company that is very much up my ally! Their new collection or pieces  reminiscent of their antiques, is also beyond beautiful…

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2. Montauk Sofa

Sofa’s made here in Canada, with a traditional solid wood frame,all covered by memory foam and down filled feather cushions…yes please. Also, they’re 100% the sexiest sofas that ever were…always a favourite stop at IDS!

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3. Lightmaker Studio

Lighting designed and manufactured in Toronto, with beautifully graphic lines, with an ode to mid-century optimism and nostalgia…yes, yes and yes…

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4. Premier Paint

Paint that’s made in Canada, covers in one coat, is $27.99/can, and comes in a giant array of stunning colours…all the yes…

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5. Mobilia

If you’re looking for high design, at amazingly affordable prices, Mobilia is such an incredible bet. I’ve been so impressed with their recent collections, and most noteably, with Janette Ewan’s Roaring Twenties Collection…I want every single item…

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6. Morghan Clayhall

I’m totally an absolutely obsessed with this custom furniture line from Toronto…the use of oil portraits and historical landscapes, in combo with modern lines and graphic neon, is nothing short of genius…

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7. Nanoleaf

I was first introduced to this very cool LED lighting a few months ago and am more in love than ever…to me, it feels like a modern take on neon. I love that you can change the design as often as you like and program the graphic to change colours and hues depending on placement or mood etc.

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8. Partial Gallery

Art is my favourite…I think everyone knows that;) Discovering a gallery filled with incredible Canadian talent, that allows you to rent pieces by the month and delivers them to your door…well that’s the biggest win every in the history of wins!

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9. Anony

I’m a total sucker or lighting that feels decidedly modern…combine that with a palate of pastel pink and well, I’m more than sold. In their words, “the studio strives to unite current technology & creativity into meaningful emotional experiences.” Mission so accomplished…

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10. My usual collection of favourite retailers…so look forward to seeing them al!

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And with that, make sure you leave a comment below to enter to win your tickets for the opening gala and/or even days…I’ll be there with bells on!

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Monday Moods-Happy New Year!

Happy 2017! With all the craziness that went on in 2016, I am more than looking forward to moving onto a new year. Along with the usual resolution to get more sleep and family time, I’m also hoping to do a little rebrand magic and expand upon things so that I can connect with all of you more often! Wishing you a very Happy New Year and new week! xx

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1. https://www.behance.net/gallery/5012003/neon

2. https://www.bando.com/products/i-believe-in-red-lipstick-pin?utm_campaign=Pinterest+Buy+Button&utm_content=pinterest-buy-button-054326a03-1a9e-415f-a056-11daad4f36a9&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Pinterest

3. https://www.behance.net/gallery/40466705/Madame-Quoi

My Canadian Tire Canvas Collaboration Reveal!

I am so excited to finally be able to fill you in on the latest project I have been working on! I had the most amazing opportunity to collaborate with Canadian Tire and create a Tailored Elegant space using their CANVAS Home & Dining collection.

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I am so thankful to the incredible team who worked with me to bring my ideas to reality! To see more of how I used the beautiful CANVAS collection to create a curated space that feels personal, memorable, and full of personality, check out this link!

 

One Room Challenge…Version 2.0 – The REVEAL!!!

It’s week 6…

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…and I really can’t believe I’m finally at the part where I get to say ‘I’m done and so excited to reveal my space’. The truth is, I really am so so excited. This room has been a long dumb road to get to. One that I’m not sure I’d do again honestly…re: renovating/bulding. I jumped into the 6 week challenge way back last fall when the room didn’t even exist. I mean it did in terms of being a drawing on a floorplan but in real life/actual space form, not so much. I naively thought that I had a change of willing it together in time to reveal but the gods just seemed to hate me…mostly because we just couldn’t get a damn roof on the thing, which meant, nothing could really happen inside. After some big effort from everyone involved at that time (builder, me, husband etc.,) this is where I started…aka the befores…

…and this is a glimpse of where we were come reveal time…

So yah…not #ideal.

If you missed that live action fun, you can catch up on my version one below…

Week One . Week Two . Week Three . Week Four . Week Five . Week Six

Fast forward to this round of the One Room Challenge and 6 weeks ago from today. Picture me sitting in a hotel room, waiting to actually move into the house that this little terror of a room I’m describing belonged to. I woke up on the day link ups were scheduled to start and though I hadn’t planned on taking part (because to be totally and brutally honest, I really didn’t need to add anything to my plate after a year long reno that almost killed me in so many ways,) I dove in at the last minute and posted pictures of the room that wasn’t…or wasn’t yet.  At the end of the day, I think I just needed some sort of closure on my failure last go around. I’m the kind of person that HATES not doing what I’ve signed up to do. Hates. So…in I jumped. In my head, it was going to be a much easier road than any of my other ORC goes. This time, there would be no construction. No relying on trades. No excuses. I had total control over getting this room done on time and the way I wanted. Or so I thought;)

If you missed this go around, see below…

Week One . Week TwoWeek Three . Week Four . Week Five

And to recap, in terms of before for this kick at the can, this is where version 2.0 started…

…or more accurately in terms of 6 weeks ago…here’s where things were…

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I had an empty room with no furniture but happily, walls/wallpaper/millwork/paint were done.

So…all I had to do was what I love most…design, decorate, re-upholster, art/primp the heck out of the place.

It sounded real easy. But as always, it wasn’t a cake-walk.

For one, I just couldn’t nail down the right fabric for the chairs I planned on using. Also, I was feeling sort of blah about the room for a long time. I’m not really sure why in hindsight but I guess I’d just thought about and started at it for way too long. My 6 weeks was more accurately a year and what once felt new, was slowly starting to feel laboured and not like a first kiss.

Fast forward to week four when my hand painted drapery arrived courtesy of my brilliantly talented friend Hollie Cooper. When I showed her what I wanted, I almost instantly thought I might have got it wrong. Maybe the pattern would be too much…or maybe not enough etc. Thankfully, my self-doubt was stupid on this one and what happened after said curtain install was one of those moments us creative types always work for/towards. The minute the drapes went in, my love affair for this room instantly took hold. It became everything I hoped it would be…cozy, comfortable, neutral…but also bold, artistic and slightly ugly…that description might sound weird to some but it’s my favourite type of mix and the moment the curtains happened, the vision for the space became super duper clear. From then on, it was just a matter of taking my brain matter and bringing it really to life.

And in the end, the room did/does do what I wanted it to.

It’s grown up…probably more so than any space I’ve ever designed. It’s maybe a little more ‘decorated’ than I usually do but in a way that doesn’t rely on quirkiness as much as I usually like…instead, it just exists in this sort of comfortable realm of ‘it feels super good to be in’. And for me, I guess that feels like a bit of an evolution in terms of how I see design and well, that’s kind of cool I guess.

And with that giant long monologue, I should probably stop writing and just get to the reveal.

Here’s my little bedroom in professional photographer form, thanks to the incredibly talented/awesome Ashley Capp

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one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

And then some i-phone ‘diy’ specials…because…as you might notice, the first set have a propped in Platner chair from my living room because my Stellar Works chairs got held up in re-upholstery thanks to my indecision on fabric…

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All in all, it’s been a pretty awesome experience seeing this room grow from nothing and I have a whole heck of a lot of people to thank for it getting to where it is now.  As with every round of this crazy challenge, it’s hard not to feel ridiculously grateful for the ORC journey/ Linda for dreaming the whole thing up/ amazing sponsors for making it a little easier and more beautiful/ incredible friends and trades and suppliers for bringing visions to life.

A HUGE thanks to these peeps for getting the bones of the space to where it is now…

RMS– my builders…thanks to them for making my house…truly…having this house turn into what I always dreamed it would be is something I will always be grateful for.

Super Allen/Super Jeremy- I have no words. They are my spirit animals in carpenters form…I love them for always making me feel like what I dream up isn’t out of reach or weird or not doable. They bring to life everything I ever come up with and I’m eternally grateful.

Metrie– my house would be a shell of a house without the interior finishings, millwork and doors from Metrie. This room is no exception. My love for this company and all of their fixings is real.

Para Paints– Loucks Farm for the win…love the warm, dark, taupy grey like no ones business.

Drop it Modern– always a favourite…wallpaper geniuses with the best customer service/customization options in all the land. This company has come through for me in terms of wallpaper dreams over and over again. Love x so so much.

Alexanian– my room is grounded with the white oak floors that run through the whole house and I love them in real and deep ways. So thankful to have worked with them on my whole house.

Fieldstone Windows– double hung windows that I got to paint the colour of my walls and that fulfill all my window dreams ever = happiness.

Trumeau Stones– true craftsmanship is something that’s hard not to admire and seeing my limestone fireplace(s) installed in this new house was something that made me feel so incredibly grateful. Our bedroom surround is truly the focal point of the room and I couldn’t love it more.

Hollie Cooper Interiors– no words here again…Hollie is my dear dear friend and I treasure her to the moon and back. On top of that, she’s an incredible talent who always manages to take my crazy draper/paint/pillow requests and make them real. As I mentioned earlier in the post, the drapery she made for this room (and moss green silk + Hollyhock pillows,) are my favourite.

J and J Made– upholsterer of my unicorn dreams…that’s all I have to say on that front. When you can re-do a settee and pair of chairs on one week, you’re forever A-Ok in my books. Also, the quality of the upholstery is business.

Karastan– all I have to say here is leopard in carpet form. Love.

Crystorama– I’m a vintage lighting lover so new crystal has always scared me a bit…enter Crystorama and I’m a total convert. ADORE the bedroom chandy.

DecoratorsBest– fabric nirvana…that is all. My settee is so much happier in its Pindler and Pindler black vinyl glory.

JF Fabrics– Stellar Works chairs are soooooo much more handsome with their new wool covers/moss green silk pillows.

Black Rooster Decor– I could never ever do a room without a little BR furniture/art/accessory goodness in it…ever. For this reveal, it’s all about the white vase/morrocan table/graphic art/reindeer hide/applique pillow happiness.

Druthers and Hammond– custom makers of so many good things. My nightstands had to be designed to perfectly fit in a really narrow space and they do…and the finish is sublime…and I love love love how they look.

Upper Canada Specialty Hardware– this room has the same black hardware as the rest of my house and I love it so hard. UCSH is an amazing resource with the best, best selection.

Park Blvd– I didn’t love texture in the way I do now until I discovered this pillow company. Their textiles are just beyond and I’m so happy to have some Scottish wool/ lambswool in this room…it just makes it all infinitely more cozy.

Arianna Belle– I don’t think I’ve ever worked on a project and not had one of her pillows…I finally got to use my fave Kubus in this space and lurv it.

Nicole Cohen– the most inspiring creative talent I know and someone I’m lucky to call a friend…her photography is splashed all over this room.

Society 6– art + great prices + a huge variety…so good.

Anewall– I love this store…plain and simple. I think every room of my new house has a little anewall in it. Their love and admiration for history mixed with a little edge is totally my jam.

Minted– art love again…so many beautiful pieces to select from…my fireplace car is an all time favourite.

Fiori Oakville– a room of mine would never be the same without their flowers…ever.

(And some other source goodness…Chairs- Stellar Works; Linen bedding- West Elm; Sheets, marble vase and wood ball- HomeSense; Art (not noted already)- Leigh Viner, IKEA, vintage; Throws- Elte and HomeSense; Console table- Vern and Vera; Vase and Jonathan Adler canister- Shop 219; Brass script- Gleena Ceramics; Cotton- Sheridan nurseries; Mirrors, cone, bust and wood form- vintage; Ceiling medallion- Home Depot; Platner chair- vintage; Settee- Flik and Company; Picture frames- Michaels and IKEA; Canvas wrapping- Art Printing; Book- Indigo; Candle- H&M Home; Sconces- CB2)

And with that, I think this reveal is a wrap:)))

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you venture over to see all of the incredible reveals from the featured designers

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AND…also dive in to see all that my fellow linkers have put together…so many good things to be enjoyed and inspired by.

Until next time!!!

*** edit…for some bizarre reason, my comment box doesn’t seem to be working, which on an ORC reveal day, is a pretty large bummer. If any wordpress geniuses out there know why this might be happening, I’d so appreciate the help!!! In the meantime, you can leave a comment by replying to mine if you feel so inclined:)

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One Room Challenge – Version 2.0 Week Four

Hey there and welcome back to my ongoing master bedroom One Room Challenge saga…

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So far, despite a few little setbacks, this version (weeks onetwo and three) has definitely been been smoother than my previous go around…things are happening and coming together and though I’ve been debating selections all damn week, I do think the room will actually be finished on time.

As for this week itself, most of my time has been spent debating fabrics, art and colour palates…though I’m pretty clear on what the overall scheme is now going to be, for some reason, this room has been harder for me to nail down in terms of vibe. I’m working with a lot of pattern with the Karastan leopard rug and Drop it Modern wallpaper so this room isn’t one that’s ever going to read as minimal or sleek. I also have some existing photographs from Maude Arsenault and Minted that have sort of driven my art story. I spent a lot of time this week trying to find one piece to go over my bed…one that would compliment the other works and still seem interesting and a little gritty…this room needs that.  The more I looked though, the more I couldn’t find that special one. Art is usually easy for me so getting a little stuck in this arena has been weird. Anyhow, after some thinking and looking and looking some more, I did two things: 1. I went down to my basement and started looking through art that I already have. 2. I hit Pinterest for some good old fashioned inspo. And after doing both those things and playing around a bit with the idea, I finally figured out the problem I’d been having. Though I’m usually a large statement art kind of girl, it seems as though this room just isn’t that. It’s screaming for cozy and layered and rich and layered. So…I’m thinking of layering all the walls with piles and piles of art. I have a lot of walls…it’s a room with nooks and bends so there is a ton of opportunity to layer. I also think the art will help break up the expanses of paper a bit so the more the think about it, the more I like the idea.

So far, I’ve been moving these trying things out with these guys…

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And I like all the earthiness and the big mixology business.  The large car will still go over the fireplace but as for the rest, this upcomming week will be all about placement and where to put what. I’m also adding a few new prints to the mix just to make the walls as full as possible. To start, I was lucky enough to get a copy of Nicole Cohen’s Absurdist Summer while I was visiting NY so I hit that bad-boy up and tore out some goodies…

I’m also getting this lovely from her…

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…because it’s obvs moody and pretty and ugly, which is my favourite.

And then I visited some of my fave art and decor websites to find other pieces to compliment…here’s what I’m looking at so far…

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…a little Society 6 (landscape, red dress, man tat, lipsAnewall and Black Rooster all mixed with my already owned business.

I’m also highly motivated to get that Bonjour Light sign from Bxx Lght. I discovered them thanks to Waiting on Martha and am very much hoping I can get that sucker on time.

So that’s art…I think:) Lord pray it all gets here on time and I figure out how to hang it all. This much art placement is not for the faint of heart my friends.

Besides art, I also squared away fabrics. For the settee, I selected a black Pindler and Pindler Vaquero vinyl from DecoratorsBest.  For the chairs, a Kravet velvet in burgundy and then I also bit the bullet and ordered a new set of pillows from Arianna Belle at the 18th hour…I’ve loved Hollyhock forever and a day and think the extra little bit of pattern will be swell. Here’s the whole official textile story…

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So to recap, art and fabric…check.

On the ‘not still decided’ front, lighting. I bit the bullet this week and bought a pair of sconces from CB2 since by fluke, they actually had two in stock. Though I really like them, I’m just not totally sold…they’re big and I already have a large in and in charge Crystormama chandelier  and I’m a bit worried it’s just a bit too much and that maybe the giant sconces and giant chandy aren’t playing well in the schoolyard.

I’m going to sit on them a bit…until my curtains come…and then decide. My back-up is something like these dudes…

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We’ll see.

As for the chandelier itself…she went up when I was out and the medallion wasn’t installed so…this week will also be the week when I take down all those crystals and then hang them back up once the ceiling is at it should be.  While down, I might try to tarnish up the chrome cap a bit…she’s just reading a bit too new in this room that’s going to try and look all oldy-worldy like. I might also paint the sleeves to dirty them up a bit…if I’m feeling super brave and energetic:)

So to recap…I installed sconces that I may or may not keep, ordered fabric and am going to try to create the lovechild of these three spaces on my walls…

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God speed to me.

Also to the 20 fabulous featured participants who I know are killing their spaces…

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And to the linking peeps who are doing the same.

x

Haute Spots – Good Neighbour

Good Neighbour…prettiest facade ever…most beautiful tin ceiling/track lighting situation in the history of situations…brass displays as far as the eye can see…and a STUNNING collection of curated clothing/accessory goodies for boys, girls and kiddos. All of this to say, it’s perfect…

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haute spots christine dovey the good neighbour toronto

haute spots christine dovey the good neighbour toronto

haute spots christine dovey the good neighbour toronto

haute spots christine dovey the good neighbour toronto

I pretty much want to live there.

And I need to actually own that coat.

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