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!
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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! http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/accessories/products/square-gold-mixed-plates-set-of-4
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! http://www.clubmonaco.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=58398366&prodFindSrc=search
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. http://www.chloe.com/en/content/jewellery-0
4) To add even more metallic glow, this Daphne Gold Decanter from One Kings Lane is just the thing, on sale for $39! https://www.onekingslane.com/product/53662/3105203

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5) Need to keep cool and look haute at your cocktail soiree? Try this Alice and Olivia Fan Pouch for $198 http://www.aliceandolivia.com/fan-pouch.html
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 http://www.kellywearstler.com/home-tray/salone-tray/HDS0015.html?cgid=home-tray&dwvar_HDS0015_color=BRON#start=1

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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. http://www.freepeople.com/chunky-oversized-pullover/_/CMCATEGORYID/683d4023-53f5-4900-b5ce-ecf465df31a9/?searchString=28521417
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 http://camillestyles.com/living/field-trip/field-trip-floral-class-with-the-nouveau-romantics/
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 https://www.onekingslane.com/product/55104/3721519
11) Last but certainly not least, these Kate Spade Color Pop Statements Studs are perfect…in general. For $68 http://www.katespade.com/color-pop-statement-studs/WBRUA227,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.

Wednesday Whoa and a Giveaway – DX Design Auction

I’m so happy to be showcasing my picks from from the first ever Design Exchange Auction that’s coming up on May 29th, in support of Toronto’s Design Exchange.

design exchange items curated by christine dovey

1|| Bleeker Street Table by Avenue Road 2|| Dorwin Chair by Bernhardt 3|| Katavolos T-Chair For Laverne by Caviar 20 4|| Mini Trapezoid Sculpture by Kelly Wearstler 5|| Vintage Saarinen Table by Knoll 6|| Mesa Dinette Table by 45 Kilo 7|| Fast Vase by Cedric Ragot for Rosenthal US 8|| Landscape Tableware Set by The Drake General Store 9|| Smile Chair by Andreu World 10|| Trace Lamp by Mercury Bureau

And if you’re curious as to what this auction is all about…

Including a beautiful hand selected collection of furnishings and decorative objects, the auction features “items donated from the personal collections of local and international design starts and personalities, as well as limited editions items from world-renowned interior design brands….with all proceeds from the sale going towards supporting DX’s eduction programs, curatorial initiatives and the permanent collection.”

As for the Design Exchange itself is…well…it’s a pretty fantasitcal place here in Toronto…”Established in 1994, Design Exchange (a registered charitable, not-for-profit cultural institution,) is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage.  From furniture and architecture to graphics and fashion, DX exhibitions and talks are curated to reflect contemporary culture, while demonstrating the relevance and importance of design to everyday life.”

So with all that said, here are is a little close-up of my selections…


One – This Bleeker Table from Avenue Road is as graphic as it is functional.  I love the contrast of the hard material and rounded delicate shape. It’s edgy but still timeless.


Two – I don’t think I really need to give much explanation as to why I love the Dorwin Chair by Bernhardt…just look at it…all that brass and creamy leather had me at hello a looooong time ago. It’s a sexy beast of a chair.


Three- I’m a firm believer that every living space needs at least one vintage chair and when it’s a black leather, sculptural beauty like this one by Katavolos for Laverne, it just makes all kinds of sense.


Four – Two words on this one…Kelly. Wearstler…that’s really all I need to say there. Everything she makes/produces is at the very top of my wish list. This trapezoid piece is all kinds black and white graphic yumminess.


Five – The Saarinen tulip table is a vintage classic…it works with every decor and instantly makes any room a little more special. It’s timeless, versatile and effortlessly chic.


Six – Oh my lawd…the Mesa Dinette table is just soooo darn pretty.  I love the balance/tension created between the its glamorous regency feel and modern sculptural design.


Seven- I love objects that are slightly weird and this Fast Vase by Cedric Ragot is exactly that…it’s graphic and punchy but also whimsical and playful…a good mix to be sure.  Throw one of these bad boys on your fireplace mantle or coffee table and I promise your space will look instantly more artful.


Eight – I have this slightly weird obsession with pretty plates and these pastel landscape designs just make my heart go all pitter patter like. Their slightly ‘Canadiana’ish too, which just makes me love them that much more.

smile chair by andreu world

Nine – Modern black dining chairs are my jam and jelly and these ones by Andreu World are pretty perfect. I can see a set of them placed in an old Parisian apartment with buckets of plaster mouldings and a huge crystal chandy above…a perfect mix.

trace lamp by mercury bureau

Ten – The Trace Lamp by Mercury Bureau is an exercise in modern minimalism…it’s bold but restrained and unfussy…simple and clean but still graphic and interesting. Like the chairs above, I’d love to see one of these juxtaposed with an ornate ceiling medallion above.

Though these ten pieces are my favourites, there are so many more beautiful selections being auctioned off as part of this amazing event.  And because I know you’d love to see this stunning collection for yourself and maybe even have the chance to bid on a thing or two, I’m hosting a giveaway for tickets to the evening taking place on May 10th from 7-10pm.  Oh and PS, these peeps will be there too…Arren Williamns, Raymond Girard, Tommy Smythe, Brandon Tiraro, James Davie, Karen von Hahn, Rick Mugford, Troy Seidman, Derreck Martin, Natalie Mitrovich, Kate Thronley-Hall so yah…it’s your definite chance to see/buy some beautiful things and hob-nob with the who’s-who of design/design media:)

To enter:

1. Leave a comment below

For extra entries:

1. Follow me on Instagram

2. Follow the Design Exchange on Instgram

3. Instagram your favourite piece from my curated collection using hashtag #designexchangeandchristinedovey

So that’s a total of 4 chances to win. Please make sure you leave a separate comment for each so I can talley:)

Bon chance!  I’ll draw for the winner one week from today on May 27th.


Haute House – Black and White

“You say I’m Wearing too much Black, but All I Hear is You Look Great”
What is white, black and chic all over? This week’s trend of black and white graphic prints! This trend is virtually a no-brainer as it is likely the most famous pairing next to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. This time however, it is resurfacing in bold, modern, graphic prints of all shapes and sizes. Polka dots, stripes, outer space, animal skins, you name it and it is probably in the next store window, or even better, around your house or existing wardrobe. Since this is not this trend’s first walk around the block, it is easy to incorporate or invest in some new items…like the ones below!
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1) These paper straws are probably the least practical item, but completely necessary in making your table top decor pop with pattern for $9.95 at CB2
Who really uses a straw anyways?
2) These Louis Vuitton Black and White Kusama Rond Dots Limited Edition sunglasses are a bit of a splurge at $838.95, but remember that part I said about investing? Guaranteed these bad boys will never go out of style!
3) Retro, Pop art inspired Aldo Choewia Leather Black & White Spot Heeled Court shoes have all the graphic elements that will have you putting your best foot forward all the time.
4) Is it a landscape? Is it a constellation? The only thing I know for sure, is that if I had this Miss Misty Jacket II from Lululemon Athletica, I might seriously consider taking up running.
5) When it comes to black and white, Chanel wrote the book on it-literally, and if you need even more inspiration check out this three piece set by Francois Baudot for $47 at http://www.amazon.ca/Chanel-Set-3-Francois-Baudot/dp/2843235189/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1430767789&sr=8-4&keywords=chanel
6) Good things come in small packages, or are small packages just good things? In the case of Kelly Wearstler’s Origami Mini Box, they definitely are! For $495 at http://www.kellywearstler.com/home-decor-view-all/origami-mini-box/HDS0076.html?cgid=home-decor-view-all&dwvar_HDS0076_color=BKWHT#start=1
7) TBT to a few weeks back when we were talking graphic flowers with this Rebecca Taylor Sleeveless Splashed Flowers Flippy Dress!
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8) For a little revamp inspiration, take note how perfectly Madeline Weinrib mixes vintage and modern with this Zig Zag Amagansett vintage American chair for $2,500 http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/article/2013/12/03/black-white-red-furniture-accessories/
9) Enjoy the heat while still looking cool, in this Zara Two-Tone Wide Brim Hat for just $29.90!
10) Add some graphic detail to your outfit with this Nancy Gonzalez Crocodile Clutch Bag w/Cutout Overlay.
11) Last but not least, lest we forget the original graphic tee. This Truly Madly Deeply Mod Fitted Cropped Top from Urban Outfitters is $34.
Black and white is my favourite…black and white is my favourite.