Monday Moods-Modern Romance

This week I am loving the use of deep jewel tones mixed with strong metals like gold and copper to create a romantic look. Elements of blooming florals and gorgeous bouquets are enough to make me want to skip ahead to warmer times ahead.

MM8-01 1. Floral Dress from Zara

2. Roma Chandelier from Black Rooster Decor

3. Tom Dixon’s accessory line at Klaus

4. Lips patch from ban.do

5. Kaishi Chair from CB2

6. Incredible arrangement by Coyote Flowers

Happy Monday, lovelies! I hope your week is full of romance.

Monday Moods-The End of Summer

Despite having been out of school for quite a while now, there is still something fresh and exciting about this time of year that has me motivated to get back on track and moving forward with lots of different projects. Though I am sad to see the summer go, I am excited for what’s coming next. This week’s Monday Mood is all about my favourite things-old movies, beautiful spaces and pops of pink on pink!

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  1.  http://www.garancedore.com/fr/2012/11/17/weekend-inspiration-47/
  2. http://theeverygirl.com/le-petite-studios-minneapolis-office-tour
  3. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062534/
  4. http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=101297966
  5. http://www.natecotterman.com/phase-series
  6. http://www.packagingoftheworld.com/2016/08/lola-by-maier.html
  7. https://www.behance.net/gallery/16598297/THE-STUDIO

Happy Monday lovelies xx

One Room Challenge – Version 2.0…Week Three

Well hello and welcome back to my second go at finishing off a master bedroom as part of the…

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If you’re new here and feel like catching up on this room’s ORC history, you can catch up on weeks one and two, and/or my failed attempt at the last 6 week round.

For today, I’ve got some debate updates on some selections to discuss, since not much has changed with the room itself.

Last week I talked about how I wanted to switch up the original design plan a bit to incorporate a little more black and perhaps some burgundy goodness.

Like if these two rooms…

one room challenge christine dovey colour palate

chrisitine dovey one room challenge colour palate

 

…got together and had a traditional/modern love child.

I spent this week trying to nail down my fabrics to make it all happen.

On the burgundy front, I’ve wanted to use Gretchen Belliger’s velvet foreves…

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…so that’s happening on my Stellar Works chairs…

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For the settee, I’ve been pouring through black vinyl options. Originally, I wanted to channel the leather but I completely forgot that there’s a loose seat cushion so that just won’t work. So…cool vinyls for the win. At the beginning of the week, I convinced myself that I could finally take the plunge on my favourite animal printed fabric lovlieness of all time…Dedar Croco…

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Unfortunately, the monies on this bad girls are just too high so I’ve been looking around for some alternatives. These dudes are all in the running…

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chrisitne dovey one room challenge vinyl designer fabrics

chrisitne dovey one room challenge vinyl designer fabrics

chrisitne dovey one room challenge vinyl designer fabrics

Option 1 or 2 are probably my favourites. We shall see.

On the fabric front, I just got a sneak peek at my hand painted Hollie Cooper curtain magic and it’s well…

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MAGIC! So excited to see this turned into drapes!

What else!?!? Oh yes…I had a bit of a set-back on the sconce front. Originally, I sourced these Lambert et Fils beauties…

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…but it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to get them in time. Normally I’d choose what I really wanted over the pressure of a reveal but I’ll be damned if I’m not going to make this 6 week deadline again so the search continues.

I got pretty excited when I found these amazing things from Worksted…

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…and thought my perseverance had paid off, but alas, same problemo with production times…there’s just no way I’d get them in 3 weeks.  My search is actually doubly limited…both because of time, but also because I’m looking for plug ins.

If the darn lack of electrical box think wasn’t an issue, I’d bag these Kelly Wearstler nirvanas up and call it a day…

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But alas it is.

So to sum the lighting situation up, I’m sort of back to square one and looking at more off the shelf options. The knock-off Mouille is always a possibility but I’ve used those quite a bit and really want something a bit different. Any suggestions at this point would be very welcome:)

And with that last little assistance request, I’ll call this week a day.

Make sure you click over to read how the 20 featured designers faired this week, if you haven’t done that already…

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 Participants

And then, of course also read through all the linking business…there’s a lot of solidly awesome stuff going on.

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Haute Spots – Elle Canada Closet

I’m sort of blending posts today and showcasing both a Haute Spot and some design work all in one because I honestly can’t wait to share a very exciting project I’m working on.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been hired to design the brand spanking new Elle Canada Closet…

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And I’m sooooo excited.

Getting to design a fashion closet that’s going to be the hub for editorial magazine and online features, is pretty fantastical indeed.

I knew from the very beginning that I wanted the space to be glamorous, feminine and a little bistro like. So, with that overall vision in mind, I presented this design board to the client…

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Along with these photos, which really set the framework for the design…

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From the start, I knew I wanted to take the one large room and sort of divide into two main areas, with the front functioning as seating area and place where we could showcase clothing on both rolling racks and a wall display…at the back, I wanted a vanity area, closed storage and of course, like any good closet bistro, a bar.

On the walls, I envisioned beautiful Metrie moulding ( set against a palate of white and pink.  And speaking of Metrie…I specked these beautiful Fashion Forward doors for the main entrance…

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For the floors,  I knew I wanted pattern in the front area so with budget in mind, we selected VCT tiles (my new favourite product ever) and I sent off this photo to the contractor…

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Because this particular layout doesn’t require actually cutting the 12×12 tiles, it’s one of the most budget friendly in terms of installation but still gives a very high end/custom look so happy days.

As for other selections, right from the start, we knew we had to have custom branded hangers…

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…so I sent that plan off to my friends at Druthers and Hammond to make it happen. PSA…if you’re in the design business and are in need of custom furnishings/accessories/textiles/lighting or anything of the like, these peeps are where it’s at.

Our hangers will be white with a black logo and a brass hook.

For hardware, we’ll be using these three beautiful selections from Upper Canada Speciality Hardware

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upper canada specialty hardware elle canada christine dovey

In terms of large pieces, we’ve partnered with IKEA and will be building a wall of storage out of their PAX system and will add Metrie trim and crown to make it look built in and custom…this is my inspo there…

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Of course, ours will be lacquered in a beautiful pale pink:)

On the opposite wall, we’ll be using a pair of IKEA Brimnes bookcases on either side of a Malm dressing table, to create another built area that will again be finished in high gloss pink.  Make-up lights and a beautiful mirror will complete this vanity/storage unit…

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And while still on the topic of IKEA, we’ll be using five of their Ekby wall shelves (with brackets sprayed in gold) to make a rather large/awesome shoe display…

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As well,  Sektion kitchen cabinets, Cesearstone waterfall tops and custom brass kickplates will make this sort of island bar action happen…

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In front of it, will be 3 gold stools from Black Rooster

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…with a pair of West Elm Globe globe pendants above…

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In the front section of the space, we’ll have 3 rolling racks for clothing. Originally, we had settled on bellman carts because well, they’re ridiculously pretty…

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…but because of budget and capacity, we’re looking at other options. One possibility, is these gorgeous copper beauties from Toronto based shop, The Other

the other clothing rack

Still working on a few possibilities there.

On the large front wall, we’ll be doing a pegboard like installation so that clothes and accessories can be displayed…PS…turns out pegboard has become super cool these days and will be even more so after I’m done dressing it up a little…

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And as for probably my most favourite element in the space…this stunning vintage settee will be the first thing people are greeted with when they enter the room…

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As we speak, J&J Made is transforming it with some beautiful Tonic Living fabric

So excited!

Of course, we’ll also have some other furnishings in the space. I had a visit to my local Mobilia store last week and let me tell you, there have some gorgeous, gorgeous pieces at prices that are so on point…here’s a sampling of what I’ve selected from there…

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This store has instantly turned into one of my go-tos thanks to this project!

And last, but not least…two of my favourite vendors will also play a big part in making this closet come to life.  We’ll be adding these Drop it Modern wallpapers to the outside wall and change room area…

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drop it modern crystalline wallpaper elle canada christine dovey

And for the main focal wall behind the bar, a custom Endeavour Neon sign with the Elle Canada Closet logo, will be done in pink…

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And I think that sums up the plans front.

I’ll be posting updates on the construction progress in the coming weeks. Our main install is scheduled for Dec. 11th so a full reveal is closet at hand.

Stay tuned as they say:)

x

The Business of Design – Project Rykert Reveal

I’m so excited to share with you the final reveal of a home I recently completed, Project Rykert.

This project was so fun for me to do for so many reasons. Firstly, the house belonged to an old friend of mine from University so being able to reconnect with him, while also getting to know his beautiful family was such a treat.

Also, as clients, they were really amazing to work with. Together, they had a very definite vision of where they wanted the house to go, which included all of my favourite things: layers of meaningful pieces, vintage mixed with new, wallpaper and colour, masculine and feminine touches etc.  Their main goal was to create a house that felt comfortable and relaxed but still elegant and thoughtful. They wanted each piece to reflect them and speak to their interests and passions.  We were after quality and comfort, but also

It was amazing working with people who love ‘the mix’ just as much as I do and who weren’t afraid to look off the beaten path for treasures.

So…with this as our starting ground…

project rykert before photos christine dovey

project rykert before photos christine dovey

project rykert before photos christine dovey

project rykert before photos christine dovey

project rykert before photos christine dovey

project rykert before photos christine dovey

…and the help of…

1. Super Allen…who created a custom fireplace surround, heart, wall mouldings and firebox (he also completely renovated their basement).

2. Mango Reclaimed and J&J Made…who gave a vintage settee a total once over.

3. Hollie Cooper…who created beautiful custom linen curtains with matte black hardware…she also supplied the stunning leopard pillows on the sofa.

4. Suppliers: Black Rooster Decor, Elte, Elte Market, Shop 219, Lamber et Fils, CasaLife, Restoration Hardware, and more vintage stores than I can count.

5. Roderick Dunn…who did some A-one wallpapering in the foyer.

…we made this all happen…

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And I couldn’t be happier with how everything came together.

Such a fabulous feeling to be a part of making someone’s house a home.

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