Monday Moods – 1st Edition

Now that #pineavehouse is finally shaping up, I am looking forward to getting back to the blogs and as such, I wanted to introduce my new series, #MondayMoods.  In this series I give a little taste taster of what has been inspiring me lately from shoes I’ve been lusting after, songs I have had on repeat, or swoon-worthy photographs that I can’t get enough of. Since we are about to get another major heat wave, I felt a beachy palette of powder pink and glass greens would set the perfect tone for the rest of the week.

Monday moods

4. Sakura-Sheer Pink Tulle Cami with Petal Trim from Miss Crofton: http://www.misscrofton.com/product/sakura-sheer-pink-tulle-cami-with-petal-trim
5. Grace Kelly by Howell Conant 1955
Happy Monday lovelies! x

Art Fair Fridays – Kelly O’Connor

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 Kelly O’Connor, whose playful collages give a nod to days gone by, with a definite Old Hollywood vibe. She playfully mixes elements that weave together images and concepts to create works that feel imaginative, eccentric and almost fairytale like; an escape from the everyday.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist?

Since 2007, this is when I first started creating bodies of work to show in a public setting.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?

From a professor in college, the most important thing is you make work.  You can figure out the concept later on.

How would you describe your creative process?

I typically start by gathering images I’m attracted to, on such online shops like ebay.  I gather materials from used LP record shops.  Many of the paper materials are harvested from record covers.  I find more of an array of colors to work from when using the record covers.  Many of them were printed with unique processes that no longer exist, plus you can not recreate their patina.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

Collage

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Just recently my work was acquired by the McNay art museum, they have included it in a show with one of the original collages by picasso!

http://www.sacurrent.com/sanantonio/mcnay-celebrates-diy-collage-tradition-with-recycled-repurposed-reborn/Content?oid=2450868#.VZPdStiACyM.facebook

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

My childhood and images from the 50’s & 60s- Which are not the same, I grew up in the 80s/90s.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?

My process is something I developed on my own, I was not taught how to construct my collages.  Many times I use a method of inlaying the pieces of card stock.  The collage fits together like a puzzle.

Art Fair Fridays - Kelly O'Connor

Kelly O’Connor
Treasury of Immortal Pieces
https://kellyoconnor.carbonmade.com/

Featured Product

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No. 2  Confetti System – Quartz Pinata-Silver – $140.00
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No. 3  Dita Von Teese – Burlesque / Art of the Teese  – $80.00
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No. 4  Moschino –iPhone 6 Case – $43.00
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No. 5  Net-a-Porter – Solid and Striped + Donald Robertson Bangles printed Cotton T-shirt – $108.95
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No. 6  Royal Doulton – Street Art Pure Evil Marilyn Marlene Dali 10.75in Plate – $60.00
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No. 7  Studio Mucci – Pink Pineapple Polka Dot Tassel Garland – $39.00
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No. 8  Ikea – FULLFÖLJA Scissors – $3.99
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No. 9  Sephora – NAILS INC. Luxe Boho – $17.00
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It’s not secret that I’m a sucker for whimsy…and femininity…and irreverance. Kelly O’Connors skillfully takes all of these elements and wraps them up in one giant ball or quicky pretty, and I love it.

Her works feel over the top but still restrained and cerebral. It’s a wonderful balance and I find myself always very pulled into the story that each piece is telling.

Aside from the wonderful piece on this week’s board, here are my favourite works from Kelly’s current portfolio…

art fair fridays kelly o'connor badlands  christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays kelly o'connor suck and let go christine dovey heirloom and knot  

art fair fridays kelly o'connor walk on sunshine  christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays kelly o'connor valley of the dolls  christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays kelly o'connor my secret garden  christine dovey heirloom and knot

So delightfully fun.

xx

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! 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

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 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

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. 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.
xx

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…

BleeckerStreetTablebySebastianHerkner-AvenueRoad

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.

DorwinChairbyBernhardtFurniture

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.

VintageT-ChairbyKatavolosforLaverne-Caviar20

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.

MiniTrapezoidSculpture-KellyWearstler

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.

knoll_saarinen_tulip_side_table_6

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.

MesaDinetteTableby45Kilo-EQ3

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.

FastVasebyCedricRagot-RosenthalSambonetUS

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.

LandscapeTablewareSet-DrakeGeneralStore

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.

xx

Haute House – Marble…and a New Fabric Line

Opulent Marble
This week we are talking about the luxe marble print that is both so recognizable and yet versatile. It can be layered with other prints, bold colours, or completely on its own, to give any outfit or room a sophisticated, polished look! If your style tends to be a bit edgy or modern, go for high contrasting colours with heavier line weights, and for a more subtle, elegant feel, find a print with  daintier veins in monochromatic tones.
Whichever way you want to cut it, these pieces make the perfect addition to any wardrobe, party, or household, hoping to add a little drama and a lot of luxury!

Haute house marble christine dovey style

1) This Chloe Ellie Pink Marble Cocktail Ring is a little piece of heaven, sent to make you feel like Audrey Hepburn every time you wear it. For $707.64 at http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306616252&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446742182&R=3610923905442&P_name=Chlo%26%23233%3B&N=306616252&bmUID=kQ65_im
2) For something fashionable and functional, try this Marble-Print Silk Top by Balenciaga for $425 and complete with a simple pair of black leggings, or dare to go bare! http://www.thenandnowshop.com/tops/marble-print-silk-top/pd32891628.html
3) For a glamorous dinner party, or to make your everyday more glamorous, mix in this Belay Dinnerware plate for a pop of sophistication. From CB2 for just $12.95 http://www.cb2.com/all-new/new/belay-dinnerware/f10968
4) Balloons can make you feel like you’re at a child’s birthday party, however, these Knot & Bow Marbled Balloons from One King’s Lane are festive and chic! For $16 at https://www.onekingslane.com/product/52518/3882888
haute house marble 2 christine dovey style
5) Can’t touch this! Retro but also modern, these ASOS Peg Trousers in printed marble are perfect for a fun night on the dance floor, or relaxing at home with your girls. A steal at $20.10 http://www.asos.com/asos/asos-peg-trousers-in-printed-marble-scuba/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4279830&clr=Multi&SearchQuery=marble&pgesize=36&pge=2&totalstyles=112&gridsize=3&gridrow=3&gridcolumn=3%20%20pants
6) Gold and black marble? Stop. This Black Marble Side Table from Black Rooster Decor create the perfect temperature of warm metal and cold marble, to add prestige and allure to any room! For $684 at http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/tables/products/black-marble-side-table
7) Like the cracked look, but still want to be able to use your iPhone? Check out these Black and White Marble cases at http://www.case-scenario.com/en/
haute house marble #3 christine dovey style
8) These marble napkins in the perfect shade of pink are so intrinsic they almost look like part of a map! To add texture and detail to your dining, try these Marble Napkins from http://www.fermliving.com/webshop/shop/new-collection/marble-napkins-1.aspx
9) Subtle enough to go with everything, but special enough to show off your love for fashion, these Charles & Keith Platform Mules athttp://thingtank.com/things/charles-keith-platform-mules are ideal!
10) Possibly the Queen of Marble, or the Queen of Luxe Modern, Kelly Wearstler’s Monolith Side Table for $1,995 is worth the splurge #amiright?
11) Lastly, for a hint of cool, sophistication try Rebecca Minkoff’s Mini Ava Zip Wallet in marble for $72 at http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/rebecca-minkoff-mini-ava-zip-wallet/3943076?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=334wallet
Oh how I loveeeee all things marble.  I need the pants and dress asap…along with the KW sidetable of course.
And speaking of/as a quick aside, I have to take a minute re: all things marble to give a wee shout out to my friend Matthew over at Heirloom at Knot for his brand spanking new spring/summer ‘Neopolitan‘ fabric line…
heirloom and knot spring fabric collection
And I mean really…how ridiculous is this collection?!?!?!  I’m plotting where to use all of these patterns left right and center…in lust with all of them.
xx

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.

 

haute house 1 graphic florals

1. Slip your feet into these versatile New Look Two Part Multi Print Flats for only $25.39 at http://www.asos.com/New-Look/New-Look-Two-Part-Multi-Print-Flat-Shoes/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3874722&WT.ac=rec_viewed&CTAref=Recently+Viewed
2. Pair these graphic Designer’s Guild Watelet Dinner Plates from Putti Fine Furnishings with bright colours, or vary different sized prints for an eclectic meal to remember! http://putti.ca/collections/designers-guild-tableware
3. I will never tire of DVF’s famous wrap dresses, and this Jadrian Wrap Dress in hot pink is no exception for $468 at http://world.dvf.com/dvf-jadrian-wrap-dress/D917801A15W.html#cgid=hp_carousel
haute house 2 graphic florals
4. This Kate Spade Stelli Dress will have you coming up with different occasions to wear this day and night! For $448 at http://www.katespade.com/stelli-dress/NJMU4683,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 http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/lighting/products/bean-of-india-pendant-small
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!
haute house 3 graphic florals
7. Now you can actually see through rose coloured glasses with these Floral Designer Styled Glasses at http://www.polyvore.com/floral_designer_styled_sunglasses/thing?id=100712775
8. This neon floral piece entitled New Year’s Poem created by Canadian artist Thrush Holmes, can be found at http://www.mikeweissgallery.com/artist/Thrush_Holmes/works/2424/#!2424 along with his other imaginative works.
9. These 7 For All Mankind Ankle Skinny in white & Navy Floral are not your Grandma’s print, but still sweet enough for her to appreciate for just $139 at http://www.7forallmankind.com/store/productdetails.aspx?productid=9728&colorid=20743&sli=1
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.
xx