Monday Moods-ethereally ever after

Happy Tuesday, lovelies! After having spent Family Day appropriately with the kiddos, I felt inspired by the soft delicate elements in design, so wanted to do a post about objects and pieces that give off a sweet, light, ethereal vibe. If you’re like me, you would gladly take a break from this grey day with some of the items listed below. If you don’t have time to go through everything, might I suggest Lana Del Rey’s newest single, ‘Love’ to sweeten up your day.

Print 1. Saerom Yoon table

2. Marni Spring 2017 Shoes

3. Lana Del Rey’s newest single, ‘Love’

4. Phenomena By Bomma Lighting

5. DIY Coasters from Domino

6. New Rome Valentino Store by India Mahdavi

7. Curious IX By Tadeusz Biernot

8. Crescent Wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler

I hope you had a wonderful family weekend and a fantastic week ahead! xx

Monday Moods: Spring Refresh

Although I feel like the second half of winter is always the coldest, I am optimistic and excited for Spring now that February is among us. As such, I have been looking at all of the fun things that are coming out and making a wish list for a seasonal refresh. If you too are feeling a little pent up and are over winter vibes, check out my picks for this week and let me know how you prepare for the upcoming season.

mm 1. Truffles A-line dress from For Love and Lemons

2. Feline Wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler

3. Santal from Le Labo at Gee Beauty

4. Martini recipe by Full Moon

5. Velvet Sequin Shoes

6. Untitled #4 by Eduardo Mata Icaza at Citizen Atelier

7. Black Magic home inspiration 

8. Spot Surface Light by Tom Dixon

9. Turtledove Rug at Black Rooster Decor 

Happy February and Happy Monday my lovelies!


One Room Challenge – Week ‘Whose Still Counting’ and Moulding for Dayz

It’s been a very busy month for my One Room Challenge bedroom at Project Flip…mostly thanks to a massive delivery of trim and millwork from my favourite Metrie, and our master carpenter Super Allen

one room challenge banner christine dovey photograph maude arsenault

To begin, we decided on use a mix flat stock paneling, Pretty Simple Scene II picture mould and Fashion Forward Scene III crown and baseboard to create a lot of architectural interest…








I’ve never done panelling before so super excited to see how it’s coming together with the addition of the inset detail moulding.





The fashion forward doors also make me super, super happy!

Everything that you see that’s wood or panelled will be painted out and the flat wall that remains will be wallpapered.  My original Amanda Nisbet inspo gives the basic idea on that front…

amanda nisbet bedroom inspiration christine dovey one room challenge

As for the design plan itself, I’ve made a few small changes to the overall scheme. Because our adjoining ensuite is being done in a porcelain marble (white, grey, beige) and because of many of the neutral accents already chosen for the room, I just started to feel like I wanted something more neutral in the bedroom in terms of colour. If you remember, I’d originally planned on painting all the millwork dark navy but have made a last minute change to something more tone on tone.

Inspired by this beautiful room…

project flip inspiraition


…the millwork, trim, windows and doors will all be painted in PARA Loucks Farm. It looks like this with the Drop it Modern Wallpaper


Though truth be told…as I’m writing this, I’m still slightly second-guessing the colour again…wondering if I should move down one shade in terms to something just a titch lighter. Stay tuned on that front and PS, picking paint for an entire house in one fail swoop is not for the faint of heart lol. Stressful!

And then re: fabric, I’ve opted out of using the blush pink drapes in here (they’ll be moving over to Scarlett’s room) and will be doing a simple white linen from Tonic Living instead.  I also plan on re-upholstering my fuschia settee in their waxed gold linen…

christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom papa paint drop it modern wallpaper

Pretty Ridiculously excited to see this all come together soon. I’m hoping for a paint update by this time next week:)




Art Fair Fridays – John MacConnell

It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you the 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.

Today, we’re so excited to share with you the incredible talent of John MacConnell, whose works are soft and romantic but also sensual and provoking…a little melancholy, but also filled with joyful optimism. With a portfolio comprised of drawings, sketches and watercolour, MacConnell showcases his subjects in a way that feels rooted in reality, but also subject to a dash of fantasy.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?

I’ve been lucky to have been creating art professionally for eight years. It hasn’t always put a roof over my head, but the commitment to making new work through the slow times, combined with some great advice from friends, has gotten me to where I am today. Never putting down my pencil, through the slow times, has allowed my work to evolve and meet lots of great folks that make a supportive community now.

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

Find a way to put yourself into every piece.

How would you describe your creative process?

(Step 1) Spend months observing, until one night I…
(Step 2) Blast pop jams + open a bottle of wine. Then,
(Step 3) I spend three hours hating what I’m doing, thinking I’ve lost “it.” Finally,
(Step 4) I spend one hour pulling all together to beautifulness. Depending on the scale of the project, I
(Step 5) repeat steps 2-4 over two to four weeks.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

Graphite powder & pencil on Rives BFK, the paper of the gods.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

The opening night of my first New York City gallery show made me feel like a rockstar.

How would you describe your signature style?

Classic, minimal, intimate.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

Instagram! It’s vast galaxy of fashion; artists; pop culture; dancers, athletes, models, “models,” & go-go boys; kittens; memes; and trash. Human interaction is the core of my work. Instagram provides so much to observe and absorb!

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

I put a lot of thought into each body of work. It takes me months to conceptualize a project. I want to make work that makes the audience have a mental and physical reaction. I like thinking the art I’m creating right now leaves the viewer both excited but a little melancholy, like the rush of finishing your first marathon, then thinking, “what now?”

Art Fair Fridays - John MacConnell

Product Details

No. 1  Autoban – Woody Armchair – Price Upon Request

No. 2 Ralph Lauren Home – Trevor Votive – $50.00

No. 3  Calico Wallpaper – Inverted Spaces Corona – Price Upon Request

No. 4  ABE Books – Andy Warhol Men: 30 Postcards –  $158.62

No. 5  Nate Berkus – Black Faux Fur Throw – $13.98

No. 6  Kelly Wearstler – Burnished Bronze Foot Paperweight – $350.00

No. 7  Burberry – Animal Jacquard Cashmere Cushion Cover – $900.00

No. 8  John MacConnell –  Boys Boys Boys Tank – $72.00

No. 9 Egon, Von Furstenberg – The Power Look at Home: Decorating for Men Hardcover – $276.80


I love nudes…plain and simple. And though I tend to gravitate more towards female renderings, every once and while an artist comes along who makes me want naked boys everywhere.  Cue John MacConnell, whose beautiful works capture the essence of each muse in way that feels intimate and raw.

art fair fridays john macconnel watercolour of kim christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays john macconnell christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays john macconnell watercolour of kim christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays watercolour of llyod john macconnell christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays john macconnell christine dovey heirloom and knot portrait

Handsome as all get out.


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…

elle canada closet christine dovey

elle canada closet christine dovey

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…

elle canada vision board christine dovey

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

elle canada christine dovey mix of open display and shelves with bar area

racks and walls elle canada christine dovey

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…

metrie fashion forward glass doors elle canada christine dovey

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…

elle canada floor inspiration

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…

hangers white with black writing and brass handles elle canada christine dovey

…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

elle canada christine dovey upper canada specialty hardware

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…

ikea built ins with metrie mouldings elle canada christine dovey

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…



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…


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

bar inspiration elle canada christine dovey

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

Gold_Rochelle_Stool_Bar black rooster christine dovey elle canada

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

globe-pendant-milk-finish- elle canada christine dovey

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…

rolling bellman racks

…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…

pegboard christine dovey elle canada

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…


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…

007926235_womy_chaise-9575 mobilia chair christine dovey elle canada

mobilia aterkia lamp christine dovey elle canada

mobilia elan sidetable christine dovey elle canada

mobilia nori throw christine dovey elle canada

mobilia sink chair christine dovey elle canada

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mobilia womy cart christine dovey elle canada

mobilia christine dovey elle canada carlyle table

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…

bang_dem sticks drop it modern elle canada christine dovey

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:)


Art Fair Fridays – Sarah Clifford-Rashotte

I love Fridays because they mean Heirloom & Knot and I get to share with you the 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.

Today, we’re delighted to introduce Sarah Clifford-Rashotte, whose drawing, collage and text based work showcases the artist’s talent for moulding different elements together to form beauty in the mix. Her works are cerebral and though provoking.  They have a clear air of femininity and allow what was once disregarded as un-important, to take center stage.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career? 

I had my first solo show in 2008 so I’ve been working as a professional artist since then, prior to that I studied at OCAD and received my MFA from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.

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

Focusing on creating work that will hold someone for as long as possible, as opposed to making images that can be quickly consumed and moved on from.  Especially with my text-based work, I’m interested in the ability to strike a chord in the viewer and have them carry around that statement/moment with them for as long as it will stay in their memory.

How would you describe your creative process?

 I work on several pieces at once, across drawing, text and collage, being able to fluidly move from one onto another is key to my process. I keep notebooks with me at all times, and my day usually starts with writing in some form or another.  At this point I have an extensive collection of images (books, magazine, internet sources) that I pull from when producing drawing/collage work. I also have a wall in my studio that is strictly images, notes that I feel are immediately pressing, things I can’t forget, I can’t lose.   

What is your favourite medium to work in?

Drawing is the root of my practice and maybe in that sense my favourite because it has led me to everything else I do.  At this point though, I constantly cycle between collage, text-work and drawing, so my time is probably evenly spread out and I appreciate how they all contribute to my overall practice.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I’m usually most excited and proud of whatever is currently happening. This year I did my first international artist residencies in Finland and Paris (where I am right now), and I’m also looking forward to 3 months in Japan for an artist residency project in 2016. 

How would you describe your signature style?

Because I have a varied practice, there is no singular style, but some of the erasure/solvent techniques used in my drawings and collages are similar. I often remove ink from a collage and use that to produce a drawing, I’m interested in how the discarded elements of one piece become the starting point for a new piece.  

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

Constantly collecting and re-visiting images and re-reading through my notebooks, this process feeds itself and reminds me of ideas that are actually workable, that I may have previously put aside. Currently, I’ve been in Paris for 2 months and visiting so many art fairs and galleries has been a daily inspiration. 

Art Fair Fridays - Sarah Clifford-Rashotte

Sarah Clifford-Rashotte

No. 1  Zinc Door – Jaipur National Geographic Home Collection Antique White and Silver Decorative Pillow – $100.00

No. 2  Valentino – Ankle Strap Rockstud Native Couture – $1195.00

No. 3  Net-a-Porter – Cropped Faux Shearling Jacket – $1068.00

No. 4  L’Objet – Venise Cocktail Forks (Set of 4) – $150.00

No. 5  Matthew Williamson – Flamingo Club Wallpaper – Price Upon Request

No. 6  Urban Outfitters – Anastasia Brow Scissors – $23.00

No. 7  Indigo – Lanvin: The Complete Work: 1909-2007 – $82.49

No. 8  Holt Renfrew – Volupté Sheer Candy Lipstick – $39.00é-Sheer-Candy-Lipstick/_/A-sku-sku22822.prod41715.en__US.HOLT?pdp=true#selSkuID%3DNo3%20-%20Juicy%20Grapefruit%26size%3D

No. 9  West Elm – Fishs Eddy Gilded Side Plates – $14.40


I mean really…this work is just so beautiful. The wallpaper on the board is actually the one I  have earmarked for Scarlett’s new room and seeing Sarah’s artwork beside it has sort of sealed the deal on that whole thing…love, love.  Her work is just so pretty but not sweet if that makes sense. It’s feminine with edge, which we all know, is my very most favourite.

Here are my 5…

art fair fridays Sarah Clifford-Rashotte christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays christine dovey heirloom and knot SarahCliffordRashotte_NameFade_Install

art fair fridays christine dovey heirloom and knot SarahCliffordRashotte_FamilyPortrait3_Collage

art fair fridays christine dovey heirloom and knot SarahCliffordRashotte_neverendingdetail_Collage

art fair fridays christine dovey heirloom and knot SarahCliffordRashotte_Drowned15_Collage

So insanely perfect.