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Thursday
May152008

Muriel Brandolini


Muriel Brandolini is a highly sought-after interior designer from New York whose style is so funky and creative that I want to dissect every inch of the photos in her portfolio. It's all about vintage mid-century glam with layer upon layer of incredible patterns, textures and colours. Eclectic to the max, I think her style is as close to Jo's wacky taste as I've ever seen. So Jo, this one's for you.

Thursday
May152008

Hepworth + Howard


Hepworth + Howard have a sophisticated but holistic approach to their projects. This holistic philosophy "allows for cross-fertilization from facades to interiors to gardens to furniture, home accessories and graphic design". I love their clean modern lines with more than a hint of mid century and I covet that bathroom in a totally unhealthy way!

Wednesday
May142008

Not at all to do with interior design

It's official - I have lost my mind. I have 6 cats in my house. Yesterday I became a foster mom to a cat (I named him Felix) who's been a fixture in my yard for the past few weeks. He went to the vets yesterday and has all sorts of health problems, but all treatable with antibiotics (PHEW!). I am fostering him through a FANTASTIC organization here in Ottawa called Friends of Abandoned Pets, who are graciously paying for all his medical bills. He has to live in my second bedroom until I get some test results back, so things are a little "hairy" at my house. :) Pun intended. I wanted to post this because I am very grateful they are helping Felix and I hope they can find him a great home, especially since he turned out to be such an amazing cat. They are having their annual dog walk in a couple weekends so I thought I'd plug that too, because that would be a blast...and I may be their photographer. :) So I'd like to introduce you to the newest (though hopefully temporary) member of my brood, Felix, one of the luckiest cats around.

Wednesday
May142008

Another design dilemma

Living Etc.
This time it's an office, and here's what Heidi had to say: "I have been searching and searching for inspiration... maybe you could help. I am in the process of furnishing my new home. I have a great sized, dedicated home office. I use it every day as I run several businesses out of it. Problem is, right now it is just a Brazilian Walnut hardwood floor, blank walls, and an incredible bay window. I NEED some inspiration! I want a modern, clean, minimal look. This is so hard to achieve in an office! I need storage, desk space, and a sitting area, but beyond that, I have no idea which direction to take this room. I'd love to see what you could find to get my brain working again. It's been in a slump since the construction phase has ended." I tried to find photos of modern office spaces that weren't shoved into little corners as they often are (Heidi, you are SO LUCKY as it sounds like you have a decent amount of space to work with). So hopefully this gets your brain going and have fun with it!

New York Social DiaryJowa
Alda PereiraAlda Pereira
Apartment TherapyDelshon or Sherman Architects
Ghislaine ViñasHans Zeegers
Jeff AndrewsPaul Massey
Apartment Therapyphoto-locations.com
PointClickHomeStephen Alton

Wednesday
May142008

Killing two birds with one stone


Sorry for the rather murderous analogy but it will all become clear soon I hope. I'm in a retro kind of mood today. It must be due to the lack of retro posts lately. I've also been inspired by Tessa's design dilemma. When Kim bewailed the fact that no one paints a room burgundy my immediate thought was "they used to". The light bulb went on in my head and one name was there - David Hicks. I've paid homage to Hicks before but I realised he was part of the solution. These are his lush rich rooms, not always burgundy but brave in their dark hues.

Imagine that Buddha vignette in a burgundy room! Or that yellow and white abstract canvas.

Tessa leans toward super bright hues (oranges, yellows, apple greens, etc.), Kim had some great ideas and with David Hicks' help I'm going to suggest a few more. White, white, white. Tone it down with white. White furniture - think sleigh bed in white gloss, white sheers and fabric that uses white. Chocolate and white, navy and white, pink and white, black and white and even certain greens with white. Treat your burgundy walls as a deep dark neutral.


Bright colours? Why not! All these fabrics were pulled from Lee Jofa's Groundworks Collection. Many are by David Hicks. Bright colours particularly orange and yellow and pink and green are all happy with burgundy. You don't have to buy these fabrics but they give you an idea. Maybe florals are more your thing Tessa. I suggest a trip to the paint store. Gather together as many burgundy paint chips and every possible accent colour and play to your heart's content. My second suggestion is dark wood with an ethnic twist, suzanis and kilims in rich reds, pinks, oranges and black. Layers and layers of pattern. Cocoon yourself in the mysterious dark. OK now I have retro rooms and Tessa's burgundy dilemma out of my system. Two birds - not bad!