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Wednesday
Jan202010

Katie Ridder 

I am always in awe of a designer who can mix lots of patterns, textures and colours in one room and make it appear so effortless and cohesive. Katie Ridder is one of those designers. Jo featured some of her work back in '07, and I needed to showcase more of her work after drooling profusely over her portfolio again recently. I adore every single one of the spaces below. Gorgeous!

  
  
  
  
  

Wednesday
Jan202010

Tamara's almost completed kitchen

Tamara wrote us the other day, explaining how she recently quit her job with the Canadian federal government (I am beyond envious), moved to southern Ontario with her Aussie boyfriend, bought an 85-year-old house in a historic neighbourhood, and started a small catering/personal chef business from scratch. Yeah, I'd say she's been a tad busy lately. She wanted to share with us some photos of her kitchen reno that was necessary in order to use it as the base production and prep space for their business. Here is a before photo:

Gotta love 80's kitchens. BLEH. The kitchen is just about done but there are some finishing touches Tamara is looking for help with:

"We still have a few things to do in the kitchen, like installing a range hood and figuring out the best option for a backsplash. Maybe your readers could offer a suggestion?  Adam, being a professional chef, is all about stainless steel EVERYTHING, but I'm leaning toward grey/white glass tiles to keep things a little less..clinical. But, I can't decide how far to take them along the wall..any ideas?

We haven't done anything to the old lighting, but since we operate our small business out of our kitchen we have to make sure the lighting meets health and safety requirements.. It's proven to be difficult to find something non-hideous that does the job!

We're also hoping to find some bar stools for the island overhang (I'm obsessed with old industrial drafting stools, so I've been keeping my eye on eBay for those), and an area rug for under the table to warm things up a bit and define that part of the kitchen.

If your readers have any suggestions to complete the kitchen, we'd live to hear them!"


Now for the "after photos"...


Love the teal wall and the open shelving - I bet ALOT of fantastic food is going to fly out of this totally functional kitchen!
I have to call it a night shortly (it's Tuesday night as I prep this post) but here are a couple of my ideas. This jute rug (or something similar in jute) I think would look great under your dining table, or if you crave more colour I'd go for something bold to equal the boldness of your teal wall like this one or this one from Ikea. I completely agree about industrial drafting stools. I wouldn't bother with a backsplash - unless you want an easy surface to clean by the counter around your sink, in which case I would just get a piece of plexi cut to fit that would go 2 or 3 feet up that wall.

So folks, if you've got ideas for Tamara to finish up her kitchen please leave them in the comments.  

Wednesday
Jan202010

The style hunter's studio

Imagine creating in a studio space such as this. Everywhere you look there is something beautiful, something quirky. Architectural details to die for, high high ceilings, a herringbone floor and a clear light streaming in. It's the stuff of dreams and it's also where Lázaro Rosa-Violán and his team at Contemporain create dreams for their clients. Sigh!

Wednesday
Jan202010

Style hunter

Barcelona based interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán describes himself as a style hunter. His rooms ooze a sensuousness, a timeless luxury. Layers of texture, classic with a twist pieces, prominent art  - the interiors are rich and beautiful. It's a carefully designed bespoke environment that at the same time is vibrant and so appealing. Not content with interior design, Lázaro and his multi-disciplinary team take a client from initial concept through to visual branding and merchandising. Stay tuned for a post devoted to Lázaro Rosa-Violán's Contemporain studio. Amazing!

Tuesday
Jan192010

Some love from Israel

I found a little surprise in my mailbox this afternoon when I got home from work and I am happy to now be able to share it with you all. My home is featured in the latest issue of Nisha, an interior design magazine from Israel. Of course, I can't read it but I'm sure it's a great read (LOL) and it's filled with so many of my photos which is cool considering I am an aspiring photographer (who should really take a course or 3). They sent me a PDF copy a while back which I'll share instead of attempting to scan the actual article. A huge thanks to Shira for including me in this issue. It's such a great feeling (and kind of shocking to be honest) to know that people around the world appreciate the work I've put into my little Ottawa pad.