I never want it to feel as if everything was purchased at once. I’d rather it look more like an evolution. The blues, watery greens, and pale purples of the garden felt fresh, especially with all the browns of the wood in the house. It was nice to create a family-friendly piece of work that’s elegant but not too precious.
Always and forever a fan of Frances Merrill of Reath Design and her impeccable way of using colour and pattern and vintage together in ways no one else does. Photos: Laure Joliet.
This is a peek inside Liz’s house, an ever-morphing, creative study, always in-progress. There is no finish line, or complete. It could be photographed again today and it would be different. Very little is new or store bought. Many pieces are from Liz’s late mother who was a collector and designer. Other items are hand-me-downs from friends, scores from second hand shops, antique shows, craigslist and the side of the road. There’s nostalgia and a story in most every piece. And yet, nothing is precious. Kids climb on all the furniture. The dog thinks the coffee table is a dog bed. The dining table hosts lego building sessions one night and dinner parties for 12 the next. Nicks and breaks, stains and tears are part of this house’s story. Everything is replaceable but the people and pets who call this place home … a mom, three boys, 1 dog, 1 rabbit, 1 mouse and a hermit crab.
Family living at its finest. Also love that this home is filled with nothing purchased ‘new’. Designed by Austin, TX based Liz MacPhail.
Montréal and New York based designer Garrow Kedigian hates white interiors, and therefore I love him. I featured his Montréal townhouse several years ago and it was evident then colours were his thing, but as time passed it has become more and more evident he reigns over colour like not many others. Case in point, this Upper East Side apartment that is awash in mostly shades of blue and have fun accent colours like a large orange sectional. Kudos for Garrow making such a splash with this project. Photos: Trevor Parker.
It’s like I say week in week out. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s super stylish. There’s nothing more stylish than a designer’s own studio. New Studio by Cobalto.
Photography by Salva Lopez
Traditional Spanish tiles, mid-century pieces and a riot of colour. Shouldn’t work? Hell yes, it does. Packed with personality and fun San Sebastián-based interior designer Mikel Irastorza respects the traditional Spanish roots of the building then starts layering … and layering … and layering. Fabulous fun!