Vibrant colours, high energy and a unique style is Right Meets Left Interior Design, Courtney McLeod’s studio in the heart of the Flatiron District in Manhattan. The name Right Meets Left perfectly reflects our approach to the design process – rooted in an ideal balance of innovative design (right brain) and analytical rigor (left brain). We utilize a kaleidoscopic toolbox of texture, pattern, and color to create a singular and cohesive expression of each client’s unique personality and lifestyle.
(Some photos by John Neitzel)
I am head over heels over this kitchen. Every inch if it. The drama of the contrast between black and white, with gold tones added in wood, art and the pendant, the soapstone countertops and integrated sink, the Indonesian rosewood armoire pantry (a Kijiji steal)….and perhaps my favourite touch is the fact that designer Inez Mazzotta (Kelly Hopter Interiors) left the window casings white and painted the rest of the window black. Graphic with a touch of subtlety.
Photography: Robin Stubbert
I have a case of serious kitchen envy thanks to Alessia and Sarah of Chicago/Detroit based design firm reDesign. This kitchen, pantry, mudroom and laundry renovation was inspired by a trip to the South of France. The original floor plan was choppy and unified, which we used to our advantage to create functional work rooms while opening up the kitchen and dining areas. Our clients had a long list of needs, like a cathedral ceiling and access to the side entry, which we were able to navigate through careful space planning. To keep things feeling cohesive, sourced complimentary materials through each space, differentiating them through custom details.
Oh how I would love to enjoy a dinner out on the town again, and to transport myself to Vancouver and this fabulously designed tapas bar & restaurant. Como Taperia is a nod to the classic, centuries-old, standing-room-only tapas bars in Barcelona’s Poble Sec or Madrid’s La Latina quarters. These spaces are tight, acoustics are loud and you may or may not be offered a place to sit, favouring conversation and community over intimacy and comfort. Our access point to the materiality and colour strategy came from one particular reference, Jardins de les 3 Xemeneies, and its three brick chimneys that backdrop the bustling Poble Sec–the only remains of an early 20th century power station built by the Barcelona Traction, Power and Light Company ( a Canadian utility company that operated light and power utilities in Catalonia, Spain) locally known as La Canadiense for the old company’s Canadian electricity production. Opening a tapas bar in Canada, this history acted as a leeway into exploring the vernacular of this neighbourhood, allowing Como to become a contemporary materialization–an homage to all we love about Spain. The rest was an exercise in keeping things simple and fun and letting a few other cool points of inspiration stand out against this backdrop like the punches of cobalt blue reminiscent of Miro and the art program taking Jean Arp’s work as a point of departure. Designed by Ste. Marie.
Photography by Conrad Brown
Styling by Kate Richard
I absolutely love this Park Avenue prewar apartment architected and designed by MKCA. It has a contemporary art deco feel to it and has some exuberant touches that keep it young and fresh. Located in a distinguished Carnegie Hill co-op building, the 2,800 sf apartment has been reimagined for contemporary family life while retaining its original gracious formality. The renovation concentrated on maximizing the already well-proportioned formal spaces, including a generous entrance gallery, formal living room and dining room; while converting the dark and crowded storage and service areas into functional contemporary living elements.
Photos: Brooke Holm