Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Showroom Visits along King St. East in Toronto

As mentioned in an earlier post I was busy last week.  It's that time of year.....
A group of Decorators headed to Toronto and had a great time checking out some of the great showrooms along King St. East.

First Stop was Cambria Studio on Parliament St.  It is gorgeous!  I have been there before but it is always worth a visit just to see all the newest in Quartz.

Next stop was Roche Bobois - Wow!!  Such a great mix of furnishings.  Not just modern, they have beautiful items from France. Anthony Ghanem, Manager and his wonderful staff treated us with the yummiest pastries and beverages including champagne cocktails!!  Now that is the way to start your day.

Roche Bobois has something for everyone!

Next on our list was Studio Bulthaup a high end extremely modern cabinet manufacturer our of Germany. Stefan Sybydlo gave us a tour of the showroom and explained the workings and possibilities of this sleek and fascinating cabinetry system.

The next stop was a visit to the two incredible showrooms of Jamie Alexander, Alexander Interiors and Inspired Interiors.  This is like being in a candy store of so many great design and decor items.  I personally could have spent all day just browsing.  Jamie has both spaces styled so well and carries so many of the necessary items required for completing a great space.  We were given an overview of Jamie's business model and future plans as well as all the information we would need to come and shop for our clients.  Of course Jamie really has our group figured out.  We cam away with information and a bag with great items including a bottle of wine.  As I said he knows us well!!  Cheers Jamie!  Very nice indeed.

As we headed back to our starting point we visited Luxe Thermador who carry not only Thermador but Bosch and Gaggenau appliances.  Very beautiful.  A surprise to us was a complete luncheon laid out including some vino.  We feasted, toured and heard about their product lines and upcoming events at the showroom.  They have cooking demos and upcoming will be Yanic Simard in the showroom.  Thanks to Joeanne and everyone for a very welcoming visit.

We finished our day back at the gorgeous Cambria Studio on Parliament @ King.  So beautiful and such a supportive company to the design and decorating professionals.  They have a superior quartz product and the amazing varieties get the creative juices flowing. I have written about this spot in the past and really appreciate that Margaret Macdonald orchestrated this fab day for us.  Of course we were treated to yet another great repast, with more vino, great main and then glorious chocolate covered strawberries and cupcakes.  Yum!  We were all taking the train so the vino was just fine.

Thanks again Margaret for making the arrangements for this wonderful day

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Busy in Decor

Last week was once again a very busy week for moi!  Having returned from Thanksgiving weekend way way up north and full of Turkey, Ham etc, etc.... thanks to my daughter whom I now refer to as the new version of Martha Steward, I began another full week of design and decor.

The Window Committee I am part of transformed our window at SOFA into a 'Ladies' Boudoir'.  I made a visit to Toronto to stop into some of the great showrooms along King St. East and a whole lot more.  

In our recent window display, we went for an understated, elegant and lovely spot where a lady would like to rest her tootsies and unwind.  Thanks to the wonderful showrooms at SOFA we were able to source all of the items necessary and then we each contributed a few little bits and pieces to bring it together.

This group of decorators have been working on windows for a couple of years now and we have done 13 window displays.  We do this as a way to promote CDECA as well as a fun way to be creative without the budgetary constraints we face when working with clients.  We love clients, but it is also fun to just 'let go' and decorate.  There have been different members of this little group over the two years but the mainstay members are still working to create something that shows what we do as decorators.

I want to share with you who we are.....

Deb Darlington - Darlington Group
Debra Schaaf Clark - Schaaf Interiors
Jasmina Coffa - Interiors by Jasmina
Audrey Macdonald - Creative Interiors
Jeannette Wisby - Design Savvy

Thanks to our past members as well for your contribution.

Marianne Kearney - Marianne Kearney Design
Christina Mogk - meccinteriors@sympatico.ca
Heather Wallace - hwallaceinteriordesign@bell.net
Dorota Amirmansour - Dorota Decor
Karen Stephens - Karen's Creatives

Here is our recent window....   If you would like to see the others, click on the tab "GTA West Window Displays at SOFA"

Friday, October 11, 2013

Retro, Reclaimed & Vintage

These days we are hearing terms like “Reclaimed, Retro  and  Vintage” when talking about home furnishings.  The show "Mad Men" has brought the era back into our lives making the retro 60's style a modern decor trend.  This style brings back a time of simplicity.

Another factor driving the popularity of this style is the younger furniture buyers.  This younger generation want a home and do not want clutter or the formality that their parents would have had.  There are more women with more buying power who are more involved in selecting and purchasing the furnishings.  Technology plays a large part as well as our concern for the environment.  Our living spaces are much smaller with many younger adults choosing to live in big cities in very small condos.  The drives the need for smaller profiles in furnishings as well as multifunctional pieces.  People want to streamline their lives and moving away from the large, bulky furnishings to a more contemporary style.  This is not only the younger, first time home owners but our empty nester population are leaving the large suburban homes with traditional styling and moving into condos and selecting more contemporary pieces as well.  Less clutter in the home, leads to a feeling of relaxation.

Retro and Vintage furniture are green on many counts. The finishes, though not originally non-toxic, have finished off-gassing so they are safe for indoor air. By buying or using inherited vintage furniture you rescue it from going to landfills. Since it has survived so many years, it has a chance of being well made and therefore durable.  If you are purchasing a “retro look” piece it will be constructed by today’s standards keeping in mind the importance of our environment.

Furniture design is similar to fashion in that designers gain inspiration from the past and fuse it with modern details and inspiration. If you are looking to “update” your home with retro furniture but don’t know where to start, take a look at some of the pieces available through Wicker Emporium.

Have you noticed the infamous 60’s inspired sunburst mirrors are gracing the walls of your latest home interior magazines along with retro clocks, and other home d├ęcor accessories?

When we look at the huge lean toward Reclaimed furniture pieces which has gained popularity for several years now, we see it not going away but gaining in popularity.  Cutting back on carbon footprints during the manufacturing process while creating spectacular, one-of-a-kind pieces distinguishes reclaimed wood designs from all of the mass-produced products on the market.   Barn board is back with a vengeance.

Salvaged wood can be incredibly sturdy and durable, while minimizing the impact of the forestry industry. From refurbished and revamped furniture to recycled vintage accessories, solid wood designs are made to stay with a timelessness that will last throughout future generations of style.   You do not have to sacrifice quality or style in order to be considerate of the environment.  Unique pieces are one of the great ways to furnish your home and let your own individuality and personality shine through.

A few samples of the Reclaimed furniture in showrooms lately.  Below are authentic pieces, however there are many great repros of the look available as well

And now a few of the retro pieces