December 8 2014

Monday Musings: Artist Caio Fonseca

“I try not to bring in anything I don’t love looking at. It’s about restaint … There is something about an unfinished quality that leaves within you that sense of possibility.” —Artist Caio Fonseca

Artist Caio FonsecaArtist: Caio Fonseca

This quote really resonates with me and I love the sense of possibility for a home. When I’m in the process of decorating a space, it gives me the chance to educate clients, that it’s okay to wait until the right piece is found. You shouldn’t treat your home like a one night stand, it should be a long term relationship that you love spending time with.

IMG_8157My design assistant Samantha measuring up for art. I would love to see a Caio Fonseca piece here. One can dream right?

September 29 2014

Monday Musings – Muriel Brandolini

“I like to set people free. I give them a hint and encourage them to go with their imaginations. It is the only way that new things can come true.”                            

—Designer Muriel Brandolini via Elle Decor  Jan/Feb 06 


My clients’ favourite colour is purple and they asked to have it used in their newly renovated family room. We updated the family room and adjoining kitchen from a dated ’80’s layout to an open, contemporary space. To be honest, it’s not my go-to colour of choice to decorate with, but I wanted to give them the freedom to ask and believe they can have a room that surpasses what they envisioned. Purple is a tricky colour to work with and can look garish if not used with an experienced hand. It would seem logical to limit such a bold colour to a pillow or in the artwork for a “pop” of colour that would satisfy my client. Instead, I suggested we add the colour in a major way.  We colour blocked the purple on the silk drapery and the wool area rug in the same deep amethyst colour. I knew this would work because we painted the walls white with a hint of warm grey and the wood cabinet also has a deep grey undertone. Plus we purchased classic mid-century modern pieces by Herman Miller and added black accents. This combination and the use of high-end materials allowed us to use this rich, dramatic colour fearlessly. If I didn’t let my clients feel free to to express themselves, they may not have requested using such a brave colour and this room wouldn’t have turned out so striking!

September 22 2014

Monday Musings – Vicente Wolf

My designer friend Meredith Heron and I were texting the other day about design, fashion and blogging…the usual convo for us. During our chat we were brainstorming of ways to keep my blog content entertaining to read. Yet wanting it to reflect my belief; if I write what I’m passionate about (good design) and use my every day work as inspiration, I will have loads of interesting things to blog about. Blogging is incredibly inspiring too, which luckily for us design bloggers, elevates our design practices. Meredith had some good advice to help me stay more focused on my blog; I’ll be writing regularly on certain topic points with a little twist each week. I would love to hear from you on what you think! Here’s a link to Meredith’s blog for some more sweet inspiration. Click here.

For today’s Monday Musings I thought it would be appropriate to start with a quote from my mentor Vicente Wolf.

“The drama of this interior doesn’t come from the obvious; it comes from the strength of the point of view. The rooms are sets—not for theater, but for living.”                                                                                                                                                    —Interior designer Vicente Wolf, August/September 01

Here’s a picture of a Nantucket holiday home I had the pleasure to go see with Vicente at the beginning stages of the design process. Even though the budget was generous, Vicente still designed it so his client’s summer home was completely liveable using stylish, yet easy to maintain furniture and materials. You really can have both beauty and function with the help of a good designer.

vicenteThe living room of Karel and Frank Greenberg’s Nantucket home, which was decorated by Vicente Wolf, features rawhide chairs by McGuire and a rug by Stark Carpet. Photographer: Vicente Wolf Designer Elle Decor Issue: June 2008