New for Spring Decorating

I was sourcing some wallpaper for a client and came across so many great ideas that it spawned the need for a post about what's new for Spring decor.

If you have an aversion to wallpaper because it conjures up images of your grandmother's tiny floral print wallpaper all over the house - get over it!
The new wallpaper's that are out there are printed on paper that is easier to install and some are removable (for renters and non-committers).  
The advancement of digital imaging has infiltrated all aspects of design including walls.

These wallpapers imitate the look of metallic cork (left), the Canadian Shield rock formations (top) and the look of textured grasscloth on a vinyl  (aka commercial grade durability).

I'm also excited to see what's on the horizon for outdoor furniture.

I came across these at one of my supplier's and I just love the unique shapes.  
This chair comes in several bright hues and a coordinating footstool to dress up any backyard.

If bold colour isn't your thing, 
check out these great options in outdoor furniture.

Can you believe the amazing designs for outdoor rugs!

Another thing I'm excited about seeing more of is COPPER.
It goes really well in the Industrial - Rustic - Reclaimed look that's very appealing to so many people.

I love the mix of burnished copper with polished and sections of brass on the table top (right).
Goes well with leather, cowhide, forged iron and all kinds of interesting wood pieces I'm seeing out there.

This is just some of my findings.
I will have to do a few of these posts to capture all the new Spring decor I'm loving right now.
You'll have to contact me to get the deets on these goods for your space.

Places to Spaces - French Bistro

I love to sit at an outdoor cafe with a friend and just watch people,
especially if it's in a quaint little town in a rustic setting amidst antique shops and artist galleries 
... in the South of France!

Of course, we would comment on what people are wearing, and then "What were they thinking?" is always fun.  The cool jazz in the background, the bicycles going bye, the fresh air.  
But mostly, it's about the downtime from our busy lives to catch up and savour the quality moments with people we care about while enjoying the hot beverage ritual.

To create this feeling at home it's about comfort, with easy pieces that are not too precious and invite you to linger.  Furniture that's been curated over time with history or patina, natural fabrics,  and a calming colour palette that let's you just breathe.  Throw in a few little luxuries to encourage yourself to do it more often.

Start with the perfect reclaimed wood table with beautiful aged iron base 
and classic woven black bistro chairs

Antique Provence Cast Iron & Wood Bistro Table

For sweetheart table....Black/White Everly Bistro Chairs, Pair on
one kings lane black bistro chair

Make sure there are lots of interesting vintage vessels for your lavender or thyme.
Adding herbs or plants to any room immediately brings a sense of calm.

french lavendar bouquets | French Country Lavender Bouquet by timewashed on Etsy for the stepsalways love urns

Must have a large chalkboard or an entire chalk painted wall to add daily menu, 
witty comments (or the kids soccer schedule)

Cállate y come It imprimir cocina tiza por letteredandlined
Chalkboard print Via Etsy

Description and illustration for different coffee
Coffee Menu print Via Etsy

Beautiful Coffee PHOTOGRAPHY | pinned by


How beautiful is this unit? 
A piece of art  that I would happily display on my counter
(This post is quickly become about my love of coffee - Ha!)

Pretty dishes make even the shortest break feel special - I like to treat myself once in a while.
A chocolate biscotti or colourful macaron makes it even better!

Turkish coffee  See step-by-step GIFs to help you achieve flawless, pillowy macaronsTea Service Cookie Stand

I love the juxtaposition of the crystal chandelier in a rustic environment - 
this one has French blue teardrop crystal and a burnished brass finish LOOOOVVEEE!!

Chandelier with aqua prisms

I don't even know which room this is, I just love all of it.  Funny thing is, my house doesn't look anything like this.    Maybe a time for a change!!

Finish off with a natural fiber rug, like sisal or seagrass 
and linen curtains trimmed out in red or black.   
Toile fabric works nicely too and gives a real French countryside appeal.

Sisal! Seagrass! Natural fibers.    Linen curtain with red trim (or black)

Here's the final product.  Feels inviting and comfortable but still chic.

All images and more inspiration on my Pinterest board Country Home

Before you go...

Another shot that captures the moment.

This fashion illustration by the fabulous Inslee Haynes reminds me of my trip to Paris with my BFF a few years ago.  One day at lunch across the street from Luxembourg garden while I drank cafe chocolat and she sipped rose as we watched the sunset in Paris (minus the pooches) ...
très merveilleuse

Paris ~ coffee and wine anytime

Let's have a latte and chat about how I can breathe some bistro chic into your space!

Black & always right!

The appeal of black and white interiors has never gone out of style and I think it's in part because of it's simplicity and mass appeal but also that this colour scheme offers so much versatility in terms of style and palette combinations.

lacquer. stripes.

It looks great in modern, minimalist and streamline spaces

Modern and sophisticated chalet interior design ideas
or rustic, eclectic and casual places

Graphic Black and White love black painted trim and windows


The white cabinet has been the number one choice in kitchens for decades.  
Add in black quartz countertops, chalkboard paint, checkerboard black & white tiles or wrought iron door knobs and white subway tiles -- it's an instant classic.

Vintage industrial. Add shine and... - Cape Cod Collegiate

black & white


It's the ultimate colour for the perfect bathroom retreat inspired by the divine, ever popular white marble tiles that come in every shape and size you can imagine.  But if you want to add some edge to that white room, touches of black will really add drama to wake you up in the morning!
Very original black and white bathroom
Hotel de Russe in Rome.
Hotel du Russe in Rome 

black and gold


Add pops of ANY colour to a black cabinet to instantly set the mood for your space

love the dark bookshelves that really show off the pottery collection (or any collection)!
Black high gloss doors create a sense of mystery and elegance - and show off vintage brass hardware

Colour blast foyer fab!   Todd Romano

But what I love the most is when a black and white room is mixed with lots of texture for warmth - reclaimed wood, velvet, linen, luxurious cashmere throws, metal accents and vintage mirrors


dustjacket attic: Interiors | Westbourne Grove | London

And for those with bold taste and adventurous spirit...
there's over the top black and white by super fab designer Kelly Wearstler


classic and modern
elegant and whimsical
warm and cool
refined and rustic

Black & White...
it's always right!

Interior Design Show IDS 2015

I look forward to this show every year because it sparks my creative juices to see what's new and happening in the design industry.   With all the information coming at us so quickly and all the time, it's so nice to be able to take some time to appreciate innovation in design ... and spend a day looking at pretty things too!

A new to me lighting shop called Lightmaker Studio had some very chic handcrafted fixtures inspired by modern organic shapes and mid-century design.  Featuring lots of solid brass and blown glass with matte black and innovative contemporary shapes.  These pieces are truly works of art.

A favourite of designers and merchandisers for innovative and funky furnishings is Camilla House.  Every year I can count on finding new looks in furniture and accessories that are on trend and appeal to the modern and stylish looks my clients are after.

At Olympia Tile's booth was a showstopper Alabastri by Rex - large tiles of porcelain stoneware custom cut to intricate patterns to create works of art for floors and feature walls.  
I would love to use this product to create a fabulous room for a client.

Another favourite supplier is Mettro Tiles that was featuring a new product line called Hive Tiles by Realstone Systems.  Made of recycled, engineered Marble and Travertine stone to recreate the look of barnwood, driftwood, chiseled and etched stone that are fit together in various configurations of convex and concave hexagon patterns.  The top picture is a 3D-hex pattern on porcelain tile.

Not only has tile come a long way, but the options for wood are endless as well.  
Gemss Enriched Wood Surfaces from Natural Veneers of India was showcasing their imaginative use of wood.  Mosaics with inset acrylic pieces for backlit applications (above top pic) were beautiful and modern.  Large slabs of exotic woods (above bottom pic) create art walls with texture and warmth.

Wood-look mosaics come in all shapes and configurations.  
Imagine any of these on a feature wall behind a bed, in a wine room or accent wall in a large room.

Who would have thought that doors could be so interesting?
Hand carved by artisans and designed with unique materials, these doors from ScanWest Design are designed to be eye-catching works of art instead of typical interior doors that blend into the decor. 

The standard in kitchen and bathroom sinks has gone to new levels too!
No need for the old standard white or stainless steel models when there are amazing options in
 hammered metal, concrete, integrated stone and even prehistoric wood!  
Yes, prehistoric petrified wood found in the depths of the jungles of Indonesia.
It's a fascinating story I heard directly from the Owner's while at the show.   
Check out their website for more details and beautiful pieces.

I love it when furniture is not only functional, but also serves as a work of art.  
Which is certainly the case with the work of German designer Sebastian Herkner.  
Case in point the stunning award winning Bell Table (top) created for ClassiCon.  
Among other faves are porcelain vases and pendant lights with shades made of copper, steel and textiles - all of which add artisan quality to any room.

Finally, I couldn't leave out the annual Ikea booth.  Always high impact and a show favourite.
This year with the launch of the new Ikea kitchen series Sektion, they featured 3 kitchens designed by House & Home and Style at Home magazines as well as their own ultra-modern design (too yellow for my liking).  Both magazine's booths were so packed that I couldn't get great pictures, so I'm using the ones from Ikea's Pinterest board.  

Presenting the outstanding Style at Home-designed IKEA kitchen.
Ikea kitchen design by Style at Home.  

This kitchen feels very French country chic, love the floors, the large mirrored wall (left) and the touches of aged brass and crystal chandeliers.  Very elegant while featuring tons of practical storage and display solutions.  The bicycle hanging above the island was a contest prize.

Presenting the extraordinary House and Home-designed IKEA kitchen.
Ikea kitchen design by House and Home.  

This one has a sophisticated cottage vibe.  I love the blue walls and the vintage looking tiles.  The brass sconces and pendants add modern flair.  While the concrete slab farmhouse island alongside the quartz topped cabinets on the other end of the island are unexpected but so charming and practical for a busy family kitchen.  A large pantry behind glass doors on the other end (not seen) was lined with pretty wallpaper adding a punch of pretty to an otherwise practical space.

After a couple hours of pleasantly perusing and one great cappuccino, 
I left the show a bit tired and hungry but full of inspiration and new ideas for upcoming projects.

Ready to create some amazing spaces this year ... who's with me?


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