About Christine Da Costa

Christine likes to approach a room like a woman’s outfit. Buy great, timeless pieces that have longevity and accessorize with less expensive items!
www.decorbychristine.com

What’s Trending: Blue

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Interior Design by Christine DaCosta – Photography by Stephani Buchman 

Don’t be afraid to use colour in your home. Think of blue as a neutral!
Custom sofa by Decor by Christine

For more blue inspiration, check out the new issue on May 29, 2014.

What’s Trending in Baths

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NEOREST Series
US$3000 – $10,000, TOTO
www.totousa.com

The Neorest 700H is engineered to provide its user with an unrivaled level of comfort. The ewater+  technology keeps the bowl clean and hygienic, while the Wonderwave Spray and warm-air dryer keep you feeling refreshed. 

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US$1,200+, Mr. Steam
www.mrsteam.com

Mr. Steam’s new Virtual Spa System makes it fast and easy for you to create and visualize a personalized home steam shower. From the required generator and control components to optional accessories such as ChromaTherapy, AromaTherapy,MusicTherapy, wall seats and towel warmers,  all in a simple step-by-step process.

  1. Enter your shower dimensions and room material to automatically select the right generator for your enclosure size.
  2. Choose a control package and finish that perfectly complements your home.
  3. Select a convenient spa package or items a la carte.
  4. Opt for accessories that will enhance your steam experience, turning your home into a retreat from everyday life.
  5. Add a towel warmer to complete the experience, and your virtual spa tour is complete.

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Jet Set Decorative Stone
Made to order, Walker Zanger
www.walkerzanger.com

The Jet Set collection channels mid century glamour into a stunning collection of intricately realized patterns. Use them on bathroom floors, walls or as a kitchen backsplash.

What’s Trending in Kitchens

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ONE collection & Accessory Kits
US$425-$1,025, BLANCO
www.blancoamerica.com

With three different sink sizes and an assortment of custom-designed accessories, the new ONE collection is crafted of the highest quality stainless steel with generous 9″ deep bowls in a satin polished finish. ONE lets you customize your sink for your individual lifestyle with custom-fit accessories, designed for the way you live.

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Poggenpohl Drawer Inserts
Made to order, Poggenpohl
www.poggenpohl.com

The base panel system offers total flexibility. On a non-slip linoleum base, spacer bars allow the space to be divided according to the customer’s requirements. Remodel my kitchen Austin offers a wide range of variations and fittings allow the customer to divide kitchen drawers for the best overview and storage space.

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Mercer Quilted & Europa Collection
US$5.50-$29/each, Top Knobs
www.topknobs.com

The Mercer Collection Quilted Series offers depth and textural dimension that creates visual interest. The Quilted Series uses geometric shaping to create focal interest while maintaining a clean, modern line.

What's Trending BlondWood

Do blonds really have more fun? In this case, they do. One of the big trends for 2014 is light toned wood. Check out some of our fave #BlondWood.

What's Trending - HERO

Akurun/Sofielund Cabinetry
Starting at CA$3180.00, IKEA
www.ikea.ca

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Simple Wood Cutting board
CA $39.40 –$ 45.19, West Elm Market
www.westelm.com

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The Piano by Patrick Seha
Starting at CA$1,950, Nieuw
www.nieuw.ca

Gold Rush

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“All that glitters is bound to find its way into Dabble,” says our style expert Christine Da Costa. Gold, brass and bronze are home design attention grabbers.

US$1,098 Anthropologie
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Arteriors Baroque Antique Gold Leaf Lidded Box
US$250, Zhush
www.zhush.com

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Read the entire article ‘What’s Trending – Gold’ in Issue 11 of Dabble.

What’s Trending: Grey & Yellow

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With fall in the air our nesting instinct kicks in. ‘Ward off the chill,’ says designer Christine DaCosta, ‘with the powerful pairing of yellow and grey.’

Featured Image: Jenna Bedding Collection, CA$35-$170, Urban Barn, www.urbanbarn.com

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 Vintage Yellow Glass Lamps, US$3900, Pieces, www.pieces.com

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 Tali Printed Shower Curtain, CA$40, West Elm, www.westelm.com

Read the entire article ‘What’s Trending – Grey&Yellow’ in Issue 10 of Dabble.

What’s Trending: Ombre

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Nothing shady about this trend, says style setter, Christine DaCosta. Ombre, a French term meaning ‘shade’ is reaching a home decor peak in fabrics, area carpets, accessories and furniture.

Featured Image: Wooden Ombre Vases, CA$31–107, West Elm
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Ombre Faux-Fur Beanbag CA$270, Pottery Barn
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Wavering Ombre Curtain, US$148–$208, Anthropolgie

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Lava Rug, CA$400, EQ3

Read the entire article ‘What’s Trending – Ombre’ in Issue 9 of Dabble.

Industry Profile: Celebrating Frank with Jeffrey Herr

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American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born on June 8, 1867, making his upcoming birthday (were he still living) number 144. Immortalized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time”, FLW’s personal life made headlines as often as his professional one.

Dabble talks to Jeffrey Herr, curator at Hollyhock House in Hollywood.

1- DAB: Jeffrey, thank you for the private tour.Tell us about Hollyhock House, FLW’s first Los Angeles project.
JH: FLW built the house from 1919 to 1921 for American oil heriress, Aline Barnsdall. Sitting on 12 acres, Hollyhock House is adjacent to a 10,000 square-foot gallery, 299-seat auditorium and junior arts education center.

2- DAB:Why the name Hollyhock House?
JH: Hollyhocks were Barnsdall’s favourite flowers so FLW incorporated its stylized motif into the architecture, even using it in the design of the furniture, carpet and concrete bas-relief over the fireplace.

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3- DAB: How would you describe the style of Hollyhock House?
JH: FLW designed the house as part of its LA surroundings, with panoramic views of the hills. The style is attributed to his Romanza Period, which falls after Prairie Style and before Block style.

4- DAB: Describe the furniture FLW designed.
JH: Many of the original pieces have been lost over time. Part of my job is to research the furniture and accessories and find duplicates—or have precise copies made. We were able to reproduce some Tiffany vases and, in the case of the upholstered chairs, we found a swatch of the original fabric.

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5- DAB:Is it true Frank Lloyd Wright was fired from the project?
JH: Yes. At the time FLW was building the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. He also fancied himself as a Japanese art dealer and actually sold several pieces to his client. Cost overruns, conflicting schedules and clashing personalities led to a feud that resulted in FLW’s removal from the project.

6- DAB: Once Frank Lloyd Wright was fired, who took over the project?
JH: Hollyhock House construction was managed by one of FLW’s talented apprentices, Rudolph Schindler. Later, Schindler brought on an architect friend and another burgeoning talent, Richard Neutra. Both of these now famous architects were no doubt influenced by FLW.

7- DAB: What’s next for Hollyhock House?
JH: Hollyhock House is now a National Historic Landmark. To keep it accessible for future generations, the restoration process continues.

Industry Profile: Diane von Furstenberg

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Born in Belgium, she married a prince, made the cover of TIME, inspired lyrics for a Dolly Parton song and changed the face of fashion forever with the creation of a simple jersey wrap dress. And perhaps her only real competition for fashion icon of the world status is a fictional Carrie Bradshaw.

For more than four decades Diane von Furstenberg personifies effortless chic to women around the world. Dabble’s Design Contributor Christine Da Costa asked the legend about her new line of tabletop, bedding and decorative accessories.

1- DAB: Diane, congratulations on the recent launch of DVF Home Collection. How does this latest venture reflect your personal design philosophy?
DVF: It’s all about achieving a harmonious relationship between colour, texture, proportion, scale and pattern. My inspiration is the 20th century, women, the nature that surrounds me, my contemporary art, as well as vintage and current fashion prints from the DVF runway collections.

2- DAB: What is the biggest style mistake people make in their homes?
DVF: Your home is an extension of who you are—play with colour and pattern and don’t be afraid to showcase your personality and lifestyle.

3- DAB: You mentioned that contemporary art inspires you?
DVF: Yes, the Miro flower motif in my tabletop and bedding collection is inspired by the surrealistic art of Joan Miró.

4- DAB: Beyond colour, how do you create impact at home?
DVF: I simply love geometric silhouettes and love to use different shapes in all of my designs, fashion or home.

5- DAB: We hear your DVF wrap dress inspired your duvet collection. Which of your six prints is your favourite?
DVF: I can’t choose only one—they’re all my favourites.

6- DAB: What’s the fastest way to add vibrancy in bedroom design?
DVF: Beautiful linens make the bedroom look good, which makes you feel good—your bedroom should look how you want to feel. A boldly patterned duvet invigorates for a fresh, welcoming and uplifting feel.

DVF Style Tip: Experiment by mixing and matching different patterns; incorporate unexpected shapes and always add a touch of animal print.