Design Unleashed

  • Designer Kimberley Seldon placed an enormous ancient mill stone from Italy dead centre and aligned it with the front door, immediately creating a sense of order in the space.
  • Custom arm chairs flank a metal drum which acts as a coffee table, providing a perfect perch for quiet contemplation.
  • It's not uncommon to find large columns poorly placed in new condos but again, it makes decorating a wee bit more challenging. To give the column a sense of purpose Kimberley placed a tall wooden Buddha in front of the structural feature.
  • The comfy grey sectional (Jamie Alexander) surrounds a round wood coffee table from West Elm. Colourful salmon and navy pillows from ELTE fill the space with colour.
  • Behind the sectional, a low Asian bench tucks beneath a sofa table.
  • Sculptural pieces like the Buddha and bronze leaf offer big style statements.

Interior Design by Kimberley Seldon Design Group
Photography by Ted Yarwood

Who doesn’t want to feel zen at home?

Easier said than done when you have challenging spaces to decorate—like the pie-shaped entry hall that greets you as you enter the front door of this urban condo.

The cool couple who live here had lots of ideas when it came to decorating. They wanted to display some of the treasures they’ve collected on their extensive travels for instance. But when it came to the sitting area…they were stumped. How to deal with a severely pie-shaped space?

Cool Cucumber Gin & Tonic Popsicles

From Imbibe Magazine 

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Ingredient:
3 cups tonic water
1 1/2 oz. gin
1/4 lime, juiced
1/2 cup cucumber slices

Direction:
In a pitcher, combine all ingredients, except cucumber slices, and stir. Place cucumber slices into popsicle molds, then pour in tonic mix. Freeze overnight before serving.

Makes approximately 6 popsicles

3 Days in Malta

DAY ONE:

MORNING: There is plenty to see in and around the pedestrian town of Valletta. Take in St. John’s Cathedral and the Upper Gardens at Barrakka with views over the bay and front seats to the daily cannon firing. Home enthusiasts will appreciate Casa Rocca Piccola, a living museum and Valletta’s only privately owned palace.

12 NOON: Spot some celebs in St. Julian’s, just a short 45 minute walk away. Or, take the ferry and enjoy some ocean time.

EVENING: Book ahead to ensure you’ll get a table at either Guze Bistro or Michael’s. Either one will make an occasion out of the moment.

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Lower Barrakka Gardens – Photography by Simon Burn

DAY TWO:

MORNING: After a carb-dense breakfast (it’s ok, you’ll be walking today) head south to Marsaxlokk (on Sundays, don’t miss the Marsaxlokk Market). Explore the coastal area on foot and work up an appetite for fresh seafood at lunch.

AFTERNOON: Save some energy for the medieval cities of Mdina and Rabat. Take in the 360 degree views from the top of the hill in Mdina, and just try to put your camera down.

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Mdina – Photography by Simon Burn

DAY THREE:

AFTERNOON: Make sure to visit the 350-year-old Gozo Salt Pans. Sign up for a Jeep safari and you can make a day of touring the tiny island’s many sights.

EVENING: When the sun sets, casting its pink glow on everything in sight, everyone (and we mean everyone) is thinking about where to eat. If you meet a friendly local (and you will) ask for a recommendation.

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Gozo Salt Pans – Photography by Simon Burn

Sunny Mudroom

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Bright colours and playful accents such as the spool “hooks” and hook rug bench give this mudroom its sunny disposition. But good looks aren’t enough. A mudroom also has to be easy to clean and resistant to the muck and rain that comes with spring’s weather. Opt for floors in natural stone (slate and limestone are gorgeous) or honed ceramics. Avoid flat paint which is difficult to clean. And have plenty of storage to keep clutter out of sight.

Chia Pudding

Recipe and photo courtesy Mhai Yoga Retreat

Chia seeds are loaded with nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium, fibre and protein. They are great to make pudding because they absorb up to 10 times their weight in liquid. If you want to find a great price on chia seeds then check out iHerb discount codes, all their products are great. Try this easy recipe and start your day off right.

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Photo courtesy Mhai Yoga Retreat

 

INGREDIENTS
½ cup of chia seeds
½ cup of coconut milk
2 bananas
3 tbsp of almonds
2 tbsp of coconut shreds
1 tsp of cinnamon

DIRECTIONS
In a small bowl, mix chia seeds, coconut milk and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Put mixture into serving bowls and garnish with sliced bananas, nuts and coconut shreds, divided evenly per serving.

Industry Profile: Annie Sloan

She’s the developer and queen of Chalk Paint. She’s written over 20 books and has a lovely home fragrance line. Annie Sloan talks to Dabble about paint, projects and a thriving personal life.

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Annie Sloan, Photography by Harriet Thomas

 

 

DAB: What was your goal when you developed Chalk Paint™ 25 years ago?

AS: My goal was to make a paint that I wanted. It had to be flexible, approachable and in the right colours. I was a working mother with three boys under ten, so it had to be easy to use and quick to dry!

DAB: What advice would you give to someone using Chalk Paint™ for the first time?

AS: Relax and don’t worry about making mistakes. Go with your gut!

DAB: You were born in Australia and live in England and France today. What cities inspire you the most?

AS: In no particular order: Sydney, London, Paris, Lisbon, Cape Town, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Vancouver for its outdoor yet arty life and Montreal for its lively metropolitan lifestyle. Of course I would love to see more of Canada one day!

DAB: Is there a place you haven’t visited but would like to go to for inspiration?

AS: I’m planning to go to Kazakhstan to visit my eldest son, who works out there. He’s in Astana, which is where East meets West so I hope it will be inspiring. India is another place I would love to visit.

DAB: How would you describe your personal décor style?

AS: I would say it’s a little bit French, a little bit of Boho and a little bit Neo Classical. I’m also currently redecorating my offices in a Warehouse style. I love it. But my house is late Victorian, so of course the Warehouse look doesn’t work here! No matter how much time I will of spent at the Aagard – Packaging Automation Company it won’t ever influence my home decor, how blasphemous would that be, I could not have one of my guests point out similarities, so I truly avoid warehouse influences completely.

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Annie Sloan painted table, Photography by Christopher Drake

DAB: What is next for Annie Sloan?

AS: I’m going to be celebrating 25 years of Chalk Paint™ all through 2015, which I’m really excited about. My Stockists are so important to me so I’ll be doing a lot of travelling; I want to see as many of them as possible. I’m also launching my new Stencil collection, which comes in 21 designs and is the perfect complement to my paint range.

DAB: When you don’t have a paintbrush in your hand, what do you Dabble in?

AS: I like to dabble in music, eating out and a good bottle of wine with friends.

Dabble Digs the Outdoors

With patio season just around the corner, Kimberley has these suggestions to enliven your outdoor spaces.

New Wicker 1903 Beach Chair

Steppin’ Out
It’s time to take the party outdoors. These classic rattan chairs may be all the excuse you need to light the barbecue and have a few friends over. Dabble Savvy: They’ll mix beautifully with teak furniture.

New Wicker 1903 Beach Chair
Blue, New Wicker collection, now $399 (reg. $799)

zig-zag outdoor rug

Pop of Colour
Yes, this really is an outdoor carpet. Add a little vavoom to outdoor rooms with this lively chevron patterned rug.

Zig-Zag Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Medium(44″ x 66″): $75 (regular: $250)
Large (60″ x94″): $150 (regular: $500)

Tapered Scroll Rim Planter

May Flowers

Geraniums. Miniature Roses. Dahlias. Any one of these flowers will look prettier still in this distressed planter. Time to give yourself a bouquet.

Tapered Scroll Rim Indoor/Outdoor Planter
Medium (15″): Now $36 (regular $90)
Large (19″): Now $68 (regular $170)

Guava Juice

Recipe and photo courtesy Mhai Yoga Retreat

As a great source of vitamins and flavour, who wouldn’t want to make guava a part of their breakfast ritual? Guava is low in calories and full of Vitamin C.

Feel instantly rejuvenated with this Mhai Yoga Retreat specialty.

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Photo courtesy Mhai Yoga Retreat

 

INGREDIENTS
6 guavas, seeds removed
1 pc of ginger
1 lemon
1 tsp of honey

DIRECTIONS
Mix all ingredients in a blender for 40 seconds and enjoy.

High Point Market: Managing the Client Pipeline

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Managing the Client Pipeline
Kimberley Seldon, designer and CEO of Business of Design, shares her successful multi-step program of specific techniques to transform your profitability within just three months of implementation. A dynamic and engaging crowd pleaser, Kimberley’s no-nonsense approach will leave you fired up and fully armed with specific techniques to earn repeat business and gain new clients.

Date: April 20, 2015
Time: 
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Location: 
High Point Theatre at the Transportation Terminal

Book signing for Business of Design 1 and 2, immediately following the presentation.

For more information, visit High Point Market

Dwell on Design: More Money, More Profits

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More Money, More Profits (ASID, IDCEC CEU)
It’s a dilemma for nearly every business professional: you want to increase profits, yet you’re leaving money on the table with suppliers, clients, trades, and retailers. In More Money, More Profits, interior designer Kimberley Seldon reveals her Top Strategies for plugging the gaps in profitability and increasing job and customer satisfaction through a unique 15 Step Project Management Plan. A dynamic and engaging crowd pleaser, Kimberley’s no-nonsense approach leaves the audience “fired up” and armed with specific techniques to transform lackluster profitability within the first month of implementation.

Date: May 29,2015
Time: 11:00 am
Location: LA Convention Ctr, Stage C

For more information, visit Dwell on Design

Dwell on Design: Billable Hours


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Invoicing and Collecting Billable Hours: (ASID, IDCEC CEU)
For a thriving, successful interior design practice, you need to establish a firm policy around producing invoices and delivering them in a timely fashion to clients. Providing clients with a systematic approach to paying your fees is not only good for the professional, it’s good for the client who needs to properly budget and see the project/money managed effectively. A firm policy for collecting for billable hours ensures the design professional can run a business without threat to cash flow in order to focus on aspects of the work that move projects forward. In this session, Kimberley will demonstrate best practices, consider the most effective strategies for getting paid without negotiation or delay and eliminate cash flow problems forever.

This session will be held in a classroom overlooking the show floor.

Date: May 29, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: LA Convention Ctr, Mtg Rms (LACC),304C

For more information, visit Dwell on Design

Take 3: Behind the Sofa

Courtesy Cityline

Don’t leave the back of your sofa exposed. Kimberley Seldon has three takes on what you can put behind your sofa.

A desk:
Add a functional piece of furniture like a desk. You can watch television or hang out with the family and do work at the same time. This desk can serve a variety of purposes such as a buffet for food or a bar when entertaining.

Dabble Savvy: The bigger the carpet, the bigger the room looks, so purchase large coordinating carpets for each space.

Desk

A dining set:
If you have a small space and are wondering how to have both a living room and a dining room in your home, try pushing them together. This creates a very intimate and functional space. When buying a chair, try to choose fabric that has texture — this will help everything come together.

Dabble Savvy: Put the dining room chairs on casters, so you can wheel them into your living space for extra seating.

Dining Room

A matching sofa:
If you have space for two conversation areas, add a matching sofa to create an intimate and cozy space. Add a coffee table and chairs if there’s room or consider foot stools for smaller spaces. You can use one space for conversation and company, and the other to watch television.

Dabble Savvy: If you don’t have matching sofas, put a console table between the two.

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