Smartsizing: Tips to Maximize Space


Watch Cityline Homeday, March 20, 2014
Set provided by Decorium

Maximizing Space:

  • Built-ins and modular furniture maximize storage. Use as much vertical and horizontal space as possible. Contain clutter and maximize space with book shelves.
  • Add mirror to make space look larger.
  • A monochromatic colour scheme visually enlarges a space. When all colours are close in tone and value there is no contrast so the eye is able to move through a room uninterrupted which creates the illusion of additional space.
  • Multipurpose (double-duty) furniture creates flexibility within a space. Make sure furniture serves more than one function. Daybed which can be a sofa but also a bed for guest to sleep on. A coffee table that rises to eating height. Console tables that can be pushed together to form dining table.
  • Use chairs rather than sofas for maximum flexibility. They require less space and can be moved around more easily.
    Consider a Murphy bed in small spaces.
  • Avoid sectional. With a sectional you are limited by the way it can be positioned. Sectionals are also more difficult to get in elevators.
  • Use an island. Something on wheels that can be moved around as counter space or a place to store items.

Cityline set provided by Decorium

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Personality Walls

We love the personality big scale ideas inject into small spaces. Tiny nooks or gathering areas—even the smallest niche can have high impact with embellished walls and creative treatments. 

Time to give your walls personality? 


Design credit: Kimberley Seldon Design Group


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Industry Profile: Karim Rashid

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You name it and he’s designed it. Over 3,000 designs in production, countless awards and numerous collections for some of the world’s best known companies.

Dabble talks design aspirations and dreams with Karim ― and asks for insights on the power of pink.

1- DAB: What is your greatest source of inspiration when it comes to designing
furniture, products and interiors?
KR: Every project is different and has its own set of inspirations. And since my work touches every aspect of daily life, it is hard to summarize in just a few words. But in general, I am inspired from the criteria of the project. Limitations and restrictions many times make me more creative. I always say that don’t see things as problems, I see them as opportunities. And I am inspired from our milieu, the time in which we live, our daily social lives, our human interaction and behaviors, the prevailing technologies, the new materials and my dreams of the utopian world I would like to live in.

2- DAB: What is on your design bucket list?
KR: On my list is to design private houses, design a museum, design low-income dwellings, design an electric car, have a Karim fashion clothing line, and I would like to work with companies such as adidas, LG, Bose, Boeing, Bang & Oulfsen, Ferrero Italy, H&M, T-Fal,Numark, Conair, Bionnare, Johnson & Johnson, Kartell, Herman Miller, Braun, IKEA, Vitra, Fiat, Hugo Boss, Levi’s, Fornarina, and too many others to list… I think they all make intelligent products but some lack real human connections and my language and philosophy could really help shape their brand-future. And I would like to design a bucket for Rubbermaid for my list ….haha.

3- DAB: Having created so many interesting spaces, is there one that you feel especially fond of?
KR: My first hotel I designed is in Athens, Greece. Completing the Semiramis hotel in Athens in 2004 gave me a wonderful sense of accomplishment because I realized that beyond an object, I can design an experiential living organism. It afforded me to design over 100 interiors since then. Recently I designed the Nhow hotel in Berlin which became an extension of the Semiramis concept where I design a living experience from micro to macro. I am so proud of them both and hear constantly from people that they feel so complete, comfortable, but inspired staying at these hotels.

4- DAB: How do you redefine yourself and stay in the now?
KR: I try to stay free from outside sources. I try and think that I am not form this planet and observe the world in the most objective way possible. I like to relax by the pool at our new home in Miami Beach. I sneak in a day or two to relax and work on my physical and mental and spiritual health. I am writing my new book, sketching, painting, listening to music, watching rare films, sun tanning, sleeping, and dreaming and thinking about the world, about love, about people, about peace, about beauty, and about one romantic engaging fulgent energetic seductive inspiring place we call earth.

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BoConcept’s Ottawa Collection was designed by Karim Rashid and came out Spring 2012. The collection features the light grey felt and grass green Ottawa Chair (LEFT) from the dining collection and the Espresso Cups.

5- DAB: You wear a lot of pink and white. When it comes to design, what’s your fave combo?

KR: There are really millions of colors so it is ridiculous in this life to have a single favorite of anything – favorite song, favorite book. The beauty of this farrago in life is the broad diversity and choice of everything. But I do love pink and techno colors—colors that have a vibrancy and energy of our digital world. I use colors to create and work with the experience, or the human engagement of that certain task or function.

6- DAB: What’s the secret to using bold colors in a space?
KR: I feel that we should be open-minded to explore, play, interchange, colors. I like a kaleidoscopic environment or a confetti of color! I use pink and acid colors often as well as florescent colors to speak about this digital age, as if the colors popped out of my computer. But at the same time, in a blank white space there is nothing more energetic and exciting than a burst of color within a monochromatic environment. Color is one of the most beautiful phenomena of our existence. It is a spiritual phenomenological euphoria.

7- DAB: How can design enrich a person’s life?
KR: I try to develop objects and spaces to be inspiring, so one can feel a moment of being truly alive. I design objects and spaces as de-stressors—objects that bring enjoyment, not encumbrances, that simplify tasks and increase our level of engagement. Our lives are elevated when we experience beauty, comfort, luxury, performance, and utility seamlessly together. Design must evolve us – and create a beautification and betterment for society.

How to Karim-ify Your Home


You name it and he’s designed it. Over 3,000 designs in production, countless awards and numerous collections for some of the world’s best known companies.

Dabble talks design aspirations and dreams with Karim Rashid in the March 2014 issue.

Here are Karim’s ten most important recommendations for the home:

  1. Create large white spaces with accents of strong positive colors.
  2. Knock down walls that are not structural and open up spaces as much as
  3. Have less but better furniture. Try to substitute 2 or 3 pieces with one.
  4. Impose order. Line everything up perfectly: vases, objects, books,
    stereo equipment. Order inspires. Order is Zen. Order is relaxing.
  5. Avoid curtains. Curtains are dirt and dust collectors and make spaces
    look smaller with added bulk and weight. Use seamless mesh blinds instead.
  6. Make do with less. And make sure you really want what you¹re buying. I¹m
    not anti-consumption per se but I think it¹s essential to consume with
    awareness. Buy only what you need.
  7. Use materials that are easy to clean and that age well. Plastic floors
    (laminates, vinyl sheeting, or artificial rubber) are lightweight and
    inexpensive materials that wear well and are more resistant to scratches and
  8. Avoid sharp edges. Let your space flow.
  9. Make your space reconfigurable.
  10. Embrace (don¹t fear) technology

Tips to Planning a Bathroom Reno

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Kimberley Seldon – Tips to Planning a Bathroom Renovation
(Originally aired February 20th, 2014)


Tips to Planning a Bathroom Renovation:

– A bathroom may be a small space, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy to do.

– If you’re buying a bathtub, for this Mckinney Texas plumber, the best advice is to make sure you sit in the one that you are going to purchase beforehand to see if it is comfortable. Apparently , many people make this mistake, thank for the advice!

– Collect images from Pinterest and Houzz and then determine a realistic budget.

– Determine which trades you will need and when (plumber, tiler, electrician to put in the electricity switchboard, vanity maker, etc.)

– Remember to keep a  10-20% contingency fee for unforeseen problems.

For more of Kimberley’s tips on planning a bathroom renovation visit Cityline

Set courtesy Ginger’s.

Sneak Peak: Steps to a Bathroom Reno

Have you ever wanted to redo your bathroom but don’t know where to start? Tiling, cabinetry, paint, wallpaper? It can be quite overwhelming!

Dabble’s Editor in Chief, Kimberley Seldon, is on Cityline this Thursday. Don’t miss her and Tracy as they discuss the steps to a bathroom renovation.

Watch Cityline this Thursday, February 20th

Watch Cityline this Thursday, February 20th

Ceiling Love

Thank you designer Philip Mitchell for giving the humble ceiling the attention it deserves.

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The tongue and groove coffers help balance the space visually. And that’s a great choice given the location of the pots and pans which draw the eye skyward.

Don’t ignore the fifth wall…the ceiling needs a little love too.

You don’t need a facelift.

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Nope.  You don’t need a facelift. What you do need is a good pair of lamps. A layered lighting scheme is both flattering and visually pleasing.

A typical condo foyer offers little in the way of natural lighting. But pot lights alone will never create the warm welcome you need nor do they provide the flattering light you want.

Instead, brighten the space with a chandelier overhead (on a dimmer, of course!) and table lamps. We added a pair of silk shaded lamps to flank the handsome console table. Baskets hide winter accessories such as gloves, hats and scarves; eliminating visual clutter. Fresh flowers add a touch of spring to a routine homecoming.

Peek a Boo Wall Feature

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Drywall isn’t the only option when it comes to dividing and defining spaces.

Check out this peek a boo wall feature we designed to visually separate a master bedroom from the adjacent bathroom.

Our goal was to visually define and separate the two distinct spaces but allow the natural light that pours into the bedroom to filter into the en suite. A simple, cantilevered shelf acts as a dressing table with the addition of a slipper chair upholstered in grey velvet.



On a Roll… Embarrassing

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At a recent party, tucked in the powder room, I found myself searching for gasp….toilet paper. Embarrassing.

How do you “hide” the extra rolls?  Send us your best ideas and you could be in Dabble Mag! 

Sophisticated Gray

Just as there’s no piece of clothing that actually conforms to the body size of everyone, there’s no such thing as a single gray that is always right.  In fact, gray can be one of the trickiest colours to work with as its undertone is so prevalent.

We relied on a variety of gray tones in this recent urban condo redesign.

5 shades of gray

Here is a guide to some of our fave gray categories from lightest to darkest. Enjoy Oyster has a slight blush beneath the surface owing to its pink base. It’s lightness makes it ideal for a sunny, light filled space. But come evening, its deeper side takes over and the sultry gray undertone shines.  Try Benjamin Moore’s Heaven 2118-70.

Barnboard is a warm gray that looks perfectly weathered by the sun. Benjamin Moore’s aptly named Barnwood CSP-115 is a toasty brown gray we use frequently.

Gunmetal is a cool gray, meaning there’s a hint of blue just below the surface. Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan AF-690 is a go-to gray for contemporary urban spaces.

Charcoal is a dramatic choice sophisticated enough for a formal living or dining room. We love the navy-esque feel of  Benjamin Moore’s French Beret 1610. Use this in a family room where cozy TV watching takes place.

Nearly Black is the category to reach for when you want drop dead glamour and formality. The deepest, darkest sky looks something like Benjamin Moore’s Universal Black 2118-10.

Drama in the Bedroom

Love drama in the bedroom?

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Wait. That doesn’t sound right.

You know what we mean!

Dark walls, faux fur throw and handsome leather make this bedroom designed by LA’s Kahi Lee rugged enough for him and sexy enough for her.

How do you feel about dark walls in the bedroom? Have a fave colour??