Kimberley’s Uptown Elegance in Chatelaine

Uptown Funk is so yesterday! Kimberley joins Chatelaine Magazine and Home Hardware in recommending the best colour combination for a sophisticated urban look.

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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 the Art World

From mediums, to subject matter and hanging styles, here are just a few trends we’ve been noticing in the art world.

Photography
Photography continues to be prominently displayed on condo walls, in hotel lobbies and office spaces. Especially fashionable are large, colourful works that exude a sleek and contemporary feel, in line with a modern and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Scenes of urban decay, cinematic dreamscapes or landscapes are particularly trendy.

Maureen O'Connor, photograph

Photograph by Maureen O’Connor

 

New Media Art (Art + Technology)
The use of technology as subject matter and/or medium is omnipresent in the art world. Digital art, virtual art, internet art, multi-sensory and multi-media installations, even video games, have taken over the art world. Mixed media works that employ manipulated digital images combined with other mediums like paint, pencil or resin are also very fashionable.

David Trautrimas, digital photograph

Digital photograph by David Trautrimas

 

Resin
Resin is a trendy medium that many artists are adopting. Pouring resin onto panels or canvases gives the artwork a thick, glossy, modern surface. No matter if the work is a collage, photograph, digital work or painting, a resin coat provides a clean, contemporary and cool surface.

Aaron Jones, mixed media

Mixed media by Aaron Jones

 

Urban or Street Art
The aesthetics of street art are now widely celebrated in mainstream culture. Characteristically colourful, graphic, raw, energetic and immediate, graffiti and street art have moved from the sides of buildings in alleyways, on to canvases in private residences. Banksy is often credited with breaking down the walls between street art and high art.

Matthew Catalano, digital image

Digital Image by Matthew Catalano

 

Salon ­Style Hanging

Finally, a popular form of display, which actually has its roots in French salons of the 18th century, is the salon style display of hanging works of art. Filling a wall with an eclectic grouping, by arranging pieces together, no matter their colour, size, theme or media, breaks the monotony and adds interest to any space.

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. 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.

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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

What's Trending - Coat Rack

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

Spooky Tablescape

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Halloween doesn’t have to be orange, black and white. Create a haunting environment that isn’t rooted in the traditional colour scheme and you’ll really bring the party to life.

San Francisco based interior designer and blogger, Courtney Lake, took an unexpected cue from the rolling hills of Napa Valley to create his ghoulish Halloween themed bar (above) and table.

Check out the new issue to see more pictures of Courtney’s tablescape.

Read the entire article ‘Special Design Feature – Spooky Tablescape’ in Issue 10 of Dabble.

Colour Story

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Interior designer, popular television personality and colour-trend expert Jane Lockhart shares her favourite colour combination of the season.

Go modern and forgo hanging ornaments and garland on a tree. Instead, place purple and metallic Christmas balls in a crystal bowl for sparkle, or lay silver garland around a lamp base to add texture to the room.

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.

Colour Trend for 2013: Pastels

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Lemon Sorbet 2019-60 is being called out as Benjamin Moore’s 2013 colour of the year and the palette is shifting from super saturated and strong hues to softer, lighter pastel shades.

The 18 other trend colours that Benjamin Moore is serving up for 2013 are equally as delicious as Lemon Sorbet, and they’re proposed in combinations that create a feast for the eyes when teamed with existing home furnishings. With Lemon Sorbet as the common denominator and assured to complement any or all of the other Benjamin Moore paint colours named, the suggested combinations include:Combo 1–Teacup Rose 2170-50, Spring Dust 2150-40 and Baja Dunes 997
Choose one colour for a single or all walls, one for the ceiling and another for trims, mouldings, and other accents.

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.