Dabble Digs Spring

Beaded Beauties
These handmade canisters add a lovely pop of colour to your makeup vanity. House jewellery or cotton balls in discreet style.

Beaded Canisters,
Set of 3 CA$46, Zenporium
www.zenporium.com

Dabble Digs - Zenporium Beaded Round Bowl w lid

Pillow Talk
No two are alike. Add personality to a boring sofa with hand painted ombre pillows.

Bronze & Silver Ombre Pillows,
The Alloy Textile Collection
CA$195, Amanda Hamilton Design
www.amandahamiltondesign.com

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Scandinavian Seating
Artful furniture makes a statement in any space. Place this bench in your entry for insta-style.

Krone Hanssen Sparken Bench,
US$2,265, Huset
www.huset-shop.com

Dabble Digs - Krone Hanssen Sparken Bench 1 copy

Rad Rug
You don’t have to spend big money to add pattern and comfort under foot. Define a living room space with a large rug.

Kalat (beige & brown), 8×10
CA$2,245, Elte Market
www.eltemkt.com

Dabble Digs - Kalat Rug

Packaged Delivery
Fun! Receive a box full of vintage items at your doorstep once a month.

US$50/month, Frankie & Albert
www.frankieandalbert.com

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Gorgeous Gypsum
How great would a couple of these hand cast gypsum pendants look over your kitchen island? Designed by Simon Katz and Peter Coolican, create big impact for a steal!

Pendant Light in Gypsum
CA$196, Coolican & Company
www.coolicanandcompany.com

Dabble Digs - pendant on white

Ant Eater
LOL. Your guests will get a chuckle out of Hector Serrano’s creation of ants carrying away their appetizers.

Working Ant Party Picks,
Set of 20 CA$10, Kikkerland
www.kikkerland.com

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Havana Haven

  • Dago and Laura love to entertain. The living room is a welcoming space where they receive friends.
  • Get the Look: The Late Sofa designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec was purchased at Vitra in Madrid and the Shell Chair is by Hans J. Wegner. The two photographs are by Cuban photographer Felipe Dulzaides and the coffee table and floor lamp are from an antique store in Havana.
  • Dago and Laura's son loves to play in the family room which also doubles as a yoga and pilates studio for mom. The blue wheelbarrow is a Los Carpinteros piece and the orange Dar Chairs are by Charles and Ray Eames. The art above the sofa is by Cuban artist Alejandro Cam.
  • Adjacent to the living room is the office and library with a collection that includes art, architecture and design books as well as catalogues from Los Carpinteros' expositions .
  • When the couple renovated, the kitchen grew to accommodate open shelving. Dago made the kitchen table out of his grandmother's old sewing machine.
  • The dining room gets its punch from the orange covered vintage chairs which look out onto a lush back garden and fountain. The vintage dining room table and chairs are from a local antique shop. The oil painting is by Cuban artist Carlos Quintana .

Photography by Carlos Ernesto Escalona Marti (Kako)

Renowned Cuban artist Dago Rodríguez (aka one half of the Los Carpinteros duo) creates art for a variety of patrons all over the world. The Vedado, Havana home he shares with his wife, kite boarding instructor Laura Lis, is as artfully styled and cool as hell.

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.

Dabble Does Havana

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.

Colin and Justin’s Cabin Pressure Season Two

by Colin & Justin

Is it really a whole year since ‘Colin and Justin’s Cabin Pressure’, Season One, aired on the Cottage Life television network? Yup, 12 months have passed and, in that time, we’ve turned our attentions from Muskoka (location, for Season One) to Haliburton where we recently bought another slanty shanty – one that was almost falling down thanks to collapsed piers, major rot and serious animal infestation. But little fazes us: we, after all, can fix anything. Even if it means shedding desperate tears and dealing with construction issues that we’d rather leave to Bryan. Geddit? “Leave It To Bryan”? Oh never mind…

Colin and Justin - Cottage

Photography by Brandon Barre

But worry not: we turned adversity into joy. Our 800 feet collapsing marvel is positioned on beautiful Drag Lake, and, courtesy of its south west elevation – and good bones – it had potential written all over it. Let’s just say, though, that our reparative budget doubled… but so too did our final vision. In just four short months, we went from ‘pig in lipstick’ to beauty queen and we couldn’t be happier with the transformation. In exterior terms, it’s a veritable vision of Scandinavian minimalism: all graphite grey siding and jet-black roof. And inside? We composed a ‘luxe lodge’ esthetic with serious Mid Mod overtones. Don Draper eat your heart out. What better place than the cottage to imbibe an Old Fashioned cocktail?

As our transformative journey protracted, we added a whole new roof, an entire basement (did we mention we jacked the 30 ton house 20 feet off the ground? You have to see that scene to believe it) a new kitchen, two new bathrooms and two new bedrooms. And, while we were at it, we added a cute four bunk bedded bunkie and a whole new elevation to accommodate a sunroom. Jeesh…

Colin and Justin - Cottage Bath

Photography by Brandon Barre

It’s been a massive project but we couldn’t be happier. Last time round, we bought with friends, but this time round we invested alone. It’s so lovely. And we’re so happy. But, by God, the epic transformation nearly killed us. See all the Season 2 action weekly, from Sunday, 22nd March, at 9pm on Cottage Life. The network is in FREE preview from today, Saturday the 21st. Enjoy!

For more info visit www.cabinpressure.tv

Colin and Justin are appearing live at The Cottage Life Show on Saturday, March 28th at 1:00 pm.

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.

Sofa

Interview with Annie Sloan – Queen of Chalk Paint

DAB: Can you name a few of your favourite applications using Chalk Paint?

AS: Of course it changes all the time, but at the moment I am working on a new piece for my office. It’s a Modern Retro piece from the 1940s. I have painted it with a very smooth, flat finish in a variety of block colours. I think people are surprised that you can achieve a smooth finish with Chalk Paint™, but you can! Years ago, I painted an old desk of mine in a custom mix of Old Violet and Emperors Silk. I created a textured and crackled finish, and finished it with dark wax. It looks very rich. I also love using a traditional technique called ‘frottage’ – you can do this with Chalk Paint, all you need is water to dilute the paint and some newspaper. I have some old doors in my home in France where I’ve used this technique and they look wonderful.

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Courtesy: Creating the French Look by Annie Sloan – CICO Books, Photographer: Christopher Drake

 

DAB: Thanks to you, people can breathe new life into old furniture. Is there a person who has taken your paint and transformed a piece of furniture in a way you didn’t expect?

AS: I saw so many people doing wonderful things with Chalk Paint™ that I decided to develop my ‘Painters in Residence’ program. It’s a wonderful way to work with creative people who can test my paint to its very limits and create inspirational projects. I’ve already worked with a portrait artist who lives in an elegantly converted schoolhouse in France, a mom-of-three who works out of her home in rural Australia, and a British stylist who has an amazing way of making clashing colours work.

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Painterly Bathroom, Courtesy Alex Russell Flint, Annie Sloan Painter in Residence

 

DAB: Selecting paint colours can be a daunting experience. What is your go-to colour combination?

AS: I don’t think it’s possible to have a go-to colour. I always think that every space, wall or piece of furniture deserves its own colour. There are a lot of colours in my range that, in small doses, can work as neutrals – Duck Egg Blue, Louie Blue, Old Violet, Aubusson and Olive, to name a few.

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Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan comes in quart cans (946ml), priced at approximately $45.00 CND; and in 4 oz. (100ml) sample pots, priced at approximately $13.99 CDN (regional price variations and shipping charges apply.

Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan is sold through 35 Annie Sloan stockists across Canada and is also available online.

For more information, visit: www.anniesloan.com

Flatout Fab – DIY Table

With the perfect blend of matte and metallic, DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci transforms a dated table. Va va voom.

MATERIALS REQUIRED
Sandpaper – Medium grade
Furniture piece
Spray paint – metallic
Paint brush
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®
Annie Sloan Clear Wax
Annie Sloan Dark Wax
Soft cloth
Large bristle brush
Short bristle brush

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PREP & SPRAY
Lightly sand an existing piece of furniture. Spray one coat of a metallic paint and let it dry for 24 hours.

Before

ANNIE SLOAN IT
Apply a coat of Chalk Paint® on the table but apply less in certain areas where you want the metallic colour to shine through. This project is shown in Paris Grey.

CRACKLE IT
Once the first coat is dry, apply a second, thicker coat of paint and use a blow dryer on the highest setting to blow hot air on the wet paint to create a subtle crackle finish.

WAX ON, WAX OFF
When the second coat of paint is completely dry, apply a thin layer of clear wax with a large bristle brush, and wipe off excess wax with a soft cloth. Apply the dark wax with a smaller bristle brush into the cracks and anywhere you wish to add an aged patina look. Wipe off any excess dark wax with a cloth.

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Dabble Savvy: Paint the interior drawers in a vivid colour like hot pink.

DIY Guy - Annie Sloan Paint Interior Drawer

Where to Eat in Havana

Here are 5 great places to dine when you’re in Havana:

1- Paladar Doña Eutimia: A great little gem in Old Havana. Be sure to start off with a mojito frappe, it’s their specialty.

2- Rio Mar Restaurant: Amazing setting and superb seafood.  The restaurant is located in the  neighbourhood of Mirama and there are wonderful views of the river and the Malecón seawall.

Rio Mar

3- Ivan & Justo: Not only will you enjoy the freshness of the food but you’ll love the décor. Try the ceviche de pescado or the tacos de la casa, our two faves.

Ivan and Justo

4- 304 O’Reilly: This restaurant isn’t hard to find as the name is the address in Old Havana. Owner José Carlos learned how to cook from his grandmother and has a passion for food and art which is evident when you step inside. Have a Caesar, it’s made from scratch.

304 O'reilly

5- El Litoral: Enjoy a healthy buffet or their à la carte menu. Not hungry? Have a cappuccino outside and enjoy a view of the water.

El Litoral

 

Contest: notNeutral Rug – Winner Selected

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Follow the ribbon around the rug!  This GoodWeave certified rug by notNeutral was inspired by the filigree line work found on the dollar bill. This 6’ round sable “Ribbon” rug is 100% wool with looped line work and cut-pile construction.

All notNeutral rugs are certified child-labour-free by GoodWeave, an international non-profit organization working to end exploitive child labour in the rug industry. Every GoodWeave-certified rug helps give children like Sanju the freedom, education, and life opportunities that they deserve.

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Congratulations!

Susan Gregson (ON)