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?

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!

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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.

5 Great Items to Collect

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There is nothing like vintage silver pieces to add texture and a soft lustre to display groupings. Use vintage silver sugar and creamer sets as bud vases or try a footed tray on the kitchen island to hold your pepper mill collection and everyday spices. An old silver basket piece, makes a great holder for bath salts or cotton balls in a bathroom. Prices start as low as $5 dollars for small items.

For four more great items to collect, read the June issue of Dabble, available May 31st, 2014.

 

Try this at home

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We love how eclectic gallery walls can share a collection and tell a story. Why not Dabble in a little art direction of your own?

Curate your gallery wall with photos and keepsakes that are associated by theme – vacation/beach images, by style – black and white photography, or by virtue of the joy each image brings.

Keep in mind it costs only a few hundred dollars to have the gallery professionally hung.  An investment that can save your walls from errant holes!

 

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.

I’m Coming Home

  • “The majority of furnishings were custom designed and manufactured for this project. We wanted to feature and honour our clients’ existing art and sculpture collection.”
  • The foyer and living room walls are painted Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee OC-60.
  • The fresh and neutral fabrics and finishes create a classic palette that stands the test of time, allowing the Gregory Hardy painting above the custom sofa to stand forward visually from the room’s other elements.
  • One of the most dramatic changes to the home’s layout occurred when the kitchen was opened to the family room. The structural change required the addition of a supporting beam hidden in the ceiling, circumventing any visible bulkhead and allowing the rooms to flow from one space to the other without visual interruption.
  • Adjacent to the newly renovated kitchen is the open concept family room. This is a favourite spot for the family to linger after a busy day.
  • The handsome vignette with the stepped mirror and a custom wood chest is a nod to the drama and beauty of art deco styling.
  • A bright and sunny breakfast area with 15’ cathedral ceiling and banquette seating completes the kitchen area. The team selected a banquette to allow for wider pathways and a stunning sight line from the kitchen. Kitchen cabinetry lines the walkway and provides extra storage and the visual flow the family required.
  • Practical finishes were mandatory in the all-white kitchen, which features satin sheen lacquered cabinetry, stone countertops and stained walnut for the island.

A large family demands a big makeover. Fortunately, Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting has the talent and muscle to satisfy such a tall order. When the CEO of one of Toronto’s largest and leading luxury condominium developers approached cofounders Tania Richardson and Melandro Quillatan, he was looking for an update as well as a strategy for developing a home that supports the needs of his wife and three teens.

The first floor of this century-old, 3,500 square foot home in Lawrence Park, Toronto is much improved these days owing to its recent renovation which resulted in an improved aesthetic and functionality. The initial lack of architectural interest and weak flow was transformed, resulting in what is now a more current and transitional design.

“Select a neutral palette to provide longevity. Decorative lighting, art and accessories arethe elegant finishing touches.”

Original floors were replaced with wide hardwood planks throughout the main level. In the 375 square foot living room, Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting created several conversation areas, with key furnishings linking them together for larger events.

The living room’s soft colours are reflected in the mirrored coffee table from Cocoon Furnishings in Oakville. The large patterned area carpet from Elte Carpet and Home provides a geometric anchor to the light coloured furnishings. Layers of lighting—potlights, sconces and table lampsare sourced from suppliers Sescolite, Casalife and Royal Lighting.

The addition of the banquette within the bay window amplifies usable space and provides additional seating, which comes in handy when entertaining.

When choosing furniture and accessories, select hues and undertones that pair well, creating cohesive flow throughout the home.

“To ensure consistency from room to room,” says Melandro, “use a single wall colour, place furniture strategically to achieve comfortable flow, keep wall paneling and any trim consistent.”

This century-old home has never looked better thanks to its much-needed update.

Photography by Larry Arnal