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)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Bay Window

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Real estate listings typically lead with stunning visual features like a bay window. Why then do designers sometimes struggle with how to dress this architectural feature? And more importantly, how to use the space found within the bay?

Interior designer Jane Lockhart turned this bay window into a destination in her client’s home. Full draperies provide physical and psychological warmth to the space so it can be used year round. Two comfortable arm chairs tuck neatly back and the large purple ottoman makes it a comfortable spot to sit and read or enjoy a cup of tea.

Do you have a trick for turning a bay window into usable floor space?

Kitchen Trends

On Trend Kitchens

With summer’s departure we are powering down the grill and returning to the kitchen. These design tips, courtesy of AyA Kitchens and Baths, are sure to create a space that’s hot, hot, hot.

Mix Cabinetry

A mix of cabinet materials creates a dynamic setting for cooking and entertaining. “We’re seeing wood become prevalent in the home for the upcoming season because of it’s warm, natural and timeless esthetic. Wood also complements white kitchens very well,” says Dave Marcus, President, AyA Kitchens and Baths.

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Soften Traditional

Traditional interiors continue to benefit from the addition of a couple of well-placed contemporary elements. In this handsome kitchen, the upholstered barstools contrast the light cabinetry. Notice the slimmer countertop profile—something we’ll see more of in the next few years. We also installed a single handle pulldown kitchen faucet which everyone loves because it makes doing dishes so much easier.

Dabble Savvy: The darker the floor, the more formal the space.

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Rustic Roast

Industrial elements  such as stainless steel and metal are softened and enhanced by contrasting with raw wood.  The yin and yang keep the look fresh.

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Classic Cool

Classic doesn’t mean stale. Iconic furnishings and fixtures have staying power—you’ll love them for years.

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Cooking with Colour

White may be the most popular choice for kitchen cabinets but it’s far from the only choice. Why not cut loose and show some real personality with a bold choice like this red?

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Hidden Function

When the in-laws come over, keep them guessing? Does she even own a toaster oven?
Dabble Savvy: Have a professional electrician install all appliances and outlets. Those hidden from view often require additional shut off valves for safety.

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About AyA Kitchens and Baths

AyA Kitchens and Baths is the ultimate cabinetry resource, offering diversity and quality, mass customization and high design. Every AyA kitchen is designed and made-to-order, resulting in a local, tailor-made product at a competitive price. AyA offers a selection of more than 2,000 cabinetry variations, ranging from urban to classic. There are showroom locations across North America to help create the ultimate living space.

Visit AyA Kitchens and Baths for more information.

 

Less is More? Which way do you Dabble?

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Sure. We can appreciate the purity of a room with no visual distractions. But we can also appreciate a room that’s actually decorated.

Who’s having more fun? The spare and disciplined? Or those who surrender to colour,  pattern and accessories?

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Which way do you Dabble?

Colour Flow – From One Room to Another

Calgary’s Nyla Free is one busy designer. Little wonder as her work is fresh, original and always engaging.

Watery blues from the oil painting that dominates in the dining room are echoed in the sofa’s toss cushions, creating harmony and flow within the space.

How do you create flow from one room to another? Do you think flow is important? 

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?? 

5 Colors You Should Not Fear

Kimberley shows you how to use bold and unexpected colours in harmonious ways to transform your spaces into spectacular places! See how she does it with the help of stunning interior paint colours from Benjamin Moore.

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.

Dabble Digs: Stylish Sleep

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This fall it’s all about pops of colour, says Lisa Canning. Dabble’s stylish shopper has handpicked a bright and colourful selection of design, travel and food related items perfect for autumn.

Stylish sleep

Catch some zzz’s in comfort with this contoured eye mask.

Eye mask, CA$5, Real Canadian Superstore

Read the entire article ‘Dabble Digs’ in Issue 10 of Dabble.