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custom Archives - Kimberley Seldon's Dabble

CONTEST: Williams Sofa from the Glen & Jamie Designer Collection – Winner Selected

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Win a custom Williams Sofa From the Glen & Jamie Designer Collection!
Customize the Williams Sofa (80W x 36D x 38H) with your favourite fabric! Pick the colour and texture that suits your living room.

Each piece from the Glen & Jamie Collection is as unique as its name, and has been built to ensure that the design adapts to the way we live today as a family and are in line with the current North American aesthetic.

Value: CA$2,600
Courtesy Glen & Jamie 

Winner Selected:

Congratulations to Dale Kearns!

Contest closed September 25th, 2014 (Ontario)


Calgary Living

  • The sofas with fabric from Kravet are custom through Elle Design. The stone top coffee tables are from Ethan Allen. Wall colour, Pittsburgh Paints Ostrich Feather.
  • Dining Chairs custom through Elle Design, fabrics by JF fabrics and Kravet. Dining Table and Sideboard custom through Modern Country Interiors. Lighting custom Zia Priven light through Stonegate Designs. Mirror Chintz & Co.
  • "Not everything has to be the star in a room. Some finishes and elements are supporting players. Pick your focus." ~ Leanne

“There’s no greater compliment to a designer than being asked to do a second (or third) project for a client,” says LeAnne Bunnell of Elle Design in Calgary.

When repeat customers hired interior designer LeAnne Bunnell to transform an intended bachelor pad into a comfortable family home they knew they were in great hands. After all, they’d worked with LeAnne before and were confident she had the skill to bring their design and lifestyle visions to life.

Were they pleased? They’re already working on their next project together.

The living room is open to the kitchen and provides access to the backyard. LeAnne resisted any temptation to make this room “formal” as the family wanted a cozy space for casual entertaining.

The beadboard ceiling and textured grass cloth walls emphasize the more traditional elements of the design while providing a comfortable atmosphere for adult or family entertaining. The fabrics are all washable.

“Dining rooms should be used frequently. Obviously for eating, but also for making family memories.”

Photography by Adrian Shellard

What’s Trending in Baths


US$3000 – $10,000, TOTO

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. 


US$1,200+, Mr. Steam

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.


Jet Set Decorative Stone
Made to order, Walker Zanger

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


ONE collection & Accessory Kits
US$425-$1,025, BLANCO

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.

Poggenpohl Accessories - Drawers with boxes - nut tree

Poggenpohl Drawer Inserts
Made to order, Poggenpohl

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. Remodel my kitchen Austin offers a wide range of variations and fittings allow the customer to divide kitchen drawers for the best overview and storage space.


Mercer Quilted & Europa Collection
US$5.50-$29/each, Top Knobs

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.

A Tailor-Made Closet


Suit up for a tailor-made closet, says interior designer Nyla Free. A customized wardrobe offers pride of place to your favourite little black dress and all those shoes your husbbie says you don’t need.

Read the entire article ‘Reality Check – Custom Closet’ in Issue 9 of Dabble.


Custom Area Carpet


Creating a custom area carpet need not be an expensive endeavour. Finding the perfect size, style and colour takes time and budget is typically high on the list of things to take into consideration. There are ways to achieve the perfect look while not breaking the bank.

Reality Check

Broadloom is a great source for custom area carpets. Typically 13′ in width, this gives a wide range of size options to fit any room. Wool is highly recommended and often found in quality carpets with interesting patterns and colour variations.

Whether bold and geometric, textured or traditional, broadloom has many possibilities to bring new life to a space.


A selection of graphic patterns in a subtle ivory and cream colour combination.


Go bold and geometric with classic black and white.


Look no further for colour and pattern with a combination of both in these broadloom options.


Combine wool and sisal for texture that appeals to both a modern and traditional space.


Give warmth and texture to a modern space with an area carpet that is soft in colour but high in depth and dimension.

There are several ways to edge a custom area carpet made with broadloom. Braided cord, self banding and contrast trim all help to frame and add a finishing detail to the carpet. Consider adding a banded edge in cotton canvas or leather in an array of colour options which gives higher impact with a wider finished band. Finish the width edge with a fringe instead and create a more traditional feel.


Lastly, consider asking stores about possible remnants or off-cuts from previous orders. Great deals may be available and customization is still an option at a reasonable price.


All carpets from Colin Campbell, Calgary showroom.

To read Nyla’s full step-by-step article on custom area carpets, check out Reality Check: Custom Area Carpet, Issue 4 September/October 2011.

Custom Millwork


Reality Check

Dabble design contributor Nyla Free takes you step-by-step through the pricey but ultimately satisfying process (hey, you end up with shelves that perfectly fit all your reading materials and extras, like lighting and photos) of building custom cabinetry.


Designer Nyla Free knows exactly where to find the book she’s looking for in her perfectly organized built-in cabinetry. ‘The key to getting started on this project,’ says Nyla, ‘is deciding what needs to be stored.’


‘Take the plunge by measuring the space,’ Nyla advises. ‘Then sketch your ideas on paper so you can visualize before you build.’

Another superb suggestion from Nyla: Consider adding lighting to the top or even front face of the bookshelves as a decorative detail.

To read Nyla’s full step-by-step article on millwork, check out Reality Check: Custom Millwork, Issue 3 July/Aug 2011.

Faux-Paneled Walls with Tape DIY


True chicness is not about how much something costs, but what you made from something simple! Using masking tape, a craft knife, a pencil, a ruler, and some paint, this project is a quick DIY.

Here’s what I did in my dining room with a little TLC and some black masking tape. Just look at the selection:


This simple and sophisticated DIY is sure to add architectural interest to boring, plain Jane walls. It is perfect for small spaces where you want to draw the eye in and upward, or to break up a long expanse of wall.


I started with a simple box outline and added a Greek key inspired detail. Change it up with an ‘X’ detail using skinnier masking tapes stretched from corner to corner. Imagine it behind a headboard. Try doing faux-paneled walls in classic black and white for a fashion forward Coco Chanel look that never expires. You can even create a stunning Burberry inspired plaid wall, using a variety of tape sizes and paint. This is a non-permanent wall treatment, so get imaginative!