Bed Styling 101 – Part 2

We all have our own bed styling preferences: sometimes a ruler is involved for precise blanket measurements, and sometimes it involves merely tossing your sheets over the pillows to disguise a post-sleep sheet mess. Whatever your go-to is, there’s some essential design points to consider for your comfiest (and most stylish) sleep!

If you didn’t already guess, our own Kimberley Seldon has a few tricks up her sleeve to tackle pristine bed styling — and who knew there are so many different (and incredibly creative!) ways to do it up? Kimberley takes us through the most important elements your bed should have, plus she shares her expert tips on choosing the right pieces to suit your particular style.

Originally aired on Cityline.ca on July 3, 2014.

Bed Styling 101 – Part 1

We all have our own bed styling preferences: sometimes a ruler is involved for precise blanket measurements, and sometimes it involves merely tossing your sheets over the pillows to disguise a post-sleep sheet mess. Whatever your go-to is, there’s some essential design points to consider for your comfiest (and most stylish) sleep!

If you didn’t already guess, our own Kimberley Seldon has a few tricks up her sleeve to tackle pristine bed styling — and who knew there are so many different (and incredibly creative!) ways to do it up? Kimberley takes us through the most important elements your bed should have, plus she shares her expert tips on choosing the right pieces to suit your particular style.

Originally aired on Cityline on July 3, 2014.

Industrial Fusion

We always love when a stylist mixes and matches contrasting styles, and of course our expert Kimberley Seldon executes it perfectly! The industrial look has been making major waves in homes, giving blah spaces a modern, rustic edge. However, we want to avoid making our homes look too industrial. The idea of this design is to capture that rough, masculine vibe and mix it with a warm feel—it’s a challenging balance, to be sure. Well folks, it is possible to achieve thanks to Kimberley’s newly-coined design term, “Industrial Fusion.” Step aside, concrete-esque décor and welcome in those bright feminine touches to really spice up your space.

Originally aired on Cityline.ca on June 5, 2014.

Congrats Elte on 95 years!

This May marks a major milestone for leading home furnishing retailer Elte, as it celebrates its 95th anniversary. Established in 1919, the family-owned company was founded on the notion of providing the world’s most beautiful products to shoppers. Almost a century later, and with an expanded complete offering of home furnishings, carpets and accessories, Elte continues to focus on curating the best products from around the world, while offering a personal touch to its loyal customers.

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Elte’s 150,000 square feet showroom is located at 80 Ronald Avenue in Toronto.

Today, led by Ken Metrick, the founder’s grandson, Elte has evolved into one of North America’s largest retail establishments while staying true to its heritage, operating as a closely-knit, family-run business spanning over four generations. Working daily with Ken Metrick are his wife, Renee Metrick, Furniture Buyer, and their sons Jamie, who buys different types of rugs, and Andrew, Furniture Buyer.

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From left to right: Andrew, Renee, Ken and Jamie Metrick – Photography by Katherine Holland

 

For more information, visit: www.elte.com @elte #elte95

The Do’s & Dont’s of Outdoor Decorating

Originally aired on Cityline.ca on May 20, 2014.

Frame Your Art

Want an inexpensive way to update the art in your home? Why not try some DIY projects?

Kimberley Seldon shows us three easy projects, including using Washi tape as a frame, a clever way to use up beautiful wallpaper scraps, and a stunning framed butterfly piece with supplies bought from the dollar store!

See how you can re-create these projects at home by watching this video.

Originally aired on Cityline.ca on May 20, 2014.

The 80/20 Design Rule

Have you heard of the 80/20 design rule when it comes to home décor?

Kimberley Seldon made it up! Basically it’s this: if 80% of your space is one style, for instance, contemporary, then the rest of your space can be another style, perhaps antique.

Kimberley explains more about her design rule, as well as how to successfully incorporate it in your home, in this clip!

Originally aired on Cityline.ca on April 10, 2014.

Jamaica: Top Spots in Montego Bay

Montego Bay has more than a few temptations. Here are 6 reasons (beyond spectacular beaches, lovely people and great food!) to visit now.

1. Pamper yourself with a leisurely massage at the Ferntree Spa, the ultimate relaxation experience at Half Moon RockResort.

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The Ferntree Spa at Half Moon RockResort.
Photography by Angela Auclair

2. Don’t miss the sunset at Doctor’s Cave Beach. The long pier seems never-ending, just like the legendary sunset.

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The pier at Doctor’s Cave Beach.
Photography by Angela Auclair

3. As far as haunted mansions go, Rose Hall Great Hall is the most notorious and the most beautiful one in Jamaica. Annie Palmer (aka White Witch) is the local spectre. It’s said she murdered all her husbands here, one-by-one. If you’re not afraid, you’ll enjoy a tour of the tastefully decorated interiors.

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Rose Hall Great Hall
Photography by Angela Auclair

4. Immerse yourself in Jamaican culture and art at the Old Fort Craft and Heritage Park. Meet artisans and crafters and find something unique to love and bring home.

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Handmade crafts at Old Fort Craft and Heritage Park
Photography by Angela Auclair

5. Located at the centre of Montego Bay and amongst the cobblestone streets of Sam Sharpe Square are heritage structures dedicated to Jamaica’s national hero, Samuel Sharpe. Samuel spoke out against slavery and was eventually tried and hung after the rebellion to abolish slavery failed. His bravery lives on.

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Heritage sculptures at Sam Sharpe Square
Photography by Angela Auclair

6. Take a walk through history when you visit this authentic sugar plantation at Greenwood Great House. The home features most of the original furniture and some rare musical instruments.

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Greenwood Great House
Photography by Angela Auclair

Minimize your Storage, Minimize your Space

Regardless of whether your kitchen is small or large, space always seems to be at a premium. Get organized with these great kitchen accessories!

Originially aired on Cityline.ca on February 18, 2014.

Ceiling Love

Thank you designer Philip Mitchell for giving the humble ceiling the attention it deserves.

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The tongue and groove coffers help balance the space visually. And that’s a great choice given the location of the pots and pans which draw the eye skyward.

Don’t ignore the fifth wall…the ceiling needs a little love too.

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? 

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