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?

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

Dabble Digs - AHID_PaintedPillow 004 copy

 

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

Dabble Digs - FA_Packaging

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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Table Tray
Keep coffee table displays tidy and stylish. Corral books, candles and other decorative objects on this handsome tray.

Tray, US$260, ElteMKT
www.eltemkt.com

Dabble Digs - Elte MKT Tray

Protect your Desk
Jazz up that neutral office space. With more than 4,500 artistic options you’re bound to find a desk mat that makes Monday manageable.

Geometric Shapes Desk Mat by Danny Ivan, US$24 KESS Inhouse
www.kessinhouse.com

Dabble Digs - KESS Inhouse

Switch it Up
Never say, “Now where did I put my keys?” again. Multiple configurations available.

The Keeper, US$16, Walhub
www.walhub.com

Dabble Digs - SKU Rocker keeper keys envelope

Squeaky Clean and Green
Cleaning products that are safe around kids and pets? Yes please. These are beautifully packaged in refillable and recyclable bottles.

Dish Soap & All Purpose Cleaner,
£11/each, Common Good
www.anothercountry.com

Dabble Digs - Laundry Detergent - Glass Bottle, Another Country

To your Health
Veggie juice, soup, pancakes, almond milk and baby food at your disposal with the help of this slim and attractive juicer.

JuicePresso, CA$530,
www.juicepresso.com

Dabble Digs - Juicepresso_fruits

Nuts for Butter
Fans of peanut and almond butters get ready to wow your taste buds with one of these gourmet spreads. Ingredients like coconut oil, chia seed, flax seed, and whey protein make snacking virtuous.

Nut Butters, US$11-14, Buff Bake
www.buffbake.com

Dabble Digs - Buff Bake

Furniture Pieces to Invest In

We asked Andrew Metrick, General Manager and Furniture Buyer at Elte Market, to name 3 furniture pieces a first-time home buyer should invest in. Here’s what he had to say.

Elte MKT - Metricks

1- If a sofa isn’t at the top of your list of furniture investment pieces, you should really think about starting a new list. It doesn’t matter if you have rooms dedicated for sleeping, dining or working, your sofa is going to become the default location for almost everything you do. For this reason, you better love your sofa so take your time in selecting one.

Elte MKT - Sofa

Paris Sofa, Elte Market

 

2- The next investment piece you’ll need is a great looking armchair. Not only will this purchase be something that can move easily from room to room or home to home, this is your chance to select something that really reflects your personality and it will help set off your own unique style in whatever space it’s in. If your sofa is the classically tailored grey suit, your chair is the tie that gives people more insight into what your style is.

Elte MKT - Chair

Lillian Chair, Elte Market

 

3- And lastly, invest it a good bed. I’m a full-bed person, which means no headboards – only for me. There’s nothing wrong with a headboard on its own but if you go this route, you’re going to need a skirt to cover up your bed frame and that can be very limiting in terms of how you want your room to feel.

 

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A-List Art at Elte

Tina Turner, Los Angeles 1983

Tina Turner, 1983 – Photography by Norman Seeff

 

Photographer and filmmaker, Norman Seeff has photographed many icons including Steve Jobs, Ray Charles, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. While dining in a restaurant in LA, the Metrick family came across Norman’s stunning work. Now Elte is the first retailer in the world to carry Norman’s prints.

 

Ray Charles, Los Angeles 1985

Ray Charles, 1985 – Photography by Norman Seeff

 

Each of Norman’s prints are produced only 50 times and then the negative is destroyed. Elte is carrying 9 of his limited edition, signed and numbered prints.

 

Elte - Featured

Elte is one of the world’s leading home furnishings stores, offering a wide selection of furniture, rugs, carpeting, bedding, lighting and accessories.

Issue 18 – Sep 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.

Elte

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.

Elte - Metricks

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

 

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

Tips to Planning a Bathroom Reno

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Kimberley Seldon – Tips to Planning a Bathroom Renovation
(Originally aired February 20th, 2014)

 

Tips to Planning a Bathroom Renovation:

– A bathroom may be a small space, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy to do.

– If you’re buying a bathtub, make sure you sit in the one you are going to purchase beforehand to see if it is comfortable.

– Collect images from Pinterest and Houzz and then determine a realistic budget.

– Determine which trades you will need and when (plumber, tiler, electrician, vanity maker, etc.)

– Remember to keep a  10-20% contingency fee for unforeseen problems.

For more of Kimberley’s tips on planning a bathroom renovation visit Cityline

Set courtesy Ginger’s.