The Interior Decorating Show (Nov 9)

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The Interior Decorating Show is pleased to present Kimberley Seldon.

Location: Decorating by Design Stage
Date:  Sat. Nov. 9 2013  

Two shows:  at 2:00pm and 4:30pm

SEMINAR TITLE: Triumph of Style Over Size

Kimberley illuminates her tried and true solutions for small spaces. Learn proven techniques for increasing visual space and maximizing available square footage from the authority that literally wrote the book on it, Kimberley Seldon’s 500 Ideas for Small Spaces.

For more information:  www.internationalhomeshow.ca 

Spectacular Homes of Toronto

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Features two of Kimberley Seldon’s projects.

Presenting hundreds of vibrant photographs and insightful editorial content, each collection showcases award-winning interiors and the talented designers who created them. Whether it is the designer’s own home or that of a client, these stunning compositions offer a regional look at the accomplishments and diverse styles of the top design professionals working in the field today. Stylish and contemporary, these are extraordinary homes that captivate and inspire.
Exploring a mixture of styles—from sleek, fresh, and contemporary to European-inspired traditional—this volume features the work of dozens of individuals and firms including Gluckstein Design, Powell & Bonnell, and Kimberley Seldon Design Group.

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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. Some more online acrylic mirrors were ordered to make the room look even larger. The 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

AwesTRUCK 2012

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Oysters? Fish Tacos? Grilled Cheese? Whatever you are in the mood for, odds are you can get it from one of Southern Ontario’s many food trucks and pop-up vendors.

Food Truck Eats is celebrating Toronto’s growing gourmet street food scene and on September 9th Dabble was there to help celebrate. The Evergreen Brickworks’ Holcim Gallery hosted Southern Ontario’s hottest talents to recognize their culinary creativity, celebrate the revolutionary spirit of Canada’s street food culture, and determine the best food truck. This was Food Truck Eats first Annual Food Truck Award and Rome’n Chariot, Gorilla Cheese, Southern Smoke and Cupcake Diner were just some of the contenders.

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The next time you’re on the go, explore the diversity of food in your city by supporting the food truck culture and pop-up vendors.

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Read the entire article ‘Special Feature – Food Truck Fever’ in Issue 7 of Dabble.

All About the Glass

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Dabble’s in-house Chef, Corey Burgan, participates in a Riedel Wine Seminar at the Miele Gallery in Vaughan, ON.

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‘The glass is the taste maker, says 10th generation wine glassware maker Georg J. Riedel. Each wine has its own range of unique features from its aroma to its taste and that’s where the glass comes into play. With a wide selection of designs, shapes, and sizes, Riedel glassware creates the perfect vessel to exact the aroma and taste of the wine. Having the proper tools and investing in the right glassware enables you to enjoy your wine to its fullest potential.

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ABOVE: Georg J. Riedel and Dabble’s Resident Chef, Corey Burgan, at the Riedel Wine Seminar.

For more information about Riedel glassware, visit Riedel

Mission in Kensington Market

Joy & Janet were given a mission by their editor for Dabble magazine, Kimberley Seldon, to find the best in food, travel and design in Kensington Market in Toronto. Watch them behind the scenes for their article!

Retro Revitalized

  • Andy Warhol’s “Diamond Dust Shoes” takes pride of place above the slab marble fireplace.
  • Thanks to the broad, sweeping lines contemporary designers crave, this1970s home is a worthy candidate for stylish revitalization.
  • The horizontal mirror reflects the opposite side of the family room and the large hanging orbs used for ambient lighting. Aluminum floating beams with adjustable AR lamps act as spotlights for artwork.
  • “The key to working with an all-white scheme,” says Eric, “is to vary textures and finishes.” Here, sleek white lacquer cabinets are paired with a textured tumbled marble back splash made up of small mosaics. White leather barstools add another layer of interest and provide secondary seating within the generous kitchen.
  • The chrome banding on upper cabinets mimics the horizontal thrust of the island’s bar, made of honed Lagos Blue limestone.
  • A Brueton ‘Ginger’ dining table is surrounded by four white leather chairs and positioned within the sunny kitchen alcove.
  • Relocating a well-loved piece of art sparks new appreciation. Case in point, the playful chrome sculpture moved from home office to kitchen.

Large Scale Intimacy

Interior designer Eric McClelland of Fleur-de-Lis Design Inc. was eager to maintain the retro-modern edge of this urban Toronto home. With his client’s wishes for minimal colour firmly established, he set out to improve the functionality of the main rooms while respecting the home’s inherent architecture.

Ask anyone in a small condo if they’d like more space and the answer is likely a resounding ‘yes’. But extra large rooms have their own challenges.

“By dividing the long family room into two distinct seating areas,” says Eric, “we were able to create a more intimate scale for family gatherings and conversation.”

An extreme change of ceiling height (from 9 to 18 feet) provided another challenge, easily solved by strategically positioning nine hanging mirrored orbs to create a visual balance between the adjacent areas.

Using a simple palette of smoky taupe on the large upholstered pieces provides warmth and comfort without distracting from the room’s best commodity, an impressive art collection. Bright fuchsia toss cushions are a single nod to the client’s favourite colour.

Light Matters

To create more usable space, appliances were relocated within the renovated kitchen and desk space was allocated to an underutilized adjoining hallway. The Lagos Blue limestone anchors the setting by providing a warm contrast to the all-white kitchen.

“Previously, the lighting was comprised of giant pot lights, making a Swiss cheese effect on the ceiling.” says Eric. “To modernize the lighting plan, we introduced multiple MR 16 store fixtures and recessed pot lights into simple architectural coves.”

Dabble Savvy

  • Group AR bulbs in a series of three or four to create a single architectural fixture, avoiding a sea of pot lights.
  • Drop a ceiling when necessary to add cove lighting, which tucks up into ceilings.
  • Light sources with rotating heads offer flexibility, allowing you to put the focus on artwork or noteworthy collections.

A Heartfelt Space

  • What’s the benefit of designing your own living room? “Complete creative license,” says interior designer Jennifer Brouwer.
  • Jennifer shopped at Arteriors for the tall table lamps with dramatic black shades. The side tables and buffet from Geovin are lacquered red while the curtains and ottoman are custom pieces by Jennifer Brouwer Design.
  • Jennifer says the secret to mixing and matching different patterns is to select six to ten different fabrics, toss them on the sofa, stand back and see which ones work in the space and which ones clash.

“I am a firm believer in the psychology of great design.” ~Jennifer

Jennifer’s challenge was to create a 240 square foot office / showroom / living room to be shared by children and a busy working mom and her staff.

Located in Markham, Ontario, Jennifer Brouwer Designs is a showroom office where clients are invited to visualize the endless possibilities of a design project. Though Jennifer selected a palette her three children love, the Burberry inspired focal wall and fire engine red accessories are all her.

Through a full scale renovation, Jennifer wanted to show staff and clients that starting with great bones and good furniture gives you the freedom to transform spaces with paint and accessories. Jennifer says, “Once Valentine’s Day passes, I can swap the large heart painting by Una Johnstone with something more fitting for spring.”

Jennifer hired Barbara Rocha from Paint a Lifestyle to create the large scale Burberry inspired striped wall using Black Iron (2120-20), Exotic Red (2086-10) and Litchfield Gray (HC-78) from Benjamin Moore. The pattern is applied on one wall while the others (including the ceiling) are painted black; allowing decorative elements to pop. When using bold patterns and colours, says the designer, less is more. “What you omit from a room is as important as the things you include.”

Photography by Donna Griffith