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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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Less is More? Which way do you Dabble?


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?


Which way do you Dabble?

Choosing Wallpaper


With so many options, it’s hard to pick just one. Whether you’re aiming for bold pattern or subtle texture, interior designer Nyla Free has advice to help you choose the right wallpaper.

Read the entire article ‘Reality Check – Choosing Wallpaper’ in Issue 11 of Dabble.

Spanish Eyes

  • Wrought iron balusters grace the foyer’s tiled staircase.
  • Various objet d’art and collectibles rest on surfaces throughout the spacious living room. A formidable and eclectic art collection adorns the room’s walls.
  • LEFT: The coffee table has a balustrade base and its top is edged in marble which surrounds a terra cotta field. RIGHT: At the bar, crystal glasses rest on a chest decorated with marquetry.
  • The panelled study enjoys uninterrupted views to the foyer and into the dining room. Its coffered ceiling creates cozy intimacy in the warm setting.
  • In the dining room, a two-tiered crystal chandelier with acanthus leaves at the crown and antique bronze fittings softly illuminates the oval table. The table is surrounded by leather-clad dining chairs with tapestry backs.
  • Looking outside to the courtyard, dinner guests catch sight of the leafy lemon trees that are poised to flower and release their delicate scent.
  • A large candle chandelier floats above the kitchen island. When the temperature heats up, family and guests move into the shade of the adjoining patio.
  • From the kitchen, doors open onto a charming patio beneath an ivy-covered archway.

Marci Valner’s Spanish Colonial style home circa 1929 is minutes from UCLA in the urban suburb of Westwood. Jockeying for a parking spot is de rigueur in this neighbourhood. We see one, grab it and remember to hang the coveted permit from the rear view mirror or—ouch—a $64 ticket is sure to be waiting upon our return.

Although the home is formally designed it’s clearly well-loved and used frequently for entertaining. Patterned chairs and serviceable sofas invite lingering in the living room. Aubusson tapestry and vintage leaf patterns adorn pillows on the velvet sofa. An antique trestle side table sits next to the William Birch arm chair with its vintage palm leaf upholstery.

In the kitchen, cool-to-the-touch terra cotta floors offer a respite from the day’s heat. White adobe plaster walls and rustic wood beams on the ceiling add to the 1920’s mood.

We are in no hurry to rush back to our parking spot and take a moment to rest on the patio’s cool tile steps.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses and Butterflies


If you’re a believer that bigger is better, than you’re going to love these fabulous wallpapers from Phyllis Morris’ Circa Collection in Los Angeles. They are designed by the owner, Jamie Adler, and are truly unique. They are not for the feint of heart when it comes to interior design; the impact they have on a room is truly amazing.

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The first pattern I fell in love with is called ‘Hollywood Garden.’ It has large, beautiful roses superimposed over a gate-like background that is truly stunning. The roses look as if they’re floating on the walls.

The other wallpaper I adore is called ‘Jamie Adler Butterflies’ and it is chock-a-full of the most beautiful monarchs you will ever lay your eyes on. The background comes in either silver or gold, which adds a bit of a retro 70’s touch to the design.

This piece was written by Interior Designer and guest blogger Gail Shields-Miller. To read more from Gail, visit Dezignlicious

Lazy Days of Summer

  • Looking to renovate their Kiawah Island vacation property, a Connecticut couple turns to designer Erin Glennon (RIGHT) to create a space that is vibrant, clutter free and suitable to rent to occasional guests.
  • In the foyer, a whitewashed Shaker style console with distressed finish handles hastily tossed keys and provides an ideal perch for sea glass lamps. Stacked orange boxes complement the sea green colour of the lamps and provide additional storage for smaller items such as flashlights or even beach-ready flip-flops.
  • LEFT: Sophisticated colour pairings and nautical details, like the navy and white valance on the window, combine to provide the master bedroom with the desired coastal style. The rustic bench at the foot of the bed and Moroccan area carpet add texture and comfort without being too formal. For the upholstered headboard, Erin opted for a practical Sunbrella fabric in a crisp white.
  • Undaunted by previously dark and dated interiors, Erin added painted white beadboard wainscotting to the living room, simultaneously enhancing the room’s natural sunlight and adding architectural interest.
  • White’s such a useful colour for providing a backdrop to the vibrant hues and patterns so well-suited to vacation living. “Now the living room reminds me of a Jack Johnson song—relaxing but not boring,” says Erin.
  • The biggest challenge may have been the dining area. It’s a pretty tight space and yet it needed a table large enough to seat 6 people. In addition, two of the three walls are sliding glass doors, which meant we had to sacrifice a serving buffet. We used the large scale print to anchor the space and create the room’s dramatic focal point.
  • “Don’t fuss. Keep it casual with a collection of mismatched vases.”
  • Aesthetically this room reflects a slightly more rustic interpretation of the Kiawah landscape through the textured banana leaf headboard, antlers and plaid woolen throw. The small portraits above each bedside table are by local artist, Alaina Michelle Ralph.
  • “A bed that sleeps more than one person should always have an end table on each side, no matter how small,” insists Erin.
  • The Kiawah Island, South Carolina property overlooks a lagoon with ocean views beyond. Though their vacation property is four states away, the owners say the setting is a perfect antidote to cooler New England temperatures back home.

Dabble Savvy: To create a cohesive colour story, lay all fabrics on a large table and consider the flow and harmony from room to room.

“I really like the idea of furniture blending into the walls to create an airier feeling in vacation homes,” says the designer.

First Bedroom Featured
The wall colour, Benjamin Moore’s Natural Elements, reads as a light neutral but actually changes as the day goes on, becoming more greenish-blue. “This is one of my favorite wall colors,” says the designer. “I use it to create bedrooms that are, above all, restful.”

Dabble Savvy: A portrait adds a personal element to a room, especially when it’s an original piece rather than a print.


Catching some zzzs with Lori Andrews


Lori Andrews blissfully lulls you to sleep with her use of the muted grey patterned wallpaper in the bedroom. All you need to do is close your eyes and enjoy your slumber.

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Lori keeps it artsy yet functional by flawlessly injecting pizzazz to white walls. She completes the look by sparingly adding bold accessories and using large artwork. The use of differing sizes of accessories makes this space seem larger than life.

To see more of Lori’s work, visit Issue 2: May/Jun’11.

The Colours of India


The streets of India are buzzing with vehicles, markets and people. Although they might be difficult to walk through, the animals graze peacefully within the folly.

Dabble finds inspiration through Marjorie Choiniere‘s photography.

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To read another Infusion, check out Infusion, Issue 2 May/June 2011.

To read more about India, check out Magical Mystery Tour: India, Issue 2 May/June 2011.

The Winds are Changing


There is no doubt about it…the cold air is blowing and it’s time to add some seasonal touches to your living space. Grab a scarf and let fall be a walk in the park.

Dabble finds inspiration through Michael Dizon‘s photography.

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To see more of Victoria’s fall infusion and more of Michael Dizon’s photography, check out Infusion, Issue 4 Sep/Oct 2011.

Read the entire article ‘Infusion – Michael Dave Dizon’ in Issue 4 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.

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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.

Design Possibilities at your Feet


For those of you looking for an inspiring new ideafor your home, look no further than Freshome‘s collection of 30 floor designs that lay a world of possibilities at your feet.


When it comes to flooring, the colour palette, texture, pattern and quality are features that cannot be overlooked if you want the result to be fabulous. There are so many floor designs you can choose from that at times it seems extremely hard to match every detail.


The great news is that every style and budget can be met and inspirational photos can help you create your own personalized floor if you are willing to do it yourself.


Anything goes: wooden floors, colourful tiles, poured terrazzo flooring, hand painted wooden floors, porcelain tiles in the bathroom or kitchen, even leather tiles can adorn your living spaces. Choose the best style and colour for your home and try to have fun with each room’s interior design.

Creative resources can inspire you to come up with your own idea on how to use different styles and materials to create unique floorings for your home.


Look for a combination of textures that suit your room. Depending on the natural or artificial light that floods your interiors, some flooring designs can appear darker or lighter than in the show room, so be carefull with that.

If six inspiring flooring ideas just isn’t enough, check out the full list of on Freshome.

Summer Sailing


The sails are down and the anchor is in…could this summer day be more perfect? Take an afternoon off and flow with the tide…Dabble finds inspiration through Karen Merk‘s photography.

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Read the entire article ‘Infusion – David Wickemeyer’ in Issue 3 of Dabble.