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?

The Copper Kettle Festival

Words and photography by Raleigh Seldon

The Copper Kettle Festival was such a great way to kick off the weekend. Here’s why:

Shiny, vintage cars! Yup, my fiancé was purring as he toured The Copper Kettle Classics Car Show.

 

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Hosted by The Thirsty Traveler, Kevin Brauch, the Copper Kettle Cook Off was the best part of the day. Chefs Rodney Bowers, owner of Toronto restaurant Hey Meatball and Chef Donna Dooher, owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, led separate teams in hopes of winning best dish.

 

Our very own Dabble Chef, Corey Burgan got up-close and personal with the honourary foodies! Here he is with Rodney Bowers.

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Corey with Donna Dooher.

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Farmers and community members donated all the fresh produce for the Cook Off. The surprise ingredient both chefs had to implement into their dishes? Creemore Springs Beer of course! At the end of the competition all left-over foods were then donated the Clearview Stayner Food Bank.

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Cutout Map DIY

Map of Paris

Cut Out Map of Paris

MATERIALS REQUIRED
White paper
Tape
Self healing cutting mat
Exacto knife (and extra blades)
Metal ruler
Poster paper – black
Spray adhesive

GOOGLE MAPS
Find and print a map of your favourite city. Enlarge it on a photocopy machine to create a pleasing scale.

PAPER CUT
Place your map on top of a large white sheet of paper and tape together and then tape both pieces securely to cutting mat (so papers don’t shift). Using an Exacto knife and a metal ruler as a guide, carefully cut through both sheets of paper removing only the buildings and landmarks and leaving the streets uncut. The streets will remain intact, attached to the white paper.

CITY CENTER
Once all cuts are complete, remove the tape and carefully separate the photocopy from the white paper. Place the cutout underlay on top of a black or colourful piece of paper and affix in place with a spray adhesive.

INFRASTRUCTURE
Protect your art by framing it behind glass.

From Issue 17 – JulAug 2014

Toronto Home Tour – Part 1

Kimberley Seldon makes this space feel cozy for a couple that loves to entertain. Located just minutes from the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto, this condo has been transformed into a calming and zen environment ready for a party or two!

Originally aired on Cityline.ca on January 16, 2014.

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.

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

Chair Affair

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The 3rd Annual Chair Affair takes place November 1st and the theme is Vibrant Toronto. Come take part in a wonderful cause and see how some of Toronto’s best artist and designers transformed old chairs into masterpieces.

Chair Affair: A ‘Chair-itable’ Event

The gala showcases 18 of Toronto’s premier artists and designers who donated their time and talent to create unique and extraordinary works of art using ordinary chairs from Furniture Bank’s warehouse. Guests can bid on these one-of-a-kind chairs to take home with them and/or donate to the Furniture Bank Organization: a registered charity that serves the GTA by providing those in need with furniture and household goods.

Some of the artists and designers who participated in designing the Toronto themed chairs include, CBC’s Steven and Chris, Heidi Richter and Paul Lafrance from HGTV’s Decked Out, Natalie Hodgson of Sarah Richardson Design, Cherry Bomb vintage, UNION 31 and Seven Haus Design. The event will be hosted by Global Telivision’s Susan Hay and presented by Streetcar Developments. The live auction will be led by Stephen Ranger.
There are over 40 Chairs to look at and lots of prizes to be won. Come be a part of a wonderful cause.
Location: Palais Royale, Toronto
When: November 1st, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Cost: $150
Twitter handle: @furniture_bank #ChairAffairTOFor more information, visit Furniture Bank
To buy tickets or make a donation, visit Chair Affair 2012 Featured image: Chair designed by Steven and Chris

Nuit Blanche Toronto: A Free Art Event

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Experience the city transformed by artists for Toronto’s seventh annual sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art.

Discover more than 150 contemporary art projects within three zones. Some works encourage an intimate encounter with art, while others will wow you with large-scale spectacle.

One night only. All night long.

September 29th, 2012
7:00 pm – Sunrise

For more information, visit: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Cheers to Oktoberfest. Let’s celebrate!

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Inspired by traditions started in Munich, Germany over 200 years ago, Toronto’s Oktoberfest captures the essence of Bavarian festivities through authentic food, drink and merriment.

Oktoberfest in Munich:

Oktoberfest originated in Munich, Germany in 1810 as a 16 day event to commemorate the marriage of Bavaria’s King Ludwig to his bride Queen Therese.

200 years later it is the world’s largest fair celebrating beer. People dress up in traditional dirndl and lederhausen and parade through Munich to the festival grounds. Oktoberfest begins with a 12 gun salute and an official tapping of the first keg by the Mayor. The festivities in Munich are celebrated from September 22nd to October 7th.

Oktoberfest Kick Off in Toronto:
Kick off Oktoberfest with a ceremonial keg-tapping on Saturday, September 27th. The event includes litre steins of Steam Whistle Pilsner, gigantic doughy pretzels, lip-smacking sausage & sauerkraut, folk dancers, and arm-linked crowds joined in revelry and refreshment.

September 27th
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto

Tickets: $25 at the door (includes the first one-liter Pilsner, and an authentic stein to take home).

For more info, visit: Steam Whistle Oktoberfest

Toronto Oktoberfest:
October 4th and 5th
5:00 pm – 12:30 am
St. Lawrence Market, North Building

Tickets: $20-25

For more info, visit: Toronto Oktoberfest

Top 10 Worldwide Dabble Does Culinary Destinations

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As the Editor in Chief of Dabble, I get to travel all around the world to taste-test food for upcoming Dabble destination features. It’s a hard job, but somebody’s got to do it…

Featured Image: Southern comfort food: Shrimp and grits from High Cotton in Charleston, South Carolina.Top 10 Faves:

1- Nashville: Locals claim Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack does hot chicken best, and I can’t disagree. A Nashville specialty, hot chicken is battered in buttermilk and cayenne pepper, and then pan-fried. Better have a beer nearby because when we say hot, we mean hot.

2- Barcelona: Cobalt blue water bottles cast a watery tinge onto crisp white tablecloths in the contemporary setting of Matamala. Asking the waiter for a recommendation yields what can only be described as fish donuts. Sounds weird, but the bite-sized cod balls are drizzled in honey and taste like heaven with the accompanying cold beer. A small, well-stocked grocery selection includes fun gift ideas such as the pa amb tomaquet (Catalan bread with tomato spread) kit.

3- Budapest: A must-visit gem of Hungarian home cooking is Cafe Kar. The restaurant is fairly small, not terribly picturesque, and the staff is not overly affectionate (have I wowed you yet?). However, the memorable home cooking makes these minor issues easily tolerated. Perfect goulash, sublime veal tenderloin and a Viennese style, thinly pounded Wiener schnitzel with parsley potatoes are just a few favourites.

4- Toronto: Is there any better way to wrap up a long day’s work than with refreshments on a twinkling patio? Caren’s Wine and Cheese Bar is unassuming and casual in contrast to its chi-chi Yorkville setting. It boasts a varied list of reasonably priced wines and cheeses, as well as a spicy baked macaroni and cheese that’s worth blowing the diet over.

5- Charleston: You can’t go all the way to Charleston without eating some good ol’ Southern cookin’. Maverick Southern Kitchens operates two fabulous restaurants on East Broad Street: Slightly North of Broad (SNOB) and High Cotton. Try the shrimp and grits at both locations. Tip: Don’t fill up on the wonderful corn bread they serve…or do. If you feel like learning how to make a Southern dish, visit Cooks right across the street and participate in a cooking class.

6- Puerto Rico: Lusty describes the setting and menu at Dragonfly, Puerto Rico’s first Latin-Asian restaurant. Red walls, beaded curtains and fringed lamps are right out of Shanghai Surprise, but the food is delish.

7- Santa Monica: Always on a roll, LA food trucks are famous for their variety of fare. Quell midday hunger with a visit to Pennsylvania and 26th streets where you’ll find at least a dozen trucks Monday-Friday. The setting is meh, but $5.00 buys a feast–fish tacos, kogi beef skewers, fish and chips, even a green salad truck.

8- Quebec City: Seeking a truly French meal? Then make your way to la rue St. Jean to Le Moine Echanson. This restaurant comes highly recommended from locals, who tend to be demanding gourmets. Every dish is paired with a wine recommendation. Be sure to make reservations if you want to enjoy this unique culinary experience. Try a savoury dish like the Gratin d’Escargots et Fromage Chevre; you’ll swear you are in France.

9- St. Pierre et Miquelon: Dreaming of a trip to France? Moi aussi. So I pack my bags and do what any croissant-loving world traveller does, I fly to Newfoundland. That’s right. St. Pierre is a small patch of French soil in the province of Newfoundlad. The Auberge Quatre Temps’ award-winning chef, Pascal Vigneau, chats with his guests before dishing out heavenly lobster and salmon (best accompanied with a chilled Muscade or Sylvaner) and the fluffiest lemon-lime cheesecake.

10- Prague: If your taste buds are overwhelmed by hearty Czech fare, stop for lunch at Cukrkavalimonada Caffe. The imposing name translates to ‘coffee sugar lemonade.’ Perfect for salads, omelettes, grilled chicken and tempting desserts like palacinky (Czech crepes).

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Get your Steam Whistle hat on! It’s Beer Fest 2012!

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Every year since Steam Whistle’s inception, the ‘box hats’ have been a part of the Steam Whistle experience at Toronto’s Festival of Beer.

Visit the Steam Whistle crew and request your very own.

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Dabble’s Design Contributor is sporting a plane hat at Beer Fest this year. What kind of hat will you be wearing?