Enjoy the mystery of the dark, knowing the days will lengthen in time. Create sparking vignettes to illuminate winter’s night. Here are three ways I’ve used strings of christmas lights to add sparkle to the holidays.
I have been using this glass for a year. I stumbled upon a sweet little store on Parliament called Spruce Home Decor, the blue bicycle spoke to me. Its been a part of my daily ritual since I took it home. I drink a full glass of water when I wake up in the morning before I jump on my bike and another upon my return.
I was inspired by the Moorish Walls in La Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The wall is divided horizontally with two colours: heaven above and earth below. I was so wowed by the effect, I decided to adapt it to my living room. The result is calming and grounded. I left the original apartment colour Toasted Grey on the top, heaven, and added earth on the bottom, Benjamin Moore (no pun intended) Forest Moss 2146-20.
I had the good fortune to be visiting friends in Spain recently. While in Madrid we visited the Decor Accion, a 3 day outdoor market. We walked through narrow streets, closed to traffic, filled with vintage furnishings and home accessories. I was thrilled to see the particular Spanish flavour, colouring the tables of pots, tableware, lamps and curios.
Toronto has a plethora of unique vintage furnishing stores. I love exploring them, each time I go in there are new “old” items. Every little table, tin box or wooden picture frame has endless possibilities for creating an original vignettes. My friend Mona says “you don’t know you need it until you see it”. Over the years I have found items in these stores that I still cherish.
1. Queen Street West Antique Centre
2. Love the Design
3. Rec + Art History
Thinking outside the intended use of everyday household containers, I have discovered many in my cupboards that were empty, waiting to be filled….and put on display
Jugs, jars and vases for all things tall and some small.
Plates and bowls, for jewellery.
Canvas bags for paper items: books, magazines, files.
Baskets and boxes for magazines, games, scarves.
The challenge with magazines is that they can pile up. I go through my collection every few months and save the articles that images for future reference. These four publications are my current favourites because they are innovative, of good taste, and have inspiring photos. They allow me to daydream.
1. Elle Decoration UK
4. Covet Garden
Be inspired! open your eyes to the visual feast that is all around you. Your muse for creating personal space is multi-faceted, in your neighbourhood hang-outs, public spaces, travels, magazines, book stores, art exhibits and web-sites. You may have a specific room in mind that is due some attention, or the project could be a dream for the future. Define the desired outcome for yourself. Not how it is going to look, how it is going to feel!
Begin by collecting images, (decide if you are going to do this physically, or in a folder on your device), whether it’s tear-outs from magazines, photos you have taken, or themed on-line inspiration albums like Pinterest or Tumblr.
I personally like to start without boundaries. This is not the time to be concerned about whether it is realistic, affordable, or not your current style. It is inspiration for dreaming, the beginning of your journey. My personal preference is having the images out in the open where I can see them.
Here are two more photos of walls filled with inspirational images that I found on Pinterest.
I will talk about the next phase of editing and grouping the photos in a later blog. In the meantime, enjoy this creative, dreaming time.
These are some books on my bookshelf which reflect my own design approach. You may find them interesting.
1. A Space of my Own – Inspirational ideas for home offices, craft rooms and studies by Caroline Clifton-Mogg
2. Simply Imperfect – revisiting the wabi-sabi house by Robin Griggs Lawrence
3. Soul Space – Transform your home, Transform your life by Xorin Balbes
4. Undecorate – The no-rules approach to interior design by Christiane Lemieux
Design Waves clients are welcome to borrow any of these books, let me know and we can make arrangements.
You know when you are in a space that supports you. Sacred space reflects and embodies our essence. I am so excited to be sharing my ideas and my passion for nourishing interiors.
I look forward to guiding you on your journey creating sacred space.
This is the first of many blog posts. Enjoy the images and let it inspire your home. I welcome your thoughts.
This bookcase holds the essence of who I am, it tells my story. My history through childhood books, favourite novels and meaningful mementos; my love of nature with plant guides and hiking maps, and my passion for art. The glass doors help to frame and highlight my treasured possessions.