September 30, 2008
I’m rambling again, so sorry about that, I’d like to get back to the point of my story, BOOKS!!! I’ve had to give myself a book allowance each month, or else I’d be broke. I can spend hours upon hours in a bookstore, absorbing as much information and beauty as I can. I just wish books weren’t so expensive here in Canada! But thank goodness for Chapters iRewards program, it’s saving a little bit of money at least.
I’ve just ordered Taking Flight: Inspiration & Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings, by Kelly Rae Roberts from Chapters . I’ve been to 3 stores in the past 2 weeks, and it’s sold out everywhere, thank goodness it’s available online! I heard about this book via various blogs that I read daily, and I’ve been on the hunt ever since. I can’t wait for it to arrive! Hopefully it will be in my hands by week’s end! You can read more about the book here .
Here are a few books that are on my list, some havn't been released yet, but are available for pre-order from Chapter's online store. I’ll have to see if these are are in this months book budget!
Stencil 101, Colin & Justin’s Home Heist Style Guide, Kate Spade “Style”, and Nature Printing
What are some of your favorite books? New or Old?
September 29, 2008
We arrived at 1045am, and I was shocked. We actually got a parking spot close to the entrance. That last time I was at Yorkdale, the closest spot was about a 10 minute walk away. Sheesh! Just before we opened the door of C&B, I stopped looked at Paul, and did a happy dance. YES, I know i’m pathetic, but I could NOT believe I was stepping into one of my favorite online stores for REAL!!!!
Within 2 minutes, Paul and I had picked out our entertainment unit and desk for our new place, which by the way we don’t have yet, nor have we really started looking yet either (oops! Hey, I like to plan ahead). C&B’s Sloane series of leaning pieces is PERFECT !!!!! We are loving the entire series, from the media stand, wine bar, bookcases, and desk. We want the entire thing!!!!!
The main floor of C&B contains the majority of their home accessories, kitchen, and tabletop goods, and the 2nd floor is devoted to furniture. I’m soooo glad I visited the store before purchasing the sofa I saw online. I had originally selected the “Steele” sofa, however seeing it in person, it seems almost like a bench and was very small scale. Not a good choice for us considering we are both quite tall. I think we’ve decided on our sofa purchase, which of course won’t be purchased until at least the new year once we’re in our new place, but we both fell in love with the “Petrie” sofa and ottoman, in a dark gray fabric. The fabric for this sofa is stain resistant; perfect as I tend to bit a bit of a clutz, and feel’s almost like a think canvas or a twill. It’s very sturdy which we both like. Sure, it’s quite modern, but the tufting softens it up a bit, and it’s quite comfortable. The ottoman we can use as either a coffee table with a tray on top, or as a footstool. It’s the perfect sofa for each of our taste’s. Paul like modern, and I like comfortable, and the Petrie is both! I’m so happy it’s here!
the dark gray which can be seen online here along with all their other colours.
I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised by the store in general, their prices were very good, which I did not expect since it is an American company. C&B in Canada is definitely a good thing, there is something here for everybody, if you are on a budget, or have an unlimited budget; modern tastes and traditional tastes are throughout the store, yet everything seems to blend together quite nicely.
I can't wait until the new year to arrive so I can shop to my hearts content!
What are some of your favorie design/decor stores? I'd love to hear from my reader's to see where they shop for their own home?
See the full house tour here, Megan & Peter's Elysian Dream. So refreshing!
September 27, 2008
September 26, 2008
West Elm. Is coming. HERE. Liberty Village must be sooo excited! I know I am, I almost pee'd my pants!!!!
UPDATE: I've been surfing their website for the past hour and am falling in LOVE with everything!!!!!!
September 25, 2008
September 24, 2008
My personal favorite's are all the blue's and green's, with a little bit of purple thrown in for some SPLASH! I do promise to showcase some of my favorite room's showcasing these amazing colour's shortly, when I'm not covered in a535.
I'm not a big fan of the orange, but used in the right context, this would make a fantastic accent colour.
Pantone also just released their Spring '09 colour forecast, fellow blogger EyeSpy blogged about this already, she did a fantastic job, make sure you check her post, part 1 here, and part 2 here
I seem to have been typing/surfing/blogging/working a little to much as of late, therefore my RSI (repetitive stress injury) is acting up.
Don't you all worry, i'll still be blogging, and will update daily, but i'll have to shorten them a little bit as I have to get better so I can blog to my hearts content more often!
Here are links back to some of my favorite blog posts this week from my fellow design blogger's, and just random sites in general...i've reading much more this week as it doesn't hurt as much !! (yes, I know i'm such a suck!!)
- Apartment Therapy - Dream Homes 2008 Trends: Intense Color
- decor8 - We All Love Melissa Loves
- planning this year's visit to "Nuit Blanche"
- i'm anxioustly awaiting my notebook to participate in this, via randomly run4istrun
- i'm anticipating a move to a bigger place to live so that I can purchase stuff like this to refinish or paint white or a funky colour
- happy to have discovered Courduroy Magazine , put out by 2 fellow Canadian's living in NYC
September 23, 2008
Their wares are distributed into categories, “carry, embellish, nest, play, wear, and write”. I, of course always go straight to the nest section in which various home decor item’s can be found.
One of my favorite Etsy seller's, Avril Loreti also sells here at goodEGG....I have to support my fellow canuck so I'll be purchasing from goodEGG instead of Etsy when the need arises! (sorry Etsy).
I was searching through nest this morning, and fell in love with these storage boxes, for only $35 each from bookhou design.....
I hope all you fellow Canadians, and those that enjoy Canadian design visit and shop this shop regularly! I know I will!
(all images from goodEGG)
September 22, 2008
Here are a couple example’s of some DIY wallpaper project’s that don’t include a wall.
• Book covers
• Drawer liner
• Back of a shelf or bookcase
• Cover the outside of a dresser
• In a frame
I found some examples on over Apartment Therapy illustrating these examples of framed wallpaper, both new pieces and vintage:
There is a great DIY project on Design*Sponge with instructions on how to properly line dresser drawer’s:
On the left, this gorgeous bookshelf is on Apartment Therapy, love the boldness of this pattern! On the right, these Ikea storage boxes covered in pretty wallpaper are shown in a house tour of fellow Canadian Claire Louise Milne over at decor8.
Here are some beautiful patterns I found from Farrow & Ball that I absolutely this would be beautiful in any of the applications noted above. F&B’s patterns are subtle elegance at it’s best.
Ferm Living, a Danish design company specializing in “graphic lifestyle” products; includes not only wallpaper, but wall stickers and fabrics as well. Their design’s are simple, yet timeless and fun. A few of my favorites are below, and the best part about them is that they do ship to Canada!
There are hundred's of applications for wallpaper, besides the wall, and I encourage you to try them all. I did a google search and found hundred's upon hundred's of online resources, so don't limit yourself to the big box stores. There is so much more out there to choose from!
September 20, 2008
I thought I'd share some of my favorite pieces with you today, I'm loving the bright colour's, and all her Pyrex pieces most!
from top left, pink & green jam and honey pots $18, turquoise Pyrex mixing bowls $32, fuchsia Pyrex casserole dish $16, black rotary phone $48
orangey-red Pyrex mugs $12, retro ceramic salt & pepper shakers $9,martini shaker/mixer $9, vintage globe $55
I'm finding that Etsy is becoming my favorite place for vintage finds lately, the antique market's seem to be overpicked. Maybe Etsy IS the answer for everything?
September 19, 2008
At first I had a tough time finding a copy each month, it was so new, that only the big box bookstores were carrying it at the beginning. Thankfully, I can now pick up my Domino almost anywhere.
I just grabbed up the September 2008 issue yesterday, and immediately flipped through it as quickly as I could, absorbing all the amazing beautiful things that I could in the 2 minutes at the check-out counter. I spent the majority of the evening last night reading it from cover to cover, and once again am in love with so many beautiful things. Unfortunately my bank account isn’t big enough to have them all!
I’ve just gone through the issue once again, yes, this would be the 3rd time in less than 24 hours, and I’ve marked off all my favorite things in this issue, that i’m sure you will love too.
of the page, "Victorian Gothic". I'm loving the deep royal purple's,
and the feel of glamour. Scrumptious!
remember when I said I'd paint your kitchen? Tee-hee!!!
of her Paris Apartment. I wonder if she has room's to let?
lifetime, luckily now I'll know where to shop!
creative directors, Nicole and Michael Colovos; partners in marriage and enterprise
If you ever have the chance to pick up Domino, I highly recommend it. It's one addiction I have NO intention of breaking.
Toodles, and happy weekend,
September 18, 2008
I've fallen upon some really funky new bar ware and wine accessories in the past week. Stunning gorgeous, and just plain NEAT!
Umbra, made in Canada, always has cutting edge modern design grown into all of their products. These wine/bar accessories as no exception. Smooth, sleek, cool design at it's best
cava wine rack $126, cru wine rack $180, sleevino wine sleeve $160
12 small space wine racks
top 10 wine racks
Design Milk has some great one's as well,
plywood wine rack
September 17, 2008
Stay tuned everybody, the addict is back!!!
September 15, 2008
Once of the step's that I take as a decorator to help the client envision what they are looking for, is to advise them to collect photo's of room's they enjoy, from magazine's, online, or a space that they have experienced and enjoyed. Even if there is only 1 small item in a room that they admire, such as a picture frame or an ornament of some sort, to a larger item such as a sofa, or a dining set. These rooms and or specific items that are admired can help a decorator pin down your style.
Even if you decide not to work with a decorator, and spruce up your home yourself, collecting photo's can help you narrow down and collect what you are looking for. The trick, is finding a common element. That common element could be a color, a texture, or an overall theme or style of a room, such as French Country, or Urban Chic. It will become easier to pinpoint, the more photo's you collect.
There are a gazillion decorating sites out there, from interior design/decor glossies, to their websites, to interior design blogs (like this one) to coffee table books. These images are everywhere.
My favorite spots to go to online for inspiration are Domino magazine, they have a cool new feature called My Deco File, which allows you to save all your decorating idea's in an online file. Another site from the UK, MyDeco has an online test that helps you find your own decorating style. This is a really fun thing to do, and even has yourself guessing to see what the final results will be.
My favorite design blogs are decor8, Apartment Therapy, Design Milk, design*sponge, and PoppyTalk. There are all unique in their own way. My 2 main addictions are decor8 and Apartment Therapy.
Decor8 showcases new products for the home from all over the world from a unique perspective, Holly Becker, it’s author and interior design consultant split’s her life in Boston, and Germany. My favorite house tour site, Apartment Therapy showcases everyday, normal homes, condos and apartments, not just the rich and famous.
Don't feel like to must limit yourself to Canadian, or North American decorating sites and magazines, there are hundred's of international spot's you can hit as well. UK Magazine's offer more great stops for inspiration, House to Home, the parent site of UK magazines Ideal Home, and Living etc. also offer fantastic photo gallery's that do nothing but inspire you!
I thought I'd share with you all some of my own personal collection of photos that I've collected recently. Maybe something from one of these photos will end up in my own home. A table lamp, a rug, a mirror. You just never know where your inspiration will take you.
where my husband and I got married earlier this year
and increases the illusion of more height in the room
A huge trend right now that I'm growing to love every day
French bistro decor has always been one of my favorites
images below from House to Home
and colour's used are not. Hence, modern design with a twist
September 11, 2008
- design blog's that aren't really design blogs, but are one big advertisement for ABC Furniture Store Inc.
- design blog's that "diss" other design blogs... like seriously !!! We're all in this together and can learn from one another.
Oath #2 to the Blogosphere
I, Trina Brandon, editor/writer of DecorAddict do solemly swear not to compromise the content of DecorAddict for the purpose of advertising revenue; nor will I be negative in any way towards any of my blogospere "co-workers".
Does anyone have one of these? I must find one !!!!
This poster is absolutely A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E !!!! To my friend's and family reading this, I MUST HAVE ONE !!!!
image from design*sponge
Design*Sponge is another favorite blog of mine, most notably the before/after, and DIY portion's of the site. It is so inspiring to what people can do with things that would have either been tossed in a dumpster, or would just be plain boring.
Yes, I know this post has absolute nothing to do with design and decor, but without music, i'm not sure some of my posts would even exist.
So my fellow reader's and blogger's, here are my current "heart" item's for the moment.
Just to share a few I can't seem to locate images for....
Jem, Imogen Heap, Chicane, Tiesto, Oasis, Lily Allen, The Kooks, Depeche Mode, Sting...and my goodness so much more are inspiring to me.
Mamma Mia movie soundtrack
What's on your playlist?