Design: Brook Wagner Design Architect: Brandon Architects
Sacha: I’m loving this simple and timeless railing design. When we redo our staircase I think we’ll be going in this direction!
Design: Jesse Parris-Lamb
Marilyne: I’m inspired by the coziness of the wood, the nude coloured curtains and those bright indigo chairs. Everything seems so calm and balanced.
Grace: I wandered into Current Collective during my recent travels to San Diego and could’ve stayed all day. The shop itself is bright, airy, and perfectly boho without feeling chaotic or overdone. The concrete floors and painted rafters give it a real beach house feel and the treasures to be found were endless. Cafe/juice bar at the back is the icing on the cake.
Designer: CM Natural Designs Designer: Barrett Oswold Designs
Natalie: I used to think wallpaper was the tackiest thing ever and would swear I would never use it in my home. That is until recently, when I discovered all the amazing patterns and looks you can achieve by using wallpaper as accents in a room! I love big, abstract florals, so when I stumbled upon these two images, I couldn’t decide which one to choose!
Be sure to pick up a copy of Ottawa Magazine this month! We have a sweet little 2 page spread on Evelyn’s nursery!
We’re all kept pretty busy around here with client meetings and site checks and project installs etc., but we try to have a housekeeping meeting with our team every Monday to check in with about what’s on the go. To keep the meetings fun, we recently started asking our staff to come prepared with an image to share, and we spend a couple minutes discussing them and getting inspired for the week. As a new weekly feature, we’ll be sharing our team’s selections and giving you a glimpse at what’s clogging up our screenshots folder. So much amazingness!
Sacha: I’m inspired by this bold and simple art and you can never go wrong with leather and marble!
Source: Blakes London
Eve: I like unique touches incorporated in the design, like the subway tile on the back of the glass cabinets, the exposed plumbing on the copper faucet and the sunken herb garden in the centre of the kitchen island – which sits on casters, so super practical!
This is also a great example of how you can mix materials while keeping a cohesive design. They used flat panel lower cabinets made of wood, painted glass upper cabinets, marble countertop and backsplash, subway tile and even a bead-board wall.
Dominique: This before and after house exterior! The more you look, the more details you’ll notice were improved on. I especially love this because there are a lot of houses in my Ottawa neighbourhood, North Vanier, that look like the before picture. This gives me hope that they can be pretty again.
Grace: I’m inspired by how a bunch of different materials were mixed here but the space still feels totally cohesive and peaceful. Just goes to show that the ‘three finish rule’ is kinda bogus if you pay attention to detail and stay away from competing strong patterns. Standout feature: the tiled ‘mantle’ in the brick fireplace – so obsessed.
When we first started doing this interiors thing, we only dreamed of one day having our work featured in a publication that we constantly drew inspiration from and regarded as the staple for Canadian design. This month our Spahaus Project is featured in House and home mag!! Pick up a copy if you can, it’s a stunning issue. The project was originally featured in house and home’s sister mag Maison et Demeure last year. Hopefully first of many features!
We all love to complain about the stress of the holidays, but getting fully into the spirit can ease some of the pressure and keep this time of year feeling joyful and fun! Decorating your home is a tried and true method for upping the festive feel, and it’s not as hard as you think. Put on some Bublé, recruit some helper elves, and follow our tips for a simple and cozy Christmas facelift:
Seasonal greenery is a great way to decorate for the holidays. We went to our local flower shop and chose a few different types of greenery branches. Mixing warm and cold weather greenery adds a modern twist to the classic cedar branch, and you can put it just about anywhere: Mantle, table, stair railing. Get some twist ties and get creative. We used a combination of cedar, eucalyptus, pine, and oregonia.
Candace Large Chandelier
I first spotted this impressive light at a hotel in Toronto and I knew we would be eventually using it in a project. Fast forward a year and we now have it as a statement piece in our showroom. What I love about this chandelier is the generous scale and its ability to adapt and compliment any decor style.
Ripley Dining Chair
I love that this chair gives an homage to the mid-century era. A style that melts so easily into others. The soft black colouring will add beautiful contrast to any space and the wood graining will allow it to age well over time.