Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Project Berryman Interior Design

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We are nearly wrapping up the Berryman Project in Mississauga where we did the Full Service Interior Design for the main level which included design schemes for the Office, Sitting room, Dining room and Formal Living room.

The client had recently bought a brand new build house and wanted the whole space designed and decorated which included curating furniture, drapes, art and accessories for the design schemes we had proposed. Honestly this was a dream project for me akin to working with a blank canvas. I won't say much more as we will be releasing the finished pics soon but I wanted to show you the blank rooms first.

The house is beautifully designed with lots of custom features like coffered ceilings, large paneled windows, dark hardwood floors and 9 foot ceilings. And add to that wonderful clients that were a dream to work with and such a pleasure to be around.

This will be turned into an office that will be used primarily by the lady of the house.

Our clients are movie buffs and this beautiful bright room will be turned into a cozy and comfortable lounging space for the whole family to relax and enjoy their down time.

Another bright corner that will house an elegant dining scheme.

And this space will be turned into a sophisticated entertainment room for grown ups. It has been designed for our clients to have their cocktail parties with their stylish friends in, where white wine and canapes are served, with Sam Smith humming in the background or even my client who happens to be a great singer. 

To say I love what I do is an understatement. Working with my clients to turn their houses into homes is just about the best job I could be blessed with. From curating the furnishings to picking accessories, I love it all, but most of all I would say dreaming up what ART would work in each space is probably my favorite part. Wait till you see the custom artwork we created for the sitting room. Did I say custom artwork..................yes we custom created 3 huge pieces of art for the sitting room as we could not find anything appropriate. And so being that there are two artists in our family (Aaliyah and moi) we just decided to create it ourselves.

Enough from me...............the finished pics are just round the corner and we will be able to share it with you soon enough. Watch this space !

Check out the other Interior Decorating projects we have completed HERE.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

2016 National Home Show Highlights

The National Home Show at the Exhibition Place is one of the Annual Trade Shows that we do not miss. This year it ran from the 10th to the 19th of March. Righ in the middle of March Break. As the entire event was sponsored by Remax, we scored VIP tickets courtesy of our good friend and go to realtor, Brian D'Costa

We make it a point to visit these shows to update our database of products, vendors and techniques. We pride ourselves on continuously learning and a day without learning something new is a wasted one...

This year, the exhibition was bigger than we expected and I didn't wear the right shoes (boo) but we were able to see most of it and source quite a few solutions for future projects.

Here D is checking out a vapor fireplace which has a realistic flame like effect without actual fire, perfect for a future basement project we are designing where we are looking to create a sort of club lounge effect in the focal space. With this kind of fireplace you can keep it on in Summer or Winter and the light adds drama and ambience.

Oh. Do excuse D's hair. He's attempting to grow it out, but has ended up looking like some Mafia Don from a B grade 'shoot em up' movie......

A whole section on outdoor furniture sets that were very impressive. They came in various finishes, colors and configurations. Creating rooms in outdoor spaces is one of my favorite things to do and I got to flex my creative muscle for ourselves last summer when we turned our side yard into a Bohemian oasis.

D evaluating vanity options for two washrooms we are designing. I seem to like vanities that have a large counter top space allowing me to visually style it up. Who says a functional counter top has to remain functional and utilitarian. Consider using a cake pedestal to hold your make up or a pretty tray and jar to hold your cotton buds. Little touches make all the difference.

Accessories on point and no one can go wrong with a couple of succulents even if they are fake! Faker the better ! 

Those pendants ! We are hunting down the perfect pair for our own washroom makeover and narrowed it down to these vintage ones we spotted at Legacy Architectural or maybe something like these from Urban Barn.

We do love sculptural accessories that have an industrial look and these skeletonised shapes would look great over a mantle or coffee table.

Jack & Julia from Paragon Interiors are the makers of fine gaming tables, such a lovely couple who have been doing this for 30 us hope that we don't ever have to retire because we love what we do. 

These are pieces of fine furniture, meticulously crafted and ones that will stand the test of time becoming heirloom pieces before long. No Chinese particleboard junk here.

A beautifully designed and crafted shuffleboard created by Jack from Paragon Interiors

D checking out counter top solutions for a future bar project we are designing, we do like using natural wood as bar counter tops as we like the natural textures in wood.

That back splash is ever so pretty - being a tiny area you can really splurge on the prettiest tile to make a huge impact

D checking out sun-tubes for a client's main level project we are designing, where the client wants to bring in natural light into a dark corridor.

This stunning helmet - love it ! 

D showing me this washing machine that gives you the option of doing a smaller load - see the bottom tray....hmmm I might need one (not that I know how to use one - I don't do laundry in our house, got the kids trained for that #perfectparents)

A wine storage solution for one of our clients future bar needs we are designing, such a handsome solution and the black contrast against the brown wood looks elegant yet stunning at the same time.

An all black bedroom - black is back people ! Mark this trend. This bedroom was done up to look cozy and cocoonish with some very eclectic accessories just up my alley.

Hey don't these look like the table accessories we spotted earlier?!

The Dream Home built on site was well appointed but unfortunately they were not able to complete it.

Sliding doors that fold all the way back, a great option for bringing the outside in.

It was well worth the trip as we found a number of solutions for future projects and clients. These visits are always fruitful as they feed our creative souls and inspire us for future designs.

If you liked this post then check out more pics from the Interior Design Show we visited last month. Another great source of inspiration is the Discern Living community website that showcases the latest trends in Home Design & Decor. Having left India over 20 years ago their website allows me to keep track of progress back home in Design and related fields. Go check them out HERE.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2016 Toronto Comic Con

 The girls waited all week for the TO Comic Con and dressed up as Hermoine and Toothless for the event. The cosplay was amazing as were the artist aisles - so much talent in one room !
On our way to the Metro Toronto Convention Center

Cosplay at its best

Who you gonna call?

LLAP Mr. Spock

May the Force be with you

and these were the cheap ones! 

Han Solo in carbonite

Katanas a plenty

Leave me in the artist aisles please

That's Karen Allen from the Indiana Jones series. Jacon Isaacs / Malfoy was to appear the next day.....

Vintage Italian Posters that would look great in a man cave

Laughing Vaddha

Aaliyah so thrilled to take a pic with Bellatrix Lestrange

The steampunk section is my favorite

Layla took half an hour just to choose 4 vintage comics - she has quite a collection she is building

Kylo Ren
If we could we would spend all our millions on books..............

D with his freshly signed anthology

D getting his Captain Canuck anthology signed by the artist and creator Richard Comely

Such a great day, this is a trip we make every year without fail. In a room full of geeks, freaks and weirdos we find that we fit right in.

#and the geeks shall inherit the world

Big hugs
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