Thank you to the Washington Post for including this post in your blog watch, August 13, 2009!
Last week while vacationing in Toronto, I did a little shopping (of course). Walking in and out of all the wonderful stores on Avenue Road and Davenport (see first 3 images below) I came to the realization that it’s a miracle that I can pull off the looks that I create for my clients with the [lack of] home decor stores here in Vancouver. And it’s also no surprise that one of my favorites is HomeSense. Not necessarily for the bargains (although the low price tags always makes my clients happy) but because it’s one of the only large home decor superstores in Vancouver which helps when looking for inspiration.
And here is one (below) I created for one of my clients in North Vancouver that was completely inspired by the image above:
Everything in the above tablescape came from HomeSense except for the books, silk flowers and the art. The candleholders were $14.99 and $16.99. The zebra tray was $19.99, the glass ball was $5.99, the mirror was $39.99, etc.
This client needed a new television because there was no space for anything else on top of her dresser!
I have Jeffrey Bilhuber’s book Defining Luxury and I love it because I adore the way he uses branches, flowers and fruit for styling his interiors!
I was recently hired to style some kitchens for Pacific Rim Cabinets (new site not up yet, I’ll link here when it is), a large cabinet manufacturer based in Vancouver. This image (below) was inspired from the branches in the above image. My client had never worked with a stylist or photographer (Anna Beaudry) before this first day (of two days of shooting) but as soon as I placed the branch in the vase, he actually walked over and gave me a hug, he was so delighted with the effect!
If you have a space like this above your fireplace that was originally designed for a fat TV and you are not using it, creating a vignette is a great way to fill it. The idea is to create a kind of triangle inside the box. Visually the highest (heaviest looking) object here is the tall blue vase (both were from Pier 1). The hourglass balances the shorter vase in that they are the same height and then the coral branch in the middle (from the Pottery Barn) fills it in.
What do you do with a pork chop? Pretty much the only thing is some kind of boat with decorative balls in it (or a row of votives could work too)! I did something similar in this powder room as well. By the way, pork chops are dated, if you are renovating your bathroom, DO NOT install one behind the toilet!
One more thing– I am soooo easy to shop with. Before I learned to have that conversation with my clients, one woman (in the beginning of the day) kept saying “I don’t think my husband would like that” until she got that I truly was not attached! It is a collaborative effort that works really well, and when my clients understand that not everything will work and some items go back, they have more freedom to play with different ideas to create a space that really speaks to them. So if you are in Vancouver, call me for a day of shopping that will transform your home in just one day!