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Chair Affair 2017: Bringing Back the Class

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Chair Affair 2017: Bringing Back the Class

Before: Simple worn elegance (oh the potential!)

After: Elegant in their simplicity

Furniture Bank’s Chair Affair is a charity event highly anticipate every year by Toronto’s design community. It allows designers, artisans, and artists the freedom to take used pieces from Furniture Bank’s own warehouse and re-envision them to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. It’s an exciting prospect- but where do you even begin?

I first find the pieces that “speak to me”- typically pieces that have pieces missing, loose joints, but wonderful bones underneath. I was looking for something no one wanted to give it a second lease at life.

You might have an easier job of this- look around your home for pieces you’ve gotten tired of, or that “look” like you’ve gotten tired of them. (Aren’t having pets great for wearing out furniture sometimes?). You could redo the whole piece as I did, or just replace a piece of it to make it new (even just new handles can make a kitchen seem new).

As I had a lovely fabric sponsor in Alendel, I wanted to let the fabric inspire both pieces, so I look through books and books of fabric until I found a few I liked, after getting larger samples (repeats and unexpected elements make this step a necessity), we narrowed it down to these two beauties. In the end, I let the end use decide the final fabric- I wanted this to be classic and appeal to many people, and the lovely fabric on the right fit that bill! If the piece is for your personal home- find something you LOVE- even if its bolder than you usually pick, trust me you’ll never tire of it. We all need that one piece that makes us happy looking at it.

A Work-In-Progress: here’s some shots of the chair frame and cushion (which was completely redone from scratch) at my upholstery shop Rewrap in downtown Toronto. Never be afraid of working with your upholsterer (especially if you have a good one, like I did), as they redo tons of pieces and may have some good ideas- or be able to bring up issues you’ll have later before they come up.

I wanted to bring the class back into these classic mid-century inspired pieces, so we used a classic neutral brown stain on both pieces and added a beautiful, unexpected accents: a deep rich blue for the chair back, inside of the side table, and the bottom of the drawer. A new subtle drawer handle in polished brass was chosen to give access to the drawer without taking away from it’s clean lines.

The end goal at my design firm is to create heirloom pieces (and interiors)- something your grandchildren wouldn’t be embarrassed to receive. Let us know if you think we succeeded!

You can find out more information about this amazing event on November 3 and purchase tickets as well as the charity Furniture Bank at the link below: http://www.furniturebank.org/chairaffair/

Can’t make it? You can bid on them online here: https://www.chairaffairauction.com/lite-ui/?controller=lots&action=showLot&id=520

All “After” photography was shot by Aristea Rizakos: http://www.aristearizakos.com/

The fabric itself was generously provided by Alendel Fabrics: http://www.alendelfabrics.com/ (Pssst: The fabric is Pollock in the colour “Bayou”)

Melissa Tossell is the Principal Designer at her firm Sanura Design, where they design Homes and Commercial Interiors to fit each client perfectly from design consultations to full home renovation projects to building permits and everything in between: http://sanuradesign.ca/

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Design: Windows and Walls with Character

Design: Windows and Walls with Character

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Design: Windows and Walls with Character

by Linda Mazur

A few rolls of wallpaper can transform and define a space in dramatic and luxurious ways.

The windows and walls in your home are not just a structural entity but, in fact, are a blank canvas for you to become inspired and create something impactful and dynamic. The fabric and wall coverings we are seeing today are not only inspirational but exciting. From bold geometrics to vintage floral, beautiful opulent metallic finishes, to the rustic vibe of reclaimed brick and wood, we just can’t get enough of the design power of fabric and wallpaper.

Both fabric and wallpaper can make a huge impact in any space. A few rolls of wallpaper can transform and define a space in dramatic and luxurious ways, far beyond that of just paint. Whether your room is large or small, wallpaper and fabric can instantly set a style, make a bold statement or add character and personality to an otherwise basic design. It can change a vastly spacious room by making it feel more intimate and cozy, just the same way a bold and busy pattern can transform a small room in your home to a charming and dynamic space.

Wall coverings can address a blank wall in your home. However, many condo dwellers today have a greater amount of windows than walls; the view and light is fantastic but it can also be challenging. With the volume of windows some of my clients have in their condos, window treatments can become a costly venture. When looking to add some type of window coverings to your home, why not consider a combination of blinds and sheers? Motorized blinds are an easy option for condo dwellers, providing privacy and sun control. However, blinds alone can sometimes seem unfinished. With the addition of sheers this can become an attractive option. Much like wallpaper, sheer fabrics have come a long way in recent years. These are not the sheers you may remember from your childhood. Instead the sheer fabric options available today are exciting, colourful, incredibly patterned and textured — just the perfect thing to frame out your vista.

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED:

  • Look to create a stylish focal point in your room by wallpapering a single wall
  • Don’t be afraid of using large-scaled patterns in smaller spaces
  • Wallpapers are also available in peel and stick, making installation easier and often these papers are reusable, a great option for renters

As space is often at a premium in condos, one style that I like to suggest when designing for my clients is the ripple-fold drapery header. Ripple-fold is a simple, understated design for drapery. It has clean lines and the ability to highlight many large bold fabric patterns, but is exceedingly more elegant and custom looking in your living space than a basic grommet drapery header. A treatment such as ripple-fold, in combination with blinds, will complement your windows beautifully while also affording a tight, space saving stack-back of your drapery panels when not in use.

This style of drapery is best constructed using a fabric that has a great hang. Alendel Fabrics not only has a large selection of fabrics just perfect for this sort of window treatment, this season they have also launched a new line of wall coverings.

Become inspired with your walls and windows, and look to give them some personality and character.

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup



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Kate + Co Design Inc : The Chair Affair

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Kate + Co Design Inc : The Chair Affair

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Kate + Co is pleased to be participating in The Furniture Banks Chair Affair gala for our 4th year in a row.  The Chair Affair is a fundraising auction of exquisite celebrated designer chairs to help those in need find warmth, dignity, and stability in their new homes.

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When selecting the pieces to reinvent for this years event, what drew me to these pieces was their clean lines and retro undertone.

My piece this year is all about feminine luxury.  I selected luxe fabrics and paint in a soft grey, mauve, champagne and gold palette.  Fabrics were supplied by Alendel Fabrics – the grey velvet adds softness and texture while the metallic leather adds an elegant sheen.  Painting by Distinctive Custom Build Inc – the white and grey with mauve undertones add a silky feel in a cabinet grade quality.

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Starting this project I searched around our studio for inspiration.  I landed on this leatherette –  Tonic by Alendel Fabrics and I loved how it pairs with their Bridgewater super durable faux velvet.   What inspired me about these items is their soft tonal quality and the romantic and elegant feel they exude while still providing the ultimate in durability.

Luckily we have amazing trades at Kate + Co; Distinctive Custom Build who Supports the Furniture bank painted these pieces for us in the Benjamin Moore colours – AF665, Angelica and 2118-40, Sea Life.

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I hope to see you at this year’s event on November 3rd at Casalife, Etobicoke, as always it will be a fun evening celebrating good design, entertainment and helping furnish homes for those in need.

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Thank you to:

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Kate Davidson is Designer, Principal of Kate + Co. Design inc. For more then a decade this design firm has focused on being a multi disciplinary interior design firm providing complete residential & commercial design services throughout Toronto, GTA. and North America.  Known and respected for envisioning and creating stylish adaptable livable spaces www.kateandcodesign.com Instagram: kateandcodesigninc

 

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Taking walls from standard to stunning

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Taking walls from standard to stunning

Alendel Fabrics is turning the wall-covering world on its head with the release of two new, exclusively Canadian, lines accompanied by the new Non-Woven Backed Fabric Wall Covering Program.

“We are always looking for suitable new products to complement our fabric collections and this season we are extremely excited to announce the release of Enigma and Surface, two innovative collections of beautiful, quality wall coverings,” said Allison Shiraga, creative director. “These collections are exclusive to Alendel for the Canadian market.”

“We are definitely getting noticed by our customers — and competitors — as the company to watch,” said Jason Coleman, national sales manager.

Alendel’s latest offerings come in the wake of its long-standing reputation as the go to supplier for sheers, lining and great value basics. The company’s newest release came to market in August.

SURFACE

Every great wall begins as a blank canvas. Surface takes walls from boring builder- grade white to inspired works of art. Forget the overwhelming patterns of walls past — Surface features a subtle “imperfect” artisan texture that is complemented by various finishes, from patinaed neutrals and shimmering silk-inspired shades, to contemporary matte colours. Surface is uncoated, non-woven, easy to clean (spongeable) and is available in 60 fabulous colours.

Suggested retail price per single roll is $79.98. Sold in double rolls only.

ENIGMA

Looking to add dimension, depth and a dramatic focal point in a room? Look no further. Enigma wall coverings have an irresistible “touch me” appeal that embraces texture and form. Shades and shadows visually enhance this collection of wall coverings, which features ridges and grooves. Pattern influencers include classic menswear, Georgian paneling, Mediterranean mosaics and modern geometrics. Inspired colours enhance the Enigma line, playing with mixed metals, rich woods, pearls and shells. All Enigma wall coverings are uncoated, non-woven backed vinyl and are easy to clean (spongeable).

Suggested retail price per single roll is $79.98. Sold in double rolls only.

Non-Woven Backed Fabric Wall Covering Program: Alendel is known for its wide-ranging collection of decorative fabrics. The company is now opening the door to endless custom wall-covering possibilities. Easily transform an Alendel fabric into beautiful one-of-a-kind wall coverings. Select from an extensive library of textures, prints, jacquards and embroideries, in an endless array of colours. Alendel’s process is simple, affordable and quick.

http://www.alendelfabrics.com/

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Design: Use Neutrals to Add Life to Your Home

Design: Use Neutrals to Add Life to Your Home

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Design: Use Neutrals to Add Life to Your Home

by Linda Mazur

Working in a neutral palette is far from boring these days.

With all the wonderful textures and patterns we have to play with, staying neutral can, in fact, be a very wise design choice that allows you to create a timeless living space while still injecting great interest and personality.

When working in neutrals, texture is an important element to consider; it is a wonderful addition to any space, and a great little design secret. Texture has the ability to add both powerful and subtle dimension to any space. Today we have so much more to choose from, especially in the world of fabrics. Think lush velvets, rich silks, and beautifully coarsely woven linens in shades of soft cream with a light wash of pale gold for added dimension. Pair this with an abundance of wonderful patterns, whether geometric or floral, vintage or modern. One great fabric supplier I like to consistently work with is Alendel Fabrics. They offer a wide range of fantastic fabrics to select from when working in neutrals. But maintaining a neutral palette in design is not just about fabrics. To continue working with neutral, as well as texture and pattern, look to incorporate great naturals woods, marbles or perhaps some richly antiqued metals, all very “en pointe” for 2017 and a great way to add personality to your rooms.

Neutral palettes are applicable to so many different design styles, whether modern, classically traditional, cottage or rustic, just to name a few. Today, with the addition of great pattern play and a multitude of rich textures, our once “boring” neutral rooms take on a new look that is full of life.

Beige isn’t boring after all

As a designer I enjoy working with neutrals when designing for my clients. Creating spaces that are timeless offers my clients the flexibility to change up their look with ease.Think of a neutral palette as a stepping stone to an abundant amount of design possibilities. Whether designing a main living space, bathroom or kitchen, staying in a neutral palette opens up a world of options that are far from uninteresting. So look to layer up your patterns and blend in some great textures to watch your space come alive. Just remember, pattern play and texture affect all aspects of your living spaces, not just your furniture or drapery. Include your flooring and walls when thinking pattern and texture, whether it’s just a simple area rug or new herringbone patterned flooring for a bit of a vintage inspiration. To incorporate your walls into the mix the choices you have today are endless. From wallpaper and barn-board clad walls, to custom paint finishes mimicking aged metals, your walls are a feature that should not be forgotten.

A neutral palette can create a calm, warm and inviting space for you. It’s a classic and timeless approach to design that can be far more dramatic than dull. So, when planning your next project, consider the charm of a neutral palette. With the addition of some inspiring textures and patterns, it might be just what you’re looking for.

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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Design: Colour Your World

Design: Colour Your World

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Design: Colour Your World

by Linda Mazur

Spring is here bringing with it a plethora of colour to brighten our world outside.

But it also brings the desire to change and refresh our homes. Satisfy that desire for change by bringing an inspirational colour scheme to your own living space and create a fresh new look and feel in your home.

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CAPTION: Photo courtesy of AlendelFabrics.com

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This year’s array of popular colours are not only inspiring but easy to work with. Soft olive greens, cheerful bright yellows, soft pink, burnt corals, dusky blues and of course a crisp white to name a few. Adding colour to our lives this can be easier than you think. Of course there is the usual beautiful bunch of fresh florals that will brighten up any dull space, but what about the colourful array of new fabrics that we are seeing this season. Lightweight airy linens in an abundance of colours are just the thing to replace those heavy drapes on your windows and offer a light fresh feel to any living space. Select a soft blue for a cool crisp feel in your room, or perhaps this seasons shades of corals and yellows are more to your liking. Either way you will start to see colour emerge and your room come to life. A great resource for fabrics with new colour collections this season is Alendel Fabrics.

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CAPTION: Photo courtesy of AlendelFabrics.com

But don’t just stop at fabrics, there are many great ways to inject colour into our homes overall design. Victoria + Albert has introduced a popular range of external colour tones to help consumers coordinate their bathroom decor In addition to their original highgloss white ENGLISHCAST finish, the brand is now offering distinctive classic shades of grey and warm dark tones available in their entire line of freestanding tubs, basins and vanity furniture. Mid-tone neutrals like Stone or Light Grey strikes a happy balance between strong and soft that works in the bathroom. Make a strong statement with their bold new dark tones: Gloss Black and Anthracite, sure to enliven any space. Using a standout dark tone will make a neutral bathroom memorable — because “anything goes with black. ” So look to retire your tired “beige tones” for an inspirational sophisticated blend of colours, pattern and texture.

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Here are some of my tips to inject some easy colour into your home

  1. Paint is always a great place to start. Any “weekend-warrior” can easily liven up a room with a gallon of paint.
  2. Wallpaper is a fantastic way to inject life into your room. With an abundant selection of patterns and colours, you’re sure to make a great impact. Check out my favourite brand, Farrow & Ball.
  3. Be bold in your selections and use of colour. If you love a particular colour but are unsure, use it in smaller doses as an accent instead of on a larger scale.
  4. Add a black element to your mix. It doesn’t always need to be a big item — a black lampshade or another accessory accent; by doing this you clarify and enhance all the other colours in the space.
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Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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GTA Home & Reno Show 2017

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GTA Home & Reno Show 2017 – ReCap

This past GTA Home and Reno Show was a great launch to this year’s renovation season.  We were the proud designer of Reno & Decor’s Design Intervention booth that not only hosted many talented designer friends but also many of you seeking design advice for your projects.  We took our cue from small space design for this year’s booth featuring many of the current inspirational trends and colours.

We enjoyed working with the Reno & Decor staff who have made this a fun and rewarding experience.  I’d also like to extend a big thank you to all our sponsors for their dedication and participation:  Casa Life, Quartex Surfaces, Alendel Fabrics, Cardoza Custom Woodworking, Renwil, Eventful PR, Specialty House Manufacturing, Ruth Baker Design, Artistic Stone Design, Benjamin Moore and Bousada Flooring.  

Here’s hoping the home show was inspirational and happy renovating! 

RENO & DECOR booth designer was Linda Mazur. Linda is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group. With almost two decades of experience, this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.


Photography by Larry Arnal and Josh Rosset

 


Design Intervention: We would like to thank the following experts who were on hand for free 15-minute consultations advising on design, decor and reno concerns:


RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:


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