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A century of Art Deco

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A century of Art Deco

Photography By Valerie Wilcox

As we move into this new decade, we celebrate a century of Art Deco – the dazzling trend that sparked intrigue and imagination across the world. Through the use of metallic details, bold geometrics and a touch of flair, we will show you how to inject this century-strong motif in every and any room in your home.

Art Deco was a movement in the decorative arts and architecture that originated in 1920s Paris. This non-traditional design style featured gleaming finishes, striking patterns and a repetition of elements. We associate abstract motifs, representational forms and geometric ornamentation with this style, along with streamlined materials like concrete, glass, mirror and metal. The emotional response to Art Deco was immediate, evoking a sense of sophistication, luxury and modernity.

From the Chrysler Building in New York City to the Aldred Building in Montreal, some of North America’s most intriguing buildings reign from this period. Today, we’re excited to see a resurgence of this subtle drama within interior design.


Art Deco makes a statement without being overdecorated, and what better place to make a statement than your front entry? The foyer is the first and last space you see upon entering and leaving your home, and the perfect opportunity to create a lasting impression.

Go bold with a large angular console accented with metal legs, and add simple structural decor pieces on top. Further enhance this area with a glamorous oversized mirror. Mirrors are a great way to make any space appear larger, brighter and more grand – à la Roaring ’20s.

Living room

The living room is a great place to bring The Jazz Age into your home. Whether you go floor-to-ceiling Art Deco or choose to incorporate the style with smaller elements, like accessories, there are plenty of opportunities to elevate this space.

Shy away from romantic florals and pastel hues, opting instead for bold patterns and strong colours. Monochromatic schemes are typical of the Art Deco style, and rich hues like royal blue and charcoal grey pair perfectly with on-theme metals like chrome and bronze. Incorporate motifs in subtle or impactful ways, from striped throw pillows to dramatic diamond-shaped wallpaper. Embrace the iconic Art Deco fan shape in your accessories or try a ziggurat-patterned area carpet.

Find furnishings with defined lines, but let your seating feel comfortable and lush by using extravagant fabrics like velvet that will make your company ooh and aah.

Kitchen & dinning room

Continue to focus on streamlined shapes and sleek materials as you enter your kitchen and dining areas.

Create a striking kitchen design through the use of dark, rich woods and add polished stainless-steel hardware for a hint of glitz. If you’d like to incorporate colour, go for backsplash tile or kitchen appliances in saturated tones like mustard yellow, dark raspberry or teal.

In your dining room, gear towards distinctive, rectilinear furniture and reflect the glamour of the ’20s through the use of mirror. You could hang a starburst mirror, add an antiqued mirror buffet or go floor-toceiling mirror on one full wall. Finally, go bold with your lighting and choose an opulent chandelier that will awe your dinner-party guests.


Moving into the bedroom, the Art Deco style can prevail without feeling too masculine. While distinguished woods and strong colours are on-theme, they can be balanced with soft, white linens and lamp shades.

The addition of throw pillows will augment the look and feel of your bed, whether you choose contrasting patterns or solid colours in luxe upholstery-like silk. To further create a lavish bedroom, layer a plush sheepskin rug over a high-pile area carpet.


The Art Deco style helps to bring decadent detail and order to small spaces like washrooms and powder rooms. Cover every wall of this space with a dramatic graphic wallpaper, hang a shapely mirror and add eye-catching light sconces.

Dare to bring the sophisticated allure of the 1920s to your home in 2020. Incorporating rich colours, reflective materials, intricate details and bold geometries will add tasteful panache to any space.

Paige Johnston is a Canadian designer and strategist based in New York City. She collaborates and works often with Isabelle Boba, Interior Designer and Founder of LUX Design. paigeajohnston.com & luxdesign.ca


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Joe Pesci puts his Jersey Shore mansion up for sale

Joe Pesci puts his Jersey Shore mansion up for sale

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Joe Pesci puts his Jersey Shore mansion up for sale

Academy Award-winning actor for his role in Goodfellas, Joe Pesci is selling his Jersey Shore waterfront mansion which has been his home for almost 30 years.

Whether as Vinny LaGuardia Gambini, Pesci’s character in My Cousin Vinny, or Nicky Santoro, his mob character with animal-killer instincts in Casino, Pesci’s skilled sense of timing brings his characters to life in a way that few actors can match. And after a lengthy sabbatical, Pesci makes his return to acting with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in a new film, The Irishman, on Netflix starting Nov. 27. In the meantime Pesci has put his Jersey Shore waterfront home up for sale in Lavallette, NJ for US$6.5 million.

West Point Island

Built in 1990, the 7,200-sq.-ft. contemporary with an Art Deco vibe is located in the West Point Island neighborhood, protected from Atlantic storms on Barnegat Bay and only a short bicycle ride to the beach. Bright, airy and spacious and taking full advantage of the beautiful view, the eight-bedroom, eight-bath home has an open floorplan with large rooms perfect for large parties that spill out to the spacious pool terrace at the water’s edge with boat dock beyond. The gated property is completely fenced with a large motor court that can accommodate multiple guests as well as a two-car garage for the owner.

Upon entering, a dramatic free-standing curved staircase sets the stage for the living areas. With white rooms filled with light and the backdrop of the bay through floor-to-ceiling windows, the living room with its two seating areas and pianos hint at musical get togethers. The large eat-in kitchen with island is perfect for preparing large meals for dinner guests in the dining room encircled by glass doors opening to the pool terrace and bay. The comfortable media room walls are decorated with posters from Pesci’s films and because his first job was as a barber, a barber’s chair occupies one corner as a poignant reminder. The upper level, which can also be reached by elevator, contains bedrooms and an office, all with upper terraces and spectacular views. A downstairs party room next to the pool and spa has its own kitchen for entertaining.

Not that Jersey Shore

Many celebrities who were born and raised in New Jersey have homes up and down the Jersey Shore, similar to Pesci. From makeup mogul Bobbi Brown to Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, author Mary Higgins Clark and many more, the shore is awash in glitterati.


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Design Experts: A World Of Decor

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Design Experts: A World Of Decor

Glen & Jamie round up design and decor trends from their international travels

One of the benefits of working in design and retail is being able to visit the markets around the globe. Now when we say “markets,” we are not really talking about a place to buy eggs and milk, but where all of the retailers and distributors of home goods and furnishings go to look at product and decide what is right for their marketplace. Markets include: London, northern Italy, Las Vegas, Dallas, North Carolina and New York. We are able to have an interesting insight into what is current on the world stage and what you can expect to see in the home stores you frequent. Here are five of the most popular trends we spotted at these international shows.


Art Deco details are marked with strong geometric elements, high arches like the interior of a cathedral, and bright colours and contrast. It was born out of Art Nouveau and was most popular just before the First World War, although it may have first been introduced with the construction of the Eifel Tower in Paris. The elements of Art Nouveau give it the gentle rolls and more organic shapes combined with the geometry. Shortly after the film Great Gatsby, Art Deco decor became momentarily more popular but the elements are back to stay in a more updated way. The metal may not be chrome or steel but perhaps gold, stone, painted woods and inlaid fabrics.



With the rich, warm neutral grey that is still popular in combination with ever-popular navy, we are now seeing lots of furniture and upholstery in rich green tones and most often, in velvet fabrics. Combined with the gold-metal finish that has surged over the last few years, the look is rich and elegant. This colour works so well with the purple of Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year, Shadow, and is a deeper, richer version of the Pantone Colour of the Year “greenery.” The use of velvets adds both a texture to the colour and at the same time, adds a real richness to the intensity of colour.



On the theme of colour, let’s talk about “blush” or what others are calling “millennial pink.” This soft and ethereal shade dominated the market straight through from soft seating, carpets and artwork, to wallpaper, wall colour and accessories. It was literally everywhere we looked. Interestingly enough, one of the two Pantone colours of 2016 was rose quartz, which seems to have inspired this very on-trend beautiful blush.

Last year, many designers and decor fans didn’t seem to feel the colour was going to do well. Perhaps the fine folks at Pantone were just a little ahead of the curve in their predictions. It was certainly present on the world stage and you will see it in fashion as well. I’m not convinced it is a here-to-stay colour.


It’s not hard to recognize that texture is a big part of design and decor trends. There are tiles that are sculpted, hand-scraped floors, wall details that have three dimensions. When it comes to fabrics, there are embroidery and velvets, button tufting and pleated details. It’s like the world has discovered the sense of touch. One of the fabrics that we have not seen in the past looked like a sheared sheep. It was as if the faux-fur manufacturers got together with the velvet manufacturers and created a hybrid. There is no question that it feels amazing and is a pleasure to touch, and with the depth of the fabric, it makes for deep rich colours.


When it comes to textures you most certainly expect to find it with fabrics. How about seeing texture used to wrap dressers, coffee tables, consoles and headboards? It was interesting to find furniture that was hair on hide, or covered with grass cloth, textured linens, or heavier weaves to create an added detail. From a design perspective, it opens up a world of possibilities that go well beyond paint and stain. You can coordinate a room’s soft seating with the case goods in the space and create amazing detail, colour and style.

Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander are co-founders and principals of Peloso Alexander Interiors. They bring 35 years of combined experience to creating environments that merge the client’s lifestyle, personality, and architecture. pelosoalexander.com, twitter @glenpeloso & @glenandjamie, Facebook.com/glenpeloso





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