I recently attended the annual Interior Designers of Canada conference at the new Ault Hotel in Winnipeg. It was so inspiring to meet designers from all over Canada and share ideas. The new Ault Hotel was the perfect venue with its bold and vibrant design. My favorite space is the lobby with the incredible Dragnet lounge chairs...inspired by rope fishing nets. Furniture design at its best!
I have been super busy the past 12 months with both the Interior Design and Construction of a renovation to New Beginnings Church in Winnipeg. It was a privilege to help Pastor Dan and Pastor Ryan make their vision for the church a reality. We transformed a dark and unused space into a vibrant and inviting interior where members of the congregation now spend hours socializing and working together. The following are a few photos before, during and after construction!
Most of us don't have the luxury of having large bathrooms with plenty of storage. If you have a small bathroom you need to be smart about storage and look at different ways to use wall space. The following bathrooms show some great ideas on how to take full advantage of space in a small bathroom.
Lighting has the potential to be the most dynamic and dramatic element in any interior. But it is too often used to only a fraction of it's potential. Lighting is my favourite part of interior design and I always try to use it in unique ways to create drama and personality. I like to include at least three different types of lighting in each space: Indirect lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting. The combination of these different types of lighting divides a space into light zones and gives an interior depth and character. A single light source in a room creates a flat washed out space. The following images are some really good illustrations.
Three of my favourite light fixtures.......
I wanted to share another highlight from my recent trip to Buildex 2014 in Vancouver. This incredible recycled flooring is made from discarded wine barrels. It is rich with texture and patina and I love it. I have to find somewhere to use this! It is obvious in a wine cellar but the possibilities are endless.
If you are at home and you look up you likely see a flat painted drywall ceiling. If you are at work chances are you are looking at a flat acoustic tile ceiling. The ceilings in the spaces we live and work in are too often overlooked. Imagine if every time we went outside the sky was a flat white with no blue or clouds, no stars, no changing colours of sunsets or sunrises. We can't imagine this, and yet we so often overlook the "sky" of the spaces we spend 2/3 of our time in. Making ceilings dynamic and uplifting does not have to cost a lot of money...often just requires some imagination. The following photos are some examples of some of my favourite "ceiling skies"
I just returned from one of my frequent trips to Vancouver and every time I visit there I find wonderful new examples of cedar used in different art forms.
I am frequently asked what my favourite furnishings are. When it comes to coffee tables my response is always the series from Calligaris that include the Mascotte and Flexy tables. I have used these tables in several interiors.They transform in seconds from a coffee table with a top dimension of 27.5" wide x 41.25" long to a dining table with a top dimension of 55" long x 41.25" wide....a very generous size for 6 diners. The height is adjustable at seven different measurements, allowing you to set the perfect height for your sofa or dining chairs. If desired you can have a large coffee table of 55" x 41.25" or a smaller dining table of 27.5" x 41.25".
I have sometimes used 2 of these tables in an interior, one as a coffee table and one as a dining table or desk in another room. This allows the user to put 2 tables together on occasion to create a huge dining table for 12-14 and when guests are gone they morph back into their diminutive forms! Furniture design doesn't get any better!
I recently had the privilege of providing Interior Design and Space Planning for the Royal Canadian Mint's new Hieu C. Truong Centre of Excellence Conference and Training Centre in Winnipeg. This is a state of the art facility that showcases the Mint's new branding elements of elegance, prestige, and innovation. Simplicity, innovation and the use of cool metals were to be the guide for the design throughout. The conference room needed to function as both a meeting centre and a training room for web based conferencing as well as live sessions.
The following images present some of our solutions.
Lately I have been involved in a couple of renovations of Vancouver condos and I am amazed at how small the spaces can be. Designers are looking for ways to allow spaces to work in multi purpose ways by day and night. This ingenious line of hide away beds from Resource Furniture allows a room to function as a bedroom by night and a dining area, living space, or office space by day. Brilliant and I love it!