GREAT SLEEP WHERE YOU EAT, LOUNGE OR WORK

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!

 By Night the Circe sofa turns into a luxury queen bed. No compromising sleep quality here!

By Night the Circe sofa turns into a luxury queen bed. No compromising sleep quality here!

 The Ulisse Dining module provides chic dining space for 4 by day. 

The Ulisse Dining module provides chic dining space for 4 by day. 

 And a chic bedroom by night...notice the dishes still on the table under the bed. Adjacent storage modules for wardrobe and dishes, or anything else!

And a chic bedroom by night...notice the dishes still on the table under the bed. Adjacent storage modules for wardrobe and dishes, or anything else!

 The Ulisse desk module provides a 60" desk by day.....

The Ulisse desk module provides a 60" desk by day.....

 .....and a queen bed by night.The desk ingeniously remains parallel to the floor as the bed is opened. You don't even have to put your work away!

.....and a queen bed by night.The desk ingeniously remains parallel to the floor as the bed is opened. You don't even have to put your work away!

ART AS LIGHT


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This quote succinctly describes my approach to each Interior Design challenge. I like to use these elements in different ways to intimately connect each interior to those who occupy it. For example art can be used as a light source, enabling the colours and textures of the art to mix with the light in a space.

In a renovation of The Riverstone Spa in Winnipeg I used an image from the Courtney Milne collection printed on a backlit canvas from Mediagraph to provide low level lighting in the lounge area. The sound of the waterfall in the lounge mixes with the light sparkling through the water drops on the canvas and the warmth of the fireplace to create a feeling that you are in an indoor garden.

 Lounge before renovation

Lounge before renovation

 Backlit Photograph by Megan Harrow.   Backlit panel by Element Designs

Backlit Photograph by Megan Harrow.

Backlit panel by Element Designs

The backlit glass panel from DecoPanel provides most of the light in the sauna rooms of the spa. The rough texture of the image is a dramatic contrast to the smooth yellow cedar walls.

 Sauna was created from a coat closet

Sauna was created from a coat closet

The toilet room doors are made of a translucent resin from 3form that have been printed with a high resolution image. The light inside the toilet rooms filters through the panels into the main area of the wash-room providing light for that area as well.

 Wash-room before renovation

Wash-room before renovation

HIDING FROM THE COLD

Yes hiding. I admit it. I do not embrace the outdoors when it is this cold, even though I am sure my prairie ancestors would scoff at me. But I don't care. I am really happy we have so many ways today to numb all our senses to this bone chilling cold. The following are a few of my favourites.

     Modular Home Spa from Jacuzzi    This home spa has everything you want to banish the cold. If this cold trend continues much longer I may forgo the next 10 years of tropical vacations for one of these!

 

Modular Home Spa from Jacuzzi

This home spa has everything you want to banish the cold. If this cold trend continues much longer I may forgo the next 10 years of tropical vacations for one of these!

     Earth and Fire    If a new home spa is a bit out of your budget, check out this fabulous line of eco fuel fire buckets and plant pots. You can even move your indoor fire and garden with you around the house if you wish. 

 

Earth and Fire

If a new home spa is a bit out of your budget, check out this fabulous line of eco fuel fire buckets and plant pots. You can even move your indoor fire and garden with you around the house if you wish. 

  RAINY POTS KEEP PLANTS HAPPY + HEALTHY   Add a bright spot and touch of whimsy. Spring is on its way (eventually). Think I am going to order 10 of these right away.

RAINY POTS KEEP PLANTS HAPPY + HEALTHY

Add a bright spot and touch of whimsy. Spring is on its way (eventually). Think I am going to order 10 of these right away.

     Lime infused living room from Veranda   This interior just sings of spring and warm days in the garden. Much more of this cold and I am repainting my house.

 

Lime infused living room from Veranda

This interior just sings of spring and warm days in the garden. Much more of this cold and I am repainting my house.

 

 

OBSERVATIONS: WOOD PRODUCT FROM IIDEX'13


I recently attended IIDEX in Toronto, Ontario and came across this stunning new take on a bent wood lounge chair. I love the layers and the balance of textures! Great design from a budding Canadian Designer. 

 The designer of this table top used the natural fissure in the wood to create a unique detail and design element, brilliant!

Maple clothing hangers in the form of hockey sticks, it doesn't get any more Canadiana. Love it!

These live edge wood cutting boards are oversized and unique pieces of natural art. 

"Dining on natural, reclaimed, organically treated, and artfully crafted wood can help us discover our community with all our earth and each other." - Bill Major, artist

I was really impressed with the creativity shown by Canadian designers and craftsmen in many different media forms at IIDEX this year. The use of organic materials is an ongoing strong trend.