Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Classic Bergere broken and decaying turned into awesomeness......

I havent written anything in a while - not because I didnt want to but I dont want to be a person who writes about nothing....so I waited until some inspiration hit me.

I have been in business for sometime now - have had many upholsterers and was really quite happy to find the one that I currently have.

David of David's Upholstery has done work in Toronto for a couple years now - he studied in France working first on draperies etc, then apprenticing learning the trade of upholstery for a total of 7 years. His knowledge of fabric, furniture is awesome....he is great at what he does and I thought that I should toot his horn ( so to speak)

Years ago I purchased these early gilded french bergere chairs - I was excited when our picker brought them to our store and sold them to me - fairly inexpensively I might add. They were rough, well made and really quite wonderful. The original burlap was underneath and for many rentals was revealed.

Now keep in mind David has a very warped sense of humour - as you can tell in this first picture - he took the chairs totally apart and photographed them....Sick I know.

So....after seeing this pic...(which of course he knew would bother me....) the next pic was a little better. chairs now being reglued and reinforced.

We had decided to do the 2 chairs for Mari-sol's room - you know every 4 year old needs to have french gilded chairs in her room. I had sourced a fuscia cowhide from a supplier in the USA - found the fabric for the back from Designers Guild and was ready to watch the transformation.

David - takes great pride in his work - the chairs were resprung ( i think with the original springs) and redone on the bottom all of course by hand.
next step was to do the hide and decide if we wanted gold nailheads or a burnished version. I opted for gold to add some more sparkle and David hand nailed them in.

Getting closer to finishing I had gone in to make sure I loved the back fabric - I love the fabric itself and was concerned it would not work - but alas I did.....

The finished product was awesome - they came home today and are ready to go into Mari-sol's room - the feel of the cowhide and the contrast of the hide and colour against the aged patina on the wood is fantastic - the flower on the back from the fabric is equally as great.....

Yet again another job well done........so keep in mind if you live in or out of the city and need a fantastic upholsterer....David is your man......

BTW - you should see the orange cowhide ones he just finished for the store , I will add a pic in the next couple of days....


As you can see Mari-sol is very happy with her chair.....

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Colour of the Year 2012 - Tangerine.......

So the holiday season is behind us - and with the new year comes all the new colour trends, and guess what - Tangerine is the new Pantone colour of the year - Hooray...........while orange has been my accent colour in not only our home but also my store it is great to know that it is chosen as colour of the year.....It is a great pop colour in so many things that finally is recognized again.

"the color company pantone has selected 'tangerine tango' as the color of the year for 2012.
described as 'a spirited reddish orange', the colour 'provides the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.'
popular this year among fashion and cosmetic designers, 'tangerine tango' is 'sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive', explains leatrice eiseman, executive director of the pantone color institute.

'reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, [the shade] marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.'

our custom LV pillows in tangerine and chocolate
While Hermes orange is always going to be my favorite - Tangerine of course belongs in the same family and is happily recognized......... We will be showcasing Fuscia as an accent colour to go with tangerine and are currently working on some new upholstered pieces to show off both colours happily.

our new series of resin art
sneak peek at some of the new pieces....
Wishing everyone a Happy new year and a great 2012 with at least a little touch of orange.....

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Beginning to look a lot like Christmas - finally

So the snow has not fallen - the trees are decorated and the malls are getting full, but it didnt feel like christmas was coming near until last night in our household.
Being of German decent - we celebrate Nikolaus - on the night of the 5th - our children polish their shoes - or in this case their boots - leave them out at night and then have Nikolaus bring chocolates etc in them the next morning.

We wanted to also add a touch of magic and told both Mari-Sol and Ben that Nikolaus also brings the christmas tree... so last night brought in the Tannenbaum and started to decorate it. Last year Mari-Sol was so shocked their was a tree that I was hoping for the same reaction.
She came down the stairs at 7 am - turned her head and saw the tree - and was so excited - it is so wonderful to watch the reaction of a little one - she ran over to it and said how beautiful it was - she loved it.....so so sweet.

The ornaments are orange, fuscia, turquoise and the odd one silver , gold or white - some vintage, some even dollar store and big box stores - the colours are great on it.....so whimsical but also a touch traditional - almost like old world European. The rest of the house of course has orange throughout - but we added turquoise and fuscia to carry through. I added fuscia silk ribbon to my collection of Hermes Boxes
I found a fabric from Japan that was somewhat in the Holiday spirit - it has all the colours of our tree and decorations as well as a stag head drawing - so my uplhosterer called today and said he finished the pillows we had made and had them piped in orange silk ribbon - I saw them already and they are going to be a nice addition to the tone of the room
The old cabinet that holds all our white dishes was touched up with feather wreaths - vintage inspired and orange silk ribbon - also inside added some sparkly oranments and a moose and bird in mica - I love this cabinet - it is one of my favorite pieces in the house.

Last but surely not least on top of an old Swedish armoire we have the whole collection of steiff deer - they range from the early 1920's to the 60's and add the last bit of whimsical Christmas .

The good thing is that it is not overwhelming in colour - our kids love it...they were all pumped up today with excitment and it is so sweet to watch them stare at the ornaments on the tree....Now all we need is SNOW.......All the best for a Happy Holiday Season

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dreaming of an Orange Kitchen

I have been looking for inspiration over the last couple of days and while every magazine is featuring orange again ( which is great for me) I havent had anything that had a "wow" impact for me....
I have been scouring websites looking at kitchens. A client of mine in the beaches had a white traditional kitchen installed and the walls painted electric orange from Benjamin Moore - it is the paint colour also known as Hermes Orange and the colour of my real inspiration....
I would love to do a high gloss kitchen in our house - the colour of Hermes orange and the kitchens below gave me a little more inspiration....

Everything is paired with grey or white which would work well in our house but I need to do a little convincing to my husband to do it.....we did our smaller bathroom wall with the Hermes orange and it is great - but I really feel strongly that our kitchen cabinets - currently white could transform in an awesome way in high gloss orange....
maybe we should do a test panel and work from there.......

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A taste of Orange - all dressed up and ready to celebrate

Monday I celebrated my 40th birthday....a little difficult but kind of exciting as well.  It is a new time in my life , a new decade and of course a great way to celebrate with this awesome bottle of Veuve Clicquot.

the presentation is beautiful - it is wrapped in an orange canvas with brown leather straps - worth keeping in the packaging alone.....but of course...how else could you celebrate?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Back to School ......Back to Orange

It's the season for Back to school....our little girl is getting all excited to go to school - first time - Junior Kindergarten - Exciting for her.....stressful for me. Mario seems to be handling it better then I am...we are putting her on a bus on Wed - she will go to school by herself and come back...I guess all parents go through it...but man....its not fun. Daddy's little girl is growing up....

So in honour of Back to school - I have sourced out numerous desks, chairs, and lamps all in of course my stores favorite colour - Orange

Classic Eames / Eiffel chair in Orange

custom bergere chair in orange twill and coffee sacks - great as dining or even a desk chair

Panton Chair in orange - Sleek and Sexy

There is tons out there - too many items to post - so this was a selected few of my favorites...Even as I write this I have butterflies in my stomach thinking of Mari-Sol in the playground, walking the halls, sitting on the bus.  I dont know how all the parents did this before us.  I am sure there will be some tears. Actually I Guarantee there will be some tears...

To all of you with children starting school - Good Luck - I wish you all the best and to all those kids out there starting for the first time - applause to you - they are our future....

So pack up all those books in a nice school bag....May I suggest the Hermes Messenger bag....LOL........

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Orange .... In Memory of.......

This past week - Canada was brought together with the death of Jack Layton - leader of the NDP - a political Icon but more importantly a truly great man.

Monday I found out in line at the coffee shop and noticed an RIP Jack come across my facebook page - immediately I googled and found out that yes Jack Layton had lost his battle to Cancer and I was saddened.

On my way to work that day I had realized how much Jack Layton's death had bothered me. I had met him and worked with him on several occasions - he was a man of the people - intelligent, sweet, concerning and truly deep down a good soul. It has been amazing to see how Canada came together this past week - politics aside but everyone there to honour such a great man.... Jack was not a quitter, he never gave up - he never thought things would not work out - he was an optimist and I would love to say that I think the same way as Jack. He left a message to all of Canada when he knew his time was near - a letter that will go down in the history books, a letter that has crossed many paths and been republished many times over.

Dear Friends,

Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful, inspiring and often beautiful notes, cards and gifts. Your spirit and love have lit up my home, my spirit, and my determination.

Unfortunately my treatment has not worked out as I hoped. So I am giving this letter to my partner Olivia to share with you in the circumstance in which I cannot continue.

I recommend that Hull-Aylmer MP Nycole Turmel continue her work as our interim leader until a permanent successor is elected.

I recommend the party hold a leadership vote as early as possible in the New Year, on approximately the same timelines as in 2003, so that our new leader has ample time to reconsolidate our team, renew our party and our program, and move forward towards the next election.

A few additional thoughts:

To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: please don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope. Treatments and therapies have never been better in the face of this disease. You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer.

To the members of my party: we’ve done remarkable things together in the past eight years. It has been a privilege to lead the New Democratic Party and I am most grateful for your confidence, your support, and the endless hours of volunteer commitment you have devoted to our cause. There will be those who will try to persuade you to give up our cause. But that cause is much bigger than any one leader. Answer them by recommitting with energy and determination to our work. Remember our proud history of social justice, universal health care, public pensions and making sure no one is left behind. Let’s continue to move forward. Let’s demonstrate in everything we do in the four years before us that we are ready to serve our beloved Canada as its next government.

To the members of our parliamentary caucus: I have been privileged to work with each and every one of you. Our caucus meetings were always the highlight of my week. It has been my role to ask a great deal from you. And now I am going to do so again. Canadians will be closely watching you in the months to come. Colleagues, I know you will make the tens of thousands of members of our party proud of you by demonstrating the same seamless teamwork and solidarity that has earned us the confidence of millions of Canadians in the recent election.

To my fellow Quebecers: On May 2nd, you made an historic decision. You decided that the way to replace Canada’s Conservative federal government with something better was by working together in partnership with progressive-minded Canadians across the country. You made the right decision then; it is still the right decision today; and it will be the right decision right through to the next election, when we will succeed, together. You have elected a superb team of New Democrats to Parliament. They are going to be doing remarkable things in the years to come to make this country better for us all.

To young Canadians: All my life I have worked to make things better. Hope and optimism have defined my political career, and I continue to be hopeful and optimistic about Canada. Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change. More and more, you are engaging in politics because you want to change things for the better. Many of you have placed your trust in our party. As my time in political life draws to a close I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world. There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that excludes so many from our collective wealth, and the changes necessary to build a more inclusive and generous Canada. I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today. You need to be at the heart of our economy, our political life, and our plans for the present and the future.

And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.


The CN Tower was lit up in Orange in memory of Jack , Niagara Falls was also lit up in his memory, many of the people who attended the services of Jack were also in orange - known as the colour of the NDP and now truly a colour attached to a great man and a great loss - that is why I bring you Orange , not in design, not in fashion, Orange in the memory of Jack - a man who truly will be remembered.