Monday, January 30, 2012

Interior Design Show

Hello all! Hope all is well.

So last weekend we had here, in Toronto, the Annual Interior Design Show (IDS).
After attending a few in a row, it becomes a little predictable, however, as I am getting into the industry, it is always nice to see people from the trade, exhibitors and people you have only emailed or talked on the phone with.

I did a quick run through on Friday, Trade day, to avoid the general crowd and snap some shots.

If I had to mention the highlights of it, I would say that more attention to materials. Be it stone, wood, glass or metal, the finishes we now see are stunning and give a new purpose to style.

Also a return of gold, brass, and bronze. I am not saying: Chrome and Stainless steel, be gone! but I am saying: oh look, I see gold, yellow and brown hardware and fixtures now.

Trends: green design! Conscientious and responsible design! Reducing, recycling and reusing! 

And finally! SMART design: more than ever, when planning and new build, hard reno, or a makeover: save time and use the resources and knowledge of a designer! (moi!)

Below are some snapshots of pretty things I saw:
Beautiful luxurious shower hardware

sink vessel in stone

ultra modern stone sink 

12" wide plank - Moncer

Bocci pendant

NEW Bocci smoky glass chandelier-pendant 

UpCountry display - LOVE the spotlight, the chandelier and the side-table/chest

Soft brushed Gold faucets

Gun Barrel Faucet 

Kitchen storage in an armoire

Elte's street signs

Smoky crystal chandelier from Elte

New tile pattern

Outdoors Ethanol fireplace

Stunning lit patterned panelling 

- Style + Function + Love + You -
           Theo Flamenbaum

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Looks who's here! CB2

Hello dear blog readers,
The waiting game is over. The very much anticipated opening of Canada's first CB2 store. Right here, downtown Toronto, YAY!!

The opening is scheduled for next Saturday, January 21 at the Southeast corner of Queen and Bathurst streets.

CB2 is the modern, contemporary budget conscious and condo friendly offspring of none other than Crate and Barrel. The first store opened its doors in 2000 in Chicago and now is present in 11 US cities making homes, condos and lofts all over North America better looking and more functional.

CB2 is known for bright and bold graphics, patterns. Crafty designs and eclectic pieces.I can assure you that you will be sure asked: Where did you get that?

Along with West Elm (LOVES), CB2 will give Canadians (Torontonians first, of course) another option to play dress up with our homes without spending a fortune.

Unique lighting fixtures, to visually stunning pillow and fun rugs, CB2 offers an array of products ranging from office to dining, make sure to dedicate a lazy afternoon or a lunch run to this great store!!

Theo's picks:
coup chartreuse pillow
contact stool
Makoda Dining Table

Nigel Bedding set

Signal Floor Lamp

Red Utility Lamp
Swirl Sculptures

Cage Brass Pendant

Terrain Dinnerware

Tambien Smoky tumblers

Fan Coral Shower curtain

          Theo Flamenbaum
- Style + Function + Love + You -