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Off The Floor Now Dot Com.

This just in… an online furnishings site now makes it possible for designers to get the same pieces they find on showroom floors through This online members-only showroom brings the designer or consumer a direct purchase of high-end residential furnishing models and discontinued textiles. They will also donate 5% of each purchase to a charitable organization. Get ready for some steep discounts off limited stock from designers and manufactures like Nancy Corzine, Rose Cumming, Gerard, Dessin Fournier and Classic Cloth. Besides, everybody could use a new lamp, wallpaper, center hall table, or accent pillow. Am I Right? =) Get shopping!

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Wall Decor En Plein Air.

The grass is finally coming up for air! I can see green! Snow has been melting all day under our sunny blue sky here in Washington DC and looks like Spring might eventually show its face after all. I am so eager for the days when I can dress up my small urban concrete patio. Last weekend I strolled through Ikea and found that their outdoor products will debut in stores around the first week of March. The mammoth retail warehouse is one of my go-to’s come April for an interesting and stylish selection of outdoor garden and patio furniture and decor. So too will be Susan Bradley. Her laser cut metal Outdoor Wallpaper is an award-winning metal product that reinterprets a domestic item for outdoor spaces. It adds a casual elegance as a decorative feature, a plant trellis, or as a screen from for privacy.

Damask Wallpaper by Susan Bradley

Damask Wallpaper by Susan Bradley

Japonais Wallpaper

Japonais Wallpaper

Grand Wallpaper

Grand Wallpaper

Vine Wallpaper

Vine Wallpaper

Chelsea Wallpaper

Chelsea Wallpaper

Rental Do’s & Do Not’s.

As adopted from Style at Home in an article called Top Rental Design Do’s & Dont’s:

Home is sweet regardless whether you rent or own. “You need to love where you live,” says Lisa Worth, a designer at the Drapery Room in Aurora, Ont. But there are smart ways to express your design savvy in a rental abode knowing that down the road, what you can’t take with you is an expense you can’t recoup. Here’s what the experts advise.

Don’t hold off buying nice furniture
“Don’t fill the space with substandard furniture because you plan to own someday,” says Lara Neal of Lara Neal Design in Toronto. Go ahead now and spend money on good quality furniture, pieces you really like. “Otherwise when you do buy, you may find yourself having to furnish a whole home because the pieces you bought in your 20s and 30s are falling apart. And that’s stressful.”

Do make nice with your landlord
Lara and her husband were renters for many years. Because she maintained a good relationship with her landlord, she was able to provide input on design choices when upgrades were made in the bathroom. “You may be able to suggest a new faucet or sink or backsplash tile at a decent price that looks much better. Don’t forget, your landlord wants the place to be rentable, too.”

Don’t wallpaper
“You really don’t want to invest in wallpaper, even if your landlord okays it,” says William MacDonald, designer at William MacDonald Interior Design in Toronto. Wallpaper can be pricey, and you’ll likely face the hassle of taking it down before you leave. If you’re looking to make a statement, try removable wall decals or wall tattoos, which are available at most home decor stores in a variety of patterns and colours.

Do paint
A $30 gallon of paint creates a powerful mood in a space, says Lara, adding that it’s also an affordable way to inject your own personality into an apartment. Note: Be prepared to prime your walls before you move out, and get permission before painting anything.

Don’t invest serious money in structural features
Pouring money into permanent structural elements, including crown moulding, hardwood floors, counters, etc, in an apartment simply isn’t wise, contend our experts. One exception: the joy of gleaming cherry kitchen cabinets, for example, may be worth the price if you are planning on living in the rental unit for many, many years to come.

Do try less expensive flooring options
Just can’t stand the dated, filthy-looking hall linoleum? There are a number of affordable flooring options perfect for renters (get written permission from your landlord before embarking on any renovations). Carpet tiles provide a simple, comfy underfoot splash of personality. Water impervious woven vinyl floor covering called Bolon, cut to size, is great for bathrooms and kitchens. And so are peel-and-stick tiles, available at most major home improvement stores. Last but hardly least, rugs can cover up an ugly floor and help ground a room. “Most rugs will transfer smoothly to any future living space, too,” adds Lisa.  

Don’t invest in built-ins
Every renter is desperate for storage. But built-ins are too costly, and impossible to take with you. “You always have to think about what can go in a truck,” says Lisa. Consider open shelving units, freestanding wardrobes or a piece of antique furniture that offers storage. And while you’re at it, try to kill another bird (like an ugly structural feature such as kitchen cabinets, for example) with one stone: “Buy a basic pantry unit that you can paint to complement (or perhaps draw attention away from) your existing cabinets. Something idiosyncratic can become a focal point,” says Shelley Kirsch of Shelley Kirsch Design in Toronto.

Do swap out lighting and hardware
Two smart rental design investments are lighting fixtures and cabinet hardware. Most apartments usually come with generic lights round ceiling fixtures with a screw cap), says Lisa. Swapping them out for a new or reclaimed antique fixture will change the whole look of a room. “Put them on a dimmer while you’re at it,” she adds. Dimmers are great for changing the atmosphere of a room, plus you’ll save on your hydro bill. Just hold on to the old fixtures and replace them when you go. The same goes for the old hardware (but if you can’t source new ones that match the existing drill holes, don’t bother, says Lisa). 

Don’t sacrifice your personal design style

Express your adventurous design personality in accessories. Panel curtains are perfect because they move easily into your next place, says Lisa. (“You want to avoid window treatments that are measured to fit.”) And you just can’t beat the presence of artwork, which is an investment you can take with you.

Written by Leslie Young.

Best in Show.

The newest issue of House Beautiful has a spread produced by Orliben-Dor about one of my favorite subjects ever – Dogs! Actually, its a few suggestions for obtaining a roomful of dogs. Wallpaper! Whether its your powder room, dining room or the hottest doghouse on the block, check out these blue ribbon winners!

My favorite of the pack, the St. Hubert by Pierre Frey shows our noble friend in a classy drawing.

St. Hubert (in Shadow) | Pierre Frey

St. Hubert (in Shadow) | Pierre Frey

The flocked silhouettes pop against metallic paper. There are three colorways available from Osborne & Little.

Best in Show | Osborne & Little

Best in Show | Osborne & Little

Adopt Me! he says. These dogs need a home – even if its got kids with dirty paws. Vinyl coated and ready to be loved, this pattern from Tyler & Friends will not fail to amuse.

Adopt Me in Red Coller | Tyler & Friends

Adopt Me in Red Coller | Tyler & Friends

A pen is just as good as a paint brush. And this line drawing of cute contrasting pups in Cobalt blue by Thibault Design is top dog.

Best in Show in Cobalt | Thibault Design

Best in Show in Cobalt | Thibault Design

Wrapped in British Rapture.

My search for beautiful wallpapers and fabrics is endless. Endless. I love shocking prints and anything out of the ordinary. So I came to a screaching halt when I found something actually kind of ordinary and big. Enter Rapture & Wright. Brilliant I exclaimed! Rapture and Wright began in 2002 when Rebecca Aird and Peter Thwaites designed and hand-printed their first collection of fabrics and wallpapers in a local barn. As their website claims, “The philosophy behind Rapture and Wright is to be 100% British”. Its true. And kinda selfishly cool. The cloth is woven in the UK. Designs are conceived and handprinted in the UK. And old school UK skills are used in the making. One look at the uplifting patterns, pretty hues, and generous selection, will lead you into rapture too.






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