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American fashion designer Tory Burch brings her preppy-meets-boho aesthetic to her first home decor collection this month. Inspired by her own home and homespun family heirlooms, the accessories range from classic to quirky.

I'm swooning over this graphic black and white box. Wouldn't it look great on a coffee table?

Needlepoint pillows are designed after cushions Tory's parents, both needlepointers, made for each other when she was young. This little guy is calling my name!

 The Margaux pillows have a wonderfully retro look.

Brass accessories like this box and picture frame are traditional and elegant, and will develop a patina over time for a vintage feel.

A graphic throw is the perfect cosy accessory this season.

Photo credits:
1-5. Tory Burch

Author: 

Chloe Berge

There's something wonderful about using a map as home decor: a reminder of heartfelt memories from faraway places and a promise of adventure yet to come. However, a map on the wall can sometimes read more college dorm than well-decorated home.

Custom, large-scale map wallpaper by Wallpapered offers a modern, sophisticated take on the motif. The wallpaper is made by an in-house design team to meet the size specifications of any room in your home. I'd love to see one of these used as an accent wall in a bedroom or mudroom, or as an all-over statement in a powder room.

Francophiles will revel in this antique map of Paris.

Get in a New York state of mind with a view of Manhattan.

The London Underground Tube map has an abstract quality.

Would you venture into uncharted territory with your wallpaper or would you rather stick to a blank canvas?

Photo credits:
1-3. Wallpapered

Author: 

Chloe Berge

Are you guilty of drooling over the exquisite scarves and tableware in the windows at Hermès but balking at the price tag? Drop by the heritage brand's Festival Des Métiers exhibit, on now until Sunday at the Design Exchange, and you'll see why their goods fetch a hefty price.

The traveling exhibit features intimate demonstrations by Hermès craftspeople —  flown in from the company's French workshops for the occasion — of their painstakingly intricate design process. From their origin as master harness and saddle makers in 1837 Paris, to their present-day cult status among the fashion set, it's amazing to see these iconic designs by the legacy brand come to life before your eyes. Here are a few things that held me captive at the press preview this week — giddy up!

All Hermès porcelain tableware is handpainted using a multi-step system, starting with a paper sketch. Every different colour added is cured at a different temperature, making each piece a very arduous process!

One of their trademark silk scarves is a 3 month-long, 500 hour process involving up to 46 separate silk screening films. 300 cocoons of silk go into each scarf — wow.

Voilà!

Buttery leather Birkin goodness. I was tempted to make a run for it with one of these babies.

The saddlemaker, where it all began.

Festival Des Métiers runs from Oct 2-6 at The Design Exchange. Drop by this weekend to learn more Hermès secrets of your own.

Photo credits:
1-7. Chloe Berge
Top photo. Hermès

Author: 

Chloe Berge

Famed Italian architect, designer and artist Paola Navone teamed up with Crate & Barrel to launch a collaboration line last week. Known for her colourful, globally-inspired aesthetic, Navone brings a playful elegance to everyday living. The collection is the first of three that the design duo plans to roll out over the next year, and includes tableware, lighting, textiles and furniture.

If a European getaway isn't in the cards this year, take solace in this dreamy, seaside-hued palette. Bold shapes are swathed in Mediterranean colours that evoke white, sun-drenched buildings above blue Aegean waters.

The pieces in the Como collection are modern and fun, with an artisanal quality that makes each piece feel unique.

Milky glassware has a handmade feel.

White and aqua tableware inspired by Mallorca has a fresh, beachy vibe.

This limited edition teak and tile top table lends a graphic element to a room. Woven white ceramic bowls are a softer, organic contrast.

Cafe-style chairs in synthetic rattan and a digitized houndstooth pattern make a fashion-forward statement.

The Paola Navone for Crate & Barrel collection is available in stores and online now.

Photo credits:
1-6. Chloe Berge

Author: 

Chloe Berge

Cubist Cool

September 10, 2013

Last week I wrote about the geometric decor trend we're seeing in homes this fall. I was excited when I spotted a few other features on the trend over the weekend, most notably in Vogue.com's Fall Culture Preview. They framed the trend in relation to Cubism's faceted style, a tie-in to international Braque and Léger exhibits opening this fall — but same idea.

These Cubist-style lamps by interior designer Kimille Taylor stood out — aren't they stunning? A Braque original isn't in my budget but I'd be happy to settle for some artful lighting.

Their weighty, geometric forms and simple limed-oak finish have a Scandi-meets-modern look that I love. American Jazz composer Charles Mingus mused: "making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple... that's creativity." Don't these lamps demonstrate that beautifully?

Pierre lamp. Through Kimille Taylor.

Photo credits:
1-2. Kimille Taylor

Author: 

Chloe Berge

You might not be heading back to school this September, but a lesson in geometry couldn't hurt. Just like the draw of a high-school rebel, dramatic geometric decor adds instant cool.

A graphic element in a room creates visual interest and lends a modern edge — a nice contrast in a feminine or traditional space. Let's take a look at some clever geo patterns and a few must-have accessories.

This painted wall hits two trends with one stone, incorporating both pastels and geometric pattern. The soft, barely-there look is subtle yet interesting. Learn how to create the look at home here.

The designers of this bold space took a risk, and it paid off. A graphic rug and statment mirrored art piece play off the mod furniture.

Designer Caroline McKeough's New York home approaches geometric pattern from the right angle with a large area rug, throw cushions and a gallery wall of abstract art for geometric perfection.

In the Smyth Tribeca hotel, also by Caroline McKeough, the geometric design of the structure speaks for itself. No need for accessories here.

Geode-like vases in matte black add quiet drama to a room.

This gold statement chandelier by Charles de Lisle straddles futuristic and organic.

These Kaleido Trays aren't new, but have been on my wish list for a while. The colourful, jigsaw configuration is fun and fluid.

Faceted silver Art Deco pitchers by Piet Hein Eek make a stunning vessel for flowers.

Geometric silkscreen prints have a mathematical, blueprint quality and would look fresh grouped together on a gallery wall.

The Invisible Table 2 by Rooms is nothing short of amazing. Its mirrored planes reflect the environment, at times allowing it to disappear into its surroundings.

I love seeing interior design translate into other design forms, and I couldn't help but notice these incredible tribal-style geometric pendants by Nylon Sky, made by a combination of laser cutting and etching.

Also, let's take a moment and adore this angular prism ring by Lotocoh, inspired by a Spanish mountain range.

Geomtric decor gets an A+ in my books — how about you?

 

Photo credits:
1. Spearmint Decor blog
2. Decoist
3-4. C McKeough unLTD
5. DwellStudio
6. The Future Perfect
7. Design Within Reach
8. Piet Hein Eek via Elle Decor
9. DwellStudio
10. Design Milk
11. Design Milk
12. Anthropologie

Author: 

Chloe Berge

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