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Just picked up the May 2009 issue of Town & Country...annual spring home issue. Thin, yes, but still inspiring. (They say the bottom of this crappy economy is in sight, and by next year at this time all of us mags will be fat again. Fingers crossed...)

I like the story on page 100, "Safe Harbour," and especially the rooms on page 100 and 103.

Steel bookshelf with side chair

With all the retro, boho, mod mixing going on in design, it can be hard to find a grown-up room that still stays true to its classical roots, and yet is fresh and current, like this one above.

natural but not boring livingroom

I am torn between the super-cool rooms I see in our magazine — with the vintage postmodern furniture and '70s palette — and my desire to have rooms that are calm, sleek and serene, with hits of colour like the pillows on the sofa shown above.

There's nothing serene about an eye-popping mix of unexpected elements, is there?

metal shelves featuring lots of textures and shapes

I think these rooms hit a great note because they are dramatic, have classic elements, but they've brought in bits of trendy furniture, like the raw wood bench/coffee table and this wonderful metal etagere (above). Essentially all neutrals, these rooms glow with different tones and shades and are anything but bland. Shows that with lots of texture, great shapes and interesting pieces, neutrals can be exciting.

Study with natural oak doors and striped rug

Love the natural oak doors and striped rug in the study. Has me dreaming about some updates to my house. I'm almost ready to share some snaps of rooms in progress.

P.S. Speaking of progress, I'm off to see the progress of the next Showhouse we are building for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. It's in Oakville, Ontario, and it's so amazing it keeps me up at night. Stay tuned for details!

Photo credits:
Maura McEvoy

Room design: Sharone Einhorn, Honey Wolters, Ruby Beets Design

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