I found a new design mecca in New York City. I visited the new Canvas Home store (123 West 17th Street) recently and I am in love.
Canvas is the affordable offshoot of Ochre, high-end purveyors of lighting and furniture with locations in London and New York's SoHo neighbourhood. Both brands were founded by ex-pat Brits Harriet Maxwell Macdonald and Andrew Corrie. Until now, Canvas goods were only available at the Ochre store, but this new location in Chelsea features 4,000 square feet of retail devoted to Canvas. And every square inch is beautiful. The merch has a handmade artisanal feel and the look is pure luxury. Here's a tour of some of my favourites:
This New York apartment-sized sofa was in the window (though sadly sans the cute K9 accessory seen here). It's such a wonderful modern take on the traditional chesterfield and the deep blue velvet looks so inviting.
I'm a devoted white nut so this creamy table setting was right up my alley. The push and pull between the nubby texture of the felt placemat and satiny glamour of the gold flatware are classic Canvas.
I love the combination of the matte black candlesticks with the watery blue-greens of this setting.
The store itself has lofty proportions and gorgeous old wood floors. The textile display really shows off the yummy palette of washed pastels.
Pale woods with rich graining are the order of the day in the kitchen wares department. They are perfect for serving cheese or charcuterie and are as decorative as they are useful.
For more simple style, see Kimberley Brown's picks from Ochre.