Photo Gallery: Editors’ 2011 Must-Haves
Today’s globetrotting style is less about eclectic finds and more about handmade and artisanal pieces, like this coffee table from Casamidy. “I fell in love with this line when I was on vacation in Mexico,” says editor-in-chief Suzanne Dimma. “Oftentimes when people try to do exotic they make it over the top and too thematic; this table feels global without being overly stylized. It has an elegance to it, and you can work it into any space.”
Casamidy Varenne oval coffee table. 30″ diam. x 20″ h. $3,150. At South Hill Home.
“My favourite trend is button tufted upholstery on cushions,” says style editor Andrea Mills. “It’s kind of a vintage Belgian or French look, but used in a modern way, like on the built-in benches in this gorgeous attic living room in designer Jacques Grange’s Portugal vacation home.” To get a similar piece for yourself, try a made-to-order daybed from Ruby Beets.
“I’d like one of those lovely wooden boxes, often called document boxes, that we use in shoots all the time,” says style editor Michael Penney. “I’ve already told my wife Sara that if she ever sees one for a reasonable price, to buy it for me!”
Suzanne liked this chair so much that she bought one for her cottage. “It’s a classic piece, and it’s showing up everywhere now,” she says. “It has a very streamlined design, but the woven texture in the back and seat give it an organic feel, as well.” With a small sheepskin (preferably faux) draped across the seat, this chair is the perfect nod to classic modernism with an au courant layer of softness.
Hans Wegner CH25 Easy Chair. Oak; paper cord. 29″ h. x 28″ w. x 29″ d. Approx. $3,125. Carl Hansen.
“I love to cook, so I am in the kitchen a lot,” says senior design editor Sally Armstrong. “A few pretty tea towels, like the beautiful linen ones I just picked up this week, make me happy. Mjölk carries nice graphic ones, like the Satoa tea towel from Finland.”
Satoa tea towel, $20, at Mjölk.
When it comes to keeping your space neat and tidy, hooks are the way to go. “I’ve noticed a definite movement from conventional hangers to hooks and I’m loving it,” says assistant design editor Kathryn Bala. “This is perfect — you can’t go wrong with such a classic piece! Make sure you claim yours soon; this limited edition piece will be gone in early 2011.”
Eames Hang-It-All, $249 USD, at Design Within Reach.
“I’m on the hunt for a beautiful storage piece that will fit in my hallway,” says senior features editor Kimberley Brown. “BDDW’s Lake Bureau (left) and Vancouver-based Christian Woo‘s Covert series (right) are at the top of my list. I wonder if he could do one for me in bleached oak?”
“I love the idea of using one of these pendants from CB2, suspended from the ceiling, as an alternative to a lamp on my bedside table,” says Kathryn.
Utility Pendant Lamp, $49.95. At CB2.
“The New Vintage trend, featured in the January 2011 issue, puts a dramatic spin on flea market finds,” says Suzanne. “Rather than looking cute or kitschy, chipped wood furniture like this dresser is totally sophisticated. This piece comes pre-distressed, but it looks authentically aged. I love how livable it is — there’s no worrying about dings and dents.”
Louis XVI wood commode. 33 1/2″ h. x 45″ w. x 23″ d. $2,550. Angus & Company.
“These prints from Ork Posters are a must-have if you want a fun way to add punch to your walls,” says Kathryn. “Check out the colour selection and the different cities available. They’re working on adding new cities to their roster; the Vancouver one is new! I have the Toronto poster but I’m itching to add to my collection.”
Classic black & white Toronto city poster, 30″ x 24″, $22 USD. At Ork Posters.
Blue paints are very much on-trend. “Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue is a favourite of mine, perfect for when you want to make a dramatic, moody statement,” says Sally.