Decorating & Design

January 18, 2011

CityLine Segment

Well, this is a true sneak peek if you’re reading this blog before 9 a.m. Last week our lovely editor-in-chief, Suzanne Dimma, talked trends from our January 2011 issue for a taping of CityLine, and you can catch the episode on air today! It’s my job to take Suzanne’s vision and make it a reality on set, which in this case was recreating two of our trendy rooms for 2011. I’ll show you how we captured one of them below.

This room was Suzanne’s first pick to recreate — which also happens to be our cover shot from the January 2011 issue! This design is by my designer crush, Brad Ford, and we called it “The New Modern”. Some of my favourite elements from this room include the classic modern pieces, those beautiful velvet pillows, and all of the one-of-a-kind sculptural bits that are scattered around the room.

So, this is where my challenge comes in. I hit the shops to start sourcing. First stop, Elte, where I found the sofa that would be the main focus on the set, along with a very Brad Ford-esque side chair in a distressed leather.

This multi-headed fixture was tucked into the corner of a back room. Elte is also the best source for those stunning velvet pillows!

Next up, Mjolk for a fur skin rug — apparently this one is reindeer. The West Virginian in me thought it was beautiful!

I was having the worst time trying to find the perfect coffee table … until I stopped at Hollace Cluny and stumbled upon this modern beauty.

Not even five feet away was this gorgeous piece of pottery to add that artisanal look to the space.

A space is never completely finished without some artwork, so a quick stop at Art Interiors solved that issue! I found a few of Joshua Jensen-Nagle’s prints that I knew would work perfectly for this set.

The last stop of the day was at one of my favourite shops, West Elm. I picked up all the missing pieces there to finish off the space, like a tree stump side table and a few pieces from their new pottery line by Shane Powers. This line is definitely worth checking out before it sells out!

Finally, I made a quick call to my friends at Ikea to borrow one of their chunky sisal rugs to ground the whole space.

Voila! The final product. I think it came together nicely, don’t you think? Be sure to tune into CityLine today at 9 a.m. or catch it when it airs again later in the afternoon at 2 p.m. I put together another entire room, too, but you’ll have to watch the show to see!

To see more of Suzanne’s style, check out the photo gallery of her houses. Plus, see our photo gallery of all the 2011 trends.

Photo credits:
1. Lonny December 2009/January 2010 issue, photography by Patrick Cline
2-8. Kathryn Bala