In the magazine world, Christmas 2010 is long over and talk around the office is all about 2011 trends. In terms of sofas, we all seem to agree that long, low and preferably blue is it. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ Kennedy sofa (above) is a perfect example. I’m in the market for some kind of a sofa, and while I love these lines and I’m a sucker for blue, my studio apartment isn’t exactly fit for a 85” long seat. Then I toured the finished Princess Margaret Hospital Showhome designed by Lynda Reeves and the H&H team. I couldn’t get over Elte’s gorgeous linen Henriette love seat in the principal bedroom. So, I declare another trend: the settee.
I’ve always loved this cut-velvet fabric — the juicy bold colours make it modern, along with the oversized photo and Noguchi floor lamp.
One of my favourite homes is blogger Anna Spiro’s, which was featured in our May 2010 issue. I love her traditional white and gold settee, loaded up with colourful pillows and surrounded by books, boxes, vases and flowers. It’s timeless — you could make it work anywhere.
I LOVE this room by Jeffrey Bilhuber, more for the mix of everything all together than the settee specifically, but it does add a lot of character. And how cool is the glossy yellow ceiling?!
Sarah Richardson has a great line of custom furniture available through Hollace Cluny in Toronto and Maria Tomas in Calgary (plus a few other places). I think my choice would be the Dorothea sofa (condo-sized, of course).
Trianon on Toronto’s King East design strip usually has a gorgeous upholstered piece that I keep returning to see (there have been a few over the years!). I love how they reupholster French antiques with modern, on-trend fabrics.
1. Elle Decor
2. Michael Alberstat
3. House & Home May 2010 issue, photography by Simon Kenny
4. Defining Details, Bilhuber & Associates
5. Dorothea Sofa, Sarah Richardson Design
6. Settee, Trianon
7. Trish Johnston