10 designer Instagram accounts to follow for holiday inspiration
On any regular day, nothing ignites design inspiration like a good scroll through Instagram; but when the holiday season is in full swing there's nothing we love more than to see homes decked out in their best festive flair.
"The oversized pompoms on this @mindahome holiday blanket have got me like ??" @inthefunlane
"My temporary dinner bench has now become my temporary ottoman. It smells like a log cabin in here. if only it was snowing." @lovenataliechong
"Mornings in here." @ellivenstudio
"Finally had a chance this weekend to do some #christmas decorating. New blog post up (link in profile) about my shopping experience @lowes_canada where the greenery, rose gold ornaments, pine cones, lights and mini tree are from. Final reveal later this week. And I had to bring out the photo I took years ago of the snowy owl." @decorhappy
"Having trouble figuring out how to hang your holiday stockings without putting holes in your mantel? I've got you covered, and the answer is super-duper easy. Like 5-minutes-or-less-and-you're-done kind of easy. Go check it out! Link in profile." @thecuratedhouse
"If it were up to me I'd never leave this very spot." @larkandlinen
"Christmasing 2015" @christinedovey
"Netfix and chill by the cracklin' fire. Does anyone else love this? Anyone?..." @stephaniejvogler
"All is calm.... For now anyway! Lol" @Jillian.Harris
"Happy Sunday friends. Hope the sun is shining where you are." @ramblingreno
A warm and inviting media room
A timeless media room with farmhouse flair.
This timeless media room designed by Halina Catherine emulates a European farmhouse - with a few extra layers of warmth. Here's how to recreate the look.
1 Scope out seating that matches your room’s base palette to give prominence to other standout features, such as this space’s herringbone floor and coffered ceiling, both made from reclaimed wood.
2 You can never go wrong with a wicker basket. It’s a classic decor piece that lends country charm to a space and is ideal for storage. Win-win!
3 A grid-like gallery wall can be just as eye-catching as an asymmetrical arrangement. For a creative and personal touch, frame segments of a favourite photo or map until the big picture is revealed.
Learn more about this rising design star and where she finds her inspiration.
Learn more about this rising design star and where she finds her inspiration.
Check out our interview with the ever-talented textile designer Rebecca Atwood.
She’s a rising design star, her products are something to covet, she just released the bible on pattern play – and here, she takes the time to chat with us about everything else she has in the works.
Well, she’s more of a prints princess, but her patterns are certainly charming. Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., designer Rebecca Atwood is a budding It girl of the decor world, known for her eponymous home textiles line (featuring toss cushions, table linens, wallpapers, fabrics and more). She just released her first book, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for the chance to learn the secrets to her signature style: livable patterns and relaxed luxury. In Living With Pattern, Rebecca proves that layering prints on prints on prints can indeed impart peace and, when employed thoughtfully, truly empower a home.
What do Charleston, S.C., and Zihuatanejo, Mexico, have in common? They’ve both influenced Rebecca’s work. Living in a big city, she’s inspired on a daily basis – but even more so when she travels. “When you’re out of your element, you’re able to see things more clearly,” she explains. The soft colours of Rebecca’s Spring 2016 collection (shown above) capture the lush tones she fell for when visiting Charleston, while Spring 2017 is set to feature elements that caught Rebecca’s eye when she was recently in Zihuatanejo for a family member’s wedding. “I saw this colourful, stylized sun-moon objet on my hotel door,” she says, “and started to paint my own concept of the sun-moon combo. It’ll be featured in some of the fabrics I have coming out next year.”
Follow Rebecca on Instagram (@rebecca_atwood) and guess which of the everyday patterns she captures will appear in an upcoming collection. It's easy to see how these snaps from Charleston, S.C., influenced the prints in her Spring 2016 Gardner Collection.
“My mom saved everything – vintage lace, dresses from the ’20s,” says Rebecca, who appreciates the importance of surrounding herself with items of personal significance. “It’s about making a piece of your family’s history a part of how you live now,” she says, referencing an heirloom quilt in one of the homes featured in her book.
Whether Rebecca is sketching or painting – she travels with the supplies to do both – her top tools of the trade are her hands. “I typically can’t come up with ideas just sitting at a computer,” she says. “I have to start with a hands-on process where I allow myself to be creative and experiment, letting things flow naturally. It’s just about getting started and putting marks on paper or fabric. Then things come to life.” Beyond those basic tools, Rebecca likes working with India ink as well as gouache paints (“They’re like watercolours but are more opaque and have a matte finish,” says the artist). She also loves Muji sketchbooks – unless she’s working directly on fabric, and if so, she favours natural materials.
In Living With Pattern, Rebecca turns her favourite interiors into lessons about using pattern that you can easily adapt to your home. Her advice for making the living room your own? “Use a large neutral rug as your base and define the seating area by layering a smaller rug on top,” she writes. She also says to play with texture and include woven textiles as well as wood and stone. “Remember that linear elements, such as the legs of a plant stand, can become pattern, too,” she adds. “And keep fabric patterns simple and graphic to maintain the focus on the foundation.”
A kitchen boasting restaurant-design pedigree
Trendy meets traditional in this family home built from scratch.
Homeowner Tanya Krpan (pictured here) saved on accessories by loading the family room sectional with an assortment of ready-made toss cushions.
Tanya isn’t afraid to play with negative space, as seen in the home’s grand entryway. “Normally, you’d expect a mirror or big piece of art hanging above the wainscotting,” she says. Leaving the wall blank and layering small pieces on the console allows the millwork to shine.
Black casement windows and decorative accents create contrast in the neutral space. Tanya scored the vintage coffee table when her office was being redecorated.
The family room’s classic-cool mix feels right for a young family.
The kitchen, of course, is the true star of the show. Tanya’s restaurant-design pedigree shines through in the room’s floor-to-ceiling tiles, mix of open and closed storage and high-end appliances. She opted for white Shaker-style cabinetry and warmed up the space with a walnut island and brass hardware statement lighting and fixtures.
Another bistro-inspired touch was her choice of dark honed-limestone tiles for most of the main floor. “The tile grounds the space since there’s an abundance of white everywhere,” Tanya explains. “And it’s proven great for hiding dirt.”
Everything in the Krpans’ home is designed for everyday life and entertaining, from the large sectional in the family room to the round tables in the dining room and the kitchen’s eat-in area. “It’s more social to sit at a round table,” says Tanya. “You see everyone’s faces.”
Cabinets with glass doors allow Tanya to display her favourite serving pieces and special glassware. She had the back of the kitchen cabinets tiled to highlight this focal point of the kitchen.
Tanya and Jure – with their sons, Ivan, 3, and Cruz, 2 – have recently welcomed a baby girl named Belle.
The living room’s crisp white, grey and black scheme gets an energy boost from fresh greenery, pops of pink and plenty of pattern – check out the Moroccan-style rug, the ikat-print and chevron-patterned toss cushions and the graphic stool fabric.
To offset the costs of the more expensive permanent elements, Tanya was meticulous with her decorating budget. She incorporated secondhand pieces, such as the family room coffee table, and sourced inexpensive art for the living room mantel. Affordable colourful accessories add youthful edginess to the living spaces. “I love the femininity that the splashes of pink add to the living room and family room,” she says. “Plus, by the time I got to the decorating, I was living with three boys!”
In the dining room, Tanya likes the juxtaposition of the modern Sputnik-inspired chandelier with the traditional coffered ceiling. The artwork was a DIY project Tanya and Jure painted together on her 30th birthday.
Though this house has been well loved for years, there’s a sequel in the works: Tanya and Jure are in the process of building a new home. “We’ll keep some of the same elements but go a little more modern in the kitchen,” says Tanya. We’ll definitely stay tuned.