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High $12,343

  • DRAPERY PANELS Ana Maria Ocko in Mineral. MacFab Fabrics, $259 each
  • FLOOR LAMP Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen Lighting spun steel AJ. Design Within Reach, $882.
  • CONSOLE Chestnut-veneer Morris Media. Elte, $1,895.
  • SHEEPSKIN HomeSense, $60.
  • LOUNGER & OTTOMAN Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller leather-and-walnut. Design Within Reach, $4,499.
  • COWHIDE Argentina cowhide in Mustard, 5' x 7', Elte, $995.
  • PENDANT LIGHT Vintage brass Sputnik pendant light. Morba, $1,299.
  • CLOCK HomeSense, $50. 
  • TURNTABLE Jensen wooden 3-speed Stereo turntable. Urban Outfitters, $88.
  • HEADPHONES Skull Candy Aviator Headband headphones in Brown/Gold. Future Shop, $200.
  • GUITAR Fender Cabronita Telecaster guitar in Classic. Steve's Music Store, $1,800.
  • RECORDS From left: Torches by Foster the People, Abbey Road by The Beatles and Funeral by Arcade Fire. Urban Outfitters, $19 each.
Low $4,882

  • DRAPERY PANEL Michael Miller drapery panels in Char-D. MacFab Fabrics, $169 each.
  • FLOOR LAMP Ikea Stockholm floor lamp in white. IKEA, $110.
  • CONSOLE Jens Quistgaard for Lovig vintage-1973 teak console. The Queen West Antique Centre, $1,495.
  • SHEEPSKIN Rens sheepskin. IKEA, $40.
  • LOUNGER & OTTOMAN Leather-and-oak lounger and ottoman. Morba, $1,299.
  • COWHIDE Dye sausage cowhide in Mustard Yellow, 6-1/2' x 7-1/2'. Pampa Leather Corp., $649.
  • PENDANT LIGHT Nuevo Living chrome Sputnik pendant light. Morba, $299.
  • CLOCK Vintage clock. Value Village, $10.
  • TURNTABLE Vintage wooden turntable. Value Village, $20.
  • HEADPHONES Lethal DJ On-Ear headphones in Brown/Black. Future Shop, $70.
  • GUITAR Fender Mexican Standard Telecaster FSR guitar. Steve's Music Store, $549.
  • RECORD From left: Vintage Bruised Orange by John Prine, Side Streets by Ray Materick and 41 Original Hits from the Soundtrack of American Graffiti. Value Village, $1 each.
From its not-so-humble beginnings as a bespoke gift to Billy Wilder (director of Some Like It Hot and Sunset Boulevard) from Charles Eames and his wife, Ray, the Herman Miller Lounger and ottoman is now a mass-produced interior icon. You’ll have seen it on the sets of Mad Men, house and Frasier, and it’s part of New York City’s Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. The first of its kind, this lounger and ottoman are celebrated for their unparalleled craftsmanship. After all, “the details are not the details,” Charles Eames once said. “They make the product.”

{1} HIGH: Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller leather and walnut. Design Within Reach, $4,449.

{2} LOW: Leather and oak. Morba, $1,299. music-room-fabric.jpg
Bright colours and bold geometrics make these flashy fabrics a total retro recall. Psychedelic and funky, they say ’70s without all the snappy lingo and bring the lively era home. So they may be eye-catching, but, more than anything, they’re outta sight!

{1} Amy Butler Martini in Mustard. MacFab Fabrics, $20 per yard.

{2} Daisy Jane Bundles in Multi. MacFab Fabrics, $20 per yard.

Zola in Safari. InVu Drapery Co., $43 per yard.

{4} Zinging Along in Poppy. Robert Allen, $117 per yard (through designers). music-room-lights.jpg
A relic of the Cold War Space Race between the U.S.S.R. and the U.S., the satellite Sputnik 1 shot into orbit in 1957, and the world as we know it has never been the same. You won’t be able to see the real deal in outer space (it burned up in 1958), but keep your eyes to the sky (or, well, the ceiling) and you’ll see some of the decor world’s many interpretations.

{1} HIGH: Satellite chandelier in Nickel with new crown-shaped arms. Jonathan Adler, $1,425 US.

{2} MEDIUM: Satelite chandelier in bronze. Design Within Reach, $1,325 US.

{3} LOW: Modern multi-armed chandelier in chrome. Union Lighting & Furnishings, $400. music-room-clock.jpg
Wall treatment
No, we’re not referring to the clock. In fact, it’s the wall treatment that’s taking us back – back to the ’70s-era wood-panelled music and media rooms that graced almost every finished basement on the block. Though it has that old-wood patina we love, Kirei Board boasts the environmental responsibility we respect: It’s made of rapidly renewable sorghum stalks (which would otherwise be thrown away or burned) and the result is VOC -free and minimal impact on our forests.

Kirei Board wall treatment, 3' x 6' (10mm depth). Octopus Products, $179. music-room-paints.jpg
Clockwise from top: Citrus Splash SG370, Behr; Scotland Isle 410D-5, Behr; Caramelized Orange 250D-7, Behr.


While the war-torn ’60s were all about colours that clash, the ’70s saw a  return to the harmony of earth tones – Harvest gold, Avocado green and burnt orange exploded within everyone’s four walls – on appliances, accessories and, of course, shag rugs. music-room-media-consoles.jpg
Media consoles
Wooden media consoles are a versatile addition to any room. Whether brand new (like our high version) or vintage (like our low version), this kind of furniture will keep on truckin’ through the decades.

{1} HIGH: Chestnut-veneer Morris. Elte, $1,895.

{2} LOW: Jens Quistgaard for Lovig vintage-1973 teak. The Queen West Antique Centre, $1,495.


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