Domestic giants: Steve Sabados and Chris Hyndman
Whether you've been loyal to Steve and Chris via their long-standing hit TV show Designer Guys or have become a more recent fan of their latest series So Chic with Steven and Chris, you know that the pair's decorating mantra is all about embracing personal style. With years of experience under their Gucci belts and an infectious passion for solving design dilemmas, it really comes as no surprise that this spring saw the launch of their own line of home furnishings, accessories and area rugs. We sat down with the pair to discuss the inspiration behind their oh-so-chic collection and why affordable luxury is the next big thing in home decor.
Styleathome.com: What inspired you to create your own home decor collection?
Steven Sabados: On our television shows we custom made furniture for our clients all of the time and we had many requests for these pieces from our viewers. Until now, these pieces were one-of-a-kind and not available to the public. We also wanted to give people exciting and stylish accessories at an affordable cost so re-creating a new look in your home wouldn't break your bank. We're inspired by our many travels: trips to New York, our hunting in beiges, browns, coppers, the classic black-and-white combination. Our style is not fussy or complicated.
SAH.com: You mention that the furniture collection has many "luxury features". What does this mean?
CH: We have upholstered sofas, loveseats, ottomans and headboards available in over 70 fabrics and 60 leathers. By luxury, we offer that custom-made feel. You can choose your fabric, skirt or wood leg trim as well as the base. That way, you can feel as though you own a piece that is exclusive to you. All frames have a lifetime warranty and all of our accent cushions are natural feather-filled. We designed the seating of this collection with very generous proportions. Again, we wanted our pieces to be comfortable.
SAH.com: With the growth of luxury products, why make the collection more budget-conscious?
CH: You should be proud of your living space and we feel that affordable designer collections are important because, more often than not, designer brands are overpriced and therefore inaccessible to so many people. We still wanted to have the look and feel of more expensive furniture but also make pieces that were durable enough to withstand everyday living.
SAH.com: What are some of your absolute favourite pieces in the S&C line?
SS: We love the Irene Chair because of its versatility. Because of the tufting, it has a very lavish feel and isn't too large that it couldn't fit into a certain room in your home. It could be placed in your bedroom, as a foyer chair, head chairs in a dining room or paired up in a living room. One chair can easily travel around the house from room to room. Experimenting with your aesthetic is what it's all about.
SAH.com: What are some of the big trends for fall 2007?
SS: The biggest word in decorating for fall 2007 (and hopefully forever!) is 'green'. Collectively, we have to be conscious of the world we live in. We are seeing recycled materials being used to create everything from fabrics to durable carpets and decorative accessories. So this fall when decorating, go green!
SAH.com: Whose home would you love to redecorate if you could?
SS: I would love to decorate Drew Barrymore's house. I have loved her for years and I think she is just a down-to-earth kind of girl. It would be so fun!
CH: I would love to decorate Monique Imes' house (actress from the BET television show The Parkers.). I love her sense of humour and I think she would be a riot to hang out with!
The S&C line of upholstery pieces and accessories are available at over 200 retail locations across Canada. Visit stevenandchris.com for more information.