Photography: Michael Nangreaves | Producer: Christine Hanlon
We designed this botanically inspired home studio on both a sparse and a lush budget. Can you tell the difference?
- Trent Austin Design Tulsa task lamp, $163, Wayfair.ca.
- Coated Mello clock, $119, cb2.ca.
- Cashmere Solid throw, $375, williams-sonoma.com.
- Eurofase Lighting Piquito pendant light, $160, greatlighting.com.
- Novah desk, $649, eq3.com.
- Linen Linon toss cushion, $53 each, cb2.ca.
- Lacquered stained beech wood 18 chairs, $264 each, toncanada.com.
- Painted hand-carved mahogany Duke Hall chest, theartshoppe.com.
- Painted rubberwood Montreal tray, $46, urbanbarn.com.
- Zipcode Design Rivka task lamp, $32, Wayfair.ca.
- Metal clock, $17, homesense.ca.
- Jacquard-weave throw, $30, hm.com.
- Painted Narrow Cone Shaped pendant light, $110, unionlf.com.
- Painted fibreboard and particle-board Linnmon desktop, $40, powder-coated steel Krille legs, $20 each, ikea.ca.
- Cotton velvet toss cushion covers, $13 each, feather-filled toss cushion inserts, $13 each, hm.com.
- Lacquered stained beech wood Bjurån chairs, $99 each, ikea.ca.
- Stained hand-carved oak Allistair chest, $3,009, ethanallen.ca.
- Hand-lacquered engineered wood Hi-Gloss tray, $30, cb2.ca.
CREATE A ROOM LIKE THIS NO MATTER YOUR BUDGET WITH A FEW SIMPLE DESIGN TIPS:
1. Make your space come alive with fresh greenery.
Trailing, fluffy, floppy – plants with loose habits lend relaxed vibrancy. Here are our top picks.
1. Pothos | 2. Philodendron | 3. Weeping fig | 4. Ivy | 5. Fiddle-leaf fig | 6. Staghorn fern | 7. Geranium | 8. Creeping fig
Editor's tip: To augment this laid-back array of greenery, pot plants in a mix of vintage vessels, such as enamelware, ironstone and galvanized metal soap buckets.
2. Opt for a neutral clock.
Bold hits of black make this dynamic room tick, but it’s the barely-there white pieces (the floating shelves, the pendant light) that give it timeless depth. That’s why we used pale tone-on-tone clocks, and there’s one for every budget, from $3 to $300.
1. Kvell Pop clock, $25, neatspace.ca | 2. Huygens Amsterdam Tone 35 clock, $149, themodernshop.ca | 3. Quartz in Fresh Concrete clock, $299, caesarstone.ca | 4. Karlsson Mr. White clock, $152, Wayfair.ca | 5. Stomma clock, $3, ikea.ca
3. Go graphic.
Inspired by educational charts of the mid-19th century, the sketch-printed wall mural we used in the High and Low sets is one of a kind. For a similar graphic effect, check out these variations on the black and white wallcovering theme.
1. Coordonné Anima Micro Cosmos wallpaper in Gris, $130 per double roll, newwall.com | 2. Magnolia Home Vol 2 Tea Rose wallpaper in 1534, $100 per double roll, yorkwall.com | 3. Lila wall mural, $298 US, anthropologie.com | 4. GP & J Baker Crayford Shadow Fern wallpaper in Ivory/Oyster, $215 per double roll, leejofa.com
4. Corral odds and ends in pretty containers.
Creative types don’t use plastic organizers or label makers to keep track of tools. Instead, they group like with like in whatever vessel they find handy, whether it’s a Mason jar, vintage letter holder or glass box. To achieve a similarly artistic aesthetic, simply shop your home!
Stylist’s tip: A few orchid blooms in a bowl are a pretty floral moment. For a more cost-effective alternative, seek blousy opened roses on sale.
5. Try a pretty tote.
Some things just don’t tuck tidily into a drawer. For such wayward items as wrapping supplies, try large specialty washable totes. Simply toss stuff in. There’s no neatness required, so even if you’re not organized, you can create order in a snap.
Editor's tip: You can carry these storage totes from room to room and roll down their sides to adjust their height.