High/low: Elegant and airy salon
High or low: Can you tell the difference?
- DRAPERY FABRIC Avant Guard viscose/linen Flourish. MacFab Fabrics, $738.
- PENDANT LIGHT Brass-and-capiz. Decorum Decorative Finds, $695.
- FLOOR LAMP Robert Abbey metal Crane. Universal Great Lighting, $740.
- MIRROR Venetian mirror. Artifacts, $2,995.
- WALLPAPER Phillip Jeffries Voyage Collection Rings in White on Elephant. Crown Wallpaper & Fabrics, $900 per 8-yard roll.
- TOSS CUSHION Linen embroidery. Ribbehege & Azevedo, $300.
- COCKTAIL TABLE Christopher Guy oval solid mahogany. Barrymore Furniture, $3,260.
- TOSS CUSHION Hand-printed velvet Dandy cushion in Aqua. Constantine Living, $550.
- RUG Nepal Art wool rug, 8'x10'. Imperial Carpet & Home, $5,599.
- SETTEE Christopher Guy satin settee in 18th Century Silver. Barrymore Furniture, $8,390.
- DRAPERY FABRIC Linen/cotton Omoko fabric in Smoke. Designer Fabrics, $258.
- PENDANT LIGHT Bukur light. Boo Boo & Lefty, $495.
- FLOOR LAMP Cast iron-and-aluminum Husvik lamp. IKEA, $99.
- MIRROR Bevelled Venetian mirror. Union Lighting & Furnishings, $1,370.
- WALLPAPER York Wallcoverings Antonina Vella Collection Angelina wallpaper. Crown Wallpaper & Fabrics, $87 per roll.
- TOSS CUSHION Cream cushion. HomeSense, $25.
- COCKTAIL TABLE Hardwood table in White Gloss. Jamie Alexander Furniture & Design, $395.
- TOSS CUSHION Velvet cushion in Teal. Pier 1 Imports, $36.
- RUG Polypropylene Naxos 1237, 8'x11'. Imperial Carpet & Home, $847.
- SETTEE Oyster linen Dromedary. Constantine Living, $3200.
Elegant tea table
If, like the rest of us, you’ve vowed to be a bit more like the Dowager Countess this year (Downton Abbey, anyone?), you might start by hosting a formal afternoon tea service for your friends. First step? Invest in an elegant tea table. Popularized in the 18th century, it was a fixture of upper-class sitting rooms, tucked to one side and brought to the centre for elaborate tea service displays. Celebrated for their interesting sight levels (they stand about 10 inches taller than standard side tables) and elegant detailing, these unique pieces are a nod to another century and a tribute to our favourite PBS period drama. Sigh, if only we had our own staff to serve the tea itself. Hickory Chair, $1,875.
It’s like an adaptable piece of art – a blank canvas that picks up the colour palette of any room it’s in. Mirrors are a decorator’s favourite tool to bounce light and visually expand a small space, but Venetian mirrors, known for their mirrored-glass frame, intricate etching and ornate edging, add an old world element and a dose of European flair. Putti Fine Furnishings, 416-972-7652, $2,495.
Bold blue paint
Stylist Andrea McCrindle originally swathed the sitting room in pale colours to achieve a romantic, elegant look. To introduce interest, she layered soft patterns and rich textures for a demure charm. But Andrea didn’t stop there; she amped up the visual appeal with a bold blast of on-trend turquoise for the second take of the room. It’s something modern and unexpected in a mostly traditional space, and it counters the flirty femininity of the rest of the room. What do you think? Is a hit of the blue lagoon calling out to you, too? Paint tired candlesticks or a hand-me-down side table in one of these big blues paint colours.
(1) Laguna Blue 2059-30, benjaminmoore.ca.
(2) Gulf Grandeur 253-7, ppgpittsburghpaints.com.
(3) Deep Sea Lagoon P5011-75, para.com.
Neutral graphic wallpaper
Introduce visual interest to your pale palette with a bold graphic in neutral tones. The oversized geometric pattern makes a statement, while the subtle colours prevent it from screaming for attention. Curvy, swirling lines keep the nuance natural and feminine.
(1) Beige wallpaper, through designers, kravetcanada.com.
(2) Highbury wallpaper in Cream, grahambrown.ca.