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Spotlight On Kerrisdale Design Inc

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Happy belated beginning of March!

Despite the premature excitement that was, quite literally, snowed on, yesterday Seattle actually had the suggestions of springtime.

Regardless of temperature, the days are at least beginning to get longer, the jackets thinner, and the sound of birds can once again faintly be heard. You can just sense the freshness that’s about to fill the air (please don’t let this jinx it all).

Taking us out this week is the work of Kerrisdale Design Inc. Principal designer Karla Amadatsu’s work seems to me to embody this aforeblogged seasonal shift. It has a bit of the stoic, crispness of winter and traditionalism that intersects beautifully with the vibrancy of the new. 

Take it away Amadatsu:

Meet the New Traditional Style of interior design!

Meet the New Traditional Style of interior design!

Meet the New Traditional Style of interior design! Meet the New Traditional Style of interior design! Meet the New Traditional Style of interior design! Meet the New Traditional Style of interior design! Meet the New Traditional Style of interior design! Meet the New Traditional Style of interior design! Meet the New Traditional Style of interior design! Meet the New Traditional Style of interior design! Meet the New Traditional Style of interior design!

 

 

Spotlight On Chrissy & Co. (Classic Sophistication Meets Contemporary Accessibility)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Confession: I have had Chrissy & Co‘s home page tab open for the last three weeks.

Did you read that?

Once, a reader sent me a message which included an impromptu statement about how the number of tabs she has open at any given time would certainly give me heart palpitations. How heart warming it was to know that someone I’ve never met would presume she knows the state in which I keep my internet browser (that being an average maximum of 6 tabs open at the same time, each one x-ed out of as soon as is bossly possible, with two days being the average point at which an open tab begins to strongly agitate me, and never ever more than one open window). Oh yeah, she knew me.

Once again: I have had Chrissy & Co’s home page tab open for the last three weeks.

A chic dining space with a French, modern feel. A chic dining space with a French, modern feel.

I found Chrissy Cottrell’s work during a particularly harried week; it took just two or so clicks before I knew I really wanted to make time to delve further. And then I wrote two week’s worth of end-of-year posts, and since it had no place in those, it sat there: first tab position. 
This living space is small but stylish comfortable thanks to its white tufted sofa, gold, oval coffee table, and layered artwork. Vintage mirror for the win! A small, efficient entryway (looking at you, shoe cabinet) that still manages to have Parisian charm.

It was the way she fuses classic design elements with a modern twist that got me. Patterns that one’s brain automatically registers as traditional commingling with contemporary finishes. The way each space Chrissy touches looks designed but never too much. Because what signifies the work of a true talent more than the ability to know when to say “enough?”Stylish dining space that's perfect for entertaining. Studying Chrissy & Co's design vignettes. A chic stack of a books and a brass design object is all you need. Perfectly balanced design vignette. White leather done right! Love this classic white leather sofa with David Burdeny dramatic print of Reggia di Venaria Reale.

An easy yet sophisticated take on twin beds. The black, velvet headboards are balanced out with whimsically patterned curtains and throw pillows.

Retro gets reimagined in this crazy stylish home. Case in point: the leopard (-ish) print runner.
Perfectly sophisticated yet simple entryway with black, leather bench, whimsical pink artwork, and amazing (it must be vintage!) light fixture. Beautiful bedroom with a vintage feel. Perfectly dramatic bathroom with black walls, white subway tiles and brass fixtures. Beautifully styled built-in bookshelves and an elegant accent chair.

And yet, I think what I appreciate most is the accessibility of Chrissy’s work. The effect of perusing her portfolio is to walk away with the thought, “I can do that!” As if maybe designing our homes to be beautiful and personalized is perhaps a plausible feat for us all, after all. Living room goals. The perfect combination of modern and classic design. Can you spot the TV in this room? The designer very cleverly hid one behind one of the prints comprising this gallery wall. Not that you'd ever know.
Beautiful white kitchen with large island, bar stools, and brass fixtures.

That goal might be even more likely thanks to the home decor shop Chrissy C. is set to open this year in Vancouver.

(Seattle’s just a hop, scotch and a pillow plumping away from there; probably you should come hang out at my house before heading north.)

Spotlight On Peridot Decorative Homewear

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Oh hey guys, it turns out it’s Thursday on Live Simply, and you know what that means: time to ask ourselves the hard hitting question, “Are we all in danger of brutally stabbing ourselves every time we remove an avocado pit? (Or is that just me?)”

Also, it’s Peridot Decorative Homewear‘s turn in the Spotlight.

Peridot is design shop in Vancouver, meaning that if, I suppose, you frequented their establishment, you would find your eyes met with every home adornment of the loveliest variety imaginable, and also that they offer design services.

We’re off to a real solid start here today, aren’t we? (Don’t answer that.)

I fell in love at first sight upon glimpsing their work in the same issue of Style At Home as was mentioned yesterday (two blog post ideas for the cost of one magazine, eh?)

To the untrained eye, their portfolio might appear pale; feminine, but plain. But those who look closely will see that within their particular neutral-ish palette there are sumptuous textures and statement-making details. And while the spaces certainly read as feminine, they also communicate a careful balance of sweet and rawther cutting edge.

Check it:

Design magic from Peridot Decorative Homewear: feminine, edgy, sophisticated.

 

Design magic from Peridot Decorative Homewear: feminine, edgy, sophisticated.

Can I get this table in a necklace version, Peridot?

Bedroom magic from Peridot Decorative Homewear: feminine, neutral, sophisticated.

Above, the stuff linen, tufted headboard-dreams are made of.

Below, the most sophisticatedly serene office space I maybe ever did see.

Office magic from Peridot Decorative Homewear that's neutral and serene.

Peek this light fixture, and fear not: you’ll get a better look in a scoll.

Design magic from Peridot Decorative Homewear: soft, white, with subtle hints of sophistication and the beach. How'd they do that?!

Gorgeous condo living room design from Peridot Decorative Homewear.

Don’t you think that this is the living in which Daisy would sit and fan herself in modern-day Gatsby?

Gorgeous, neutral living room from Peridot Decorative Homewear.

Oh, and yeah. (#mybestsentenceyet)

Banquette, marble table, and the most beautiful light fixture from Peridot Decorative Homewear.

Oh, and then there’s this whole house:

This just in: Peridot Decorative Homewear's design work is making us all drool.

This just in: Peridot Decorative Homewear's design work is making us all drool.

This just in: Peridot Decorative Homewear's design work is making us all drool. This just in: Peridot Decorative Homewear's design work is making us all drool.

 

This just in: Peridot Decorative Homewear's design work is making us all drool. This just in: Peridot Decorative Homewear's design work is making us all drool.

This just in: Peridot Decorative Homewear's design work is making us all drool.

This just in: Peridot Decorative Homewear's design work is making us all drool.
This just in: Peridot Decorative Homewear's design work is making us all drool.

Okay, that’ll do Babe, that’ll do.

(Whatever you do, never see Babe 2).

Byeeee.