Navajo style rug, Refind, 4609 Main St
Ethnic influence has been a strong factor in design for 2014, remaining strong leading into the New Year. One of my personal favourites is the Southwest style, rich with Navajo and cultural references that allow a broad spectrum of people to discover and appreciate patterns that have represented the original nations of our countries. This area rug, size-suitable for a kitchen or entryway, takes the traditionally inspired patterns and brings them into 2015 design trends with a soft, muted neutral colour way.
Barter Design Company Pottery, Provide Home, 529 Beatty St
Pottery has been a decor staple for years within certain styles, but we are recently seeing a strong revival of nature in design that has created a resurgence of clay work pieces in mainstream decor. Barter, known for using natural elements that speak to West Coast beauty, is a forerunner in offering functional terracotta pieces that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are practical. Simple, organic silhouettes in a soft, warm palette create a collection that adds both dimension and diversity to any space.
Jen Ellis gold stacking rings, Oliver and Lilly’s, 1575 West 6th Ave
While statement jewellery is certainly one of my style weaknesses, I have to admit my favourite accessories are the pieces that I can wear everyday – whether I’m in joggers or a cocktail dress – and add a subtly chic element to my look. I have purchased a number of these pretty Jen Ellis stacking rings over the last few years; I wear them everyday without thing them off and they look just as chic today as the first day I put them on. They create an effortlessly glam touch to my hands, yet are light enough that I can easily layer them with my larger rings for a more dramatic effect.
Metro Table Lamp, EQ3, 2301 Granville St
Lighting might just be my fave element to designing a space, so choosing a stellar light piece takes both time and creative thought. This lamp caught my eye as it happens to combine two of my favourite finishes: copper/rose gold and white marble. While meeting many of the design trends for the upcoming season, the sleek silhouette and polished effect create a timeless style that easily translates for many different decor styles. I’m picturing it as a statement piece in a monochromatic white toned room, but it would likewise be an ideal addition to a minimalistic office or heavily layered masculine space.
Mendes Dining Chair by The Goods, Country Furniture, 3097 Granville St
I love it when ‘playful’ makes an impact on ‘minimal’. The Mendes Chair plays with a more casual approach with softly rounded lines and smoked lucite, while the streamlined overall aesthetic and simple wood legs reference an upscale Midcentury appeal. I’ve seen this chair paired with an ultra modern table to create a chic dining space, yet it would be perfectly placed as a side chair in an eclectic guest room or seating area when combined with interesting textiles; the Mendes offers versatility to the maximum, which is a key factor in any shoppers purchasing priorities considering the small space living we have become accustomed to within the city.