Off to NYC… Just A Little Inspiration!

If you’ve ever watched HGTV/Food Network’s ‘Restaurant Makeover’ and had the pleasure of seeing Chef Lynn [Lynn Crawford] in action, then you’ll understand why I watched her HGTV/Food Network mini series, ‘Pitching In’. Chef Lynn is pure soul; and her passion for creating exquisite meals is an understatement. But the reason I was so intrigued to watch ‘Pitchin’ In’ wasn’t for the cooking aspect (if you know me, then you’ll know the kitchen isn’t where I love to spend my time!!!), it was for the reason Chef Lynn opted into the journey of this  mini series. Lynn Crawford was the Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Manhattan in New York for years, preparing culinary delights for the ‘Rich and Famous’, but she says somewhere along the way she lost her passion, and so she wanted to go back to the roots of ‘food’ to try and find her passion again.

I believe we all have a passion for what we are meant to do, and if we are doing something other than what feeds our passion, we are on the wrong path.

So where am I going with all this? I am going to New York! What better place than New York to soak in colour, texture, scale (definitely scale!), and of course avant garde ‘anything and everything’ from historical to modern extraordinaire? I can’t wait for the osmosis of design inspiration to set in. I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you when I return. And as for Chef Lynn… well, have you heard of Ruby Watchco?

Until then, here are a few images of the places I’ll be seeing, and some of the things I’ll be doing…

A colourful glimpse of ‘The city that never sleeps’.

New York City at Sunset

Uptown Minds

This just makes my heart race!

And ‘Les Halles’, Anthony Bourdain’s restaurant (he’s the chef that never sleeps!)

Anthony Bourdain Restaurant - Les Halles NYC

Virtual Tourist

After dining here, I bet we won’t want to sleep, either!

Of course, there’s Times Square, which is the area we will be staying in.

Times Square at Night - NYC

Top World Cities

I can’t wait to see Times Square at night. Did you know, Times Square is where the famous photograph, ‘The Kiss’ was taken?

Hhhh, so much to see in so little time…

Yellow Taxis in NYC

Scallywag and Vagabonds

Sitting in traffic is just not an option! We’ll be walking, walking, and taking the subway too!

And what’s a trip to New York without at stop at a deli? Like maybe, ‘KATZ, that’s all!’

KATZ Deli - Where Harry Met Sally

Enjoy Your Holiday

KATZ Deli is not just ‘any’ deli. It was established in 1888, and is famous for, ‘Send A Salami To Your Boy in The Army’. And yes, there is a story behind the catch phrase, ‘KATZ, that’s all!’

Do you remember the dessert scene in, ‘When Harry Met Sally’? Well, did you know, it was filmed at this deli?

When Harry Met Sally - I'll Have What She's Having Sign

Gastro Gazette

We’re SO off to ‘have what she had!’

But the biggest reason we’re headed to NYC at this time…

Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway, NYC

Favim

Is to take in the brand new musical, Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’! This is our main Broadway attraction, and we are super excited to see it!

If there’s a NYC heart, there’s a pulse!

I love NYC Art - The Suite World

The Suite World

Hhhhhhh, I think I heart New York already 🙂 Seriously, what’s not to love?

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What Does ‘Coming Home’ Really Mean?

Coming home is an expression used so often, but what does it really mean?

As I began to re-brand my company, this question ran through my mind. And I began to reflect on my own journey – back to when I first left home for college to where I am now, and what it is that resonates so deeply with the feeling I relate to as  ‘coming home’.

College was my first big stepping out. I lived in a dorm, but had to share my room with another student. Decorating my space was controlled by the general rules of the college, and then by what space was actually mine – I had my side of the room, she had hers. As dorm residents, we ate in the cafeteria, shared a common TV area, and had a locker-room style bathroom and showers. So though this was a step in leaving home, it wasn’t the full stride. It was however, the first stretch where ‘coming home’ took on a deeper meaning for me.

I learned that coming home – and really knowing I was there – was all about the memories of my senses: familiar sights and sounds, scents and tastes, and of course touch, like the feeling of the sheets on ‘my’ bed. It was the daily rhythms, all things familiar that became the essence of my ‘normal’, and ultimately the foundation of ‘home’ now.

So what does coming home really mean?

It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe… a collection of things, tangible and intangible, that feed your soul. It’s that sense of calm and peace, that the world is ‘right’ as you step through the doorway. It’s that feeling of comfort, like a favourite pair of jeans. It’s where nothing needs to be said, no-one needs to be there, but you know you’ve just been greeted by your best friend. It’s that one place in the universe where you can just be ‘you’, surrounded by the things you love, the memories you have, and where the people you care about are allowed ‘in’.  At the heart of it, coming home is where you can be most vulnerable because you feel safe, and all your senses are fed.

Coming home is about you. What would that mean for your home?

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The Great Scape: Sofa Tables Talk

Ever wonder what makes the difference between simply placing a sofa table and really presenting it? Here are a few tips to make your table talk!

Choose a table to scale. This means find a piece that fits the sofa and really anchors the two together. Stay away from tables that appear to ‘float’ behind the sofa.

Credit: Maria Killam Photo – ‘Before’ Shot

Think outside of the box. Use another piece of furniture in place of the standard sofa table, such as a desk, a vanity, or a narrow buffet.

Buffet as a sofa table (Credit: Traci Zeller)

Create height and interest. Establish your focal point and work in a triangle from there. And don’t forget, symmetrical placement isn’t the only way to achieve visual balance.

Layer, layer, layer. This is all about mixing up the colours and textures of your objects (fabrics, woods, glass, mirrors, etc.), and how you go about placing them together (overlapped, on top of, in front of, to the side of, etc.).

Don’t stop at the table. Remember to fill in the area below the table. This is the difference between just placing your table, and really presenting it!

Example of ‘Filled In’ (Credit: Maria Killam Colour & Design)

Have fun. This is your statement, and a great scape is to ‘e‘scape from ‘rules, ‘rights and wrongs’, and ‘shoulds’… But if you must, then keep in mind the ‘Rule of Thirds’ to help you stay on track for picture-perfect results.

Oh, and one last tip, don’t be afraid to change out your ensembles and vignettes from time-to-time. Mixing it up with the seasons is a nice way to keep your look fresh.

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How Colour Changed My Business Name

I’ve been following Maria Killam’s blog for the last year, eagerly awaiting each new post with anticipation and curiousity – what will Maria say today? Maria has a way of writing that simply resonates, and she shares her expertise as if she were sharing with a friend – well a friend that she has actually met.

So when Maria posted that  her True Colour Expert Training course was being offered in May, I was excited and quick to sign up. My thought, if Maria teaches the course the way she shares in her blog, this is the colour course for me! And… so it was. The course has come and gone, but the impact of it remains. With 14 of us participating, from as far away as New York to as close as Vancouver Island, there was an instant richness and depth to the tapestry of this learning experience that might otherwise have been missing (see in the picture below: that’s me 2nd from left, and Maria is in the centre, 6th from left. Funny thing, right beside me is Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Designs – no relation, other than by profession… and the colour course of course!).

True Colour Expert Training Class – May 2010

So how did colour change my business name?

Well, Maria’s course provided a palette for focus – three solid days of everything colour with like-minded professionals. And it became transparently clear that what we do best for our clients is really about doing what we love to do, and leaving the rest for the true specialists in those other areas. And that clarity is why I am refocusing to create Sheila Zeller Interiors.

What are my specialties?   Listening – Creating – Connecting

  • Listening: hearing your wishes and needs, and interpreting them in your space
  • Creating: translating your style with a balance between beauty and function
  • Connecting: telling your story by working with your pieces to reflect who you are in your space

Why? Because I believe your space matters as much as you do, and in the end it’s all about you.

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Photograph source: sZinteriors