Moving? How to Pack A Cube Van!

If I showed you this image, would you see a cube van?

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I thought so.  Me too!

This is what my Dad saw…

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I mentioned in this post that Dad wanted to know the measurements of all the furniture slated for the moving van. And the interior measurements of the moving van! My blogging friend Kristie from The Decorologist commented that this was ‘intense’, and that made me laugh out loud! Because it kind of is… but there’s no doubt, it will make moving day a lot easier. You know, to have an engineered set of blueprints to work from for packing the moving van! 😉

So this first blue print is a bird’s eye view of the fully loaded van.

This one shows the next layer down…

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Do you see the flipped up pieces? Well that’s the furniture that’s layered on top.

And this one shows yet another layer down in that section…

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And this is a layer in the section beside the one above!

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I have to say, if there was any guessing before, there definitely isn’t now.

And so… here’s my SUV with yet another load packed into it…

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Because once I saw the blue print, I knew there was no room for any extras! And in fact, the bookcase you see on the right… well I just knew it wouldn’t fit in my vehicle! Guess who helped me fit it in?

So if you need a tip for maximizing the moving space you’re paying for, I’d say first tip – get the measurements of all your ‘stuff’. Second tip – call 1-800-Sheila’s Dad!

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Mid-century Modern Bar Stools

In the house we’re moving to there is a breakfast bar so we are in need of some stools! The area will accommodate 2 stools comfortably, 3 if necessary. With the open concept space, the stools need to be a feature, attractive from all angles.

Here is a glimpse of the breakfast bar.

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There are so many options out there, but I’m a mid-century modern girl at heart… I love Cherner chairs, Wegner chairs, anything Eames, and now I’ve gone and fallen in love with TH Brown high-back bar stools! The catch, they’re 1960’s found-in-Australia vintage treasures, available only on Esty, E-Bay, or wherever you’re lucky enough to discover them. But the real catch, so far all postage details state Will arrange for local pickup only (no postage).

Hhhhh, I so heart these chairs. Love just happened!

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I am totally drawn to the simple, clean lines – no surprise.

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And with a back like this, why turn around?

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But then again, the side view is sheer perfection. Sexy, hands down!

And yes, these stools swivel too. What’s not to love?

Do you know where I can find 2, or 3…?

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Listing Photographs: What Would You Do?

With online presence leading the way, your listing photographs are more important now than ever. Did you know that 72% of potential buyers shop the internet for prospective properties? And this number is only increasing. Gone are the days where newspaper ads had the leading edge, and an open house was bustling with potential buyers seeing the property for the first time. Now, properties are being red circled or vetoed largely based on how they look online. If your photographs don’t showcase your property, chances are potential buyers will click past your listing and move on to the next opportunity.

What this really means: your property won’t even be given the chance for a buyer to fall in love with it when they step through the door, because they won’t ever set foot in the door!

So, what would you do with your listing photographs today? Here are some comparisons for you to contemplate.

1. LIVING ROOM

Would you use this photograph:

Living Room Photo ‘A’

Or this photograph:

Living Room Photo ‘B’

In photo ‘A’, did you notice the clipboard on the ledge behind the sofa? Was your eye drawn to the large silver bowl right beside it? How about the gap behind the sofa? Were you visually drawn into this room? Note, your photographs should never have anything in them that doesn’t feature the room. No clutter, no clipboards, no unnecessary distractions! Make sure your accessories are strategically placed to draw the eye into the whole space and to the architectural features, not just to the forefront of the room. And make sure that your photos capture the positive features of the room at a good angle. Photo ‘A’ was taken from an awkward elevated angle, maybe from a stool or a chair. This distorted how you would actually see the room if you were stepping into it, moving through it, or just standing in that spot. And that’s because the angle has you looking down on the room rather than into it.

2. FAMILY ROOM

Would you use this photograph:

Family Room Photo ‘A’

Or this one:

Family Room Photo ‘B’

In photo ‘A’, did you notice that the table lamps were off? Do you think capturing the artwork behind the love-seat was important, or showing that the brickwork to the left of the fireplace has an additional feature? Did you know that taking a photo on the diagonal of a room is more effective than straight on? With this comparison set, the straight-on view of photo ‘A’ weights the focus toward the window, which suggests it’s the primary architectural feature. Did you notice your eye resting on the window? Where does your eye go in photo ‘B’? Does the fireplace feel like a feature? These photo comparisons illustrate the difference a slight shift in positioning can make to what the viewer takes in, and how that impacts the overall ‘feeling’ of the room.

Besides the difference in image quality, if you were a potential buyer how would these photos speak to you? If you were selling your property, which photos would you choose?

The ‘B’ photos were the ones I took after finishing the re-design staging of this property (re-design staging is working with the owner’s furniture, artwork and accessories; it does not focus on rentals or purchases). The ‘A’ photos were the actual listing images used online.

It’s about selling your property. From coaching you through the pre-listing process to staging your property, when we’re finished you’ll be ready to list… We make the biggest impact when you contact us first. Creating a ‘welcoming’ feeling is our goal; showcasing your investment is what we do!

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One Desk, Three Looks

Have you heard of Graham & Green? I hadn’t until I stumbled upon their Odyssey writing desk and fell in love with it’s mid-century modern lines! I was instantly attracted to how easily this 1940’s inspired desk adapted to its surroundings, and took on a whole new feel. Whether it be set in a traditional or a modern interior, the versatility of this piece is effortless. I love the lines of this desk.

Here, the Odyssey desk is paired with a Kartell Victoria ghost chair designed by Phillipe Starck:

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The Neoclassical style ghost chair is a modern classic, and I think these two make a dynamite couple!

And here, the desk is teamed up with an Art Deco inspired slipper chair, the Cleopatra:

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Isn’t it amazing how different the feeling is with the introduction of colour and texture?

And last, the Odyssey desk is matched with a member of its family, the Odyssey chair.

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Just to give you a better sense of the overall feel in this space, here is the lamp that is sitting on top of the desk.

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This lamp is made from a reclaimed tap! Sure puts a different slant on the overall look and feel than at first glance doesn’t it?

Can you see how great classic pieces lend themselves to creating impact in all kinds of settings? A desk with such strong lines would make you think it can only work in one type of setting, but as these photos show, it can work anywhere. A collection of great pieces is always greater than the sum of its parts!

Do you have any great pieces working in unexpected settings?

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ReDesign and New Beginnings

About a year and a half ago my Dad decided to put a TV in his living room. The trouble was Dad’s space was already set up to accommodate his furniture… with the fireplace, with the bay window, with the stair railing, with the open concept to the dining room… are you starting to see the picture? Reducing furniture pieces was not an option, nor was changing any of it out! One of the key things I had to work around was a huge Christmas cactus, which was in full bloom at the time of the redesign.

 

Isn’t it gorgeous?

The trouble was I had to move this beauty from its corner to help make room for the TV 🙁 And there was really only one option open. Trust me, I tried every piece of furniture in every corner of the room. But without the flexibility to reduce or change out any of the pieces, there were huge limitations to what I could do.

Here is the living room with the TV integrated. The rectangular table beside the pink chair used to be where the TV is now. It was too low to set the TV on, so I opted to use the round nesting tables instead. You can see I’ve pointed out where the cactus was – it filled that corner completely, and that was without the lamp. The TV had to come forward into the room, otherwise it looked tucked in behind the fireplace. This meant I had to nudge the sofa a little more into the cactus corner. As a result the cactus was spilling over onto the arm of the sofa, so it had to go.

But to where?

I swapped it out with the curio cabinet. The cabinet was a transition piece between the dining room and the living room, but besides that it wasn’t really connected to anything else. So I took a chance and committed the unthinkable – I moved the cactus from its spot by the window, while in full bloom, to a spot that was more open, but with less light. All the while holding my breath.

In the last year and a half the cactus has survived, but it has only had a few flowers. It lost some pieces, and tried to bloom but never with the same success. And my Dad has been told more than once that it should never have been moved. But you see, the blue chair is Dad’s chair, and it used to sit where the pink one now sits. He used to be kitty-corner to the cactus, which wasn’t a problem when there was no TV to factor in. But once the TV came into play, Dad’s chair had to move so he could actually see the TV to watch it. And the TV had to work with the cable outlet – Dad wasn’t interested in re-routing the cable either, so putting the TV where the pink chair is also wasn’t an option because of the fireplace…

Fast forward to just 3 weeks ago, and this is what the cactus looked like.

Add another week…

And this little bud popped out.

 

Then turned into this flower in full bloom (a little blurry, but just so you get the picture).

And here is the cactus now, just in time for Easter.

It’s not as full of flowers from when it was moved, but if you look closely you’ll see there are still some buds yet to open. So now I’m exhaling because I think I can safely say the cactus has survived the TV redesign… And now my Dad tells me that all this time he thinks he might have been over-watering it!

This is a Christmas cactus, and it has bloomed during Christmas in the past, so we’re taking the Easter bloom as a good sign that there’s more to come!

I wonder what Mom would say if she was still here? We all know there wouldn’t be a TV in the living room… but that’s part of the story isn’t it? I think that’s why the TV was so hard to place, and yet why the cactus survived the move! Mom was just letting us know… that it’s all good.

If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

Photographs: Sheila Zeller

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Tailoring a Nailed Down Trend

Nailhead embellishments – a great finishing detail for that final touch of glamour, or added character of an aged and rustic look. It all depends on the nailheads you use, and how you apply them.

Here are some nailhead styles that are available:

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And a few more that are more ornate along with rhinestone options:

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And then of course there is the nailhead trim that comes in a strip:

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So you can see just from these few examples how much potential there is to create a stunning piece in whatever look you’re wanting to achieve.

You’re probably used to seeing the traditional application of nailheads trimming a piece, like this:

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Or this…

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And now what you’ll be seeing more of are patterns created with nailheads. This is something you can DIY if you’re wanting a fresh new look for an existing piece, or even if you want to tackle a whole project from scratch, like a custom headboard. Without getting into the details of a specific DIY project, I thought I’d share some examples of patterns with you so you can decide for yourself if this might be a project for you!

Chartreuse is a hot colour for 2012.

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Do you have a mirror you can add colour to, and maybe finish in a pattern with nailhead?

Or how about a tufted ottoman like this one? Again, the colour is in keeping with the bright, bold palette moving in.

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Did you know that you will also be seeing a lot more of the Greek key turning up in fabrics in the coming year? I thought the use of nailheads to create this pattern in this ottoman was very cool.

Do you have any furniture you can do something like this to?

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Or would you want to? Do you like the nailhead pattern in these chairs?

And for our smaller footprint spaces, and those areas needing a little added privacy…

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Wouldn’t this black folding screen make a great room divider? I love the drama of the diamond pattern.

For something a little more playful…

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Adding a nailhead pattern like this would be so much fun. Imagine painting the dresser out in another colour. The possiblities are endless!

And if you really want to go all out to feature nailhead as an accent…

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Would you consider trimming your vanity and doors like in this dressing room?

Here’s another view of the dressing room.

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Nailhead trim can definitely make a big impact, both on furniture and in a room.

What are your thoughts? Would you tackle nailhead in a DIY project? Not sure… tomorrow I will show you an assortment of ottomans that might help you decide.

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Having Fun With Olioboard!

Here is my first attempt at using Olioboard. Have you heard of it? If not, Olioboard is a free web application for creating digital mood boards, or story boards. It’s a great place to experiment and come up with ideas for your space, and what’s really neat is you can click on the items to shop for them. Isn’t this brilliant? You can also share your Olioboard creations on Twitter and Facebook, copy them to your Blog, or email them to others.

Beachy Retreat: A Quiet Place to Curl Up…

This is supposed to be a reading area with a bit of a beachy feel to it. Remember… I said this was my ‘first’ attempt! I still have a ton to learn, and can see already that I’ll have to be disciplined with my time because it’s so much fun. Way too easy to lose track of time when in the creative mindset, and with so many options to play with!!!

Seriously though, this is a fantastic tool to work with if you’re wanting to ‘see’ what you’re visualizing… And even if using Olioboard isn’t for you, it’s worth going to their site just to see all the amazing creations others have shared.

I look forward to creating a few more to share too!

If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

 

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Cedric Sofa Meets Vintage Cousins

Have you popped into Urban Barn lately? Or taken a browse through their online catalogue?

One of the pieces that has caught my eye is their Cedric sofa. It’s very mid century modern in a tuxedo style, and shows extra attention to detail in the tufting. Notice how the seat, back and arms are all tufted? I love the elegance of the soft gray upholstery (polyester), and the fact that this sofa (89L x 29.5D x 28H) will compliment multiple decor styles because of it’s classic, clean lines.

 

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Not only is this a durable piece you will be able to enjoy for years to come, but it’s also extremely affordable at $999 CA.

Since I know original pieces are sought after, I decided to do a little research to find a few vintage sofas in this style… just for a fun comparison. So without further ado please be introduced to Cedric sofa’s ‘older’ cousins!

The first is a vintage Dunbar tuxedo style sofa, circa 1960’s.

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You will notice it has 2 sets of inset legs, opposed to the 3 sets on the Cedric. If you look at the tufting, the seat and back have been tufted, but the arms have been left plain. The uphostery is wool/cashmere, and this sofa is smaller (78L x 30.5D x 27H) than the Cedric above, although it is 1″ deeper. This is a one-of-a-kind item and priced at $7650 US. This sofa would definitely be a value-added piece to any collection!

The second is a 20th century vintage tuxedo style sofa.

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Another one-of-a-kind sofa, it has its original wood base and finish, but has been re-upholstered in a quality leather. The tufting was done in the original diamond style, and you will notice the back and arms are higher on this sofa than either the Dunbar or the Cedric. Like the Cedric, this sofa has 3 sets of legs, but they are longer in order to balance the proportions of the higher arms and back. This sofa is close to the Dunbar in overall size (79L x 32D x 29H), and was priced at $8200 US, but has since sold. With a piece this beautiful, it’s nice to know it has found a home.

I love seeing new furniture reflecting the roots of its past. It’s such a testament to great design. And I appreciate that stylish outlets like Urban Barn make it possible to give a toast to our vintage pieces by adding to the family, and making new variations available at affordable prices. In this way great design lives on…

What’s your favorite piece of furniture? Is it antique, vintage or new? What do you love about it?

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Tommi Parzinger: Simply Brilliant

One of the first twentieth century designers I fell in love with was Tommi Parzinger (1903-1981). Tommi is considered one of the key creators of Hollywood Regency, and once you see his creations you will understand why his work is still sought after today…

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…it’s the best of Hollywood glamor combined with Modernist practicality.

Here are some of Tommi’s creations for you to enjoy. I decided to focus on pieces that had a touch of feminine flair… well, just because.

The first is a velvet tufted chaise in magenta (circa 1950’s):

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Wouldn’t it be nice to relax here and get lost in a great book?

I think this club chair (circa 1950’s) is so pretty, and very inviting…

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Can you picture sitting here over a leisurely cup of coffee with the morning sun streaming through the window?

And speaking of coffee… or tea…

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Don’t you just love this brass tea pot (circa 1950’s)? I am drawn to the clean, slender lines – simple with a touch of charm.

Or how about this 4-door commode (circa 1950’s)?

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Isn’t it stunning? I can see this piece adding a touch of drama to just about any space!

I think this obelisk floor lamp is, in one word, perfect.

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I would so heart this in my home…

For a finishing statement I’ve chosen this tufted pouf ottoman.

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It’s just exquisite, and any room would be lucky to feature a beautiful piece like this.

There are so many show-stopping pieces created by Tommi Parzinger that it was hard to choose just this select few to share… It’s worth clicking on the links because they will take you to so much more!

Would you like to have a Parzinger piece in your home?

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Plywood: Shapely & Curvaceous

Shapely and Curvaceous. Really?

When you think of uses for plywood, generally framing and construction come to mind. But would you think of furniture?

One of the latest trends is really a revival of something from the past. Think Eames lounge chair, or molded plywood chairs.

Do these look familiar?

You may have seen this next chair showcased on the Lonny blog… it’s the Cherner chair armchair.

Isn’t the shape just stunning? Curvaceous and elegant. I would SO put this chair in my office!

I love the description tagged with this next shapely piece designed by Eric Pfeiffer

A truly chic magazine stand that’s molded and folded to keep your favorite magazines close at hand! What more needs to be said?

Or how about this ‘Big (O)Val’  table extraordinaire designed by Adam Fitzgerald?

Part of the Jackson Street collection, this table standing alone makes a statement. Can you imagine its impact once dressed and placed?

Then there’s the Ionic Bench designed by Laurie Beckerman. Truly, this is a masterpiece.

The lines are simply gorgeous. Would you dare to sit?

And with all great design, there’s always a piece to contemplate…

Minimalist and modern, I’ll leave you with the AP Stool designed by Shin Azumi for Lapalma to ponder…

Remember, all these pieces are made from plywood.

Plywood is a structural material that is made of layers of wood glued together, usually with the grains of adjoining layers at right angles to each other. As Popular Science puts it, think a layercake of lumber and glue! Hmmm, or is that Mmmmm?

Wouldn’t you say these molded pieces are simply amazing?

I would have to agree. They are all so incredible. And every incredible space that sets itself apart has something unique to share.

Would you feature a molded plywood piece in your space? Do you already own one? Care to share?

If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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Eames Moulded Plywood Chairs

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Eric Pfeiffer Magazine Rack

Oval Table – Jackson Street Collection

Laurie Beckerman Ionic Bench

Shin Azumi AP Stool

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