Category Archives: DABBLE

LOOKING BACK ON 2012

As a chronic goal setter I must admit that I love the hope that comes with a new calendar year. I don’t know when in history making resolutions became a thing to do- but I am grateful for the reminder that a new habit can be learned, a skill can be sharpened, a course can be charted even if it does take a ball dropping to make me (finally) do it.

Before I ramble on about my resolutions, I’m excited to take a look at all the gifts I was given in 2012. Thanks for being a part of it- here we go, in no particular order:

Lisa Canning_National Bank Hub_IDS12_4I was featured at IDS12In a fun flurry of activity (designed and implemented this small space in less time than it took me to find a chic 5 month maternity dress for the party) we designed this space for National Bank for the feature How Do You Live exhibit.

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My daughter got a “big girl” room. It was about time- poor girl had been living in a beige personality-less room for far too long. So much fun to create this for her.

20120410-094942.jpgWe had baby Leo. And now he looks like this:

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We designed this:
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And this:
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And styled this shot for Toronto Home Mag (shot by Brandon Barre):
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And made these for Habitat for Humanity, and spoke for the first time on the Home Show stage:
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I Dabbled in my round up of fav products for Dabble Magazine (here I am at the EQ3 opening shot by the lovely Katherine Holland):
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And all in all had a lot of fun. Lastly, a great gift I was given in 2012- my beautiful mother, pictured below in this awesome vintage pic which I have learned was her bedroom growing up (I must have inherited her love of drapery, and upholstery- note the matching bench- so awesome) battled breast cancer AGAIN after ten years remission. And with class and grace she won:

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Wishing you all a fantastic 2013!

BEHIND THE SCENES OF DABBLE

One hat I wear when I am not designing or styling spaces is that of Market Editor for Dabble Magazine. Dabble is the brainchild of design-media guru Kimberley Seldon and I get to contribute in its pages (with some pretty fabulous colleagues, I must add) with my top product selections for home, travel and food.

This month we shot the opening page at an office space I designed for a client in the Wingold Fashion district in Toronto. Flocked J&V Damasco wallpaper from NewWall– so delicious! Here is a behind the scenes peek at the lovely Maria Raco from NewWall and photographer Allan Kosmajac from 44 Media doing their thing:

Here’s a shot of the pieces I styled with from the Martha Stewart office line for Staples. We always bring more product than we need to style a space so we can have plenty of options- and teal ended up being our accent colour. The chevron box is from HomeSense and the lucite tray is a line I’ve featured in a past Dabble Digs, AVF available at 1212:

Working as Market Editor allows me to shop the market for the best out there and share it with you. Many of these items I have tried personally and would absolutely have in my own home. Selecting the products takes a great deal of time and care, and I try to make the search as global as possible.  It’s a large undertaking to traverse the retail landscape- now made even wider with shopping online- but in a similar way to the designs I create for my clients, I love finding items that will help improve one’s quality of life.

While it is hard to pick a favourite, I will attest the travel Rowenta steamer, and its convenient compact size, has become  my go-to tool on photoshoots for removing wrinkles from blankets, pillows and other textiles. The Chilewich mats will be adding a modern texture to a future dinner party at my house and I appreciate the smart design of the Gautier bed- great for small spaces. Enjoy this issue!

DABBLE IN SOME HOLIDAY CHEER

As my mailbox fills with holiday party events I am reminded just how quickly the holidays come- and how each year I vow to savour them and not stress about a thing. The current issue of Dabble Magazine is a great resource for stress free holiday shopping, decorating and entertaining and I am so happy to be a part of it.

In my role as Market Editor I get to comb the marketplace bringing readers great home, travel and food products from around the globe. Check out my favourite selections for this holiday season by clicking on the images below- I am hoping to find the Chilewich place mats under my tree and that sumptuous HBC cashmere travel set wrapped up from Santa:

And in this issue we had the fun opportunity of having our house featured in the issue. So since this was shot long before thoughts of sugar plums entered my head, I am one step closer to a stress free holiday. Special thanks to Elte and Indigo for helping me glitterize my living room, and to photographer Simon Burn for managing to direct my kids in the shoot. Enjoy!

I AM A BLOGGER-SLACKER

I must confess- I am a blogger slacker. As much as I love my blog, I find there are always periods where other things take precedence. I think it’s the perfectionist in me that gets in the way from more frequent updates. The same way I fuss over how many inches to move a picture on a wall, or fluff the same pillow 5 times, I edit my posts. I am concerned with writing thoughtful, quality posts. To me, quality posts are ones that educate, inform, and give a behind the scenes look at the things my business does. And when I’m busy, my brain is not always inclined to writing eloquent posts of substance.

So today I am going to play catch up:

At the end of February two great projects began with fantastic clients. The above photo is a before shot from one of them- my loft project in the Toronto Beaches. It has soaring windows and ceilings but very 905 finishes (no offense to those of you in the 905 area code, but this tile choice is far too boring for this space).

So we have removed the offensive tile and built a new more contemporary mantle.

And we threw up a little barn board. I am dying to share the finished pics but I will leave you in suspense. It is breathtaking. This project is currently in the home stretch stage- can’t wait to style it for photos.

Speaking of style- Dabble is the newest on-line style fix. It’s an on-line magazine created by the fabulous Kimberley Seldon. I’m so thrilled to be a contributor to this publication- here I am with fellow design contributors Christine De Costa and Nyla Free.

I must share meeting Kimberley for the first time was similar to how I felt when I met Marilyn Denis for the first time. I grew up watching CityLine religiously, and would watch with bright eyes as these stylemakers would showcase their beautiful spaces. Now I am friendly with many of them- totally surreal.

In order to write about great design I have to shop the market- and an event I never miss in Toronto is the One of A Kind Show. Above is a fantastic bag by Brooklyn based Arza Design. I took home yet another Hilary Cosgrove owl for my son, and an owl music box toy to add to our now growing nest by mimi.

Lastly, I’m so thrilled to be working on a new project: Tori’s Bakeshop– a vegan, refined sugar free, gluten free, organic bakery in Toronto’s Beaches. In keeping with the philosophy of the bakery, the design and design process will be as natural as possible- and I’ll be sharig the whole process on my blog and on twitter. Very clever hashtag pending.