Monday, December 8, 2008

Decorative Pillows

I'm happy to introduce my newest product line: Decorative Pillows. It's been a while since I started designing for pillows and researching possibilities for manufacturing. I have to say I'm really thrilled with the results. Printing turned out beautifully, and the silk front goes really well with the soft polyester suede backing. For more info, please visit my new pillow page on my website.

Here are some additional images

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Rugs Available at Jane Hall

I visited Jane Hall's beautiful store at 2156 Queen Street East last Friday, and I was so impressed by the way she displayed my red Rococo rug. It looks amazing with the red couch and decorative pillows, and a red-gray ottoman. Jane definitely has a great sense of style.

She has the black and white Rococo rug (a black and light gray version) on display as well in her second store at 2010 Queen St. East. A clothing store formerly known as "Ups and Downs" now shares space with Jane, creating a hip and sophisticated "fusion of decor and fashion".

Friday, October 17, 2008

Designer Emma Gardner

Last night I had the opportunity to meet Emma Gardner, a rug designer whose work I admire. One of her showrooms, Modern Weave was hosting an evening with Emma and her husband Patrick. It was nice to chat with her about design and the struggles and difficulties of starting a design business. Ed also had a good chat with Patrick about how to survive your partners venture ideas.
Overall it was a fun night, and I met a lot of interesting people.

Here are a few of Emma's gorgeous designs.

All images from www.emmagardnerdesign.com

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Paintings by Sunny Choi

After spending 20 successful years in the world of fashion, Toronto based fashion designer Sunny Choi now has a gallery showcasing her paintings. Her first show titled the "Gatekeeper of Beauty" celebrates feminine beauty and fashion.

I really like the soft and sophisticated elegance of her work. For more information please visit www. sunnychoigallery.com or drop by the gallery at 1046 Queen Street West in Toronto.


Images from www.sunnychoigallery.com

Monday, October 6, 2008

Inspiration: Fashion

I was browsing Vogue's website and I came across Alice Temperley's Fall 2008 (first image) and Anna Sui's Spring 2009 (last three images) collection. I always liked Alice Temperley for her elegant and clean lines and her deco inspired embellishments. Anna Sui's dresses are always youthful, cheery, and full of pattern and colour.


Images from www.style.com/vogue

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Pattern

I made this pattern yesterday using motifs from a previous design. I kind of liked the rhythmic flow of the strings of flowers, so I decided to share it with you. It might be a good design on a pillow. I still haven't finished playing with the endless colour possibilities!

Monday, September 29, 2008

New Pattern

I'm posting a new pattern today. I've been on a roll lately! This one is titled "Acorn". As usual, I created several colour ways to see which ones are the best with the design.

Last Thursday we delivered some rugs to Jane Hall's beautiful store. I'm going to update you on that soon. I'm curious how she's going to use them. I can just imagine her lush colours and fabrics arranged in an eye-catching fashion!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Roomy

Yesterday I made a trip to Roomy, a stylish little store on King Street East, in the heart of the modern furniture district. Joanna, the owner used the Koi Silver wallpaper on one of her feature walls in the store. I was happy to see that it turned out beautiful!


It was such a nice sunny day, so I took more pictures of the store. I liked the way they displayed the blue seat with the painting.

I also loved the pillow with reds and pinks on the cream couch.


For more information, please visit Roomy.ca, or if you live in Toronto feel free to drop by the store. The address is 232 King Street East.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pattern: Country Dove

I've been working on a folk-style pattern and titled it "Country Dove". Ed said it kind of reminds him of Hungarian folk art. I found, that gray and red looked the nicest with the design, but I'll experiment with other combinations as well.

I'm off to visit Roomy. The owner, Joanna wrote me, that they installed the Koi Silver wallpaper in the store.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Nightshade patttern - Playing with colour ways

I spent a bit of time playing with different colour ways for the Nightshade pattern. I thought it looked the best with the circle darker, and the background lighter in any colour combination. Somehow the berries looked the best when they stayed white in any colour way.

Monday, September 22, 2008

New Pattern and Inspiration

Hope you had a great weekend. We had beautiful weather! I always like to take pictures in the fall, because the colours are so lively. Here are some of my favourite sunflower pictures.





I also have a new print to show you called "Nightshade". These plants are intriguing and pretty, but poisonous, so stay away from them. I still want to experiment with different colour ways, but here is what I have now.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Another Pattern

Here is another pattern I finished not too long ago. It's titled "Corn Flower".
I love to do a few colour ways for each pattern. It's interesting to see how the different colours change the overall feel and look of the design.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Pattern

All the business side of my venture distracted me from creating new patterns, so I decided to dedicate some time for creating new designs. I always find the design process rewarding. Working on a pattern design is like fitting the pieces of a puzzle together. This one is titled "Roses".

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Wallpaper News

I haven't posted for a while, so I'd like to update you on my wallpaper collection. I'm still setting up with a new printer. The quality is going to stay the same, but the number of styles in my collection will change. I will have 8 designs for now. There will be some exciting new additions along with a few popular existing styles.

In the meantime, check out Lou Lou Magazine's September issue on page 154.

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Voice of Style: Jane Hall

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet Jane Hall, a designer and artist with a passion for colour and texture. Visiting Jane's store (located in the Beaches in Toronto) is like stepping into a wonderland of luscious fabrics, eye-catching furniture, rich textures and most of all: colour. Jane's extensive experience in fine art, textile design and interior design enabled her to create an inspiring and sophisticated collection of one of a kind fashion, fine art and home decor pieces.

The sofa below is one of Jane's newest designs. I love the freshness of pinks and greens.


To see more images, please visit her website: www.janehalldesign.com. Under Design Services you'll find a collection of photos, grouped by colour. They are a real feast for the eye.



Photos by Jane Hall.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Beautilicious Flowers as Tattoo

Scarlett from Beautilicious sent me two pictures featuring the tattoos on one of her customers' leg. She pointed out, that her customer used some of the flowers I created for the Beautilicious brand :-)
Check out the pictures here: