Trend Spotting: Pendant Lights Go Low, Low Down


One of the most common things that I do on set is to hang lighting- which is always a bit of a challenge because I have to find the exact perfect height for each light to make the room look appealing and real.  There aren’t any steadfast rules so it’s a matter of using one’s eye and making an educated guess.  I won’t lie, it usually takes a few tries to get it right.  Fortunately, I never have to call an electrician since most of our fixtures are of the temporary”hang-it-off-a-long-pole” variety.  BUT for those of you who are seeking something new to do at home, a trend has shown up in a few places that I’ve visited recently: very low hanging pendants.  Where did I see it? Fashion and home decor mecca, Merci, in Paris; Toronto’s Interior Design Show and ABC Carpet and Home in NYC.   I guess I feel like I might be on to something when it pops up three un-synchronized times in three unbelievably trendy cities.    Of course, placing furniture under the pendants is key but you’ll see what I mean in the following images:

This first one is from IDS- it’s a concept space designed by Williams Craig.  For a low-slung lounge space the glass pendants worked really 1 photo 2 My next examples come from ABC carpet and home.  Please forgive the photography- I was a little too excited to slow down and frame up my shots properly.  Notice how low these are- the whole showroom was full of them.  It was raining fixtures!

IMG_2095IMG_2092IMG_2099IMG_2086Here are more cute example I found online:

Black and White Couch


Trend Spotting: Very Patterned Tiles

Since it’s almost spring and change is in the air, I thought I would start a 5 part series on new trends that I’ve spotted on my travels that I think are worth noting.  The first one I want to mention is the use of patterned tiles on floors, backsplashes, walls and even stairs.  This trend is fantastic- and not at all new- but a welcome change from the minimalist effects of subway tiles and simple marbles.  I can’t say for sure that I would have the guts to do a fireplace surround-wall, but I would love to use these in a bathroom or kitchen.  For me, this type of pattern brings a hint of an old world feel; a handmade quality that makes a room feel special.

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Fireplace SurroundRosa PomarLeslie DilcockBack SplashEmma LeeBath Tiles

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I was first inspired at the Interior Design Show in Toronto where I visited a booth by Mettro with fantastic examples of the exact tiles I am so inspired by.  I’m in love with the vintage series that you see here:


I also loved a booth by Edgewater Studio that is a little softer in design and made of glass instead of porcelain.  The patterns are very beautiful:

Edgewater Studio

Photos: 1.Leslie Dilcok of Pearson Lyle; 2. unknown; 3. Rosa Pomar; 4. Leslie Dilcok of Pearson Lyle; 5. unknown; 6. Emma Lee of Pearson Lyle; 7.unknown; 8 and 9. myself.

IDS 2013

Today was Trade Day at the Interior Design Show and I thought I would take a few pictures  of my favorite booths to watch out for.  Whether you’re planning to attend this weekend or want to experience the best in show from home here are five of my faves:

1. Cocoon

I loved this booth.  It was glam, elegant, chic and so, so perfect in every way.  Lots of people ask me to describe my personal style and I would say this design is pretty darn close. Can’t you just picture me moving in?


A great example of bookcase decorating!
IMG_0097I love the proportions here: classical and symmetrical with a little bit of messiness.  I like that the stools don’t match and the books are plain white and gold. So pretty.


Oh and guess what? That’s a rug back there! What a nice way to add texture and warmth.
IMG_0100Decorating with fruit and flowers is the easiest and most cost friendly way to refresh a room.  Make sure to pick colours that match your decor.IMG_0099

A giant mirror is stunning in this vignette:  I like that it’s off centre and on the floor.IMG_0101I never liked orange as a wall colour that much…until today.  IMG_01022. Ikea

This booth is always a major showstopper and this year was no exception.  People were talking about this non-Ikea copper bathtub… too bad it’s not available at your local store.  Enjoy it here as a luxurious rustic retreat fantasy- filled with floating orchids no less!

IMG_0109 Ohhhhh the drama.  Have a tall ceiling?   Like a really, really tall ceiling? Add some potted trees to your kitchen counter and a huge grouping of pendants.  Okay…I guess this is just an inspiring concept but what an impact!

IMG_0110I always love the styling of the Ikea booth.  In the past, master prop-stylist Neil Asselin designed the booth from top to bottom and I don’t know whether or not his team did it this year BUT I have a feeling that he did.  His magic fingerprints are all over this.


3. Montauk

The makers of everybody’s dream sofa pulled off a very cool booth this year.  All of those papers are photos of Montauk’s gorgeous pieces.  And P.S. have you seen their catalogue? So nice.


4. Binss Kitchen and Bath Design

This was hands-down the best kitchen concept at the show.  I loved the finishes, and the sleek styling.  Check out this huge range hood:

IMG_0125They also did a fantastic built-in shelving unit.  Yes, everything needs to be perfect all the time and no, ugly dishes are not allowed.

IMG_0126IMG_0127IMG_01295. Earth Inc

My friends at Earth Inc are always one of the best.  They mount tranquil garden rooms for IDS that are created with such ingenuity.   This concept space showcased a modern romantic notion of what outdoor living can be.  It’s hard to capture the feeling in a photograph…imagine the sounds of a water feature and smell of beautiful green things.

IMG_0121IMG_0123That’s all for now and I hope you enjoyed my mini tour.  I’d love to hear from you so let me know what your favorites were!