A Design Journey…

We took several of our clients on a tour of the Design Mart in Chicago. We had a wonderful adventure.  They had always wanted to live the life of a designer for a day, and that we did!

The shabby chic look, a quilted texture linen with full goose down toss cushions, with accompanying chenille and silk. Just inviting enough to make you never want to leave that great book.  The gals on the tour thought this was the perfect setting to read the trilogy of “Fifty Shades of Grey”. We all had a good chat about the book, that we discussed over our wonderful lunch.

goose down toss cushions

The bed covering was an organic textured raw fabric. Soft to the eye as well as to the touch.

bed covering

This room was all about texture; wooden tables, leather upholstered arms on the chair, a reclining leather chair, velvet three seater. A great space need not be the most glamorous or luxurious, it is how personal and interesting you make it. We all loved the use of the paprika accessories…a change from the orange we have been seeing.


Everyone kept coming back to this setting. The light fixture was an instant eye catcher, its placement over the coffee table was an idea several of the gals hoped to use in their new settings. The detail to the fixture had a graphic motif in a brushed metal. The room gave the feeling of not being “decorated” rather presenting itself as a room that you become attached to.

light fixture

Multiply seating areas lends itself  to a casual conversation area. A comfortable area is created with the use of leather, rich wood, textured upholstery and by layering textiles.



Collections of personal memorable from trips around the globe form a grouping on the faux finished wall. A bench spanning the length of the wall, is used as additional seating when entertaining.



Transforming a Space

Fabric is one of the most powerful tools a designer has when transforming a space.  The weather is getting cooler, let’s get comfortable with tone on tone, various fabrics, and a cozy throw.


Colour and balance are essential elements for design in every room.

Colour and Balance

Use of contrasting colours and textures add life to a solid toned sofa…textured focused textiles.

Textured Textiles

A collection of bold chenilles, rich in texture.



Natural materials for warmth, sculptured patterns, coupled with a sold colour of clay, making the space intimate and inviting.


Metallic incorporated into room settings add shimmer.

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“All the trimmings” sounds like Christmas all over again!  So many wonderful finishing touches to select from.




Use of welting, trims, ribbon and buttons, are displayed on this boxed edge cushion.





Happy Holidays


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Clarke & Clarke

Recently, Crown Wallpaper & Fabrics sent over a preview of some of the latest fabrics and wallcovering collections from Clarke & Clarke.  We are excited to share some of them with you.


Academy Velvets

Transitional in style, this luxurious collection of cut pile velvets provides plenty of decorative options for both the traditional and contemporary home. The striking metallic twill weave ground runs through the whole collection and provides a wonderful platform for bold shades of Purple, Citrus and Fuchsia through to classic neutrals of Ebony, Grey and White.



A wonderful selection of coordinating fabrics and wide width wallpapers taking inspiration from french documents.


Natura Sheers

Wide width, fine linen sheers in sophisticated neutral shades.


Happy Holidays!

“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Stunning Holiday Atmosphere

“Christmas waves a magic wand around the world, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
– N. Peale

Stunning lighting outside of the Naples Theatre.

Elegant decor outside of the Waterside Mall in Naples, Florida.

Gorgeous,  traditional holiday decor in a family home in Naples, Florida.

Candelier Art

photo: O’Connorphoto.com

Candelier Art offers all the benefits of real candles without the safety hazards and potential mess!  A great way to add some holiday atmosphere to your home.  The light sculptures are made from wax and have electric flame technology, allowing you to put these candles on a dimmer!

The artist is Stefan Dag, and his company is based a few miles from Aspen, Colorado.  The waxes may be custom designed, allowing you to match your interior colour scheme perfectly.  They may also be changed to suit your desired holiday celebration.  For product information visit their website >>.

Lightwave Laser • Custom Floor Screens and Panels

Photo: lightwavelaser.com

Lightwave Laser offers custom floor screens and panels, a very innovative way to transform your space.  All of their products may be customized by submitting your artwork, the possibilities are endless!  Original art by Ron Macken is also available. For more information and to view the Lightwave gallery, visit http://www.lightwavelaser.com/gallery.htm


The Voice Of Colour

photo: PPG Pittsburgh Paints

It’s November, the perfect time to to introduce some colour into your home.  Here is a fun game, ColourSense to inspire you!  To find out what colours represent your personality, senses and taste visit http://voiceofcolor.com/en/colorsensegame/index.asp

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

The Bold Look of KOHLER • The Kohler Showroom

The Kohler showroom displays innovative products for every new home or renovation.  Allow the showroom to inspire your wish list, they have something for everyone!

Colour upon colour with backed Mosaic tiles, a featured showroom stopper in the Kohler showroom.  “Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the exquisite care of execution” – Theophile Gautier

A faucet that adds interest to a simple bathroom…

Imagine coming home to this shower after a long day!  It provides a relaxing, cushioned seat area with controllable water spray jets.

A sleek, elegant and contemporary bathroom setting.  Counter top and face is polished limestone, with under mounted sinks.  The wall faucets are from Kohler.