Style Trendspotting: Finding it Local

While I am usually inspired flipping through pages of design magazines, a recent scouring of the latest Style At Home caught my particular attention. On two pages of Style Trends, I found a number of items that I have not only seen and loved before, but have great resources for local versions. The current design lean toward rich tartans for Fall is a huge hit for me - it is playful yet speaks to a refined history, and using the texture of wool is ideal as we see the season (all too soon) transition into cooler weather. Tartan throw blankets have somehow helped me recover from the loss of Summer and have sparked urges to curl up fire-front with my own wooly throw, a good read and quite likely a lovely glass of wine; I love the rich primary colourways that the tartans offer and am inspired to include them not only in my own home, but also in my next project. The Osbourne & Little yellow and black tartan fabric seen in Style At Home is stunning, but I have recently found local options that are equally fabulous. Space Lab (1837 Main Street) currently has a vintage collection of tartan throws (wrapped with salvaged leather ties) in an invitingly masculine window display of wood and metals, mixed with softer leathers and, of course, wool; priced around the $75 mark and heavy in saturated palettes, I may snag one of these blankets for my own. At my usual work-lunch favourite spot, Cafe Bica (1809 Fir Street), I also saw fantastic new versions in the $200 range. And if wrapping yourself up in one of these throws just isn't enough, a new trend for recovering furniture in the heavy woollen fabric might be just for you: as seen in Style At Home, a gorgeous traditional chair gets a facelift with a throwback fabric; funny enough, just a few weeks ago Clint Moroz (of Space Lab) ventured over to his upholsterer (incredible wool blanket in tow) and had a wicked teak lounger ordered to be recovered... mid-century meets cozy lodge - I think I like it!  I don't want to spoil any surprises, but I also know he dropped off an Eames lounger to be recovered in white, as also seen on the Style At Home Trends page, yet he opted for canvas versus leather which I think is super chic (and animal friendly). Stay tuned for when these gems hit the store; for now, enjoy the throws and cheers to fabulous Fall design.

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