When I was first asked to participate in the Barkitecture feature at this years BC Home + Garden Show, I knew this was an initiative designed after my own heart. Combining two of my personal passions - animal welfare and fabulous decor - Barkitecture is an installation working in collaboration with the BCSPCA. Five of Vancouver's top designers were given a $50 budget and asked to transform a raw wood indoor dog house structure into a design mecca for the pampered pooch. The five completed designs will be on display at the BC Home + Garden Show, running February 17th to 21st at BC Place Stadium, and will be auctioned off to the highest bidders with all proceeds going to the BCSPCA.
My invitation to design one of the houses came while I was on a month-long journey through Morocco, which heavily influenced my inspiration for the project. I knew I wanted to give the raw wood a complete white wash in order to achieve a brightly neutral backdrop for the details; using an all white and mixed-metallic palette, I referenced the ornate textiles, tilework and patterns I discovered in Morocco to complete this globally-chic design. I used mixed glass tiles to create an organic pattern for the face of the house, opted for mirrored tiles to perimeter the side and back portions of the structure, and stencilled a Moroccan tile pattern in sharp gold for the roof. Scrap wood was used to create a plank floor, and a matching wood shelf with Moroccan glass jars was affixed to one side to chicly house all the essentials for the modern dog. Then I moved into dense fringes, sheepskins (faux, of course) and vintage global textiles to create the softer elements. The finishing details came in the form of natural crystals, as I introduced quartz and selenite into the design to bring a beautiful energy, and I created the final ambiance with a strand of battery-operated string lights for the interior.
I can't wait for the final design to be revealed at the show, and hope to see many funds raised for the animals in need through the auctioning of all five fabulous designs. Head down to BC Place this weekend to check out all of the designer doggy digs in person!