It was such a pleasure to be included in this stylish, creative group of women who were asked to share their personal coffee table style; it's always such fun for me to peek into how my peers interpret design in their own spaces! I loved seeing the looks of Monika Hibbs, Alexandra Grant, Erin Sousa, Tessa Garcia, and Tessa Sam. Many thanks to BC Living and Sparkle Media for inviting my living room into the story.
When I was asked to describe the "look" I lean to for my coffee table, it really got me thinking about my decor as a whole: how do I define my style and how do I then bring that to life in my own house? It's funny how working with my own space is such a different process than with clients - at home, I design solely off what I feel and love, often forgetting some of the design principles that I use when I'm working. However, the overall vibe is very me, which ultimately is what design is all about.
Here's what I shared with Sparkle Media and BC Living as my thoughts on my style, and where I shop to get the look:
"My personal style is very, well, personal. I believe that a space should speak of it's people so my decor is eclectic, comprised of family heirlooms, vintage treasures and other pieces that make me feel something. While I have a heavily layered design, full of personal items I've collected throughout my life and travels, I pull it all together with a muted, neutral palette.I love fresh whites combined with ivories and natural linen tones and a slight lean into feminine nudes and pinks. I love to entertain so that means I have to keep space on my tabletop, but I always have a grouping of pretty things to ground the room; a glass top and open-base coffee table works best for me so that I can layer groupings on my coffee table without the room feeling too heavy or full.
I think the coffee table itself is one of my most treasured decor items; it belonged to my grandmother, who epitomized chic, and I remember as a young girl thinking how glamorous this table was. As a designer I have found similar ones for a few clients, the closest being the Jewel Coffee Table from MINT Interiors. http://shop.mintinteriors.ca/living-coffee-tables-jewel-coffee-table-jewel-coffee/dp/8737
Ambient lighting is a must-have for a well designed space, and my coffee table is never complete without a grouping of beautiful candles. I display a trio of crystal candle holders that I received as a wedding gift, but I have seen stunning similar options at Atkinson's on South Granville http://www.atkinsonsofvancouver.com/rogaska-cobra.html
Natural crystals are another item that are an essential part of my decor; on my coffee table I have an assortment of tangerine quartz, clear quartz and amethyst paired with a few vintage brass meditation altar pieces, all housed within an antique Indian pink marble dish. For my stones, I scour The Crystal Ark on Granville Island or head to Peridot Decorative Homeware. http://www.peridotdecorativehomewear.ca/shop/accessories-2/rays-of-sun-obelisk/
Although not a part of my tabletop decor, my Moroccan poufs are a definite must at my coffee table! Perfect for intimate gatherings (and kids!) the poufs tuck discreetly under the edges of the table and can be pulled out whenever extra seating is required. I picked up my poufs while travelling Morocco, but identical ones can be found at The Cross Decor & Design. http://thecrossdesign.com/white-moroccan-leather-pouf "