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Spotlight on The Etagere

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Etagere is a French word that refers to an open bookshelf.It was popularized in the late 18th century in France, crafted as a lightweight, freestanding set of open shelves used to display small, decorative objects, or objets, to use the French term.


We love the elegance and lightness of the étagere.It lacks the heavy visual weight of a solid-back bookshelf making it an incredibly useful case good.When other pieces in a room have a strong presence, an étagere will keep things light. It has the ability to draw the eye upwards and fill a void, without being imposing or domineering.Because of this lightness, étageres are often used in pairs to create a balanced, formal look.“Bunching” étageres side by side is also a great way to fill a large expanse of wall.


The open back of the étagere has the advantage of allowing the wall behind to be visible.Designers often use wall treatments like wallpaper, grasscloth and wall panelling to create a mood.The étagere doesn’t break up the view of the …

Boho Style Done Right

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It’s predicted that Boho style will continue to be a strong trend for 2019 (https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/g23550602/design-trends-2019/?slide=11). This unconventional, eclectic, energetic, personal and relaxed look seems to be everywhere. Spaces with Boho style often showcase vintage, up-cycled and inexpensive furnishings and the look seems to encourage creativity, free-thinking and contemplation.It’s no wonder this look has such mass appeal.
When it comes to embracing trends, though, it’s advisable not to go full throttle. All too often, hot trends reach a saturation point and then popularity starts to plummet very quickly. Before you know it, the trend is topping the “Out” list.



The other reason to temper this style is to avoid the “starving artist” or “college dorm” look.  Boho style is about personal, uncontrived décor.  Its about mixing without concern for whether things are co-ordinated.  It’s ad hoc decorating that evolves over time without a master plan. The r…

Architectural Detail for Modern Spaces

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Architectural Detail for Modern Spaces
Architectural detail, for many, is synonymous with traditional design. Wainscoting, wall panelling, tray ceilings, crown moulding, baseboard, door and window trim are some of the most common types architectural detail.So, with the huge trend towards modern style, is this type of millwork detailing soon to be a thing of the past?
With modern design, emphasis is on simplicity.Some millwork like baseboards, door and window casings have an actual function so they continue to exist in modern spaces, but often with very simplistic profiles. “Embellishment-type” millwork like wall panelling and moulding is the focus of this blog.Historically, this type of millwork has served to add interest, charm and warmth to spaces, but can it be used in a way that is simple and appropriate for spare, minimal spaces? I know it can.In fact, I think there exists an opportunity to use these architectural embellishments to augment modern style, add warmth to austere spaces…