Plan to Avoid Cabin Fever

This recent weather blip doesn’t have to bring you down.  You can use these shut-in days to do something other than barbecue and eat the thawed contents of your freezer and drink your wine cellar. Your WiFi may be down and your electricity may be intermittent, but planning projects and creating goals for 2014 can be done the old-fashioned way.

Glam Vintage & Moderne's Window January 2014

Glam Vintage & Moderne’s Window January 2014

ice stormRichard’s store window tells the story. You can thank ice loaded falling branches for this break from the entrapment of technology and the time to actually browse through magazines, fabric samples and wallpaper books for inspiration.


Richard’s Top 3 Floridian Inspirations

Most Northerners wouldn’t think that great design inspiration could be found in “of all places” Florida but Richard found lots of amazing new ideas he’s sure to execute.  Here are his top 3:

1) Wall medallions –  Up until now most of us thought a single medallion added interest to the centre of a ceiling and flourish to an electrical box for a pendant or chandelier.  Look what can happen when add a few more…

Medallions on Wall and Ceiling

Medallions on Walls and Ceiling in Naples Florida Restaurant

2.  Living Walls –  A metal trellis attached to an outside wall can bring life to a patio and hide an ugly wall or fence.  In Florida almost anything will do this Canada this can be accomplished with winter hardy Euonymus or even ivy in some zones

Masa Living Walls

Living Walls in Naples Florida

3.  Go Big or GO HOME!

Masa Lamp

Richard under a Massive Floor Lamp/Heater in Naples, Florida

Key West Guest House Bon Homme

Large Air Filled Bon Homme Squeezed onto Guest House in Key West Florida

Supersize it for maximum impact!Key West Guest house

Steal “Your” Inspiration

Amy Butler’s Chandra area rugs at Glam Vintage & Moderne

A great room starts with a great inspiration.  Where does your “spark” come from?

If you are “inspirationally challenged” why not steal a little from Amy Butler?  The artist/ designer travels the world to get her stimulation to create bold patterns in rich colour hues for wool area rug producer “Chandra”.

Treat one of her carpets as your “muse” then select wall colours, furniture and window treatments to coordinate .

My “Muse” Amy Butler/Chandra Rug available at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Drapery at Glam

I have got to stop taking my own advice…I will have to buy another house now.

My Dream Jane Lockhart Sofa at Glam Vintage & Moderne

“Featherbed” for the Walls