50 Shades of Beige

Bold Area Rugs at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Bold Area Rugs at Glam Vintage & Moderne

A customer came in yesterday lamenting her previous décor choices.  She said “I really have to do something about my place, it’s so boring…  I call it “50 shades of beige”.

Area rug samples at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Area rug samples at Glam Vintage & Moderne

A quick fix for this problem is the introduction of an area rug with strong colourful graphics.  The one on the left of this picture picks up where “boring beige” left off.  It’s New Zealand wool, made in India and reasonably priced.

The customer knows it’s just the right thing but still needs the husband’s “approval”.  Seems the last time she tried to slip a pair of lamps into their home unnoticed, he secretly found them and hid them from her.  She thought she was losing her mind and finally confessed the apparent theft to him.She is now fully disclosing all decor purchases to him while suppressing a giggle about her ever- growing handbag collection.

The 4 C’s of Living Rooms that Work

Sofa, Area Rug and Coffee Table at Glam Vintage and Moderne

Sofa, Area Rug and Coffee Table at Glam Vintage and Moderne

  1. The first C is Couch.  Chose your sofa wisely.  A nice neutral shade will transcend the seasons and on-trend colour palettes.
  2. Since comfort is open to interpretation, Richard recommends visiting the manufacturer for a comfort test run before you order anything in custom fabrics or sizing.
  3. Your coffee table’s shape should optimize its’ usefulness in the room. Go for a glass top to maintain a spacious look and show what’s underneath.
  4. Amy Butler designed Chandra RugFinally it’s all about the carpet.  There is a  dizzying array of moderately priced quality wool area rugs available.  With neutrals surrounding it and a glass-topped table above it,  here’s your chance to be brave, carpe diem, live on the edge, gather ye rosebuds.  become the master of your domain.


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

Qualitative Pleasing

Sunglow Blinds at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Interior design and retailing can be gratifying when you buy the right products from reputable suppliers . Turns out the old axiom  ” You get what you pay for” is true.  “Quality doesn’t come cheap” and when you “buy something for nothing”  that’s usually what you have after a few uses.  When I was 25 I bought a pair of club chairs in a neutral ivory silk from a “high-end” furniture store…25 years later I sold them with the house…at least THEY  looked exactly the same.  Buying from respectable Canadian and international suppliers initially costs more but you save on maintenance and premature replacement.   Happy customers make Richard happy so he buys his upholstered goods from Toronto’s Statum Designs and Silva.

Wool Area Rugs at Glam Vintage & Moderne

His blinds come from Toronto manufacturer Sunglow and Chakra carpets are made in India with wool from New Zealand.  The provenance of his vintage finds may not be known but he makes sure you know where the kinks are.  After all, “love means never having to say you’re sorry”.