October 2013 Posts

Canadian Wanderlust

By: Stephanie Andrews

After working with some of our favorite clients, sometimes a deeper relationship shapes, each with unique importance.  This happened with Suzanne Macpherson, whose path led to us with both her previous and current homes.  I admire her understated yet authentic lifestyle she created with her husband Ty and their three elementary-age daughters. Therefore, I decided to interview Suzanne and Ty to see where this rich, layered life comes from and how they think.

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Describe where you grew up.

Suzanne – I feel like I grew up in two places.  I was born in Newfoundland and moved to New Brunswick at 11 so my early years were spent in very rural areas.  At the age of 14 I moved to Toronto for boarding school.  That was the first time I had lived in a big city.  Then at age 18 I returned to New Brunswick for University.  Although I loved Toronto, I felt that the East Coast was my home.  Life in Eastern Canada revolves around the land and the sea.  My memories of childhood are usually of being outside.  Although the weather has its extremes, it is a beautiful place that (after 20 years away) still feels like home.

Ty – We moved often while I was growing up.  From NYC to Virginia to Atlanta to Maryland (DC suburbs) back to Atlanta.  I always lived in high density settings and usually in the suburbs.  I always had an interest in architecture and spaces which lead me to study architecture at Georgia Tech in the 70s.

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How does where you grew up influence your style?

Suzanne – I think I am very influenced by the land that I grew up on.  I like things that are natural, derived from nature and organic (overused word). I like a home to look like it has grown overtime, that shows roots and has layers and history.  My parents’ house was filled with items that came from my father’s family.  Everything had a history, a story, a family character to describe it.

Ty – I am always looking for the balance between comfort/practicality and character/warmth.  Growing up in the suburbs we always had comfort and practicality but as an adult living in Europe we had warmth/history/character.

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How do you describe your style?

Suzanne – Welcoming, comfortable, enveloping, warm (at least that is what I want to be.)

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Where have your travels taken you and what items have you brought home?

Suzanne – Our travels have taken us all over the US, Europe and Latin America.  We do try to buy a piece of art on most travels.  Sometimes it is a big purchase and other times it is a small ink drawing from a street vendor.

Ty – I found an old painter’s ladder on the street in Paris when we were living there.  I still have it in my office.

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Thanks to Suzanne and Ty for sharing their thoughts and homes with us over the years.  We continue to enjoy finding furniture to reupholster, art to feature, and simply time to spend together to talk about plants, schools, and next projects.  Elisabeth and I feel very lucky to be able to work with clients that enrich both our design aesthetic and our lives.

Fall Colors Never Fail

by: John Hunt

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It’s that time of year again, when pumpkins miraculously appear on porches and grocery stores smell like cinnamon. It’s also that time of year when we all take a different look at color – while we pack away the white pants and sneakers of summer vacation for the brown turtlenecks and boots of the approaching brisk breezes. So, like our friends the trees, let’s think about changing color in our décor!

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Not ready to commit to an entire wall of autumn’s most prevalent color, orange? How about featuring it in more subtle ways like this homeowner? Paint the inside of a bookcase then add a few small, colorful accessories to enhance the appeal.

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Maybe your bedroom needs a pop of color for the season. Here, a vibrant purple coverlet and shams combine beautifully with an otherwise white interior. The grey-plum roman shade brings another more subtle layer to the room and could easily combine with other colors come spring.

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Don’t let your furniture get jealous…liven it up as well! This chartreuse-painted and upholstered chair adds a wonderful spin to this transitional vignette. I like the juxtaposition of the modern geometric drape with the classical lines of the chair.

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And for those of you who have had their fill of color, you can always try the absence of it. This beautiful nearly all-white room makes me think forward to the next season….

(A special Thank-You to Pinterest for many of the images.)