Thursday, March 26, 2015

Classic + Bold with James M. Davie Design Inc.

Hello Thursday! I hope you all enjoyed my preview of the One of a Kind Spring Show on Monday, and congrats to Jordana, Trio, and Pat for winning a pair of tickets to the show this weekend!

Speaking about one of a kind, here is a truly special home designed by James Davie for his family and get this, it is actually in Toronto! With that level of detail and sophisticated street presence, how could I have not noticed this magnificent house before? Perhaps it is time for me to venture outside of downtown financial district bubble!

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House & Home entitled James' feature: Grand Entrance and wow, did James ever made a huge first impression the moment he welcomes you to his home! Favoring the classic architectural elements of a traditional home, James injected bold patterns and daring colors ingeniously to liven up his historic home for the 21st century.

image via House & Home
The off-white subway tiles pairing with contrasting grouts in charcoal, the impressive millwork lacquered in high gloss blue, the sculptural yet airy chandelier, and hello to the dynamite patterned floor tiles: there is nothing typical about this traditional home!

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The living room is an excellent case study on how to add color and personality while honoring the characters of the century-old homes such as dark colored beams and plain white plaster walls (James might have skim-coated the walls and ceiling for the smooth finish).  By pairing neutrals with vibrant colors such as teal and fuchsia as accents, this living room feels fresh, cozy, and youthful.

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My favorite element, aside from the color story, has got to be the breathtaking floor to ceiling French doors (with access to the gorgeous garden) James installed around the entire living room.  Just imagine the beautiful natural light flooding the room: who says an older home has to be dark and dingy! Oh and to up the drama, not one but four oversized starburst chandeliers are placed at four corners of the room! Functional, yes.  Divine, definitely!

image via James M. Design Inc.
It is now time to check out the heart of the home: the kitchen.  In keeping with the classic elements in the rest of the home, the cabinet style, hardware, and the bead board ceiling detail all give this kitchen its original / authentic appeal.  To up the wow factor, James gave the cabinet a custom coat of lacquer, an out-of-this-world gorgeous range hood, two statement globe chandeliers over the island, and of course the patterned tiles on the floor.

images via James M. Design Inc. / House & Home
Pot light provides ample of practical lights for food preparation and it helps visually open up the space: a modern necessity in our home for both design and function.  However, pot lights would look out of place in this century home and bravo to a great come back of these sensational flush mount fixtures in antique brass! I am a huge fan and don't be surprised if you see me doing this in my own home real soon!

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Here are a few more detail shots of this delicious kitchen:

images via James M. Design Inc. 
Remember our colorful case study? It is happening again in the office / library / den in a hugely dramatic way with the James' signature layering of vivid colors and bold patterns.  I love the lighting fixture and the juxtaposition between the modern chrome and glass desk against the timeless classics such as the chesterfield sofa and the open side arm chairs.

images via James M. Design Inc. / House & Home
The master bedroom is tailored, masculine, and luxuriously dressed in shades of grey with rich burgundy accent.  The roaring fireplace and the cast iron chandelier remind me of the king's chamber in a castle, and that mirror: I will have to get one!

images via James M. Design Inc. / House & Home
The daring color palette continues into the master ensuite and wow on that marble floor! I have always been a big fan of tile play in the bathroom but with such beautiful natural stone, I would say lets put that on the entire floor!  Another design idea to steal here: the detail on the metal / glass shower!  

images via James M. Design Inc. / House & Home
Our last stop is the guest bathroom and it may just be the prefect inspiration for my next guest bath! the large scale stone tiles, the trim detail, the geometric patterned floor, and the deco style sconces, let's build me a guest bath already!


I fell in love with James' uses of strong colors and how they work so well throughout his home.  Here are some tips on how to pull the look together in your own home:


Before I send you off to re-imagine your home, here are few more insights from James.  Happy spring decorating! 


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