Archive for October, 2011

Pattern Parlance Part I

Written by on 31st October 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I’m knee deep in fabric and carpet research and I thought I’d share some of the pattern names with you.  Before I began really immersing myself in design I would just wing it in the stores when describing what it was I wanted.  “You know that squiggly line sorta thing intersected by the thing and the other thing.”

It’s a good thing I’m taking the time to learn, and of course I’ll share it with you, cause I’m nice like that :)

May as well go alphabetical….. More of the alphabet to follow later this week.

The arabesque is a rhythmic linear pattern. Usually consists of scrolling and interlacing foliage, tendrils or lines. Islamic in origin and featured in textiles and architectural decoration.



Block Print.  The wood block is carefully prepared as a relief matrix, which means the areas to show ‘white’ are cut away with a knife, chisel, or sandpaper leaving the characters or image to show in ‘black’ at the original surface level.



Crewel Embroidery, or Crewelwork is a decorative surface embroidery pattern. 




Damask weaves are commonly produced in monochromatic weaves in silk, and linen which feature patterns of flowers, fruit, and other designs. The long floats of satin-woven warp and weft threads cause soft highlights on the fabric which reflect light differently according to the position of the observer.



Flocking is the process of applying different types of fibers or materials that contain adhesive to other materials. In this example black flocking is applied to green velvet to create the raised floral pattern.



Greek key pattern is named for the square pieces sticking out in the pattern which look rather like a key. The pattern is also known as a meander or a Greek fret.



Herringbone describes a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern . It is distinguished from a plain chevron by the break at reversal, which makes it resemble a broken zigzag. The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish


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Flea Market Finds

Written by on 24th October 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Example No. 3. Magnifying Wall Sconce

This magnifying wall sconce is a throw back to the days before electricity. They look cool and actually throw enough light to fill a small room.  Imagine if the power went out or you were trying to create a “mood”…anyway this sconce was purchased at the Langford flea Market on Goldstream for $15 (pics are the links as usual)

And this one from Anthropologie is around $60

And his one from Pottery Barn is $63

Great Buy!

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Snack Attack

Written by on 20th October 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Crispy Curried Chickpeas
This yummy recipe is from Covet Garden, one of my FAVOURITE design magazines and blogs.  Make it this weekend! (Pic is the link as usual)

1 can (540 ml) chickpeas
2 cups sunflower oil for frying
3/4  tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin (ground)
1/2 tsp coriander (ground)
1/8  tsp masala
1 1/4  tsp Cajun spice mix
1/2 tsp salt

Rinse and drain chickpeas then pat dry with paper towel.  In a medium sized sauce pan, heat oil on Med/High heat.
Fry Chick peas in three or four batches until golden brown and crispy (about 3 mins)
Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
Once each batch has been fried and blotted but are still warm, toss in a bowl with remaining ingredients.


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Free Tree

Written by on 19th October 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Friends of mine on the lower mainland were on a walk in the woods when they stumbled upon a large fallen tree that had been cut down and into several large stumps.  They rescued two of them and added them to their mid century minimalist apartment and the results were amazing.

As a table or as a perch for conversation these stumps are great accessories to their modern decor.  They placed them on hockey pucks to preserve their flooring and allow the wood to breathe/dry out.We’ve all seen stump and tree trunk reproductions that sell for hundreds of dollars like this bronze number from Chintz & Co

Or the smaller side table version, like this one from West Elm

There are lots of tutorials online on “how to” do it yourself and get a rock’in stump for your space. Check it out…but whatever you do, don’t cut down a tree.

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Watch for this…

Written by on 17th October 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Local Design Happenings! A new show.


Design District Trailer from Kevin Scromeda on Vimeo.

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Flea Market Finds

Written by on 13th October 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Example No. 2. Japanese Glass Float

I picked up this Japanese float at the Langford Flea Market on Goldstream and Veterans for $15. It is in perfect condition and has the original rope netting affixed to it. I knew these collectables were gaining popularity last winter when I saw them on Nate Berkus’ show used as accessories in a room…

I didnt know just how popular they had become until I started writing this post. I knew pottery barn sold them…starting at $52 cad for the small ones.

But on eBay it’s crazy. This one is exactly like mine and doesn’t have the netting and it is on auction for $125. US

I’d say I found a great deal on this one!

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Flea Market Finds

Written by on 11th October 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

With Market season winding down I am reflecting on some of the items I picked up over the summer.  If you have a good eye you can really find some great stuff at a fraction of the price in popular decor stores. Some of my friends and family have also made some great buys with me this summer, so I thought I had enough examples of great bargains that I would do a series showing the deal and its expensive cousin.

Example No. 1. Cheese Dome

I bought this little dome for $2 at the Langford Swap n Shop

This Cheese Dome from Pottery Barn starts at $25-38.

Pair it with a wood cutting board and voila, your cheese never looked better.

Stay tuned for the next Flea Market Find……

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Mix Master

Written by on 6th October 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Designer Thom Filicia may be best known for his role in Queer Eye for the Straight Guy where he transformed the sad spaces of clueless dudes across America into swanky pads.  Thom’s been doing pretty well for himself since then, and I have become a huge fan of his cheerful & sophisticated approach to design.  His ability to mix styles and periods is really fantastic.

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First Furniture

Written by on 5th October 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Last weekend I commented that was disappointed that I didn’t see any First Nations exhibitors at the Interior Design Show.  I saw a display by Sabina Hill, a Vancouver based designer who is inspired by First Nation motifs…and I certainly noticed this stunning chair…

…but I didn’t write about it because I’d rather write about west coast Aboriginal artists.  Long story short, Sabina Hill collaborated to design some furniture pieces with amazing artist Andy Everson.  Sometimes there is more to the story than first meets the eye. I was too quick to judge.


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