Sunday, 26 February 2012

Creativity in wood

Inspiration and material right outside your doorstep! For designer and craftsman Sean Ledoux that's a reality. The surroundings of his studio, on the edge of a North Bay forest, have everything he needs for his projects. Whether it's a gigantic tree stump or a differently-shaped branch, Sean finds a place for these elements in his highly personalized and unique designs. By harvesting and milling his own material, he has maximum control over its quality and grain. And that's important for a passionate woodworker! Sean's furniture and art pieces are sold to residences and corporations, and can also be seen in a number of public spaces. We are many who have admired the Forest Dreamscape Installations at One Kids' Place in North Bay, where he was part of the team. Take a look for yourself!

There are many small friends to 
discover on the art installations 
at One Kid's Place.
An early piece made from steamed walnut and
elm. The drawer opens from either side. 
A non-traditional approach to the dresser.
A privately commissioned chair for a 
dentist's office. Note the smiling mouth!

Have a bowl or lidded box made from your favourite 
tree! This collection shows some of the vessels Sean 
has created on the lathe. 
Walnut salad bowl.
Dovetail detail.
Frame made from reclaimed wood.
Collaboration with painter Brian Kelley

Pedestal table from new line of

Monday, 20 February 2012

North Bay Antique Show

50s vibe in a favourite colour combination.
Happy Family Day everyone! The Annual North Bay Antique Show was on this weekend, an event that a "design aficionada" like myself cannot resist. Even if your style is more contemporary, I suggest you keep an open mind about introducing a few old objects into your space. Why? Because they tell a story and are often beautifully crafted. So if you are looking for conversation pieces for your home, and items that add interest, antique stores and shows are good places to visit.

Yesterday, I was mainly drawn to fun patterns, bright colours, and sculptural shapes at the show. Take a look for yourselves!

Bright colours on a white background always look fresh.
A pop of bright blue for your shelf.
Cool kettle with patina.
Nice curves!

This pink collection makes quite a statement.
Add this sweet cake plate to your shabby chic interior!
A delicately embroidered dress can work as a piece of art, either on a hanger or framed.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

2012 Trend Report

Check out what's hot in interior design this year! You'll find my trend report from IDS12, Canada's largest contemporary design fair, under "Trends".