Jun 272012

I’m lov­ing these rooms designed by Lloyd Ralphs Design, a Toronto based inte­rior design firm.

Lloyd Ralphs Design is known for eclec­tic, mod­ern and glam­orous envi­ron­ments. Chris­tine Ralphs and Michelle Lloyd have been widely recog­nised as trend­set­ters and tastemak­ers through exten­sive mag­a­zine and tele­vi­sion cov­er­age. The duo brings a chic, styl­ish touch to their interiors.

So fem­i­nine, light and bright.…Just enough mid-century with a touch of clas­sic detail make for sweet eclec­tic liv­ing… Enjoy!

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Lloyd Ralphs Design

Lloyd Ralphs Design

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Apr 052012

Trendy in past decades, grass cloth fell out of fash­ion for a time, then came roar­ing back in recent years thanks to its organic, ecofriendly con­struc­tion and tex­tural rich­ness. Grass cloth is a wall cov­er­ing woven from long strips of dried nat­ural fibers, usu­ally jute, grass, hemp or other sim­i­lar plants.  It comes in a vari­ety of weaves, from fine to chunky, and in both nat­ural and dyed col­ors and can look sleek and con­tem­po­rary, rough and rus­tic, and any­thing in between.  A clas­sic wall cov­er­ing, its crisp ele­gance and visual depth can leave you breathless.

Grass cloth works nearly any­where in the home, but because it doesn’t with­stand mois­ture well, it’s not a good choice for high-humidity areas such as poorly ven­ti­lated bath­rooms. It shines in liv­ing and din­ing spaces, offices, libraries and bed­rooms. And its thick weave makes it an excel­lent part­ner for walls that aren’t com­pletely smooth.

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Mar 302012

The lat­est addi­tion to the Coco Repub­lic Inte­rior Design Port­fo­lio is dec­o­rated in soft blues and dove greys, ooz­ing ele­gance and fem­i­nine charm suit­ing both client and property.

The walls are clad in a sil­ver grass-cloth wall­pa­per which evokes a tran­quil mood and sets the dove grey analine leather slip­per chair and sofa off beau­ti­fully. An Afghan Kan­da­har lux­ury wool rug sets the stage for the pieces to come into their own. Side tables and foot­stools from Oly San Fran­cisco add a quirky twist to the clas­sic pieces and the retro 1970’s cof­fee table by the leg­endary Amer­i­can fur­ni­ture designer Paul Evans is the icing on the cake.


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Mar 142012

A com­ment on a recent posts was that there are now so many names for colours that we can scarcely keep up.  This reminded me of my friend Chaz, whose favourite colour is Char­treuse. It is noth­ing short of spec­tac­u­lar.

It is one of those colours that is hard to cat­e­gorise — not quite yel­low and not quite green.  Less sat­u­rated than lime, but not quite as dark as olive, Char­treuse  takes its name from the liqueur, a herbal con­coc­tion with a dis­tinc­tive taste to match its unusual color. Vibrant and fresh, it fits with all design styles and com­bines beau­ti­fully with a range of colours.  Much like pink, it is one of those colours you’ll either love or hate!

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Mar 132012

Built in the early 1990s in the secluded heart of Inanda in Johan­nes­burg, this Carmel Back-designed home was des­tined to become a mod­ern clas­sic. ‘It has good bones,’ says inte­rior designer San­dra Bowler, ‘and has stood the test of time.’ Fif­teen years on, how­ever, the own­ers felt that they wanted a change. The cou­ple had briefly con­sid­ered the idea of a new build or clus­ter, but they knew that their home’s loca­tion and clean, unclut­tered lines would be hard to beat. Instead they opted to enhance the exist­ing space and give it a lighter, more updated look.

Glass tables grouped together in the gar­den room. The custom-designed rug is from Paco and the black Twiggy lamp by Mark Sadler for Foscarini.

A char­coal sofa fab­ric helps anchor the double-volume space.

The guest room fea­tures sooth­ing white tones com­ple­mented by nat­ural hues.

The orig­i­nal dark gran­ite floor­ing was replaced with oiled oak floors.

The new break­fast room func­tions as a cosy din­ing space, or as a ‘servery’ when the own­ers enter­tain. The server, as well as the Eero Saari­nen Tulip chairs and table for Knoll, are all from Tonic

In the mas­ter bed­room a mir­rored wall reflects the green­ery beyond. The rug is from Paco, the metal­lic chest of draw­ers is from Block and Chisel Inte­ri­ors and the lamp is from La Grange Interiors.

Neu­tral colours cre­ate a calm feel­ing in the main bedroom.