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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!

City Residence

Lloyd Ralphs Design

Lloyd Ralphs Design

Lakeside Residence

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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.

 

To view more of Coco Republic’s property portfolio click here

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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.

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