Gabrielle Chapman

brass hardware powder room

A Case for Wallpaper: Your Powder Room

When we suggest wallpaper to clients, we are sometimes met with a look of fear. One can only assume that they are having flashbacks to the 80s in a distant relative’s home, complete with salmon-pink and seafoam-green wallpaper (and the wall-to-wall carpet to match)! Fear not! Wallpaper has come a long, long way and we can pretty much guarantee that we will find one for you that you will absolutely adore. 

Wallpapers can be used just about anywhere in your home. Whether it’s to create an accent wall in your master bedroom or to make a statement in your dining room, wallpaper is an amazing go-to for completely transforming a room (without having to do much else!)

If you are just dipping your toe into the sea of wallpaper for the first time however, you might find it a tad daunting and the selection can be somewhat overwhelming. For that reason, may we suggest you start small? The powder room is without a doubt our favourite room in a home to apply wallpaper. It makes such an impact and has the power to completely transform the space. In fact, some clients have found that wallpaper changed their powder rooms to such an extent, that their original vanities, hardware and light fixtures suddenly looked brand new.

Farrow and Ball wallpaper powder room

To quote our client, this powder room was just, “completely blah” prior to wallpaper being installed. The previously plain, white walls did nothing for the imagination or the brushed-nickel fixtures. As the floor tiles are also white, the room felt very cold and uninviting. The moment Farrow & Ball’s ‘Tourbillon’ wallpaper went up, this powder room came to life! Suddenly the lighting felt warm and mysterious. Now, it’s the kind of powder room that tempts you to take a mirror selfie, after a spritz-y cocktail (or two).

What’s behind door #2?! This powder room is a delightful surprise when you open the door beneath the stairs. In an otherwise B&W space, we loved the idea of adding a shocking pop of colour in this powder room. This Spoonflower pink, skull-print wallpaper by Ben Goetting is sweet with an edge and only required a simple, minimalist sink and a few brass fixtures to complete the look.

palm print powder room

Chances are you’ve seen a version of this before or perhaps, you’ve been lucky enough to see the OG, iconic wallpaper in the Beverly Hills Hotel. The original Martinique® banana leaf print was created by CW Stockwell and was installed in the hotel under the direction of decorator Don Loper back in 1949. Since then, it has become arguably one of the most recognizable wallpapers in the world. What can we say? It’s popular for a reason and we certainly haven’t tired of it. When you have a print like this in your powder room, you won’t need much else.

hermes powder room wallpaper

Take a walk on the wild side… but make it fashion! This Hermès wall covering from Theo Decor is a stunning example of flora and fauna wallpaper at its best. With a highly detailed wallpaper like this, you get a broad range of colours to play with, which allows for countless options for powder room finishes. This client chose to play on the stormy-blue colours in the paper by painting the crown moulding a deep blue of a similar tone, while the chocolate vanity and gold-toned hardware complement the paper beautifully and bring a little luxury.

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5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Chic & Seasonal: The Spring Edit

With the changing of the seasons, we get an itch to transition into more appropriate wardrobe choices. As the magnolia trees start to bloom, we begin the process of shedding our ethically-chic faux furs in favour of blazers & jean jackets. The same ought to be true of our homes. After all, you don’t want to be that house on your street donning a Christmas wreath in the middle of May! But keeping your home chic and seasonal goes beyond taking the holiday decor down on time. There are countless ways to make this transition season to season but for now, here are 5 simple ways to be ready for Spring…

floral coffee table decor

#1 Flowers

Ok so this suggestion may seem rather obvious… a Devil Wears Prada quote comes to mind, “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” BUT they really are oh so important plus, an incredibly easy and relatively inexpensive way to get your home ready for Spring. If you have urns by your front door, let’s start there (If you don’t, why not?!) Hopefully by now you’ve ditched the birch tree branches, pine cones & red bows. Now is the time for tulips, pansies, daffodils, pussy willows, forsythia branches and the like. 

For indoors, the same flowers can be used in the right pot or opt for cut flowers in a vase. We love a good bunch of ranunculus in delicious sorbet pinks for a pop of colour or large, cut branches of Magnolia for some Spring-y drama.

throw pillows living room interior

#2 Pillows & Throws

The larger items in your home tend to be steadfast. Though more permanent pieces in your home, couches and armchairs are the easiest to transition season to season.  Just by changing a few pillows and throws, these pieces can look completely new. For Spring, you can opt for softer-hued pillows in dusty pinks, powdery blues, pussy-willow greys made of velvet or Thai silk. If you’re looking for a bit more impact, flower-patterned pillows are a great way to create a fresh, Spring feel in any room. The great thing about this? You can use the same inserts and just swap and store the pillow cases. 

As for your throws, put away the faux furs and heavy knits for now and bring out lighter cashmere, alpaca and silk-blend knits. A throw is a great opportunity to either bring in some colour or you can stick with misty greys and luxurious creams and focus on texture instead.

brass hardware powder room

#3 Fragrance & Candles

Think about your favourite boutique… what comes to mind when you envision the shopping experience? Chances are the experience goes beyond the merchandise. Our favourite memories often have a fragrance attached so why not create the same experience in your home? What scents do you associate with Spring? A Jo Malone diffuser of Wild Bluebell might be the answer or try Byredo’s Fleur Fantome candle for the added ambience of a live flame.

blue drapes bedroom

#4 Bed & Bath

Chances are, you already have multiple sets of bed linens and bathroom towels so why not try making one of those sets Spring themed? Think of the aforementioned pillows and throws…the same rules apply; soft hues, florals and lighter-weight textiles. You’ll be amazed at what a fresh, powder-colour pillow sham can do for your bed or an embroidered, pastel guest towel can do for your powder room!

plexi dining room chairs

#5 Tableware 

Whether you prefer tablecloths or placemats, fabric or cloth napkins, there are SO many opportunities to bring Spring to the table! Candles and candlesticks, napkin rings, chargers, glassware and even your china, are all great ways to make your table feel seasonal. But don’t worry! You don’t need to have a Spring set of everything! Pick one or two of these items… that might be all you need to make a difference!

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An Ode to Mother’s Everywhere: Children’s Rooms & Nurseries

With Mother’s Day swiftly approaching, we have moms & mothers-to-be on the brain, as they happen to be some of our favourite clients to work with. We love a nursery or children’s room project in particular, as there is a certain magic and merging of worlds that happens when decorating these spaces. It’s often the one room in the home where the client can inject their cultivated, personal aesthetic, while simultaneously getting in touch with their more playful and creative side. A nursery or children’s room can be elevated and sophisticated but you can also afford to take some risks. Whether it’s choosing a whimsical light fixture, opting for a bold wallpaper, or going with a vibrant rug, you don’t have to lose sleep over these decisions. These rooms are meant to be fun and stimulating for your child but they are also temporary and not the central focal point of your home. We think of nurseries and children’s rooms as private oases for that time in a parent and child’s life that is fun and magical but also (sadly) short lived.

With that said, here are some of our favourite nursery and children’s room projects of late. All these rooms highlight some of those aforementioned “risks” and are beautiful examples of a balance of the parents’ sophisticated (adult) aesthetic and that of their inner child…

rainbow girls room

Where else in your home can you justify pasting a giant rainbow on the wall?! With chic floral bedding and voluminous, dreamy drapes, this space is a prime example of a room that is fun enough for a child but also luxurious enough for an adult.

Paris wallpaper

Who wouldn’t want to be transported to Paris everyday? This little lady’s wallpapered nook inspires creativity and cultivates a love for travel in both her and her parents.

Calm and serene in its cream and grey tones, this nursery is incredibly elevated and sophisticated at first glance… but look up! With wallpapered clouds overhead and animal friends blowing bubbles all around, this nursery still has that touch of whimsy we strive for.

This client wanted to maintain the modern aesthetic throughout her home but felt it was important for her son’s nursery to still feel fun and friendly. Hunt Slonem’s ‘Hutch’ wallpaper was the perfect starting point for creating this balance! From there we added a vibrant rug, a bold crib and changing table, plus graphic pillows and bedding.

grey nursery

If you haven’t already caught on… we’re big animal lovers at Homekin! From our real-life furry friends to (in this example) elegant, ceramic safari creatures, we love it all. These animal wall fixtures were a subtle but effective way of creating a friendly atmosphere in this nursery, while a table lamp adorned with artful doodles brings a bit of playfulness to the space.

blue boy's bedroom

Navy blue walls, a green, custom headboard, and red and white polka-dot bedding? This is what children’s room dreams are made of! Though you wouldn’t necessarily make these choices for your own boudoir, it works incredibly well for this little boy’s room. The look is sufficiently boy-ish but also incredibly polished – a win-win for the parents.