As an introduction to my new blog, and for some of you to me, I thought my first post should be full of fun facts and outline where I’m coming from in starting a ‘design blog’.
First and foremost, I need somewhere to collect my thoughts and musings on design trends, classics, and scares. Even if no one else reads this, at least I will be able to flesh out my ideas in a concrete fashion! I have a million ideas and want to hear other people’s opinions.
Decorum, by my definition in creating this blog, is propriety, elegance and class. These are values that I try to live my life by, and that carry over into my design and lifestyle choices. Decorum also falls into my education in Rhetoric and Professional Writing, as Decorum was an original principle of classical rhetoric, poetry, and theatre.
Now for a little fun, as a way to get to know me and understand my interest in ‘decorum’, here’s a quick list of some of my very favourite things:
No list of favourites is complete without a few Kellys! Besides the obvious association, I can honestly say I’ve never met a Kelly I haven’t liked, or disliked the work of any Kelly. Maybe some day someone will include me on their list of favourite Kellys
1. Grace Kelly
Elegance. Style. Deportment. What’s not to love?
2. Kelly Wearstler
Blending classic lines, contemporary style and timeless glamor, Kelly’s work embodies a truly livable-glam aesthetic. Her bold use of colour updates mid-century modern furniture, décor, clothing and accessories.
3. The Hermés Kelly
A silly, impractical personal goal is to one day own a Kelly Green Hermés Kelly
Much of my focus lately has been on interior design, as I decorate my home, and as an area I am interested in possibly pursuing as a career. Surrounding myself, and others, with colours, design, and comfort that makes a space pleasing is exciting and enticing to me. I love to design spaces that can be enjoyed by homeowners and guests alike.
1. Kelly Wearstler
I know this is a repeat from the first section, but if you don’t know her work then please do have a look – I am sure you’ll understand why she garners two mentions on this list!
2. Greg Natale
As far as Aussies go, this one is pretty amazing. Greg’s ability to fuse a modern aesthetic with comfort and class wins my vote.
3. Insert Canadian designer here
I love to follow and support Canadian designers in every area – interior, fashion, art. But there really is no Canadian interior designer who I fall head-over-heels for every time, that I’ve come across. The commercialized Canadian designers (Sarah Richardson, Brian Gluckstein, et al) just don’t have the stand-out appeal that I’m looking for. Perhaps this year I can find someone to fill this hole in my favourites!
Originally reserved for royals (due to the amount of ink or dye required to produce this colour), purple makes a statement without stealing the scene.
Is gray a colour? I’m going to let it count because of how much I love it – the perfect neutral, and gorgeous in light, medium or dark tones!
There is always a shade of blue on my mind. Whether it’s pastel, bold or deep, blue is very close to a neutral in my eyes. Navy blue is a stately classic. In addition, lately I haven’t been able to get enough of the teal/peacock blue shades that suddenly seem to add just the right punch to everything.
What you’ll notice in each of these styles is that I am attracted to stately, traditional exteriors. I love stately, grand homes with solid, old bones, classic architecture, that have been updated to include modern amenities.
1. Parisian Townhouse Chic
I didn’t have a ‘style name’ for my favourite and preferred style (unless we want to get extravagant and look at Parisian Estates) until the most recent issue of StyleAtHome arrived in my mailbox. After glimpsing the exterior of Effie Genovese’s home I can now call my love of porticos, french balconies, stucco and colonnades “Parisian Townhouse Chic”.
2. British Manor
I may never own my very own manor house, but a girl can dream. This particular estate, Lyme Park, was featured as Pemberley – Mr. Darcy’s estate – in the 1995 BBC mini-series remake of Pride and Prejudice. Just last week 10 acres on this estate went up in flames, leaving the property closed. Thankfully there was no damage to the house!
3. Downtown Townhouse
Between time spent in Toronto and New York I’ve developed a fondness for townhouses. I once thought these houses were too uniform and close together (usually attached!), but have since decided they offer the perfect city living arrangement.
My plan was to include other ‘favourites’ in this post, but it seems to be getting long and I don’t want to bore you already! In the future I’ll also be talking about fashion, literature, art, lifestyle and whatever else may catch my fancy. Please keep checking back, leave a comment, and tell me what you think!