Have you purchased any fashion magazines yet? I have picked up a couple. They are huge and just filled with advertisements! While a lot of people don’t like the ads, I find they confirm to me the editorial content of what is in style and what will be available in stores.  Consistently we see warm wools, leather and lots of texture. While I can’t wear any of these beautiful clothes while I am working at the shop, I can translate this look into decorating. I fell in love with the cover story in Canadian House and Home magazine – August 2010 issue.  I call it “Modern-Rustic.”  From the velvet coffee table/ottoman to the fur throw and antlers above the window, it is warm but with an edge.  There is also a distressed table adjacent to what looks like newly sprayed cabinetry.  I have just started the process of decorating the fall and winter showroom at  “Paint It Like New!” and have done our own take on the modern-rustic. Armed with the visions of camels, knits, furs from the fashion magazines and the cover of CHH August cover I came up with a few projects anybody can do.

I started with a permanent “kitchen” in our showroom. Two small vanities purchased at Habitat for Humanity (Burlington) I screwed them together at the back. We then clad the sides with bead board and wrapped new baseboard around the whole cabinet. Sprayed up in Benjamin Moore’s Manchester Tan – HC 81  and topped with an incredible piece of “leather-ed” black granite from “Custom Granite” in Stoney Creek.  We warmed up the walls with HC104 – Copely Gray and then hung two large black floating shelves from Ikea.  I plan on hunting for some old pots at Value Village, Salvation Army and the Reuse Centre for display. I took some cream plates, bottles of flavoured oils, a brass mortar and pedestal plus my cookbook stand and a beautiful cookbook from our very own Niagara wine country to dress it up.

An armoire from “Moveline Hotel Liquidators” will take up a large corner with a “bar.” With the TV stand removed, there is ample room to hang glasses, perhaps mirror the back for some of the “modern influence” and then fill with a selection of bottles, martini shaker and ice bucket!

A re purposed modern harvest table, some uniquely finished side tables and a chair with animal print fabric adds to the texture. We finished off with a large pine cannonball headboard in our custom black, layered with wool, faux fur and a thick quilt almost make you wish for a snowstorm!!  Keep posted for our before and after pictures of our showroom. With a plan, a little creativity, and a lot of paint you too can be on trend but with your very own twist!!