If you dress from head to toe, would it be fair to say I love conceptualizing design from the toes on up? Some of the most impactful and colourful design choices are under your feet. From rugs to tiles, your floor is a great way to pull a room together or even inject some worldliness or playfulness (pick your inspiration!).
Today I interview the inspiring Cassandra Hope, holistic wellness practitioner. While my version of Interior Environmentalism pertains to décor, art and the plants we surround ourselves with, for Cass she is an interior environmentalist through nourishment. Through health and wellbeing, it almost transposes as interior environmentalism: the green we consume to take care of our bodies.
Today I bring you another Parts Gallery co-exhibitor, the fabulous art of Anna Valdez and her vibrant botanical paintings. They'll leave you feeling as if you've stepped into a botanical stratosphere!
It’s not just my Antipodean roots that lead me to rave up Architectural Digest’s recent article about new design trends emerging from Australia. Several of these tips really resonated with the stylist, artist and Interior Environmentalist in me.
With each changing season I do a little side project for my favourite local shop, Good Neighbour. It's a chance for me to stretch my creative muscles in another direction. With winter knocking at the door I wanted to create something that felt warm, cosy and inviting and that would compliment their ethos and beautiful interior aesthetic ... oh, and not be too Christmassy cliché.
On a resent trip to NYC I was introduced (through a friend) to the delightful Elisa Marshall (and partner Benjamin Sormonte), founders and creators behind Maman Coffee (but Maman is so much more than great coffee!). Let's just say I fell head over heels for them, their coffee, the food and their considered interior style, which truly resonates with my Interior Environmentalist ethos!
In Situ Plants is a company I discovered at Hermann & Audrey gallery on the weekend. I LOVE their philosophy about “humans’ innate need for affiliation with other living organisms”. For me, I combine that craving for the outdoors with a love of design and voila; I became an Interior Environmentalist. Here is my shot of In Situ’s beautiful installation in the front entrance of Hermann & Audrey gallery, Toronto.
Lately I feel I have taken a dose of a Parisian interior LOVE tonic, especially when I view such homes as Patrick Gilles & Dorothée Boissier - a perfect example of 19th c. architecture coinciding with a 21st c. lifestyle. Oh wouldn't we all love to be surrounded with such beauty in our everyday … an extremely inspirational example of a mostly aspirational interior.