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What style are you?

What Style Are You?

Have you ever spent hours flipping through magazines, scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram and then realized that the images you like are all similar… or worse, all vastly different? We all gravitate towards a style whether we know it or not!  Before you waste too many hours Googling all the different design styles, we have created a quiz that we think will help you figure which style you are. Answer these five questions and keep reading to find out your style!

  1. Which stores do you like the most?
    1. Restoration Hardware, Bombay and Paramount
    2. Pottery Barn and Country Furniture
    3. Old Faithful, nineteen ten, Scott Landon and Union Wood Co.
    4. Spencer Interiors, Living Space, Inform Interiors and Vancouver Special
  2. Which colors do you prefer?
    1. Gold, hunter green, and maroon
    2. Navy blue, red, yellow and green
    3. Dark grey, linen and greige
    4. Black and white
  3. Your favorite woods are:
    1. Mahogany and Cherry
    2. Whitewashed Oak and Rustic Mahogany
    3. Reclaimed fir and natural oak
    4. White oak and walnut
  4. Your dream home would be:
    1. A palace or a Newport Mansion
    2. A bungalow or a cottage
    3. A heritage studio loft
    4. A downtown condo or penthouse
  5. The chair you would most like to see in your space is:
    1. A Wingback chair
    2. A La-Z-Boy slipcover chair
    3. A Tolix galvanized dining chair
    4. A Barcelona chair

Traditional

If most of your answers are A, you are traditional. As a child you dreamt of living in a palace and to this day that dream is still somewhat alive. You marvel at intricate details and you prefer classic pieces. You’re not afraid of ornamentation and you believe that a little glitz can make a space feel luxurious.

Country

If most of your answers were B, you like the country style. Your favorite getaway is to your family’s cottage or cabin. You like pieces that aren’t perfect, but are well loved.  You’re not afraid of a bit of pattern and color. Your goal is to create a cozy atmosphere that isn’t too precious.

Industrial

If most of your answers were C, you are the industrial style. You love cities like Portland and your favorite area in Vancouver is Gastown. For awhile you have wanted a loft with soaring high ceilings in an old repurposed warehouse. You love the look of concrete, tarnished metals, natural and distressed woods and worn leather. You would like to create a space that you can comfortably work, live and entertain in. The wear and tear only adds to the aesthetic.

 

Modern

If most of your answers were D, you like the modern style. You appreciate buildings designed by greats such as Mies Van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. You want a space that feels organized and streamlined. You enjoy the clean minimalist look of white and opt for hits of neutral colors like black and grey. The use of textures like wood and wools add visual interest. You want to create a space that is a calm and relaxing. Less is more.

 

If you couldn’t decide between the options in our quiz, chances are you are known as “eclectic”. What style are you? Let us know with the hashtag #Area3DesignStyle

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Student Space 101

If you are wondering where the summer went, don’t worry, we are too! As we try to soak in the sun (as much as we possibly can) before we bid the warm days goodbye, many students are preparing to head back to college and university. No matter where you live as a student, whether it be a dorm room, the bedroom you grew up in or a tiny studio apartment (you can barely afford), space is of the essence. Before you go out and spend money to personalize and organize this space, read on for tips on small space living for students!

Basics

If you are living on your own for the first time, there are a few basic pieces that you must have as a student. These essentials include your mattress, desk and task chair. You don’t know the power of a good night’s sleep until you haven’t slept for days! A good mattress will not only save you some aches and pains, but is a worthwhile investment long term. If you are just beginning college or university, getting a good desk and task chair is a must. Believe it or not, you will spend much more time there than your bed! Consider investing a bit more on a task chair that is fully adjustable – height, seat depth, lumbar support and tension – your back will thank you. We love the sleek and linear look of the Vitra Pacific Chair  which is timeless. You can also find a variety of economical options to fit any budget at Allmodern. A desk that is the right size and fit for work you will be doing is also key. The last thing you want is to end up studying on your floor because you ran out of space to lay out your laptop, textbooks and notes. A sit-stand desk is a great option when you want to stretch and study. IKEA has a manual crank model called the SKARSTA  as well as an electrical powered model called BEKANT that is quite affordable!

Organize

Staying organized is hard, but extremely necessary in a small space. We suggest that you begin with your closet. Looking for more than just hangers? Try storage and drawer boxes for seasonal clothes, shoe boxes that can stack, and hangers for items like belts and scarves. It makes getting dressed in the am quick and easy. Great places to find these items are The Container Store and the much anticipated Japanese retailer Muji soon to grace Vancouver. The key to staying organized is having prepared a space for everything. Be sure to include solutions for other needs like stationary, toiletries and food. Use bags and boxes with labels. If you tend to forget what you put in boxes, make sure to get clear plastic ones instead!

Personalize

Dorm rooms and rental suites are usually very limiting in terms of your ability to personalize them. Fear not, you don’t even have to paint! Adding just a few small accessories can help personalize your space. We suggest that you take full advantage of textiles. If you are in a dorm room, your bed is probably the largest element in the room. Start with great bedding, like a fun duvet cover, toss cushions and a throw. The bay offers a few great lines, Lacoste is colorful and graphic. Calving Klein adds a little sophistication with their subtle neutral palate. CB2 has a great black and white linen pinstripe line, and cozy throw blankets. Don’t be afraid to jazz up your workspace as well. Some great wall organization ideas are – cork boards (consider tiling a few together on a wall to create more of a statement) magnetic or dry erase boards to plan your classes and deadlines. Room in Order even offers desktop varieties. A personal favorite (if you are able to splurge) is the Vitra Uten Silo which comes in two sizes. This can be used to hold your pens, pencils, ruler, stapler, scissors etc. I use mine in the washroom – great for toiletries, make up brushes, hair bands, etc. Not only a designer’s dream but, very versatile.

How will you personalize and organize your student space? Let us know using the hashtag #area3studentspace

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4 Must see Museums

As a child, many of us dreaded going to museums – myself included. They were definitely some of my least favorite field trips in grade school! Somehow as we grow up, seeing artifacts from time periods we will never personally know and imagining ourselves living in the that time and place becomes rather intriguing. While travelling, popping into museums for a quick gander or spending entire days seems like a given! Next time you are in Europe where museums are bountiful, make sure to carve out some time for our 4 must-visit museums!

The State Hermitage Museum

Although a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia may not be at the top of your must-visit cities in Europe, it is a must for those who love art! With more than 3 million items, the Hermitage has acquired a rather spectacular collection of world art. The collection includes pieces that spans the years from the Stone Age to the early 20th century. Not only does it occupy the grand Winter Palace, but it also spreads to 5 more connected buildings along the Neva River. Finished in 1794, the blue-and-white palace is a perfect example of Baroque architecture and is beautifully kept. For several centuries it was the main residence of the czars including Catherine the Great who founded the museum. As you wander (we highly suggest a tour) through each of the immaculate rooms, expect to not only admire the masterpieces from greats such as Rembrandt, da Vinci, Picasso, van Gogh and Goya, but also at the details of the interiors! Be prepared to spend a full day or two here.

Musée du Louvre

Everyone knows that a visit must be paid to Musée du Louvre in Paris. Not only is its glass pyramid iconic, but it is also famously home to the Mona Lisa. It is no surprise that getting in can take hours, but we have a secret to dwindling down the wait. Go early and enter from the mall entrance which most tourists don’t know about! You will gain back some valuable time and hopefully see the Mona Lisa without a massive crowd surrounding you! The wealth of treasures in the Louvre is mind-boggling – from Classical sculpture, Mesopotamian antiquities and Egyptian relics to the many galleries of Italian Renaissance paintings that cover enormous walls and halls. Research beforehand which pieces you must see and take your time aimlessly wandering to discover other jaw-dropping pieces.

The British Museum

When all museums have free entry in England, it is hard to see them all! The British Museum is one that you must visit even if you only have a couple hours. It is Britain’s largest museum and houses the national collection of archaeology and ethnography. With more than 8 million objects, the museum boasts the world’s second finest collection of Egyptian antiquities outside of Egypt. Be sure to check out the Rosetta Stone which was carved in 196 B.C.! When you are done gazing at exquisite gold jewels and Assyrian palace rooms, be sure to spend a few minutes walking around the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. The two acre-space was designed by Foster and Partners and is enclosed by a stunning glass roof with the world-famous Reading Room as its center. We love how the shadows cast by the roof juxtapose the museum’s Greek Revival Style architecture. Be sure to snap a few pictures while you are here!

Maritime Museum of Denmark

Outside of utopian Copenhagen, which we wrote about in our blog post “Inspired by Copenhagen,” is the town of Elsinore. Most people visit the town to see Kronborg Castle (better known as Hamlet’s castle), but next door is an underground gem – the Maritime Museum of Denmark. Built around an old dry dock, the museum pays homage to Denmark’s maritime roots and beautifully tells its story. The exhibits on display are evocative and dramatically staged with soundscapes and film projections encapsulating you. Designers will admire the creative display cases that are lit just-so. Before you finish off your visit, make sure to have a coffee with a delicious slice of cake or a hearty lunch in the M/S Café. The interiors exude Danish hygge and you will never want to leave. Did we mention that the museum was designed by Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG)? This is definitely one of their most well-known projects!

Which museum is at the top of your list? Let us know in the comments below or with the hashtag #Area3Museums

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Wine and Design

It is no secret that the Okanagan is home to British Columbia’s best wineries. Why not slow down this weekend and go on a getaway to experience the timeless world of winemaking? With spectacular views of the Okanagan Lake, these wineries must be at the top of your to-do list! You can spend all weekend winery hopping, but Mission Hill Winery and Quails’ Gate Estate Winery are the ones you can easily spend an entire day.  Located in West Kelowna and only a few minutes’ drive from each other, both wineries offer a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether you’re a connoisseur or are new to the art of wine, there is plenty for you to enjoy. Pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable weekend!

Mission Hill Winery

From the moment you pass through the enormous gates into Mission Hill life seems to slow down and you instantly feel like you have entered into an exclusive estate. The grounds are impeccably manicured with the vineyard on display right at the entrance. Follow the path through the contemporary archway into the inner courtyard and take in the 12-storey bell tower that is the centerpiece of the piazza. The spectacular architecture designed by architect Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects gives a nod to tradition without crossing the line. Don’t be surprised if you suddenly think that you are in Italy! Enjoy the views overlooking rows of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir while sipping a glass of wine and grabbing a bite to eat at the outdoor Terrace Restaurant.  The fresh produce is mostly grown in the estate Varietal Garden! When you are done, find your way past the fountain and into the wine boutique. You can easily spend hours at the tasting bar and admiring the thoughtful product displays here! For those who want a complete wine country experience, we suggest taking one of the many tours and experiences that Mission Hill offers. If you plan ahead you might also be able to snag a hot ticket to one of the concerts  held in the winery’s ampitheatre for an unforgettable night filled with delicious cuisine, wine and music.

Quail’s Gate

With equally stunning views of Okanagan Lake is Quails’ Gate. For a true taste of the Okanagan, a meal at the Old Vines Restaurant is a must. It is renowned as one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada and is definitely worth the visit. Reserve a table on the terrace and enjoy your lunch or dinner in the vineyard setting with your glasses of wine. The tasting and tour options are also very educational. How about giving the Chocolate & Wine Tasting a try? It is sure to be delightful! We also love that Quails’ Gate offers two complimentary wines at their Wine Bar Tasting in the Wine Shop. We highly recommend tasting the Riesling Icewine and taking a bottle home with you! If you have an extensive budget and want to splurge for the weekend with a bunch of friends, you can even rent out The Lake House at Quails’ Gate. It is nestled at the bottom of the vineyards and has amenities such as multiple patios, a hot tub, gas fire pit and a chef’s dream kitchen. It will without a doubt be a weekend to remember!

Which winery will you visit first? Let us know in the comments below! #area3wine&design

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Ohayo Gozaimasu Japan

I recently had the great fortune of visiting Japan for a few weeks on a holiday. For many years my business partner said – you must go, you will love it. She was right! In preparation I spent a few months listening to the Pimseleur audio tapes driving to and from work. Every morning I would attempt to speak a little more. Luckily my business partner had lived in Japan previously and would converse with me daily. This did come in handy during my trip. Hint – be sure to have directions written in Japanese should you choose to hop in a cab, most drivers don’t speak English. Japan is so unlike Canada in many ways. The formality of the people, everything you look at is steeped in tradition and history. My friends loved the abundance of seafood, sushi and of course the noodles. For me, the architecture was it. There is nothing better as a designer than the ability to visit in person and see a building or a space you studied in school or have glossed over many times in magazines and books. Below are just a few of my favorites and most memorable stops.

We visited many of the neighborhoods in Tokyo, each so unique. One sunny day we thought it would be fun to take the train to the “Harajuku” area and see all the colorful and quirky teenage girls dressed up. Unfortunately it was a school day so we only caught a glimpse of a few, however on the other side of town is a tree lined street called Omotesando. Here was an architectural dream of “who’s who”. Couture store upon store, but forget the fashion (for a moment). It was the buildings themselves. Prada the tall iconic glass structure by the famed Herzong & De Meuron and modern concrete form that housed the Tod’s store are only two of many that line this street and fought for your attention.  As I was standing across the street taking photos a women walked up to me who was an avid traveller from Jerusalem. She knew every building, and architectural firm that had designed it. Delighted to have someone to converse with she told me she visits Japan once a year just to see the architecture. She gave me a tip and suggested I must stop at this lovely pineapple bake shop a few blocks away. She did not disappoint! SunnyHills cake shop designed by Kengo Kuma was one of the coolest places I saw during my trip. The space has been featured in multiple magazines like Dezeen, Detail, and Arch Daily. The building consists of hinoki cypress and takes its inspiration from Cidori, a traditional Japanese toy in which timber slats are joined by means of milled cut-outs, not by nails or other connectors. So simply stunning. Truly one of those spaces you need to see in person to truly appreciate. The interior is minimalist and modern with concrete stairs and reception which was equally exciting.

 

 

The Roppongi area hosts many museums and art galleries. Only in Japan have I ever waited 30 minutes just to purchase a ticket for entry. This was at the Mori Art Museum which also houses an observation deck with panoramic views. I wondered if the Marvel: Age of heroes (which was one of the current temporary exhibits) caused the crowds. I would later decide not, after visiting many museums seems the Japanese have much more appreciation for art and design. One of my favorites is designed by the talented Tadao Ando. 21_21 Design Sight is a low rise structure with steel roof plates that gently slope down to the ground. The building sits quietly among the beautiful landscaping in a park behind a massive mall, hotel and restaurants. So discreet you could almost miss it. As the website states this venue allows you to redirect your eyes to everyday things, and events and make discoveries from the design point of view. This is a space to openly communicate and evaluate the design process. The one building houses the store and current exhibit and the second seemed like a lecture hall. Wouldn’t it be great as a designer to have such an amazing space to attend an event or be inspired on a regular basis? My biggest regret was not signing up months in advance so I could attend a service at Tadao Ando’s church of light. Next visit for sure. In the meantime I was able to observe some of his handy work and details in this great museum. The public washroom even had one his famous linear light wells.

If you have ever wanted to see the craziest and busiest intersection in the world (Shibuya)? Eat sushi that came off a conveyer belt? Hope for a sighting of a Geisha girl (I saw two) in the Gion, Kyoto district? View some of the most stunning and lush gardens, colorful temples, or see the largest Koi fish jump. Then I suggest you book your next vacation in Japan. Once you return be sure to share your favorite story and especially your architecture experience. #area3japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy summer updates for your home

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the return of summer and it has finally arrived! Unfortunately, here in Vancouver the warm summer weather has not made an appearance quite yet. While you are patiently waiting for the gloomy days to pass this weekend, why not make a couple easy updates to your home? It will certainly freshen up your space until you can spend your afternoons on the patio instead of indoors!

Living Art
When you can’t spend time outdoors, why not bring it inside? You can breathe some life into your home with some living art – we are talking about botanicals, planters and terrariums! They come in a variety of sizes so you can place them just about anywhere. A simple botanical leaf like this one from CB2 in a vase can add a statement to your entryway. Small potted succulents, aloe or even eucalyptus can also be easily placed in your bathroom, bedroom and side tables. You can pick some up from Kermodi Living Art (one of personal favorites) or CB2 has faux pre-potted options. Feeling brave, why not pick out your own pot and take a trip to your local nursery for a fun weekend DIY? Large planters also look fantastic in your living room. We currently love the look of planters elevated on stands like the Iris Planter + Chevron Stand from West Elm! For those of us who have trouble keeping plants alive, terrariums are your best friend! Fill one with some white stones and a few air plants (Art Knapp has a great selection) and keep a handsome brass mister like the one from Old Faithful Shop on hand to help you.

Small touches
Whether your favorite spot to hang out in your home is your living room or your reading nook, you can easily make some simple changes to help amp up your cherished moments of rest and relaxation! Just by swapping in some new toss cushions and throws your space will instantly be updated. If you want to keep your palette neutral, make sure to add some texture and pattern! Layer solid textures like the Muuto soft grid cushion in tangerine.  After dreary winter months a pop of color can go a long way! Hay (great Danish furniture and accessorie line) offers mutlitple items with fun colors. Their Kaleido tray which comes in yellow, orange and apricot can offer a home for keys on an entry table, nightstand valet or coffee table catch all.  How about scent? Fresh + bright + hints of wood describe a diffuser cocktail by local Vancouver brand Vitruvi. Be summer ready with bergamot, lemon or grapefruit essential oils. Pair that along with their minimalist white stone diffuser and what’s not to love? How will you update your space this weekend? Let us know with the hashtag #area3easyupdate or leave a comment below!

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Inspired by Copenhagen

It is no secret that we love Scandinavian design, so naturally we would be drawn to the Danish capital of Copenhagen! This charming city in Denmark is not only a design mecca, but could easily be considered utopia with its bold urban planning coupled with impeccable architecture. Its rich history is beautifully captured in its well-preserved historic buildings and each neighborhood has a unique character. Not only can you spend days appreciating all the old and new architecture, but there are plenty of design houses and public spaces to also meander through. There is no doubt that all design enthusiasts should visit Copenhagen and absorb some Danish design inspiration! Keep reading for our recommendations for your next visit.

Architecture

We have mentioned him many times before, but Bjarke Ingles and his namesake firm Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG) is a superstar in Copenhagen. Not only is it his hometown, but many of his iconic projects are also located here! Hop on a bike or take a 15 minute metro ride to the new neighborhood of Ørestad and you will easily spot three of BIG’s residential projects – VM Mountain, VM Houses and the 8 House. If you are on a budget or just want to experience living in one of these buildings for a few days, we suggest trying Airbnb! We had a fantastic stay in the 8 House and it was the perfect opportunity to experience living like a local. While you are in the neighborhood, be sure to take a peek at all the other new architectural masterpieces such as the Bella Sky Hotel. We love this neighborhood for its connectivity to nature with many trails, parks and public spaces!

Design

There is a certain timeless simplicity to Danish design and we cannot get enough of it! Copenhagen is filled to the brim with Danish design shops that will make you wish you could bring it all home with you. In central Copenhagen is the Strøget pedestrian shopping street which is home to Hay House. Here you will find contemporary furniture and other objects for the home in their light-filled two storey showroom which is sure to inspire you to make some changes to your own living space. While you are here be sure to check out the view! A few steps away from Hay House is Illums Bolighus, the premier hub of Danish and international design in Scandinavia. Hours can easily be spent going through their floors filled with furniture, décor, light fixtures, kitchen and bath articles and gifts. When you are here, be sure to check out the extensive Fritz Hansen display, Tom Dixon light fixtures and Normann Copenhagen homewares! Finally, spend a few hours learning about Danish design at the designmuseum. Not only will you find a room full of designer chairs on display (or as I like to call it, chair heaven), but you will learn about how the Japanese influenced Danish design!

Public Spaces

A unique aspect about Copenhagen is the many public spaces throughout the city. We are not surprised that it is the most bike able city in the world as everyone seems to be on a bike or on foot! Some of our favorite public spaces include the Copenhagen Street Food market on Paper Island. Here you can grab a bite to eat from one of the international food trucks inside the market hall then relax outside on the deck in the sun overlooking the city’s waterfront with views to the iconic Opera House. For those who love books, The Black Diamond is an extension to the Royal Library and is an architectural masterpiece in its own right with its juxtaposition of old and new. From the outside, the shiny black façade reflects the sea and sky at the harbor front and from the inside you can see the quirky maritime inspired pedestrian and cyclist bridge Cirkelbroen from your table at the café. If you get the chance, cycle out to the hip neighborhood of Nørrebro to visit Superkilen park. A celebration of diversity, BIG designed this park to exhibit interesting things from around the world such as a fountain from Morocco as well as fun pieces such as a boxing arena, octopus slide and swinging benches. Fun for those young and old!

Where would you like to visit in Copenhagen? Let us know in the comments or using the hashtag #area3designcopenhagen

 

 

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Designer…or Perfectionist?

“I probably do have an obsessive personality, but striving for perfection has served me well.”

–Tom Ford

If you’re anything like us here at Area3, true lovers of modern and minimal, words like perfectionist, and over-analytical may often be used to describe your personality. This just means you pay extra special attention to all the details. Emphasis on the word “all”.

So what is it that sets certain people apart? Especially those with great taste for design, from the messy, and chaotic bunch? Well, unfortunately there isn’t much of an answer out there for you, without getting into a whirlwind of scientific facts about individuals brain chemistry. Nevertheless, we’re telling you to embrace it. It’s a designer’s personal superpower. No one can organize better than you, or colour co-ordinate a space better than you! Your guests and clients will feel the effects of your design choices, even if they don’t consciously appreciate it.

That attention to detail, obsession for flawlessness, and precise brain of yours is literally a miracle worker. Think of Bjarke Ingles, the famous Danish architect who recently designed the exciting Vancouver House. A house where green living is so holistically integrated into the scale of the urban building. Bjarke Ingles Group must have gone through revision after revision to get every idea and feature just right.

Another Danish architect firm, pushing boundaries through meticulous consideration for detail to innovation is Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. They have developed a few buildings across Canada, and plenty of international projects. All of which reflect gorgeous, minimal design, and that Scandinavian style we so love. Such as the simple, light, and open floor plans in the residencies of Hasten 21, located in Stockholm Sweden.

The ability to design the entire inner workings and exterior of a functional building, requires so much detail and attention, that verging on the traits of a perfectionist is almost necessary. That inner perfectionist of yours is just as brilliant as the Danes, and that’s something we believe here at Area3, is a quality to be proud of!

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You say coffee, I say design

What’s a lively conversation, and a rich cup of coffee without the perfect ambiance? Nothing worthwhile for the time of a busy designer! Rain or shine, Vancouver has no shortage of hip and charming coffee shops for that caffeine fix with friends. Here we round up a few of our favorite places to grab a cup of joe!

Revolver

Practically the wizards of coffee. Everything is measured to precision and served by the definition of fresh. Specialty pour over coffee goes well with the snug seating that lines the walls for some serious one on one convo. The aesthetic matches the central Gastown location; Warm woods, industrial lighting, and brick walls. All in all making it an essential coffee time favorite.

Matchstick

What’s better than getting your morning started with coffee? Not much! However, feeling relaxed while doing it measures pretty close. The brand is home to a few locations, but each one never fails to pair gorgeous blonde woods with in house roasted coffee. The minimal aesthetic goes well with a light and genuine conversation. Every coffee is just as simple and honest of each of their café’s.

JJ Bean

It is a tested fact that JJ Bean makes one of the best chai lattes and chocolate zucchini muffins around town. Not only appetizing but, each location has an amazing layout and unique feature. The dynamic skylight at Cambie and 18th, the herringbone stone wall at the Dunsmuir location, and the large decorative cedar columns throughout the Lonsdale location are just a few of the fun design elements.

49th Parallel

This coffee shop deserves all the hype surrounding it! Lucky’s doughnuts and their in house coffee roasting is done to a whole new level of professional quality. There is something very charming about their vintage light blue branding, and industrial decor. There various locations always offer a friendly vibe. We especially love the large fresh patio space on w.4th that can be enjoyed year round.

Timbertrain

Another great example of a slow bar café, this location starts from the bottom up with one of a kind coffee, espresso, and more. They pick their beans, they roast in house, and they do their pour overs right there for you to watch. Their passion for coffee rivals that of their design aesthetic. Surrounded by red brick walls, and warm hardwoods, it’s as if you were sitting in a train station on a quiet night, seeking true comfort and a delicious coffee.

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Contemporary Florals

Remember that floral printed sofa from your childhood? Just the memory of it makes me cringe. If you have been avoiding floral prints like the plague, this might be the season you give it a chance. Lately we have seen a lot of geometric prints such as hexagons, chevron… you name it. We think it is time to try something different for a change! Gone are the days when florals reminded you of the Victorian Era. Taking an entirely new direction, they have moved away from the traditional look and feel – projecting a cool and modern vibe that can be incorporated into schemes that are urban and contemporary. There are no rules as to how you can add floral patterns into your space, although we would advise you to do so sparingly. Keep reading to find out how we would incorporate florals into a space!

Marimekko

Why not try something daring and layer bold florals over bold geometric patterns? You can give this look a try in almost any room! From wallpaper and fabrics to décor and stationary, you can give this bold look a chance in a small or big way. Finnish design house Marimekko offer a range of floral prints like you have never seen before. Large scale, somewhat abstract and combined with eye catching colors, Marimekko is not for the faint of heart. If you love Scandinavian design (like we do), these prints are sure to add that extra jolt of iconic Scandinavian flare to your space. Pair them with a black and white grid or abstract geometric pattern and you can’t go wrong! This is also a great line for that tween or teen room makeover. Head over to EQ3 who carry a large quantity of this product line and check out some of their home décor pieces. We love the teapot!

Art Inspired

Paintings of flowers have taken a huge turn from the literal depictions we have seen absolutely everywhere… what a relief! Although they can be hard to find, with a little searching on the internet, we have unearthed a couple artists that have put a modern spin on these. Their interpretations of florals are simply beautiful. We have recently used this artist – Vivian Caits in a model home at Zetter Place. Her artwork has a watercolor effect that creates a soft abstract floral-like design. Looking for a piece with neutral tones? Lori Popadiuk, a local Vancouver artist is one to check out. She has mixed media pieces in her wide open collection. Her free movement and subtle brush strokes just hint at the silhouette of a flower.

Fashion Forward

Spring or fall we are still seeing a strong floral influence in fashion. By any chance did you purchase a floral lace number over the holidays? Perhaps like this one at Nordstrom by BB Dakota? We appreciate the subtlety of lace embroidery, flocking and laser cut outs for our floral fashion fix. The new delicate direction is one we might even embrace here at Area3. This floral pouch by ZAC Zac Posen from Shopbop is sure to add some fun to you wardrobe. Looking for something more romantic? Consider this silk button-up shirt from Equipment or how about this revealing lace number. Sure to be a contender for that date night. For the faint of heart, try adding a simple accessory like this scarf from Indigo (also easy on your wallet). Keep it simple with just a hint of floral in your wardrobe or your home decor taking cues from the latest in fashion!

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How will you embrace the floral trend? Let us know with the hashtag #area3floral

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