September 2016

10 Best Instagram Accounts to Follow For Design

There are plenty of design accounts out there on Instagram, some good, some bad, but who has the hours to go through all of them nowadays. So we have done the work for you and broken down the 10 best design influencers we think you should follow. Do you have a favorite you think we should include? #area3instagram


Oracle Fox

Fashion, Interior Design

Amanda Shadforth is well known in the fashion industry as an influential stylist, photographer, and creator. When it comes to all things minimal and black and white, be prepared to drool over her gram account for hours! Oraclefox will not disappoint a single woman out there, take our word for it.




The Aviary

Design, Local

Love feeding off the creativity of other designers and architects alike? This feed features current undertakings happening in the coworking studio space available. The Aviary keeps you connected to independent and local BC designers, as well as upcoming events and showroom exhibits.




Design Milk Everyday

Home Décor

You’re probably already following @designmilk, but have you checked out Design Milk Everyday? Everyday they showcase one single beautiful object. Find accessories and furniture with the same modern aesthetic as their sister account.





If you’re like us and you love wearing anything but colour that comes in a soft and flowing fabric, then this is just the feed for you. Figtny will have your credit card in its clutches so scroll with caution!




ADDRESS Assembly 

Design, Local

Check in with ADDRESS Assembly for showroom details and works by various contemporary creators of all realms. Founder of ADDRESS, Kate Duncan, has put together a team of exceptional local designers who go above and beyond, including Fabulous Furnishings, Cloth Studio, Pot Inc., MaK Interiors and many more.




Whiting Architects 

Interior Design, Architecture

Just Down Under, this Australia based team is definitely worth checking out for appreciators of holistic design. Whiting Architects focuses on commercial and residential projects that take on an overall simple and functional aesthetic. Their next award should be for beautiful material layering and contrast





Lighting Design, Local

Annnnnnd…let there be light! And Light is a company based out of Vancouver “with a strong belief in forward thinking, and environmentally conscious design through innovative production methods”. We’re currently loving their pipline CM2 pendant fixture, what about you?

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Home Décor, Interior Design

The Scandinavians are paving way for simplicity and minimalistic home design. Don’t believe us? Simple Form proves it all.



Not all inspiration comes from a feed of beautiful interiors, some of it needs to come from one guy capturing all things white, our favorite colour here at Area3. Wk.Ai will be your new muse. With his fragments of white frames, you’ll be itching to fill in the rest!






You finally made it through the work week and your home is looking top notch because your Instagram feed is as inspiring as ever. So let’s unwind and celebrate at yours with a beverage just as creative and chic as you are with Ashley and her refreshing cocktail recipes.


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What’s In Store For Fall

We’re in the last bit of summer now and as much as we’d like to soak it all up in complete and utter relaxation there’s a small part in each of us that must be a tad curious about this upcoming fall season of 2016. Take a peek below and start planning how you can stay on trend.

Colour’s in the Clear

Looks like colour is coming back to play! In particular, river blue and mustard yellow are getting mixed into interiors all over the place. Let’s remember to be subtle about it though and stick with accents and décor. Think upholstery, pillows, throws, and kitchen accessories. As the colder fall season approaches and change can be a little stressful to some at times, blue hues will help keep all that relaxation you did over the summer alive. Wrap yourself up in a deep blue cozy throw with your morning coffee before you start a busy day of work. As we start to see a lack of sun shining into our lives, coming home to pops of yellow here and there will reawaken and uplift any mood effortlessly. Think Mansur Gavriel’s clutches in “sun” while you check out Crate and Barrel’s new kitchen line up of accessories. Warning: Colour with caution; try not to overdo it or else we lose the effects these saturated hues have on us. Try balancing all this colour with a neutral backdrop such as white, grey, or black.

Tech-“no” living rooms

Gadgets out in the open of living rooms are no longer as cool as they used to be. Being connected and plugged into phones, laptops and televisions all day can be a lot on the mind. Did you know the average person spends approximately 8 hours a day in front of a screen? Not very cool. What is cool is having a living room to come home to and unwind your body, soul, and mind away from constant stimulation. A space where you can connect and bond with actual humans! Find a way to hide, store, or clean up your home entertainment in the living room. There are plenty of TV lifts that go inside of cabinets and extend and descend your television upon demand, and Room in Order has lots of cable management solutions like the Yamakazi cable box. Or invest in smart technology that condenses everything into one. Look out for Google Home, a small modern cylinder that works as a radio, speaker, and manages your everyday tasks. Better yet though, have no technology at all in your living room, minimize your use in front of a screen and downsize on the extent of your home entertainment entirely. Spaces where “less is more” are clearing out the clutter this fall.

Metal Detailing

Metal hardware has been just as popular as American politics, exposed, eye catching, and enticing, and it’s not going anywhere either. However, this year’s fall hardware is taking on a warmer and edgier appeal with colours like rosy copper, brushed brass, and polished gun metal. From the runway to your hallway let’s take a look at how these metals are entering our homes. Roll and Hill’s Demeter table lamp is the perfect example of these pairings; a balanced brushed brass shade set on top of half a sphere of white marble. Words don’t do its beauty justice. While we’re on the subject of brass, you’re not going to want to tidy up your belongings into drawers if they are looking as good as the Oji brass bottle openers at Litchfield in Gastown. It’s back to basics this fall, metal combined with natural and raw materials such as concrete and classic stones is your foundation. Though if you must tidy away your accessories, or trending locally made jewelry from Little Dream (hint hint they have great finds), place one of Umbra’s cute metal containers on the counter.

Now that you’ve finished reading this, can you envision all three of these trends working together in one area? Picture this: river blue and brushed brass accents and accessories in a chilled out white living room.

Fall Trends

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