November 24th, 2014
On a recent shopping trip to one of my favourite local shops, Blubird Boutique my eye was instantly caught by a line of purses I had never heard of before: Gianni Chiarini. What isn’t there to love?! These very reasonably priced bags (ranging from 150-300 depending on size) are conveniently waterproof (made of rubber) for this Vancouverite who is constantly shlepping around in the rain. The fun patterns are definitely what drew me in and as usual I couldn’t help but connect my favourite fashion trends to interior trends. Find some inspiration not just for your christmas list, but also for how you too can take inspiration from your favourite items on the runway or n your closet and translate them into your home.
October 19th, 2014
One of my favourite parts of the design process is what I call programming. This is the question and answer portion with clients, or the “getting to know you” time. Being involved in the design or decoration of someone’s house is a very personal thing. For example, in bathroom renovations one of my first questions is always “are you a shower or a bath person?” This might be a little blunt for someone I may be meeting for the first time however, helps me establish where we should be saving and splurging in a bathroom to maximize the budget and create the best possible space for the client. To me this is a very interesting part of the design process. Learning about how people use their space, what makes them comfortable, and what makes them tick. But, despite the unique challenges of every project, and drastically different taste each person has, it always amazes me how completely different people can often have similar requests. One of these things is neutrals. Probably my most requested colour palette is a neutral one. I think the largest reason for this is that people feel more comfortable making investment purchases (i.e. large pieces of upholstery) in neutral tones that have difficulty falling out of style and are easy to live with for long periods of time. This is a very understandable approach, and one I have taken in areasin my own home. Unfortunately, sometimes I think that the choice for a neutral palette is a result of the fear of taking risks (which in my books is a big no-no!) Having fun with your interior and trying out unique things (even if they sometimes don’t work) is how you create memorable, unique and timeless spaces.
I have rounded up a few of my favourite spaces that while all being completely neutral, exhibit a little risky behaviour that keeps them interesting. Whether it’s an unexpected shape or contrast, an interesting mix of texture and pattern or emphasizing architectural elements, every space needs some drama!
October 18th, 2014
September was a busy and exciting month here at Gillian Segal Design. One of the highlights was definitely participating in this years Dinner X Design and IDS West with my partner for this event Bash & Fete. For those of you who don’t know about the event, Dinner x Design is an incredible charity gala that raises money for the Dr. Peter Aid’s Foundation. Local designers and event producers are invited to create a concept and design for a 12′-0″ x 12′-0″ space. After a few short days dedicated to building and set-up, a cocktail party and the gala dinner were held here in Vancouver at CBC studios. Following two great evenings, we had a few days to take everything apart and move it over the the Vancouver Convention Center, where all of the Dinner x Design booths were on display for the duration of IDS West. We were so thrilled with the end result of the design, and had a blast with amazing guests at the Gala dinner, however this was definitely an undertaking that took a village. While the process started withBrittany and I brainstorming a concept, we ended with an incredible team of talented designers who helped us bring our vision to life.
Our initial concept was: We’ll Always Have Paris. Here is a summary of our vision:
We don’t know how, but Parisians always manage to do it better. The fashion, the food, the design and not to mention the fact that women manage to eat bon-bons all day and still stay thin. The chic and luxurious Parisian lifestyle is appealing in and of itself but we felt particularly inspired by some of the design emerging out of Paris. Designers like Christian Liagre, Joseph Dirand and Jean Louis Denoit are able to seamlessly marry the old and the new, creating interesting and glamorous spaces that re-interpret tradition. That was our goal: a modern twist on classic elements of design.
After coming up with a mood board to keep our concept focused (see below), I started on a journey of an amazing collaborative design process with Katherine Gordon, Jeff Martin, Matthew McCormick and Lock & Mortice. With Katherine’s Architecture & Design expertise, Jeff’s table , Matt’s chandelier and Mirror Art made by Katherine and myself we were off to a very exciting start. Having Lock & Mortice come on board to not only build the booth, but do all the brass work (and the benches) really brought all of our brainstorming to life. Take a look at the end result below! Florals provided by The Flower Factory, Busts and small accessories from The Cross and graphic design for our menus was done by Sandy Manj. All photos taken by the talented Tracey Atyon.
And…for those of you who are wondering, the Mirror is in French and reads, “TOUS NARCISSIQUES” meaning: all narcissistic. This item is sold, however other pieces of mirror art are available on a commission basis.