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Tricks of the Trade from Interior Designer Montana Labelle

2/26/2015

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When I first met interior designer Montana Labelle it was one of those instant girl crushes where you not only think she’s totally adorable but that she-like-totally-gets-you. *hair flip*

We were finishing each others sentences, laughing and instantly shared the same vision for my new office space.

 

I love Montana’s style and eye so much I thought I would ask her if she could share some of her top tips and tricks of the trade with the hopes that it might help some of you out there who are interested in freshening up your place or even creating an entire new one.

 

Montana not only trained at Parsons in New York but she also apprenticed at top design firm, Gluckstein Design. Her work has been published in numerous publications including The Globe and Mail, Fashion and Style At Home Magazine.

 

Here are some tricks and tips from Montana Labelle:

 

 

1. Be Resourceful

Vintage Fine Objects

I am constantly on the hunt for exciting furniture and accessory finds. I have a serious love for vintage mid century modern pieces, and anything art deco. I perpetually scour Instagram stores such as @Vintagefineobjects, or @Charishco- both online treasure chests for vintage finds at incredible prices. When I am not perusing these stores on my phone, I am window shopping from my car, or visiting local vintage furniture stores and markets.

 

2. Books, Books and more Books

Books

I am seriously in love with black and white hardcover books. Stacked, piled, in bookcases, on coffee tables, armoires, you name it… black and white books are my favourite accessory that can transform a space on a dime.

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3. Boxes

Boxes

There is something about trinket boxes that I absolutely love. I probably have about 30 of them in my own home, ranging from key storage on my front table, to business card storage in my office to jewelry storage on my bedside table. They are an incredible way to keep your home looking less cluttered.

 

4. Personalize it.

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2/26/2015

Mulberry Fall ’15 at LFW

2/25/2015

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On Sunday I attended the Mulberry presentation in London at their stunning head office.

The collection was based around Mulberry’s current fascination with the timeless elegance of old English homes.  The embroidery and prints brought to life a filagree motif inspired by the strong use of cornice, mouldings and white paint work found in traditional Georgians.

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Though the collection was Fall there was a beautiful lightness to it.  The soft greys and warm whites were not only stunning but a nice step away from the darkness that can come along with collections for the colder months.

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Three Films You Should See At This Year’s ReelWorld Festival

2/25/2015

The Oscars are over and Neil Patrick Harris has long since put his pants back on, so the most sparkly moment in filmmaking is over. But if you noticed the #oscarssowhite feed on twitter and love movies with smart and culturally diverse storylines then you’ll appreciate what’s happening at the ReelWorld Film Festival on March 2-8. Held annually in Toronto, the festival’s main purpose is to support and showcase racially diverse film talent from Canada and beyond. It was founded in 2001 by Tonya Williams, who played Dr. Olivia Winters on The Young and the Restless.

 

There is a lot to choose from at this year’s festival, but here are three I’m looking forward to see.

 

Virtual Hitman, short comedy

VirtualHitman_Photo Courtesy of ReelWorld Film Festival

 

Synopsis

A young Chinese-Canadian woman named Lily tells her father she wants to quit school and be a professional gamer. Her father takes action by hiring an online hitman to kill Lily’s character during a gaming tournament to dash her dreams. Lily’s pain and her father’s guilt forces them to talk about something they’ve been avoiding for years.

 

Why I want to see this

A young woman taking a stand on her desires against her family’s wishes is very relatable, and I like that the film highlights a female in the professional gaming industry.

Grandma Knows Best?, short documentary

GrandmotherKnowsBest_Photo Courtesy of ReelWorld Film Festival

 

Synopsis

Two grandmothers, one in Canada and one in Ethiopia, dream of meeting one last time for their granddaughter’s wedding. But how will they convince their single granddaughter to date and marry a man?

 

Why I want to see this
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2/23/2015

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