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The Madison

The Madison, the third single Tamarack Model Home at Poole Creek in Stittsville, is undeniably the most eclectic in it’s design. Sonya and I decided that each model home would have a designated $$$ value and a unique personality.  The smallest of the three singles, the Madison, had a $ value assigned which meant there were more standard finishes chosen. Thankfully Tamarack has a wide selection of standard finishes, but the unique and eclectic design elements woud be achieved with colour, fabric, furniture, lighting and accessory selections. We decided this home would be edgy with a blue, orange and white colour scheme. To follow along with the introduction of the model home designs by Sonya Kinkade Design and Modecor click here for a brief background, and the introductions of  The Dover and The Oxford  .

 

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A FEW CHANGES

To create more efficient traffic flow in the kitchen, we took out the peninsula with the raised counter and added an island with a flush counter. We also removed the cumbersome pantry wall dividing the kitchen and great room.  Wine cubbies, corner display cabinet and ceiling to counter glass cabinets were incorporated into our design. The island counter was dressed in solid walnut, while the perimeter counters were upgraded with quartz.

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THE FINISHES

The entire process for choosing every single design and decor element for each model home began with the finishes selection. Below are the final Madison kitchen finishes. All other finishes throughout the model where chosen to coordinate with these. The Shaker white cabinets, Mirage, cream/white subway tiles and the Mirage Savanna Maple floor are standard finishes. The Snowden White Quartz and Walnut Butcher block are upgrades. We felt it was important to show potential Tamarack clients that combining mostly standard finishes with a few strategic upgrade finishes will yield a fabulous end result without breaking the bank.

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FURNITURE, ACCESSORY AND COLOUR INSPIRATION

As mentioned above, The Madison was dressed in an up to date white, orange and blue palette. Pattern, texture and colour with a strong dose of natural wood and warm finishes  ensured that The Madison’s spacious and open floor plan would have comfy, family appeal. Below are the original mood boards depicting the look we were going for.

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FABRIC CHOICES

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LIGHTING CHOICES

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THE COMPLETED MADISON

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Photography: Charlene Burnside Photography 

Designers: Sonya Kinkade Design and Modecor

Builder: Tamarack Homes 

 

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Chevron and Herringbone Motifs at IDS14

Every season we are bombarded with with features about the latest design and decor trends. ‘This one is dead’… ‘that one is gong to be around for awhile’. If you follow me, you will recognize that I’m not a trend follower…in fact I tend to walk in the opposite direction when what’s HOT in the trendy department is strategically calling my name. That is not to say that I don’t ever use trendy stuff in my projects. The Chevron has been declared ‘dead’ in the world of trends, (so has beige, but that’s another story entirely), and I certainly have no intention of dissing  ALL chevron motifs, and will gladly employ when appropriate.  In fact, Interior Designers who exhibited at IDS14 in Toronto this past week, appear to also be on board with chevrons, and the newest trend…herringbone.

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The classic chevron created by the mirror image of marble at the  Olympia Tile and Stone  booth clearly shows that this ‘trend’ is not going anywhere fast.

 

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Not to be confused with the chevron motif, the herringbone motif is similar in structure and is making a huge come back. What goes around comes around. This herringbone pattern was been designed to highlight the various patterns in a tile collection at the Ceragres exhibit.

 

Lets take a look at the differences between chevron and herringbone structure. Both are set at 45 degree angles, to create a zig zag pattern, but the top and bottom corners are cut at 45 degrees in the chevron motif, whereas the pieces in the herringbone pattern are laid perpendicular to each other. Both patterns are classic, and are most often used in flooring scenarios, but fabric, wall applications etc are also being pursued.

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More herringbone tile pretty from Ceragres.

 

…but what’s this?… more chevron motif is displayed in a very creative format at Keiou Design lab where surface wall design is explored.

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This was a hugely popular booth at IDS14 and for good reason …Cocoon had an entire wall decked out in green and white chevron pattern with Aerin Lauder displayed in eye catching gold. Me thinks this was a huge coup for the chevron.

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One of my favourite displays of herringbone is the creative use by Beauti-Tone Paint  of paint stir sticks to create this adorable herringbone floor sample.

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My philosophy on design and decor trends is quite simple….I don’t follow trends and I don’t subscribe to trends unless the the application suits the style, aesthetic, and personality of my client’s space.

 

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