Herringbone Pattern Interior Design

Grey Herringbone Interior home decor

Grey Herringbone Interior

Herringbone, Chevron, ZigZag call it what you want. That fabulous signature pattern of Missoni Home (and even Charlie Browns shirt) is back in a big way. I have always been obsessed with herringbone wood floors for the extra dynamic and luxury touch it can give a room of any style. Herringbone has been used in fabric for ages as a classic mens suit and womens skirt fabric. Pair a grey herringbone with a rich tawny leather and you have a chic style that will fit right in to the Sunday racetrack crowd. The great thing about this fabulous pattern is that you can make many moods with it depending on how much contrast you express the pattern with. For permanent applications such as flooring, backsplashes and millwork details its best to keep the pattern in a one color application where the cut lines, wood grain or grout lines are what forms the pattern. When it comes to accessories go bold and demand contrast between each row of stripes- play with color, tones, varying stripe thicknesses, scale etc to add more texture and visual interest to a room. This look can go from bold and exciting colors in a child’s bedroom to soft and subdued tones for a neutral palette living room. The herringbone pattern is a beloved favorite of the Interior Design profession, use it with creativity!

charlie brown shirt

Charlie Brown and his Zig Zag shirt

Here is what I am showing in the Grey color scheme above :

  1. White marble tile: Ann Sacks Carrara marble tile small herringbone 10 1/8″ x 11″ netted sheet AS2393-10 This beautiful stone would love great as a floor pattern insert, backsplash, washroom floor or wall tile or if you want to do something different you could use it as a bedside table top, a fine for a barrel ceiling or a craft project for trivets, coasters, high end and chic DIY planters etc.
  2. I found this space on Apartment Therapy. This beautiful bedroom could have been ultra drab and boring had it not been for this stunning paint job with a loud and vibrant edge from Farrow and Ball paint in London Clay 244, Railings 31, Hardwick White 5, Mahogany 36 and over Shaded White 201
  3. Pillow: Madeline Weinrib Steel ZigZag. You can find zigzag pillows everywhere these days, this one has a great shade of grey and could be mixed up with any color, texture or pattern in any room.
  4. Mug: Mikasa Grey/Platinum zigzag mug set of 4 for $39.99. These mugs are gorgeous and crisp. I can see them with a pastel or white dainty dinnerware set with silver flatware great for an inspiring shot of coffee in the morning solo or to accompany a great dessert at a dinner party…. can you see it with some bold silver charger plates?!
  5. Stainless Steel Mosaic Tile: You can find these masculine and slick backplash tiles at almost any tile store these days for anywhere from $15-$25/sq.ft. I recommend getting them in a brushed stainless finish to reduce fingerprints and cleaning marks. Great for smaller scale areas like backsplashes, bathroom wall details etc. I woul avoid doing full walls or floors with this as it can be a bit much in larger quantities.
  6. This is a photo of Canadian Interior Designer Emily Walker who works for Canadian House and Home. This is her beautiful and simple kitchen. Her use of the Zigzag pattern is ideal as it shows up in one location and pulls the colors from the room to ground the floor and add texture and pattern to the space.
  7. Fur area rug: Kyle Bunting Basketweave pattern in charcoal color. Im a sucker for anythign in hide and Kyle Bunting is a kind of his domain, his hide art rugs are each so stunning and add volumes of interest, class and value to a space. Need I say more?
  8. Area Rug: Madeline Weinrib Steel ZigZag. Get a rug just like Emily Walkers to spice up your boot room or kitchen!
Black Zig Zag Wood Herringbone

Traditional and classic Herringbone

Here is a completely different look. Masculine, dark, rich and crisp.

  1. Dark Rough hardwood: LV Wood Floors Antique Oak Herringbone. This is a fabulous floor that I would LOVE to personally use in my whole home, the richness of colors, texture and grain are all fascinating, historic and beautiful. I could easily see this product for retail flooring in a mens store.
  2. Dress: Principles black and White Zig Zag Dress cute, fun and graphic this dress could spice up any cocktail hour.
  3. Wood and Stianless Steel mosaic tile: Mosaico+ DL.0364 Misura op. 3 in Canada you can get this Luxe tile from Julian Tile
  4. Black Marble mosaic tile: Ann Sacks Herringbone Obsidian. This is a gorgeous mosaic great for any wall space or floor detail.
  5. Pouf: Missoni Home in black and white. great as extra seating for company and to add fun pops of color or tecture to any room. All kids love Poufs!
  6. Black leather floor: source unknow but this is one sexy product! Come out reps wherever you are.
  7. Ottoman: Madeline Weinrib Mid Century ottoman
herringbone floors

Herringbone Floors

Bright zig zag interiors

Colorful herringbone rooms

Zig Zag Interior Design and Missoni Vase

Colorful bold zig zag pattern

Edmonton Furniture Stores

I have really started to fall in love and appreciate Edmonton for all it is and the great potential it has. Watching the beautiful river valley turn a thousand shades of gold and auburn over the last few weeks has been a beautiful way to wake up everyday from my downtown apartment. The city is growing with new revitalized community’s, the downtown market on 104th, the international city center airport re-development competition, the quarters development, and future downtown arena. I am really looking forward to watching this tight knit and artistic Albertan city turn into a vibrant metropolis on the world map.

I haven’t blogged much about Edmonton or the events around the city and I think its time that I beam in on all it has to offer for design. I have visited numerous furniture stores around the city and am impressed with the traditional to contemporary diversity of product. Below I will share a brief glimpse of some of my Edmonton furniture store faves! If I missed anything else thats fantastic in the #YEG  furniture world please make sure to let me know!

In the blooming new corner of Jasper and 124th street lies an array of furniture and clothing stores, art gallerys and my favorite Mousy Browns SalonHenry’s furniture on Jasper is a little design oasis that feels like home the moment you step in. I was greeted with welcoming staff and the cutest of pooches. They carry many warm, woodsy and designerly lines for the home including Steven & Chris’s line from Decor-rest, Enigma and Van Gogh Designs (which is also carried by the Urban Barn). I love that they carry Sunbrella fabrics, Crown wallcoverings and Planika fires!

Henry's Fine Things Edmonton

Henry's Fine Things

Just around the corner from Henry’s is the grandiose McElheran’s Fine Furniture which boasts a girl next door store with a bright red door that holds all of their sales items. Make sure to check it out for beautiful ready to take home couches (I drool on them each time I walk in!).  McElheran’s carries everything from the purely upper-crust old school Americana to trump mattresses to elegant contemporary pieces. These items are all heirloom worthy and can stand the test of time in the right environment. They carry: Sherrill Furniture, Theodore Alexander, Hickory White, Althorp, Sligh, Precedent, Century Furniture, Drexel Heritage, Durham, Hancock & Moore, Thayer Coggin and Maitland Smith to name a few!

McElheran's Fine Furniture Edmonton

McElheran's Fine Furniture

On the more contemporary side Dwell Modern has an excellent collection of Europes finest lines from Jesse Italia to Moooi and Moroso.

dwell modern furniture

Dwell Modern Furniture

29 Armstrong is modern and edgy with thought provoking avant-garde furniture, lighting, wallpaper and accessories from around the globe. Most of their items have  an Eco friendly touch and all of their items have attitude. Located right downtown on the 104th street market they are easily accessible and great to throw at cocktail party at. My first experience with this little showroom was for an IDA (Interior Designers of Alberta) meet and greet cocktail party.

29 Armstrong Furniture

29 Armstrong

Le Belle Arti is a high end furniture and lighting store with a contact division to aid Interior Designers. They carry a vast array of brands, my favorite being: B&B Italia, Ligne Roset, Herman Miller, Knoll, Ingo Maurer, Artemide, Snaidero Kitchens, Ecosmart Fire, Agape and Kos.

Le Belle Arti

Le Belle Arti

Posh at Home is a cute little store right downtown on Jasper Ave that has contemporary furniture, lighting, accessories and bedding. They also offer custom services for Hunter Douglas Blinds. Great to check out if you are doing a stroll down Jasper on a beautiful fall afternoon!

Posh At Home Edmonton

Posh At Home Edmonton

Cottswood is a furniture paradise on Mayfield road. Stop by for a long stroll through their residential haven for transitional to contemporary furniture and accessory lines. They carry a large selection of all your residential basics and can make your home warm and at peace. For you bargain finders they also have a clearance center!

Cottswood Furniture

Cottswood Furniture

Last but certainly not least is Inspired Home Interiors Edmonton’s only Knoll Studio dealer. They carry Colexion Perez and G Romano from Montreal, Bombast from Vancouver, and Gus Modern from Toronto. They also have the ever delightful Kartell and Tema Home which I am hoping to see this year in Milan for the 50th anniversary of Salone Internazionale del Mobile! Congratulations to owner Alana for her 10th year in business!! Stop in and have a look at their great showroom and be sure to say hi to Alana and Karley for me.

Inspired Home Interiors

Inspired Home Interiors

Stepevi Carpets

Stepevi Luxury Carpet

Stepevi classics Organic lines

Stepevi Carpets was born by “Step” which has been around since 1919 originating in Istanbul. The Creativity and Luxury found in their rugs is nearly unsurpassed as a market leader in their industry. The texture and quality is elegant and posh. They have showrooms in Istanbul, Vienna, Saltzburg, Nurnberg, Dubai, new York, Miami, Johannesburg and London. These elegant products are great for Commercial, residential and hospitality spaces.

Stepevi Luxury Carpet

Stepevi Classics Select

Stepevi Luxury Carpets

Stepevi Classics Vedia

Stepevi Luxury Carpet

Stepevi Luxury Carpet

Stepevi Luxury Carpet

Stepevi Modern Gorgeous Vedia collection

Stepevi Luxury Carpet

Stepevi Modern Gorgeous Sexy Carpet Line

Best of NeoCon 2010: Products

Best Of NeoCon Products

Best Of NeoCon Products

 The Merchandise Mart is so large in Chicago that it is hard to put my finger on my favorite products from the trip but I managed to pull something together! NeoCon focuses mainly on Commercial interior design with a heavy focus on contract furniture and floor coverings. Most of the Showrooms are year round spaces but some of them were temporary booths.

  1. 18×36 Commercial Carpet Tile by Shaw Contract Group. In 4 great patterns: Fade, Overlay, Blur, and Laser Cut. The great selection is produced in eco-friendly Eco-Solution Q nylon on EcoWorx tile backing. This company has truly dominated the market for environmental story and aesthetics. Few others match them for the richness of their colors, quality, customer service (Thanks Celeste!) and the timelessness of their designs. I’m glad that they were the first to bring out the rectangular carpet tile and cant wait for samples to come out in the fall.
  2. Joel Berman’s Heat lamp won Gold for decorative lighting at NeoCon. Heat is a light sculpture for designed interiors. Fashioned from a solitary 2 ¼ in. thick volume of acrylic resin, the luminaire is cast in Berman’s signature Arrigado texture, accented with brushed stainless steel hardware, and equipped with a high intensity LED light source.
  3. Davis has created a great line of residential feeling contract furniture that is fully powered in delightful ways. I was also particularily struck by their bench seating- great form and quite conmfortable! Locally in Alberta you can find Davis through Solutions Workplace Furnishings, have a chat with Todd or Shannon and they can bring back some style to your outdated office space.
  4. Kvadrat Maharam came out with this great vintage feeling nordic pattern in great colors called A Band Apart.
  5. I can’t say enough how much I love Tai Ping Carpets. Their exploration of color and texture in wool and silk has been incredible to watch. Here is just one fine example of hand carving, color and play on textures. I can imagine anyone taking off their socks and shoes to run their toes through this piece. This company also suprised me this year by launching a luxury line of carpet tile called Innuendo.
  6. Halcon came out of nowhere. I had never even heard of the company. Turns out they make high end Commercial and residential office furniture. As you can see by this image Simon was rather excited to see the clothes hanging space within the unit. Each and every element was customizable and teh drawers were all felt lined. The Proximus line was impecably detailed with the sliding workwall, eye height open filing, soft cloding drawers, ball bearing slider. The veratility and efficiency of this piece are well displayed and can benifit both the office piler and filer!
  7. DIRTT (aka. Doing It Right This Time) certainly has blown me away. I had never seen an install until NeoCon and am shocked by how advanced their research and product line is. The clean lines and simple details of their project surely put it ahead of all other modular walls companies. These are truly living adaptable systems with infitite capabilities. I am not a health care designer nor have much interest to go that route but their healthcare display gave me infinite respect for how much work it must be to pull of an aesthetically pleasing, ergonomically correct compact hospital room that feels welcoming and clean. Congratulations DIRTT for opening my eyes!
  8. Designed by Scott Wilson the SW_1 conference table for Coalesse is a great modern adaptation to the way we live and work. The casual work setting begs for comfort and flexibility as well as connectivity. This table allows a person to pull their table pad closer to them to make for a better posture and comfort when working with a laptop.
  9. Jofco presented this piece in all white with a few pale blue accents but when I re-looked at it online in wood and black I was completely drawn. This piece is gorgeous and shoudl be a stand alone in any law firm or partners office. Its simple and uncluttered meant to show off stature and how critical the only desk accessory (the laptop) really is.
  10. I was unfamiliar with Carvart until NeoCon 2010. nearly completely customizable the laminated glass can showcase images, materials, textures, graphics etc. in a sophisticated and elegant way. This large peice shown was of two faces with metallic sheer fabric in between giving the image a subtle and reflective quality to it that cannot be captured in photographs. Their website has some great closeups of what they can do. Turns out that they did Andres Escobars 11 Fulton as well as the Park Plaza in New York.
  11. Poggenpohl makes luxury contemporary kitchens. I have been admiring the Porsche kitchen for a few years but it wasnt until visiting the Merchandise Mart in Chicago that I finally got to explore the design and truly appreciate it. The linearity of the design and integration of lighting as well as the assisted opening drawers and cabinets make you feel the qaulity and craftsmanship of the piece. Cabinets and drawers are divided by 5mm thick dark oak. Th eproporation of cabinet heights and depths is truly unique and ergonomic.
  12. Poliform has a great collection of furniture, wardrobe and kitchen designs all in the same style but different proporations and aesthetics. I have used them in the past on a few projects overseas and am in love with particularily the Matrix collection (as shown in photo). There Grey-Dyed Oak is the most beautiful wood and finish I have seen and would love to have it for both my kitchen and wardrobe.