Catching Up with Steven Sabados

Jun 28, 2016

It's difficult not to think about Steven Sabados without thinking about his long-time business and romantic partner, Chris Hyndman. I had met them years ago when they hosted a blogger day on their show Steven and Chris. This charming and handsome couple had the audience laughing, and we were instantly smitten with their chemistry and charisma.

Chris' sudden passing in August last year was a shock to the local design community and a grieving Steven coped by staying out of the public eye for the past year. And so when I was invited to a preview of the new S&C Collection, I was curious: would this new collection bring the same masculine glamour the pair was known for? How would it change, with just Steven to bring the vision forward? But also, how was Steven doing? Having watched him since his CityLine days in the 1990's, Steven felt like someone I knew (but not really) and I was sad for his sadness.

The collection is quietly stunning. Steven has found a way to carry that signature S&C style through each of the lighting, furniture, rugs and accessories. My own personal taste has moved towards a simple and less refined over the years, but this made me want to embrace glamour all over again.

I loved the use of metals, from the brass corner braces and stately legs of the desk to the hefty frame of the lanterns and lighting. Some of the pieces seemed over-scaled and brought a sense of drama to the setting. How fabulous was this styling? Go bold with a single lantern or impress with a cluster of orbs.

The Birds of a Feather chandelier was a standout piece. Reminiscent of a bird cage, this light fixture pairs the trendy exposed bulb look with a matte black frame that would look just right in today's farmhouse inspired interiors.

Still decidedly masculine, the collection included textural, earthy pieces as well. The burnished metals and rustic touches speak to the trend Steven notes of homes incorporating more organic styles.

Steven was most excited about the rugs in the collection. From antique kilims to vibrant silk rugs made from recycled saris, the rugs had great texture and colour. Also coming soon: a custom rug program available online where you'll be able to select from 50 different patterns and choose the colours and materials to make the rug truly personalized to suit your home.

I asked Steven if he had a favourite piece in the collection and he said it was this sofa. "Chris loved blue and always wanted the pillows to be solid and match. No mixing of patterns". With the slight chrome foot detail, this sofa has classic good looks yet feels timeless and modern. A nod to the past certainly, and a sign of a bright future ahead.

The Love List

Jun 24, 2016 +

Completely blown away by Chris and Julia's 6 day kitchen makeover

Emily's top 3 design tips make perfect sense

Are you digging palm leaves these days? Here's how to get the resort chic look at home

A pretty before and after tour

A summer smorgasbord. Yum!

A tiny home that's big on style

Go horizontal with your outdoor fence

A petite backyard makeover

Letting go of the perfect home

Cottage Details

Jun 23, 2016 +

Does it seem like we're taking a long time to get the cottage put together? Because we are. You would think we would be satisfied with a brand new built cottage. Just move our furniture in and enjoy the summer. But no, I've come to realize we are people who like to make work for themselves. So we've gone about obsessing over the little details. I say that we focus on those things that you might not notice, but that you feel.

Take the kitchen cabinet handles for instance. We had the builder leave out the handles so I could find just the right ones to convey that farmhouse meets cottage feel we're after. I debated for months whether to go for brass ones or oil rubbed bronze, to get bin pulls or knobs, backplate or not? I decided on the Rochdale Suite from Lee Valley and I could not love them more. The graphite finish, the tiny rivets... when a handle feels good in your hand, you remember it.

Here's another custom update. We had the builder move the electrical box to over the window instead of hanging from the ceiling. I knew I wanted an articulating library sconce in this area. It's a small change but one that helps this cottage feel a little more "ours".

More lights. The builder had installed really unattractive strip lights in both bathrooms. We took those right out and replaced them with these aged steel and brass beauties. The light fixture came with Edison bulbs but I find those things never cast enough light.

This barn sconce with a milk glass shade in our ensuite is my favourite. It feels industrial yet refined. Now we just have to deal with the rest of the blank wall - fill in those plug holes, paint these rooms, find a mirror, install a mirror, hang up hooks, get a shower curtain, etc etc. There's a million little details that stand in the way of me sitting down to relax and just enjoy this cottage! But I don't want to rush it. This is the fun part, right?

Plaid, Check and Gingham Rugs

Jun 21, 2016

If there's one thing I love shopping for, it's a rug. Rugs can be showstoppers or quiet complements to the rest of the room. They are great for adding a bit of personality and can really help tie a whole room together.

Follow me on Instagram @ramblingreno for more cottage peeks
Lately, I've been obsessed with plaid rugs. The indoor/outdoor rug we got for the cottage porch is pretty amazing. It's bold and unexpected yet still in keeping with our farmhouse theme. Here's a roundup of rugs if you're mad for plaid like me.
Plaid, check, and gingham rugs | | farmhouse lakehouse cottage rugs
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The Love List

Jun 17, 2016 +

Now THIS is where I want to go to summer camp. Design by Rachel Reider, photography by Rare Brick.

Design lessons from a Hamptons farmhouse

I adore Julie's simple and elegant summer home tour

Give your walls some dimension
. Five years later, and I still love mine.

Gingham wallpaper for your desktop? You know I had to have it

Sometimes what happens after you move into the dreamhouse is not what you expect

Little things that mean a lot to kids

A simple question for a tidier home. So smart!

Have a great weekend, friends - especially to all those awesome dads out there!


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