Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Million Dollar Influences

That old saying "champagne tastes on a beer budget" frequently comes to mind when I find something I'd like for the new house, and later, discover what it costs. I recently stumbled across Martyn Lawrence Bullard's new Moroccan tile line for Ann Sacks. Considering that he's a Million Dollar Decorator, I had an inkling that his tile wouldn't be cheap, but I told myself I could just do a band of said tile in our master shower, to contrast with a more affordable tile. Check out the video below to see this gorgeous product and how it's made. Oh, and just like MLB's interiors, his personality is a little you'll see. 

The nearest distributor was a tile store in Calgary, so I rang them up for an estimate. I few days later, I had a voicemail from the store. The tile takes about eight weeks to come in, and costs $137.50 per square foot. One band of this hand-pressed tile in our master shower would end up costing over $2000 and I'd still need to cover the rest of the walls. It just wasn't meant to be.

Shows like Million Dollar Decorators and magazines like Architectural Digest are a peek into a world, that, although I can't fathom or afford, are nice to draw inspiration from. Sometimes you can find a great knock off, and sometimes you'll spot a great IKEA or CB2 product on the pages of AD. Heck, on one episode of MDD they furnished an entire room with stylish West Elm furniture.

As I mentioned in a previous post, another decorator on the show, Jeffrey Alan Marks, inspired one of our paint colours. In an interview with One Kings Lane, he said his favourite paint colour was Farrow and Ball's DownPipe. I looked it up, loved it, and went with Benjamin Moore's closest substitute, Kendall Charcoal. It's now covering the walls of our laundry room and guest bathroom, and it looks great. (Photo to come soon!)

And lastly, even Mary McDonald may end up having some influence on our interiors. A few weeks ago I popped into Garden Architecture and Design and saw some of Mary's lighting line. One of her stunning pentagon pendants was on sale at 25% off. If there's anyone who could convince me that brass is back, it's MM. They also have one in nickel if brass isn't your thing. Even at 25% off, it's not a cheap fixture, so I'm still mulling this one over. If I can't stomach the cost, I'm sure I can find something similar. A simple search for "hexagon pendant light" or "pentagon pendant light" yields a few decent alternatives.

While poking around MLS the other day, I found a Saskatoon kitchen with four of these beauties above the island (see below). Now that's pentagonal perfection.
My next post will have a better update on the house with lots of photos. It turns out that work, and finalizing the building of a house, really gets in the way of blogging about said house building. I'm hoping to get this update finished within the next week. Check back soon!


gai said...

so, for $2000, you could take a pottery course, a kiln and some clay, and do your whole shower! But, that's just me talking.

Cathy said...

How about a beautiful mirror framed in those fabulous Moroccan inspired tiles....or a trivet....