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blue and white porch cobistyle

Posted by Cobi on Monday May 16, 2016 at 01:38 PM
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We had some fun styling this little city front porch with blue and white cobistyle accessories. So classic and fresh!

cobistyle bllue and white porch

This bamboo and canvas folding director’s chair and ceramic garden stool are just as at home inside as out.

cobistyle blue and white garden stool

And the white metal and glass drum table has an airy, summery look as do the grass wrapped tumblers and white teapot.

cobistyle white table and accessories

I love the mix of blue and white pillows against the fresh white woodwork.

cobistyle blue and white pillows

The warmth of brass touches like this three-piece appetizer set is the perfect foil for the cool blue and white palette.

cobistyle dishes and brass servers

These brass and glass hurricanes are gorgeous - dressy and dramatic - one of my favourite items this season. They come in two sizes and would be stunning on a dining room table.

cobistyle brass and glass hurricane

We couldn’t decide of we liked the little touch of pink from the floral napkin rings or not. You be the judge:

cobistyle blue and white porch set up

cobistyle blue and white porch set up alt.

They do liven things up with their feminine flounces.

cobistyle floral napkin rings

Either way, it’s fun to play on the porch and hopefully invite a neighbour over for a spot of tea and little chinwag.

cobistyle blue and white porch overhead

plum pizzaz punches up a porch!

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday April 13, 2016 at 03:00 AM
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Here’s a pretty little grouping of cobistyle to brighten up your living room or porch this Spring!

cobistyle pillows on porch

This trio of coloured glass bottles looks just as good empty as they do with one large leaf or flower stem in them.

cobistyle decorative bottles on porch

The pinks, plums and purple shades of the fabrics compliment each other without looking too matched.

cobistyle dec. pillows and throw on porch

And the patterns coordinate beautifully with the large geometric acting as a striking contrast to the pretty floral.

cobistyle decorative pillows

Throw in a light cotton throw with a coloured background and the combination only gets more interesting.

cobistyle decorative cotton throw

cobistyle decorative accessories are available at better decor boutiques across Canada. If you’re looking for something in particular, let me know and we’ll try to track it down in your area.

cobistyle white iron drum table White Iron Drum Table 20” x 18” $300.00

cobistyle cut velvet decorative cushion Fuchsia Cut-Velvet Geometric Pillow “20 x 20” $70.00 (also in 14” x 20”)

cobistyle floral bird decorative cushion Floral Chintz Bird Pillow 22” x 22” $85.00

cobistyle hand-stitched floral quilt throw Hand-Stitched Floral Quilt in Grey 49” x 59” $100.00

cobistyle coloured vases Vases sold separately $55.00, $60.00, $65.00

dressing a dressing room

Posted by Cobi on Monday March 14, 2016 at 11:27 AM
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Recently I was offered the chance to dress a change room at a beautiful women’s fashion store in Ottawa called Shepherd’s.

Each year or so, Shepherd’s owner, Marlene Shepherd, asks different Canadian designers to transform a change room and turn it into something special. Of course each one is totally different providing lots of fun visual surprises for customers.

Shepherd's changeroom overall tall

I decided to go for my signature blue and white palette - something graphic and fun but also classic. Papering the entire room in a bold geometric patterned wallpaper would have been too much for the eyes when trying on clothing and so we tempered one wall of pattern with three walls of crisp white textured paper that mimics the wavy pattern.

Shepherd's changeroom horizontal

We called into service two cobistyle multi-purpose porcelain stools for handbags, jewellery, etc.

cobistyle garden stools

cobistyle blue and white garden stool

cobistyle basketweave garden stool

And some extra cobistyle geometric patterned white mirrors.

cobistyle mirror latticecobistyle mirror lattice 202

The blue and white ikat-patterned paper is from the Kelly Hoppen Style Collection by Graham & Brown wallpaper available through Lowes.

shepherd's changeroom blue+white wallpaper

And the white paper is Graham & Brown Superfresco Curvy Paintable wallpaper also from Lowes.

Shepherd's changeroom white wallpaper

The room was completed with a shell lighting fixture from Canfloyd (not cobistyle). I think this scheme would make for a punchy powder room, mudroom or dressing room at home too.

Canfloyd shell light fixture

I called the room paper and ink for its timeless quality. It’s crisp, classic and current, all at the same time. Have a look yourself if you’re in Ottawa this year - pop into Shepherd’s and ask for Cobi’s room when you try something on!

beautiful new drapery patterns!

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday January 13, 2016 at 02:00 AM
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I’m excited to kick off 2016 with the introduction of some beautiful new drapery patterns!

cobistyle drapery is proudly made in Canada by Q Design, a mom and daughter tag-team who know everything there is to know about drapery!

This year we are introducing three new luxurious velvets at an awesome price of $181 per panel! That’s impossible to find at this quality.

Click here to shop cobistyle velvets. Available in colour Mouse

cobistyle drape Velvet in colour Mouse

Papaya

cobistyle drape Velvet in colour Papaya

And Indigo

cobistyle drape velvet in colour Indigo

If you have a weakness for watery botanicals, Whitman is going to be the pattern to catch your eye. Printed on a linen rayon blend, it casts a soft, serene look…

cobistyle Whitman drape by Q Design

For something a little bolder, Cummings is a cheerful medallion, suzani-style print and available in three colours - rich Cherry

cobistyle drape Cummings in colour Cherry

Fresh Sea

cobistyle drape Cummings in colour Sea

And warm Spice

cobistyle drape Cummings in colour Spice

Frost is a pretty floral that makes us think of apple blossoms and so we called this lively pink colour Spring

cobistyle drape Frost in colour Spring

And this sunny yellow one Summer

cobistyle drape Frost in colour Summer

Shopping for drapery has never been easier. cobistyle drapery is available online at Q Design Centre and there are lots more patterns to choose from.

cobistyle drapery made by Q Design

stitch in time

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday December 09, 2015 at 10:01 AM
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The first time I saw this Christmas tablecloth at our friend’s house, I was completely blown away.

full tablecloth from corner

Our friend Mark’s dear mom, Mary made it and when I saw it, I felt like the Grinch whose “heart grew three sizes that day”.

Mark pulled back

Every year at Christmas dinner, Mary would invite family to doodle on the tablecloth.

Santa pulled back

And then throughout the year she would embroider over the doodles in colourful thread. Mark gladly let me photograph it and we laughed about the years that she almost didn’t get her work done in time to lay it out on the table again.

pull back shot

Never have I seen so much love, talent, history, humour, sentiment, artistry and originality all wrapped up in one tactile family heirloom. She captured the years of her family’s Christmas’ in every stitch. What a treasure.

The marriages…

Deb and Mark

The babies…

stork

The homecomings…

Homecomings

Special visitors…

chinese

Special family members…

Grandma

other grandma

Family artists…

mousey

And budding family artists…

child drawing

Special talents…

trumpet

And jokes…

tv

What an heirloom. What a gift! What an incredible symbol of what Christmas is all about.

pull back

Dare any of us even try to duplicate the beauty in Mary’s creation?

kiss the cook

In my brave moments, I’d like to try. Is this the year to purchase a clean white linen cloth and a few bright bundles of embroidery thread? It doesn’t take any more than that and of course, a heart the size of Mary’s.

Mary Mom

Here’s to Family, Love and Inspiration and a Very Merry Christmas!

meet cobikids Frances and George

Posted by Cobi on Tuesday November 10, 2015 at 06:55 AM
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Two new cobikids patterns have been introduced at Sears Canada this fall.

The first is Frances :

cobikids Frances bedding @sears

And the second is George :

cobikids George bedding @sears

They both come as comforter and sham sets - either twin (regular price $99.00) or double/queen size (regular price $119.00).

Frances is definitely made for clever little ladies but George is very versatile and just as suitable for a guest room, cottage or teen room as it is for a boy’s room.

Both are youthful and fun - I hope you enjoy!

embrace the blues

Posted by Cobi on Friday September 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM
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Check out the latest cobistyle bedding pattern called Hydrangea and now available at Sears stores across Canada and on sears.ca

cobistyle Hydrangea bedding pattern at Sears I love the play between the many shades of blue, from teal to royal.

To style the packaging photoshoot, we used my favourite cobistyle lamp:

cobistyle blue + white chevron lamp

And a cool cobistyle white metal drum table:

cobistyle white metal drum table

And this cobistyle inlay box worked perfectly:

cobistyle blue + white inlay box

As would the cobistyle bedside carafe if we’d thought of it!

cobistyle bedside carafe

The whole ‘shades of blue’ scheme makes me think of being waterside…

water

…and for most of us, it doesn’t get much better than that!

{cobistyle accessories are available at decor boutiques across Canada}

the head of the bed

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday August 19, 2015 at 12:22 PM
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A lot of people compliment the turquoise velvet headboard in this picture (my own bedroom) and so I wanted to be sure you knew it is a part of the cobistyle boutique furniture collection.

cobistyle bed shot

The cobistyle Rose Headboard is available through Silva Custom Upholstery

cobistyle Silva headboard

In a ton of great fabrics and colour choices!

cobistyle fabrics at Silva

Personally, I can’t imagine any other kind of headboard than an upholstered one. Here is some visual inspiration to hit my point home:

Blue tufted headboard

Upholstered headboards say luxury like no other style of bed.

medallion print headboard

They provide an opportunity to layer more fabric in what should be the softest room in the house.

stripe headboard

They also provide another opportunity to add pattern, colour and texture!

yellow toile headboard

But best of all, they provide a great back-rest for reading and watching tv.

Beige studded headboard

I haven’t found it limiting to have a headboard in a strong colour.

Kelly Green headboard

As long as it’s a colour you love and can imagine using with a number of different palettes.

Green velvet headboard

In fact, by going with a strong colour you instantly create the focal point of the room.

Yellow headboard

And what better place than at the head of the bed!

cobistyle bed, bedding and accessories

The suggested retail price of the cobistyle Rose headboard is $1,395.00.
Click here for a list of Canadian Silva retailers who carry cobistyle furniture.

these little lights of mine

Posted by Cobi on Monday August 10, 2015 at 07:31 AM
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I want to share with you a few of my favourite pieces in the cobistyle lighting collection. We’ve tried to make them all glow with a unique personality, and a contemporary look steeped in traditional references.

The Danbury collection features a rope design that’s fun and casual for a cottage or family room.

ArtCraft cobistyle Danbury fixture

The Halo pendant collection comes in two finishes - burnished bronze or brushed nickel.

ArtCraft cobistyle Halo fixtures

Halo and has a sleek, understated look that would suit a kitchen, hallway, office or any contemporary space.

ArtCraft cobistyle Halo fixture in burnished brass

The Burbank chandelier collection is made of a combination of black wrought iron and crystal. It’s a whimsical, pretty look for any room in the house in need of some character and charm.

ArtCraft cobistyle Burbank light fixture

The cobistyle lighting collection is made by ArtCraft Lighting and available in lighting stores across Canada and in some of the United States. Check here for a store near you!

corner office

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday July 22, 2015 at 12:21 PM
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We’ve all said it - “All I really need is a corner!” - and sometimes it’s true! For example, one little corner in the hub of a busy household can make all the difference in avoiding missed soccer games and unpaid bills.

We tarted up a just such a corner in a busy family home - have a look…

cobistyle accessories in kitchen corner

The ghost chair is warmed up with a cobistyle velvet and silk-look reversible pillow (14” x 20”) $50.00. And basic white cabinetry was dressed up with some smartly chosen accessories.

cobistyle storage box with brass trim

cobistyle lidded storage boxes in faux leather and gold trim keep loose papers neat but within reach. ($120.00 for a set of 2)

cobistyle natural grass storage box

cobistyle natural grass storage boxes corral everything from rubber bands to house plants and bring some low-key, natural texture to the area. ($75.00 for set of 3 nesting)

cobistyle inlay decorative box and tray

The impact of grouped accessories in like colours is always more than the sum of their parts. This cobistyle resin inlay decorative box is the perfect colour match to the lamp and our eye picks that up immediately. (8” x 5” x 3” $80.00) The crisp white faux leather tray with gold trim looks polished and clean. (20” x 14” $120.00)

cobistyle yellow glass gourd lamp

This cobistyle glass gourd lamp is a beautiful shade of earthy yellow that’s highlighted by its fresh white shade and Lucite base. Definitely a statement piece. ($250)

cobistyle faux leather kleenex box cover with brass trim

Of course I love it when form meets function and what could be more-so than with a tissue box cover! Necessity meet Style. ($37.00)

corner dressed in cobistyle accessories

Command central - ready and dressed for action, sir!

cobistyle decorative accessories are available in the best boutiques across Canada. Let me know if you are looking for something in particular and we will try to find it in your city.

chinoiserie cobistyle

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday July 08, 2015 at 06:19 AM
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Apparently ‘Chinoiserie’ is french for “Chinese-esque”. The dictionary definition is “a style in art reflecting Chinese influence; elaborately decorated and intricately patterned”. I find it a little broader than that, encompassing a mixture of Eastern and Western stylistic elements.

Whatever it is - I like it! And you can clearly see that in cobistyle.

For example, have a look at our Asian toile drapery panels named Lewis

Q Design cobistyle drape on Etsy

Lewis is available online on Etsy.com and is one of our top selling patterns.

cobistyle Q Design Lewis drapery fabric on Etsy

I bought a pair myself and have moved them around the house to enjoy them in three different rooms - our dining room, living room and Bob’s office. They work with so many colours!

cobistyle Q Design Lewis drapery panel is lined

I realized only recently we have a cobistyle pillow with the same pattern / different colouration. At least I’m consistent.

cobistyle Chinoiserie pillow

What are the hallmarks of ‘Chinoiserie chic’?

Well, blue and white Chinese export porcelain for starters; such a classic.

cobistyle blue+white porcelain cobistyle porcelain ginger jar cobistyle blue+white porcelain stool

The look of bamboo whether in accessories or small furnishings …

cobistyle blue brass bamboo bar set

Fearless use of bold colour and natural garden-related patterns

cobistyle Lily bench by Silva

cobistyle ginger jar

cobistyle Flox bench by Silva

cobistyle chinoiserie painting

Chinese porcelain garden stools are a staple (so multi-purpose) …

cobistyle pierced white porcelain stool

And of course birds! Beautiful birds …

cobistyle white porcelain birds

cobistyle Birdsong shower curtain at Sears

cobistyle Burbank light fixture by ArtCraft

Crisp geometric patterns keep the look current …

cobistyle lacquer jewellery box

And natural rattan and caning makes sure it doesn’t become too precious.

cobistyle rattan and cotton magazine baskets

When metal is involved, it’s always brass and gold-tones over silver …

cobistyle gold and mirrored trays

cobistyle accessories

And when fabric is involved, you can’t go wrong with velvet

cobistyle Dahlia dining chair from Silva

cobistyle velvet drapery panel by Q Design on Etsy.com

Or really, anything pretty

cobistyle fan pillow

Clearly I could go on about this topic forever - that’s just a tiny taste of Chinoiserie cobistyle! If you’re interested to know more check out the blog Chinoiserie Chic or look up any number of wonderful books.

chinoiserie print

cobistyle accessories available in decor boutiques across Canada

cobistyle furniture available at these stores across Canada.

cobistyle bedding available at Sears Canada.

cobistyle lighting available at lighting stores across Canada.

summer whites

Posted by Cobi on Tuesday June 23, 2015 at 06:22 AM
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Last summer we threw a party in our backyard for some neighbours who were moving away. It was a casual get-together but I wanted it to look nice.

cobi

I decided to go with a white theme and put my rather extensive milk glass collection to work.

Cobi Ladner's milk glass collection

To keep the flower budget down, I bought a few bunches of white blossoms at the grocery store and then cut mint, fern, oregano, hosta and various leaves from our garden to fill in the rest.

Greenery and flowers for Cobi's backyard party

We set up folding tables, end to end, for one long communal table and lined them with white cloths. Neighbours loaned us chairs.

Cobi Ladner's summer table

I tucked, blossoms and greenery into some of the vases and votive candles into others.

Cobi Ladner's milkglass collection

The blossoms lasted so well, we hosted a family dinner at the table the following night.

Cobi Ladner's milk glass collection

To carry the white theme further, I added some cobistyle white lanterns.

Cobi Ladner's backyard with cobistyle lantern

And mixed them with some dollar-store battery-lit ones to line the pool.

dollar store lanterns line Cobi Ladner's pool

Our patio table served as the bar.

Bar in Cobi Ladner's backyard

Garden flowers and leaves in Cobi Ladner's backyard

And an antique French baby-bath I own stood in as the cooler.

Cobi Ladner's antique french baby bath cooler

Even the white plastic cutlery looked in place with the all white theme.

Cobi Ladner's white summer party

The only colour in the backyard were some flowers dotted around the yard.

Flowers in Cobi Ladner's backyard

Who says you have to spend a fortune to throw a nice party? I don’t mean to white-wash it, but it really was as easy as a summer breeze.

Cobi Ladner's backyard

celebrate summer solstice

Posted by Cobi on Monday June 15, 2015 at 12:09 PM
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Why not make the Summer Solstice a reason to celebrate this weekend?

cobistyle lanterns by Cobi's pool {cobistyle lanterns (no longer available) in my backyard.}

The solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

cobistyle lanterns brighten the garden {cobistyle lanterns (no longer available) brighten the backyard.}

In 2015, the summer begins with the solstice on June 21 at 12:38 P.M. EDT.

Paper lantern's in Cobi's backyard create a party atmosphere {Paper lanterns create a party atmosphere any time of day.}

The timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator.

floating candles at Cobi Ladner's house {Floating candles ready for the pool in my backyard.}

Ever wonder why we recognize the seasons so late compared to the climate? Although the June solstice marks the first day of astronomical summer, it’s more common for people to use meteorological definitions of seasons, making the solstice midsummer or midwinter.

Cobi Ladner's pool shed {Our pool shed/sauna is the focal point of our backyard, day or night.}

On the June solstice, the midnight sun is visible (weather permitting) throughout the night, in all areas from just south of the Arctic Circle to the North Pole.

Cobi Ladner's backyard {Outdoor lighting makes a big difference to how much you use your space at night.}

On the other side of the planet, south of the Antarctic Circle there’s Polar Night, meaning no Sunlight at all, on the June Solstice.

paper lanterns on a string of lights {Try popping paper lanterns on top of a string of Christmas light bulbs.}

The June solstice dates vary. For example, it’s on June 21 in 2015, but on June 20 in 2016. A June 22 solstice will not occur until 2203. The last time there was a June 22 solstice was in 1971. The varying dates of the solstice are mainly due to the calendar system.

backyard solar paper lanterns {There are solar powered lanterns clothed in paper on the market now.}

One of the world’s oldest examples of evidence of the Summer Solstice’s importance in culture is Stonehenge in England, a megalithic structure which clearly marks the moment of the June Solstice.

Backyard oasis {You don’t have to have a cottage to enjoy a summer evening outside.}

I suggest starting your own tradition of inviting friends over for a backyard celebration (bring a sweater) and stay out until the sky is finally dark.

Backyard dinner {A good excuse to have some Summer fun.}

And if you feel like treating yourself (and your backyard) to a couple of fabulous lanterns, look no further!

cobistyle white metal lantern cobistyle white iron candle holder (8” high) $50.00

cobistyle mustard porcelain lantern cobistyle large (10” x 11”) porcelain lantern, $60.00

cobistyle white porcelain woven lantern cobistyle porcelain lattice lantern (14” high) $60.00

cobistyle white porcelain lantern cobistyle tall porcelain cut out lantern (18”high) $70.00

cobistyle turquoise porcelain lantern cobistyle turquoise porcelain lantern (15”high) $40.00

cobistyle morrocan-style lantern cobistyle Moroccan-style lantern (19” high) $35.00

cobistyle decorative accessories are available at the best boutiques across Canada. Let me know if are looking for something in particular and we will find a store near you!

Sunbrella story

Posted by Cobi on Monday May 25, 2015 at 06:16 AM
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This is exciting! There’s a promotional story running in US magazines featuring one of our cobistyle Sunbrella fabrics!

Sunbrella cobistyle book

You’ve seen the fabrics before cobistyle.com when we covered some furniture pieces to show that outdoor fabric is really just ‘high performance’ fabric and can be used indoors as well:

fabric on chair

Plus, it now comes in amazing colours, patterns and textures!

fabric close up

I noticed our striped fabric called SURF in the advertisement and then found the online story - The Beach House

Sunbrella double window seat in beach house

Sunbrella asked a designer to decorate an east coast beach house with Sunbrella fabrics:

Sunbrella beach house sitting area

She chose our SURF fabric for the kids headboards:

Sunbrella cobistyle striped headboard

It’s such a great idea to use high performance fabrics for kid-friendly zones:

cobistyle Sunbrella covered headboards

I love this little reading nook…

Sunbrella beach house reading nook

Next time you’re decorating a kids room or cottage, consider high-performance fabrics - they may cost a little more but the worry-free feeling will be worth it.

Sunbrella beach house window seat

If you’re interested in purchasing Surf stripe or any of the cobistyle Sunbrella fabrics for your own project, contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). It comes in 10 colour ways!

sofa so good!

Posted by Cobi on Thursday April 23, 2015 at 10:26 AM
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Please welcome the latest member of the cobistyle furniture collection! Her name is Hollyhock and she’s made by Silva Custom Upholstery.

cobistyle Silva sofa dead-on

With only one sofa style in the collection, we decided it had to be our all-time favourite - a classic English roll arm, that works just as well with modern and traditional interiors.

cobistyle Silva sofa - angle

I love the turned leg, tight back and single seat cushion, although these features can be customized as you like. At Silva, they make each frame by hand from kiln-dried hardwood. The joints are securely glued, screwed, and doweled together for extra durability. The inside construction is web and coil and no-sag springs, and there are a number of cushion-fill options ranging from foam to feather.

Of course I’m most excited about the fabric options! Have a look….

cobistyle Silva fabrics for upholstery and cushions

Now just imagine your sofa in a handsome brown or a beautiful pink

2 sofas - pink and brown

Or maybe you’re brave enough to try a bold red

red sofa

Or a sunny yellow

yellow sofa

Or soft blue like Soffia Coppola enjoys …

pale blue sofa

I love these royal blue sofas trimmed with white piping …

blue and white sofa

And of course white is stunning if you don’t mind the maintenance …

white sofa

Look how great this one is with a crisp skirt trimmed in black ribbon …

white and black sofa

To be honest, any colour looks great on this style sofa, even beige!

beige sofa

The cobistyle sofa retails for approximately $3,000.00 which is a very good price for a top-quality, Canadian-made sofa with the styling details of some of the greats like the British George Sherlock and American George Smith.

Click here for a list of Canadian Silva retailers who carry the cobistyle collection of furniture.

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