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to market, to market, for a new bedroom

Posted by Cobi on Friday October 10, 2014 at 01:22 PM
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Introducing the latest cobistyle bedding pattern at Sears.

Camden bed

We called it Camden because the fresh take on an old-world damask reminded me of the exotic and lively markets in London, England. An exciting mash-up of East meets West and everything in between.

Camden pillows close up

The decorative pillows feature embroidery and ruching in deep jewel tones of plum and teal (both huge in fashion this year).

Camden sheets close up

But the sheets are more sedate with a light geometric design and ribbon detail on the cuff.

striped jewel box

This pattern is perfect if you are looking for a new colour palette for your bedroom. It will bring instant interest to the room and give you lots of great hues to inspire paint colours and accessories.

purple orchid

Like this cute little potted orchid.

stacked turquoise boxes

Or these lacquered boxes with covers - great for stacking and storing scarves and jewellery.

purple linen throw

A light-weight linen-look throw is perfect to pull over your shoulders when reading in bed.

gold leaf lamp

And gold is definitely the right metallic finish to pair with these colours. It works with the Eastern influences and keeps everything warm and inviting.

turquoise candle

A scented candle is a personal treat with no calories in the evening.

purple candle

And so there’s no reason not to indulge!

(All accessories above are cobistyle by the way.)

Salinger blue drape

I also think these drapery panels would work beautifully with Camden. Check out cobistyle Salinger Blue on etsy.com.

PETUNIA chair

Or how about adding a lovely upholstered chair? This one is a great scale for the bedroom: cobistyle Petunia.

turquoise water carafe

You’ll never want to leave the bedroom at this rate! Cuddle up and enjoy the sparkle of your new jewel tones.

cobistyle premium ‘drapery plus collection’ now available online!

Posted by Cobi on Friday September 05, 2014 at 09:18 AM
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Launched last year, the cobistyle premium drapery collection by Q Design has expanded and is now available online.

Introducing the new cobistyle drapery plus! collection on Etsy.com!

The expanded collection includes more products - six beautiful new drapery fabrics have been introduced to make a total of 18 patterns! Plus table linens - cloths, napkins and table runners - and anything else you desire can be custom sewn in matching fabric ~ perhaps a new bed skirt to match your new drapery?

The entire collection is now available across Canada and the United States in the cobistyle drapery shop through www.etsy.com.

CLICK HERE to visit our online shop now!

ps. If you’re worried about choosing fabric online, just request a fabric sample to be sent out free of charge - now that’s service! Plus, all panels are available for customization (lining fabrics, heading styles, specific lengths, etc.).

Check out our six new fabrics (all draperies are fully lined, 50” wide and come in three standard lengths - 84”, 96”, 108”) :

SALINGER CHARCOAL : Salinger Black

SALINGER BLUE : Salinger Blue

STEVENSON GREY : Stevensen Blue

STEVENSON CITRINE : Stevenson Citrine

THOREAU : Thoreau

WOLFE : Wolfe

LEWIS : Lewis

WILDE : Wilde

TABLE RUNNERS : Wilde runner

PLACEMATS : Wilde placemats

TABLECLOTHS AND NAPKINS : Wild tablesquare

AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN DREAM OF! Q Design is a custom shop and so they can sew anything out of our carefully chosen cobistyle fabrics - a matching bedskirt, window-seat cushions, duvet cover, seat pads, the list goes on!

I am thrilled with the value this collection offers - designer fabrics; professionally hand-sewn in Canada; and reasonable prices - it doesn’t get better than that. Have fun shopping!

fabrics on one slide

cute cottage decor “do’s” list

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday July 23, 2014 at 07:00 AM
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I’ve decorated our little cottage in PEI on a shoe-string. Here are a few easy ideas…

10. Framed maps of the area as affordable art.

framed map

9. Tin-topped kitchen tables from flea markets clean-up great for empty corners or porches. I painted this one with high-gloss marine paint.

tin top table

8. Trays add character to cookie-cutter, thrift-store dressers.

tray on dresser

7. Garage sale vases grouped with one or two wild flower stems make a statement.

milk glass vases

6. Paint-by-numbers are surprisingly cute and fun to do at the cottage!

paint by number

5. Choose a theme to work with your cottage and start an art collection.

ship prints

4. Put an old worn chair to work by holding towels.

red chair with towels

3. Let mundane supplies double-duty as pretty little moments.

jars of toiletries

2. Use large pickle jars half filled with local sand/stones/shells for porch lanterns.

pickle jar candle holders

1. Forgo plastic chairs for a pair of porch rockers - guests will fight over them!

porch rockers

red + turquoise = gorgeous

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday July 09, 2014 at 06:27 PM
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I wasn’t the least bit worried when I purchased my cobistyle headboard and ordered it in turquoise velvet. I knew it would go with lots of other fabrics and patterns I love.

turquoise headboard and red chest

But when I ordered two cobistyle red cabinets (no longer available) to go on either side, I did start to wonder if I was pushing my luck. But as is often the case when we listen to our gut, I love the look and it’s easy to live with the cream walls and lots of other colour accents.

cobistyle red chest + turqoise stool

I was working on instinct with those colour choices (not a formulated plan) but there are many wonderful examples of rooms using the combination of turquoise and red.

framed scarf on turquoise shelves

Of course that now makes me feel validated - goodness knows why we need that! - but it does.

red + turquoise

There’s something about the equality of the colours that looks really attractive together.

great dining room

Like a fabulously fashionable couple, red and turquoise bring out the best in each other.

retro kitchen

The robustness of the red and the cool, calm of the turquoise.

laundry room with red w+drier

If you’re looking to jazz up a room, I highly suggest you consider inviting this couple into your home.

bedroom

Or if you already have a room with one of the two colours, try adding the other for a punch of fun.

bedroom with twin beds

Here are some options that would give you a nice jolt:

cobistyle poppy stool cobistyle Poppy stool, $430.00

cobistyle daisy chair cobistyle Daisy chair, $1,090.00

red lamp cobistyle red glass lamp, $270.00

turquoise glass vessel cobistyle large glass hurricane, $270.00 red platter cobistyle enamel tray, $32.00

turquoise mirror cobistyle mirror, $260.00

red poof cobistyle knitted poof, $200.00

Another way to try a colour in a room is to buy some flowers.

red flowers

It might just inspire you to take the leap with something more permanent.

front door with roses

If you are interested in any cobistyle products, just drop me a line and we will try to find a store near you. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

red raspberries in turquoise dish

in praise of the lowly garden stool

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 06:59 AM
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1,000 years of history can’t be wrong. That’s how long barrel or drum-shaped garden stools have been used in China.

blue stools fave

They may have evolved out of the Buddhist garden tradition, where natural elements like tree stumps and smooth rocks were used as seats.

cobistyle white stool and throws outdoors

Traditionally, Chinese homes were built around a courtyard, with an emphasis on landscape and gardens, so outdoor furniture was essential.

chinese stool to raise up plants

By the Song Dynasty (960-1279), these types of stools were used both indoors and outdoors as casual seating.

perfect drinks side table

Indoor stools were typically made out of wood, while outdoor furniture, needing to withstand the elements, was made out of stone, glazed stoneware, or porcelain.

on deck

Although ceramic stools have been exported to the West for about 300 years, it’s only since the mid-20th century that they gained much currency in North American interiors — and exteriors.

Cobi's backyard black chairs/white stools My own backyard.

Their uses are endless - bathrooms are a natural:

chinese stool beside the tub

bathroom contrast

As are patios, decks and terraces:

cobistyle blue and white in backyard

compact stools on a terrace

Love them clustered:

clustered garden stools

Excellent for extra seating or drinks tables when entertaining:

chinese stools tucked for extra seating or drinks tables

beautiful living room through arch

For books or a beverage in a quiet spot:

at end of a chaise longue

beside blue chair - for books

Or at a vanity:

vanity stool

Perfect poolside:

poolside stools

They’re a compact, sturdy little surface that tucks in neatly, even in a high-traffic zone.

blue and white with colour

They add a pop of colour!

yellow drinks table

And a worldly look wherever they pop up:

works in any style

Even in the garden!

garden stools in the garden

There will always be Chinese Garden stools in the cobistyle accessory line. I think they’re one of the best multi-use, portable, pretty-yet-practical accent pieces you can own.

yellow stool in Cobi's bedroom

Here are the current styles in our lineup (they change over the seasons):

yellow pierced stool cobistyle Pierced yellow, $240.00

yellow patterned stool cobistyle Yellow patterned, $180.00

turquoise stool cobistyle Turquoise stoneware, $180.00

white pierced stool cobistyle White cutout, $200.00

blue and white stool cobistyle Blue and white, $190.00

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neutrals get the blues too

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 07:00 AM
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I had to share this….it’s a table setting on display at the wholesaler I work with for my decorative accessory line. They often set things up so that the retailers you shop with, get inspired for their displays. I thought this table was particularly well done…

overall table setting

You know how I love blue and white as a decorating scheme, both is porcelain and in textiles…

blue and white cups

Well I think people often struggle with how to blend it in at home, but look how great it works here with beautiful neutral tableware similar to what many of us own.

one place setting

It just pops against the white, wood, silver, stainless and natural fabrics.

place setting with pillow

This is a great lesson in how things often work together that don’t necessarily “match”.

place setting close up

So next time you’re setting a table and cursing you don’t have everything matching, try adding something a little unexpected. It may give you the biggest surprise.

The cobistyle items above are the blue and white porcelain pieces, large blue glass vessels, everlasting flowers, mercury glass votive holders and decorative cushions. They are for sale in boutiques across Canada. Just drop me a line if you need help finding something.

cobistyle drapery at sears!

Posted by Cobi on Monday May 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM
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Looking for drapery panels at a great price? Look no further than Sears! cobistyle has launched drapery at Sears stores, sears.ca and in the Sears catalogue starting this month. In fact, I see they are all on sale until June 1st!

Here’s a sneak peek at the launch designs…

Trellis is a fresh-looking grommeted and lined drape made of 100% cotton with a slight texture to give it a linen look. It comes in two choices of length: 50” x 84” ($49.99) and 50” x 95” ($54.99) and three choices of colour: Gun metal, Marine and Burnt Orange (shown here).

trellis drapery

Thermal Tweed also has a grommeted top but is unlined as the fabric has a thermal back - great for drafty windows or the cottage. It’s made of super hard-wearing polyester and comes 50” x 84” ($39.99). Currently this drape is available in Chocolate, Marine and Moss; with Terracotta and Taupe coming in June.

Thermal tweed drapery

Paradise is a grommeted, lined, 100% cotton floral print in a lovely, subtle aqua and taupe combination. It comes in two lengths: 50” x 84” ($49.99) and 50” x 95” ($54.99).

Paradis drapery

I love this ‘burn-out’ sheer called Hourglass. It’s perfect for a window where you just want sheer coverage or layered with another drape. As you can guess, the pattern appears to be burned out to give a tone-on-tone affect. It’s made of a rayon/polyester blend and constructed with a 2” rod-pocket. There are two lengths: 54” x 63” ($34.99) and 54” x 84” ($39.99) and three neutral shades: White, Ivory and Taupe.

Hourglass drapery

Coming in June online and in catelogue…

Framework is a practical yet handsome polyester jacquard (meaning it has a woven design) with a foam back to make it sturdy and light resistant. It comes in 54” x 84” ($49.99) and 54” x 95” ($59.99) with either back tab or grommet heading styles. There are four colours to choose from: Sage, Spice, Taupe and Black (shown here).

Framework tab

Stitched Sheer is a light sheer with a vertical stitched look to give it enough interest for it to stand alone, but it’s also simple enough to layered with another drape. This polyester sheer has a 1.5” rod pocket and comes in 50” x 84” ($24.99) and 50” x 95” ($29.99). Available in Ivory, Terracotta, Moss and Marine.

stiched sheer drape

Why not switch up your drapes for summer? Try a simple sheer for a light and airy look or if you need sun protection, a thermal tweed in a pretty colour will keep the heat out as well as it keeps the heat in in the winter. At these prices you can afford to have some fun!

laurie loves cobistyle

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday May 14, 2014 at 07:00 AM
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My friend Laurie is a multi-talented lady. She helped me to realize the cobistyle decorative accessory collection right from the beginning when it was nothing more than magazine clippings, a long wish-list and me blabbing in her ear. It gave me confidence that she actually ‘got it’!

She has now branched out on her own doing a number of things including writing her own blog called Laurie Loves and hosting events where she sells some of her favourite products, in her beautiful home in Oakville, Ont.

table with ranunculas

These are a few pictures from her last event that feature cobistyle products (some are no longer in stock but I thought it was fun to see them in action anyway).

on plate plus napkin ring

For example the ranunculus napkin rings - they were a huge hit for their blowsy, Springy feel and I still have people write to me looking for them.

charger plates

These porcelain bird vases look wonderful empty or filled with a few fresh flowers tucked in as Laurie has done here.

birds with read flowers

Laurie has a natural talent with flowers (both real and imposters) and I understand she comes by it honestly from her mom!

peonies in window

Notice how she cut the stems of these cobistyle peonies so the heads just hit the top of the vase? That way they look full and not floppy!

light pink peonies in glass

Who doesn’t like peonies? These look great all summer long and no arranging required as they come in a square white pot.

tea table with potted peony

Thank you for your constant support of cobistyle Laurie. We’ll be watching as your own Laurie Loves story takes flight.

flower market

patio party ~ cobistyle!

Posted by Cobi on Tuesday April 22, 2014 at 07:04 PM
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I am so excited about the new cobistyle patio-ware collection at sears!

patio display

Not only is the product terrific ~

patio green check plates and white jugs

But the packaging is too!

boxes cropped

Which means it’s great for gifts - Spring showers, Mother’s day, birthdays…

patio white and turquoise plates

patio - overall

The placemats are 100% cotton and reversible (lime/navy or lime/turquoise).

patio - placemats

And the plates all mix and match - fresh gingham prints with solids.

patio - turquoise and white plates

Think of what fun you’ll have setting a summer table!

patio - table set

Dishes and drinkware are all dishwasher proof (top rack) and microwave proof.

cobistyle patio bowls

The only tough part is choosing between the navy combination…

cobistyle navy and white

Or the turquoise combination…

cobistyle turquoise and lime

Which is my cue to remind you of what a terrible winter we just endured and say, “Why not treat yourself and get it all?!”

patio overall display

chevron and on and on…

Posted by Cobi on Tuesday April 01, 2014 at 04:46 PM
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Chevron = any v-shaped pattern. Originally used in the 1300’s to describe rafters in houses and then hardwood floors….

chevron blouse

Now chevron patterns are found on everything from apparel fashion to home fashion.

chevron bedding

It’s a bold and graphic pattern that works well with almost anything.

chevron napkin

Particularly florals and more organic shapes because it cuts through the flow and adds some edge.

chevron notecard

Chevron looks best in one strong colour and white.

chevron plates

And it works at all different scales.

chevron rug

A repetitive pattern running down a table…

chevron table runner

Or a wall…

chevron wallpaint

Or a pillow!

chevron pillows

Chevron brings a bit of pizazz to everything it adorns.

chevron straws

From Kate Spade to cobistyle.

chevron iphone case

Say hello to my favourite cobistyle item in this season’s accessory line-up!

cobistyle blue and white lamp

I just bought one to jazz up my own home office. Look for this lamp in boutiques that carry cobistyle this Spring.

introducing cobikids!

Posted by Cobi on Monday March 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM
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I’m excited to introduce our latest collection of cobistyle bedding at SEARS!

Charlotte bedding ~ Charlotte ~

It’s designed with kids in mind but I’m personally thinking kids of all ages.

Emily bedding ~ Emily ~

These are bright and happy top-of-bed patterns (meaning comforters, quilts and shams) that will work just as well in a child’s room…

Mary bedding ~ Mary ~

As a teen’s room….

Jane bedding ~ Jane ~

As a young adult’s room…

Charles bedding ~ Charles ~

As the cottage or chalet!

Virginia ~ Virginia ~

Available in two sizes - twin and double/queen - these nine lively patterns will set the tone in an otherwise simple room, making decorating a snap.

Lucy ~ Lucy ~

And all of them come packaged with fun coordinates like throws, towels and decorative pillows.

Elizabeth ~ Elizabeth ~

There are 9 patterns in total - 6 are currently featured at SEARS.CA

James ~ James ~

And the rest are now in SEARS stores across Canada.
Finally something to put a Spring in our step!

blue + white and spring all over

Posted by Cobi on Thursday February 20, 2014 at 10:30 PM
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I was invited to do a ‘tablescape’ at the GTA Home Show this week.

overall

Here are some pictures I took during set up…not the greatest setting and lighting but you’ll get the idea…

paper lanterns

It was fun to see all of that cobistyle together in one spot!

vertical bench to balloons

The only thing that wasn’t cobistyle was the table and chairs which was kindly donated from Alta Moda Furniture.

chinese stool and lanterns

We draped the table in cobistyle bedding from Sears. First we laid out two white Willow quilts and then on top, a Willow duvet cover which has a nice blue flange edge. The size of the king duvet cover was perfect for the table and it’s so fun to see all the blue and white porcelain mix with it.

bedding at end

We decided to break all of the blue and white with lots of green in the flowers and a few accessories.

flowers and table

Instead of place mats we used a lacquer tray at each place setting.

horizontal tabletop

They come in two colours of blue and so we alternated them which brings more interest than if they were all the same.

place setting

Little natural touches like the raffia wrapped glasses, bamboo chopsticks and decorative twig balls also give the colour a rest.

close up on table

I love seeing the jumbled mass of pattern - a kind of visual chaos that’s tamed by the limited colour palette.

bowl of balls

I also love seeing the white porcelain birds chirping around the table.

close up with bird

If you get a chance, check out the table for real this weekend! And surely we’ll soon hear the birds for real too!

end including sign

Dare I say, happy Spring decorating?

gung hei fat choi!

Posted by Cobi on Saturday February 01, 2014 at 08:33 PM
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Celebrating Chinese New Year has become a fun winter tradition in my house.

paper umbrellas

It’s a cheerful diversion to stave off the winter blues.

apples

And it’s a great excuse for me to play with all of my Asian-inspired cobistyle accessories!

chopsticks on side table

I mix them in with things I’ve picked up in Chinatown over the years.

Chinese new year sign over tea

Odd sets of china tea cups and plates. Did you know a shot of Whiskey in green tea is a tasty after-dinner drink?

tea

I don’t fuss over the food - bbq pork, snow peas, rice, mandarin salad and little nibblies to start.

appies

But I go to town on the table setting - my favourite part! I start with Chinese newspaper (free at the Chinese grocery store) - I love the graphics and print.

newspaper

Then layer dollar-store red woven place mats.

newspaper and red placemats

On top of those go plastic gold chargers - cheap and cheerful but they look fine under candlelight.

newspaper, red placemat, gold charger

I use brightly-coloured paper napkins because they’re easy, but I also love the look of paper with Chinese decor.

newspaper, placemat, charger, napkin

My bowls are Japanese but they work just the same and are big enough for a ‘one-bowl meal’.

bowls

cobistyle glasses with woven holders bring a natural element to the table and are the perfect size for water.

cobistyle cups

And of course I have to use cobistyle chopsticks!

cobistyle chopsticks

But I always offer cutlery along with chopsticks so everyone is comfortable.

place setting with chopstick

Little treats like fans for the girls (they love to use them at the table) and laughing Buda’s for the boys are a fun addition.

fans and Buda's

I used a dry erase marker on the cobistyle porcelain fortune cookies to turn them into place holders.

porcelain fortune cookie

And of course the table wouldn’t be complete without paper lanterns strung overhead.

paper lanterns

It’s amazing how well the colours of the Emerson cobistyle drapery panel mixed in with the colours on the table.

drapery

cobistyle lanterns run down the middle of the table and I tuck a fortune cookie into each of the mini-satin-covered take-out containers.

overall table w lanterns

When the table is done it transforms the dining room and our guests get such a surprise when they arrive.

overall table without lanterns

This year I gave the men a big special-issue Kit-Kat and the ladies a silky loot bag of Chinese candies and a cobistyle surprise.

loot bags

I hope your Year of the Horse is filled with luck, prosperity and love.

front door

Gung Hei Fat Choi!

family art wall

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday January 08, 2014 at 03:22 PM
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I’ve always been inspired by family photo and art walls.

pink pagoda wall cropped

The sense of a collage is more visually exciting to the eye than the usual placement of one or two pictures.

bedroom art wall

These are some of my favourites.

tumbler wall

photos up stairs

heidi wall

art wall

When we redecorated our master bedroom last year, I had a large blank wall to fill between our two windows and decided it would be a great place to showcase some of my favourite family photos and art.

photowall 42

photowall 45

Rather than deal with the commitment of hanging things directly on the wall, I splurged on 3 IKEA pictures rails ($16.99 ea.) and hung them staggered on the wall.

photo wall 36

photo wall

Then I went to work framing some pictures and pieces that were lingering around our house.

photowall 46

I thought I’d want all matching frames originally but quickly realized the variety creates interest.

picture wall

I’m really happy with the result and the fact that as the kids change I can add new shots.

photo wall 49

Now I just wish I had more room!

precious metals

Posted by Cobi on Monday December 23, 2013 at 06:00 AM
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I’ve always blamed being a redhead for my preference of warm metals over cool.

gold bedside table.

My personal colouring suits gold tones over silver and it’s natural that translates into home.
I love the warmth and age that burnished golds bring to a room whether that be in lighting…

light fixture

furniture…

domino table and lamp

or wall hangings…

gold round mirror

I also like offering warm metals in some of our cobistyle collections because it isn’t as commonly available as cool metals.

gold table

closet shot in bedroom

Although lately the rest of the world seems to be warming to the idea, because more and more gold tones are showing up in the market.

rectangular trays

gold tray at bedside

They must all be following the cobistyle lead ; ).

brass and glass box

gold boxes

I hope your house stays warm with some gold tones this winter!

small chandelier

tub and chandelier

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