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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!


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

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…


…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.


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.


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.


the dawn of Daybreak bedding

Posted by Cobi on Friday February 27, 2015 at 08:41 AM
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Let me Introduce you to the newest cobistyle bedding pattern - Daybreak!

cobistyle Daybreak bedding at Sears

cobistyle Daybreak is now in Sears stores across Canada and on

cobistyle daybreak bedding @sears

Sometimes a new bedding pattern is all you need to inspire a bedroom makeover with a few new carefully selected pieces!

Like this mirror - every bedroom needs a few great mirrors…

cobistyle turquoise mirror

And drapery makes a huge difference - our Stevenson pattern comes in two colours and both would work well with Daybreak bedding…

cobistyle stevenson drapery

Of course we need a cozy throw and this one is perfect!

cobistyle mohair throw

Boxes for trinkets and accessories…

cobistyle lacquer boxes

Love this new inlaid one!

cobistyle yellow inlay box

Pretty woven baskets for scarves, shoes or magazines…

cobistyle turquoise woven basets

Great lamps are key to any bedroom…love this glass one:

cobistyle yellow glass lamp

These ceramic beauties - available in perfect colours - cast a soft glow.

cobistyle ceramic lamps

The grey background of cobistyle Daybreak makes it a natural for some silver and mercury glass accents

cobistyle mirrored and mercury glass accessories

Add more yellow accessories to create a sunny start to the morning…

cobistyle yellow accessories

Of course every bedroom needs a vase for flowers…

cobistyle clay vases

And lots of books

cobistyle birdcage bookends

And even more jewels! Oh yes, lots of jewels!

cobistyle jewellery box

Paint the walls white or a soft dove grey, add some fresh white furniture or paint what you have…

cobistyle white drum table

And lastly, add a huge glass hurricane for some candles.

cobistyle large glass hurricane

You’ll be all set to welcome the Day in your beautiful new bedroom!

cobistyle Daybreak bedding at Sears

cobistyle bedding is available at Sears Canada stores and on

all accessories above are cobistyle and available at boutiques across Canada please let me know if you are interested in anything specific and we will try to connect you with a store near you!

cobistyle drapery is available on


flat out pattern

Posted by Cobi on Friday February 06, 2015 at 08:12 AM
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Pattern makes plain things more interesting.

durrie carpet in kitchen

I like a room that has pattern either on the walls, furniture, accessories OR floor. In other words, ‘choose your weapon’.

dhurrie carpet in urban loft

Colourful, exotic carpets are a great way to add life and interest to an otherwise basic room design.

colourful kilim in family room

They immediately bring character, warmth and colour to the space.

oriental carpet warms up white kitchen

They also bring age and authenticity to something a little ‘too brand new’.

great old carpet brings character to  living room

I love the look of a carpet that appears to have a story to tell….

old carpet under kitchen table

…one of exotic travels and a long journey from a faraway land.

oriental carpet warms up white bathroom

Carpets from the Old World bring the look of age and wisdom with them, to the New World.

oriental carpet doesn't have to match (bedroom)

They also bring the warmth of those countries through their colours (usually on the warm side of the colour wheel).

oriental carpet in old world kitchen

The best part is you don’t have to worry about matching these carpets to anything.

Persian rug in black living room

Or getting the size exactly right. Consider them a “piece” just as you would a “piece” of art.

Persian rug layered groups furniture

They can move from room to room, house to house, generation to generation…

hard-wearing persian rug in galley kitchen is a classic

Just as life does. The only thing constant is change, journey on my friend.

Layered rugs in screened porch


colour of the year cobistyle

Posted by Cobi on Thursday January 08, 2015 at 12:11 PM
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As you may have already heard, “Marsala” has been declared by Pantone the “colour of the year”.

red wine

Pantone is the international agency of colour. By using the Pantone numerical colour system, people can look at the same colour (in a book or on the screen) regardless of where they are. It sure makes explaining a deep winey red with brown undertones, to someone across the pond, easier.

red grapes

Colour inspiration can come from anything.

chicken marsala

If you’re interested in colour, click here to watch a video of the design directors of Pantone discussing this year’s colour choice.


This year’s colour looks great in fashion and of course makeup.

marsala dressed stars

It’s a classic colour that suits many skin tones…

marsala outfit

In the home, I see it in carpets for sure…

carpet in blue kitchen

marsala coloured carpet

And as a fun accent or dramatic focal point in paint

red exterior door

At cobistyle we love many shades of red. Here are a few current pieces with a Marsala state of mind…

cobistyle red vase

This vase, lamp

cobistyle red lamp

and chopsticks are available at boutiques across Canada.

cobistyle chopsticks

This Trellis drapery pattern is right on trend and very affordable at

cobistyle trellis drapery at sears

The cobistyle red lantern is available in lighting stores across Canada and the US.

cobistyle red lantern

And so if you’ve always wanted to ‘do red’, this is your year! I mean come on - your home will look like a shoot from vogue magazine …

marsala drapery


12 trees of christmas 2014

Posted by Cobi on Thursday December 18, 2014 at 01:00 PM
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I recently participated in the Gardiner Museum’s 12 Trees of Christmas event. 2014 was called The Toronto Edition and each designer was assigned a neighbourhood to reflect in our tree. Mine was Mirvish Village and so I called it Bright Lights, Big City to showcase the celebration, excitement and nightlife of that vibrant part of town.

It all started with a Santa sleigh full of supplies …

load of supplies

The trees were pre-lit 7’ tall and I added frosted, flashing coloured lights to bring home my theme…

coloured lights

The first ornaments to go on were large (8”) mirrored disco balls for reflection and glitz. I wired them deeply into the tree so they filled the holes and didn’t weigh down the branches.

disco ball ornament

Then large balloons with ribbon tails were added. The colours happened to be perfect - lime, red, turquoise and fuchsia.

green balloon

red balloon

I added glittery musical notes to continue the celebratory theme…

sparkly musical notes

And champagne glasses filled with mini disco balls…

mini disco balls

Hershey’s kisses…

Hershey's kisses

And noise makers…

noise makers

The topper is a bunch of silvery sprays…

spray topper

Around the bottom I laid a silver quilted skirt with 12 acrylic ice buckets filled with silver ornaments and tinsel and a frosty-coloured bottle in each with a battery pack of lights fed down inside so they glowed. I pushed another spray into the top of each to mimic the spray of champagne.

orange ice bucket

green ice bucket

The tree is lots of fun and I truly hope it brightens the hearts of people who find themselves at the new Peter Munk Cardiac Centre in Toronto this Christmas - the location where the generous Black Foundation chose to donate my tree.

Cobi Ladner's tree for The Gardiner

For a better look click here to see a video segment from Global News showing me ‘n my tree.

Click here to see a video clip of the trees as they appeared on the CBC (Steven & Chris). I’m glad she enjoyed the chocolate kisses!


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


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.


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!


rainbow connection

Posted by Cobi on Monday April 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM
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Right from the time we’re little kids, we’re exposed to colour.

crayon box

It brightens our world and excites our senses.

spring flowers

That’s why we continue to have fun with colour as adults.

cake slice

We enjoy it in all kinds of unexpected ways.


At unexpected times.

wedding party

And unexpected places.

rainbow umbrella

Colour inspires us.


And turns everyday things into art.


And so, naturally we love to decorate with it.


Colour makes our homes unique.

books by colour

More exciting.

carpet runner

More beautiful.

coloured kitchen

And more fun.

rainbow shelves

I suppose that’s why I like to use a rainbow of colour in cobistyle.

napkin rings 405

It reminds me of when I was a kid.


And choosing our favourite colour was an empowering thing.


It told the world something about us.


Colours have personality. And multiple colours suggests options.


It’s like getting a box of Smarties and choosing to eat the red ones first.


Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side?

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection. The lovers, the dreamers and me.


surface chatter

Posted by Cobi on Monday April 08, 2013 at 07:00 AM
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Decorating can be daunting - decisions that are costly - not only financially but also in time. Sometimes it’s easier to just make-do with boring stuff and forget about it.

Well here are two products that will get the decorating buds going again. Neither is expensive. Both are easy to install yourself and best of all, both will bring more character to your rooms.

1) Chasing Paper - “stylish, removable wallpaper for the urban home”.

chasing paper dresser

I haven’t personally used this product but here’s what the website says: “Peel it, stick it, love it. It’s beautiful, well-designed paper that will stick to nearly any surface. Go ahead and get creative! It was created from conversations with serial movers, DIYers, and, of course, commitment-phobes. It makes small projects affordable and big jobs a breeze.”

chasing paper dishwasher

I did check and although this is a New York on-line company, they ship to Canada (or any country). The pieces of re-stickable paper are generally 2’ x 4’ and $25.00.

chasing paper table

I love the idea of covering a plain (boring) painted back-splash…

chasing paper backsplash

… or the back of a wall shelf.

chasing paper shelf

It looks best if the area is contained with a clearly defined start/stop.

chasing paper wall

My only complaint is that there aren’t a lot of colour choices per design.

2) FLOR carpet design squares - brilliant!

FLOR basement

I noticed advertisements for FLOR carpet tiles, long before I saw the real thing.

flor with woman

“FLOR is an innovative system of carpet squares that you assemble to create custom rugs, runners, or wall-to-wall designs of any style or shape.”

Flor hall tiles

You put FLOR tiles together yourself using ‘FLORdot adhesives’ that connect squares together (not to your floor). It stands up to kids, pets and spills and if an accident happens, I love it that you can change one square!

Flor nursery

I also love it that the company cares about sustainability using some renewable and recycled content in the carpet and offering recycling for used squares.

flor blue and white zig zag

FLOR is a US company that sells both online and in stores. They just opened their first Canadian store on Cumberland St. in Toronto’s Yorkville. Squares range in price but average around $16.00 for 50cm x 50 cm.

Flor runner

So there you have it. Two peel n’ stick ways to brighten your world this Spring. That doesn’t seem daunting!

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