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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


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


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

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.


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!


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 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.


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!

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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


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.


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!

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

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 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


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!

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