Talking Tile Trends

Tile always seems like the jewelry in a kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. It gives the impact piece in our designs. For someone who adores colour, tile also gives a fabulous way to inject bright hues into spaces that are normally all white! Luckily, colour is back in a big way in tile trends!

Pink & white marble mosaics I’ve been admiring

Pink & white marble mosaics I’ve been admiring

For example, I’ve been working on a fantastic look for a client’s bathroom, and these pink and white marble mosaics are luxe and stunning when paired with the metal details!

Pratt & Larson rainbow tiles

Pratt & Larson rainbow tiles

One tile company, Pratt & Larson, knows the way into my heart! Look at this display of hexagonal tiles in every colour under the rainbow!

Just look at those interlocking quatrefoils

Just look at those interlocking quatrefoils

Shape is another major trend in the tile world. I loved designing this floor for my client’s home with interlocking quatrefoil patterns!

Look at this clever way to use penny tile to create an ombre look.

Look at this clever way to use penny tile to create an ombre look.

Penny tile is still hugely popular, but I tried something a bit different with it by creating an ombre look for another client.

What do you think about these tile trends? Would you try them in your home? Let me know!

Until next time,

- cynthia

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Creating Colour
Design by Lucy Harris, featuring Christopher Farr wallcovering

Design by Lucy Harris, featuring Christopher Farr wallcovering

I’m so inspired by fabrics and the designers who create them! One of my favourite companies is Christopher Farr Cloth, a London-based textile design studio that believes in “old world” craftsmanship. And one of the patterns I absolutely love from them is Carnival by Michael Szell. You can see it below in a Chelsea penthouse by designer Lucy Harris.

I love creating my own colours and patterns – those custom designs give my interiors a unique look that fit my clients’ personalities and lifestyle
— Cynthia Ferguson

Christopher Farr also allows designers to custom-colour their fabrics – so I took the plunge with the Carnival pattern, mixing a deep purple with pink and green. You can see the start of the colouring process below before all the green and other details have been added. And here is the final fabric in full colour running on the press as it finishes the process!

My Burberry colorway!

My Burberry colorway!

But the most astonishing part of this story? Christopher Farr liked the Blueberry colourway so much that they added it to their textile design line! Pinch me! I’m so excited that it’s on the website and hanging in showrooms, ready to buy today!

Textile being run

I love creating my own colours and patterns – those custom designs give my interiors a unique look that fit my clients’ personalities and lifestyles! It’s a win-win!

See more of my colourful creations in my portfolio of interiors, tour our portfolio!

Until next time,

-Cynthia

Perfect Summer Soirées
Cynthia Ferguson Design Tabletop

There is nothing I love more than spending time outdoors – especially after being on hot dusty construction sites all day! I love throwing a tablecloth on the table outdoors and just dining en plein air!

Everything on your table doesn’t have to match or be perfect – summer dinners and socials should be fun, spontaneous, and about the people around the table!

Everything on your table doesn’t have to match or be perfect – summer dinners and socials should be fun, spontaneous, and about the people around the table! I love to mix and match dinnerware – even using vintage or heirloom pieces with newer settings. Some of my favourite sources for those fabulous vintage finds are Sean George Pressed Glass & Goblets, Replacements Ltd., and Cynthia Findlay Antiques.

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

Look for colours that can be used as a coordinating element – like the green in a tablecloth, or the pink in a floral pattern. Then pull in other items from your collections that have the same or complementary colour!

Cynthia Ferguson Design

To create a fun bar cart, I love to use my collections of pressed and vintage glassware! Patterns can be mixed for a festive look, especially when you coordinate with straws and bottles that are in similar colours.

But do you want to know the REAL designer secret to creating a fabulous tablescape for a summer dinner party?

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

The inside scoop is to just throw something festive and fun together and invite your friends over! Don’t worry about any judgement. Trust me, your guests are just thrilled to have someone else cook for a night! Our friends and family love that the table is always a surprise when they arrive!

Open a bottle, look up at the stars, and enjoy the laughter. That’s what is really important when it comes to dining al fresco!

Until next time,

Cynthia

PS – I have some fun events coming up soon! To see the tablescapes I’ve designed, be sure to follow me on Instagram!

-Cynthia

Colour Inspiration
My client’s gorgeous white kitchen with that pop of pink!

My client’s gorgeous white kitchen with that pop of pink!

I love injecting colour into the spaces I design! That could be a full colour splash in a room, or a bright punch in a neutral space. In this all-white kitchen I designed, I wanted to add a dramatic spot of colour to give the design a kick. And that hot pick fabric on the chairs was the first thing that came to mind.

But how do designers like me find our colour inspirations? It can come from anywhere, but for me, fabrics and trims always spark my imagination.

Cynthia Ferguson Yarn

The bright yarns above grabbed my attention as I was shopping one day – especially the pinks and purples.

Cynthia Ferguson Cashmere

Even this rainbow display of wraps drew my eye right to the bright pinks at the end of the row.

Cynthia Ferguson Napkins

A display of dinner napkins, like these from Sferra, also made me feel in the pink!

Cynthia Ferguson Florals

What really clinched it was this bouquet of white and hot pink flowers – the perfect color combination.

I found the white Louis XVI side chairs at a local flea market (can you believe it?), and chose the solid fabric from Kravet and the lovely geometric pattern from Manuel Canovas. The result is a chic kitchen that serves up a bright punch!

PS – See more of my interiors and the colours I love on my portfolio.

-Cynthia

Welcome to My Blog!
Cynthia & Friends

I’m excited to launch my design blog today! I cannot wait to have this chance to really get to know people! My love of homes and the fascinating people who live in them fueled my passion for design. Being intimately involved with the families and individuals I create with is just one of the many reasons I love my job!

I also want you to get to know me better – not just the polished brand, but the real me! The person who loves to sketch, to hang out with my boys, and to travel the world. The person who is known for a quirky sense of humour, who actually loves numbers, and who is more than slightly obsessed with table settings.

My love of homes and the fascinating people who live in them fueled my passion for design.

With my dear friends and fellow designers at the 30th anniversary party for Veranda magazine.

My first love (other than my boys, of course) is and always has been design. You know how teachers often categorize learners? I’m definitely a visual learner! Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved colour and texture. I’ve always organized my agendas and calendars by colour-coding, from school right through to today. I need those bright hues to help me schedule and remember what’s on my never-ending to-do list!

Fabrics & Wallpaper

I’ve also moved houses about every three years while growing up and found solace in redecorating each new space. I loved the ritual of wallpapering and painting our new walls with my mom, whether we were in England, the United States, or Canada. New beginnings always brought new opportunities to redecorate.

A view of one of my (many!) mood boards for an interior design project.

I still love the excitement of that fresh start – it’s what draws me to my passion of designing interiors. I’m thrilled each time by the idea of creating something beautiful out of a blank canvas. It never fails to give me chills when I present the right interiors to my clients!

I look forward to giving you an inside peek each week here on this design blog to both my professional life and my everyday life. Be prepared for a few laughs along the way!

And be sure to comment or send me your questions and thoughts. I want to get to know YOU, too!

Until next time,
Cynthia

PS – Follow along with my design business every day on Instagram! Just click here!

-Cynthia