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A Few of My Favorite Things

Next week is Valentine’s Day - the day for hearts and love! Maybe that’s why I have such an obsession with the colour pink lately - but it’s definitely one of the things that I love right now. I’m so lucky as a designer to be surrounded by what I enjoy every single day. So I thought that, in honour of the holiday, I’d give you an inside look at a few of my favorite things right now!

Dining room designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, styled by Lauren Howell, photo by Douglas Friedman for Architectural Digest

Dining room designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, styled by Lauren Howell, photo by Douglas Friedman for Architectural Digest

Fashion-Forward Design

Damien Hirst is one of my all-time favorite artists, so I was completely blown away by this gorgeous dining room by the iconic Martyn Lawrence Bullard! But then - those ombre chairs took the room to an entirely new level!

Phillip Jeffries

Phillip Jeffries

Wow-Worthy Wallpaper

Speaking of pink, how gorgeous are these stunning wallpapers from Phillip Jeffries? I’m in love with the depth of the jewel-toned colour and the patterns. This is hot off the presses, so I’m looking forward to finding the perfect room for these designs!

New York Now

New York Now

Bud Vases

I came across this wall of bud vases in every shape, size, and colour - and it stopped me in my tracks! I can’t wait to line up a variety of these beauties down the centre of my table with a single flower in each one to create a fabulous display for my dinner guests!

Cloth & Co.

Cloth & Co.

Sustainable Style

What’s not to love about these soft and sustainable linens from Cloth & Co.?! They’re available in napkins, tablecloths and hand towels in all these colours - and made of all-natural fibres.

Botanica Trading

Botanica Trading

Pink, Of Course!

I wrote an entire blog post on how much I love pink right now (click here to see it), so how could I NOT include it in my list of favorite things? This custom block-printed fabric from Botanica Trading is definitely near the top of the list!

So what do YOU love? Let me know in the comments section below!

Until next time,

-Cynthia

Trend Alert: Big Bold Blooms

Given how cold and snowy this winter has been, I’m excited about the trend toward big bold floral patterns on walls and fabrics! It’s the perfect design for spring - and beyond! I’ve always loved a pattern of flowers, but there’s something about an overscaled look that just takes my breath away.

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

I fell in love with the Thibaut wallpaper above, with its classic navy-and-white palette. A powder room is the perfect place to experiment with a more dramatic look like this one!

Rollout Wallpaper

Rollout Wallpaper

I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw this huge realistic wall of flowers at a home furnishings show here in Toronto! How stunning is this wallpaper from Rollout? It is absolutely gorgeous when you see it in person!!

Victoria Larson

Victoria Larson

Victoria Larson took more of a painterly approach for her floral pattern on a grasscloth. It’s got a lovely dreamy quality to it!

I’m so in love with these big blooms that I’m offering the look on pillows on my online shop! This combination of navy, light blue, and lavender is a great colour mix! Click here to get this pillow for your own home.

What do you think about this floral trend? Does it have you dreaming of warmer weather? Me too!!!

Until next time,

-Cynthia

In the Pink

I don’t know if it’s the fact that Valentine’s Day is around the corner, or if I’m just having a bit of spring fever, but I’m definitely feeling “in the pink!” The colour has always been a favourite of mine, but lately it’s really inspiring me.

Highland House

Highland House

My most recent obsession with pink was fired up during last fall’s High Point Market - it’s the Fashion Week for home furnishings. All shades of pink were found on furniture, accessories, and walls! I love the almost mauve-looking rose colour in the photo above from Highland House!

Pearson Furniture

Pearson Furniture

And the deep pink in the sofa and ottoman above were swoon-worthy! They look fabulous with the floral wallpaper and paler pink pillows in the Pearson showroom.

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

I had already settled on pink for my space at Rooms with a View in Connecticut before High Point Market, but I knew I’d made the right decision when I saw it all put together with this gorgeous fabric from Kravet and the sweet plates from Replacements!

Photo by Cynthia Ferguson

Photo by Cynthia Ferguson

The colour inspiration continued with gorgeous pinks turning up in my beach finds from my recent island vacation!

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

Choosing pink obviously isn’t a new thing for me - I’ve always loved the colour, as you can see in one of my kitchen projects above! Pink represents optimism and caring, and maybe that’s what I’ve been feeling over the last few months.

Photo by Cynthia Ferguson

Photo by Cynthia Ferguson

So here’s to feeling “in the pink” for 2019! And if you’d like to keep up with my latest inspirations, be sure to follow me on Instagram here!

Until next time,

-Cynthia

Design Inspiration: Water Colours

The holidays are such an incredible time to recharge and relax - especially if you can get away! One of my favourite destinations is a series of remote islands in the Caribbean. The calm, the gorgeous views - it’s the best place to spend the holidays! And who wouldn’t be inspired by these gorgeous sky and water colours?

Photo by Cynthia Ferguson

Photo by Cynthia Ferguson

The gorgeous blues and greens find their way into so many of the rooms I design! I’m not the only one who loves this palette - the colors are soothing and calming, perfect for a gorgeous interiors! They bring a little bit of your vacation home, even in the dark winter months!

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

Rolling waves are incredibly soothing on these isolated beaches. You can see why I keep returning with my family for every holiday!

Photo by Cynthia Ferguson

Photo by Cynthia Ferguson

I created that feeling of movement and water with a pattern of tiles in the backsplash of this kitchen I designed!

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

Even this gorgeous seating area in the middle of nowhere can be recreated in a formal dining room with the right colours and patterns.

Photo by Cynthia Ferguson

Photo by Cynthia Ferguson

I used breezy drapery in a cool turquoise colour to provide that idea of calm and serenity in this Toronto dining room. It’s like a tiny moment of the islands in the middle of a snowy, busy city!

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

I love bringing these inspirational moments and colours home with me - where do YOU find your inspiration?!

Until next time,

-Cynthia

The Colour of the Season

Every year, paint companies and colour trend forecasters make their predictions for what the Colour of the Year will be in the coming months. Behr says it will be an “uplifiting blue,” Benjamin Moore selected a neutral gray, Sherwin-Williams says it will be a terra cotta colour, and Pantone went bold with a bright coral. But I’m leaning toward the selection by PPG called Night Watch.

PPG’s Night Watch

PPG’s Night Watch

This is a rich and classic green that I think more people will want to use in their homes. In times of uncertainty, a calming colour always becomes more popular. Plus, green is always listed as the second most popular colour for people, just behind blue. I’ve noticed that I’ve been using it more in my own projects, too!

Selections for one of my projects

Selections for one of my projects

Interior designers are always the first to use the latest colours or to spot new ideas before they become trends. As you can see above, I was already starting to gravitate toward deep greens all the way back in July.

A green door in Nantucket

A green door in Nantucket

In fact, looking back through my travel photos from 2018, I can see how inspired I was by this deep green colour - in art, in fashion, and even on a door!

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I was stopped in my tracks by the incredible green-glazed pottery in Sarah Bartholomew’s Nashville store!

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I started specifying even more than usual from this part of the colour chart, as you can see above. So many gorgeous greens to choose from!

Cynthia Ferguson Designs for Alden Parkes

Cynthia Ferguson Designs for Alden Parkes

As an early adopter, I’m using these green hues more and more now, like I did above for Alden Parkes. How gorgeous is that Kelly Wearstler fabric for Kravet??

Designers are always early adopters, and working as much as I do with colour I know I’m on the write track. I’m looking forward to 2019 being the Year of Green!

Until next time,

-Cynthia

Find Your Last-Minute Holiday Gifts!

My clients love when I curate their accessories and decor, finding just the right piece for every room in their homes. In fact, a good part of my job is spent shopping, which I love! And now you can find some of my best finds on my own online shop here!

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

Cynthia Ferguson Designs

Opened just a few weeks ago, the shop includes accessories, pillows, tabletop, and of course fabulous holiday decor! One of the most popular things on the shop has been a collection of felted animals and figures - I love them so much that I wanted everyone to be able to have one (or more!).

A felted reindeer from Cynthia Ferguson Designs

A felted reindeer from Cynthia Ferguson Designs

I’m especially fond of the little gnomes with their overgrown beards and huge hats! They make great last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers!

Scandinavian Large Gnome from Cynthia Ferguson Designs

Scandinavian Large Gnome from Cynthia Ferguson Designs

I’m also asked all the time for recommendations on great home decor - so of course I included my favorite pillows, chambray table linens, and glass hurricanes.

Cut Velvet Striped Pillow from Cynthia Ferguson Designs

Cut Velvet Striped Pillow from Cynthia Ferguson Designs

The shop is curated to showcase my love of colour, collections, and whimsy! Drop in to finish up your holiday shopping, and let me know which items are your faves!

Until next time,

-Cynthia

Design Inspiration: The Art World

To stay creative and at the top of my game, I love to find inspiration in colour, shape, pattern, and textures. And the one place that fills up my creative tank fastest is an art gallery or museum! I’m fascinated by paintings, sculptures, drawings - every part of the art world inspires me!

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There is something incredible about art - the conversation it initiates, the emotion it generates, the memories it calls up....and then there is the discussion about the artist. What were they thinking and feeling when they first took brush to canvas. What were they trying to communicate? Am I experiencing their piece in the way that was intended?

I was absolutely obsessed with the art in a hotel I stayed at earlier this year, like the piece above! I drove the staff crazy as I appeared at their desk every day with a new inquiry about the piece I saw here and the piece I saw there and their sconces and their desk chair....it went on and on! Let’s just say I seemed to have had a taxi to the airport a lot faster than everyone else oddly.

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I loved the texture and pattern play on this magnificent wall! The art installation was so stunning that I had to remind myself to keep my hands in my pockets so I wouldn’t touch it! But wouldn’t this be magnificent in a client’s home?!

I am inspired to get my paints out again after seeing this gorgeous piece! Look at these incredible stripes and colours!! This installation from Sean Scully can be enjoyed near Mexico City at Cuadra San Cristobal 

Sometimes it just takes one piece of art to capture your interest in a space and make it sing! This artist Gordon Shadrach is from Toronto, and his paintings stop you in your tracks you as you walk into a room!

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Keep your eyes open, because you never know where you’ll spy amazing art! This incredible mural was painted in the parking lot of a restaurant and I was mesmerized! Look at all the patterns the artist incorporated!

Art is so personal. So individual. Remember to get out to your local gallery more often and start a conversation. Stir your emotions. Enjoy the experience!

Until next time,

-Cynthia

How to Artfully Display Your Collections

Collections are a part of our family history. They are a part of our history as a society. I love to collect vintage pressed, for example! I also have a lot of clients who have gathered collections, but they’re often at a loss for how to show them off in their homes. So here are some tips you can use to artfully display what you love:

First, don’t hide them! There’s nothing worse than seeing a group of favorite things hiding in the back of a cupboard or a closet, just because you didn’t know what to do with them. Collections help show your personality - so bring them out front-and-center, like these sweet owls in a Nantucket store window! I love how some are facing in and those near the window are looking out!

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Second, see if you can create a pattern with your collections. That makes it easier to display them on a wall or table, like the gorgeous pottery group I saw on a wall in Sarah Bartholomew’s Nashville design store! This is a great way to showcase a collection of plates, bowls, baskets, hats, and so many other cool things!

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Third, whenever possible, group similar things together for greater impact. I like to put my collections of pressed glass in small groups by colour or shape - it looks more organized and artful!

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Finally, the holidays are the perfect time to pull out your collections - they’re full of memories and nostalgia, which we all love this time of year. These little knitted guys always make me smile!

No matter what you collect, use these tips to create vignettes that will tell a story in your home of who you are!

Until next time,

-Cynthia

Lighting Up!

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, a sign that we’re definitely close to winter and the holiday season. That also means shorter days and longer nights – a time when the lighting in your house becomes even more important! I love finding new and exciting light options for my clients. Here are a few of the top trends in lighting today:

Schoolhouse light, interior design by Cynthia Ferguson

Schoolhouse light, interior design by Cynthia Ferguson

Matte Black. Deep, dark black is a big trend in Europe and it’s starting to appear in homes here! I love the impact it makes when it’s paired with metal, like in this bedside lamp from Schoolhouse that I used in a boy’s room.

Ridgely Studio Works that looks more like an installation than a sconce!

Ridgely Studio Works that looks more like an installation than a sconce!

Free-Form Lights. Sculptural designs are taking lighting to a more artful place! I recently worked on a custom commission with Ridgely Studio Works that looks more like an installation than a sconce.

Kelly Wearstler chandelier, interior design by Cynthia Ferguson

Kelly Wearstler chandelier, interior design by Cynthia Ferguson

Wow-Worthy Chandeliers. This Kelly Wearstler design I used in a master bathroom takes the starburst or Sputnik design to a whole new level! Designed in that oh-so-trendy black, the chandelier adds drama to the decor.

Le Deun Luminaires

Le Deun Luminaires

LED Lights. LED has been a major trend for lighting manufacturers for a while, but only recently have they made them look as gorgeous as they are efficient! I’m so in love with these gorgeous gold rings from the French company Le Deun Luminaires!

Get Lit

Get Lit

Traditional Shapes. In table lamps, traditional shapes like the ginger jar you see here from Get Lit are coming back in a big way. The green colour definitely speaks to me, too!

Primavera

Primavera

Bold Color. Speaking of colour, bright pops of colour are being featured not just on the lamps bases, but also on the shades, as you can see in these pretty designs from Primavera. 

Use these ideas to light up your fall and winter days! And if you’re here in Canada, I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time,

-Cynthia

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

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