Adding texture to a space is important because it adds depth. Velvet is the perfect texture to add to a space because it can easily add elegance and glamour, softness or a classic-touch to a more modern space. However, velvet should be used sparingly to avoid feeling dated. I would suggest keeping it’s use to one or two items.

Some easy ways to incorporate velvet:

  1. Sofa
  2. Chairs
  3. Curtains
  4. Throw pillows
  5. Ottoman
  6. Headboard/Bed Frame

Depending on how bold you’re willing to be, you can also play with some brighter colours of velvet. Right now I am loving the deep blue velvet chairs and sofas that are popping up everywhere.

Here are a couple of my favourite velvet pieces:

Vanessa Enns Interiors Friday Favourites Velvet
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  1. I love the shade of blue of this chair from Elte Market.
  2. This sofa is from Ikea (can you believe it?). Such a steal for only $1,199.
  3. This ottoman from Urban Barn would be great in front of a chair and can double as additional seating when you have guests over.
  4. I know, I’ve posted this one before, but I love it! I would have 2 of these chairs in a living room or put it in the corner of a bedroom for a pop of colour
  5. If you’re scared to go bold with a piece of furniture, these velvet pillows from Pottery Barn are an easy way to add colour without the commitment
  6. I love this retro looking sofa from Structube.
  7. The velvet curtains from West Elm are amazing. I have them in my own home. They add drama to a room and the added bonus is that they are thick so they block out a lot of light which is perfect for a bedroom
  8. This floor cushion from CB2 is a great way to have additional seating when entertaining.

And some inspiration…


Featured Image:  Design by Karla Dreyer. Photo by Tracey Ayton.



GET THE LOOK: Studio McGee Living Room

I absolutely love this living room design from Studio McGee’s Lynwood Remodel Project. I love the neutral pallet with natural elements and the perfect mix of iron and brass. (see the full home tour here)
I’ve pulled together some sources to recreate this look. I know the sofa and coffee table are from Restoration Hardware and the rug is from Pottery Barn (unfortunately no longer available) but the rest of my picks are all look-a likes.
Here’s the inspiration:
 Brass chairs and brickmaker table || Studio McGee
Gray fireplace | Studio McGee
Brass side table | Studio McGee
Design: Studio McGee. Image: Becky Kimball
 Now, how to get the look:
Vanessa Enns Interiors Get the Look Studio McGee Living Room
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Additional Options Below
Rug Options:
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West Elm – Torres Wool Kilim – Iron


Anthropologie Alondra Rug
Anthropologie Overdyed Pericon Rug

Coffee Table Options:

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West Elm Box Frame Coffee Table


Dixon Coffee Table
Crate and Barrel Dixon Coffee Table
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West Elm Lamon Luther Coffee Table
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CB2 Chevron Coffee Table

Arm Chair Options:



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West Elm Mid-Century Show Wood Upholstery Chair
Cavett Chair
Crate and Barrel Cavett Chair – Twine
Milo Chair
Crate and Barrel Milo Chair – Cream
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EQ3 Chiara Chair – Cream


Print Options:

Minted for West Elm Dreams
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Minted for West Elm Rocky Radiance
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Minted Untitled 1B


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Minted Indigo No.1
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Pottery Barn Framed Coral Prints

Side Table Options:

Elke Round Marble Side Table
Crate and Barrel Elke Round Marble Side Table
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Pottery Barn Darcy Marble Side Table



ELTE Market is a large warehouse in Toronto filled with high-end furniture and home accessories. ELTE Market is an offshoot of the popular luxury home design store ELTE. The store’s target market is first time home buyers so all of the furniture is contemporary and urban, perfectly sized for condo living and reasonably priced. Right now, they have a 20% all upholstery sales event which includes sofas, sectionals, beds, chairs and ottomans (Amazing!) If you haven’t checked out this store, I would highly recommend it. Their website is but I find that they have way more selection available in the store than what’s shown online.

I have put together a collection of my favourite items from the sale. My TOP favourite is the Drummond Oxblood Chair (I have posted about this chair before) and it’s only $297!


Vanessa Enns Interiors Sale Picks Elte Market
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  1. The Orlando Sofa – Regular $2,595.00 On Sale for $2,076.00
  2. Alto Bar Stool in White – Regular $245.00 On Sale for $147.00
  3. Vintage Dining Chair – Regular $295.00 On Sale for $177.00
  4. Vincent Coffee Table – Regular $795.00 On Sale for $477.00
  5. Sammie Cube Ottoman – Regular $295.00 On Sale for $236.00
  6. Jasper Bench – Regular $1,375.00 On Sale for $1,100.00
  7. Jackson Media Console – Regular $1,395.00 On Sale for $837.00
  8. Drummond Oxblood Arm Chair – Regular $495.00 On Sale for $297.00
  9. Bennet Bench – Regular $445 On Sale for $356.00
  10. Zoey Chair – Regular $1,525.00 On Sale for $1,220.00




DESIGN TIPS: Mix and Match Throw Pillows

I love throw pillows because they are such a great way to play with colour and patterns. They are also great because switching them up is relatively inexpensive and can completely transform a space. I’ve put together a bunch of my favourite throw pillows which would be great to mix and match.

Mixing and matching is easier than you think!

How to Mix and Match Pillows:

Natural Pattern + Geometric Pattern + Varied Size + Texture = Amazing Pillow Combo

  1. Start with a natural patterned pillow that you love. There are so many great ones out there. This pillow should have an organic shape or pattern, something nature-inspired and curved lines (anything with straight lines is considered geometric)
  2. Add in a geometric patterned pillow. Like the ones below, these often feature straight lines, grids, etc.
  3. Add in a pillow with a different shape to give some contrast to the other two pillows. These can either be large square pillows, lumbar pillows, or small square pillows.
  4. Finally, add in some texture. The texture can be velvet, wool, cable knit, linen, fur etc. The choices are endless!

My personal favourite combo is the far right column. I love the pink and navy combination with that leopard print pillow.

**For those interested, a geometric pattern is a pattern formed by geometric shapes. A natural pattern is a pattern formed by spirals, curves, waves, and is inspired by nature.

Have a great weekend and enjoy.

Vanessa Enns Interiors Friday Favourites Throw Pillows
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Featured Image: Design by House of Jade Interiors. Photo by Becky Kimball

DESIGNER ROUND UP: Island Pendant Lights

Happy hump day!

Today I’ve pulled together some of my favourite island pendant lights that are commonly used by designers. These days designers aren’t only doing the three, small pendant lights over an island in a kitchen that you used to see a number of years ago. These days it’s all about the island pendant lights being a focal point and you can have two, three or even more lights over the island. In my own kitchen, I have 2 of the black iron medium Darlana pendants. I love them because they contrast against my all white kitchen and the black iron ties into other details in the house such as the iron hardware on my doors.

Tip for Hanging Lights Above Island:

2 Pendants: They should be spaced 30″ apart (15″ each way from the centre of the island) and the bottom of the light should be 30 – 36″ above the island.

3 Pendants: They should be spaced 28″ apart and 12″ in from the end of the island. The bottom of the light should be 30 – 36″ above the island.

Here’s my round up along with some inspiration. Enjoy!

Vanessa Enns Interiors Designer Round Up Island Pendant Lights
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  1. Hick’s Pendant

2. Darlana Lantern

3. Henry Industrial Pendant

4. Morris Lantern

5. Industrial Pendant

6. Caged Lantern with Paper Shade

7. Cone Pendant

8. Globe Pendant


FRIDAY FAVOURITES: Valentine’s Day Pt. 2

How is it Friday already? The week just flew by! January also flew by and it’s hard to believe that next week will be Valentine’s Day. Last Friday I posted some of my favourite Valentine’s day items and today I am posting some more because there is just too much good stuff out there! The best part is that some of the items could easily be used all year round.

I hope you had a great week.


Vanessa Enns Interiors Friday Favourites Valentine's Day Pt 2
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I always love scrolling through pinterest and ogling over the amazing house designs that are featured on there. I find I am most drawn to kitchen designs because I personally believe that the kitchen is the most important room in the house. It is where family gathers, where you spend time cooking, where guests gather around the island with a drink, etc. I redid my kitchen last year and the last item on my list to finish off the kitchen are new bar stools. Looking at the images online there seems to be some designer favs that are used over and over so I thought I’d put together a little bar stool round up with sources.


The Round Up:

Vanessa Enns Interiors Designer Round Up Bar Stools
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Design Inspiration:

  1. Riviera Stool from Serena and Lily


2. Tig Bar Stools from Crate and Barrel


4. Smart and Sleek Stool from Wisteria