Thursday, 29 April 2010

My iphone has a New Ensemble by Miniot


Yesterday I received the new sexy cover for my iphone, the iwood by MINIOT and I have to say what a beauty.  It is beyond what I was expecting to receive. 


Made in Holland by MINIOT with great precision and care, this iwood cover made in walnut wood is exactly what I was looking for.  I love technology, but I also love craftsmanship and this piece says it all.  The attention to detail is immaculate and it is everywhere – even the buttons are made of wood.    All crafted in a single piece so the wood grain is continuous.


iphone 003

iphone 004 

But here is one of my favourite parts – You can customize it with your own monogram, logo, or personal message engraved, you can even choose your favourite wood species.  Of course I had the Meade Design Group logo engraved to match my business cards – Gosh! It is hard to be this good (lol).


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Thanks to technology it doesn’t matter if you live on an island (like I do), you can still go online and order an iwood.  MINIOT customer service is amazing and the online form to order is the easiest to use.  Let’s bring craftsmanship and technology together.  We have too much plastic around us. 


Who doesn’t love the warmth of wood and a well crafted piece, not to mention, who doesn’t love the iphone right now?





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Sunday, 25 April 2010

Eye Candy of the Week – Valencia by Jaime Hayon





Valencia Candle & Tealight Holder



Jaime Hayon



Gaia & Gino



Crystal – Sandblasted by Hand



“The optical projects explores, through shapes, incisions and sanding, variations of light effect on crystal. The different techniques are used to invite or challenge light's entry and create playful effects that allow us to discover the magic of light inside crystal structures.”   Jaime Hayon

All the patterns on Valencia collection are sandblasted by hand. Different configurations can be made with the candleholders since their bases fit one another.

The candleholders are available in 5 , the tealight holders are available in 4 different models.



Refreshing !!!


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Thursday, 22 April 2010

In Conversation with Paul Corrie

 image Paul Corrie


A master of tone-on-tone, soft, neutral colour palettes, Paul Corrie puts a “modern twist on traditional design”. His combinations of sleek, clean lined pieces and rustic woods create such a wonderful atmosphere in his spaces. His attention to detail is evident in the way that he features a stunning array of accessories, antiques and art in his designs.


Paul left his law career to pursue his passion – interior design; now his Washington, D.C. design firm, Paul Corrie Interiors, has caught the attention of HGTV, as well as The Washington Post, Home & Design Magazine, and Washington Spaces Magazine. In 2009, he made Metropolitan Home’s Top 20 “Rising Stars,” and in 2010, he made Traditional Home’s list of “20 Young Designers to Watch” – it seems like he made the right choice!


image Interiors by Paul Corrie


Please read on to learn more about this talented designer…


Iván Meade – What was your first experience with design?


Paul Corrie – I’ve always been drawn to design…probably my whole life…While growing up, I used to switch my bedroom around all the time while constantly editing myself. As a professional, I didn’t enter the design field until shortly after graduating from law school…I was encouraged by a wonderful mentor to pursue (what appeared to him to be) my true calling, interior design, so I began my career by working in a contemporary furniture store in Washington, DC.


imageInteriors by Paul Corrie


Iván Meade – Who or what has influenced your style?


Paul Corrie – Interestingly, it isn’t really a person that influences my design style. What actually influences my design style more than anything else is my comfort level, ability to challenge myself, and confidence to step outside the box. Of course, it’s important to stay on top of the work of other designers and current publications…Just like working out, you have to exercise your mind or your work product will become stagnant and repetitive. I’m constantly inspired by other designers and their selections, and I think this helps all of us (as designers) to push ourselves to be better.


imageInteriors by Paul Corrie


Iván Meade – How would you describe your style?


Paul Corrie – I would say that my style can best be described as Modern Traditional…With that said, I also try to create environments that are elegant yet casual at the same time…Spaces should be used and versatile for various purposes and functions. They should be relaxed and not too stuffy. I’m obviously a big fan of mixing old and new pieces together, and I’m also partial to mixing periods and styles together…I think it helps create a truly timeless environment, shows the capabilities of a designer, and pushes the “sophistication envelope.” Some clients want a project done in 12 weeks and others can take much longer, but I always try to weave a common thread through my designs…I like spaces to appear as though the homeowner is surrounded by their collections…Collections that they have acquired over a lifetime…and it’s very important to me that one surround themselves with pieces that they truly love…It’s about editing and creating spaces that are carefully thought out and liveable, yet stunningly beautiful at the same time.


image Interiors by Paul Corrie


Iván Meade – What is your design philosophy?


Paul Corrie – I would say that my design philosophy is relatively simple…First and foremost, it’s about listening to a client and what their needs are with respect to a particular project, and then delivering that to the client with a PCI stamp on it. It’s about helping people get to an end with a finished product that they could never have dreamed of or accomplished on their own, and sharing my ability to aesthetically give them something fresh, carefully thought out, and well done.


image Interiors by Paul Corrie


Iván Meade – How do you feel that your previous career in law has affected your career in interior design?


Paul Corrie – I’m privileged and grateful for my law school education. I think it helps me immensely in this field since law combines analysis, creativity, and balance. Design is, of course, about creating beautiful environments, but at the end of the day, it’s a business. You have to have a strong business sense to be a great designer.


imageInteriors by Paul Corrie


Iván Meade – You are quite mysterious when it comes to finding out more about you, I had trouble finding information for my intro. Could you tell us a little more about yourself? We love to hear about our interviewees path to success!


Paul Corrie – I don’t mean for my life to be so mysterious! Yes, I grew up in Northern Virginia, where my parents still reside, and I’m extremely close to them…My sister and brother-in-law also live very close as well with my two beautiful nephews, so I’m fortunate that we get to spend lots of holidays together.


I went to the University of Virginia for my undergraduate degree and then immediately went to law school afterwards at the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA . As I said, I pursued design shortly thereafter (and at the strong encouragement and support of my parents), while somewhat reluctant because my father is a lawyer. I soon realized, though, that I made the correct decision and feel this was my true calling. I love what I do and wake up looking forward to it every day.


I currently live in Washington, DC with my partner, Steve (soon-to-be husband…yes, we will soon get to exercise our newfound right in the District!) and our shih-poo, Cindy. We both have very similar interests in working out, spending time with friends, and most importantly, being with our families.


image Interiors by Paul Corrie


Iván Meade – What attracts you to your signature colour palette of tone-on-tone, soft neutrals?


Paul Corrie – My friends make fun of me for this because they argue that I don’t use color…I actually do use color and have lots of clients that challenge me to that request as well. With that said, I’m drawn to soft neutrals because I think they allow one to layer. It’s important to appreciate all of the elements of a space and if not carefully edited, the eye misses so much. I’m so partial to furniture that has texture and patina that I want those pieces to be appreciated and admired for their individual beauty. Keeping the fabrics subtle and understated helps encourage this, and by layering, additional color can always be introduced…it’s easier to add than it is to take away.


image Interiors by Paul Corrie


Iván Meade – What are you excited about right now in the world of design?


Paul Corrie – I’m excited about how positively the Internet has impacted our profession. I love the fact that antiques from around the world are now so accessible by logging onto a simple website. I think that so much more product and information is available to designers which only aids in our creativity and ability to challenge ourselves.


image Interiors by Paul Corrie


Iván Meade – What would be your dream project?


Paul Corrie – Well, of course, the dream project is one without a budget…any designer can tell you that! That was more of a joke…budget or no budget, a dream project is one in which the client expresses their goals and wishes, and then listens to and takes the advice of the designer / professional. This is a profession where so much faith and trust is put into an individual that may or may not have something tangible to show them. The ability to be a good designer, however, isn’t in a piece of paper and can’t necessarily be taught, and so a great deal of understanding design and one’s ability can be as simple as this…Some people have it and some people don’t.


As far as a dream project is concerned, whenever I feel like I have true creative control and the opportunity to do what I know how to do, I have a dream project.




Iván Meade – What project has given you the most satisfaction?


Paul Corrie – I was thrilled with the project that was selected for my “Top 20 Designers to Watch For” in March’s Traditional Home. The client is actually a dear friend of mine, which definitely led me to have reservations about working together…I don’t like to mix business with pleasure. The client, however, was very clear in what he a wanted, and as a result of our friendship, we had an extremely strong and open line of communication throughout the process. The result was an environment that he continues to say he could never have imagined, and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product.


image Interiors by Paul Corrie


Iván Meade – What is the best advice (design related or otherwise) that you have ever received?


Paul Corrie – Trust your gut.


imageInteriors by Paul Corrie


Iván Meade – What are 3 things you each can’t live without?


Paul Corrie – I think my favourite quote could be interpreted as 3 things I can’t live without…”Live, laugh, and love.”


imageInteriors by Paul Corrie


Iván Meade – What is your next design venture?


Paul Corrie – I’m very excited about a newly confirmed design project that’s going to take place at a cottage in Cape Cod…”Cottage in Cape Cod” alone makes my mind run wild with idea after idea, and I love that.


imageInteriors by Paul Corrie


Iván Meade – Lastly, you have already created a stunning body of work with many mediums and styles. What would you like your legacy to be?


Paul Corrie – As my mom says, “Paul, you would’ve made a good lawyer, but you’re going to be a great designer.” That’s what I want my legacy to be…


I invite you to visit Paul Corrie’s website at:




and his blog at:

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Sunday, 18 April 2010

Surprised, Shocked, and Thankful


How do you say “thank you” when your design community is saying “thank you” to you?  I guess you can say “my pleasure”, but then I still feel as though, I have to say “thank you” back.


Tuesday, the 13th of April, 2010 – What a date!, definitely a day to remember.  Why is that? you may ask; well, I had a surprise thank you party thrown for me with 40 of my favourite colleagues in Victoria.  Interior Designer Michelle Matte and Artist John Wolfe from Wolf Decorative Finishes coordinated and put together a stunning surprise party at Veneto for me to say thank you for my support to our local design community.  The place was beautifully decorated by Tara McHugh Flora, Tara was one of the first members of Meade Design Group when I started and now she is a very successful fleur couturier and in my opinion one of the best in the city.   I couldn’t believe there were more than 40 colleagues there to say thank you – I said my pleasure, but now I have to say once again - Thank you!! for making me feel so appreciated.


image Colleen Buker & Myself


imageThe Crowd


IMG_5105The Crowd


I was overwhelmed as this was a big surprise – when I arrived to the restaurant people yelled “SURPRISE!”, and I was thinking – today is not my birthday, I have not won anything,… what’s going on? The room was full of both familiar faces and faces that I didn’t know (but now I do have the pleasure of knowing them, of course) all of them saying “THANK YOU!”.  Gratitude is a strange word in our life, we hardly ever use it.  We live day-by-day too fast, and when we remember it is night again.


IMG_5097 Flowers by Tara McHugh Flora

  IMG_5099 Flowers by Tara McHugh Flora


IMG_5095 Flowers by Tara McHugh Flora


I also have to say I could never do as much as I do without the team that has supported me in my 8 year career in Victoria.  Starting with Jeff Michaud my partner, Tara McHugh (the corsage and those flowers were amazing!), Mr. Greg Young (RIP), Miz  T -Tiffany Jade Briscoe, Miz Bobbie Cann, Sarita, and my right hand Echito Eaton-Thorn.


clip_image001Myself & Tara McHugh (Tarita Tomato)


IMG_5117 Murray, Liz Mackay, Josée Lalonde


IMG_5121Kyla Bidgood, Gillian Ley, Myself,

Amber Kingsnorth, & Michelle Morelan


IMG_5122 Myself & Brenda Marks


A very very special THANK YOU to … Michelle Matte and John Wolf Decorative Finishes, Colleen Buker, Gillian Ley, Antonieta D’Introno, Jenny Martin, Sandy & Dawn from Nygaard Interior Design, Ross Taylor and Amber Leask from Gabriel Ross, Julia Roemer, Delores & Andy from Running with Scissors, Sarah & Scott McNeill, Amber Kingsnorth and Kyla Bidgood from Inoui Design Collective, Michelle Morelan who came all the way from Vancouver, Artist Birgit Piskor, Susan Hargraves, Liz Mackay, Josée Lalonde, Murray, Teresa Ryback & Kelly Moir from TD Swansburg, Pamela and Zech from European Flooring, Lindsay Hill and Pam from Kimberly Williams, Dianne Kennedy, Dimitri Maekawa from Axis Design, Josh Terry from Allegro Painting, Brenda Marks from Kravet & Tritex, Heather Draper and Ben Brannen from Bespoke, Amanda Forrest for her kind note,  and Jeff Michaud & Echo Eaton from Meade Design Group for this incredible surprise.


Photographs by Tara McHugh & Heather Draper

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Talent Runs in the Family - Photographs by Paulo Meade


Yesterday I received several amazing photographs that  Paulo, my brother took in his camping expedition last weekend to the infamous “Mount Pepsi”  in my hometown of San Luis Potosi.  As a side note, while I was living there I never realized how silly the name was, but in hindsight it is kind of ridiculous. 


I believe inspiration is everywhere, and of course talent runs in the family.  This is the stunning flora from my hometown in México.  I love the vibrancy of the colour and the delicacy of the petals. 


I am very impressed with the photography skills of my brother as this is a side of him I didn’t know about him. 


Paulo is a very talented Gynaecologist/Oncologist living in México with his wife and three kids.



DSCF0207Photograph by Dr.Paulo Meade


DSCF0243 Photograph by Dr.Paulo Meade


DSCF0248 Photograph by Dr.Paulo Meade


DSCF0251 Photograph by Dr.Paulo Meade


DSCF0268 Photograph by Dr.Paulo Meade



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Monday, 12 April 2010

Jimi-view with Iván Meade, Designer and Artist


I invite you to read and to have a good laugh with this hilarious Jimi-view with Iván Meade, Designer and Artist.  


If you want to see myself at the tender age of 14 years old, full of pimples and stretching pure 80’s fashion like washed denim, multicolour sweater and sperry top siders – You must read this interview. 


My picture guarantee at least one good laugh…






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Saturday, 10 April 2010

Eye Candy of the Weekend – Continue Time by Sander Mulder

image It's now... 3 hours, 54 minutes and 32 seconds.


imageIt's now... 3 hours, 55 minutes and 7 seconds.


image Timeless



Continue Time



Sander Mulder



Aluminum - Messing.



Made in a worldwide limited edition of 40 pcs + 1 artist proof.



During the Salone del Mobile 2010 in Milan, Dutch designer Sander Mulder exhibits his latest design, the Continue Time, a kinetic artwork and fully functional clock. 


While creating mesmerizing patterns on your wall the pointers of this clock are still read similar to a traditional clock. The widest pointer ( attached to the clockwork ) shows the hours, the medium sized pointer ( attached to the hour pointer ) shows the minutes, the smallest pointer ( attached to the minute pointer ) shows the seconds.            – Sander Mulder





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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Eye Candy of the Week – Link by Pablo










Peter Stathis



Gray, White, Black, Green, Orange



Stamped aluminum arms; Polycarbonate lens; Die-cast zinc base.



360 degree adjustment; Automatic tension control; Hi/Low switch; Detachable transformer.



Today, I went to check out the new digs of Only Human and I was quite surprise when I saw these babies on their window display. 


These task lights have the same quality that you find in the Tolomeo lamps – they are memorable, well designed, but they feel more edgy to me.  I love their texture.


Link modernizes the classic pantograph task lamp incorporating the most advanced LED lighting technology to-date. Designed with a dual-purposed shade-handle, Link seamlessly balances performance and style to satisfy focused lighting needs in any home or office.




Crunchy !!!


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Sunday, 4 April 2010

Happy Easter!!!

In the last few years, my childhood memories  of chocolate eggs has become more prominent.  I have not celebrate Easter in my home town for many many years, but I always said that I have never seen such a beautiful chocolate eggs than the ones are made in my home town of San Luis Potosí, México.   


Of course when I was a child I didn’t care about the looks , I just wanted to eat them.  I remember biting the sugar flowers one by one and eating the tiny anis candy caramels inside them.  My grandfather used to say slowly because you are not in a hurry…


Huevo-3 Costanzo Chocolate Egg # 4


Today I woke up  thinking in these chocolate eggs and I was lucky enough to find the website of the 80 year old chocolate company that made these wonderful creations – Costanzo. I was really happy to see that they are still making these chocolate creations with the same care and tradition as when I was younger. 


These company is all about tradition, their slogan is still the same even if it is a bit odd by today’s standards… “Más Dulces que los Dulces Besos de la Novia” which it means “Sweeter than the Sweetest Girlfriend Kisses”.  I always get a kick out of this phrase.


Huevo-1 Costanzo Chocolate Egg # 3





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Thursday, 1 April 2010

In Conversation with Josée Lalonde


IMG_4978-EditJosée Lalonde


Josée Lalonde is the principal at Josée Lalonde Real Estate Staging in Victoria B.C. – one of the most fresh and innovative staging companies in Victoria B.C. In 2007 Josée successfully completed her Canadian Staging Professionals Course and was granted her CSP designation. Josée’s success speaks for itself. It is clear that she is going places and her sexy French accent doesn’t hurt either.


I had the pleasure of meeting Josée a couple of months ago when she approached Meade Design Group to create the graphic identity for her new venture as a Residential Stager. Since then we have shared a friendship and a common interest in interior design. I have always admired the “Je ne sais quoi” and the enthusiasm that Josée brings to any of her projects.




Iván Meade – What was your first experience with design?


Josée Lalonde - I first fell in love with the art of home design in my mid-teens.  My parents had given me "carte blanche" to redesign my bedroom and my creative juices just went bananas… I don’t think Mom and Dad knew that they had created this ‘design monster’!! It was such a positive experience; I invented a really novel bed space with stairs leading up to the mattress and all sorts of fun stuff like that. I had constructed new bedside tables, they let me choose new bedding, and then I finished it all up with a fun paint color.  That was probably the moment when I realized that I had a true passion for design. I was just hooked, I guess!


image Staging by Josée Lalonde


Iván Meade - Can you tell me more about your services and how they may be beneficial to our readers?


Josée Lalonde – One of our favourite services is “Staging for Living” whereby we redesign the home using as much of the existing furnishings and accessories as possible, but getting rid of what needs to be removed, then recommending the adding-on of new items to really freshen things up.  It’s a simple, economical, and effective way of reinventing your home; updating the look even if you are not selling. It’s funny how sometimes I get to provide that service to clients who hired me to help them sell one property, but were so impressed with the outcome of the staging that they say they want “something like that” done to the home in which they live. Also, we offer “sourcing out” as a service that interests a lot of people; I am so familiar with what’s out there in the home design market that I can quickly find and purchase that certain something that is missing in a person’s home to make it more special. Another of my favourite things to do is what I call “Staging for Occasions”; if you are having a party or hosting a special occasion or just want to give your home a more ‘seasonal’ flair, I’ll go in and reconfigure your space, add or remove furnishings and then decorate it for the occasion. I guess it’s just my personality but I get really excited for holiday events and I really love to go ‘all out’ to make a place look festive, whatever the occasion.  


DSC_0258Staging by Josée Lalonde


Iván Meade - What is unique about Josée Lalonde from other Real Estate Stagers?


Josée Lalonde – Hah! I’ve been so flattered by what people have said about my work but I’ve always considered myself as ‘just Jo’. And that’s pretty much what I bring to the table. So I guess I am as unique from other Real Estate Stagers as I am from you, Ivan! I look at this job as not really a job. It’s something I think about constantly anyway! The creations pretty well happen in my head. Once I’ve got the bits, parts, and pieces together, the rest is just a matter of getting it done. Everyone is unique. This is just a labour of love for me.


DSC_0269 Staging by Josée Lalonde


Iván Meade - What is your design philosophy?


Josée Lalonde –  Every house as a soul and a personality; my goal is to bring it out.  When I do a walk through with the client I always ask about the history of the house, old or new. From there, I can begin to “design” the space to capture its soul and personality.   Just like people, all homes are very different from one another and in staging we try to make the homes more appealing to a broader array of potential buyers by making them more mainstream. But I think the key is to bring out the home’s true character.


8 Master Bedroom Staging by Josée Lalonde


Iván Meade – How do you describe your style?


Josée Lalonde –  I would describe my personal style as ‘Bold Elegance’.  That’s a bit of a tricky question to answer because, in home staging, you can’t really limit yourself to one specific style.  But my favourite is bold with elegance as I always like a bright punch of color, or big and funky items, and then I try to mix it with soft clean lines.


imageStaging by Josée Lalonde


Iván Meade – Who or what are your greatest design influences?


Josée Lalonde –  There are so many things and people that influence me in design!  What influences me the most is fashion; if you can see it on the catwalk you can definitely see it in home design.  The mix of different textures, the bold accessories, the combinations of colors, the marriage of different styles – I’m influenced by it all!  I truly think they go hand in hand.  As for who, I am a big fan of Jonathan Adler.  I appreciate his use of bold colors; but what I really love is that he adds a lot of fun and humour with his accessories. I see him as I see myself; he is obviously serious about his work so he is a well-respected and extremely successful designer, but at the same time, he doesn’t take himself too seriously.


image Staging by Josée Lalonde


Iván Meade – Can you tell us why it is important not only to have a well-staged place but also a well-stylized place?


Josée Lalonde –  A combination of both is extremely important to present the result that both the client and the potential buyer is looking for.  Not only is it important to highlight the space of a property when purchasing a home, but there must also be a strong emotional connection to it.  The potential client needs to feel like “I could easily live here”. It needs to encapsulate them the moment they walk in and stylistic “eye candy” is the way to do it!


DSC_0253 Staging by Josée Lalonde


Iván Meade – What is the one thing in life you cannot live without?


Josée Lalonde –  Colour!  I need colour in my life!  Without it, it is lifeless.  It gives me my energy, my positivity and my inspiration to create.  In home staging, “neutral” is a key word but there is always place for a colour!!


DSC_0249Staging by Josée Lalonde


Iván Meade – What motivates you to do your best on the job?


Josée Lalonde –   In my work, I am a hopeless perfectionist. I can’t help it. I’m always learning and I love to push myself to be the very best that I can be. But I suppose what ultimately motivates me is the approval of the client.  Although in staging, the end result is directed towards the potential buyer and not the owner, it’s just so gratifying to see the look of stunned amazement on the owner at ‘the big reveal’.


imageStaging by Josée Lalonde


Iván Meade –  What are you excited about right now in the world of design?


Josée Lalonde -  Sustainability.  It’s so encouraging to see how much the design world has progressed in the aspect of sustainability. I love being a part of that sort of awareness. The recycling and reusing of furniture, the eco-friendly paints and fabrics and the new technologies that surround all of it are really refreshing.  It’s exciting to think we are able to design or redesign our spaces and feel good about it by being mindful of the need to minimize our carbon footprint.


IMG_5042-Edit-2Josée Lalonde


I invite you to discover Josée Lalonde’s work at her website



Ivan Meade is a local designer and principal of Meade Design Group, a multidisciplinary interior and graphic design studio in the heart of downtown Victoria –



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