Thursday, 31 December 2009

YAM Magazine - Victoria’s Design Scene

I just got the latest issue of YAM Magazine – You and Me :: Living Smart.  This new publication by Page One Publishers is a new lifestyle magazine in Victoria BC.  I am especially excited about this issue as I was invited to write an article detailing the Victoria design community from an insider’s perspective. 


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If you are curious as to who is on the list of top designers and who are the up and coming names pick up a copy.  I know you will find YAM magazine to be of top notch quality.  As a graphic designer and aficionado of design I really appreciate the elegant layouts and crisp graphics.  Also of great importance to me is that YAM is printed using Green choices such as FSC Mixed Sources.


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This article was a great opportunity for Meade Design Group to shed light on the vibrant design community of Victoria, BC and a great way to close off 2009.  Meade Design Group welcomes in 2010 – a year that we hope will be colourful, rich in texture, bright, tastefully accessorized and above all well designed.


YAM Magazine


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Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Eye Candy of the Week – Arcos Vase by Asprey






Arcos Vase






Damián Garrido



Sterling Silver



39.5 cm wide by 41.5 cm high



I just love the volume of this piece and the fact is made of sterling silver.  As you well know I am a big fan of sterling silver – It is my favourite material.  I also like the fact that they are two great pieces in one piece.  I am not so much fan of motion pieces but this is an extraordinary exception.

With a tag of £17,000 I guess this piece is a real eye candy, as much as I would like to have it. It is only ever for me to gaze upon.



Unattainably Delicious  !!!



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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Our Holiday Card 2009

Happy Holidays from all of us at Meade Design Group!

It was another successful year for our annual holiday card, we gave ourselves high expectations after all of the positive feedback we received from last years card - this year we even included a little gift as a token of our appreciation to everyone who made this a great year for us including our colleagues, trades, retailers, friends, family and of course, our clients!




We wanted everyone to embrace their inner child and enjoy the holidays spending time with those important to them.This has been the year that we have all realized what is really important to us and we wanted a card that would reflect that. We also wanted to encourage everyone to get a little creative during their holiday!

We chose a simple retro-modern theme in a crisp red and white colour scheme (to match our holiday decor), with whimsical fonts and imagery. We also included a gingerbread man cookie cutter (secured with a white, linear textured ribbon) and a delicious recipe for everyone to try:





Makes 36

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • Decorating sugar or sprinkles (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, spices, baking soda, and salt; set aside. With an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in molasses and egg. With mixer on low, add dry ingredients; mix just until a dough forms. Place dough on floured plastic wrap; pat into an 8-inch square. Wrap well; chill until firm, 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough in half. Working with one half at a time (rewrap and refrigerate other half), place dough on floured parchment or waxed paper; roll out 1/8 inch thick, turning, lifting, and flouring dough (and rolling pin) as needed. Freeze dough (on paper) until firm, about 20 minutes.
  3. Loosen dough from paper. Cut out shapes, and transfer to baking sheets.
  4. Bake until firm and edges just begin to darken, 10 to 18 minutes, depending on size. Cool completely on baking sheets. Decorate with sugar or sprinkles, as desired.




We also included the message:

“Embrace your inner child, have fun, and get creative with your loved ones this holiday season by making some tasty treats for everyone to enjoy.

We wish you all a safe, happy and healthy holiday season carrying into 2010 and beyond.


ivan, echo and jeff”

And finished it all off with a red wax bird-shaped seal.




We hope you enjoyed our holiday card this year – thank you so much to everyone, including our blog readers for making this such a special year for us!

PS – If you didn’t receive your card from us this year – we blame Canada Post!

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Friday, 18 December 2009

The Official Victoria BC Gift Guide 2009


After the success of last years official gift guide we decided to hit the pavement and see what Victoria B.C. has to offer this year...


1.-The perfect present for the favourite person on your list


image Meade Design Group Gift Certificates


1316-B Government Street - 250.881.1990
Available in any denomination


Meade Design Group can be used for interior and graphic design services, custom upholstery, custom window treatments, custom bedding and toss pillows, object d'art pieces and anything else you see in the upcoming Meade Design Group online store.


The most versatile gift you can give !


2.- The perfect present for the hard to buy for young adult on your list

 imageTimber Table by Gus*

Available locally at Only Human 


A little bit modern, a little bit funky and a whole lot of cool, any young adult with their first place will go gaga over this cool table made of acrylic with a wood grain graphic. The perfect size for a condo or apartment, and the transparency keeps the space feeling open and as light as air!


3.-The perfect present for the cool and sophisticated mother or grandmother.


Modern Apron

Available locally at Oscar & Libby’s


These fun aprons make baking a little cooler; available in a wide range of colours and styles (my favourite is the bird cages on the right), there is sure to be one perfect for your favourite feminine family member. They are even cut to accentuate a womanly figure


4.- The perfect present for the coffee aficionado


Alesi Il Caffe Alessi Mocha Coffee Set

Available locally and online at Gabriel Ross


Lovers of modern design will recognize this name – Alessi is synonymous with clean, modern designs for kitchen gadgets, clocks, watches, home accessories and more. This porcelain set is functional, beautiful and perfectly packaged for gift giving (and perfectly priced too at under $100.00!). Designed by Achille Castiglioni.


image Nesspreso Machine- Citiz Steel Gray

Available at Nicholas Randall


We have this coffee machine at the studio and it is always a big hit with our clients and colleagues. Not only does it make wonderful coffee but its striking looks don't hurt either.


5.- The perfect present for the gourmet


image Rosé Imperial Champagne – MOET & CHANDON

Available at any Liquor Store


Just because Echo loves anything pink…


6.-The perfect present for your kid, your niece or nephew



“Piquette”- One of many adorable Poppets available at: 


“A designer line of soft misfit creatures for small hands, made in Victoria, BC.”  Also Locally available at Finn & Izzy.


7.- The perfect back-up present


Echito's Bridal Party - Exhibition X 038 Elegant Flower Arrangements

By Tara McHugh Flora


Beautifully orchestrated floral designs by local florist Tara McHugh, these beautiful, custom arrangements will surely brighten up any space.


8.- The perfect present for your stockings




Available locally at Zydeco Gifts

565 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC, V8W-1M2


Echito is in love with this find and has been showing her keys off to anyone who will listen – these key covers make the perfect affordable stocking stuffers and are sure to delight anyone on your list – there’s a style for everyone!

Also available in other great varieties such as “MonKeys”,  “GuitarKeys”,  “CooKeys”,  “FreaKeys”,  “LuchaKeys”,  “RoboKeys” and more!

“Once upon a time single-horned ponies were pretty hard to find and could only be caught by unethical means. You can snag our UniKeys merely by paying the modest price, and you won’t even have to feed them. UniKeys come complete with a twinkle in their eye – little pink and purple embedded rhinestones! We’ve packed two mythical magical key covers in every pack.”


9.- The perfect present for the new home owner


image Rose Pomegranate Candle

imageCypress Bergamot Candle


“Keep your favourite fragrance lingering this holiday season by lighting an essential-oil-rich Caldrea Cypress Bergamot or Rose Pomegranate Candle. Packaged in a gift box, these scented candles come in a beautiful reusable glass container.”

Makes a great hostess gift – Available at Muffet & Louisa


10.- The perfect present for you.

Why not so spoil yourself…


image The Spa Magnolia


NOTE - For Prices and availability of the products please contact the stores directly - Thanks !

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Saturday, 12 December 2009

In Conversation with ATMOSPHERE I.D.

Group-Shot Atmosphere Interior Design


Atmosphere Interior Design was founded in 2004 by Trevor Ciona and Curtis Elmy and has been bringing sophisticated design to Saskatoon ever since. One may recognize this design duo from their many appearances in Western Living or their prestigious collection of awards. However, their design firm produces stunning work and they have a great design studio and blog “Atmosphere Randoms” to complete the design package.


Trevor successfully completed his Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design at Mount Royal College in Calgary and Curtis was formally trained as a graphic artist. Both have acquired substantial experience in retail – Trevor in architectural and design retailers, and Curtis was the graphic artist for a successful retail outlet. Another facet the pair have in common is their willingness and ability to achieve optimal client satisfaction and giving each home a unique personality.


“Trevor and Curtis have focused on studying the market so Atmosphere Interior Design is in touch with reliable resources of sophisticated, classic, traditional and contemporary design, sourcing furniture and design materials and products from around the world”. – Atmosphere


I am always excited to find successful Canadian design talents and wanted to find out more about this great canadian firm, please read on for my interview with Trevor and Curtis…


Iván Meade - What was your first experience with design?

Trevor Ciona – My childhood bedroom. I was allowed to design it entirely, at the age of 10. I had the first room in Saskatoon with black carpet, the walls were black with white and grey wallpaper –and red was my accent. I selected all of the furniture, which I later sold (at an outrageous price) to my younger brother. I still love black, white and grey, so it was an experience that was truly telling.

Curtis Elmy – My first experience with design came a little later in life when I furnished and decorated my first apartment while attending University. The budget was tight so it wasn't much, but I loved that it was mine and represented my independence and the beginning of a life that I would create for myself.


loft-#2-Large-Shot Interior Design by Atmosphere I.D.


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

Trevor Ciona – Jack Black Lip Balm

Curtis Elmy – Tom Ford Cologne

** But seriously we would both say each other


image Interior Design by Atmosphere I.D.


Iván Meade – Your interiors are not just beautiful and contemporary but they are also very livable. How do you achieve that?

Trevor & Curtis - We design our own homes in a way that is entirely livable for us; however, we appreciate that the materials and finishes that we can live with, may be far too high maintenance for the average person. All of our clients LIVE in their homes, and don’t want to be slaves to the design, so, we focus on finding a balance where we can achieve the same look, but with a far less demanding attention. Luckily, we don’t mind being design slaves and live quite happily surrounded by polished, mirrored and lovely, breakable objects.


Living-Room Interior Design by Atmosphere I.D.


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

Trevor & Curtis - Many of our current clients have been referred to us by past clients, which is a huge compliment and responsibility. We want to make sure that we always create a result that lives up to the work that led them to us, and to do it with a spin that makes it uniquely their own.


image Interior Design by Atmosphere I.D.


Iván Meade – How is the design scene in Saskatchewan? What do you like about it and what you don’t like about it?

Trevor & Curtis - The design scene in Saskatchewan is definitely growing. When we initially moved back to Saskatchewan from Alberta to start our firm, many people told us we were making a mistake. 6 years later we are pleased to say that our decision was the right one. The relationships we have built with our clients and within the local industry are what we find most rewarding about working here.

Occasionally we run into challenges finding just the right pieces in stock in Saskatoon, for a designer this can be a huge problem. But, what we can’t find locally we manage to find online, through catalogues or have custom made. One way or another, we get what we want.


image Interior Design by Atmosphere I.D.


Iván Meade – How have you influenced your community with your designs?

Trevor & Curtis - We often feel pressure to do things the way they have always been done, but we stand our ground. We continue to push the envelope and source new products and materials to bring to Saskatoon to keep things fresh and exciting. We also feel that by operating a professional, publicly recognized design firm, we’ve helped to created respect locally for our industry - it’s not just decorating and picking paint colours, it’s the entire package.


image Interior Design by Atmosphere I.D.


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

Trevor & Curtis - It’s exciting that design currently has such a strong presence – on television, in magazines, on-line and in our surroundings. There is a growing respect for the industry and acknowledgement of how important great design is to our everyday lives.


Loft-#2-Coffee-table Interior Design by Atmosphere I.D.


Iván Meade – Your interior design firm seems to have the right attitude towards technology, What attracted you to social media?

Trevor & Curtis - Our business philosophy is to be different and stay ahead of the curve, and social media was just the next logical step for us. Social media is so important to any business for advertising and as an educational tool. There are no excuses for not being current or in touch with what your clients are expecting.


image Interior Design by Atmosphere I.D.


Iván Meade – I found out about your firm through Twitter, when each of our blogs were nominated by House and Home as some of the best blogs in Canada. What does it mean for you to tweet, and to blog your ideas in design, your travel experiences and basically open your personal life to the web?

Curtis Elmy - I am the tweeter, and along with Heather, I work on the blog. It means a lot to us to be able to express ourselves to people who have an interest and appreciation for the field of interior design. It’s also a great way for us to show how proud we are of what we do, and how much we appreciate our clients for allowing us to be creative through them. A very wise client, who introduced us to blogging, assured us that using Twitter and a Blog is not a form of boasting, it’s an extension of one’s confidence and that we should embrace it.


Hodson-1 Interior Design by Atmosphere I.D.


Iván Meade - Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?

Trevor Ciona – Kelly Wearstler

Curtis Elmy – Jonathan Adler


image Interior Design by Atmosphere I.D.


Iván Meade – Curtis, How did you find the transition from graphics to interiors?
Curtis Elmy - It was a fairly natural transition, I feel the two avenues of design are very similar. A computer background is a huge asset when it comes to producing accurate technical drawings for our designs. Being a graphic designer has also helped tremendously as we are able to design and refresh the look of our website, blog and marketing materials in-house.


Loft-1-Windows Interior Design by Atmosphere I.D.


Iván Meade - How have you found that the current economy has been shaping design trends?

Trevor & Curtis - The trend for us has been a move toward more custom furniture. Throughout the recession Saskatchewan’s economy has remained fairly strong, so while we may not have felt the effects in terms of budget or a slowdown in work, we have noticed a significant difference in the availability, quality and selection of items that we had relied on in the past. Many manufacturers have seriously cut back their catalogues, so, to fill the gap we design the pieces we need and have them custom made for our client.


image Interior Design by Atmosphere I.D.


Iván Meade – On your website you can read about the “new mystery showhome” you are working on.  Can you elaborate on this project?

Trevor & Curtis - It will be the first showhome that we have designed in its entirety - modern & glamorous while still being very masculine. We are introducing great wallpapers from all over the world, unique millwork designs and a sexy freestanding tub. It is approximately 3600 sq.ft. and an official announcement will be made shortly.




Iván Meade – Speaking of mysteries - Also on your website, under team, there is a mystery woman with no write up… who is she and what role does she play at Atmosphere Interior Design?

Trevor and Curtis - She would be Heather! Heather is our Project Coordinator and plays a significant role in managing all of our projects, clients and assisting us with the day to day requirements of our firm. We have expanded our offices to include a "Design Showroom" showcasing the best wallpaper and fabric books in the city. Heather assists customers who are designing on their own with access to our great collection of designer exclusive products.


image Interior Design by Atmosphere I.D.


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?

Trevor and Curtis - We want to be known for influencing a strong progression in our interior design community. We want young designers to see what we were able to accomplish through our work ethic and strong client relationships. There are always buildings and spaces that have a distinct signature, and our dream is that Saskatoon will have many with ours.


I invite you to visit their stunning body of work in their website and interesting articles in their blog:







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Monday, 7 December 2009

Ivan Meade in “Question Period”


Today I was feature on “Question Period” – I feel very honoured to be interviewed by Efrén Quiroz – One of the best Art Critics and supports of the Art Scene in Victoria BC. 


Efren’s blog Exhibit-V provides an extensive monthly calendar of openings, ongoing art exhibitions and the most reliable list of art galleries in Victoria B.C. Canada. Video clips of exhibitions and the people attending the events, as well as interviews with artists.


I invite you to read the interview here:





You can also see here the video that  Efrén Quiroz director of Exhibit- V made on my opening night at PS Gallery back in the summer.


This way you can have a pick of my art pieces – Enjoy!





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Saturday, 5 December 2009

Eye Candy of the Week – Nest [ Armchair ]


image image Photographs by Mustafa Nurdogdu




Nest – Arm Chair






Seyhan Ozdemir & Sefer Caglar



Oak / Painted Beech



66w / 85l / 144h  cm





This new chair has a contemporary/retro vibe that I really like.  The inspiration comes from a  shell shape that evokes a birds cage. 


I feel this kind of shape cocoons you in a safe but yet close place.  Some of the lines remained me the chairs that Kelly Wearstler uses in some of her interior design projects.


This is the kind of piece that is memorable and makes a strong statement at the same time.  Loves it!



Delicious  !!!



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Tuesday, 1 December 2009

In Conversation with Teresa Ryback


clip_image001[11]Teresa Ryback


As seen in SNAP, December 2009


Principal and Founder of tdSwansburg design studio, Teresa Ryback, is an expert in creating simple and sophisticated interiors. Teresa founded her firm in 2000 in Vancouver and opened an office in Victoria after she and her husband relocated to Vancouver Island. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and earlier this year she was recognized in Spectacular Homes of Western Canada, an exclusive showcase of Western Canada's finest designers (Hardcover). tdSwansburg has garnered both multiple CARE and Georgie Awards for design excellence.


tdSwansburg specializes in residential and hospitality design but the firm’s portfolio is filled with an array of projects including grand prize lottery homes, specialty spaces and international projects. There is a consistent theme of simplicity, complex tone-on-tone colour palettes, classic elegance and subtle detailing throughout tdSwansburg’s work. With the belief that interior design and decoration should elevate the architecture of a home, one can clearly see how passionate Teresa is about her work.


Please read on to learn more about this local talent.


Iván Meade - What is your favourite design find?

Teresa Ryback – As a designer, I have collected pieces that I love including many mid-century classics but, my favorite piece is a future classic: the Foscarini Caboche Grande Suspension Light designed by Patricia Urquiola and Eliana Gerotto.


image Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván - Why is it important to you?

Teresa Ryback – It brings me joy-! This modern fixture is a beautiful translucent jewel that floats in the space; I never get tired of looking at it. 


image Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván - How does this item reflect upon your personal design philosophy?

Teresa Ryback – "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - This piece embodies my design philosophy: simple, elegant, timeless and functional with a touch of glamour-!


image Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván Meade – What was your first experience with design?

Teresa Ryback I am an Artist first and my early experiences include carving soap figures and creating charcoal sketches of my surroundings, my family, my friends and my pets-!  Early in my career, I co-owned a boutique specializing in hand painted fashions and hand painted interior decor accessories.  I still enjoy oil painting and have an art studio in my Island home.


image Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván Meade – Who or what has influenced your style?

Teresa Ryback –  The purity of Neoclassicism and the elegance and glamour of the Art Deco era.


clip_image001[5]Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván Meade – How would you describe your style?

Teresa Ryback I would describe my style as a refined, elegant approach to West Coast interiors. The blending of natural woods and stone with luxurious materials and modern design elements--tdSwansburg’s projects reflect modern sophistication with an affinity for nature.


image Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván Meade – What designers of past and present do you admire most?

Teresa Ryback –   I love the work of  Billy Baldwin as he was a classicist and a modernist and I also admire the bold, confident style of Dorothy Draper. Current designers that capture my attention are Philippe Starck and Barbara Barry.


clip_image001[7]Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván Meade – What do you consider to be your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?

Teresa Ryback –  My greatest strength is my ability to visualize a space completed, including the smallest details. My weakness... I'm an impatient perfectionist.


image Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván Meade – You have done a great deal of lottery homes, what keeps you coming back for more?

Teresa Ryback Once we present our design vision for the project and it is accepted by the board members, we are given the freedom to design a luxury dream home. In many of the projects, we work with the architects and builders assuring the integrity of the final vision is intact. Most importantly, the Lottery Home projects serve great causes such as the BC Children's Hospital and Peace Arch Hospital foundation.


image Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván Meade – You mention on your website that environmental responsibility is a large part of your design philosophy; what steps have you taken to ensure that your firm does its part in global conservation?

Teresa Ryback In addition to being members of Built Green British Columbia and The Canada Green Building Council, in 2007 we completed a Green Demonstration Home introducing green initiatives that could be incorporated into residential construction to Vancouver Island. When working with residential clients, we educate them on sustainable design options. Further, I believe that keeping ourselves educated, as designers, allows us to serve our clients better. I frequent design shows such as NeoCon West and I will be attending the ABITARE IL TEMPO 2009 in Verona, Italy.


image Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván Meade – What do you think most Victoria homes are missing?

Teresa Ryback - The design services of tdSwansburg design studio-!


image Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván Meade – How/why did you start your own firm? Could you tell me a little about the history of your company?

Teresa Ryback I paralleled my design education with work experience, learning the diversity of a career in Interior Design.  In 2001, I was given the opportunity to present a design proposal for the 2002 BC Children's Lottery Home. I was competing against large, well established firms and was awarded the contract. I completed the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 homes winning my first two Georgie Awards. The exposure from these public projects positioned tdSwansburg design studio in the luxury residential market. We have not looked back-!


image Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván Meade – What was it like to be published in Spectacular Homes of Western Canada?

Teresa Ryback – It was an honour to be invited to participate in the publication. Spectacular Homes of Western Canada allows the firm to showcase it's work not only in Western Canada but nationally and abroad.


image Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


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

Teresa Ryback I am excited about all the inspiring and innovative materials - from wallpaper to countertops-!


image Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


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

Teresa Ryback Every successful project we complete gives me satisfaction. My favourite projects however, are the 2005 BC Children’s Lottery Home and the 2007 Win’ Fall Lottery Home because of the creative freedom that was entrusted in us.


image Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván Meade – What would be your dream project?

Teresa Ryback – My dream project is to design a restaurant in an historic architectural setting. While preserving the history of the space, I would infuse modern materials and fixtures. The fabrics and wallpaper would flaunt traditional motifs reintroduced in contemporary colourways.

The space would be comfortable, yet intimate with stylized private rooms.


image Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván Meade – What is your next design venture?

Teresa Ryback We are working on several luxury residential projects and multi-residential communities. Our next design venture is a waterfront resort property.


clip_image001Interior by tdSwansburg Design Studio


Iván Meade – Lastly, you have already created a stunning body of work in your own signature style. What would you like your legacy to be?

Teresa Ryback – ­­That I inspired…


I Invite you to vist Teresa Ryback’s website for more information.




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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