Spring Design Project with Marika Beise
Marika Beise - Rock Paper Square | DESIGN
Lauren Mycroft | ARTWORK
Andrea Soos - Poppet Creative | ARTWORK
Jolynn Vandam - Saige & Skye | FIBRE ART
Lyndsey Eden | PHOTOGRAPHY
Hayley Rosenberg - Nourish | BLOG CONTRIBUTOR
Creating a common space that is inspiring, calming, and just down right feels good to be in, is a big part of our ongoing mission at Nourish. As the seasons change, so does the connection we hope to evoke from the inside out. As the business evolves, so do the desires and needs of what each room can offer to you. We always knew just how unique the second floor was - but it wasn't until we really settled into our heritage home that we started to see what you were using it for.
We are pretty proud that the Cafe offers wholesome choices and even more pumped that many of you have made the Study and the Parlour your favourite place to sip, munch and spend time. We love peeping in and seeing some of you hanging with friends, and others working away on their computers.
This season we really wanted to take the experience up a notch and there wasn't a question in our mind who we would ask to spearhead the project. Marika of Rock Paper Square is our gal - she pulls together remarkably detailed spaces (& gatherings) and we feel like the luckiest people in the world to be able to share her design eye and creative stardust with you. Her inspo is simple - making places feel good.
Here is a bit from Marika about what inspired her latest touches at Nourish and how she brought it all together:
In my design experience, if you want to provide users with a comfortable and inspiring space, you must include the essential pieces below...
1. WARMING FINISHES - It was important for finishes to feel inviting & lived-in. No stark, cold finishes such as chrome or over-designed glass. So, we played up the mixture of woods and textural elements in the fabrics and accessories.
2. VARIETY OF SEATING OPTIONS - We are creatures of territory, and no matter if we're flying solo at a library or meeting a group of friends for a picnic, we are always on the look out for our "ideal" spot. We want to set up our space and claim an area for a certain amount of time. Therefore, it was highly recommended to create a variety of furniture pods within this larger parlour space. With exact pieces selected (high-back lounge chairs for privacy, easy to move side tables, and multi-purpose seating, to name a few) the users have flexibility to create larger groupings or individual areas as needed.
3. LIGHTING FOR MOOD AND FUNCTION - Additional ambient light was provided to create both mood and function within this space. The floor lamps were sourced from Wayfair and provide functional yet adjustable comfort for users. The parlour is also equipped with dimmable light for flexibility of the space.
4. THOUGHTFUL DESIGN & DETAIL - Finishing touches such as potted plants, locally sourced colourful artwork from the talented Lauren Mycroft as well as, Andrea Soos (Poppet Creative) textural wall hangings created by Jolynn Vandam of Saige & Skye, candlelight, and space-defining area rugs were thoughtfully added for the overall design.
It is difficult to place your finger on what exactly makes a space feel well-designed but you will know when you're in a well-designed space. We hope we've created a sense of inviting + inspiring design for all of you to enjoy.