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What is orange, black and white? If you guessed a black cat sitting on pumpkin against a while wall, then you are way too excited about Halloween. It’s September people! If you guessed Blog 5551, you would be correct, but that was not the answer I was looking for.

I realized something this past weekend when I visited the Vancouver Home + Interior Design Show. The show itself was a bit disappointing, but it made me notice a couple of trends that I’ve been an inadvertent slave to lately. The trends, which I initially discovered through web design and typography, are (1) an affinity towards the simplicity and sleekness of black against white  (2) the colour orange.

(Pic above was taken from I really like the typography)

I realized that orange is the new brown (rich, warm, distinctive) as I was drawn to some unbelievably soft 1500 threat count Egyptian cotton sheets at the Home Show. (I bought the chocolate brown ones instead and have been kicking myself ever since. I can’t forget about the orange sheets…the way I noticed them from across the room, and the way they felt against my skin when I first touched them. I get chills just thinking about them. They are the ones that got away. Hadn’t I wanted the brown ones? Hadn’t I thought they would match my duvet better? I made my choice, now I must live with it and kill the regret.)

So here are some examples of black and white, and orange used in web design.

(Squrespace is a great company with a brilliant tech blog, which will be of interest to many bloggers, web designers and content managers)

(Upcoming website for blogger/interior designer Heather Clawson. The sheets in question were this colour. The thought of these sheets is now consuming me obsessively.)

(Always a trend-setter, Bruce Mau Design)

(One of my favourite food sites; it will answer the sometimes dauntingly unanswerable question: what the fuck should i make for dinner)

More orange, black and white to come… stay tuned for part II… 5551


As I decorate my apartment — piece by piece, find by find — I am always on the prowl for interesting items that will surprise and delight my future house guests. Recently I have been attracted to illuminated items, fun things that glow, things like:

Illumined pots, which I discovered at Spencer Interiors

Lighted mirrors! Imagine… no more bad lighting when applying make up. In the cunning words of the big bad wolf, these mirrors will allow “to see you better my dear”…

The Ti.Galet, a glowing sculptural seat designed by Gilles Rivière. There is something incredibly organic and futuristic about it. It seems equally inspired by Henry Moore and Jean Arp, as Dan Flavin. It also makes me think of the aesthetic of the new Tron film — florescent glow surrounded by smooth darkness. This piece is thought provoking, and is sure to start conversations, which is a rare quality in a seat.

Last but not least, d°light Bubbles, which I am currently obsessing over and trying to figure out where I could possibly place them. Playful, metamorphosing, silicone LED light bubbles that you can shape as you wish!

Until next time,