Decor With Something To Say

Typography is hot!

On pillows, on the wall, in the form of giant metal monograms, framed, in block letters or delicate script – I love it all, but when done right.

When used sparsely in a room it can be a fantastic way to personalize your space and add some well thought-out meaning.

Eloquence never goes out of style. Ok fine, maybe “You had me at hello” isn’t the most poetic thing you’ve ever heard, but put it in a cool typeface and frame it and you got yourself a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Finding a print that tells a story can definitely lengthen it’s shelf life in your life, but it can also do so much more, like be a great conversation starter.

While walking the aisles at the recent One of a Kind Show I found a few fabulous uses of this trend that I just had to share and wouldn’t mind in my home.

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You’ve probably seen these around, but may not know the who is behind them. The brainchild of Nicole Tarasick, these simple yet fabulous pillows and her textiles have become highly coveted. Pillows, who knew?

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Tricia O’Quinn is the graphic designer behind TRICIA O, a design boutique based in Burlington that offers modern retro style graphic art prints and chic paper goods that you’ll want in your home – like now! If you don’t recognize the name yet, you will soon, as everyone I’ve shown her work to immediately falls in love. Her pieces are vibrant, fun and always engaging. Things I love my artwork to evoke.

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Then there’s Said The King, a Toronto-based company founded by Karen King, that tries to stir up a story with their products in as few words as possible – and succeeds. I love that these hand printed pillowcases entitled “fuck, you love me,” get right to the point, allowing you to leave your partner with a handful of choice messages.

Just be sure to arrange accordingly when you have visitors stop by. In addition to their pillows, most of their pieces are fun and uncomplicated and stick with simple materials like wood, ceramic, screenprinted fabric and cement.

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I fell in love with Cedar Mountain Hand Made Gifts. Everything showcased at their booth was designed and manufactured in founders Don and Suzanne’s own backyard studio by a team of nine people, two dogs and one cat.

Whether it’s a sleek black and white wooden Subway Sign or a vintage-inspired Typewriter Sign painted a warm cream colour, you’ll find a saying that speaks to you. Here are a few of my favourites.

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And last, but definitely not least is the coaster. We must not forget about this often overlooked accessory. VersaTile by entrepreneur Dan Fallak, turns million year old stones into premium marble drink coasters that you’ll want to frame more than slap your drink on.

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Would you incorporate this trend into your home?

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I'm Lisa, a real born and bred Torontonian in every sense of the word. I'm a PR practitioner by day with a fabulous client list, at a very cool boutique firm in the core with a view of the city that can make anyone want to move here. I have a mild to moderate hat obsession, and you’ll usually find me searching the city for the next big chef, and rarely without a fashion or décor magazine in my purse. Before PR, I was a travel writer/editor/photographer, and spent most of my time travelling the world and bringing my stories back here. The rest of the time I spent indulging in the city's untapped culinary scene as Post City Magazine's main restaurant photographer. But, no matter where I am in the world, nothing beats coming home. That's why I've spent the last few years planting my roots here, moving from Toronto’s uber-chic west side to the heart of Greek Town in a modern Victorian semi (a.ka. my lifelong décor project), with my husband and super-stylish son. Yes, I'm one of those moms, the one who won't give up her sense of style post-baby bump; and why should I?! I aspire to have my cake and eat it too - I am Italian after all. And, now why my 2-year-old in tow, I can bring him along for the ride.