Broken Can Be Beautiful: Spaces by Jacflash Experiments With Kintsugi

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Kintsugi (金継ぎ, きんつぎ, “golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い, きんつくろい, “golden repair”), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered goldsilver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

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The Japanese believe when something has suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful. It’s time we rethink our philosophy on aging.

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We adore the idea of filling in the cracks on concrete floor.

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and cracked tile.

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Stronger and more beautiful, like this piece of Kintsugi pottery

 

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and this kintsugi coffee table.

We are not only in love with look of kintsugi, but also what it represents, that imperfection is a form of freedom and it’s metaphor for life where “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places”. -Ernest Hemmingway

Spaces by Jacflash Is Bringing The Indoors Out This Summer With Urban Barn!

Spaces by Jacflash is bringing the indoors out this Summer. We’ve teamed up with Urban Barn to transform a backyard space into an extension of our home.

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For this project, we are using Urban Barn’s indoor furniture, to bring the comfort of the indoors out.

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We have incorporated rugs, throws and pillows and focused on cool, soothing colours.

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The Chateau Dining Table’s shabby chic style compliments the Aimee dining arm chair’s classic silhouette.

We layered Urban Barn’s Heirloom Rug with their Vares Rug. The muted colour palettes and the aged look of both rugs create a warm and comforting vibe in the outdoor space.

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Bringing a mirror outdoors increases light and space to every backyard setting. The intricate detailing on Urban Barn’s Presley Floor Mirror adds a glamorous touch. Urban Barn offers endless vases and planters, layering different textures, sizes and colours, adds incredible character to the space.

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We chose Urban Barn’s Element Chandelier in dark grey to add a dramatic element to the seating area.

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To transform our table setting we decided to do a floral table runner. We used a lot of larger greenery, layering it on the base of the table and filling it all in with Eucalyptus. We then filled in any gaps in the table and added Baby’s Breath to add a lighter colour and texture. To top off the table setting I chose flowers with a lot of whites, creams and grey tones such as dusty rose.

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Because the theme of our backyard is bringing the indoors out, I decided to fill the entire space with plants, flowers and as much greenery as possible so that you are still reminded that it is outdoors.

For each table setting I started off with Urban Barn’s Sandy Beach Placemat, which I love because it gives the whole space a beachy, casual and laid back vibe. I used the Moon Struck Dishware Set, the Hammered Five Piece Cutlery Set, I love the hammered texture because it adds a modern edge to the rest of the table. I also chose the Diamant Glassware and I love how dramatic it makes the rest of the table.

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To finish of the table I purchased a grey linen fabric at the fabric store, cut it to the size that I wanted, wet it a little bit and threw it in the dryer to give it a more natural, wrinkled look.

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The backyard design that Spaces by Jacflash assembled with Urban Barn creates a fun and elegant atmosphere to this outdoor space.

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Photos by Evens Belleus, video by Ekaterina Shumakova.

Spaces by Jacflash: Some of 2017’s Interior Design Trends

New year, new trends!

What we love about the new year is that it pushes you to expand your creativity and do things outside of your comfort zone- the excitement of redesigning your life, your wardrobe and especially your home in the newest and hottest trends!

Here are just a few of 2017’s interior design trends to look forward to:

Geometric Shapes

Gorgeous light grey & white carpet on running along the stair runners
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We love this light grey & white geometric carpet that flows down the stairs- the gold rods give it an uber elegant touch too!

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These 2D geometric tiles are unreal and eye-catching. Have you ever seen a floor so fabulous?

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This front foyer is from the infamous Kris Jenner’s home in Calabasas, California. The black and white tiling is effortlessly timeless, as it has been used in design throughout the years. This pattern was popular in the 1930’s (specifically in diners) but today it is often used in foyers and kitchens.

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These geometric accessories are economical and eye catching- try placing yours atop a set of books on your bookcase or on a coffee table!

Tip: Rugs, throw pillows, table lamps and other accessories can be easy and inexpensive ways to bring this geometric trend into your home! Visit society6.com – to find more geometric inspiration.

Tropical Prints

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(source: trendland.com) – Kate Upton and Terry Richardson posing in The Beverly Hills Hotel for Harpers Bazaar May 2012

This iconic, tropical print was originally a wallpaper by Don Loper in 1942 called Martinique from the historic Beverly Hills HotelThe wall covering makes an enormous statement in any room and today, this print has been converted into everything from bedsheets, throw pillows, accent chairs and more. It’s no surprise people are still going bananas over the banana leaf print!

Tip: Martinique wallpaper + gold accents + fur = tropical chic. Thank us later 😉

Green

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This emerald green headboard paired beside a tiny gold accent table and gold rope pendant lighting gives this space an alluring, yet cozy semblance.

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These green bar stool chairs stand out with the clean, grey tones that surround them. They are definitely the focal point of the room!

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These ornate, gold mirrors lined up along this green stair wall transform the staircase into an eye catching pathway to the second floor. The white half-mouldings and the black & white stair runner brings everything together to make the space feel complete.

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An emerald green, tufted, velvet chaise is as elegant as you can get!

Tip: Green – specifically emerald green in this case – is so rich in colour and is especially charming when paired with gold accents and navy blue. Can you say vintage glam?!

Navy Blue

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This photo was taken in a hotel in Venice, Italy called Hotel Ai Reali. In their suites, they welcome their guests with a luxurious, tufted, navy blue headboard paired with traditional, gold details.

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The Milo Club Chair by Lawson-Fenning features a polished brass frame and blue pin-striped velvet upholstery. What a combo!

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The Winfrey mid century modern bar chair adds the perfect amount of punch to an exquisite bar. (ottiu.com)

Tip: Try choosing navy blue over black! Navy blue is a great alternative because – like black – navy blue gives you a sense of sophistication and elegance without feeling too harsh.

Marble & Brass Combination

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Step it up a notch by inserting brass rods on each vertical crease of marble tiles. Experimentally awesome!

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What a unique addition to a once typical marble island!

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Who doesn’t love using marble in bathrooms? Take it a step further by creating a captivating contrast and add some brass features!

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Or try out the same marble and brass combo in your kitchen.

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This is a well-loved coffee shop called Sorry Coffee Co. attached to the Kit + Ace store in Yorkville, Toronto (and designed by our good friends at MGBA Inc!). We love their use of marble and rose gold throughout the space.

Tip: Though the marble & brass combo has been a trend since 2015, it has continued to rise. Check out websites like westelm.com, etsy.com, urbanoutfitters.com – to find endless marble & brass lamps, coasters, trays, dish ware, plant pots, and more!

Texture

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Bring the laid back feel of a beach home to your own dining room! These sisal chairs give the space a coastal feel.

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Texture can be brought into your space from light fixtures too!

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Fur is commonly used to add texture to room. It makes the space glamorous as well as cozy and warm. This is called Golden Island Fox Fur Blanket from Overland Sheepskin Co.. Looking for an animal friendly option? Try one of Restoration Hardware’s Faux Fur throws.

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This bedroom brings in countless textures- from fur pillows, mirrored furniture, a woven, feathered pendant and even grass cloth wall coverings- creating an invitingly homey, yet captivating space.

Tip: Texture not only adds character to each space, but it also creates dimension to a room.

Quirky Lighting

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Organic and quirky light fixtures are super easy to find and can add a rustic/industrial look to your home.

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The thin clear strings holding up this pendant gives the viewer an illusion that the fixture is floating. This unconventional pendant will be the talking piece of your home!

Tip: There are endless eccentric and original light fixtures available these days. Rather than sticking to what seems practical- try something new and eye catching to make your space exceptional!

Trends can either be intimidating or exciting for homeowners, but there are functional ways to use these fun & bold trends- designers like us are crushing over the 2017 trends and we can’t wait to inspire!

By: Leyla Kayhan

Jacflash Outfit of the Day:

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White fringe knit $75, available here

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Fringe bottom black stretch denim $95, available here

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Leyla ankle bootie $95, available here

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Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend- Jacflash x Adamar Diamonds

This week the @jacflashtoronto girls and I got to play dress up again with Adamar Diamonds!

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Photography by Evens Belleus.