As we all know, spring has arrived and with it the desire to freshen up our living spaces. This season, made-by-hand decor is all the rage.
Artisanal wares are having a big influence on spring trends, says Jan Halvarson, one half of the duo behind Poppytalk, a popular Canadian design blog.
“When you look at the materials they are using to make things, whether they are printing fabrics themselves, sometimes you’ll see micro trends emerge from that,” said Halvarson, who with co-blogger Earl Einarson, champion independent, handmade businesses.
Expect to see plenty of extra large, giant tropical leaved plants, photographic prints, handcrafted furniture says Halvarson.
Here are a some Canadian artisans whose wares will put you on trend.
Floral home decor with big patterns, sometimes intense and dramatic, other times fresh and modern is back and making a statement on everything from walls to upholstery. This isn’t your granny’s floral. It’s bold and modern and looks current whether your style is traditional, modern or urban country. The key is to use it to add character to a space, whether it’s dramatic, on a wall, or in a corner as throw cushions on a sofa.
A New Wall Décor
A beautiful, spring floral mural and wallpaper makes a stunning focal wall from a little Etsy shop based in Vancouver.
Large floral mural
125” x 125”
$557.37 + shipping
Handcrafted floral pillow covers make a wonderful addition to a sofa or bed.
A handcrafted floral pillow adds a botanical touch to a sofa or bed. Featuring original paintings and prints from Toronto-based textile designer Senay Guler Gunbaz.
Golden wisteria pillow cover
20” x 20” linen pillow cover
$59 + shipping
Shibang Textile Designs
Artist Robyn Santamaria at Shibang Designs creates timeless, handmade wall art, like her Garden rose series.
Inspired by a rose bush in her Montreal garden, artist Robyn Santamaria creates timeless art using softly layered textile techniques to create stunning botanical wall art and fashion accessories. Santamaria says “Nature has always been my biggest source of inspiration, especially the changes brought by spring.”
Garden rose series wall art
$150 to $400
Leafy, lush green tropical motifs
Indoor plants have been a hot trend over the last couple of years, evolving from a chic corner accessory (think big tropical plants such as the Fiddle Leaf Fig) to big bold prints on everything from throw pillows to wall art. For those without a green thumb, bringing the outside in has never been easier. The tropical motif doesn’t stop with the palm frond but gets a little more playful with pineapples still making an appearance and the possibility of bananas on the fruit trend horizon.
Tessuto Designs stitches on-trend pillow covers, including this leafy, green tropical motif.
This Toronto-based Etsy shop stitches on-trend pillow covers in the latest modern fabrics.
Palm leaves pillow cover
18” x 18” pillow cover in indoor/outdoor fabric
$35.43 + shipping
Avril Loreti Modern Home
Tea towels like this one that has a potted plants print is a great piece to add to your kitchen.
Toronto-based textile designer Avril Loreti is known for her playful textile designs and art. These cheerful illustrations are a great way to add plant life to your rooms, green thumb or not.
Potted plants art print
8.5” x 11” or 11” x 14”
$20 to $40 + shipping
Foutu Tissu designers are playful with their textile designs and art, like using pineapples on pillow covers.
Montreal-based textile designers Isabelle Bergeron and Emanuelle Dion create original, eco-friendly, hand screen-printed designs.
Screen-printed pineapple pillow cover
20” x 20” pillow cover
$50 + shipping
Handmade, bespoke furnishings created by artists with exceptional craftsmanship, are a growing trend. Often pieces are made using raw materials, such as steel, concrete and weathered wood — even, at times, wood salvaged from historic sites. These handcrafted designs have character, and are made to last. They work well within many decor styles from more minimalist to industrial.
Kroft + Co. makes traditionally built furniture with a modern, minimal look. Dustin Kroft, the company’s director of product development, says they focus on “the small details and craftsmanship.”
Based north of Toronto, makes traditionally built furniture with a modern, minimal look and subtle Scandinavian, Japanese and Shaker influences. They recently launched their designs at the Interior Design Show. “We are all about keeping the furniture as fundamentally sound and honest as possible, and then focusing like crazy on the small details and craftsmanship,” said Dustin Kroft, the company’s director of product development.
Starting at $749
Junction Wood + Metal Co.
Jay and Alissa Sexton of Junction Wood + Metal Co. often use old barn wood to make some of their furniture pieces.
Husband and wife duo Jay and Alissa Sexton design and make custom furniture, often using reclaimed materials in their west-end Junction workshop. “Jay finds landowners in eastern Ontario who have ailing barns in need of tearing down. He provides the service in exchange for taking some of the wood. It is a wonderful exchange of services, and Jay often makes the landowner a piece of furniture out of their old barn wood,” says Alissa Sexton.
Reclaimed wood coffee table
Starting at $650