Vancouver Home News and Trends: February 2014

The latest home design and decor news, including Yaletown design destination The Cross’s amazing expansion, graphic rugs and Pantone’s colour of the year (hint: Prince would approve)

Here are five buzzworthy decor trends and news stories in home design that caught our eye this month

The Cross Decor and Design in Yaletown Expands

When The Cross Decor and Design Shop opened its doors in 2003 on the outskirts of Yaletown, its signature white furniture and glam accessories helped usher in an eclectic, European design esthetic to the city.  As the neighbourhood has grown, so has this one-stop shop for playful and pretty finds – from Moroccan poufs to luxury, all-white Egyptian cotton bedding. The design destination recently completed a renovation, resulting in an additional 3,500 square feet to its already spacious digs. Items are now conveniently grouped by departments that include a brand-new paper shop, bedroom section, custom furnishing area and a jewelry shop.

Zoë Pawlak’s Painting Becomes Rug Series

Vancouver-based contemporary international artist Zoë Pawlak has lent her name to a series of graphic rugs by Burritt Bros. Carpet and Floors. The collection features five Himalayan wool and viscose rugs based on her abstract oil painting, titled Over Oceans. Each of the five rugs depicts the movements and variations in a massive expanse of water. Her Technicolor work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living and hangs in the private collections of celebs like Cobie Smulders and Cristina and Trevor Linden.


Brougham Interiors Baker Furniture Showroom in Vancouver

Late last year, Brougham Interiors opened a 4,000-square-foot Baker furniture showroom within its popular Armoury District store near Granville Island. The iconic U.S. furniture manufacturer specializes in modern traditional furniture and is perhaps best known for its collaboration with superstar designers such as Barbara Barry, Thomas Pheasant and Bill Sofield.

Thomas Pheasant furniture and accessories, $2,895-$11,735

Credit: The Modern Shop / Van Special / Benjamin Moore / Inform Interiors

Pantone Declares Radiant Orchid the Colour of the Year

Pantone, the authority on colour, has selected Radiant Orchid as its colour of the year. Spruce up your interior space by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. It complements deeper greens and is gorgeous when paired with teal and even light yellows.

Items above from left: Kontur vase by Normann Copenhagen $25,; HAY 2 dots Divina cushion, $150,, paint from $59.99,, Raviolo chair by Magis $702,

The BC Home + Garden Show

This month’s BC Home + Garden Show gives renovators and garden junkies a sneak peek at the trends for the coming season. The five-day event features more than 400 retailers in the home and garden industries – great resources for your upcoming bathroom reno or the latest trends in plants. Don’t miss talks from HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler or BCLiving resident design experts A Good Chick to Know. And don’t forget to drop by for a drink at the BCLiving Lounge, located adjacent to the main stage.

February 19–23 at BC Place Stadium