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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Let's Fall In Love With: Colette van den Thillart

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this Toronto native, she is the creative director of NH Design, who has clientele from rock stars to royalty. And, for those already familiar, I know you will happily enjoy seeing anything by such an amazing talent.
Colette van den Thillart
When I saw this picture, not only did I love the image of her, but I vowed to never buy an ugly umbrella again!

I thought it would be fitting on the evening of Downton Abbey's season finale, if we move across the pond for this on-going series of posts and fall in love with the work of London based, Colette van den Thillart.
NH Design
I could see the occupants of Downton Abbey gathering here,
 without even the smallest quip from the Dowager Countess Grantham.

But let's obsess over her Toronto home:
Utterly charming!!!

The living room was the cover shot for this month's issue of Traditional Home.
An amazing one-of-a-kind coffee table with marbleized glass that shimmers in aqua...sigh.

The master bathroom. One of my favorite layouts, his & hers sinks, separated by the tub.
Or in this case, The Tub. Sculpture for the bath anyone?

The dining room from this feature was my favorite space. I ripped out the page and immediately put it on my office inspiration board. Once again, she did me in with the wall color!
The mix of opulent and casual with light-handed unexpected modern touches is why I love her work.
 Although I have this exact rug, a buffet, similar chairs, albeit not 18th century, silvery-aqua silk curtains and a
touch of gilt in my dining room, I think it's her fearless use of  just the right wall color and unconventional
 mix of fabrics that steals the show here! 
A look back at one of my favorite foyers, from her London house:

Who says a small foyer can't be interesting? Everything one needs for coming and going.
Each piece spectacularly unique, an unbelievable greeting for guests! I'd be torn between wanting to stay
and take in every detail and throwing off my coat to see what the rest of the tour has in store!!!


  1. Hello Rebecca

    Oh that umbrella is so glamorous and would cheer one up on a rainy day. Like you I love her home and understanding of colour and the London foyer is beautiful

    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week

    Helen xx

  2. Wonderful inspiration pics! Have a great week :o)

  3. HOW ABOUT THAT BATH TUB? You just reminded me to tape Downton Abbey...going to a friend's for dinner.

  4. Beautiful, every square inch of each space!

    Kat :)

  5. What a fabulous home. Love the pair of console tables in the living room - such a wonderful edge, and the bathtub...fabulous!!

  6. I love every room in this home especially those dressers in the bathroom used for the sinks.

    Happy Holiday!

  7. the mix of styles so beautifully done. And yes "that tub" a definite love for me!

  8. A absolutely ADORE Colette - not that I've ever met her - but she's everything I admire - stylish, smart, sophisticated and fun!! Her writings on their blog are educated, insightful and grounded in history but definitely of our time!! I was hoping I might meet her when we went to Decorex in London since she and Nicky designed the entrance but only he came to talk to us - next best thing!! :-)))

  9. She really is so talented. I love her work, and I certainly love Downton Abbey. Great season finale!
    Happy Monday.

  10. Rebecca her home is so layered and interesting. I love that it is not contrived but it looks as if it took years to get it this way. Beautiful design work, thanks for sharing her talents. Happy Monday!! Kathysue

  11. Beautiful post dahhling.. enjoyed the images.

  12. HI
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  13. Hello
    Many thanks, fairly refreshing, I enjoyed reading your article, You are wonderful!
    Thank you!

  14. So pretty; I'm in love with
    that foyers....kind of obsessed
    with foyers, lately! I agree, Lord
    and Lady G would fit perfectly
    in that beautiful room!

    xx Suzane

  15. Thanks for sharing Colette's beautiful work with us, Rebecca. Have a great weekend. xo

  16. Colette has major style! From that gorgeous umbrella (need that) to that tub and her charming home exterior. So happy to know more about her!!

    xo Elizabeth

  17. I often am inspired by all these design blogs..
    I love this house...


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    That is a really neatly written article

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