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Gift guide for the decorista

The holidays are right around the corner, and perhaps you’ve been struggling with what gifts to get the savvy design decorista in your life?

If you have a decorating maven at home, I have the perfect little list that's sure to set their eyes all aglow.

1. & 2. Velvet & Metallic Luxury

Chic, shaggy, and glamorous – the Metallic Stripe Pillow $59, and Velvet Applique Pillow in Copper $39 from West Elm are two fabulous items every design aficionado is sure to quickly fall in love with. 

3. Sassy Java Repeat

Brunette The Label out of Vancouver is a fun and fearless company offering up bold and sassy sayings on numerous accessories and clothing items. You might not have heard of them before, but you’ll surely recognize their super popular sweatshirts when you catch them waltzing down the street; Fries Before Guys coffee mug $25.

4. Pewter Love

Keep all your cards and cash in one safe spot with the extra cute Cross Body Saddle Bag … metallic leather-alternative with snap close front and adjustable strap, this little gem can be dressed up or dressed down to perfection. $40 from Gap.

5. Coffee Table Fodder

Who doesn’t love a sexy looking coffee table book? The Things That Matter by Nate Berkus hardback isn’t just another pretty face that will sit unread. Inside you’ll find never-ending inspiration and design ideas for those with a penchant for classic and organic spaces. $54, available at Chapters.

6. Tech Pretty

This leather Sliding Mirror Case for iPhone 7 comes in a vintage floral print inspired by Italy’s vine-strewn balconies. A practical two-in-one features a slide-out mirror at the bottom so that it can be used for touch-ups on the go; $68 from Tory Burch.

7. Wooden Charm

Simple, sophisticated, and the perfect shelf accessory or office paper weight, these Petrified Wood Objects
$41-$62 from West Elm are an easy shoe-in for those who love a little unconventionalism in their lives.

8. Shine

When in doubt, candles are always a fail-proof and beautiful gift… this Voluspa Lidded Glass Jar Candle in the scent Branche Vermil has a delicious scent and comes in a speckled mercury glass container. $38 from Indigo.

9. Black & White

Abstract photography is still a really hot design trend this year, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Art is so subjective, and meant to be played with — so don’t worry about trying to match your decorista’s existing style too much.

Pineapple by Style In Form is a fun canvas piece, with ample presence at 39”x55”: $599 from Urban Theory Design.

10. Wrap It Up

The Diamond Mosaic Blanket — an essential in colder, breezier climates — is made from pure Australian wool chosen for its exceptional quality and softness. Perfect draped around stylish shoulders or over the side of a chair. The fringed edges are finished by hand, and the signature diamond mosaic pattern was designed specifically for Aritiza; $85.

11. Moroccan Flavour

The rustic and round Banda coffee table, made of solid mango wood has a funky white-wash finish and adds a Moorish vibe to neutral spaces needing a dose of something different. $1,389 from Urban Theory Design.

12. Uber Chic Wallpaper

And last – but definitely not least –  a new favourite of mine can be found in the collection of chic wallpapers offered through Bohemian retailer Anthropologie; perfect for adding a dash of drama in a powder room or as a feature wall, the Edith pattern is but one of many designer styles available now at www.anthropologie.com. $88 per role.


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Crispin Butterfield is the creative force and mastermind behind Urban Theory; a graduate of Mount Royal University in Calgary, her engaging personality and design-commerce savvy make her a valued and well-respected professional and mentor within her field.

She’s able to uniquely see the parameters and vision of each project in ways her clients often cannot, and has honed the process and proficiency required to grow incredible long-standing client relationships. 

Crispin embraces a life full of ingenuity and imagination, fueled by raw ambition and a desire to leave her mark on the world. Her impeccable design style, expertise, and a rock-solid business acumen is the foundation which allows Urban Theory Interior Design to provide full scale services with authenticity, innovation, and ample amounts of personality.

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