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Karen J’s Big Ambition

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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I've been stopping by the Mosaicworks blog ever since I discovered Karen Johnston's wonderful work back in 2008 and when I saw her latest post I just knew I had to pick it up. Karen usually crafts her beautiful mosaic mirrors in her basement studio but her latest project, the biggest piece she has tackled to date, could only be done in her dining room. Karen's beautiful, time-consuming pieces aren't cheap so I shudder to think what this custom monster would have cost; at least we know the buyer has money and taste, a rare combination.

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A Modern Day Rumplestiltskin

Thursday, March 10, 2011

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The pencil mirror was delightful enough but the moment I saw Karen Johnston's new ruler mirror, below, I knew I had to blog about her wonderful work for a second time. The Whitby, Ontario-based artist continues to push the boundaries of her craft, experimenting with ever more surprising materials. Talk about adding value! Johnston is a modern day Rumplestiltskin spinning straw into gold. Her work is available exclusively through Toronto's posh 1212 or through Johnston's own website where you'll find a client gallery of images showing how the mirrors look in the purchaser's homes.

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Splurge: Mandala Mirror at Hardware

Monday, March 29, 2010

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There wasn't much chance of me passing the amazing mandala-style mirror in the entryway of Hardware without going in to investigate. What a stunner! The sunburst is about four feet tall, constructed of wood with a faux, gold leaf finish. The $895 price seems eminently reasonable given the amount of work and materials involved. The outer ring details are reminiscent of fleur-de-lis. Hardware is also featuring mirrored, lattice-style dividing screens ($995 per panel) and an impressive mirrored drum table ($1,150). Now, that's a lot of shine!

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Inspiration: Classical AND Lyrical

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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Mike and I have a running joke we've been replaying ever since we saw an episode of the defunct TV show, Design Match, in which Toronto-based interior designer Lois Macaulay expounds on the differences between classical (solid, masculine, straight lines) and lyrical (soft, feminine, curvy) elements of design. I think this vignette is beautifully composed, a quintessential expression of the tasteful, highbrow designs Cope does so very well.

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Karen Shares Her Style

Saturday, July 11, 2009

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Thursday's post about room reinvention struck a chord with Mosaicworks designer Karen Johnston who sent me pics of her own stunningly beautiful living room, above in summer and below in winter. The room is currently in the running in Benjamin Moore's Share Your Style contest and you can help propel Karen's room into the winner's circle by voting and commenting on her entry, which includes a "before" pic that demonstrates just how far she's brought the space.

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