Style Seekers – Suzanne Boyd

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Canadian style maven Suzanne Boyd is always glamourous, chic and up to the minute  with a style that’s all her own – her apartment is no different. I was thrilled to find O Magazine’s coverage of her gorgeous New York apartment. With strong African, Caribbean and Canadian (!) influences, the space perfectly sums up her background and the result is as unique as she is.

Living Room

Living Room

Suzanne picked shocking pink as the accent wall colour as an homage to 1930’s couturiere Elsa Schiaparelli who had a penchant for the hibiscus hue.

Elsa Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli

Suzanne clearly takes a style cue from Elsa’s bold, unbashed style and strong use of accessories and colour.

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The large white logger’s tent floats on a platform to create a space that is separate from the rest of the apartment. I love the idea of a private indoor sanctuary.

Suzanne's Bedroom

Suzanne's Bedroom

Although, admittedly, I find this bedroom a little busy, I love the antiqued zebra bench at the foot of the bed and beautiful carved wood furniture.

Living Room

Living Room

Bright.colourful and no holds barred – the bright West African beaded chairs are a strong statement in an already vibrant space – nothing shy about this room! To make a big statement without spending a load on wallpaper, just paint stripes for the same effect.

Chinoiserie panels as the entrance to the kitchen

Chinoiserie panels as the entrance to the kitchen

I love this creative barrier between the main living space the the kitchen. Get the look with panels, hit up the local China town. Already have a divider? Spruce it up with stencils from The Stencil Library, or beautiful framed japanese paper. If you’re in the area, go to The Paper Place at 887 Queen Str W., in Toronto – one of my favourite stores in the city. I could spend hours (and hundreds!) there.

British West Indian folk art

British West Indian folk art

I love this cheerful little painting – a gift from her father is speaks to Suzanne’s Caribbean background. I love the idea of collecting art on your travels as the ultimate souvenir and a beautiful reminder of a wonderful time.

All images from O at Home Magazine, 2008

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