Dissecting the Details: Katie Ridder

Hello lovely LDV readers! Nancy here from Marcus Design blog, happy to share another installment of Dissecting the Details with you today. I’m looking at the home office spaces created by the fabulously talented Katie Ridder. I’ve summarized 4 key features Katie uses when designing a den; let’s take a closer look:
The desk is a key feature of a study. I adore the stand-out statement each of the timeless furnishings above make. And paired with a perfectly complementary chair, it’s a match made in heaven. Katie’s design approach really makes mixing antique and modern pieces look effortless.
A pop of color on the floor-to-ceiling bookcases makes for a stunning space. And as you can see in the pink example above, lacquering acts to enhance this effect. Colorful books, chairs, and artwork that Katie uses create a cohesive feel.
Table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, library lights atop the bookcases … the list goes on! All of these create a layered effect with lighting at different heights that makes for a warm and inviting space.
Scrolling through each of these den photos, take note that the desk is not the only important furnishing. In fact Katie is a master at creating multiple seating areas that will invite numerous people to make use of the space at the same time.
And there you have it! 4 elements that Katie Ridder implements to create polished and sophisticated, yet completely usable home offices. To see more from her extensive portfolio, hop over to her site.

Dissecting the Details: Anne Hepfer


Hello lovely LDV readers! Nancy of Marcus Design here with a Dissecting the Details post for you today. I’m highlighting the fabulous designs of Toronto-based designer Anne Hepfer. Anne has the perfect formula for a stunning entry way, and here I will demystify 3 elements she utilizes to accomplish this polished look.

Nothing is more appealing to the eye than a symmetrical space. A flanking pair of chairs, lamps & sconces, or even bookcases can create the look.


Whether it’s linen or leather, the pieces in these foyers add a lovely texture to the overall design. I love that Anne also juxtaposed shiny lacquered walls against the raw texture of the python table in the first image; that kind of tension creates so much interest!

Whether it is a single show-stopping piece, or a pair of dramatic & over-sized lamps, the lighting in the entry way really sets the tone for the rest of the home. I actually favor layering the lighting by combining overhead fixtures with table lamps!
If you look back at the lovely image at the very beginning of this post, you will find all three key elements seamlessly combined – bilateral symmetry, textured furnishings, and dramatic lighting for an overall stunning space. To see more from Anne Hepfer, visit her portfolio here.

Dissecting the Details: McGill Kitchens

Hello lovely LDV readers! Nancy of Marcus Design here, and it’s my pleasure to be back with another installment of Dissecting the Details. For today, I’m highlighting the kitchen designs of one of my all-time favorite designers – Colleen McGill of McGill Design Group. I would have Colleen build my dream home if I won the lottery {I think I’ll have you agreeing with me on that}. Here are 4 key elements that Colleen uses when designing kitchen spaces:
What I see in the kitchen above is a chic use of display plates and some amazing accessorizing with a pair of lamps {think outside the box as to what is appropriate for the kitchen!}. Colleen carried the plate display over into the dining room as well:
We’ve all come to expect a gorgeous all-white kitchen as the mainstay these days, but I think it’s actually refreshing to see beautiful and modern uses of darker cabinetry!
Gah, a well organized kitchen is like a dream come true, and if its stunningly beautiful storage, all the better! I adore the arch to these pantry cabinets.
I love that Colleen breaks up the cabinetry in her spaces by using a different finish on the kitchen island. It gives the ‘furniture’ look to these stand-alone pieces.
And there you have it, 4 design elements that help create the glam kitchen spaces of McGill Design Group. Pretty fabulous stuff right? To see more check out the website here. Until next time!