Cobi's confidence with colour
Just as Cobi Ladner’s Cobistyle line hit Sears stores, I had a chance to pose a few questions to her about her designs. Ladner, you'll remember, was an editor at Canadian House and Home, before taking a break from the publishing world. She's back now, btw, having been named editor of Reno & Decor, where I also write a DIY column. You’ll find more about her in the New in Homes section in this Saturday’s Toronto Star, but here are a few thoughts that didn't make their way into the print edition. Look below for some examples of Ladner's fab designs.
On where she gets her inspiration:
CL: My influences come from all kinds of places.
I'm not a big trends person. Of course I love to look at fashion
magazines and buy the latest hand bag, but in my home I prefer things
that are less about fashion and more about personal connection. I pick
things up on my travels or at flea markets, antique stores, in odd places like
Chinatown or discount stores. It all comes together - the new with the
old, the precious with the primitive - through fresh colour and a classic
On the rising interest in colour:
CL: Colour is definitely causing a lot of excitement in fashion (both apparel and home) these days. I hate to say "I told ya so" but I could see this coming five years ago when I started my company and just wanted to be well established when the bandwagon came roaring through. I'm just so happy to say I made it! The movement to colour is clearly a reaction to the 10-plus years we spent living in Beigeland, Neutralville and Taupetown. I predict this colourful era to have just as long a life if not longer as we become more confident and comfortable with self expression in our homes. Colour is definitely the easiest way there is to put a personal stamp on our interiors and it's fun! Especially with pops of colour added to a mainly neutral interior as most of us have.
I also think that people are enjoying colour in their homes because many live in houses or condos that have been built on-mass and very similar, if not exactly the same, as their neighbour. It's human nature to want to show off our individuality and one way we're able to do that is through colour (thank goodness).