1. Full Name: Stephanie Vogler
2. Occupation/Shop: Co-Owner of The Cross Décor & Design and Mom to Hudson and Emerson
3. Location: Yaletown, Vancouver , B.C. Canada
4. Type of Home: Apartment built in 2006…although this is a rental unit, I decorated to suit the space with the knowledge that we would put roots down here for at least 4 years. We moved here after living in a sweet little heritage apartment, so most of our furniture was way too small or just did not suit the new, sleek, yet warm space. Over the past 2 years I replaced nearly everything to suit this open plan sun filled space with modern furnishings but kept the details pretty and more in keeping with my own personal taste. We just might have to sell the furniture with the space when we move!
5. Your style inspiration? The space really dictated the style, it called for oversized furniture and clean lines. As our family grew, I had no choice but to pare down my love for accessories and collections as they were getting tossed around by my then one year old son. I still long for my personal vignettes (sigh). Texture and layering played a vital role in the final look. The all white canvas can be stark, and the rooms are large but I wanted to keep the rooms inviting and cozy. Artwork with texture, a rough and imperfect dining room table (top) and soft elements like multiple throw blankets and the tufted headboard give the space balance and warmth.
I have many style mentors and each of their tastes have had a great influence on me. To name a few, Tricia Guild’s beautiful layering of fabrics, textures and colour, Kelly Wearstler’s striking and bold combinations (modern glamour days) Vicente Wolfe’s clean, well travelled, and cultivated approach, Rachel Ashwell’s (sob) girly, soft romance and Carolyn Quartermaine’s refined and elegant , beautiful style. I am so lucky to have a laboratory like The Cross in which to experiment daily with my own personal style and taste while continually studying the needs of our existing clients and future customers.
6. A description of each image: Everything is from The Cross with the exeption of: Blue kids stools and little white table, and kids room rug IKEA, Kids Like Bike INHABIT (not shown but in Canadian House and Home article).
7. Your favorite place to shop for your home in your city? Kitchen shops like Gourmet Warehouse and Williams Sonoma I can spend hours looking at the different spatulas and pans, and I have to admit I get excited about cake decorating tools…Antique Fairs like the Kerrisdale fair coming up next weekend… where I find trinkets to add to my collections of teacups, silverware, platters, and all kinds of pretty but useless things that drive my husband crazy since we have to store them all away until the kids go to college!
8. Your favorite Canadian Designer?
Interior Designers – Sarah Richardson – Not just for her design work but for creating a ‘brand’. I still remember the first time she was featured in Canadian House and Home magazine. She stood out to me then, as we were both in our early twenties at the time and in similar fields. I have enjoyed watching her career unfold, dozens of magazine features, hosting several television programs, a successful interior design business, nationally sold furniture collections and now Mom of 2. And I thought I was busy…
Jewellery Designer – my sister Amanda Vogler’s jewelry (available at The Cross) is always a part of my day. I love that I can be dressed down in T-shirt and jeans, but with a elegant necklace or an exquisite pair of her delicate earrings, I feel beautiful. She is a true original and steers clear of trends, always designing from her heart and the true beauty of her materials. She is a perfectionist in her quality, and her line is limited, so each piece is truly extraordinary.
Fashion and More – Joseph Mimran and Kimberley Newport-Mimran – The power couple of Club Monaco/Caban/Joe Fresh/Pink Tartan
9. How often do you change the look in your home?
Every season, I change it up simply by varying my toss pillows and throws, I lay down a rug in winter and stash it away in the summer, I replace my scented candles from earthy and spicy tones to fresh and floral, and I buy seasonal flowers to create an instant change. I keep the changes small and it is easy because my palette is so restricted. But in all honesty I don’t crave too much change at home since the shop is constantly evolving. Buying for the store takes so much time and energy that there isn’t much left of either in my personal life!
10. Do you have one designer trick you could share with us? Splurge on one to three large ticket items in your home: a chandelier, lamp, rug, pillows (feather fill only please!) an original art piece…with any of these items the low/budget purchases will look like treasures!
Photo by Janis Nicolay
Photo by Janis Nicolay
Photo by Janis Nicolay
Thanks Stephanie (and family)!