Turning Up The Heat

Provocative decor and fashion ideas to make your spring season just a little bit steamier.

Photography by Tina Chang; Photographer's Assistant: Adrien Veczan; Wardrobe Stylist: Jessica Clark; Stylist Assistant: Kayla Norsworthy; Hair: Lauren Hughes of Mousy Browns; Makeup: Calvin Alexander of The Vaulte; Prop Stylist: Danny Ross; Prop Stylist: Roanne Mendoza; Models: Charli Elber and AJ Power at Mode Models; Photographed on location at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden; Words by Adrianna Szenthe; Women: Mary Katrantzou pantsuit, $1,800, from Swish Vintage; Michael Kors sandals, $168, from Gravity Pope; gold earrings, $64, from Shades of GreyMen:  Le 31 dress shirt, $99, Paul Smith blazer, $800, and Paul Smith dress pant, $320, from Simons; PS by Paul Smith shoe, $395, from Gravity PopeDecor: Floral credenza, price upon request, by Wronko Woods; ester & erik cone taper candles, $11 each, Menu Antipode brass candleholders, $178-198, Vitra wooden dolls, $395, from Dwell Modern; metal lantern, $185, and terracotta snail, $27.50, from Henry's Purveyor of Fine Things

This spring, consumers are seeking quality pieces with an artisan connection when it comes to their style choices. Prop stylist Danny Ross curates a selection of hand-crafted, heritage and heirloom quality accessories and furniture pieces – timeless additions to your home. When it comes to sartorial selections, stylist Jessica Clark urges everyone to embrace colours – including pink and yellow, two of the season’s hottest shades – and to mix feminine, delicate patterns with strong textures for visual interest.

Mary Katrantzou is a Greek designer known for her bold, colourful prints. The pantsuit featured is a consignment piece from Swish Vintage. “It’s a walking art piece,” says stylist Jessica Clark.


Women: Coach purse, $940, dress, $820, pearl bracelet, $225, pearl ring, $145, pearl choker, $145, heart bracelet, $180, and sandals, $270, from Coach at Southgate CentreDecor: Joe Cariati teardrop decanter, $795, Joe Cariati angelic bottle vase, $295, and Joe Cariati footed bowl, $295, all from The Artworks

Fashion trend: bomber jackets and athleisure

Women: Malorie Urbanovitch wide-legged sweatpant, $395, from Simons; Vic Matie sandal, $575, from Gravity Pope; Self-Portrait lace t-shirt, $395, and Echo head scarf, $39, from Holt RenfrewMen: Ted Baker t-shirt, $109, from Derks; Comme des Garons pant, $1,500, from Simons; Rosa Mosa shoe, $660, from Gravity Pope; Decor: Coal chair, price upon request, from Wronko Woods

Women: Burberry trench coat, $3,795, Self-Portrait dress, $662, and Tory Burch purse, $700, from Holt Renfrew Men: Paul Smith dress shirt, $300, Marni shorts, $1,000, and Marni blazer, $2,500, from Simons

Fashion trend: lace, floral and beaded embellishments

“Don’t be afraid of wearing pattern,” says Clark. “Traditionally men wear solid colours with a floral tie, whereas now, you can mix that up.”


Women: Vionnet Paris jacket, $499; Agnona skirt, $100; earrings and bracelet, stylist’s own

“Yellow is everywhere this season – bold, bright tropical colours are huge.” -Jessica Clark

Men: Dries van Noten bomber jacket, $1,700, from Simons; Holt Renfrew shorts, $260, and Gucci slip-on shoes, $660, from Holt Renfrew; Decor: Carson Wronko Honey Dipper table, price upon request; Carson Wronko turned wood vases, $55-75
Women: Chloe dress, $3,325, from SimonsMen: White jeans, $209, from Derks; Dries van Noten shirt, $650, from SimonsDecor: Adonde modular plates, $15-42, from General Concern; Loyal Loot log bowls, $130-190, from Habitat Etc.; west German vintage vase, $60, from Swish vintage; kokedama moss ball foliage, $25 each, from Therese Lopez Florals; Connie Pike ceramic vessels, $70 – 100, from Alberta Craft Council; Designer’s Guild Josephine Ruglisse cushion, $195, Nabucco cushion, $224, Mattiazzo cushion, $225, Roxburgh cushion, $130, Guild Savigny cushion, $185, and Bella Notte Loulah throw, $447, all from Chintz and Co.

“In home accessories, I see a move away from a D.I.Y. aesthetic, moving towards more expertly crafted design objects. Mouth-blown glass, hand-embroidered cushions and studio pottery are all highly desired,” says Ross.

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