Phew! What a busy weekend the Essence Showroom had at the Toronto Furniture Show. I promised you some images so here they are. We divided the collection into 3 room settings, although each piece could be used in multiple settings.

Essence Signage

This is the Essence take on the Family Room

Essence Collection - Kate Sectional

This is the gorgeous KATE sectional. I designed sectionals similar to this for clients last year – we actually did a pair in their living room. They looked so gorgeous that this became the jumping of point for this design. The KATE has curved lines and slim stiletto legs, the legs can be finished in an array of finishes from brass to oil rubbed bronze, the showroom model has a gorgeous pale gold that picks up the colour in the toss pillow fabric. What I love about this style is the fact that it looks weightless in the space, it literally floats. I hate it when furniture sucks the air out of a room – a sectional can look very heavy and cumbersome, not so with the KATE.

Essence - Kate

The ottoman / coffee table is the EMMA. It has a painted frame and can be finished in any colour of your choice. The lower shelf offers great storage for magazines, books and those pesky remote controls! We added nail heads in the same finish as the legs on the KATE to the outer corners.


The chair is the ANNABEL. I love this chair, it has William Birch styled arms and its very comfortable, the skirt is edged in grosgrain ribbon and this piece could easily have a swivel base. The back cushion can easily be changed for something else when you fancy a change of decor in your room. The little stool is the LUCY, great for kids or for additional seating.

Now the Living Room

Essence - Charlotte & Georgia

The CHARLOTTE sofa received a lot of attention over the weekend. It’s such a detailed piece yet its very understated. From the gentle curve on the front, to the channel stitching, the show wood arm and legs,the grosgrain ribbon and polished nickel bullets. It’s such an elegant piece and so very comfortable. Maybe this was why Jamie Alexander & Glen Peloso gave it their vote of approval! Thank You.

Essence, Charlotte


The EMILY ottoman (upholstered in the charcoal IKAT) is a great piece to anchor a room setting. The GEORGIA chair is one of my favourites, it’s a gorgeous curvy wing chair that is feather filled and super comfortable. We upholstered it in a lux herringbone and added a toss pillow in a contrast fabric to add a little interest. The ebony stained legs are capped with polished nickel ferrule. I am toying between this or the ANNABEL for my own home, it’s a very close race! The KELLY ottoman has a semi-attached cushion and to add a little interest here we upholstered in two fabrics and added nail heads!

Finally the bedroom

Here’s where my poor photography skills come to the fore. My pictures of this room set are rubbish, so I’ll focus on the individual pieces instead.


We have the HARPER daybed – available in 4 sizes from twin to king. It’s a truly perfect piece for the bedroom, entrance foyer, as a room divider in an open concept home or as a bench in the dining room….I adore this little bench.

Essence - Harper

Grace & Olivia

The GRACE chair and OLIVIA ottoman are really cheeky, very feminine with killer legs! Perfect for the bedroom, compact living room or entrance foyer. This pieces had a lot of people ooh-ing and aah-ing. The OLIVIA would work really well at a vanity.

Essence Grace

Essence - Honour Headboard

The HONOUR headboard – I had such fun naming these pieces – is a lovely curvy headboard, I went bold with the fabric choice and kept all the linens plain and neutral! It comes with a painted bedframe and footboard (the foot-board you can see in the picture of the daybed). You can see it in the distance in this shot! Better images will follow, taken by a professional and not me….

My sincere thanks to Ashli & Kaitlynn, owners of Whittington & Co for entrusting me with this collection, it was a real honor and lots of fun!

Here’s to a great week of design.


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