Meet Britt Skelly (Instagram handle:@thebrittskelly)
Film and TV Production Designer, Britt Skelly, describes her home décor style as “kind of like Milan having a baby with Miami. My home is a very warm mix of materials, colours, and pieces from a variety of eras. I love objects with interesting flow and shape to it. I love vintage framed art and Italian designed furniture."
"Colour wise, I am drawn to light blue, red, orange, cream, beige, and black. Usually my furnishings are quite neutral and I offset that with colourful framed art and objects.” This style that Britt sums up as “cheeky, colourful, playful and contemporary” is on full display in the fabulous images of Britt’s 1930’s, 3-storey walk-up located in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood. “There are lots of charming details,” Britt says, “like hardwood flooring, curved walls, a fireplace, and a 1990s intercom alarm that is a fan favourite at every party”.
Britt Skelly, describes her home décor style as “kind of like Milan having a baby with Miami.
Fittingly, Britt’s creative occupation and varied workdays appear to mirror her decorating style. “I work mainly in the commercial world. If I am on a job, I’m up at dawn either working from home putting together moodboards and design renders or I’m out visiting my carpenters, picking up materials and samples or at actual shoots. No day is ever the same for me and that is what I love most about my job.”
Many of the items in Britt’s home that she lists as favourite pieces are clearly identifiable while virtually touring her home:
“My 5x5' monstera plant that I purchased on Craigslist for $50. A vintage framed poster of a pair of glasses with a man inside the glasses, which I hung sideways. My Tom Dixon silver ball pendant light, which serves as an excellent mirror for party selfies. A painting I did called ‘Greek Clementine’, which hangs above my sofa. My cream linen sofa with a wooden base, which I stole from a friend who bought it from a set sale years ago. My framed vintage Appel (Dutch painter) print for a show held in Mexico City in the 70s (also purchased in Mexico City). My Belgian Waffles neon sign that hangs in my kitchen, and a large piece of white limestone taken from the cliffs of Agrigento in Sicily. There are so many fun items in here!”
Britt explains that most of her furnishings are from “antique markets, antique stores, my travels, scouring Kijiji/Craigslist and Ikea. I still love the odd Ikea piece.” However, Britt also sources home décor items from “a few vintage sellers on Instagram, from a vintage dealer/shop in Vermont called Barge Canal, Kijiji and Craigslist. For more generic items, I'll shop at Ikea and CB2.”
“There are lots of charming details,” Britt says of her home, “like hardwood flooring, curved walls, a fireplace, and a 1990s intercom alarm that is a fan favourite at every party”.
In addition to art books, Britt names three specific sources from which she draws decorating inspiration: Elle Decor Italia (“the magazine is expensive but worth it if you’re into design”), Pedro Almodovar films and Kelly Wearstler’s Instagram.
As a lover of travel, Britt looks to faraway destinations for unique finds as well. “When I travel I tend to bring home artwork that I will then get framed here. I recently went to Santa Barbara and bought these two unique monolith prints from a local artist whose name I unfortunately cannot remember. Super talented guy. Last year, I bought a 1700s drawing of a female statue in Palermo, Sicily, which I forgot on a train to Florence (I'm still haunted by that loss). I also collect interesting pieces of stone and rock from beaches, castles, and relics I visit.”
Britt explains that most of her furnishings are from “antique markets, antique stores, my travels, scouring Kijiji/Craigslist and Ikea. I still love the odd Ikea piece.”
Apart from her busy work life and attention to home decorating, Britt ensures that she sets aside time to participate in those activities she enjoys “painting, cooking, playing backgammon and Scopa, travelling (I can't get enough of Italy these days), hanging on Toronto Island, visiting my family in Montreal.”
As she aptly summarizes, “when I'm not working, I very much enjoy the relaxed life.”