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Back in the day, accent walls were unheard of. All four walls were the same colour and, generally, it was a subdued, liveable shade only. Accent colour was only seen in decorative accessories. It was the daring homeowner who had a red or purple sofa, but was very unlikely to have a wall in a hot colour. We now live in a Golden Age of choice and clients are much more courageous than in the past, as a result of watching decorating shows on television. Our televisions are much larger and the images are in high definition, so we get a huge impact when these décor ideas are shown. We are able to see with our own eyes that these ideas really do look fantastic, and the home owners shown are often people who are similar in lifestyle to ourselves. Therefore, we are able to visualize these dramatic new ideas in our own living spaces. Continue reading
Interior design trends come and go and many people pay close attention to what is current according to mass media. This approach works well for some people who are happy to change their décor regularly. Many people are much happier with a mix of classic pieces with some new things added in to liven up their décor. Life is always changing and there really is nothing that you choose for your home today that you will not be at least a little tired of twenty years from now. Continue reading

Today’s Eclectic Cottage

Whether your cottage is actually at a lake or it is an urban small home, décor is often a large part of the enjoyment. Comfort and easy living coupled with lots of personality convey the charm. Cottage style is a very loose term and therein lies the fun of it. In our more formal city homes, often one décor style is dominant and more edited. In cottage living, we are able to give greater rein to our eclectic leanings. Old can be mixed with new, as it can in city home décor, but there is often a more rustic look to the furnishings. Continue reading

Outdoor Entertaining

Interior design need not limit itself to the indoors. It can spill out into our outdoor living areas thus expanding our effective living space in a charming way. During the warm months, one of the nicest things to do of a summer evening is to have a few friends over and dine elegantly out of doors. The host needn’t work themselves to a frazzle. Pot luck rarely offends true friends. People love to bring something, whether it is homemade or purchased. Often it's a chance for many to try out a new recipe without having to do an entire dinner party. The hostess is able to concentrate on table decor and ambiance since they are not having to do all the cooking as well. The aim is to have a good time and not over burden one friend for the enjoyment of all. Continue reading
Often we have residential interior design clients who prefer a neutral colour palette. A neutral palette in a room design can be beautiful, but many times it is simply too bland. Since technically, neutrals go with everything, a neutral palette must be a safe one. perhaps not. Since our goal in interior design is to create room designs which are full of life, as well as being beautiful, safe may not get us to where we want to go. Continue reading
One our clients in Oakville called us in to help decorate her new lakefront condominium in the Bronte area of Oakville last year. She had some very good classic pieces of furniture, and had downsized from a much larger home. It was time to add some colour and comfort and a few decorative pieces of art. We did a paint colour consultation, painting, added a couple of interesting wallpapers, did new custom window treatments in two rooms, added two area carpets, new lighting, and added custom artwork. This client loves colour and was very upbeat and fun to work with. Continue reading
Classic room designs are often done in neutral colour palettes. This is because, chosen well, neutrals are formal, relaxing to live with, tend to work on some level with most accent colours, and, generally being light in hue, comply with the myth that light colours make a room look larger. It is when the undertones in a neutral shade are not quite right for the overall look that we begin to feel less comfortable that that neutral room design. Pink or green undertones can be very off-putting. When you first move into a new home, often you are faced with a sea of beige to start with. A point of inspiration is required to achieve the home of your dreams. It is much more interesting to deviate from the idea of neutrals always being a safe choice, and to venture forth into the world of colour choice that is available to us. Continue reading
Colour choice in the home can be very stressful for many people. Interior design, in general, is just not everyone's forte. Colour does have a strong effect on our mood and the overall ambiance of a room and the entire home. Your comfort level in a room's interior design can be the result of the effect of, in general, the use of lighter, paler, or less intense colors which will enlarge the apparent space or the use of darker or more intense colors will sometimes give the appearance of shrinking it. Often, richer colours can make a room cozy as well as dramatic. The impact of color on space in interior design is also a question of mood. Colour affects your mood, which in turn affects your perception of a space and your comfort level in it. Often, a paint colour consultation is a good idea and excellent value in the interior design of a home. The advice that usually follows this statement is to paint the walls a cool colour if you want a room to seem larger; if you want it to feel smaller or cozier, bathe the walls with a warm hue. Unfortunately, it isn't that simple. Continue reading
Interior design is partially based on the ability of the designer to create a room design which is , beautiful, functional and enjoyable to live in. The designer draws on inherent talent, experience, and years of specialized education in order to create the room design. Creating an entirely new look for a room, or a whole home can be fun...but it is often much more difficult than it looks to the casual observer. In order to create a powerful finish, many subtle details and thought processes are employed. Much more is discarded during the process than is seen in the final finished room. When the room is complete, it has a finished, professional look, while remaining comfortable. Continue reading
Interior design these days can involve the client or home owner doing some of the work. If you are a Do It Yourself painter, there are a few things that are crucial to a professional looking paint job. The first is that cheap paint is poor economy. Good quality paints cost more because they have more of the components that determine covering ability, durability, fade resistance, smoothness and splatter. Your paint job will “ugly out” a lot sooner with cheap paint. Continue reading
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