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Home decorating and interior design in Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Etobicoke, Milton, Vaughan or west Toronto all have a thread of common fact that run through the homes in these areas. We all desire an environment where we can spend relaxing down time in a quiet retreat from the pressures of our hectic daily lives. Colour and pattern play a large part in interior design projects and trends that come and go and the personal tastes of different clients make the process interesting. Continue reading

What Todays Windows Are Wearing

Window coverings are often overlooked when clients are ready to update their homes. Often, in all innocence, they simply do not realize how bad their existing draperies and blinds look. They are used to them and while they would not tolerate such ugliness in the car parked in their driveway, they are unaware of the unsightliness of their window coverings. Let us show a few examples of what would greatly benefit from updating and a little interior design expertise.Contemporary décor style has lightened up in today’s age, and become more accessible to those who would normally lean more to the traditional side of things. Window coverings are popular in a big way and the trend is to a relatively minimal approach, while retaining the fullness and glamour of traditional styles. Some of the most clean-lined window coverings are shutters. These come in a wide variety of vane sizes and are not always white. We find that many of our clients love shutters because of their clean lined look and excellent functionality. Continue reading
Lounging in the hammock or on the sofa while perusing decorating magazines is a very pleasant way to spend quality time. All these “perfect” rooms give us plenty to think and dream about. Decorating ideas abound and whether or not we make a move to move closer to having the perfect home in reality, dreaming is still enjoyable. It is, however, often overwhelming because the rooms do look so perfect. Once some forward effort is put into actually decorating our homes, we often realize just how much work and expense is involved in striving for perfection. There is a state of mind and a few techniques to make good use of this wealth of ideas and projects. Continue reading
Interior design takes many forms and the Urban Country Look is one of them. This design has great charm and appeal to a wide variety of clients, younger as well as older. It is an eclectic and fun form of interior design. There are many ways to achieve this look. There are also many ways to miss the mark and achieve only a drab, worn mish mash. A person’s home speaks volumes about that person. We love to surround ourselves with treasured objects, textures, colours and memories. Many people’s lifestyle has shifted from mainly formal rooms dedicated to one purpose, to a more casual lifestyle where rooms are more versatile and one purpose flows from one room to another. Living has also shifted outdoors due to advances in more weather resistant materials for use on decks, porches and patios. Continue reading
Chocolate, mocha, latte, and coffee. What's not to like? These days, some say that the colour brown is passe in interior design. Colour specialist, Marguerite Roberts, of Mulberry Interiors in Oakville, Ontario says that it is not so. Brown was definitely overused in basement rec rooms of the distant past. Part of the resistance to brown in decor is due to the fact that these old rec rooms remained un-renovated for far too long. Maybe people purchased nice cars instead. We really don't know why so many people's basements looked like this one. We never wanted to see brown again. Brown has been around the block a lot as well, but it has a certain staying power, especially when it is reinvented in creative ways. It is rich, warm and earthy rather than boring or outdated. It can even be exciting when it is used in very deep shades. Continue reading
The unimaginative overuse of white has painted this useful lack of colour into a corner. White or beige have been the safe choice for real estate going on the market for a long time. The thinking was that white and beige go with anything. Not so, says, colour consultant, Marguerite Roberts. Continue reading

Hiring an Designer or Decorator

There are several myths about hiring a designer or decorator. One of these is that “It’s too expensive”. Another is “A designer will try to force a style on me that I won’t like”. In fact, the opposite is true. Continue reading
Interior design is not just for clients who own large homes. In our interior design projects, we often meet clients who live in very small spaces, and medium sized homes as well, and the trend is growing. This is not necessarily a bad thing if we analyse the true needs of the client and discover the lifestyle that genuinely suits them. The clients also needs to realize and face the limitations of their space. There is no need to pine for a larger home when it is quite possible to make a small home a palace. Often, a smaller home can be made so pleasant to live in that there is no real need to move up to a larger one. For instance, many people are quite happy with a cozy dining area. This can be accommodated into a small area. A bedroom that is really to small to be a pleasant bedroom can be made into a wonderful dressing room. Continue reading
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
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