Dare we say that we are so over mason jars, Keep Calm motivational quips, shabby chic, chevron motif, tree stumps as table, severed stag heads, palette art and furnishings, the colour aqua, and birds and owls on every object in the home. It's not that we don't enjoy a carefree and whimsical approach to home decor and a bit of creative recycling. We do. We just like to keep moving forward. Paletts are a terrific form of recycling and we really like that. In relaxed decorating or at the cottage, some pallet objects such as light fixtures, wine racks, art and some furniture would still be just the thing. Less so in a more urban setting. The exception is Christmas. Rustic charm often looks wonderful in the city. We like this kitchen below in reclaimed wood, as well as the charming sign. Christmas just seems to look good in weathered and rustic. 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

How to Get Classic Coastal Style

Stuck in the city, working hard to get ahead, but dreaming of better things? Even if you can’t get away physically, you may be able to enjoy the fresh and charming décor style know as coastal, or beach, style in your own home. It’s a budget friendly look because it’s a little worn, a little “found object”, and it’s easy care and quite forgiving. It’s one of the few looks that really lends itself to slip covered furniture. It’s also a nice look that do-it-yourselfers with a little spare time can have input into. Here’s the dilemma. Continue reading
Interior design is as appropriate for smaller homes as it is for larger ones. Many of our clients live in smaller homes or condos in order to be close to city amenities, jobs, or family members. It should not be assumed that just because your home is small, that your furniture must also be small. In fact, done correctly, large pieces can actually make the space seem spacious. Using many smaller pieces can have the result of looking cramped and cluttered. A few well-chosen larger pieces can spark a beautiful décor scheme, as opposed to trying to cram in too many small pieces. Many of us love a dramatic look in décor, but some think that this is not possible in a smaller home. Not so. The smaller home can have décor just as dynamic and vibrant as that in a much larger home. 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
Often, people who like a casual look in décor, still want the wow factor. The French are famous for having achieved this in their French country look. They put together this look by paying attention to the lines of the furnishings, the proportion of the room to the furnishings, quirky accessories, often a touch of rusticity or faded elegance, flowing fabrics, and interesting textures and variations in colour. Relaxed casual room designs these days have changed into a somewhat more masculine look. That is not to say that they don't appeal to women. They do. They are appealing in the way that wood, wear and time appeal. Often we see exposed brick and room designs that would apply well to a loft condo home. 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
Colour has a strong link to our emotions. We can convey a variety of moods with colour because we react to colour emotionally, not always analytically. The home is the haven and resting place that we all return to after working all day or night. as the case may be, depending on our occupation. Work can be tiring and stressful. After all, that is why we call it "work". We want our homes to reflect our personality and taste, and we want to enjoy the time that we spend there and we also want to be comfortable there. That being said, we likely don't want to sacrifice drama, elegance, charm and interest just to create a calm or serene room design. Artwork, area carpets, striking accessories as opposed to chachkas, paint colour, lighting and window coverings chosen in a creative way can result in an inspiring yet restful room design. Continue reading

How To Decorate With Yellow

Many clients that we encounter love colour but have had problems choosing yellow for their home decor. Yellow can indeed be very tricky to work with and must be treated with care. that being said, yellow in the home can be very uplifting and lovely to live with if used correctly. Continue reading
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