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 It is rich, warm and earthy rather than boring or outdated.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

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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
The whole point of interior design is to produce interiors that inspire and wow, and that are comfortable and sensible to live in. Interior design has many aspects and can take many forms. Part of the fun is to push the envelope. Black can be a very useful tool in interiors that wow. It has been said that using black and white in interior design is one of the most classic combinations. As you can see in the photo of this foyer below where very little colour is used the finished effect is fabulous. The use of black in an interior lends elegance and a grounding effect. Who can deny the impact and beauty of zebra wallpaper? Combined with black and white artwork and accessories, the effect is surprisingly easy to live with on a day to day basis. Continue reading
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
When asked what our favourite colours are, the answer is often the same colour choices. No matter what the trends are, we often come back to the same shades again and again. By carrying colours throughout the home you can make your home feel consistent and seamless. Continue reading
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