Interior Design for the Casually Chic

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

Updated Cottage Charm Goes Industrial

Whether or not you own a cottage, you may enjoy the ambiance of cottage style. What exactly is cottage style? If you were to ask ten different people what it is, you would likely get ten different answers. There would be a thread of continuity in all, though, because there are recurring elements that we recognize. Some of these are well-worn finishes, touchable surfaces, and a relaxed look. Often, vintage pieces from the 40’s and 50’s act as accessories. Tin signs, old wooden signs, enameled tin dishes, chipped paint, repurposed store fixtures and furniture all speak to the look. Continue reading

Ceiling- the 5th Wall

Living in this innovative age, it is nothing short of surprising that ceilings, which make up one-sixth of the space in a room, are still, most often simply painted white. This has been looked on as the simplest and even the best choice for decades. Continue reading
Often in interior design we encounter clients who for one reason or another are not quite ready to proceed with full scale design purchases and extensive total renovations. Rather than live in a home that is dreary and unadorned while we work toward larger projects, it is much more preferable to tweak our surroundings and make them look as good as we can in the short term. Often we find that clients are happy with the results of the facelift for quite a long time. They wish they had done it sooner, rather than live with truly ugly rooms for years. Continue reading

Are You Ready For Contemporary Style?

Interior design can take many forms. It has often been said that contemporary interior design can be cold looking and too minimalist. Today’s contemporary interiors, on the contrary, are actually quite welcoming and often have aspects of funky… Continue reading

Lifestyle Trends in Dining Room Tables

Now that the fall and winter entertaining season is upon us, our thoughts turn to interior design of the dining room. There are a great many ways this can be accomplished and the key is to look to our lifestyles as to how to proceed. The dining table takes pride of place in the room, and even when the room is not occupied, it remains a showplace that is visible from many places in the home. 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
We all love the look of a beautifully decorated room. Sometimes it seems impossible to achieve such a thing, though. We are fascinated by magazine images of serenely clutter-free roomscapes, but it seems to be a nearly impossible task to achieve this uncluttered serenity while living our busy lives. We decide that the images are not genuine and only exist while the photographer is there taking the shot. Once the photo shoot is over, the room returns to real life, we think. Continue reading
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