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

Tips on Buying a Sofa

The features that make a quality sofa are mostly found inside. You can compare the suspension system of a sofa to that of a car seat. The Cadillac of suspension systems has traditionally been the eight-way-hand-tied web and coil system. 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

Decorating With Dramatic Black

The whole point of interior design is to produce interiors that inspire and wow. 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. 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 this interior lends elegance and a grounding effect. Continue reading

How To Make Your Small Home work For You

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

What You Should Know About Paint

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

Decluttering Tips

We live in a Golden Age of choice. The down side of this is that we all accumulate more than we need to live happily in our homes which are, naturally, a finite size. This leaves us stressed out in a cyclone of guilt and chaos, unable to find basic items readily Continue reading

Fabulous Informal Interior Design

Interior design is for the less formal home as well as the formal. Some of the most beautiful interiors we have seen in high end magazines have been informal and casual. As usual, successful interior design is based on proportion, balance, style and colour. Often many of the furnishings have a well worn look to them, but the beauty is there, nevertheless. Continue reading
In our interior design projects we are often asked to produce room designs which do not have much colour. The desired finished effect desired is still one of impact and impressiveness. It is useful in these cases to use a fair amount of white or off white so that the eye is able to bounce around the room. When the eye encounters darker or more colourful pieces in the room, such as a pair of colourful or dark chairs, the eye stops and, considers the chairs, then moves on around the room. The white used in the room maintains a feel of spaciousness, but this type of room design is only successful if the client likes white. Many clients do not. 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
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