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

Ceilings with Style

Frequently, ceilings are bland and boring, simply painted white and kept unadorned to blend in or disappear. It is most often assumed that the safe choice is a white ceiling. Colour consultant, Marguerite Roberts, says that people opt for white ceilings in order to make them less noticeable. The room below would not be as spectacular had the ceiling not been embellished. 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
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
There is a fun new trend toward extending interior design enhancement out into the garden areas surrounding our homes. The view from the interior spaces of the home is greatly improved by adding various design elements such as furniture, statuary, water features and the like to the garden. Sight lines into even a small garden should be considered while executing our interior design plans. Continue reading
Often we have residential interior design clients who prefer a neutral colour palette. A neutral palette in a room design can be beautiful, but many times it is simply too bland. Since technically, neutrals go with everything, a neutral palette must be a safe one. perhaps not. Since our goal in interior design is to create room designs which are full of life, as well as being beautiful, safe may not get us to where we want to go. Continue reading
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

Classic Grey – The Ultimate Neutral

In interior design today grey is a classic neutral that lends a soothing presence to elegant interiors while adding a subtle energy which keeps the room design from being boring. Grey can range from cool to warm and its classic looks pair with a great many cool and warm colours. Trim work can be white, cream or dark brown, even black, and it all looks good. Throw in some hot orange lamps or accessories and the room really pops. Glossy surfaces such as mirrored furniture or touches of bling add class and sophistication. It’s funny though. A surprising number of people resist using grey in their homes, thinking that it will be depressing. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, grey is the ultimate neutral. Certainly, when it is not sparked by accent colours or a bit of gloss, it can be boring, as can any neutral. A room needs accessories and accents to sing, no matter what colour is used as the base. 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
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