Whether or not you have been to France and the French countryside and experienced the lavender fields, sunflowers and sunshine up close and personal yourself, you may still be drawn to the look of French country for your own home. It is a welcoming, olde world rustic décor style that fits into a grand, old chateau, a home in the French countryside, or your own home. It is more an ambiance and a charming way of decorating than a specific style. Continue reading
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
Interior design trends come and go and many people pay close attention to what is current according to mass media. This approach works well for some people who are happy to change their décor regularly. Many people are much happier with a mix of classic pieces with some new things added in to liven up their décor. Life is always changing and there really is nothing that you choose for your home today that you will not be at least a little tired of twenty years from now. Continue reading
One our clients in Oakville called us in to help decorate her new lakefront condominium in the Bronte area of Oakville last year. She had some very good classic pieces of furniture, and had downsized from a much larger home. It was time to add some colour and comfort and a few decorative pieces of art. We did a paint colour consultation, painting, added a couple of interesting wallpapers, did new custom window treatments in two rooms, added two area carpets, new lighting, and added custom artwork. This client loves colour and was very upbeat and fun to work with. Continue reading

Comfort and Style in Dining Room Chairs

Dining room interior design can take many forms. Function of the room is very important in the room design, but often, the dining room may be a room that is seldom used but often observed. It may also be a showpiece or even a status symbol. Many of our most expensive possessions may be in the dining room but seldom get any use. This is a shame and just takes a little thinking outside the box to rectify. Continue reading
In Victorian times, mechanization had begun and there was a huge trend to utilizing the affordable and plentiful machine made moldings to enhance décor. Baseboards were generous and high and crown molding was plentiful. Fluted window trim with rosette plinth blocks were a common feature seen in homes of this period. We are able to easily recreate this molding detail in modern homes because the rosette eliminates the need for tricky miter cuts. Picture frame wainscoting or wall frames is less costly to install than raised wood panelling, and this look suits the classic look of traditional décor. These wall frame moldings are not as wide as chair rail or picture rail moldings. 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 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

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

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
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