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
Colour choice in the home can be very stressful for many people. Interior design, in general, is just not everyone's forte. Colour does have a strong effect on our mood and the overall ambiance of a room and the entire home. Your comfort level in a room's interior design can be the result of the effect of, in general, the use of lighter, paler, or less intense colors which will enlarge the apparent space or the use of darker or more intense colors will sometimes give the appearance of shrinking it. Often, richer colours can make a room cozy as well as dramatic. The impact of color on space in interior design is also a question of mood. Colour affects your mood, which in turn affects your perception of a space and your comfort level in it. Often, a paint colour consultation is a good idea and excellent value in the interior design of a home. The advice that usually follows this statement is to paint the walls a cool colour if you want a room to seem larger; if you want it to feel smaller or cozier, bathe the walls with a warm hue. Unfortunately, it isn't that simple. Continue reading

Decorating With Flair In A Small Space

We all love a sense of home, freedom, and ease. Space does this for many of us, but space costs money. Until we can afford space, we may live many years without it. This does not mean that our homes need to lack style and a sense of space. To do this, they must be efficient. They can also be beautiful, however small. There is a joy in triumph over inefficiency and dreary surroundings. Continue reading

Updated Cottage Charm Goes Industrial

Having been involved in interior design in Oakville, ON and the surrounding GTA for the past 26 years, we enjoy a wide variety of home styles and sizes. We've observed that many older homes are a lot smaller than some of the newer homes built in many areas of the Greater Toronto Area. Some of these smaller homes almost have a cottage feel when compared to larger ones. In addition, we have been making use of older industrial buildings and converting them to wonderful residential living space. There are often similarities in the room designs of these living space. The casual nature of the lifestyles of the residents is the link. Whether or not you own a cottage, you may enjoy the ambiance of the cottage lifestyle, lake or no lake. The finished décor of these homes, whether large or small, can be quite dramatic, as well, in some cases 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
Recently we had a client in Oakville, ON, who has three young children and a black Labrador dog. Everything, so far with this story is just fine. The trouble is that this client loves the look of all white rooms. Many people love the look of white in interior design. It has such a crisp look and often makes formal contemporary interiors really pop, especially when used with crystal lighting in contemporary styles. Many of our clients are busy young families with young children or older clients who want their homes to look good but also want easy care. Often, they have seen beautiful white rooms in home décor magazines and enjoy the look. Really, white doesn't stand much of a chance against real life with kids and pets. No matter how regularly you vacuum and scrub, the fact remains that furnishings used in homes with small children and lots of guests need to be carefully chosen. Technology in fabric design has made amazing strides, but not always enough to combat the debris of daily living with children and pets and still come up looking good. Continue reading

Interior Design With Dramatic Black in 2018

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

Using Brown in Interior Design in 2018

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
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