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Easy Easter Table Ideas

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 If you’re super organized and always prepared in advance, you probably don’t need to read this. This is a post for those of us that are doing ten things at once and plus trying to squeeze in a few more things. Below are my five easy peasy ways to decorate your table for Easter dinner. Things you can do in between peeling potatoes and whipping the cream for dessert.

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1.  Colourful Table

Always have a few solid colour tablecloths in your cupboard. Choose a light green or cream for Easter and place some colourful cloth napkins down the centre of the table. If you don’t have napkins or a cloth runner, use wrapping paper or even colourful construction paper.

 

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2.  Themed placecards

I love placecards. They’re a nice way to set a theme for the table and can add extra colour. Truthfully, I use them because it avoids the kids having a knock down fight at the table over who gets to sit where. The fighting is completely over  before the guests arrive and when it comes time to move to the dinner table, we look like one big happy family.

 

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3. Paper Bags

Always always have paper bags on hand. I got in the habit when the kids were little and we’d make puppets. Now I use them for everything from easy gift bags (can be decorated to suit occasion) ripening fruits and serving popcorn. My fav is to use them to hold fresh flowers. It not only looks great, but is ideal for hiding plastic bulb planters or disguising the fact that your vase is actually a pickle jar.

 

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4. Candles

When candles are on the table, then it must be a fancy dinner. It’s just a given. I like to eat dinner with candlelight. I find that it creates a great ambiance and when the boys were young, it actually worked to keep them calm and on their best behaviour. Floating candles were my preferred choice when they were really young – it just seemed safer with all that water around. Now I keep a collection of votive holders and use tealights. Anything can act as a votive holder and I like using coloured glasses and old jars. Tying a ribbon or even string around the votive holder will dress it up.

 

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5. Florals

If you’re smart enough to pick up some flowers at the grocery store then you have a great starting point. Otherwise it’s scrounge time. Off to the yard with kitchen shears to see what’s out there. Branches are always lovely, and evergreens look good anytime of the year. One mother’s day, I put cedar in fancy teacups and it was smashing. Fakes work well too and never feel bad for mixing fake and real. Lots of little dainty arrangements make a big statement, and they don’t take up too much room.

Oh and lucky you guys. We have a recipe bonus for this weeks blog post… and even better news – it’s no bake and super simple!

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Remember, a little fuss goes a long way. The most important part of any dinner is the company. Remain calm, put your guests at ease, and cherish these beautiful moments. Wishing everyone a lovely Easter weekend.


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Karen Fron Interior Design is a Calgary based design firm. We believe that a well functioning and beautiful home makes life better. It’s not about how much you have, it’s about using what you have to create beauty.

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Throwback Thursdays – Persian Pickles

What’s old is new again, and in this case, what’s really old is once again trending high. The persian pickle motif is also known as the Welsh pear design. The most common name though, is Paisley. Paisley is a teardrop-shaped motif of Persian and Indian origin and has been used since AD224. Wow – that’s really old.

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Paisley shawls, imported during the 17th century, from the East India Company to Europe became the rage. Soon many European countries were copying this centuries old design, but the town of Paisley, Scotland became the foremost producers. Hence the name association.
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Paisley has influenced many designs around the globe. Paisley became very fashionable during the Victorian times as well dressed men and women wore this pattern. William Morris furthered paisley’s popularity with his wallpapers and through his work, it became known as somewhat bohemian. 
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In the 1960s it was the Beatles who propelled paisley back in fashion. They fuelled the interest in Indian spiritualism and this included the use of colourful paisley designs. 
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Paisley is one of the most recognizable patterns in the world. We’re seeing it show up again very strong on the runway and in home decor. Considering it’s been around for centuries, it really can be called a classic. 
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And just because it’s super old, doesn’t mean it’s old fashioned. Paisley works in all decors and is right at home in classic design as well as modern.


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Karen Fron Interior Design is a Calgary based design firm. We believe that a well functioning and beautiful home makes life better. It’s not about how much you have, it’s about using what you have to create beauty.

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Before and Happily Ever Afters

The call came saying she was a friend of a client and she liked what we’d done and maybe we could help her. On appointment day we knew we’d love this job because the family was just so nice. The home was welcoming, well cared for and filled with happiness. It just needed some updates.

 

 

Addressing how the space functions and how each family lives is our first priority. It became apparent that there was a whole lot of space in the front living room that was rarely getting used. Having a museum room is never good, so this became our starting point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We brightened and updated the space, giving this lovely young family a home that made them feel good.

Have a wonderful week before spring break!


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Karen Fron Interior Design is a Calgary based design firm. We believe that a well functioning and beautiful home makes life better. It’s not about how much you have, it’s about using what you have to create beauty.

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The Mid-Century Modern Breakdown

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This fancy masterpiece was created by our junior designer, Taegan Rubert, for a recent assignment. Do some images look familiar to you? Mid-century modern design is having a resurgence. It’s clean lines and functionality are becoming sought after. Dive right in and read up on the history of how it came to be. Since this was originally created by Rubert as a poster, the fine print is difficult to read, so we’ve included it here.

Blast from the Past

During the post war period, America became the major exporter of modern design and design theory. The so-called American way of life, or American Dream, influenced all areas of life both here and abroad. Images of America became icons of an ideal and affluent lifestyle. Organic design became popular during this period, largely due to a design competition called “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The prize was awarded to Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames for their organically curved wooden shell chair. Along with Saarinen and Eames, Harry Bertoia became a leader in this new organic style. One of the most important designers of this period was Raymond Loewy. He was the first designer to base his work on market analysis and introduced his products to the market by way of large-scale advertising campaigns.

Loewy also reworked and styled many existing products to give them a newer, more attractive exterior, which in turn would make them more appealing to the consumer and thus increase sales. The flowing lines of organic design were thought to have a better relationship to the human body. Designers, such as Eames, believed that furniture should fit the human form and be comfortable. Eames’ design credo was “Get the most out of the best to the greatest number of people for the least.”

Have a sunny and wonderful weekend!


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Karen Fron Interior Design is a Calgary based design firm. We believe that a well functioning and beautiful home makes life better. It’s not about how much you have, it’s about using what you have to create beauty.

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Do White Right

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White is hard to get right. It’s funny that such a basic colour can be so difficult. But it’s those sneaky undertones again. They can change the way the paint looks on the wall. If it’s too grey, it can feel cold. If the white has too much yellow, it could come across as dusty looking.

When done properly, white is great for trim, ceilings and walls. If you have fixed white surfaces in your home, such as cabinets or tiles, then you must match this undertone for trim. It is possible to put several whites together, but they must have the same undertone.

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So as you see, white is not white. It depends on the undertones and how much natural light a room receives. It’s also really important to have your decor relate to the white walls, otherwise, no matter what white is chosen, it will just seem out of place. The most important tip I can give you, is to always test your colour on the wall. Paint a bristol board and live with the colour for a few days. Make sure that the undertone in the white isn’t working against you.


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Tricky Undertones.

Nothing ruins a good design more than mismatched undertones. If you’ve ever walked into a space and something felt off, it probably wasn’t so much the colours, as it was the undertones.

Colours have both a mass tone and an undertone. The mass tone is the colour that is seen at first. Undertones can be a little more sneaky. They are often concealed if a colour is being viewed in isolation. But you can bet the bank that they will show up on a large wall, or when placed next to other colours.

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You’ve probably heard this story before, or actually said it yourself. I have a nice neutral coloured sofa and just want a neutral wall colour…how hard can it be? Well plenty hard if you don’t consider undertones. Neutrals are the hardest of all colours to specify.

Remember in about grade two when you learned about colour wheels. Three primary colours of red, yellow, blue. If you had a patient teacher, she actually let you mix those colours to come up with the secondary colours of orange, green and violet. So you know that all colours are made from varying amounts of primary and secondary colours. Millions of fantastic beautiful colours can be created from mixtures of these and that is why they will carry an undertone of the strongest colour of the mix.

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It takes lots of practice and a good eye to recognize the undertone of colour. And it’s not just paint you have to worry about. Counters, flooring, backsplash tile, fireplace stone…it’s important to have everything work in harmony. Most colour mistakes occur not in picking colours, but in not correctly identifying undertones.

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The first step in identifying undertones is never to look at colour in isolation. If you pick up a white swatch, it looks white. It’s not until you have laid out a bunch of whites together that you can start to see faint traces of yellow or pink. Also comparing complex colours to a true colour is a good way. If you need to know the undertone of your counter and can’t visually recognize it, lay out samples of pure red, yellow, blue, orange, green and violet. If your neutral has a green undertone, it will show up next to red, as red is the compliment colour.

As a designer who specs a lot of colour, I have my colour swatches broken into undertones. If a client says she likes blue, I am able to specify a blue that will work with her fixed colours such as flooring and furniture.

Last week we talked about the colour grey and how grey can be either green, blue or violet. This week I thought I should back up a step and explain what an undertone is and why undertones will make or break a room. Next week we can talk about colour again. I’ll share some of my workhorse colours and break them into undertones for you. If you want certain colour groups, leave a message in the comment section and we can discuss.

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Colour is both fascinating and frustrating…let’s take out the frustrating part!

Hungry for more colour advice? In case you missed it, take a look at our post on Gorgeous Greys.

If you would like to make good design a part of your life, email me.

Karen Fron Interior Design is a Calgary based design firm. We believe that a well functioning and beautiful home makes life better. It’s not about how much you have, it’s about using what you have to create beauty.

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Gorgeous Greys.

Grey is it..it’s the real deal. Grey is everywhere in home decor and has become the new favourite wall colour.

The last few years grey has tended to be on the fresh, cool side. For 2014, we’re seeing colours warm up again and grey is heading this way too. This is good for people that hear the word grey and immediately think cold and serious.

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What’s so great about grey is that it doesn’t mind not being the star. Grey is the strong, silent type. It’s the colour that let’s others have the spotlight and does everything to make them look good. When you walk into a well decorated room with grey walls, you notice how great the room is and maybe how beautiful the sofa or floors are, and only then do you notice the wall colour.

Grey is a neutral or achromatic colour. It’s made from black and white. Adding red or yellow makes grey warm, while the addition of blue to the black and white will cool the grey down.

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Blue, green and violet are the three visible undertones to grey. Blue greys tend to read cooler than the green greys. When grey has a violet undertone, it can look pink on a wall. I tend not to use these greys too often for wall colour unless working with an existing tile or counter that has pinky/purple undertones. Then it will look grey on the walls and blend with the existing surfaces.

Since we spec grey paint colours so often, I’ve included a few of our favourites. No matter how sure of a colour you think you are, test first. Grey is not an easy colour to choose. Never make a commitment from a teeny tiny paint swatch. If you don’t have at least an 8×10 sample chip, then buy a tester and put it on the walls. Don’t get fooled by the undertones.

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Since trend forecasters are predicting a few more years of grey, don’t be afraid to embrace this colour. Check out more images of gorgeous greys in home decor on our pinterest page.


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Karen Fron Interior Design is a Calgary based design firm. We believe that a well functioning and beautiful home makes life better. It’s not about how much you have, it’s about using what you have to create beauty.

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It’s all about Green.

Are you embracing your inner Irish today? Green clothing, green hats and maybe some green beer? Let’s raise a cheer to all things Irish and look at the colour green.

Green is soothing and restful on the eye. It relaxes both mentally and physically. According to a study conducted by Dulux, blue is the favourite colour world-wide, but green is right behind.

Green is so versatile. It can be dressed up and very formal, or laid back and cozy. There are so many shades that there’s a green that makes everyone feel good. Like black and white, green is always on trend, but never trendy. It’s everywhere in nature, so it’s always popular.

There are no bad or wrong shades of green, but the trick for a great looking room is to mix it up properly. You wouldn’t want to use mossy earth tones with lime green. However, a few accents of fresh spring green will bring any room to life.

Not sure about green? Try a few toss cushions, or an small piece like a bowl or vase. Adding a fresh green plant will give your space a sense of renewal and new life.

When painting walls, green is a great colour to use. It doesn’t have to be full on green, but can be a colour with a slight green undertone.

An absolute favourite paint colour is PPG’s Sharkskin 513-5. It’s a warm grey with a slight green undertone. It’s perfect for those that want a grey colour, but don’t want it to be cold.  A few others to try are:

 

Green is great, green is nature’s colour and green means spring is around the corner. So tip-of-the-hat to the Irish today and all things green.

Like this post? You may want to take a look at:

Feeling the Colour
Colour is Showing up Everywhere
Colour or Not


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Karen Fron Interior Design is a Calgary based design firm. We believe that a well functioning and beautiful home makes life better. It’s not about how much you have, it’s about using what you have to create beauty.

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Quote Round Up & Instagram Love

If you’re not on instagram already, download the fancy app here. You won’t regret it!

Why we love the insta –
1. It’s just that! Insta! Instant, quick, and easy to use.
2. Instagram is perfect for visual people like designers and artists because it’s similar to Facebook but with no silly posts, less words, and ALL images.
3. Thanks to those fab filters, everything looks beautiful. And who doesn’t like to scroll through some gorgeous snap shots while you’re waiting at the doc office or lounging around on your lazy sunday?

Don’t forget to FOLLOW us so you can keep up to date on our quotes and stunning snap shots.


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Karen Fron Interior Design is a Calgary based design firm. We believe that a well functioning and beautiful home makes life better. It’s not about how much you have, it’s about using what you have to create beauty.

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10 Design Classics

What’s with all the ugly, cheap furniture on the market today? I know we live in a throwaway society that promotes new and shiny over long-lasting quality, but it’s always a good idea to buy the best you can afford.

If you’re going to invest in a few quality pieces, here’s a list of our 10 favourites.

These pieces have truly have stood the test of time. They always bring a classic elegance to any space, no matter whether you choose the traditional or modern version. Good design, unlike fashionable design, will last a long time. Good design is worth investing in.

And you know what goes great with a cup of tea and rearranging your furniture? Some good tunes to sing along to… remember this one? Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits This is another must have. Enjoy the remaining of your weekend!


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Karen Fron Interior Design is a Calgary based design firm. We believe that a well functioning and beautiful home makes life better. It’s not about how much you have, it’s about using what you have to create beauty.

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