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West Elm Grand Opening Party…We Share Our Pics

  Our last blog was all about West Elm and their new store in Calgary which officially opened this morning at 10:00. Last night was the Grand Opening Party and Taegan, one of our team members, had the pleasure of attending the event. Both Debbie and I were out of town, so we were really glad that Taegan snapped all these great pics. It seems that Mount Royal Village was the place to be last night.     In Taegan’s Own Words… As soon as I got close to the open doors of West Elm, I could feel the buzz and vibrating energy. Music from inside the store filled the street. Many curious passerby’s stopped a moment to feast their eyes on stacks of  silk geo pillows, mobile pendant chandeliers, and marble topped tables. Luckily I had an invitation, so I was able to walk right in.     With so many beautiful pieces of glassware and hanging art pieces, it was hard…

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Fall Decorative Accessories

West Elm…Grand Opening in Calgary

  For everyone that has ever drooled over the West Elm look on-line, or visited one of their stores in person, you’ll be happy that they are opening another Canadian location. Their newest store will be opening this Thursday, August 20, at 10:00 am in Mount Royal Village, Calgary.     West Elm has a very distinct look, and I have to say, I love the Fall 2015 catalogue called The New Modern. The colours are rich and saturated and the products are just so yummy. For those of us that like warm colours they feature wonderful combinations of rich and lush, yet with a freshness and clarity. It truly is ‘the new modern’.     Looking through the images, you’ll see that West Elm offers Fair Trade Certified, local and handcrafted products. West Elm president Jim Brett says, “With the opening of West Elm Calgary, we will induct six Calgary-based artists and help support the growth of their businesses.”    …

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Baskets

The Best Way to Keep Clutter Under Control

  Here comes a trick question. How many baskets can a home have? The answer is… lots. If your space is small, then you need even more baskets. So no matter what number you say, the answer is more. The thing with baskets, and why I love any type of storage container, is that they keep everything organized.     Baskets are magic. They really are a chic, simple way to control clutter. Baskets add texture and warmth to a space and they make a room take on a casual air. That’s not to say you can’t use them in formal spaces. Baskets add just enough casualness to make a room appear friendly and welcoming. Crate & Barrel Baskets     One of our favourite places to pick up baskets is Crate and Barrel. They have classic shaped baskets that are beautifully handwoven. Quality baskets like these will last a long time. Any of the baskets above…

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Summergatherings

Summer Parties…How we do it at the lake

Do you have a love/hate relationship going on with pinterest? It’s fun to look at, and we’d all love to have our parties, weddings, dinners, crafts…(fill in anything here)…look like that. Sometimes we even try, and then bang – real life gets in the way and pinterest perfect doesn’t show up. For instance, if you’re having an outdoor barbeque and decide to invite 32 people. It doesn’t make for a perfect picture when you have 32 chairs crammed on the deck, and decide to use paper plates, not to mention plastic forks and knives. But heck, who has that many dishes anyways. Point is, that even though we specialize in making homes look beautiful, us girls at Karen Fron Interior Design know that the most important thing in making a home is to use it for good times. It’s about being together, laughing, enjoying meals and appreciating each other. Our motto has always been, Designing…

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Decorating with Plants and Flowers

  My husband and I like to garden. Before kids, we’d spend the entire weekend in our yard. I used to use kitchen shears to trim with so I could get every single blade of grass. Honest. Now we’re a little more relaxed…children do that to you. And for several years, he kept it up alone because I was busy with babies and toddlers. He comes by his love for gardening honestly, as he grew up in a family that owned a greenhouse and nursery business. His mother tells the story of how she would put a playpen in the greenhouse and he would play and talk to her while she transplanted.   I stumbled upon gardening when we bought our first home. It was another space to decorate and I needed it to look pretty. I started slowly, making mistakes like putting shade plants in full sun – not good. I also became a fan of…

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