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Dental Office Gets Modern Update with Fresh Colour, Bold Wallpaper and Cheeky Artwork

Just like homes can use a little refresh now and then, we often get called into commercial spaces to do an update. Furniture gets worn, colours and accessories look dated, and the whole effect just isn’t cutting it. We were called in to breathe some new life into a dental office waiting room. When working on a commercial space, it’s important to understand exactly how a space is used and address the function. It’s also important for us to provide a space that the staff feels comfortable in- after all they spend a lot of time there. In our discussions, we found out that a lot of families visit the office. We also found out that the staff  liked the outdoors and wanted some of their photography to be displayed. Knowing this, we developed a look that was fun and fresh, while giving a nod to Canada. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a theme room, but rather a room that…

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Create Drama in a Room with Creatively Placed Artwork

Nothing makes a home look more finished and styled then art on the walls. Usually the art gets hung after the furniture is arranged and accessories such as lamps and small tables are placed. And no matter how gorgeous the furniture, it’s the art that brings it all together. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you may remember that Debbie and I met over art. I wrote about it in the blog, The Story of Us. We both know that not only does art on the walls make a room, but it can be hung in such a way that it makes a space feel larger, cozier, or more sophisticated. Also, it can hide a multitude of sins and make a room feel perfectly balanced. It can also bring harmony, create a focal point and help with scale in the room. Art really is the magic cure for a room. If you…

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What is the Right Interior White?

We’re a young couple and this is our first home. We need help picking a wall colour. We were thinking white but now we’re stuck. We don’t know which white is right because we have white trim and baseboards already. Can you help us out? signed T&D Designing with Shades of White Such a smart couple to know that white is difficult to choose. But when done right, white is fresh and youthful. First off, there’s nothing wrong with using different shades of white in one room. It actually looks wonderful. If the baseboards and trim are a crisp white, painting the walls a lovely warm shade of white will look great. Some of my favourites are Pointing 2003 by Farrow and Ball, as well as Benjamin Moore Cloud White (CC – 40). Another favourite white is Benjamin Moore Ballet White (OC – 9). It’s a slightly chalky greyed white. It’s never harsh and still…

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The New Palette…Dark, Rich Colours Return for 2016

There’s no more affordable way to change your home then with paint. Adding colour on the walls is a powerful way to add warmth, make a statement, or create a calm oasis.  Sometimes the budget won’t allow for a total renovation, but a little bit of paint will give you a total refresh. Don’t believe that the change will be huge? Check out the blog, See What a Can of Paint Can Do. For years we’ve been using dark paint to highlight certain features like railings or windows. It adds a bit of a punch to a room, and makes architectural details stand out. I’m glad we’re heading over to the dark side. After a few years of keeping everything neutral, rich colour and pattern are looking fresh again. Bold and saturated hues can be intoxicating. That’s not to say that it’s the only way to go. Benjamin Moore has named Simply White OC-117 as 2016 Colour of the Year. Pantone’s 2016 choice…

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A Home of Her Own…Before, During and After

It’s true what they say, the time goes by in the blink of an eye. One moment they’re babes in arms, and then all of a sudden, they’re all grown up. It’s hard to believe that it goes by so quickly. When you’re in the midst of it, there are some days that seem to last forever. And don’t forget about the nights. Those sleepless, endless nights…that went on and on and on. And any good parent will tell you, there are days when you just can’t wait for them to grow up and be on their own – especially during the teenage years. But it’s the good times we hang on to and cherish. Those moments so precious and sweet, that they have their own special corner in our hearts. Busy with life, we barely realize that each day, little by little, our babies are growing away from us.  We get used to separations when they go off to…

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