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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2016 Interior Design Trends that We’re Closely Following

  It’s almost the end of 2015, which means all the trend lists are coming out. Every magazine is showing ‘What’s Hot and What’s Not’. Take a glance at any magazine at the checkout counter and you’ll see what colour to paint the walls in 2016, (because I change mine every year…not), the best skirt length and the hottest bag to carry. Trends are an interesting phenomena. I have a love-hate relationship with following trends. Last year I wrote a blog talking about decorating with classic decor called the Un-Trendy List for 2015. This year, I want to share a few trends with you on how people are living and what we’re spotting as upcoming lifestyle trends. These lifestyle trends are influencing several sectors, including interior design. Scroll down to see 5 trends that we’re paying attention to. 1. Less but Better Dieter Rams belief in “Less, but better” / “Weniger, aber besser” is looking smarter and smarter…

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Before & After: Basement Media Room Turns into a Cozy and Fun Family Hangout

The basement needed something, said the homeowner. Could we help? This couple and their two young boys were repeat clients. Two years ago we had done their main floor and they loved it. The basement was a place that wasn’t used too often. Sometimes the boys would go down and play, and once in a while they’d watch a movie, but mostly they lived on the main floor. Now the boys were getting older, and they wanted another space to hang out in. We met with them in their space and discussed their needs, likes and how they wanted the space to feel. On the first visit we come up with a list of specifics. Theirs included keeping the brown sectional husband wanted an outdoorsy feel and wanted to bring in some antlers, hides and rustic elements wife wanted the place to be cozy and family friendly they both wanted the space lightened up and…

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Quick and Easy Elegant Christmas Decor

Just one month away…I guess it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. So there’s shopping, baking, party planning, wrapping and decorating to get done. Well I can’t help you with the baking or wrapping, but I do have a few ideas for quick and easy decor that will look smashing. Firstly, I really dislike putting away a lot of everyday things…who has that much extra storage room? So what I like to do instead, is decorate on top of the everyday decor. Just blend it all together. Also, I’m not all about spending a ton on decorations or making it look too Christmasy…yes there is such a thing. What does look nice are a few fun touches, and decorations that have meaning. And if that means macaroni tree ornaments that the kids made, then I’m all for it. Now is the time to haul out those hand knitted Christmas bells and the toilet paper nativity set…

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