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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Get your Cowboy On…Stampede Inspired Decor Ideas

  Howdy Partner!!! It’s Stampede Time in Calgary. That means it’s 10 full days of western hospitality. The party has started and everyone is invited. Storefronts are painted and decorated, there’s hundreds of free pancake breakfasts and everyone is decked out in plaid and cowboy hats.  Stampede attracts over 1 million visitors a year and features the world’s largest rodeo. There’s good reason why it’s called the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.     Since we’re all revved up for anything western, this week we thought we’d show how to bring a little cowboy into every home.  But Beware…don’t over do it.  It’s all about using a light hand and doing western tastefully.  Unless you’re a theme park hotel. Then I guess it’s okay if you want to create a Wild West Room.     Western decor is all about rock, wood, and metal – it has a very manly feel. Which is good. We like the masculine touches. But all…

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Canadian Colour Inspiration…Holiday Pictures and Paint Picks

  Last summer we did a post with some of our holiday pictures matched to General Paint’s Canadiana Historic Colours. It wasn’t just us that loved the paint and photo connections, it was one of our most popular posts. It fills us with pride to read the paint names – Buffalo Narrows (chocolate brown), Juno Awards (pale blue),  Moose (dark brown), Killer Whale (black), Old Growth (leaf green) and the most popular, Canuck Red.      My boys know when they’re driving around with me in the car that I’m always looking at nature’s colour palettes. I’ve even pulled over on the side of the road to memorize the colours of the wheat fields meeting the sky. They are forever being told to look at the sky colour, or the shades of the different types of lilacs.     For so long Canada has struggled to define the unique culture, characteristics and conditions of being…

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How to do Menswear Inspired Decor

    The boys and I went shopping to get a father’s day gift. We tossed around a few ideas…you know the typical man gifts – socks, ties, wallet, briefcase, maybe a new belt. In the end we decided to give their dad the same as last year, a collection of different beers. They like going into the cooler at Co-op Liquor store and choosing the different types. Then we always do a steak and chicken wing dinner. Really it’s what they all like. As a matter of fact, they like it so much, I often get a steak and chicken wing dinner for Mother’s Day.     All this talk about Father’s Day and men’s gifts, has me thinking about menswear inspired decor. I don’t know if it comes from living with 4 guys, but I love pinstripes, plaids, tweed, leather – basically any menswear touches. Women have always raided the boys closets, from trousers to fedoras…

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Time saving design solutions for you this Mother’s Day

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved Mother’s Day. It was always a special day for our family and we usually did something fun. Now that I’m a mom, I enjoy the day because I get dinner prepared for me and we do an activity with the boys. Best of all, I take the day off. No laundry, no sorting or tidying or cleaning. How great is that?!!! Lately I’ve been thinking about all the things that women do around the house. I’ve read several studies that say the bulk of the housework falls to women. Even as we’re becoming a bigger and bigger part of the workforce, it seems that we’re shouldering far more household and child care responsibilities then men. This week, we’ve put together a collection of time saving solutions and organizing tricks to keep the house looking good. So put your feet up and enjoy reading some of our organizing secrets….

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