Your browser (Internet Explorer 6) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how to update your browser. personal loans medford
X
Post

Time saving design solutions for you this Mother’s Day

Mothersday2015

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.

Mothersday20152

Tired of trying to keep household papers under control? We’ve come up with the hidden desk solution. Doors that push all the way back allow for an open office space. Tired of looking at the mess? Simply close the doors and all is tidy.

Mothersday20153

How easy are quick touch ups with the iron when the ironing board pulls out of a drawer? Great for a laundry room, but we’ve also installed this right in a kitchen. Since doing laundry is not ranked high on the list of things we’d like to be doing, a pretty laundry room helps.

Mothersday20158

Love cooking? Check out these great solutions for spices, cutting boards, knife storage and waste disposal. I especially like the way the toaster slides out from the appliance garage.

Mothersday20154

Mothersday20155

Mothersday201510

Let’s face it, televisions are just big black holes of nothingness. They never look attractive in a room. Here are two clever ideas to hide the tv when not in use.

Mothersday20157

We like the seating ideas below. They’re neat, tidy and tuck away when not in use.

Mothersday20159

There are so many automated devices on the market now that sometimes I feel a person can live their whole life through their iPhone. However, one of my favourite time saving devices are motion sensing automatic lighting. These sensors turn on lights when you enter a room and turn them off when you leave. Great for when your hands of full of laundry…or groceries…or babies… or all of the above.

Mothersday20156

As a special Mother’s Day Treat, Taegan has provided us a favourite recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes. Whether you’re cooking for Mom or having breakfast cooked for you, these are a delicious treat.

Mothersday201511

 

These light and fluffy lemon-poppy seed pancakes with raspberry syrup are perfect for spring and summer! They’re packed full of flavor and topped with an irresistible homemade syrup.
Author: Natalie
Yield: 16 pancakes
Mothersday201511
Recipe source: Life Made Simple and slightly adapted from Joy The Baker.
Bon Appetite!!!
If you like our blog – check us out on instagram and pinterest. We’re obsessed with interior design. If you are too, we’d love to hear from you. Share some of your time saving design solutions in the comment section below.


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.

Subscribe1

Post

Colours of spring …pretty pastel interiors

pretty

Pinks, mauves, buttercup yellow and pale purple have been popping up everywhere this weekend. Easter is a time of pastels - from the foil of chocolate eggs, to icing on cupcakes and frilly little girl dresses. Each spring I remember how much I like these soft feminine colours.

 

paestelblog

It’s so nice after a cold dark winter to start wearing some of these spring colours. Pastel coloured clothing has an innocence and freshness about it. It feels light, airy and sweet. Pastel colours are not just for spring wardrobes, but they’re starting to make their way into home decor.

Pastelsblog3

If visions of 1980′s decor are popping in your head, kick them out quickly. The new pastels are a lot more sophisticated and not so Miami Vice. As most things, when trends come around again, they don’t come back exactly the same. Thank goodness, because I don’t know if I can stand anymore pink kitchens or rainbow coloured upholstery.

Pastelsblog4

But there definitely is a comeback of pastels and of pretty interiors. Colours are lightening up and interiors are looking more relaxed with the lighter colours. However, I don’t think Restoration Hardware has caught on to the trend yet. Have you walked through their store lately? It’s grey, dull and makes me feel absolutely choked. Debbie joked that we should bring our own flashlights.

Pastelsblog

It’s true that colours affect mood and soft pastel colours can be very soothing and calming. Taegan has put together a beautiful collection of images showcasing some modern uses of pastels for interiors. You’ll see that they can look very current and fresh. Grey is a great neutral that works well with pastel shades. If I was in charge of Restoration Hardware, I’d get some decent lighting in there and bring in some of these gorgeous shades.

 

Pastelsblog5

 

Pastelsblog6

 

Pastelsblog7

 

Pastelsblog8

 

Pastelsblog9

 

Pastelsblog10

 

Pastelsblog11

 

Pastelsblog12

 

Pastelsblog13

 

Pastelsblog14

 

Pastelsblog15

 

Pastelsblog16

Pastelsblog17

As the images show, softer colours are more subtle but can look quite sophisticated. Use a light touch, because you don’t want it to look like Easter every day. When done right, pastels are really very nice.

Speaking of Easter, we hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoyed lots of chocolate eggs and bunnies. Next week we’ll show you pics of what we’re loving now and using in our projects.

Have a happy week.


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.

Subscribe1

Post

St.Paddy’s Day Inspiration…a tip o’ the hat to green

Green

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and so is the first day of spring. It’s the perfect time to celebrate the colour green. Green is the colour of hope, freshness and springtime. It’s one of the most restful colours and actually soothes and relaxes us. Green is a good colour to have around. It’s an ideal backdrop for interiors, whether you go minty or deep hunter green.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite uses of green. From a little potted topiary to Kelly Wearstler’s green bathrooms at The Viceroy Santa Monica, you can see the many looks of green.

Green2

Green3

Green4

Green5

Green6

 

Green7

Green8

Green9

 

Green11

And although not really an interior, I couldn’t help but include the next photo. It’s a 1959 Green Jaguar XK150 Roadster and I think that anyone driving it would feel pretty fresh and alive.

Green10

Want a little more green inspiration? Here’s a link to last year’s blog celebrating green,  It’s all About GreenGet ready to celebrate spring with our post next week. We give you a little peak into a garden I’ve been working on for a few years.

If you like this blog, sign up below to get it emailed to you every Tuesday.

Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.


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.

Subscribe1

Post

Why You Need to Decorate for Your 5 Senses

Senses

After a long day out, it’s so nice to come home, kick back and unwind.  There’s nothing better then walking through the door and getting that deep down feeling in your tummy that says, ‘all is well’.  When someone tells me that their house doesn’t make them feel good, that’s when I say we need a design intervention.

Too many times we think it has to be the latest style or the most up-to-date appliances, when really,  it’s more basic than that. We crave certain comforts and they’re tied in to our senses. We react on a very deep level, often without even being consciously aware.

Senses16

Senses6

Senses3

To make your house an inviting place that you want to come home to, we recommend you decorate with the five senses in mind.

Sight: Okay this is a big one, but let’s break it down to the basics. Our eyes see so many images that our home should provide a peaceful respite. Start with  lighting. Get as much daylight going as you can. When evening comes, skip the overheads and keep light soft and tranquil with lamps.

Personalize your space with meaningful objects, such as photos, trip mementos and family heirlooms. Not only are these pretty to look at, they evoke emotions of happy times.

Bring in colour that makes you feel calm and content. Don’t worry about the trends or the colour of the year. Not much good using these colours if they make you feel edgy. Choose colours that make you feel happy and make sure everyone gets to pick their bedroom colour.

Hearing: What sounds make you feel good? Soft music, no music, the washing machine going. My father-in-law loved the chime of clocks and he said it always made him feel safe and cozy. Think about the sounds you surround yourself with.

Smell: Lilacs, a newborn baby, basil, evergreens, apple pie cooking…Smell is so incredibly important, yet it is so overlooked as a decorating essential. Create atmosphere by adding scents to your home. Be careful though, using too much fragrance is simply gross. Do it naturally and in small doses.

Touch: Ask anyone who’s ever worn a scratchy shirt or had a tag rubbing how uncomfortable the wrong fabric can be. Comfort very much depends on the feel of things. Make sure your home has comfortable seating, fluffy pillows, good blankets, and cozy places to curl up in.

Taste: The kitchen is the traditional hearth of the family. A place where we feed and care of our families. Nothing makes a home more comforting than knowing that it’s full of delicious food and wonderful treats. It’s an important skill to be able to look at a pantry full of staples and know how to whip up a batch of scones, make a mac and cheese from scratch, or follow an easy recipe for molten chocolate lava cakes. Teach everyone in your family how to make a few signature dishes. Even young children should be given the opportunity to feel the pride that comes from feeding others.

Keep the pantry cupboard looking neat and tidy. Organize it so it functions well and looks pretty. Every time someone opens the door and sees the bounty, they’ll feel content and safe.

thevintagemixer

 

Senses4

Senses2

Rooms that satisfy our senses inspire feelings of comfort, joy and security. In my mind, this is essential for wellbeing. My middle son, he’s the artsy one, gave me the best compliment last week. We were back and forth on the idea of going away for Family Day Weekend, and finally I decided that maybe we should just stay put as we have been rushing around like crazys. I thought the kids might be a little disappointed, but middle boy looked at me with puzzle on his face and said, ‘Mom, you’ve set up the house so nice, it has everything we need. Why would we want to go someplace else?”.

il_fullxfull.286754411

Senses13

Enjoy the holiday weekend… and most importantly, enjoy your home. If you’re not feeling the love, give us a call. Together, we can make your home a place that makes you feel good.


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.

Subscribe1

Post

Red & Green…not only for Christmas

r&g

I know I know…say red and green and immediately Christmas comes to mind. Green branches with red berries and bows – it’s all about that time of the year. Holly, mistletoe, stockings hung by the fire…

elle decor
elle decor

Yet red and green together can be quite spectacular. To come up with a colour scheme, we often get our inspiration from a piece of fabric, a photo or  a memory of a colour palette we saw somewhere. I’m always noticing interesting colour combinations and textures. Just ask my boys…or maybe don’t, because I’m sure they’ll have some stories to tell. But like I always tell them, there’s inspiration everywhere…you just have to look.

R&Gsecond

 

via British Life
via British Life

R&Gsecond2

r&g2

traditional plaid
traditional plaid
vintage motorcycle
vintage motorcycle

As the inspiration photos show, don’t be afraid of this colour combination. Red and green works so well together. And if you like these colours, then go ahead and use them for interiors. There’s a long history of red and green used in traditional British interiors, yet they also work well for modern applications. Sure it takes a little more effort to work with unorthodox palettes, but in the end it’s worth it.

R&Gsecond3

 

elle decor - elaine griffin
elle decor – elaine griffin
elle decor - visions-smyth
elle decor – visions-smyth
via ralph lauren
via ralph lauren
via house beautiful
via house beautiful
elle decor suzani fabric
elle decor suzani fabric
ralph lauren study
ralph lauren study
bill huber
bill huber
elle decor
elle decor

There are so many different shades of red and green to choose from. We’ve put together a sampler of some of our favourite paint colours. Lately we’ve been favouring dark green walls. Great for those rooms that you want to be moody and mysterious. We did a gentleman’s office in a dark hunter green and also a guest room/dressing room in PPG Armoury. And just like every room can use a hit of black, we love throwing in a pop of red.

r&g4

 

r&g3

 

 

R&Gsecond4

house beautiful
house beautiful

So when it’s time to pack away the holiday decor, don’t pack away your love for red and green. It’s a combination  that has year round appeal.

Debbie and Taegan join me in wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and joyful 2015. Thank you to all our fabulous clients this year. We love what we do and it’s a privilege working for you.

Next week, we give you our 2015 Un-Trend List. That’s right – let the others tell you the trends, we tell you how to be timeless!


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.

Subscribe1

Post

Decorating for Christmas

xmas

I am sure every child knows exactly how many days (maybe even hours) are left until Christmas. Me, I just know that it’s coming quickly and there doesn’t seem to be enough time. We’ve had a busy few days with Christmas activities and our middle son’s birthday. Throw in a Christmas concert, a basketball tournament and the normal getting ready for Christmas preparations and life gets fast. Plus, the weather was so lovely that we couldn’t resist going down to historic Inglewood to see the stores all done up for Christmas.

Today we hauled out a few little ornaments and found the Christmas stockings that still need to be hung. Some years I follow the Polish tradition of my father and we decorate the tree on Christmas Eve. Actually, it is rather nice because by then things have quieted down and we all gather and enjoy the day together.

Other years, I have grand decorating plans. Sometimes these come to fruition and other years they remain a beautiful vision known only to me. Those are the years I remind myself that the most important thing is that our family is together laughing, playing and feasting.

Below we have some beautiful pictures of Christmas decorating ideas. They may inspire you and you may want to use some of these ideas in your own home. Or maybe you’ll just pour a yourself a glass of wine to enjoy while looking over these holiday ideas.

xmas2

wreth

xmas3

xmas4

xmas5

xmas6

xmas7

xmas8

xmas9

xmas10

xmas11

xmas12

xmas13

xmas14

Hope you have a lovely week and enjoy your Christmas decorating.

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.

Subscribe1

Post

It’s Holiday Season and Company’s Coming…tips for a mini-makeover

xmasprep2

There’s nothing like knowing that company is coming over to inspire a mini-makeover. Now that holiday visiting is starting, it’s like, OMG – where did the Fall go? All those little jobs that were suppose to get done and didn’t because living got in the way. Now it’s time to entertain and the house looks drab, the furniture looks old and it’s just not feeling comfortable.

The good news is  that there’s time for a re-fresh. In a few hours your place can look new and revitalized.  First order of business, give your place a good clean and a decluttering. Depending on how busy you’ve been, this might need to be done on day 1, and maybe day 2! Clean, sort and toss. Get 2 big black garbage bags, one for the Goodwill and the other for trash, and go to it. Now comes the fun part.

Rearrange Furniture

Moving the furniture around makes such a difference. Dare to be different. Go through your home and take furniture from every room and really think outside the box.

 

xmasprep

Pile on the Cushions

I know I’ve said it before, nothing elevates a room like cushions. Pile them on sofas, chairs and benches. Toss some on the floor and put them in baskets. They bring colour and life to a room. Many times we’ve told clients to keep their existing sofas and cushion it up. Suddenly the furniture looks new!
xmasprep4

xmasprep3

Layer Rug on Rug

We love to add pizzaz to a room by layering rugs. If you have ho hum wall to wall carpeting, pick up one or two great area rugs and lay them on top of each other.  They instantly add colour and texture and can make a space really cozy.

xmasprep6

xmasprep5

xmasprep7

Pop in a Few Accent Tables

If you have a super large square or rectangular coffee table, take it away. It makes a room look crowded, heavy and small. Instead, try using accent tables. We’re particularly fond of two or three tables grouped together as a coffee table. The nice part is that when entertaining they can be easily moved around as needed. Tables can be layered too. In my own living room, I have tables sitting in front of tables and it looks great because it adds depth.
xmasprep8

xmasprep10

xmasprep9

Have One Big Accent Piece

Sometimes going big really works. Don’t think because it’s a small space that everything has to be small. One oversized piece in a room can ground it all and really look spectacular.
xmasprep11

xmasprep12

Hang Art Creatively

People often think that painting a feature wall is the way to add drama to a home. I think that moving around art and hanging it creatively is the easiest and most stylish way to change up a space. Go through the house and find all the art and pictures you can. Don’t be timid, just start grouping it and you’ll get that eclectic look. If you keep it balanced by weight,  it doesn’t have to be symmetrical. Although a few pieces stacked is a nice compliment in a room with a gallery wall. And did I mention that I love all original art – anything. Grandma’s watercolours, children’s finger painting, even framed leaves and rocks. It all looks great.
xmasprep19

 

domino_quick_fixes_decorating_ideas_salon_style_art

 

mix and match_thumb[2]

xmasprep20

Always Keep Fresh Florals Around

It’s important to always have some fresh in your home. Potted plants, floral bouquets, and even snips from an evergreen in your yard, all add that organic touch. A little bouquet of snipped evergreen in the powder room is an inexpensive way to bring holiday cheer.
xmasprep21

xmasprep13

xmasprep14

Lighting Sets the Mood

Dimmer switches are your best friend. And lamps…lots of lamps. Soft lighting can really set the mood. Lamps can also add great architectural structure. Plus we like that everything looks a little better with soft lighting.
xmasprep18

xmasprep17

xmasprep16

indistrial-light-1

Sometimes it’s not about getting everything new, but more about using what we have in a new way. As you start to freshen up your home for the Christmas season, look with new eyes at your space. Cozy up the furniture, rehang your art, add some seasonal florals and suddenly your place looks new and pretty again. Now it’s time to start decorating for the season.

decorating-the-trees-theme-for-windows-7-04-669x535

Enjoy your ‘new’ home!


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.

Subscribe1

Post

Easy Ideas for a Handmade Christmas

Christmaspost
What is it about Christmas that brings out the Martha Stewart in us all? It’s the time of the year when we want to make handmade gifts, festive recipes and beautiful decorations. In October, while still in the midst of pumpkins and leaves, it’s so easy to have all these great ideas for Christmas. By the time December comes, the reality is that life has gotten busy and all that glorious time has been gobbled up.

Worry not, because there are some easy ways to create a lovely handmade Christmas. Best part is, there’s still time.

Christmaspost2

The most important thing I’ve learned about creating a handmade Christmas, is that it doesn’t have to be to Martha’s standards. There will be no grades assigned, and effort is everything. My kids have taught me that a little goes a long way. For them, it’s more about the process, the fun and the memories. When the kids were young, I used to put a little 4′ tree up in the kitchen. The kids would make all the decorations for this tree. We’d have everything from beaded ornaments to scrapes of paper hanging from paper clips, depending on the age of the child. They were always so proud of their handiwork.

little kids Christmas ornaments ideas

2d4a44648dfa4127d2b88a7acdbd800a

We love making little handmade evergreen pots. It begins with a trip into the yard to clip a few branches off our big spruce and cedar trees. These are brought in and then we assemble our little clay pots that have been filled with oasis foam that was soaked thoroughly the night before.

IMG_7943-e1416854454791

For colour, sometimes we’ll add a few pinecones, berries and ribbon. When the kids were little, this craft was foolproof. Stick in evergreen, put in red berries. Mom tied a big bow and they looked great. So good in fact that we made many for gifts.

Holiday-Decor-boughs

Making crafts from natural found objects is not only inexpensive, but it gives that organic feel that’s so nice at Christmas. It’s surprising what pretty things can be made with twigs, snips of greenery and garden twine.

Christmaspost12

Christmaspost10

Another stress-free, fail-proof craft for all ages is rubber-stamping. As long as the little hand can clutch a rubber stamp and press, they are old enough to create cards, wrapping paper and gift tags. I used to buy card stock paper (my favourite was black), have the kids randomly stamp in silver or gold and then paste a small photo of them in the middle. Older kids can sign the back with a metallic pen and add a ribbon, and the card really turns out gorgeous. As kids get older, the designs get more and more creative.

original_christmas_stamp_kit_and_blank_cards

Sometimes it’s important to think about the end goal and figure out a way to time save without sacrificing that. I had my ah ha moment a few years ago when we wanted to make a gingerbread house and decorate gingerbread men. There was only so much time, and since the real fun is the decorating, I bought the kits. Yes I did – does anyone eat the gingerbread anyways? I think it’s more about the candy.

DSC05639

Christmaspost14

My sister has always been the baker of the family. From her I learned that presentation of baked goods makes a huge difference. It doesn’t take any more time to wrap a handmade loaf in cellophane than tinfoil, but it looks a whole lot nicer. Add a bow (garden twine works well in a pinch) and suddenly it all looks gourmet.

Christmaspost13

There’s nothing that says handmade has to be made from your hands. With all the craft fairs and Christmas Markets every weekend in November and December, it’s easy to pick up some gorgeous one-of-a-kind items.
Christmaspost3

Christmaspost7

Christmaspost11

We love the Spruce Meadow Christmas Market and make that a yearly tradition. Not only are there pretty things to buy, there’s music, food and lots of Christmas lights.

DSC05459

Sometimes it’s not an item that’s handcrafted, but a moment. Debbie decided a long time ago that she wanted to enjoy Christmas Eve with her family, but cooking for that day and cooking for Christmas was just a bit too much. Smart woman that she is, she started the tradition of Christmas Eve Chinese take-out. Every year they set the table, plate the food when it arrives, and all enjoy a relaxing time. Adding to this special evening, was her son Daniel. He decided that a great table decoration would be a blow up turkey…to go with the Chinese food, of course! And that’s how a sweet Christmas tradition gets even better, year after year.

Christmaspost8

Happy December to everyone. Next Sunday, we’ll talk about some quick decorating ideas for Christmas. Some things that we think every home should have at this time of the year.

 


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.

Subscribe1

 

 

 

Aside

Can a chicken coop be a home?…a favourite for Remembrance Day

Fred van Zuiden was a nine year old boy when his homeland of Holland was invaded by the Germans. The year was 1940, and during the two years that followed, he endured worsening conditions. Eventually Fred left his family and went into hiding. In his book, Call Me Mom, Fred recounts his experiences of finding safety in twenty-six different places.

Fred van Zuiden

During the winter months, our family reads novels aloud. Fred’s book was on our reading list last winter. It affected us deeply, and like any good book, we were saddened when the last page was turned. After some lively discussions about Fred, we decided we had to meet our new hero. On a cold day in March, we headed out to our local Chapters and met with Fred and his wife.

the boys meet Fred

Fred’s unsentimental writing style allows for the horrors he experienced to speak for themselves. Although he writes about the worst of human nature, he also tells about  average people that stood up for what is just. This is why my seven year old was able to enjoy the book along with the rest of us.

When the same novel is shared amongst a family, it’s always interesting to see what resonates with each. What spoke to my children was the bullying that Fred went through. My husband enjoyed the chapters on the planes bound for Arnhem. For me, it was about the places Fred lived, and the idea of what makes a home.

Moving twenty-six times in the years between 1942 and 1945, Fred stayed in many places. Sometimes he was living with families and sometimes his dwelling places were a little more creative. From the end of summer 1943 to mid-January 1944, Fred stayed at the Poultry Palace. Upon seeing his new home, Fred commented,

“The old ramshackle building had probably been built as a shed. There was not a grain of paint left on it and the wood had weathered badly. The structure looked as though it was about to fall apart. I rationalized it would make a good hiding spot. After all, who would think humans could live in there?”

When Fred knocked on the door, he was greeted by a father who was about forty and his thirteen year old son. They spoke in whispers and their constant quest was to make sure their new home always looked like a chicken coop. They had a few crates to sit on and a rough wooden bed frame covered in straw, which they shared with the chickens. Fred’s world now consisted of this six by fourteen shack, two strangers and chickens.

similar to Fred’s home

Although danger and lack of food were constants, Fred says there were many sweet times. They followed daily routines, kept themselves as clean as could be, and concentrated on treating each other with goodwill and civility. Joking, reading, writing and celebrating holidays and occasions filled their day. In such despicable conditions, these human beings lived life.

Upon meeting Fred, I was intrigued with how normal he was. As if he would be anything but normal…yet I kept looking at him thinking about his young self, living in a chicken coop, or sleeping in an underground dugout. For somebody that lived through such horrors, he wanted to talk about sailing, skiing and share a good laugh. I asked him about living in the chicken coop and he said that he concentrated on making the best of things.

Fred van Zuiden

On this day of remembrance, I pause to think of the sacrifices so many made. We of the 3,000 square foot homes, iPads, electric heat and grocery superstores can hardly relate. Yet I think of Fred’s words, ‘concentrate on making the best of things’. Let us today find joy in simple pleasures and give gratitude for what we have.

If you want to meet Fred, check out his website www.callmemom.ca where he lists his book signing schedule for the Calgary area. And yes, I believe a chicken coop can be a home if those living in it have hope and faith and gratitude.

 


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.

Post

Remembrance of things past

RDay14
 
Our family takes Remembrance Day pretty seriously. We wear poppies, take part in school celebrations, enter the Legion writing contests and observe the two minute silence on November 11.
 

6557fd98cf16d5126970cfac4fadd99e
 
My boys have always been interested in learning about WWI and WWII. We’ve taken almost every war book out of the children’s section in the library. They have this need to understand the past and connect it to their own lives.  A discussion about Hitler eventually turns into talking about bullying at school. It’s interesting to see them relate past events to their own lives.
 
d0f24384dbd9f12225c05b9c4e9e493d

I believe that the past gives the present its value. It’s important to pause, think about what we really value and learn who we are. We all inherit a part of ourselves from our family and it’s important to always have pieces of our history around us.

 

RDay7

 Family treasures link generations in a very personal way. It’s important to select meaningful pieces and display them in creative ways. I have never been one for the cluttered look and I really can’t stand having knick knacks everywhere. However, I do believe that objects give off an energy and we should surround ourselves with positive energy and objects that bring a tickle-to-your-tummy.
 
RDay
 
There are many ways to display items, and as precious as an item may be, I don’t think that anything is too special to use or set out in plain sight. If something is extra special or very small, consider framing it in a shadow box. The keys below really make an impact when framed together.
 
RDay3
 
One of my favourite items that I received from my grandmother’s home was her large cooking spoon. I use it every time I cook. It has a black ebony handle and fits perfectly in my hand. As I skim the fat off my soup broth, or scoop meatballs out of my tomato sauce, I think of all the meals that spoon has created. It was there when my mother and uncle were young, and now it serves my family. There’s a comfort knowing that my grandmother has a hand in nourishing my boys.
 
RDay13
 
RDay5
 
Dishes and kitchen items are great to take as remembrances from family. I like the useful factor. Maybe a 12 piece place setting of Limoges china is just way more than you’ll ever use. That’s okay – take the bread and butter plates and use them everyday for snacks.
 
RDay10
 
If a silver tea set is a little over the top in your home, then display just the cream and sugar for some heirloom sparkle. The mix of modern and vintage gives a home an elegance.
 
RDay11
 
RDay9
 
Enjoy your items. Don’t pack them away. What would be the use of keeping these vintage hats in a box at the back of the closet. Now every time this family walks by, they see these pieces, and if it matches the outfit, they have a hat to wear!
 
RDay2
 
One of our clients had the most lovely collection of teapots. When it came time to style her home we placed her collection throughout her home. The key to making it work is to do several small groupings rather than one overwhelming display.
 
RDay12
 
Vintage boxes are attractive and those that know me, know I love nothing more than putting everything in a nice box or basket. It keeps the clutter to a minimum and everything looks neat and tidy. Why use plastic when you can use a vintage item with some character.
 
RDay8
 
RDay6
 
So many times our clients are looking for tables for a foyer or dining room. An antique pieces gives a room character. Don’t be afraid to mix an old piece with a current look. As a matter of fact, we think that every home needs an antique piece.
 
RDay4
 
Look around your home. Have you filled it with some heirloom pieces that mean something to you? Are you displaying your rich heritage? Staying connected to your past is important.
 
1ad58b7ea0483aaab85111e4150662b6
 
This Remembrance Day, as we pause and remember the sacrifices made by so many, let’s make a promise to appreciate the simple things and celebrate goodness.
 

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.

Subscribe1