Gift Ideas that will Suit Every Home

  It’s time to shop and wrap. The days are counting down, so we thought we’d put together a list of some great gift items that everyone who lives somewhere would welcome. Debbie and I have been into thousands of homes over the years, and we’ve noticed that as much as everyone is different, we all crave some of the same things. I’ve put together a list that appeals to the practical and the pretty, but most importantly will bring a little bit of joy. To make things easy, I’ve included some links on the products I recommend. Unlike when I had my store, I’m not making money off these items. I just wanted to share. If you’re about to start getting the house festive and want some decorating ideas, check out the blog I wrote last year, Decorating for Christmas.   #1: A Beautiful Mohair Throw  A mohair throw will last a lifetime and it’s one…

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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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Clever Ideas for Autumn Decorating

  This past week was a flurry of Harvest decorating. Not only did we do the outdoor planters for several clients, we also included a few snips of leaves and branches when styling indoors. Fresh arrangements make a home look pretty and cared for. Debbie and I carry garden snippers in our tool box and many times run out to clip branches, lilacs, or whatever’s in season. When doing outdoor planters, we like to combine artificial items with bits and pieces from nature. Another thing we like to do in our Autumn planters, is create a base layer that works for both the Fall and Winter season. This way when it’s time to decorate for the holidays, there’s a base of green already in place. Simply remove the pumpkins/Autumn leaves and replace with holiday decorations.     These are our favourite electric candles which work on batteries and have a five hour built in timer. You might remember them from…

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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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