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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 Canadian. Maybe because we’re a relatively new country made up of so many nationalities, we don’t have many shared symbols, music and customs that date back hundreds of years.




The one thing we all have in common is our country’s natural beauty. We can all appreciate the landscape, animals and outdoor activities that are there for everyone to enjoy.




The raw beauty of Canada can literally take your breath away. It’s the natural beauty found outdoors that gives me colour inspiration daily. And it’s Canada’s colour palettes that inspire the interiors we do.




It’s interesting to us that many of our younger clients want their home to have a Canadian feeling. Lately we’ve decorated several homes with  Hudson Bay blankets and often put antlers on a stack of books. Pretty rocks picked up from rivers and lakes in Canada often end up on the coffee table. One client this spring wanted cable knit cushions because it reminded her of the sweater she wore when she used to go skating on the creek.




Canada is our home and I think the greatest country in the world. Anytime we can incorporate bits of Canada in to the homes we decorate, it makes us happy. Even if it’s just a wall painted  White Spruce (CH047), it’s a nice connection to our wonderful country.




Whether you live in Little Heart’s Ease (CH099), Barkley Sound (CH085), or Thunder Bay (CH108), we wish you Happy Canada Day and a wonderful summer.

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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.



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.


image from downtown abbey
image from downtown abbey


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 and trench coats. And what you see on Savile Row often shows up in home interiors.







When it comes to home interiors, no one does menswear inspired decor as well as Ralph Lauren. He is the master of creating beautiful spaces that appeal to both men and women. His interiors borrow heavily from men’s fashion, yet they have a lightness and elegance that keeps them from being too heavy. The images below are perfect examples of the Ralph Lauren look.


ralph lauren interiors
ralph lauren interiors


Traditional menswear fabric such as plaid and flannel have made a big comeback in home decor. Many mills in England and Scotland are still making their tartans with traditional methods, producing classic designs from 150 years ago.  Click here for the blog I wrote on Moon Fabrics. Lately we’ve had a lot of clients wanting to have something plaid. If you don’t want to commit to a large furniture piece like like a sofa or chair, then a tartan cushion will give that pop.








It’s not just menswear fabric that adds a masculine touch. Other menswear inspired details we like are touches of leather. We found the beautiful ottoman below at Domaine Fine Furnishings in Calgary. It has patchwork detailing and gives a soft relaxed look to the room. The leather and metal chair,  also below,  is all strong lines and hard surfaces. The baseball stitching adds another menswear touch.






Nailhead detailing has been around for 400 years, so I guess you can say it’s a classic. It adds a strong presence to upholstered furniture. Right now I notice at HomeSense they’re showing nailhead on everything, and lots of it. For the classic look, don’t go overboard with the studs. We like a worn brass finish as opposed to the trendy shiny silver.






Often it’s the small details that add the character. This floor lamp below has a small touch of antiqued brass which gives it a more masculine feel. As you’ve probably heard, brass is back. However, antiqued classic brass never really went anywhere. It was that shiny 80′s/90′s brass that has come and gone.




For some reason mid-century furniture has come to be considered masculine. The clean lines and lack of ornamentation make it fall into the ‘manly’ side of decorating. It’s quite popular now, especially with younger homeowners. If you check second hand stores and kijiji, it’s not too hard to find some nice pieces.




Unless you’re decorating a little girls room, every room needs a few menswear inspired details. What you must be careful of is overdoing it. If it’s all menswear inspired, then you’ll end up with the lodge look, like below. That’s okay if you have a place in Canmore or Whistler, but a touch overdone for the city.




To get the mix just right, always balance menswear with a lighter touch. Notice below in this room designed by Encore Design, the fussy details mixed with the plaids. Although very ornate, the plaid helps ground the room and keep it from going over the top frilly. Basically I would say this room is very pretty and dare I say it, girly. Choosing to cover the chairs in a different plaids, makes it way more interesting.


image and design from Encore Decor


The room below, one of my favourites by Mark Badgley and James Mischka, is far more tailored and masculine looking. Yet it’s not all menswear inspired. There’s balance provided by  the delicate turned leg of the night table, the fresh white on the bed and the light coloured walls. Notice that even with the dark colours and menswear inspired chest and plaid, the room has an airiness and simplicity to it.


Mark Badgley and James Mischka


In the photo below, the pinstriped fabric plays off the ornate carving of the settee. That one touch alone is enough to balance the heavy textured wallpaper, the heavy baseboards, as well as the menswear fabric cushions and the plaid area carpet.




The following rooms show a great balance of traditional menswear inspired decor, with lighter more delicate pieces. There really is an art to blending together a room. Too much menswear and it will feel heavy. All lightness and curves, and it will feel too sweet.
ralph lauren interiors




Since today is Father’s Day, we want to send a bunch of  love to the dad’s in our life. Thank you for all the things you’ve taught us and shown us. Wow, when we started pulling out the old photos to scan, it’s scary how quickly the years fly by.




Next week we’ll be celebrating Canada Day on the blog. To me, that always seems like the first day of summer. Enjoy the week! Sign up below if you want to get our blog directly to your inbox every Tuesday.

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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.





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.


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.


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.


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.




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.


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


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.


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.



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
Recipe source: Life Made Simple and slightly adapted from Joy The Baker.
Bon Appetite!!!
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Colours of spring …pretty pastel interiors


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


























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.



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












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.


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.

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Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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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.



Why You Need to Decorate for Your 5 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.




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.





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?”.



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.



Red & Green…not only for Christmas


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.



via British Life
via British Life



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.



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.







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.



Decorating for Christmas


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.















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.



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


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.



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!


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.




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.



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.


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.




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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.



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.




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.


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.



Easy Ideas for a Handmade Christmas

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.


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


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.



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.


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.



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.


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.


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.