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Quote Round Up & Instagram Love

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Why we love the insta –
1. It’s just that! Insta! Instant, quick, and easy to use.
2. Instagram is perfect for visual people like designers and artists because it’s similar to Facebook but with no silly posts, less words, and ALL images.
3. Thanks to those fab filters, everything looks beautiful. And who doesn’t like to scroll through some gorgeous snap shots while you’re waiting at the doc office or lounging around on your lazy sunday?

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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.

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Is your home set up for calm?

If you hadn’t noticed, it’s a crazy world out there.

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Rush hour traffic, demanding jobs, child and elder care, combined with higher and higher expectations to do everything perfectly…whew…it’s exhausting. Not to mention overstimulating. It seems everyone wants to de-stress, go slow and calm down. Diet, exercise, spiritualism, these are all important…but the most important to me  is ‘home’.

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Think about what the idea of home means to you –  a safe haven, a calm retreat, a place with love and laughter? Does your home provide you with this? The difference between a house and a home is vast.

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Home has cozy chairs, books, good food and contains our favourite things. A house is basically just a dwelling. Anyone can live in a house, but making a home takes a bit of work.
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If the place where you live doesn’t make you feel good, then you are missing out. Crafting a home that reflects who you are and how you live is so worth the effort, especially in today’s crazy busy world. As Dorothy says, “there’s no place like 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.

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Over the moon

Yesterday at the fabric showroom, I found the most amazing fabrics. My client is going for a modern British look, yet still a bit clubby and menswear inspired. These fabrics by Abraham Moon and Sons have me swooning.

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Moon has been making woollen fabrics in the United Kingdom since 1837. They still use many of their old patterns from the early 1900s. Tweeds, tartans, heather colours, checks and stripes are manufactured for both fashion and home design.

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The colours are muted, yet the fabrics have such depth to them. Whether it’s a large upholstered piece, draperies, or simply a few toss cushions, they’ll add quiet luxury to a room.


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.

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Can a chicken coop be a home?

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.

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Let it snow….

As the snow pours down in Calgary, I feel so lucky to have chosen today to work at home. With the fire going it’s so cozy in the family room. If your place isn’t feeling warm, cozy and safe, try adding in some new toss cushions. Honestly! Whether they’re custom fabric or Home Sense, new cushions add so much to a room. A nice throw helps too…and maybe a new lamp…

 

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Surround yourself with what you love. Colour is so very important, but so are textures. During the winter months it’s nice to be surrounded by velvets, wools, chenilles and cable knits. It’s all about the warm and fuzzies.


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.

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Truly Canadian

To celebrate Canada’s birthday, here’s a short list of favourite Canadian decorating items.

1.  Hudson Bay Blanket

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Hudson Bay blankets are a symbol of the beginnings of our country. Originally valued for their warmth even when wet and ease of sewing, the Hudson Bay Blanket has now holds iconic status in Canada. There’s nothing better than snuggling down deep in a bed made up with a Hudson Bay blanket.

2. Toboggans

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Before crazy carpets and steerable sleds, there was the toboggan. The thrill of going down the hill, made up for the chore of lugging it back to the top. Toboggans were the original mode of transporting goods of the Inuit and Cree. Today they are not so commonly seen on the sledding hill, but have made their way into Canadian decor.

3.  Log Furniture

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Whether it’s as simple as using stumps for chairs around the campfire, log furniture has been the Canadian way. It continues to be popular in fashionable interiors and Canadian designers such as Brent Comber are internationally known.

4. Canadiana

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It’s not just moose antlers and Mounties. Canada is known for more than we give ourselves credit for. Throwing in a bit of Canadiana works for all decor styles. Repurposing bits of our heritage keeps us connected to the past and adds interest to interiors. Love this to hold books and newspapers.

5. Maple Leaf Forever

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If the days of hanging a Canadian flag in the window are long gone, then this patriotic cushions offers a grown up way to display your pride. The maple leaf is the quintessential Canadian symbol. Show yours with style.

Happy 145th Birthday Canada. Cheers to living in one of the freest, happiest and welcoming places around!


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.

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Designers we love

Dorothy Mae “Sister” Parish (1910-1994) is considered a pioneer in the field. Her nickname came from being the only girl in a family of boys. She had a no-nonsense approach to design and would often take a teacart through a new client’s house collecting unnecessary bric-a-brac as the first step in redesigning!

Parish is credited with popularizing the American country style during the 1960′s. Jackie Kennedy hired Sister to design a family home and also as the first designer in the White House restoration project.

Sister Parish

Sister Parish wrote of her design philosophy, “As a child, I discovered the happy feelings that familiar things can bring – an old apple tree, a favourite garden, the smell of a fresh-clipped hedge, simply knowing that when you round the corner, nothing will be changed, nothing will be gone. I try to install the lucky part of my life in each house that I do. Some think a decorator should change a house. I try to give permanence to a house, to bring out the experiences, the memories, the feelings that make it a home.”

Although Sister Parish had a frank, often intimidating approach, she never forgot that rooms were made for people, and that they should be as comfortable and attractive as possible.


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.