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Chaos to masterpiece.


It’s style day at our client’s home. The large pieces were delivered a few days prior, and now it’s time to put it all together. This is the part we love. At first it’s all bags and loads of accessories. It doesn’t look too good. It’s actually hard to move around in the space, and there’s stuff everywhere. But shortly the magic is about to begin.

All renovations have been done before today. We’ve made a floor plan and large furnishings, chosen for function and beauty, are sitting in place. Today is the day to do pretty. Sometimes our clients like to be there for the process, but many times they let us do our thing and come home once their space has been transformed. It’s always so fun to see their reactions.


Although it may look unorganized, there is method to the process. There are simple design principles that every space needs. Most important in a room is balance. It has to feel right. There has to be a balance between large and small, square and curvy and masculine and feminine. Scale and proportion come next. Furnishings and accents have to be in the proper scale or again, the room won’t feel good.


Colour is so very important. Every room needs some warm and cool. A room that is all warm colours will feel choking. All cool colours and it just feels frosty. Sometimes it’s fun to throw in a colour that’s just a little off so it looks interesting. Chartreuse or raspberry are good colours to add for a jolt.


Within every home, there must be harmony, a natural flow from room to room. That doesn’t mean it all has to look the same, but it certainly has to work together. Focal point, rhythm, repetition, these all must be considered when designing and styling a space. As the cushions get unpacked and the accent tables put in place, we’re following good design principles. There’s a lot that goes into it.


Because we love our client so much, we styled up her home and helped her bring in extra seating for the baby shower she was hosting the next day. So no after pictures right now. We’ll get some of those when the chairs and teacups and shower decorations are taken down.


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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What styling can do…before & after

Whenever we go out to see a new client, it always starts with our Home Design Package. First there’s a phone interview to get a feel for what the client wants. We always ask for some pictures to be emailed so we can see the space we’ll be working with. When we show up, it’s 3 hours of design ideas.

color consultation
color consultation

Clients will phone all stressed out…’I hate my house, everything’s got to go’. Or sometimes it’s even, ‘I want to move’. Not long ago there was a client who wanted us to help with picking out new flooring. It was obvious that flooring was not so much the issue. An appointment was set up and the team went in. We did a three hour consult, analyzing the way the family lived and what would make them happy. Furniture was switched around and new wall colours were chosen. We made a going forward plan, which included painting, drywalling the cut-out over the fireplace, new accessories including lamps, tables and throw cushions. The budget was modest, but the results were spectacular.

before & after collage
before & after collage

 

It’s the start of school soon, and no matter how many years I’ve been out of school, it always feels like a new beginning to me. It’s a good time to freshen up your home and start the year off in style.


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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Empty, boring and just not happening

Empty, boring and just not happening

Sometimes there are places in our home where we don’t want a lot of furniture. We need room to move and room to work. This office is an example of a client that doesn’t want any more furniture in this area. We could do a wall of pictures, but that’s already been done in the adjoining room. We could paint it a darker colour, which would add some depth.

But the best solution would be to do a feature wall in an amazing wallpaper.

Lots of my clients are introducing wallpaper into their homes. It adds warmth, colour, texture, and best of all, personality.

elle decor

Dining rooms are a great place to add wallpaper. There’s usually not room for a lot of furniture, so putting a great paper on the walls gives the room some life.

There are so many beautiful papers to choose from. It's not the same paper as years ago. Currently I'm installing one that looks like hair on hide. It looks so good that you just have to touch it to see if it's real.

It often happens that once a client  sees what a difference a papered wall makes, I get a call to return and add wallpaper to another room.

house beautiful

Thinking about adding wallpaper? Contact me and we can pick a paper that will give your home some eye popping personality!


If you would like to make good design a part of your life, email me.