A Visual Design Lesson…What’s good and what’s not


It’s so nice to come home. We live in Calgary now, and while I do love my adopted city, nothing beats the feeling of coming home for a visit. Every summer we make our way to Thunder Bay and get our fill of  Lake Superior, persians, Bay Street and Chippewa Park Melodrama. I love driving in this city because everything is so close. And I laugh when I hear people say, ‘Oh that’s all the way in Port Arthur and I live in Fort William’.

I used to have a store on May Street, and it’s lovely when people remember me. Today when I was at Pier 1, the sales associate saw my name on the credit card and remembered me. Ha Ha…good thing the name’s the same as I probably don’t look the same as I did 15 years ago. She said she still has one of my Halloween wreaths that I made for her! How cool is that!!!

When I had my store, I used to do lots of seminars and talks. My favourite were the big events we did at the Airlane Hotel. The other day the sales associate at Homesense (credit card name recognition again) reminded me of the time we had 250 ladies learning to tie a bow all at the same time. It was a little crazy, but a lot of fun.

Showing and sharing design ideas has always been my passion. Even now when we go on a consult, it’s important to us to share the reason we are doing what we’re doing in someone’s home.  We can talk all we want to about balance and symmetry and focal point and harmony, but the best way to do it is to show someone. This week we’re doing a design lesson on an outdoor porch area.

I’ve picked the photo below because I liked it. It has a lot of good things going on. I would love to sit in that space and just hang out there. But…there are some things that could be improved. Take a look at the photo and then read the comments below. It’s a visual design lesson.
















Hope you’re enjoying the outdoors and have a pretty little spot to unwind in. If you like talking design, leave us a comment below. Have a lovely week and check back every Sunday for our new blog.


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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