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. “design + able” is an online magazine where homeowners can find a wealth of tips, trends and practical advice to build the sanctuary they deserve.

Latest articles

Just the Right Size - Article in Avenue Magazine Calgary about downsizing into a waterfront downtown condo.
Inside Larry and Adele Thompson’s Downtown Calgary Condo

Karen Fron Design is featured in the December issue of Avenue Magazine Her  latest design project is a downtown condo for a couple wanting to right size The article highlights how the homeowners moved from a large family home into...

January 27, 2020

Bright white renovated kitchen with large scale tile backspace and quartz countertops.
White or Wood? What’s the Most Timeless Choice for Kitchen Cabinets?

Hands down the best cabinet choice for a timeless kitchen is white White kitchens simply don’t go out of style I have been in so many kitchens over the years that it’s easy to tell the era of a home...

September 10, 2019

Help…My Bedroom Needs a Makeover

I recently received a question from a reader about her bedroom Something about the room was bugging her and she thought maybe she should paint She had already been to the paint store several times to pick up some samples When...

September 4, 2019

Calgary Design Lunch and Learn with Karen Fron at Hudson's Bay Downtown
Home Decor at Hudson’s Bay “We Got You” Event

Join us for a Lunch and Learn with local interior design expert Karen Fron on Thursday, September 19 from 12pm-1pm at HBC Downtown...

September 1, 2019

the right interior white paint
What is the right interior white?

  We’re a young couple and this is our first home We need help picking a wall colour We were thinking white but now we’re stuck We don’t know which white is right because we have white trim and baseboards already...

August 22, 2019

Twin bedroom with brass headboards, wall mounted reading lights and that quintessential Canadian decor item, the Hudson Bay Blanket
Before & After: Twin Bedroom Gets an Update With a Nod to Canada

We hope everyone had a wonderful Canada Day spending time with family and friends while enjoying the great outdoors Canada Day is one of my favourite holidays We’re proud to be Canadian and we’re not afraid to let our love show When we were...

July 5, 2019

Miki Wu and John McHugh pose in their store
Who is Wu and McHugh?

There’s a new store in town and I can’t wait to tell you about it I found it first on Instagram where I saw the most beautiful photos of Chinese antique furniture and decor The photos on Instagram showed pieces that weren’t in...

December 19, 2016

See all the Details That Went into This Kitchen Renovation

Today’s post is all about the planning and custom touches that went into designing the kitchen above Not only does it look beautiful, it functions perfectly for the homeowners and the way they live If you missed the blog I wrote...

December 12, 2016

Why You Need to Visit this European Store at Christmas

If you’re looking for a store that is part home decor, part delicatessen, part German bakery, full of beautiful household items and every December, filled with authentic Christmas ornaments, then you’ve got to visit Calgary’s Edelweiss Imports Located in the heart...

December 6, 2016

You Have to See These Kitchen Before and After Photos to Believe Them

They say a picture is worth a thousand words If that’s true, then I’m going to give you thousands of words about our kitchen renovation that we did this summer After creating the design concept and doing the cabinet design, we worked...

November 27, 2016

little boys room refresh with wallpaper mural and new bedding
Before & After: Toddler Room Gets an Update

One of our clients called us in to help in the redesign of her little boy’s room We worked on her family room (read blog here) and were thrilled to do up her son’s room, which was part of his...

November 14, 2016

10 Smart Design Ideas From Our Day of Shopping

When you do as much shopping as we do, you get to see some really unique pieces Some are beautiful just the way they are and would look great in any home Other pieces make us stop and take note, not so...

November 7, 2016

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