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.

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How to Refresh your Powder Room to Create a Little Jewel

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most renovated rooms of the home and we’ve done our fair share of both This week I want to talk about Powder Rooms and how you can give this little talked about but much used...

October 31, 2016

The Right Lighting in Your Home Will Actually Make You Feel Better

So often lighting gets ignored when decorating In our experience, it’s one of the most over-looked design elements Good lighting is imperative for being able to see and also to create the right mood in a space We’ve been in many...

October 24, 2016

Getting Creative When it Comes to Toss Cushions

Toss cushions are the most important accessory you can have in a room They can be the saviour of a ho-hum sofa We always advise our clients to save some budget for a few high end cushions as they will elevate the space...

October 18, 2016

Update on Our Classic Nursery and the Little Boy Who Loves His Room

The other day I received the nicest note from one of our clients We first met this couple when they called us to help with their main living spaces and master bedroom About 18 months later, they called us again...

October 10, 2016

Tile Trends from the Showrooms in Calgary

This has been a week all about tile We’ve been hanging around our tile suppliers putting a bunch of looks together When we design for our clients, we like to source finishes that lean toward the classic side, like the...

October 3, 2016

beautiful lot with lovely trees is a perfect setting for this new build lake home
Day Trip to the Countryside to Choose Exterior Selections

Last week Debbie and I went on a day trip and had an amazing time No it wasn’t the shopping-dining-sightseeing kind of trip you might expect It was a drive out of Calgary to the beautiful Alberta countryside We were going to view the...

September 25, 2016

Navy blue chair sits proud and strong against panelled wall in BM OC-18 and Romo fabric shears.
See this Design Solution for a Family Room

It’s always interesting when we get calls because a house doesn’t feel right anymore The colours and finishes are dated and the homeowners need help to ‘make it pretty’ We certainly can do that, but we believe good design is more...

September 18, 2016

Kirkby designs plaid sofa done in a non-traditional way
Here’s A Trend That Everyone Should Follow

You probably can’t believe that I have a blog saying to follow a trend My regular readers know that I usually recommend to NOT follow the trends, like I do in the Un-trendy List But this is one trend that’s showing...

September 12, 2016

Why September is really the Start of the New Year

Well I don’t know about you, but to me September has always been the start of the new year Back to school, back to routine, back to order We had a great summer and I was sorry to see it...

September 5, 2016

Tinto Collection from Zoffany showing wools in plum and deep greens with dog sitting on cushions
Quick and Simple: End Of Summer Outdoor Decor Ideas

It’s hard to believe that summer’s coming to an end It goes by so fast This year it’s over even sooner as the kids are back to school before Labour Day Honestly, I’d like to know whose idea this is...

August 29, 2016

rustic cabin with Canadian flag
New This Week: Cottages Brimming with History

It always fascinates me how our country’s buildings differ based on geographical location Think sod houses, log homes, and the strikingly bright colourful facades of Newfoundland and Labrador Canadians are resourceful people and we use what’s available to build with and to...

August 21, 2016

.Prime Walls is featuring paper that is dark and moody
Hip Interior Design is Embracing 16th Century Old Dutch Masters

There’s a trend developing in the design world that started last year at hipster flower shops Well… it didn’t exactly start there As a matter of fact, it can be traced all the way back to 16th century paintings Young, hip urbanites are borrowing...

August 15, 2016

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