Bringing spring inside

After April showers come May flowers and we are anxiously waiting for them to arrive. In the meantime, bring spring inside to brighten up your home.

Here are a few ideas that are simple and can be easily changed after the season…

Pillows with spring motifs are a simple way to instantly make a statement that winter is gone and a new season has begun.

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Another idea is to change some of the artwork in your rooms to depict the bright warm colours of spring. Imagine the following examples of spring artwork on a kitchen wall brightening your day.

 

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Accessories, botanicals  and area rugs provide more ways to make a stronger statement that spring has arrived when combined with pillows and artwork.

 

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Bringing in beautiful spring colours, patterns and florals to your home can encourage the season to begin….or at least keep us happy until everything starts to bloom.

 

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Kitchens & Bathrooms 2016 Trends

The Toronto Design Show 2016 also unveiled the 2016 design trends for kitchens and bathrooms and below are some of the highlights.

White kitchen cabinets have been in vogue for a while and will continue into 2016.  Along with white cabinets, grey and black cabinets are becoming popular or a combination of these cabinet colours in the same kitchen.

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The trend of lighter wood tones in furniture design has also moved into the kitchen.

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Marble and marble look quartz is also on the rise.  The care required for marble in contrast to quartz is a major consideration when deciding which is better for your space.

The mixing of different materials and metals in the same room will also be seen more in 2016.

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Along with smart appliances and designated spots in a kitchen for smart devices, functional design and custom storage is becoming even more important to the homeowner.

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Textures and patterns in tile have become more graphic.  Hexagon tiles, textured tiles and cement tiles were showcased at the show.  Subway tiles will continue to be classic but a new take on an old favourite is a textured subway tile.

Lastly, a few more trends that are being highlighted for 2016 are open shelving, pull out shelves, over sized statement lighting and satin finish brass metal finishes.

There is much to consider when renovating kitchens and bathrooms.  I would love to work with you to create a customized functional space that you will love for many years to come.

 

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Toronto Interior Design Show 2016

A few of our interior design consultants attended  the Toronto Interior Design Show a couple of weeks ago and wanted to share some of the DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2016.

Colour – Fresh/Light/Bright

  • Pantone softer dusty rose and pastel tones.  Feminine, romantic, also go well with Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian lines.
  • White reflects the need for peace, serenity and clean-looking spaces.
  • One room homes minimize the need for multiple colours. Results in key walls and spaces to add texture.
  • White kitchens. Minimal cabinetry, but add a punch of colour with table top accessories and accent furnishings.
  • Earthy, farm-to-table concept, reclaimed woods moving from greys to softer, warm tones and yellows.

PANTONE:  “As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent.”Panetone Colours

BENJAMIN MOORE:
“White is essential, transcendent, timeless, elegant, honest, powerful –  simply said, simply white.”BM Paint

Design Trends for Modern Living

  • Open concept floor plan, multi functional space.
  • Use furniture and area rugs to define different zones.
  • Looks back to Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian design.
  • Sleek design and innovation in cabinetry, e.g. concealed cabinets and hidden charging outlets in drawers to create a seamless look.

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Warm Flooring

  • Driftwood look or washed.
  • White floors, beachy and casual.
  • Wide and long planks, now available in engineered types of flooring, more stability, less shrinkage and expansion.
  • Red and white oak now stained in lighter and trendier tones.
  • Hickory, ash and walnut is classic, but now left natural and much lighter than traditionally stained floors.

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Mixing Different Materials and Finishes

  • Eclectic worldly aesthetic is the new normal.
  • Minerals, fossils and gorgeous gems, natural stone.
  • Showing up in wall paper and custom murals.

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This is just a small sampling of the upcoming trends that were seen at the Toronto Design show 2016.

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Let’s talk about wood furniture…

When you are looking for new wood furniture, there are many things to consider…        The type of wood, the finish and your colour preference will need to be decided upon.  What size does the furniture piece need to be to fit into your room and how will it be used will narrow down the choices available.

Hard wood such as maple, oak, ash and walnut will be much more durable than soft wood like pine.  Depending on what the furniture piece is used for and the look you want to have, this will be a huge consideration.

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The next type of wood furniture is veneer.  This is a thin layer of hardwood that is bonded to another piece of wood underneath.  Many veneer pieces can be beautiful and high end.  Marquetry and wood inlay is considered veneer but the quality of the woods used along with the intricate designs make for an exquisite treasured heirloom.

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Also, veneer can be more cost effective than solid wood it is bonded to a lesser priced wood and/or particle board underneath.

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Laminate is usually made with synthetic materials and is the least expensive.  It is very durable and easy to clean.  Great for children’s rooms or any area that needs hard wearing surfaces.

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Consider looking inside and under and behind when checking for well constructed furniture.

Check a drawer for dovetail joints on all corners of the drawer.  In quality pieces, the finish should be smooth on the inside and outside of the drawers.

Also, quality wood furniture should have corner blocking that includes double dowels that have been screwed and glued into place.

 

Choose the quality of furniture that is perfect for your needs and your budget.  Consider that this furniture purchase will be an investment and the better the quality, the longer it will last.

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Decorating with Wall Art

There are many ways to use wall art to make a statement in a room.  It can be the focal point of the space or blend in beautifully with everything else in the room.

The most important reason to have art in your home is that you love it!  It should make you happy, or calm, intrigued or take you to that vacation spot you always dreamed of or just came back from…years ago.

Deciding what art should go where depends on the impression you are trying to make.

If you want the art to stand on its own and create the focal point in the room, make it be the first thing you see when you walk into the room or in a place so prominent that you can’t help but look at it.

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Another way to showcase your art is to keep the rest of the room fairly neutral.  By using the art colours in small amounts throughout the room, the result is a balanced cohesive look.

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Keep in mind the style of your home when choosing artwork.  The stonework and natural materials used in the room below are enhanced by the nature painting above the fireplace.

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The dining room below is another great example of the artwork working with the style of the room.

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Sculpture and texture in wall art adds dimension to your space. The bedroom below shows how the shapes and textures of the art coordinate with each other and with the other furniture pieces in the room.  The tones of silver and the graphic patterns play off of each other.

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Creating a gallery wall is a powerful way to create an impact with art.  The art below works so well together because there is a common thread throughout all the pieces.  The art colours are repeated in the many pillows  on the sectional creating an even bigger statement.

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There are endless ways to incorporate art into your home.  The options are almost limitless.  The most important thing to remember is that when you walk into your home at the end of a long day, it makes you happy!

 

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Holiday Touches for your Home!

It is that time of year again!  Christmas is just around the corner and your home requires its holiday touches to create a festive flair.

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Decide on a colour theme for the holidays and repeat it throughout your home.  Here are a few ideas…

  •  Change candles to ones featuring your favourite holiday colours.
  •  Add a holiday bow to your lampshades and planters.
  • Tie a bow around 3 old books and display them on your coffee table.
  • Wrap your toss pillows with ribbons to look like beautiful presents.
  • Replace your table cloth with a festive one in your colours for the season.

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Create a beautiful centrepiece for your table by arranging varying height crystal candleholders on a mirror with small crystal votive candles.  The reflection of the candlelight in the mirror will cast a warm glow on your table.  For a more rustic look, fill a wooden bowl with handmade ornaments and evergreen branches.

There are now available strings of mini lights attached to a battery pack that can be placed throughout a centrepiece or wrapped around an artificial tree or simply placed in a glass vase with some ornaments.

These special touches will add to the festive season and help make this year the best ever!

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What a difference an area rug makes!

There are so many reasons why an area rug is a necessary part of decorating your home.  As there are so many to chose from, it is important to consider which will work best for your space.

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Area rugs are a great addition to any room and can add visual interest and create a focal point while also showcasing your tastes and sense of style.  It can be a design and colour that your eye is drawn to or it can blend in with everything else in the room. Area rugs can be the one thing that you purchase that can immediately update your current furniture or provide the jump off point for a whole new room design.

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Using more than one area rug in an open concept space can define separate areas. Further define the zones by placing different rugs in the large space.  Just remember to maintain harmony by using similar tones and styles.

Another benefit of using area rugs is that they help absorb sound.  This is important in a large space where sound can bounce against hard surfaces.

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When placing an area rug in a dining room, ensure the size allows for the chairs to stay on the rug.   A rough guideline is that the rug should be approximately 24″ larger than the size of your table so that when you pull out the chairs, they stay on the rug.

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Using an area rug in a bedroom is a wonderful way to make the space warm and cozy.  Place the rug so that when you step off the bed, your feet are on the rug.  This can be achieve with one large area rug or two smaller ones on each side of the bed.

Rugs are  a wonderful way of dressing up your home creating interest and adding texture. They come in many shapes, styles, colours and styles.  To create a wow factor, consider a stunning new area rug.

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