The Magic of Drapery Stack Back

The Magic of Drapery Stack Back

Drapery stack back can completely fool the eye by adding height, drama and space where none exists. So, now I that I have your attention let me explain as I am sure most homeowner’s don’t even know what stack back is let alone how it is magical. First, I should define this magical design element. Drapery stack back is the total width of a drapery panel when the drapery is opened and your window is in full view. Pretty benign until you add...

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Styled for the Bachelor Chef

Styled for the Bachelor Chef

Glass, black leather, stainless steel and one bachelor chef are all the ingredients needed to make this kitchen update manly. While we were refinishing the cabinets and adding the bar we opted to remove an awkward cupboard that was to the right of the window. Not only did this open up the visual flow it added much needed natural light to this north facing room.   The ceiling was awkward but with no budget we used a warm paint colour to...

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Asian Fusion Dining Room

Asian Fusion Dining Room

Designed for a modern family proud of their Asian heritage. Using a subtle green/yellow paint we were able to create balance and harmony with red and gold fabrics along with rich wood.               Now this flowing dining – living area can easily accommodate 8 for formal dining. Casual entertaining is a breeze too since all of the fabrics and finishes are wipeable including the rich solid wood...

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British Inspired Family Room

British Inspired Family Room

Rich layers of fabric in a traditional British colour scheme invite guests to stay. Luxurious linen velvet is regal yet easy to maintain. Custom window shades soften the late afternoon sun while still allowing light to fill the room.               This new space feels like home because the original artwork and other collections are beautifully displayed. We played with the scale of the plaid fabric and the...

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Finding Interior Design Inspiration for Your Next Project

Finding Interior Design Inspiration for Your Next Project

  As an interior decorator it is my duty to have lots and lots of fresh interior design concepts at the ready because every client is so unique. And if that was all I had to do – share a few of these concepts upon initially meeting someone then I would have the easiest job on earth. So, how do we find the right design inspiration for each client?  Well, I can’t speak for every designer but I certainly have a process that has...

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Spring promotion for interior design consultation

Spring promotion for interior design consultation

Interior Design Survey’s indicate that satisfied clients usually start working with a designer on a small project. These are generally task specific in nature such as the need to select paint or to better layout a room. After the relationship is established both the client and the designer are more comfortable moving forward with larger projects. This has often proven to be the case with our new clients and referrals. As a special promotion In...

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Incorporate 2012 Colour Trends Into Your Interior Decor

Incorporate 2012 Colour Trends Into Your Interior Decor

2012 Colour Trends for home decor focus on the neutral shades found in nature with greys from past seasons continuing as dominant background colours.The influence of nature is not only seen in colour, but also in textures and patterns displayed in the fabrics of accent items such as pillows, rugs and lamp shades. Christopher Muther of the Pantone Color Institute has identified Tangerine Tango as their colour of 2012. Muther presents the theory...

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Interior Design Trends in Oakville Ontario – How do we choose?

Interior Design Trends in Oakville Ontario – How do we choose?

Interior Design trends in Oakville run the gamut from colourful new country to sophisticated chic. Our styles do mirror the global trends yet we have a tendency to be a little slower to adapt the leading edgy looks. So what can you expect from future trends? And how will you be swayed? Let’s use a newer trend that most of us have heard about recently – mid-century modern. This design style started to be selected for projects by...

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From Cinderella to Chanel Interior Design Transformation

From Cinderella to Chanel Interior Design Transformation

I love the story behind this interior design transformation – it really is a Cinderella to Chanel story. At one time this room had been the main living room but after stealing 6 feet from one end of the room to expand the kitchen it became an awkward wallflower in need of a decorating facelift. First things first. We needed to develop a design concept that would bring this room up to snuff with the rest of the home and it had to make sense...

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Interior Designer’s Top 5 Drapery Dilemmas to Avoid

Interior Designer’s Top 5 Drapery Dilemmas to Avoid

You’ve bought all the latest design magazines. You’ve pored over them for weeks or even months at a time admiring the transformation each decorating makeover has achieved. Then, without creating a design plan you jumped in and bought ‘ready made’ window treatments that were on sale. And now you hate the way they look. They just don’t look like what you imagined and certainly not like the picture on the package! The...

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