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    How to Style A Coffee Table

    How to Style A Coffee Table

    Styling a coffee table comes down to how you mix and match a few key elements. Depending on the style of your room you can play with using multiple tables, different heights, colours or metallic accents, using different styles of trays or including coffee table books. How you mix and match these elements is unique to your personal style, so play around with your arrangement until you’ve found a design that compliments the overall style of your home.

    Combine Two or More Tables

    Create a unique look for your coffee table by combining two or more tables that have different finishes or shapes. We love the look of combining three different organic shaped tables in a monochromatic colour palette or combining two angular metal tables with an upholstered ottoman to create a mix of textures.

     

    Play With Height

    If the scale of your home is larger and you live in an expansive living room with high ceilings, consider adding elements like tall vases or a larger group of branches to add grandeur and compliment the scale of the space. We love combining tall, sculptural vases in two different sizes or taller branches in a vase with a mid-height sculpture and books to guide the eye upwards.

    Display Your Interests with Books

    The design of your home should be personal and reflect what you love. One of the best ways to showcase your interests is through beautifully designed coffee table books. These books are available on nearly any subject and are often larger, thicker volumes filled with large photographs. Plus, they’re great conversation starters when you have guests gathered in the living room for after dinner drinks. Try stacking two different sized books to create visual interest.

    Include Pops of Colour or Metallic Accents

    Keep your coffee table from feeling one note by including pops of colour or metallic accents. Colour can be introduced through the use of greenery, coloured vases and even the colour of a book’s spine. Sculptures are a great way to add metallic accents and we love using a metal ribbon sculpture to add movement and dimension to a coffee table.

    Use Trays to Ground the Space

    Placing objects on a tray can help to make them feel more grounded in the space and makes the placement of objects seem more intentional. Try mixing different shapes and materials in the trays that you use to compliment the feel of your space. We love a classic white rectangular tray for most spaces but try using a lucite tray for a more modern look or a wicker tray for a more boho feel. You can also use a rectangular tray on a circular coffee table to mix and match different shapes.

    Photo Credits:

    Shellard Photography

    Incorporating Fall Colours Into Your Home

    Incorporating Fall Colours Into Your Home

    Fall is the perfect time to switch things up with your interior décor and introduce an earthy colour palette into your home. As the weather gets cooler and we spend more time inside our homes, the mood shifts from summer’s bright breezy colours and textures to more warm, rich tones for autumn accompanied by chunkier knit blankets and earthy leather accents. Try making some of these easy decor switches to get your home feeling fall ready!

     

    Change up the Colour of your Toss Cushions

    Changing out the cover on your toss cushions is one of the easiest ways to introduce warmer earthy colours for fall. We love to use a saturated pumpkin coloured cushion to add some warmth to an all white room, or to add a pop of rich colour to a darker palette. To really up the fall factor, try finding cushions in a rich velvet fabric to add an extra layer of texture.

     

    We Love Leather

    Leather is a great accent to add for fall as it has some weight to it, so it really helps to ground a space. Plus, the rich brown tones are reminiscent of the falling leaves outside! Try including a new chair done in all leather or one with some leather detailing. Toss cushions can also be done in leather and make a real statement when paired with crisp sheets and moody black toss cushions.

     

    Switch up your Art Seasonally

    Art is another easy switch that can be done seasonally. We love a diptych done in rich gold tones to add a warm metallic touch to a room. Or, try going with a cooler, moody colour palette for your art to create a cocoon like feeling in a bedroom when set against dark coloured walls.

     

    Up the Earthiness with Wood

    We love the natural shapes, warm colour and subtle organic pattern that wood can bring to a space. Try displaying wood items such as a large salad bowl, serving boards or wood utensils to bring that fall feeling into your kitchen. In a living area or foyer, try switching out some decorative accents for a live edge wood sculpture in an intricate shape.  

     

    Photo Credits:
    Shellard Photography

     

    How to Choose the Best Window Treatments for Your Home

    How to Choose the Best Window Treatments for Your Home

    Window treatments serve a number of functions from creating privacy to blocking or filtering light and even pulling a room together to make it feel finished. Whatever your style of home and window treatment needs, consider what drapery you’d like early on to ensure it works with the room overall and isn’t an afterthought! Drapery is an important part of the mood you want to create in your home.

    Set the Mood with Sheer Drapery
    Sheer drapery is a great choice for areas where you want to create a mood – think dining and living rooms – but don’t need full privacy. Sheer drapery is also the perfect choice for over patio doors where you want dramatic wall to wall drapery. The sheer nature of the fabric keeps this style of drapery from seeming too heavy and looks lovely when floating on the breeze from an open door or window.

     

     Include Colour with Two-Toned or Patterned Drapery

    Your drapery doesn’t have to be boring! Try having your drapery made with an accent panel at the top or bottom of the panel. This is the perfect opportunity to add a subtle hit of colour to your space and works great for bedrooms and living rooms. If you’d like to go a little bolder with your drapery, try something in a larger scale pattern to add interest, but make sure it doesn’t overpower the other elements in the room.

     

     Double Duty Window Treatments

    Sometimes certain rooms – bedrooms in particular – need different levels of light. In this situation we love to combine two types of window treatments. Try combining roller shades for sun control during the day with fully lined drapery for hotel room darkening and sleeping at night. This is the best way to get true black out in the desired room.

     

     All About the Blinds

    There are a number of different types of blinds with options for every home. We especially love roller shades that have a soft linen look to them or duette shades to offer a top down or bottom-up look. You can combine different blinds in your home, but we recommend that the entire front or back of your home have the same type of blinds for a unified look.

     

    Photo Credits:
    Shellard Photography

    Easy Summer Style for Your Home

    Easy Summer Style for Your Home

    There’s no better time to freshen up your home than during the summer. The days are longer, the sun is brighter and the mood is light and easy – all of which can be reflected in the style of your home! Try switching out your throw pillows for bright coral or orange tones, introducing more greenery, or sprucing up your outdoor space with fun dinnerware.

    Bring the Outdoors In
    Summer is a great time to introduce more plants into your home. Buying fresh blooms is the perfect way to add colour to your space, plus you can switch it up more often depending on what’s in season. Adding faux plants is another great way to go if you want to add some greenery to a room that doesn’t get a lot of natural light, or if you don’t have a green thumb to keep real plants alive!

    Lighten Up!
    Switch up your accessories in the summer with brighter colours and lighter fabrics. Easily switch out accessories like toss cushion and throw blankets seasonally so your home can feel light and bright in the summer and rich and cozy in the winter. Fabrics like cotton and linen are perfect here as they are light and breezy.

    Entertain Outdoors
    Summer is the perfect time to take your guests outside and enjoy a meal al fresco. We love the look of wood dinner plates in the summer months paired with bright yellow florals. If a pop of colour is more your style, try pairing linen yellow napkins and placemats with cool grey stoneware plates. To add a polished touch to your outdoor space, make sure to add an outdoor rug to tie the space together and provide comfort underfoot for guests.

     

    Lounge About
    Make the most of whatever outdoor space you have by investing in quality outdoor furniture that will last. Spend time outside doing the things you love most be it lingering over a bbq dinner at your sleek outdoor dining table or lounging on a plush sectional reading your favourite book with a glass of wine.

    Play With Fire
    Whether you’ve got the room for a fireplace or just a few candles, fire brings a sense of nostalgia and warmth to your space while creating ambiance. We love a gas fireplace with a wood or stone surround to make a statement. On a smaller scale, candles set in a woven or glass lantern are a great way to add a touch of fire to your outdoor area – plus you can move them around and play with different sizes and combinations depending on the mood you want to create.

     

    Photo Credits:

    Shellard Photography

    Favorite Wood for Kitchen Cabinets

    Favorite Wood for Kitchen Cabinets

    Our Favourite Types of Wood for Cabinets

    Wood cabinets are a staple in any kitchen, but the different colours and finishes lend themselves to a range of different looks and allow you to express your personal style. Used a stained wood to bring out the natural beauty in the grain or paint your cabinets to coordinate or contrast with your countertops.

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    Make Oak Your Accent
    The mix of cabinet finishes in these spaces creates intrigue and visual interest. What better way to highlight the beauty of natural oak than to make the grain pop against solid black cabinets or to use it in a feature like a wine fridge? Plus, it’s great for adding warmth and character to a variety of kitchen design styles.

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    Go Bold with Black

    Nothing says drama like a rich black kitchen. Here, painted grade maple is used to create these sleek cabinets. Try pairing them with black handles for the ultimate monochromatic look or make your hardware pop by choosing a brushed chrome finish. Keep the room from feeling too dark by pairing your cabinets with a white backsplash and counters.

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    Warm the Room with Wood
    We love the warmth that sawn oak cabinets give a space. The wood grain provides a natural, organic quality and keeps the room from seeming too stark. Try this look in a bathroom paired with black or brass hardware. Plus, this combination works great with white oak floors.

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    Colour Your Cabinets
    Painted grade maple is the perfect option for adding a little colour to your cabinets, plus it’s highly sought-after for its strength and stability. Try doing an all-white kitchen for a bright, fresh look or opt for mid-toned grey lower cabinets to ground the room and provide subtle contrast. If you’re feeling really bold, try pairing warm wood lowers with crisp white uppers and an eye-catching island painted in a sapphire blue shade.

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    A Subtle Nod
    Using wood in your kitchen design doesn’t mean the grain of the wood has to be in your face. Choose a darker stained oak or maple so that the grain is subtle and doesn’t overpower the other elements of your kitchen. This works especially well when paired with glossy white cabinets or when used through the kitchen to create a moody space.

    Photo Credits:

    Shellard Photography