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    Choosing Art

    Choosing Art

    There are so many options for art it is sometimes hard to narrow it down. We have put together a list of things to consider to help you when selecting art.

     

    Adding Personality

    Art is one of the easiest ways to add personality to your space. Whether it is an original art piece or a mass-produced piece, it is important to really love the piece! Artwork expresses the personality of the homeowner and their space. People often get hung up on art matching the colours in their home or matching eachother, but art is in a category of itself. While picking up some colours in your space can extenuate your colour scheme , it is not required to compliment your space. A contrast in colour or a bold black and white can be the perfect counterpart to your space.

     

     

    Size and Scale

    Too often people make the mistake of choosing art that is too small for their space, which makes the space feel small and bitsy. We typically select art that is roughly two thirds the width of the item the art will be by. For example, if you have an 80-inch sofa, your art piece should be about 60 inches long. If you oversize your art you will not only have less nail holes, but also pack more punch with less items giving you a more finished, sophisticated look. Have a piece that you absolutely love but is too small? Consider reframing it with a larger matte to give it a classy look, while adding more impact. Art ledges can also be a great way to collage art. It is not only easy to switch out, but it can give a layered look that we are in love with!

     

    Location

    Art doesn’t have to match completely throughout your home. While you want there to be some connection, you can go bolder or more serene depending on the space it is in. Great rooms are usually a more prominent space where you want your art to pop. Your great room is usually the space you will have the most guests in, so we encourage you to spend a bit more money here and get a piece that is a feature for the room. This will make your room stand out and can even act as a conversation starter.

     

    Bathrooms are more of a private space with not a ton of wall space. We love getting sets and either stacking them two high or coordinate them above the toilet and towel bar. One thing to be mindful of in selecting bathroom art is the medium of the art. Bathrooms hold a lot of humidity, so opt out of the expensive pieces or canvases as they might warp or get damaged.

     

     

    Bedrooms are sometimes neglected for art, but they can add a lot of impact and bring your bedroom to the next level. Abstracts or soothing landscapes can be great for your bedroom, as they are more serene spaces. Whether you put the art pieces above your bed or get a large-scale piece for above your dresser, it is sure to add that extra touch.

     

     

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    Upgrade Your Home Office Style

    Upgrade Your Home Office Style

    Let’s be honest, our office is never really the main feature of our house or the first place we think to invest in. But, whether you work from home or just like having a space to do crafts or hobbies your space should inspire creativity and be a place where you can be confident in the work you are doing. So take a minute and upgrade your home office:

     

    Keep It Organized

    Whether you are using your space as a home office for work or you are using the space for your personal hobbies, it is easy for your space to become a dumping ground. But I can’t stress how important it is to keep your space organized and clutter free. It not only looks ten times better, but it also makes it a lot easier to find what you are looking for! If you don’t have built-in cabinets, try adding some files cabinets for your storage and just add a top for a clean look and an additional work surface. Or use baskets and bins to help keep things organized and in place.

    Make It Your Own

    All work and no play is never a good idea. So take the time to make your office your own and a place you want to be in. You will be more creative and be able to work better if you like the space you are in. Adding some personal touches such as favourite photos, a comfy chair or some plants will give your place a renewed atmosphere that will help spark those fresh ideas.

    Light It Up

    Okay, okay we know that your office is probably the last place you want to spend money, but if you can switching out the light fixture in your office it can provide a bold look. To have an effective work environment you should have at least two or three levels of light – overall light, natural light and task light. If you do focused work, a task lamp on your desk is a must. Natural light can promote effective work.

     

    Time For An Upgrade

    Office’s may be for work, but that doesn’t mean it has be boring. Switch things up! Ditch your old desk that faces that wall for a freestanding desk that opens up your views. If you don’t work from your home and spend hours on end in your office, exchange your basic desk chair for an upholstered chair that is still comfortable but has more of a relaxed look. Even small changes like adding a floral to your desk can brighten up your space and make the world of a difference!

     

     

     

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    Fall Home Decor Trends

    Fall Home Decor Trends

    The kids are back in school, the leaves are changing colour and I think I even saw some flecks of snow out there, ECK! Summer may be over, but with a change of season comes a change in trends. Take a look at some of the projections we have of what is to come for Fall 2018.

     

    Colour

    Let’s be honest, Calgarians aren’t really known for being bold with colour, but this fall we are starting to see more of a switch to incorporating colours into our homes. Navy, blush and purple combinations, as well as teals are becoming popular this year. I am really liking the soft introduction of colour. It’s about time we gave some life to our homes!

    Velvet & Graphic Prints

    Velvet is coming in strong this season. We are seeing it everywhere! Luxe velvets are becoming prevalent in our furniture, toss and drapery. Velvet is incredibly soft and comfortable, but it also has an expensive look with its rich colour and plush pile. We are also seeing more of a play with geometrics and mixing patterns in the home. We love all the velvet coming our way and the bold prints being shown off!

    Statement Pieces

    Pack a punch this fall and add a statement piece to your home! We are seeing Calgarians push the boundaries a bit more and add more sculptural furniture pieces or largescale art or fixtures to give a dramatic effect to their home. I love playing with scale and using oversized pieces to really make an impact!

     

    I am excited about this fall’s décor trends. I think Calgary is starting to open their doors a bit more and their imagination. I can’t wait to push the boundaries and try all my new ideas!

     

     

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    Adrian Shellard Photography

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    How to Choose the Right Paint Colour

    How to Choose the Right Paint Colour

    It’s incredible what a new paint job can do to your home! Whether you are giving your home a refresh or looking to add some value to your house before you put it up on the market, painting is a simple way to give your space life. But how do you choose the right paint colour? 

     

    Sheen

    Sheen plays an important role in cleanability and appearance. The glossier a paint, the smoother and easier it is to clean. On the flip side, the glossier your paint is, the harder it is to hide imperfections. The trick is knowing the use of what you are painting and balancing your options.

    Generally, I would suggest an eggshell or satin sheen for interior walls. Eggshell has a flatter look, so it will hide most imperfections while still having some cleanability due to its slight sheen. A satin sheen is good for those high-traffic areas that need a bit more durability – mudrooms, bathrooms, or kitchens, satin is a must! When it comes to painting casing, baseboard and doors, I would suggest a semi-gloss. These materials get scuffed up with the normal wear and tear of everyday life, so it is important for them to be durable and easy to clean up and a semi-gloss is perfect for that!

    Overall Paint Colour

    Paint is an easy and relatively inexpensive element to change. But it still takes time, so you want to pick a paint colour that will last and you don’t need to change every year. When it comes to your overall paint colour it is best to stick to a neutral that will make your house feel fresh and can easily go with everything. Try Benjamin Moore’s Oxford White (CC-30) for a clean, contemporary look. Want something with a bit more warmth? Some of my personal favourites are Benjamin Moore Collingwood (OC-28) and Revere Pewter (HC-172). If grey or white just aren't doing it for you and you really love colour but don’t want it to be overpowering, try a very soft grey-blue that can act as a neutral.

    Feature Colour

    There is a lot you can do with paint to give your interior a ‘pop’! Adding a feature colour in bedrooms, bathrooms or your main living space can add drama without the extra cost of wallpaper or other wall applications. Try a bold colour to pop off your master headboard wall or go a couple tones darker than your overall paint colour to create a soft accent in your great room. Whatever you are feeling, it is easy to create the look you want with a single feature color.

    But there are also other ways you can use paint to create a feature! Alternate colours to create a cute stripe in a girls room, tape off a pattern to create a custom mural, or use a textured brush to create depth.Your only limitation is your imagination!

     

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    Edventure 2018 - Las Vegas Market

    Edventure 2018 - Las Vegas Market

    No rest for the wicked! We are back from the Las Vegas Market and are going straight into installing the Foothills Lottery Home. Things may have gone by fast, but we are freshly inspired and ready to tackle our upcoming projects.

    At a whopping 46 degrees in Vegas, it seems like the perfect spot to see all the hot and upcoming trends!

     

    Rattan, rattan, rattan, it  was everywhere this market! We noticed rattan as a reoccurring theme in Dovetail, Mercana, Classic Home and many of the other displays. Pulling off a more relaxed, almost beach look we saw rattan being incorporated in chairs, accessories, large pots and even light fixtures mixed into the living area. Light woods, soft fabrics , plants and warm tones all seem to work to create that comfortable, calm look.

     

    Fabrics and carpets remained quite neutral, while adding contemporary geometrics and patterns to add impact. Velvets and other soft materials contribute to that relaxed look. We are still seeing a lot of mixing of metals. Gold, brass, chrome, stainless, if it’s metal you can expect it working in your home and coming together. I think the days of only having one metal are long gone.

     

    While we didn’t see much colour last year, we are starting to see it being introduced back slowly. Blush is still very prevalent in furniture and accessories, but instead of it being more muted, we are seeing it combined with blues, purples and reds to give a more vibrant look and feel. I love the mixing of these colours. I see this combination working great for a girl’s room! Other colours we are seeing are light turqoise and minty greens.

     

    There is definitely a shift to a more relaxed look and it will be interesting to see if Calgary is going to accept it. I can see the Modern Farmhouse style being very popular, combining the soft tones with contemporary lines to create a welcoming and stylish home.