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    Design Styles That Feel Like Summer

    Design Styles That Feel Like Summer

    No one can deny that summer is pretty awesome – warm days, cool drinks and lots of fun with friends and family in the sun! We all love summertime, so here are some ideas on how to bring those summer vibes into your home:


    Summer is light and breezy, so it is not a big surprise that when bringing that summer feeling into your home that the fabrics be light and breezy too. Linens and soft cottons are great because they are natural fabrics that are breathable and soft, as well as let light in through drapery. These fabrics have a soft feel, and a relaxed texture that reflects that comfortable summer feel.


    Yay, summer is here and we get to see life instead of the desolate winter! Make the most out of the short summer months and bring life to your home by adding greenery or plants. A fresh bright bouquet of daisies on the island or incorporating leafy mostera plants into your great room can make all the difference and give life to your space.

    Seasonal Changes

    Some things are harder to change with the seasons, like your furniture and paint. But, switching out your toss or bedding for the summer can make a big difference in the look and feel of your space! Ditch the dark colours and heavy winter textures to opt for lighter and brighter tones to achieve that summer feel. Light whites and soft textures keep your space light and airy, for a clean canvas, but you can also add some fun patterns to give it that extra summer fun!



    Outdoor Living

    One of the most obvious differences in summer is the time spent outdoors. I mean the weather is great, so the more time soaking in the sun the better! Adding some patio furniture in your backyard makes it easy to relax with friends and family while enjoying the weather. Add some fun Edison outdoor string lights to your outdoor space to keep the party going even when the sun goes down!

    Summer goes by quick, so make the most out of your summer and add these tips to keep the good times rolling!



    Photo Credits:

    Shellard Photography







    Tips for Incorporating Vintage Décor

    Tips for Incorporating Vintage Décor

    Although we don’t do a lot of vintage design, sometimes we have client that want to incorporate vintage or existing elements into their home. Here are some tips to keep those sentimental pieces:



    The easiest way to update a vintage piece is to repaint or refinish the piece. Refinishing gives the piece new life and can give an old piece a completely different look! To give an old piece more of a contemporary look, try repainting in black or lacquered colour.




    Similar to the above, reupholstering can give an old piece new life. Not only do things start to wear over time, but fabric styles can date themselves while the frame may still be very current. If you have an accent chair it might be fun to emphasize the uniqueness of the piece and select a colourful or bold fabric to make the chair stand out. You can also tone down the piece with a clean, contemporary fabric to turn your item into a timeless piece.



    Playing With Patterns & Textures

    The great thing about vintage items is they have a lot of character. People put a lot of effort and craftsmanship into these items, so it is great to showcase them and let them play off eachother to give your home that sense of character.

    Pairing Old & New

    The trick to incorporating vintage décor is to mix and match old piece with new pieces. Try pairing an antique console with a modern art piece above, or using a vintage art piece, with a thin black contemporary frame, or even update your main furniture pieces and keep that old rug from grandma’s house that you love. Instead of having a house full of stuff, you will create intriguing elements with character and act as a conversation piece.

    Don't Over-Do It

    While incorporating vintage items into your home is a great way to add character and can showcase sentimental items, over-doing the vintage elements can make your home appear dated or cluttered. I try to pair down the amount of vintage items to allow the pieces to stand apart and act as a feature. For example, if you have a bookcase try adding two or three fun vintage décor items. In your entry you could use a vintage console and some vintage chairs in your living room. Don’t be afraid to be playful and have fun with it.




    Photo Credits:

    Shellard Photography








    Wallpaper Trends to Try

    Wallpaper Trends to Try


    Geometric wallpapers are everywhere these days! These basic shapes are generally neutral in colour but hold interest in their design; making them the perfect backdrop for any room of your house. Since these geometric patterns are simpler in nature, they can easily fit with many different styles of your design.

    Pretty Prints

    Polka dots and pretty bows are perfect for a girl’s room! Not only do they grow with your child since they can be adjusted to suit the age of the child. But seriously, how cute are they?

    Bold Boho

    The boho look is still coming on strong. While the look is quite bold, it is easy to show as a feature. Grass cloths and arabesque shapes are right up the boho alley. Adding colour and papers with raised textures are great for achieving the boho look.

    Simple Backdrop

    People generally tend to pick a wallpaper to make a statement in a home. But not all features have to be loud and in your face. Sometimes simpler is better. Wallpapers with metallic elements or soft textures create a pretty backdrop for just about anywhere.



    Mimic Wallpapers

    It’s crazy how far mimic wallpapers have come these days. Brick patterns, concrete and wood are very prevalent today and looking more and more convincing. These papers are great for getting the look of the material without the cost of the weight!

    Photo Credits: 
    Shellard Photography

    5 Tips for Designing your Kid's Room

    5 Tips for Designing your Kid's Room

    Designing kid’s rooms is fun! You can push boundaries a bit more and have fun with it. That being said, kids are always growing and changing so you want to create a room that will last and grow and change with them. We have put together five tips when designing your kid’s room:



    When you have kids, you learn early on that kids grow out of things quickly. To make sure you aren’t spending a fortune every couple of years, you should try to design your kids’ room to be timeless, so the room can grow with them over the years. Whether that is a convertible crib or a bed that is a basic style, these main items should remain neutral and then you can easily change the bedding and art to change the look of the room.





    Let Them Have a Say

    You want your kid to like their room and feel like they had a say in making it theirs. But let’s be honest, depending on the age, your kids may not have the same style that you would like to go with the rest of your home. Picking the main pieces, such as the dressers and bed to fit your style and then letting your child pick smaller items like toss and art can make things a bit more manageable. Another trick is to pick three options that you like and show your child the options and let them pick the one they like best. This way you are getting a say in what things look like, but they still feel like they are making the decision.



    With kids come a lot of stuff, so storage is key! Having nightstands that have storage and dressers are great to keep things organized and uncluttered. If your kids keep most of their toys in their room, you may want to get a kallax bookcase and baskets to keep things out of the way and contained in one spot. Adding picture ledges are a great way to store books and make a reading corner or combine with toys and art to add interest. You can easily switch things out as your kids grow or as you get tired of them.



    Kids are messy, so it is important to have their furniture pieces be cleanable. If you have small children wood pieces make it easy to clean up spills and dirty fingerprints. If you choose to go for a fabric option, try to pick fabrics that have a high polyester content, so you can easily wash it if something happens.


    Create a Feature

    Adding wallpaper or paint can create a feature for your kid’s bedroom. Wallpaper can be a more expensive option, but if you pick a fun wallpaper that is a bit more basic it can grow with your child and you can get your money’s worth out of it. Polka dots and geometrics are great options for this! Another way to make a feature but keep things less expensive is paint! Either picking a single feature colour on your headboard wall or using alternate colours to create stripes is a great way to add that impact without spending a ton and it can easily be changed out as the years go by!

    Photo Credits:
    Adrian Shellard Photography

    Add Life to Your Laundry Room

    Add Life to Your Laundry Room

    I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who actually enjoys doing the laundry. Let’s face it, it’s not usually on people’s list of top things to do. But, nevertheless it is something we all must do. Why not add some life to your laundry room and make it a little more bearable?


    Functionality is key in a laundry room, especially if you have a large family! Laundry rooms are one of those places that can become a dumping ground if you are not careful and seem to get easily cluttered. When designing a laundry room I like to cater to the specific needs of the family, but in general most laundry rooms need a space for sorting, washing, drying and folding. Keep a functional laundry room by having a place for everything and everything in its place.


    When it comes to washers and dryers front load facing machines are the most water efficient. Not only that, but they provide a flat surface on top ideal for folding clothes, as well as storing detergents and other products. If you are short on space, incorporating shelves into your laundry closet or your upright washer dryer can be fundamental in providing adequate storage and functionality.








    Baskets or pull out drawers with bins help keep you and your family organized, making it that much easier when you actually go to do the laundry. Having a schedule and designated areas helps things stay organized and easier to manage.


    I like to incorporate a drying rack or a hanging rod in my laundry rooms if I can. Hanging rods are great above your counter, giving you easy and quick access to hang up your clothes fresh out of the washer. If you airdry most of your clothes, you may want to consider a wall drying rack system. These can easily fold out when you need them, but fold back up for a clean look when they are no longer being used.








    When decorating a laundry room, I like to keep it to the basics. Baskets are a great way to store items and keeping things looking clean. For easy access and a fun look you can get clear jars to hold items like clothes pins, dryer balls and detergent packets. They not only look good on your counter, but are always at arms reach. Adding plants can bring some life to your space and brighten the mood.


    I generally like to keep laundry rooms bright and airy, so light colours are great for making your space looking fresh and clean – perfect for a laundry room! Laundry rooms are not typically a space you share with guests, so feel free to have a little fun and make it your own. You can do this by adding colourful or playful art or by adding some funky boxes or baskets.