Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Change Up

Spring is finally here!  And it's time to refresh your space and you can do just that without blowing the bank.

For an easy bouquet try a few clippings of leafy branches in a clear vase.

 

For a quick update for your sofa, try adding some new pillows, mix colour and pattern.  And for a total refresh try a slipcover especially if your current sofa is dark try a light slipcover

Looking for a new coffee table, swap out a traditional coffee table for an upholstered bench or ottoman.  the fabric is a great pop of colour or an injection of print in the space.  for a flat surface just add a tray for serving drinks and snacks


Change up your wall decor with a simple gallery; mix up one large piece, two medium and two small - you can mix up your frames: black, white or metallic just have a theme with your artwork

Refresh those dining chairs with some new upholstery with some colour and print.  and if it is the type of seat that can pop off this is an easy DIY project

Change up your main light fixtures like in the eat-in kitchen or dining room.  There are tons of great options - farm house, industrial, chandelier or modern

 

Refresh your bed, a make over in minutes - turn down the coverlet, add a contrasting colour with a throw and add a few small pillows or a bolster in a colour or print

Rearranging your furniture is an easy and cost effective way to refresh your space.  Move furniture around or even try it in different rooms

Refresh your 'old' pieces by adding some new ones.  Your older items will look new again or at least they will stand out more due to the contrast

 

Have a statement piece in each room - it could be art, a furniture item, a rug really anything!  That piece can really set the tone of your space and make a huge impact

Freshen up those windows with some new pre-made curtain panels.  Easy to install, affordable and wow what a difference. 

Update that fireplace with paint!  Yes paint!  If you have a dated brick fireplace and need a quick and easy makeover, try painting it.  Lighter is better - it looks clean and chic!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Royal Apartment

With everyone's favourite royals - Will, Kate and baby George out and about in New Zealand, there is a ton of talk about their style.

Ever wonder what home decor the super stylish royal family has in their residence.

Check out this slideshow for a few ideas.

We’ve discovered the young family lives in a twenty-room four-floor section of the palace the length of a city block, and the couple share a bedroom (apparently an unconventional move for married members of the royal family), but have separate bathrooms. There’s a playroom and nursery for Prince George, three bedrooms, three kitchens and five reception rooms. Style-wise, the Duchess of Cambridge was heavily involved in the decorating, favouring neutrals and earth tones, according to reports. In her clothing picks, Kate favours mixing high and low and their home is a reflection of this ethos. A mix of pricey items loaned from the Royal Treasury, like a $50,000 Persian rug, and department store picks like faux-fur throw blankets and $50 platters from Zara Home. Curious to see their royal style

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Emerald, meet Orchid


Emerald, meet Orchid
by Kirstin Endemann Apr 8, 2014 in Homes
Pantone’s 2014 colour of the year, radiant orchid, a sort of fuchsia-cum-purple-via-powder-pink, has elicited mixed reactions from decorators who embraced the emerald of 2013
(Above, left) Designer Jason Bellaire picked “Ribbons” by Michael Black, a mixed-media painting from Koyman Galleries ($1,000). (Right) Designer Kristi Blok picked Birds leaf trail wallpaper from Seabrook Wallcoverings.

 
Hovering somewhere between pastel and rich, the hue may be a bit too feminine to be widely accepted in interiors, despite its proliferation in men’s fashion.
Whatever your initial reactions, Pantone’s colour of the year will soon invade your consciousness and in six months, you will be considering recovering the sofa in it. The good news, for those who bought into the ubiquitous emerald, is that radiant orchid is its perfect complement and, better still, it can freshen up the classic formality of last year’s colour without veering into the über-girly. And it’s just in time for spring.

sallywheatinteriors.com, photo by Laurie Perez
Kristi Blok of Kiki Interiors and Jason Bellaire of StyleHaus agree that radiant orchid is best as a gentle accent in a room with neutral staples. “Though it is great for the walls of a girl’s room because it will grow with her, it is a challenging colour in large amounts,” says Blok. “But it also brings a bit of softness.”
She suggests making judicious choices about Pantone’s colours: “Veer a little to the rose or violet, hunter or sage,” Blok says. “It will still read as a fresh combination.”
Both recommend finding a unifying piece featuring emerald and radiant orchid, be it a rug, linens or wallpaper.
Or go with colour-blocking. An emerald green sofa and radiant orchid pillows, or a bold, standalone radiant orchid armchair paired with a dark green throw would work for the adventurous decorator. But Bellaire recommends adding yellow accents, “to create a little delight in the room.”
Still stuck as to how to inject a little of the colour into your space? Buy an orchid. “Radiant orchid and emerald contrast so much, but they are complementary,” Bellaire says. “The proof is nature ­—  structure and beauty in one.”
Connect with Kirstin Endemann |Google+|@keendemann|kendemann@ottawacitizen.com

Pantone’s 2014 colour of the year, radiant orchid, a sort of fuchsia-cum-purple-via-powder-pink, has elicited mixed reactions from decorators who embraced the emerald of 2013 - See more at: http://www.ottawacitizenstyle.com/category/homes/emerald-meet-orchid/#sthash.7dspHb1i.dpuf



 



 

 



 

 



Emerald, meet Orchid

Pantone’s 2014 colour of the year, radiant orchid, a sort of fuchsia-cum-purple-via-powder-pink, has elicited mixed reactions from decorators who embraced the emerald of 2013


(Above, left) Designer Jason Bellaire picked “Ribbons” by Michael Black, a mixed-media painting from Koyman Galleries ($1,000). (Right) Designer Kristi Blok picked Birds leaf trail wallpaper from Seabrook Wallcoverings.
Hovering somewhere between pastel and rich, the hue may be a bit too feminine to be widely accepted in interiors, despite its proliferation in men’s fashion.
Whatever your initial reactions, Pantone’s colour of the year will soon invade your consciousness and in six months, you will be considering recovering the sofa in it. The good news, for those who bought into the ubiquitous emerald, is that radiant orchid is its perfect complement and, better still, it can freshen up the classic formality of last year’s colour without veering into the über-girly. And it’s just in time for spring.

sallywheatinteriors.com, photo by Laurie Perez
Kristi Blok of Kiki Interiors and Jason Bellaire of StyleHaus agree that radiant orchid is best as a gentle accent in a room with neutral staples. “Though it is great for the walls of a girl’s room because it will grow with her, it is a challenging colour in large amounts,” says Blok. “But it also brings a bit of softness.”
She suggests making judicious choices about Pantone’s colours: “Veer a little to the rose or violet, hunter or sage,” Blok says. “It will still read as a fresh combination.”
Both recommend finding a unifying piece featuring emerald and radiant orchid, be it a rug, linens or wallpaper.
Or go with colour-blocking. An emerald green sofa and radiant orchid pillows, or a bold, standalone radiant orchid armchair paired with a dark green throw would work for the adventurous decorator. But Bellaire recommends adding yellow accents, “to create a little delight in the room.”
Still stuck as to how to inject a little of the colour into your space? Buy an orchid. “Radiant orchid and emerald contrast so much, but they are complementary,” Bellaire says. “The proof is nature ­—  structure and beauty in one.”
Connect with Kirstin Endemann |Google+|@keendemann|kendemann@ottawacitizen.com
- See more at: http://www.ottawacitizenstyle.com/category/homes/emerald-meet-orchid/#sthash.7dspHb1i.dpuf

Saturday, April 5, 2014

It's Laundry Day!!

The laundry room is one of the busiest and most important areas of the home but it is often over looked.  It is easy to turn your disorganized laundry area into a clean and organized room in your home.





Take a look at the issues in your laundry room - do you need storage to hang clothes, keep dirty clothes, keep supplies?

Start by clearing it out , you might be surprised at the random things you will find stored in there.

1. In most laundry rooms storage is a concern and one of the first steps that will help organize the laundry space is shelving above the washer and drier.  So go to IKEA or another store with great storage solution ideas and get some easy to hang shelves.  these shelves are perfect for laundry soaps, stain removers and more.  You really cannot have too much shelving especially if your laundry area acts as a storage area for other items too like bulk foods (think juice boxes, pop, toilet paper etc...) If you have a larger laundry room, try mixing both open and closed storage - open storage is perfect for items you need access to (soaps, sprays) and you can even keep them in cute baskets to it's pretty to look at and closed storage is great for bulk items.

2. If you are tired of losing socks behind the machines, think about installing a wall to wall counter top over the machines (works with front loaders).  Not only will you lose less but now you have a flat counter for folding or keeping laundry cleaning supplies at your finger tips and laundry baskets. 

 

3. A lot of laundry spaces tend to be dark and dingy so let the light in with some good light fixtures with bright bulbs and paint the walls in a fresh colour.

4. Look at installing a Swing Arm Hanger Holder (www.organize.com) to hang shirts after they have been pressed

5.  Laundry sorters are perfect to keep brights, whites and mid tones separate.  Get the kids involved in sorting the laundry too.  You can find great sorters at Wal-mart and other department stores.  You can even use large wicker baskets instead of an actual sorter
 







Having an organized laundry centre in your home will make you life easier and if you are selling (sooner or later) this is a great feature for a family and it is not an expensive upgrade

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Best Paint Colour to Sell Your Home

We all know when you move into your new home you want to make your own statement with your favourite colours but when it comes time to sell you need to think broad appeal.  Many sellers just opt for a basic white so that the new buyers can visualize any colour of their choice but that doesn't help to present the home in it's best light.  so look for a colour/tone that will really suit the existing finishes in your home (tile, carpet, hardwood, cabinets etc...)  You will also get your money's worth with a fresh coat of paint

Top 10 Paint Colors That Will Sell Your Home
The right hues make your home more salable




If you want to sell your home, it may be time to update your paint colors. Vibrant or nontraditional color schemes can turn off would-be buyers. And if you haven't painted in some time, doing so will modernize your home. The following paint colors have a broad appeal. 


Exterior Colors

White
White gives a clean, lived-in look and offers the opportunity to accent trim with a corresponding color that matches or complements the roof color. White also offers a wide variety of shades from which to choose.

Beige
Beige sets a conservative tone and tends to contrast well if your home is set against a wooded area. It is also a good color to choose if you have brickwork or stonework and if your roof is composed of wood shingle or slate. Beige also blends well with rich accent colors, such as forest green.

Tan and brown
If other homes in your neighborhood are also tan or brown, this is a good choice. Tan and brown also tends to look good when you have stone or brickwork, and this color can complement a wood shingle or slate roof.

Gray
If you opt for gray, use a light form of this color, which will make your home look larger. Gray is especially attractive if you also have a roof that is a complementary shade of the same color. White and black trim blends well with gray, giving a distinctive and elegant look to a house.

Blue
The muted tone of blue works well for homes of certain architectural styles such as cottage and Victorian. Choose the hue carefully, as too bold of a blue can give an overly dramatic look to your home.

Now that you know which improvements tend to be a bust when it comes to your home's resale value, you can avoid these unadvised renovations and get the best possible price for your home. 
 
 
 


Interior Colors


Light blue
Blues in lighter shades lend an air of quiet reflection, so this color is best used in rooms where relaxation takes place, such as bedrooms, studies, libraries and bathrooms. Avoid darker shades of blue, as they can create an imposing effect.

Yellow
Yellow gives a fresh, vibrant, happy feeling to a room. Opt for light shades of this color, which look especially good when accented with white trim. Yellow is particularly effective in the kitchen..

Green
Light shades of green can bring a cheery feeling to a room. This color often acts as an attractive accent to wood furniture. Since it is a playful color, it is especially suited for children's bedrooms and playrooms and family and great rooms.

Coffee
This earth tone works well when the architecture of the interior of the home calls for darker colors. Coffee blends well with hardwood flooring, beamed ceilings and rattan furnishings. It can also be accented with darker colors, including greens and reds.

Cream
Cream colors give the interior of a home the clean, crisp look of white without the glare. Cream comes in a wide spectrum of hues, from yellow- to brown-tinged. This color works well in living and dining rooms, as well as bedrooms. 

Stay away from:
 
- Accent walls
- Bold or dark colour, lighter is always better
- More than 3 colours inside of the home (preferably 3 colours that work together let's say coffee, cream and a soft sand)
- Sponging, aging or any faux finish
- two toned walls separated by chair rail (very dated)
- Coloured trim, doors and base boards (stick with a white or off white)
 
 
Follow these color suggestions, and your home is likely to attract plenty of buyers. 
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Downsize with Style

Downsizing is a tough experience but it can also be very freeing!  A fresh new chapter in life where you can have a space that is all yours, so enjoy!  It can be tricky to know where or how  to start so here are some helpful tips for downsizing in style.


Edit, Edit, Edit

Transitioning to a smaller space poses one of the biggest challenges, often, people want to move their entire homes into their condos. Instead, consider it a fresh new space, and be willing to make sacrifices and part with pieces.You can pass them onto family and friends that would love them as much as you did or consider consignment or donation.  You can't keep everything!

 

Organize and Optimize

The smaller the space, the more organized it has to be. An excellent way to control clutter is to have furniture custom made.They’ll fit your space much better than ready-made pieces, and the cost difference isn’t as much as you would think. Building floor-to-ceiling shelves (1 foot deep) along the entire length of one wall for books, CDs, and knickknacks. There’s a lot you can store in 12 inches. You won’t miss the foot, but you’ll gain all that storage. In the end the extra cost will be worth it to get exactly what you want and need.

 

Bring The Outside In

Create a seamless transition between interior and exterior by choosing color palettes and natural materials (hardwood, granite, or textured wool carpeting) that complement the view from your window.
When there are no visual barriers, the outside comes in and becomes a part of the room … (and) a small room can appear more spacious.

 

Watch That Scale

Select furniture pieces in proportion to the size of a room. Oftentimes, people want to push the boundaries of how much a space can hold, but size isn’t everything; comfort can be accomplished with a 60- or 96-inch sofa. Rooms have to breathe, furniture has to breathe. Filling a space with lots of small items, crowds a room the same way extra large furniture will, so scale is very important.


 

Find Flexible Furniture

Every piece should have a function, or at least be mobile and flexible. Nesting tables are fabulous in that way,  as are sectional sofas that split apart. Ottomans that open are great for storage and can be tucked beneath console tables. Or use a trunk as a coffee table.Also look for storage sofas and beds!



Saturday, March 22, 2014

Ombre - A Cool and Fresh Look for Your Walls and more

So we are still seeing lots of people decorating with accent walls.  We have all seen the bold colour accent walls (red walls were hugely popular) and then the neutral colour accent walls (like a chocolate brown or a charcoal) and then wall paper accent walls ...if you love an accent wall take a look at what is trending this season - Ombre Accent Walls.  The Ombre look is something we have seen a lot in fashion in both hair and clothing and now we are seeing it in home decor.  The Ombre wall is a fresh look and the colour choices are endless you can opt for a bold colour option or a neutral shade or blending two different shades like pink and grey or blue and grey.


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Here's what you need:

Paint Colors (for a grey and pink ombre wall like the image above)
  • One gallon of gray
  • One gallon of salmon pink
  • One gallon of light gray
Supplies
  • Tape measure
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray and liners
  • Wide paintbrush


Get Started: Paint and Blend

Paint a Base Coat
For best results, wipe down or dust the wall you are going to paint. Choose the lightest shade of paint and begin by painting the entire wall this color. Don't skip this step: This will give your other colors a fresh base of paint to go over, making a smooth, even surface for blending. Let it dry.
Divide the Wall Into Sections
To achieve an ombre look, measure three equal sections on your wall and mark lightly in pencil. The top section will be the lightest color. The darkest color goes at the bottom, leaving the third color for the center.
Start With Medium in the Middle
Paint the middle section with the second-lightest color, leaving 6" of room between the edges of each section. In a timely manner, hold a dry brush at a 45 degree angle to blend.
Apply the Darkest Hue at the Bottom
Paint the darkest hue at the bottom of the wall, leaving a foot between color sections.
Mix the First New Color
In a fresh paint liner, mix your lightest color and your middle shade at a ratio of half and half. Use this first new color blend to paint the 6" gap between the lightest and middle color. Taking a dry brush and holding it at an angle, quickly blend up until you meet the next color section.


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Mix the Second New Color
In a fresh paint liner, mix your darkest color and your middle shade at a ratio of half and half. Use this second new color blend to paint the 6" gap between the darkest and middle color. Taking a dry brush and holding it at an angle, quickly blend up until you meet the next color section. Continue to brush the three sections together until you achieve the level ombre you desire.

Your new ombre look can be on furniture too, like this great dresser




You could do this colour blocking look in a ombre palette on a wall too, you wouldn't need to blend the paints but you would need to tape the portions before hand, so you will need good painter's tape and a level for straight lines.

 


 With ombre the possibilities are endless - furniture, walls, art, bedding, rise of the stairs, pillows and even the spindles.