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color … a touch of blush

Recently I was asked to create a color story for a master bedroom inspired by this striking gray & blush bedding from Simons.  I was intrigued by this project for 2 reasons. This color story is completely reminiscent of my older sister’s bedroom circa 1989, and I wanted this room.  Although, back then I believe the ‘it’ pink was called ‘dusty rose’. This Blush is different. Blush is often used in rooms with a soft, romantic feel. In this case the bold graphic print of the duvet balanced the softness of the pink.  This room could be both strong and pretty. This is their story…. Note: All products, including paint, are available in Canada Simons: Pastel Ikat duvet cover set EQ3: Posey Vases Tonic Living: Macramé Wall Hanging Grey Urban Outfitters: Sage Solid Crochet Pillow Urban Barn: Mongolian Toss Rose Ombre Simons: Rose Gold Metal Basket Paint: Benjamin Moore Canada, Sombrero CC-300, Cool Lava 2088-50, Gray Owl OC-52, Coventry Gray HC-169

color … Greenery

Recently, the Pantone Color Institute announced its color of the year for 2017 as Greenery. Green is popping up in all of today’s design trends and the home is no exception.  From green chairs to green lamps, Greenery is here!   Pantone states that Greenery is “A refreshing and revitalizing shade.  Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings” Green has always been one of my favorite colors but I’ll admit that it’s not a color I have used in my own home.  These finds have inspired me to ‘freshen’ things up a bit. All Modern: Horn Cut Glass Vase Walls Need Love: Lucky Rabbit Removable Wallpaper Dwell Studio: Kinney Ottoman Blu Dot: Real Good Counter Stool Anthropologie: Ikat printed Rhys Settee Crate & Barrel : Port Au Prince Print Home Depot: Philips Domo Light Tonic Living : Mill Reef Palm Pillow DENY Designs : In Lisbon Shower Curtain Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased these products, I’m looking forward to incorporating them into my future design projects Photo: Anthropologie: Ikat printed Rhys Settee Paint: Sherwin Williams, Mindfull Grey SW7016, Natural Choice SW7011, Ardent Coral SW6874,  Gecko …

color … drawers of color

Although color on the walls is the norm when decorating a space, white walls is a current trend that I can’t get enough of.  In fact, Sherwin-Williams has named “Alabaster” (white) as their 2016 Color of the Year.  White brings a crisp, bright and airy feeling to the space, which allows you to showcase so much more in the room.  It creates the perfect opportunity to introduce color through textiles, accessories, artwork and furniture. I chose to incorporate this trend in my daughter’s room as part of my Charlotte’s room series. I wanted Charlotte’s room to be a bright, HAPPY place that will grow with her. Her white walls are the perfect backdrop showcasing her colorful bedding and newly painted dresser. While painted furniture is nothing new, there are definitely some fresh, exciting design trends today.  One of those being the ombre painted dresser. source: brit +co source:The Budget Decorator In every room that I design, I think it’s important to always create at least one DIY project for myself or my clients.  It’s one of …

color … the green chair

Sometimes inspiration for a room can come from the most obscure item.  It can be anything; fabric, artwork, pillows, jewellery, nature, socks…anything!  No matter what the item, the one common denominator is that the item holds personal meaning for someone. It may be for its color, shape, texture or memories, but it is CHERISHED. In this case, the ‘color story’ was inspired by a GREEN LEATHER CHAIR.  The clients were a young couple who were looking to update their Master Bedroom.  They had requested a warm, but playful (almost quirky) master suite incorporating a small reading nook and some mid-century influence.  This is their story… Fabric: Kravet, Jessup 1216 Paint: Benjamin Moore: fall harvest 2168-10, Castleton mist HC-1, misted fern CC-668 Clock: Dot & Bo Bedding:  West Elm, CB2      

color … the farmhouse

The farmhouse has been one of my favorite projects to date.  My clients were a lovely couple with a beautiful old farmhouse on a picturesque dairy farm (complete with indoor ice rink). They were recent ‘empty nester’, who were looking to update their ‘country’ home for a fresh, inviting, “country-ish” home. This particular ‘color story’, is for their front entry and living room.  Inspiration was gathered from the beautiful gardens and fields surrounding the house. Fabric: P. Kaufmann: Leaf Sampler in Cloud Paint: Benjamin More: georgian green HC-115, jamestown blue HC-148, smoky green CC-700 (www.benjaminmoore.com) Pillows: Zone Maison, Tonic Living, ClassicByNature

color … me, myself & lilac

I think women, especially mothers, are notorious for putting others first.  Eventually, we all need a little me time! More often than not, my projects involve designing spaces that bring adults and children together in one cohesive environment.  This week we did the opposite! My client (a wife and mother of 2  boys) has decided to reclaim her space.  With the 3:1 ratio of boys to girls, the house was quickly filling up with sports equipment, electronics and homework.  Enough… it was time for some me space!  She was taking back her living room and wanted it to be a relaxing, cozy, pretty, grown up retreat. Here is her colour story: Lilac source: fabric: Robert Allen, Freja Blush www.robertallendesign.com, paint: www.benjaminmoore.com, area rug: IKEA, Tarnby www.ikea.ca, chair: West Elm, Sweep www.westelm.com, pillow: www.etsy.com/shop/ClassicbyNature

color … yellow

A year ago I would never have brought the color yellow into my home, but now I am wanting to introducing pops of yellow everywhere.  I’m feeling good about yellow. Yellow is often chosen for its positive psychological qualities: creating happiness, optimism and confidence, but yellow is a tricky colour to work with because it feeds your emotions. As quoted from international colour expert, Karen Haller “Being surrounded by too much yellow, the wrong yellow for you or the wrong tone in relation to the other tones within the colour scheme and the negative qualities could present themselves such as irrationality, anxiety hence the expression ‘yellow streak’.” Did you know that the colour yellow has been proven to make babies cry the most? Something to think about! With all this said.  Don’t be afraid of yellow. Used in moderation, yellow can bring life and cheerfulness into any room.  Its happy! Photo source: OhDierLiving source: www.decorpad.com source: www.home-designing.com source: houseandhome.com source: www.housebeautiful.com source: www.marthastewart.com

color … garden view

More often than not, inspiration for a room tends to come from some element of nature. It could be the obvious like the colour of the ocean or the trees, but sometimes it’s how nature makes us feel.  A relaxing reading nook may be inspired by the warmth of the ocean sand or the texture of a smooth stone.  Even if you don’t intend to, nature has a place in every living space The colour palette below is taken from a dining room that looks onto the homeowners beloved garden.  As a labour of love and gathering place for friends and family the back garden was the inspiration for the room.  The room was to be sunny and cheerful, but also cool and calming. To accomplish this garden inspired dining room, we selected elephant tusk (OC-08) for the walls, oxford white (CC-30) for the wainscoting and trim and pulled georgian bay (CC782) as inspiration for the accent colour to be used on pillows and accessories. source: fabric: www.kravet.com, lamp: www.potterbarn.com, area rug:  www.crateandbarrel.com, paint: www.benjaminmoore.com

color … vineyard kitchen

Inspiration for a room design can come from anywhere.  A piece of artwork, a photograph, textiles… a vacation? I recently completed a kitchen design plan that was inspired by my client’s tour of a Kelowna Vineyard.  With this design the client wanted to recapture the warm, earthy, traditional feeling of the vineyards with a touch of spice! Working with the existing countertops, Abingdon Putty (HC-99) was selected for refinishing the kitchen cabinets, Olive Branch (2143-30) for the walls, and Spanish Red (CC-92) as an accent colour.  To tie it all together this oversized ‘Suzani’ type print, ‘Varenna, Harvest’ (www.tonicliving.com)was chosen for window treatments.