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design … Charlotte’s room PART 2

Now back to Charlotte’s room… Last month I introduced this project to you with Charlotte’s room PART 1: Inspiration.  The initial steps in the design process are really about getting to know your client and their space. It’s identifying their likes and dislikes, discovering what they love and how they wish to utilize the space. It is through this process that inspiration and direction for the room is found and the project can move forward. PART 2: PLANNING The planning process is where everything comes together.  It’s matching esthetics with function.  It’s about creating a well- designed floor plan that looks and feels right.  I think it’s important to utilize and repurpose what clients already have.  So, it’s at this stage that I like to take inventory of everything that is available so we can work with what they have and look for what they need. Along with a floor plan, a design board also helps to visualize the room design and bring the design to life. It is here that all the choices for …

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design… Charlotte’s room: PART 1

This is a room that I have been waiting to do for a long time.  It’s my little girl’s room, and to be honest, it’s now one of my favorite rooms in our home Through this post, I hope to walk you through my design process with a three part series Part 1: Inspiration, Part 2: Planning, Part 3: Finished Project. When I first meet with clients to discuss their living space, we discuss the obvious; wants, needs, likes and dislikes, but I’m also looking for elements of inspiration. I always encourage clients to share their favorite pieces that they would like to incorporate into the room. Inspiration can come in many forms. An object, a photo, an emotion. It’s these elements that help create a vision for the room and start the design process. CHARLOTTE’S ROOM With Charlotte’s room it was time to update from nursery to kids room.  My main objectives for this space were to give her a place that is hers to play, read and thankfully SLEEP. I wanted a modern, …

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

finds … nautical design

Nautical design is one of those classic chic trends that never goes away and this summer it seems to be popping up everywhere. Whether decorating for the cottage or in the city, the key to incorporating this design into your living space is to add subtle suggestions with accessories and mix it up with non-nautical items.  The room should look inspired by ‘the sea’, not a ‘seaside gift shop’.  Don’t go overboard with your nautical design.Here’s my take on classic nautical design with a splash of whimsy. a. Custom Sailboat Pillow. with embroidered name, ChristineElliott, Bowmanville, Ontario (www.etsy.com/shop/ChristineElliott) b. Wooden folk art peg dolls … Alfred and Gaby beach bums, mooshoopork, Wisconsin (www.etsy.com/shop/mooshoopork) c. UpcycledBoat Vent Lamp, BingoBox, Troy, New York (www.etsy.com/shop/BingoBox) d. Nautical coat rack with boat cleats, made from reclaimed wood, DocksideCottage, Wilmington, North Carolina (www.etsy.com/shop/DocksideCottage) e. License Plate Art – Beach One Fish Two Fish Red Fish, recycledartco, Niceville, Florida (www.etsy.com/shop/recycledartco) *Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased these products, I’m looking forward to incorporating them into my future design projects.