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7 Ways to Use What You Have While Decorating: Before & After

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Crystal called me to help her pull together her new house. This was her request:

"I used to have a colourful condo. Oranges and yellows have always been a favourite of mine, and in the last 5 years, I’ve loved pinks. I hired a designer about 6 years ago, and I guess she was successful at convincing me that colour was kids' stuff and neutrals were sophisticated.

So out with all my stuff and in with the new. Cream, chocolate browns, and greens. I found it bland and lifeless, although yes, very nice and sophisticated. So I started adding pink with Designers Guild bedding, decorative pillows, etc. I also bought some whimsical paintings with colour punches (I’ve attached photos of them)."

I was very impressed by your colourful portfolio and would love your help."

See the before and afters here. . . Continue reading

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Are You Still Using an Instant Camera to Photograph Your Work?

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I used to think I could get away with using my little instant camera when taking photos of my work. A year of lessons has shown me what's really possible when we take professional photography seriously, even in so-called uninspiring spaces like boardrooms and offices. Come on in for a peek at some photos I took of my own photography instructor's new space. Continue reading

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24 Ways to Make Your Showroom More Beautiful, Current, and Profitable

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Wesley Hall I go to High Point Furniture Market every spring and fall to source furniture and artwork for my clients, get educated, and (of course) get inspired! If you are a retailer with a showroom, High Point is THE place to go. You'll discover unique ways to incorporate current colour trends into your showroom, create gorgeous vignettes, and design a space that your… Continue reading

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Best Advice Ever: On Wood Finishes, Bad Sofas, and Area Rug Placement

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There are times when I hit a blog and sorely wish that I had written the post I find there. The last time this unfortunate day happened ; ) ; ) was with Joni at Cote de Texas. She wrote a post about what it takes to have a classic house, and it's so good, I now send it to every… Continue reading

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How (and When) to Buy Appliances for your New Kitchen

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source Did you know that until you have chosen and purchased your appliances, you can't begin designing your kitchen? Jan Romanuk (my long-time dear friend and past business partner) says many of her clients are surprised to learn that this is the first step inside any kitchen renovation. Three years ago when we bought this house and renovated the kitchen,… Continue reading

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My Sister's New Kitchen: Surprise! It's NOT White or Subway Tile!

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When my sister Lea and her partner were getting ready to move into the Eco Village in our town, I helped Lea choose finishes, colours, and lighting.

Greg wanted wood-stained cabinets (not white) and Lea really didn't mind either way, so I specified a light maple, along with medium brown engineered wood flooring.

She did NOT want subway tile because she thinks it's boring (clearly not brainwashed enough by reading my blog, sigh), but agreed that we would stay away from accent tile and keep it off-white to coordinate with the quartz. We settled on this moroccan pattern. Continue reading

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7 Best Ways to Decorate Around the TV

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I'm not the first person to write this post but there might be a few tips here you haven't read somewhere else. Is it time to get your TV off the console or get some artwork around it? Read on for my advice. . . Continue reading

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Warning: Rant Alert on The Tackiest Advice Ever

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I'm not usually this cranky, but I recently came across some of the fluffiest, dumbest interior design advice I've ever read. Continue reading

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Atlanta, Montreal and then Tuscany | Where will you be this Summer?

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Every year since I've started writing this blog, when I write my goals for each year, I've posted about one of them being to go to Italy. Then two years ago when I told you Terreeia went to Italy with some friends without me, many of you thought I was nuts when I chose drapery over Italy. However, making that… Continue reading

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How to Choose Granite For Your Kitchen Island

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Granite is an expensive element of your kitchen renovation budget. It also has the potential to be a really expensive mistake. What should you know before choosing granite for your kitchen island? How can you make sure to do it right? Continue reading

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