Since I finally had the brilliant idea to ask for clean vs. dirty dilemmas or issues where ya’ll think the lighting might be the problem, here’s a great question I received along with this lovely room from a reader: Thank you for your post. I finally understand why my family… Continue Reading →
source I’ve been specifying paint colours for 20 years. In my experience, the number one reason why a client becomes critical of a paint colour is when it doesn’t relate to anything. That’s when they start to assume that light may in fact be the culprit. Designers are notorious… Continue Reading →
Style at Home I recently received such a good list of questions followed by photos that I decided to turn this readers entire email into a blog post that I think will help everyone, especially on the heels of my last post about clean vs. dirty colours. First, here’s the… Continue Reading →
Thanks so much to everyone who emailed me with images they felt would belong in a clean/dirty discussion from my last post, as promised, I’m going to show you a few emails along with the photos I was sent. As usual, someone always makes a comment similar to this one… Continue Reading →
Fashion Translated Most people shop for ANYTHING house related the way I shop for fashion. I was thinking about this the other day because I have been desperate to find a local stylist to help me with my clothes. Especially, when I have to come up with 12 different outfits… Continue Reading →
Today we have another guest post from Tricia Firmaniuk. How lucky I was to find a virtual assistant with the same aesthetic as me! And she’s an artist so she sees undertones from miles away. And in my experience, it is indeed rare for an artist to be able to… Continue Reading →
Pinterest As many of you know, over 4 years ago, Terreeia and I bought a house one hour East of the city of Vancouver so we could live close to my Sisters, my Nephews and my Mom. Now that I’m talking about my Mom, a few months ago I mentioned that… Continue Reading →
There’s a conversation out in the colour trend world that colour is moving back to browns and warmer grey tones in the realm of mushroom or driftwood, and cocoas and caramels. First, it’s important for you to understand that colour trends move slowly for people who are not in the industry. So that means brown… Continue Reading →
Today’s guest post is from Patsy Overton from Atlanta, Georgia. She’s seen far too many homeowners choose the wrong exterior colours, so she has a three-step process that’ll save you from making the same mistake.
When I was a new designer and I had to choose a sofa for a client, I would show up with my binder full of every sofa style available.
Then as I gained more experience, I realized that doing that made me look like I had no idea which sofa was the right one. And looking back, I mostly didn’t. I was hoping my client would choose to take me off the hook.
It works the same with paint colours.
If you hire a designer or colour consultant and you are left with 10 (or more than 2) different shades of neutrals or colours to test for one room or one exterior?
Well, she (or he) doesn’t know which one is right either.
If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know there’s nothing neutral about a pink beige sofa. You also know that pink beige is so EVERYWHERE that it’s probably not your fault if you have it in your home. There’s just too much of it out there. Here’s how to decorate around it so it looks intentional.
I recently received this question from Shelley, asking how useful it would be to custom mix a paint colour to get it right with the light in her home. “I’ve recently used BM Manchester Tan in a pantry that has a large fluorescent light fixture, and it looks lovely — right at the happy… Continue Reading →
So, just in case you were wondering and losing sleep over this topic like I have, I’ve figured it out. The third week in my Renovate with Confidence™ Focus on Finishes for Renovations and New Builds is coming up and it’s my best work yet! Now that I’ve organized all the advice… Continue Reading →
This weekend Irene’s sister, Aimee experienced a makeover so big that by the end of the day Saturday, she said to Irene “I never understood the term ‘eye candy’ until this happened to my house. Now, everywhere I look, there’s something pretty to look at.”
Love this vignette I was invited by Style at Home to be on a Twitter chat about colour a few weeks ago and one of the questions the editors asked was “What’s your biggest mistake choosing colour” and I immediately chimed in with “I have a few” and immediately listed three: So… Continue Reading →
In 2011 when we were living in our townhouse in North Vancouver, I chose the wrong fabric for my new chair and ottoman. I was so embarrassed. That’s why it’s taken me this long to tell you about it. I had my yellow sofa (above) and that was an easy choice for… Continue Reading →