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Bathroom Reveal!

July 21, 2017 — Leave a comment

I’m excited to share with you a bathroom renovation from a couple of years ago! It was for our Client’s family bathroom on the second floor of their 19th century home in the Glebe. Part of the charm of this Ottawa neighbourhood is the size of the trees that line its streets and backyards.  However, despite their size, the large maple trees behind my Client’s second storey bathroom window did not provide enough privacy from the neighbours.

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Privacy was one issue that had to be addressed in order to feel comfortable showering. We were also asked to incorporate the existing vanity into the new design. So, we took our cue from the romantic and glam details of its marble counter top and backsplash. We also wanted to maintain the character of the century home. Finally, our Client was looking for a room that would feel serene.

Using the vanity as a starting point, we pulled the soft grey tones from the marble countertop and backsplash, and the crackled frosted glass from its doors. 3-D Rombi Bianco Mixed Polished Marble Mosaic was used as accent tile in the shower. It worked in the veining of the vanity marble and brought the space on trend with its geometric shape. And we matched the shower and window ledges to the same marble as the countertop and backsplash. Our Client really liked the various ways that we ran with the marble inspiration.

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It was important to find a solution to the window that would ensure privacy, but not at the expense of precious natural light. We did this by replacing the original window with a frosted glass, awning window, which also replicated the detail on the vanity doors.

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The flooring was selected with a nod to the past by mimicking the hardwood flooring throughout the rest of the house.  To do this, we used grey, 6” x 36” porcelain tiles, and installed them in a staggered pattern. We opted for a high-gloss finish instead of matte to both enhance the glam effect and inject a contemporary spin (and crossed out fingers that our Client would approve)! High-gloss flooring isn’t usually a designer’s first pick for bathrooms, for obvious safety reasons, but we got the green light from our Client. The hardwood-like porcelain tiles set the stage for the original hot water, cast iron radiator. Don’t you just love its Victorian charm?! Other ways we kept this era’s feel was by recreating the wall moulding found in the rest of our Client’s home. We simply adjusted the scale to fit the size of the bathroom. Finally, we used sleek, minimalist accessories to firmly establish the room in the 21st century.  Chrome was the perfect finish to keep up the glam of this renewed space!

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Mix! Mix! Mix!

July 14, 2017 — Leave a comment

Among the exciting 2017 design trends that are continuing to gain strength, such as geometric motifs in everything from fabric patterns, to lighting, and furniture, is the rising popularity of mixing finishes. Whether it’s mixing copper with gold, gold with chrome, or blonde wood with dark wood, dare to try something new and mix, mix, mix! The photo below, from Crystorama, is a great example of a successful mix of finishes.

How many different metal and wood finishes can you spot?

 

I found six: stainless steel, chrome, blonde wood, dark wood, brushed metal and dark bronze.

The key to achieving an effortless and attractive mix in a space like this is to  s p r e a  them out. Clustering multiple finishes together ends up being too busy and overwhelming.

Breaking down the room, you’ll notice that there are two different types of woods in the eating area: blonde and dark wood. I find that woods are easy to mix because you can match the colour of one to the undertones of the other so that they complement each other. Here are two tips for you when mixing woods: use a buffer, like an area rug, so that you are not directly drawing attention to a wood table placed on a different wood flooring, and limit your selection of woods to 2 or 3 so that they do not compete with one each.

As for the metal finishes, the bar chairs are brushed nickel which is kept close to the similar chrome spout and stainless steel oven. The light fixtures directly over the island are dark bronze; this works because this finish creates a subtle contrast against the white cabinets and counter top, and is separated slightly from the other metals in the room.

 

What do you think? Is this trend or yea or a nay?

Good morning! 

I hope you had a wonderful week and that it wasn’t too hard to get back into the swing of things following the festivities of the Canada Day long weekend. 

I was on the go all week, working on multiple projects, but the highlight was seeing my vision of a transitional living room came to life during an installation on Thursday! You can see a sneak peak of this room on my Instagram. 

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The feature on Feng Shui and Bedrooms will be separated into two weeks – master bedrooms today and children’s rooms and nurseries next week.

 

Master bedroom: Create Feng Shui in the bedroom by covering the bed with soft materials, and framing it with symmetrically styled nightstands and table lamps and nightstands. This bookend effect will help make the area where you sleep feel cozy, like a little room within a room.  0203O1-17

For the master bedroom, take colour, balance and the position of the bed into account when implementing Feng Shui. Some designers believe that a darker paint colour is because it subdues any stimulation and thereby helping with sleep.

That said, you must remember balance, which in this case means the addition of a few lighter piece that are lighter in colour in order to offset the predominant, dark colour scheme. Textures should also be in balance. For instance, if the master bedroom is decorated with a lot of heavy, wooden furniture, soften it out with the use of supple bedding. Finally, don’t forget to balance the masculine and feminine elements (for example, linear forms and curved patterns).  0203A1-17

Next, there are specific rules to follow when deciding where to place your bed. Ideally, the head of the bed is on the wall farthest from the door but not directly across from it. It is not recommended that your feet point directly to the door as this is known as the coffin position (this is how the dead are removed in China). If your bed must be placed in the “coffin position”, consider putting a settee or a high bench at the end of the bed that’s slightly taller than the mattress, or place an upholstered screen between the foot of the bed and the entry to shift the energy. Do not put the long edge of the bed against a wall; there must be room to exit the bed without having to climb over anyone.

Warm Contemporary

June 29, 2017 — Leave a comment

Contemporary design has been leading the way in interior decorating since the early 2000’s. This style is unlike any other because it evolves over time as it adapts and incorporates new elements, which help keep it on trend.

Before getting into today’s topic, it is important to understand first and foremost what makes for contemporary design. Here are some fundamental elements: the use of masculine and cold neutral colours, sleek and clean lines, clever storage solutions and the visual components of patterns and colour blocking. Typical materials used are wood, steel and other metals similar in colour, and concrete. What makes this style different is the use bold pieces in contrast to stripped down elements.

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Let’s talk about  warm contemporary. While contemporary tends to be cool in its colour palette, warm contemporary uses warm greys and other warm tones on the colour wheel, such as earthy hues. Also, there is the addition of materials such as glass, which creates a great contrast to concrete. Glass helps add an element of femininity to contemporary design. Likewise, pairing wood with metal can have the same effect. Another characteristic that differentiates warm contemporary is plants. Greenery is used in warm contemporary to bring warmth and life into a room.

The picture above is of a contemporary bedroom, and features painted exposed brick, a wood ceiling, a cool neutral palette, and a black accent wall. The picture below depicts a warm contemporary living room. What makes this room warm contemporary is the warm neutral palette in the wood and fireplace surround, the glass coffee table top, and the addition of greenery.

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Now that I live in the suburbs I regard every trip downtown as a real treat.  I try to maximize the occasion and that usually involves satisfying my taste buds.  Recently, I met up with a friend for coffee at a relatively new coffee shop on Elgin Street downtown.

The_Ministry_of_CoffeeBased on rave reviews posted on Urban Spoon, I chose The Ministry of Coffee. Wow! The moment I walked in, I was delighted by the interior design.  I totally loved the subdued atmosphere, the décor was relaxing and the barista was friendly. The designer in me was completely charmed by this coffee-house chic. And my taste buds were pretty pleased as well!

General lighting at The Ministry of Coffee is from egg-shaped pendant lights for a nicely subdued effect.  Accent lighting stands out on floor to ceiling black panels and leads your eyes to the artwork on the walls. The overall black and white colour scheme is clean and crisp but it’s softened by warm tones of natural wood.

ClocksA coffee-house chic look can easily be recreated in your kitchen.  With the right selection of lighting, paint and accessories you don’t have to invest in a costly complete renovation.  You can successfully get that coffee-house chic look – or any look – by making sure the details and accents your chose fit together. Just follow the same style – it’s that straightforward.  To help you get some ideas I’ve included some photos from various supplier catalogues.

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Keep it simple

Great for organizing!

Now, go and create your own coffee-house chic kitchen!

What’s your favourite place for their coffee-house chic décor? I’d love to know!