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Millennial Pink

July 26, 2017 — Leave a comment

Think Pink!

For the past few months this bubble gum pink colour has been everywhere; fashion, accessories, décor, appliances… Over time the bubble gum hue has softened to a dusty rose colour.

Pink has emerged as a colour for everyone, xx and xy alike! Designers all over North-America are adding millennial pink to their “Go-To” list. Lauren Schwartzberg wrote for New York magazine that this colour is “cheeky, sincere and nostalgic all at once”. It adds a punch of colour without being too flashy or in your face. It’s understated (subtle) without being dull (boring). You’ve probably heard that *blank* is the new black; well millennial pink is the new neutral! It’s incredibly versatile and it looks like it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

My first encounter with millennial pink was long before it was even a trend. In the movie Funny Face, made in 1957 featuring the enchanting Audrey Hepburn and the talented Fred Astaire, there is a musical number which inspired the title of this blog. In “Think Pink”, Quality magazine publisher and editor, Maggie Prescott, is on the hunt for the next “It Colour”. I always thought that Maggie Prescott knew what she was talking about because I wouldn’t have minded living in a world where everything was pink. I guess you should be careful what you wish for because now literally everything is offered in one shade or another of pink.

The momentum has been slowly building in pop culture since 2014, believe it or not. In 2014, The Grand Budapest Hotel played with this pink as a way to add some whimsy to its décor and ambiance. In 2015, Apple debuted its first Rose Gold iPhone. Newly iconic, in 2016, Pantone named “Rose Quartz” Colour of the Year. And most recently, it was a popular colour on the runways at Milan Fashion Week for the Spring/Summer 2017 collections.

It is no longer a girly or princess-y shade; this new pink has a sense of play and of youth. Leaning towards the bubble gum-y end of the spectrum, this colour packs in some attitude, too.

It is a perfect statement colour but is also a subtle addition as an accent colour. And vice versa; since the softer millennial pink acts as a neutral colour it is an ideal paint colour, and the bubble gum-y shade is a great, bold accent.

 

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Happy Sunday! 

This week I finally got to reveal a bathroom project I did a couple years back, and completed a patio installation for a lovely couple in Cumberland! We’ve been busy bees here at the SPD hive.

Today’s blog is the final installment in the Feng Shui series!

Next Sunday a new series all about “Types of” will begin. I hope that you enjoyed this first series and that you found the topic enlightening. 

I hope that youre having a wonderful weekend.

Saree

As you’re most likely already aware,  colours  impact your mood, so choosing paint colours for your home, is a serious matter. In Feng Shui, every colour represents a different element in life, and in turn, affects your energy.

  • Red: is a stimulating colour and is vibrant and passionate.
  • Orange: is an uplifting colour that promotes joy and happiness.
  • Yellow: is a symbol of power, stimulates health, wisdom and patience.
  • Green: is a representation of growth, new beginning, and healing and freshness.
  • Blue-greens: Represents youth and inspires confidence. Since it has green in it, they also represent new beginnings.
  • Deep blues: they infuse wisdom and introspection.
  • Purple: it inspires spirituality, adventure and prosperity.
  • Pink: symbolizes love, romance, friendship and partnership.
  • Brown: some might shy away from using brown, but it offers stability and a sense of security.
  • Gray: another colour might shy away from because of its gloomy effect, but in Feng Shui the colour grey invites helpfulness and symbolizes harmonious unions of black and white.
  • White: Cultivates clarity, precision and communication.
  • Black: Contemplative colour that encourages reflection and mystery.

 

 

 

The element of water is represented by the blue tones while the element of fire is represented by the reds, oranges, yellows, pinks and purples. The element of wood is represented by the green and brown tones, and metal is represented by the greys. Earth is represented by light yellow and “skin colours” and promotes stability and nourishment.

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!

Before & After

 

Happy Sunday!

I hope that you’re enjoying your weekend and that your week wasn’t too busy. 

On my end, I received pictures from my photographer that I will be able to share with you soon! 

As we approach the end of this series, I’ve been brainstorming new ideas for the next series and future posts and other ways to interact with you. I’ve decided that my mid-week post will be linked to one of my Pinterest’s boards so that you will be able to further explore the topic of the day. 

Saree

Lighting

Lighting is a very important factor when incorporating Feng Shui into a room or a home. Feng Shui’s core is energy and light is the greatest source of energy. Both natural and artificial lighting have a big influence on the quality of your home’s energy. It is important to value good lighting and air quality in your home, as mentioned many times above. There a many different uses and sources of lighting, and each has its own beneficial properties.

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Stay away from fluorescent lighting when decorating your home or office since it’s known to have negative effects on human behaviour and health. We feed off of our surroundings: we are either energized or drained by the energy around us. One of the most important rooms to light properly is the kitchen, which should feel spacious, bright, clean, and welcoming. To accomplish this, you can use several different types of lighting.

When choosing lighting to decorate your Feng Shui home, allow yourself to be guided by your energy. By doing so you will bring colour and beauty into your home. Do not forget to open your windows and let the sun in.

Extra tips

  • A big mirror that reflects the table doubles abundance and brings good fortune.
  • Mirrors recirculate energy and enhance natural light. They put the focus on what they reflect, so if a mirror has an upsetting view, move it!
  • Hang mirrors high enough so that your guests are not looking at themselves while seated.
  • Balance is fundamental for achieving Feng Shui in your decor. Have a good mix of masculine and feminine; hard and soft; straight and curved.
  • People feel safer with their backs to the wall as opposed to sitting with their back to a window, door or hallway.

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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?