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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.



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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.