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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.


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.


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.



January 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

Winter_SunA winter sun – that sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it!  But a few days ago I was outside and I was struck by the majesty of the winter sun.  

It was a day when we actually had a lull from the cold spell we’ve been experiencing.  The muted brightness as the sun poked through the clouds on an overcast day was beautiful.   It looked like a blurred tangerine-coloured circle set against a blue-gray backdrop.
That got me thinking about a colour that I’m really fond of right now. I think it makes any room come alive. Orange! – And we’re seeing a lot of it these days.
Contemporary Living Room
It’s warm and can be used in a number of ways. But my favourite way to use orange is to design a colour scheme using adjacent hues and then their contrasts on the colour wheel.  For example, orange, reddish-orange and pink paired with violet, bluish-violet and blue. The contrast is stunning and really eye-catching.
Robert Allen fabrics - ideal for upholstery or bedding

Robert Allen fabrics – ideal for upholstery or bedding

Soft throws to keep you warm.
Soft throws to keep you warm.
Here are some more photos of furnishings and accessories that really illustrate what I’m talking about. I’d love your feedback. How have you used orange?
And if you like the warmth of orange, you might be interested in checking out the warmth exhibition at Cube Gallery.
Custom bedding in Mondrian Graphic Weave

Custom bedding in Mondrian Graphic Weave

Adelie vase perfect for a display of twigs... dogwood, pussy willows ?

Adelie vase perfect for a display of twigs… dog wood, pussy willows ?

Table lamp - adds a pop of colour to task lighting.

Table lamp – adds a pop of colour to task lighting.

Wall art - Palacek Lotus Leaf

Wall art – Palacek Lotus Leaf