SOME OF OUR DESIGN ADVICE FAVORITES!
We’re in love with all the bold and colorful lacquer finishes in this post by designer hardware maker Modern Matter! These high-gloss cabinets and built-ins are just stunning, and are exactly the kinds of cabinet painting projects we love doing. I don’t normally share a post by a design vendor or supplier, but this one was too pretty to pass up!
Why is it that sometimes people who post on Instagram are willing to share their interior design sources, and sometimes they’re reluctant? With Instagram and Pinterest being the go-to interior design inspiration for so many, it’s so tempting to ask where to find those fabulous light fixtures or cool bar stools. But there’s a good reason why many posters don’t freely give out that information. Read this insightful post by Shawn Percival of Styleberry Creative to find out why!
The post reminds us about the nuances of sharing content on Instagram (and Pinterest as well). Interior designers and photographers earn their living from their work, and it’s not only poor form to fail to give credit, for example, it’s damaging to the offender’s reputation as well. This thorough post by Anastasia Casey of the Identité Collective explains some important do’s and don’ts!
I found myself nodding in agreement with the points in this article. My favorite, after all the suggestions on using scale, pattern, conversation groupings, etc: don’t try for such perfect order that anything out of place will stick out like a sore thumb. A good read!
Another great post by Maria Killam with the kind of basic interior design principles I wish everyone knew. If you have a dark gray or dark brown or taupe sofa, and especially if you like dark, cozy colors, read this post!! It’ll help keep your space from looking dismal and bland.
This useful post has some great examples of mixed metals in bathrooms and kitchens, and distills this common dilemma into some basic principles, so you can make your plumbing and lighting choices with confidence! Great stuff in here.
When it comes to basic, elemental design advice distilled to its core principles, Maria Killam is one of the best. Here’s another of her informative blogs, explaining the do’s and don’ts of using accent tile in your kitchen or bath. Blogs like these can save us all from making very expensive long-term mistakes!
Maria Killam’s post examines this gorgeous Nina Farmer kitchen, featured in House Beautiful, and explains why you shouldn’t try this at home without expert guidance! (We’re also tickled by this post’s feature of a fabulous kitchen by Haven Design & Construction that we worked on as well, as seen on our Kitchens Before & After page!)
We were delighted to be part of Better Homes and Garden’s One Room Challenge by painting these kitchen cabinets for Deborah Main, the Pillow Goddess in Austin, TX. Here’s her blog on the whole process, including some impressive before-and-after photos!
Give your plain home exterior fabulous curb appeal by designing a garden. A garden does to your exterior what artwork, lamps, pillows and accessories do to the interior – give your home a look and a feel. Here’s an excellent example of how this thoughtfully designed garden made a plain exterior fabulous. . .
If you like the look of white subway tile but prefer to try something more adventurous, consider these 11 fresh alternatives. All are white, which keeps them understated, yet each has a shape or size that makes it special.
You’ll notice that the awkward dust-collecting gap above the cabinets is the feature that always gives away a builder-grade kitchen. You’ll never see that space between the cabinets and the ceiling in a current high-end custom kitchen! Fortunately, it’s a relatively simple fix that can be done when you paint your cabinets. . .
Exaggerated blown-out white rooms dominate our feeds and make us all want gobs of LIGHT to flood our homes. And we turn to our paint colours to deliver. We expect white paint to BE the life giving light we crave. Paint is powerful, but it is not a source of light. Your room does not have photoshop filters. . .
Eclectic is a term that is often used when a person has a hard time pinpointing his or her own style. Eclectic done right has a sense of effortless confidence, even though this is one of the hardest looks to achieve. Eclectic done wrong is somewhere between a chaotic mess and a train wreck.
If you want your home to look like it’s been casually collected over time with effortless ease — here are a few things to consider.. . .
Whether you’re planning a kitchen remodel with the help of a kitchen designer, architect or contractor, knowing which style resonates with you can be a big help. Read on for the need-to-know details about 10 popular kitchen styles, including color palettes and key features of each look.
Trends for 2019 suggest two distinct approaches for home design, one centered on the comfort and warmth of simplicity connected to the natural world and one boldly expressing a dramatic and glamorous point of view. Here are our design team’s picks for the top trends this year…
Choosing the right knobs and pulls for cabinets is often something that catches people off guard. The options for style, size and finish are just so abundant, and many kitchens need a carefully thought-out combination of knobs, handles and other hardware to convey the perfect look. Here’s how you can get your cabinet hardware just right.
If you’re planning a new build, you should be aware that colour decisions for the exterior need to be made FIRST. So don’t wait until the last minute (which often happens). The order of the decisions that need to be made is very important! Once you make a few key colour and design choices in the beginning,…
The guiding theme of the trends I’m looking forward to seeing in 2018 is one of polish and refinement. From warm mixed metals, pretty millwork and pearlized tile, to dramatic black and tailored feminine details, 2018 is all about indulging in a bit of luxury.
But here’s the thing about trends…
It’s a tough decision: to have upper cabinets or not? There are several advantages to going with uppers, but there’s also a lot to say about open shelves or nixing both entirely. To help you decide on what’s right for your kitchen, here’s a guide to the three most popular approaches and other options available to you.
These days there are countless materials available for kitchen countertops. But instead of giving you the pros and cons of each material, I’m going to break down six popular color styles so you can achieve the look you want…
Updating your baseboard trim is a quick way to update any room in your home. When deciding which size baseboard to go with, my standard rule of thumb is to have at least a 5 1/4” baseboard, white or stained, for a standard 8 ft. high ceiling. If you do not want to go through the hassle…
You asked for it and here it is! Drumroll….. a discussion of one of the most challenging neutral colour categories, taupe.
When Sherwin Williams named Poised Taupe as their colour of the year I was not convinced.
We are seeing A LOT of taupe these days. Taupe is ubiquitous in flooring, furnishings and stone products and makes up a huge proportion of standard builder offerings at the moment…
Here’s a brown kitchen that has clearly been recently renovated (not the pretty white one in the header – that’s coming later!). While the outcome is not terrible, I don’t think you will find this kitchen popping up all over Pinterest.
So I thought we could pick it apart, not to be critical or mean, but because this is such a common scenario, and then we can gain some useful insight into why so many renovations fall a little short of expectations…
The colour for 2017 is kelly green (hooray, I’ve been waiting for this green for a long time) and the look is refined and generally warming up.
Move over cool industrial edginess and laid back rustic everything, 2017 is the year we return to warm, cozy and luxurious layering!…
Kitchen cabinets are largely about the finish. Whether you’re buying cabinets for the first time or you’re a seasoned kitchen remodeler, it probably didn’t take you long to realize that stain and paint are two totally different slices of pie. Not sure which one you prefer? Here’s the scoop on the perks and pitfalls of both finishes…
[Lisa here – if want to lighten up your space and you have a family member who is balking at the idea, this blog post by Kristie Barnett has some excellent before-and-after shots of a standard-sized home that was updated. It may just be all the “convincing” your family member needs! Click below to see what I mean…]
I was recently in a Mediterranean style home that had been built and decorated completely inside the Tuscan Brown Trend. Dark (pink beige & butterscotch) Travertine floors throughout the main floor, yellow/gold granite countertops, dark wood stained cabinets throughout, yellow walls everywhere and 8 bathrooms outfitted in very expensive finishes, most with conflicting colours in floors and countertops…