Room Candy

November 20, 2013

OH! Christmas Tree

Yep...Its time...decorating for the holidays! Love or hate it , gotta be done to some degree :) 

The Tree ....... Centrepiece of the Holidays

What does your tree look like? Does it have a theme? 
A colour? Traditional or contemporary ?

And the million dollar question...if YOU ( not the family lol ) could pick a tree style or theme..what would it be? Or maybe its what you already have .

The Blue Tree

The Eclectic!

The Gold Tree

The Pink Tree

The Traditional Tree :)

The White Tree

...and my personal fav

Let the decorating begin!


November 01, 2013

Living Room Paint & Shuffle!

Here's a quick living room redo we just finished yesterday.
 New paint helped transform this nice, tidy - but  alittle bit dreary - formal room into a bright and pulled together space for book club and other social events! 
Using most of what our clients already had

we redesigned the layout added in a few pieces of  art & accessories ... bam! fresh new look.

Before... wall and accent colours really were not doing much for the room

After... changing up the colour freshens up the whole space.
 The new blue accent pillows and throw make it comfortable and inviting.

Loving this paint colour: Benjamin Moore Grey Cashmere 2123-60  ( a soft blue green grey)

Just installed this new dining fixture in the adjacent dining area...
now waiting on art and a fab mirror to arrive. 

Doesn't take much to brighten up a space... Roll up those sleeves and get to work!

Happy Friday and official day after Halloween Candy Hangover Day!!
~ Tracey and Stacey

October 28, 2013

ReInvent your space today for free !

ReFresh ReInvent RePurpose..its free!

The most common thing we hear from our design clients "its just not working!" 
Here's the goods on how to go from Drab to Fab in a few hours without leaving home or spending a dime. ( yes real life living...not show homes!)

1. On your next day off pick a single room... a great starting point and won't overwhelm!

2. Shop your home/garage/shed/storage space
You have stuff...we all have stuff!! Look around...don't get hung up on matching things or colour and all that blah blah blah. Just decide if you love it or not. If not give it away or sell it. Be Ruthless! Imagine someone like me watching you sort...what would I say ? :) 
You will find treasures I guarantee it!
Now imagine those loved pieces used in another way or even another room. (see #4)

Shopped the garage!

3. Clear the clutter...cannot stress this enough...less is more!! 
If you have piles of stuff now is the time to clear...take a day and work on it, moving quickly 
(march march march!) and honestly throughout the space.

This client was thinking of selling....too much stuff and she was overwhelmed!

4. Move stuff around. 
Now that there is room maybe that funky console would look better in the entry or paired with your beloved art piece and retro lamp? Wow nice that you can see it clearly now without  homework/keys/6 months of unread HGTV magazines covering it! 
Try a new layout...angle the sofa , pair up a couple of chairs for a new conversation area.
Can you hear us asking "Are the pieces the right scale for the room?" Layer some complementary cushions and favourite bits until you get the right combination. 
Keep moving- adding and deleting until its right!

Once the layout was working ( flow, scale of art...) this space was finished off by adding some inexpensive drapery panels...99% of what she had was just moved around! ahhhh!

5. Form /Function /Your Heart
Candace Olson says "follow basic design rules and know when to break them" How does the space function ..are you bumping into things? Good flow? Scale? Is it too sparse or too cramped..( see clutter rule #3 above!) Can it be slipcovered or painted? Old lamp...
new shade! If you love your eclectic combos then they should stand out front and centre.
Your home should always reflect you and how you want to live in it ...follow your heart <3

 Gallon of white paint, move some stuff around + declutter ....yes you can!

6. Know when to call for help :)  
(if you are pulling out your hair or sleeping in the doghouse this may be the time to call!)

Challenge: Pick a space today and get going!  Show us and we will post your successes!!

** all of these photos are redesigns are regular everyday homes we finished mostly without any new purchases . 

Have we said Yes You Can?...

~Tracey and Stacey

September 24, 2013

Light The Way!

Lighting has a HUGE impact on how your home looks and feels. If your are like me walking into a lighting store gives me an instant headache and a sore neck (look up...waaay up! ) 
- overwhelmed we tend to ignore our lighting needs. 
With so many options which is right for your space and your budget?

The right combination of overhead and eye level lighting is key. 
Ceiling light alone will make   the space feel a bit institutional - like, 
and can cast unflattering shadows.(none of us need that!)
 Layered lighting casts light pools giving a soft warm effect. 
Of course common sense dictates where you need focused task lighting...
bathroom or kitchen work areas ( sconces, pendants or spot lights), 
reading lights in office or family room.

Match your lighting to the scale of your room, the pieces in the room as well as the room use.

One of my all time fav vignettes from Style At Home - Great console styling + awesome scale entry fixture reflected beautifully in the mirror. Love love love.

 Love these simple pretty retro glass pendants . They add some sparkle to this fab white kitchen

The right bulb makes a difference too. LEDs are extremely energy efficient and will lead to lower power bills and less frequent bulb changing. They are very long lasting, shatter resistant, cool to the touch, and cost effective. The on-trend Edison style bulbs look great in retro, vintage and industrial fixtures. 
They can be spendy though and do not give great light....

DIMMERS IN EVERY ROOM I say! A great small investment with enormous return. Controlling the amount of light required is such a bonus and instantly can add warm ambiance to your space when you want it and brighter light when you need it.

Found a great lamp base ( maybe a thrift store treasure) but ugly outdated shade? ...change it up! Many retailers now sell shades in sizes and colours to match your decor. Floor lamps are great bedside light alternatives...perfect for reading and a change from typical matching table lamps. Table lamps provide added style, task and ambient lighting for almost every room. They are perfect on a desk, end table and entry table. Homesense has tons of fun table lamps for very little $$! like this rope lamp below we used in a cottage design.
Target also has some great options.

Chandelier in the bedroom ... you bet! In the bathroom...why not!? They bring the opportunity to layer in another light source while adding in the pretty and some drama!  A large chandelier can stand out in a big space, such as a grand foyer, just as beautifully as a mini chandelier can dramatically enhance a smaller space, like a powder room or walk-in closet. Floor lamps are great bedside light...
perfect for reading and a change from typical matchy table lamps. 
Or try hanging for huge impact:)!


Take some time on your next lighting purchase...your rooms will thank you !


September 19, 2013

Goin' Coastal!

natural linens and soft white palette

Living on the coast of Vancouver Island pairs nicely with my <3 of coastal decor. Go figure!
If you like this style you are probably what I call "light" people.
 I am definitely a light person....light fabrics ( WHITE!) and textures, natural light , unobstructed windows and much to my husbands dismay LOTS of lights turned on..especially in our dreary wet coast winters. 
There's "dark" people too a good way lol! Those that like the cozy dimly lit spaces , rich sumptuous fabrics and heavy gorgeous window coverings...think velvet, fur, candles. 

It's an interesting concept...Which are you?

White is the hallmark of Coastal decor. 
It spreads and amplies the light rather than soaking it up.

beachy decor

Layers of pale neutrals : paint in white , creams, light greys ,soft blues and greens.
 Matt and honed finishes. Natural fibres and organic elements :
 cotton, linen, straw, jute, sea grass, rope.

white painted suitcase accessory

Love love love this painted suitcase! 

Weathered wood that has been exposed to sun and sea for years. Bleached and worn. Painted wood that shows texture and imperfections . Wide floor planks and soft greyed wood furniture pieces. Rough and imperfect antique pieces that tell a story fit so well into this style

rope mirror and towel holder

       chandelier in coastal bathroom

Simple accessories of glass, shells , books and collectibles. Throw in a pop of your fav and unexpected colour or element and the space will truly reflect you!

All together = airy comfy inviting spaces that say "Come in- relax and enjoy!" 

Go on - Go Coastal!

September 06, 2013

Colour Splash: Crazy for Cobalt!

We have been seeing it for awhile in fashion...Cobalt : an awesome pop of electric blue and close relative to sophisticated Navy.
As always interior design intermingles in a wonderful way 
with fashion art and life in general :) 
We see this great colour appearing now in our living rooms, bedrooms and pretty much everywhere!
  So looking forward to styling a room with this colour. Any takers?!

MY fav...this Bernhardt Beckett sofa in COBALT VELVET...oh my!


Love this gorgeous bedroom!

Step outside your colour comfort zone..try a splash of blue!


September 03, 2013

Happy New Year!

It's the day after Labour Day....I know...not a new year technically but this for me is always the time to get back to work, get inspired and get things done! (do I hear cheerful humming from all the moms on their way to school ?! " ...the most wonderful time of the year...." lol) I usually do better at my September resolutions than I do at my January endeavours so I am going to stick with that plan :)

I also made a promise to my family at the beginning of summer that I would detach from my computer ( unless work necessary)
  ... and guess was fine! 
A few months sans social media, blog posts, pinterest and I am still in one piece. But now its time to get back at 'er.

Stacey and I were BUSY! Tons of new fun design clients and some some staging work. I think our busiest summer ever. 
I also did a little cabin deck refresh ( while NOT on my computer !)

Here's a peak at our newly painted and decked out little getaway at Horne Lake.

We started out like this...hasn't been touched in 13 years. ( its 540 sq ft...just a baby cabin)

...and with new deck rails , new TREX decking and new grey paint / white trim :)

     And a door that went from red to yellow and finally this blue.

A peak of the lake...we get full vista morning until night...pretty lucky.

Another salvaged fixture, spray painted and re wired :) 
This is apparently old...ceramic from Italy. I'm sure not meant for painting :/

After great!


Here's a cool way to use an old lamp outdoors...cut the wire off and remove from base. Insert a solar light top  ( post removed ) into the bulb receptacle ( mine fit exactly!) and there you have a solar powered  outdoor lamp!

So we now have a way bigger deck and very all weather friendly and much needed outdoor space. 

And a little teaser...we are working on three new big design renos. In one fab new place we ordered this smashing Berhardt Beckett sofa.....YUMMMY!! Can't wait until its all in place to show ...wallpaper, new furniture, fab dining and living areas. Stay tuned:)

What did you you do this summer? Were you glued to your computer...hope not!
Any New Fall resolutions? Mine? Post more, work hard, be kind
...and take lots of photos !
Have fun and get busy :)