Decorating Trends

Gold award for 398 Square Feet of Winning Style!

An important professional challenge of mine earlier this year was decorating and creating a furniture layout plan for a 398 square foot show suite inside a new development in Surrey, BC.  I was hired by the developer’s marketing company to decorate and set up a display suite to show potential buyers how the unit could be furnished.   My goal in…

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Top trends in window coverings

The following blog post is taken from the Canadian Decorators‘ Association (CDECA) blog website which features decorating tips, how-to’s and advice from experts who are accredited members of this association. This blog post features yours truly as one of the experts answering questions about the top trends in window coverings. There are plenty of trends out there right now for people looking to spice…

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Finding your decorating starting line.

For the past few months I’ve been working on several decorating projects with both new and previous clients. One of these jobs involved helping a client find new fabric to reupholster her living room furniture. Other clients purchased all new furniture –– their first time doing so in a couple of decades –– along with flooring for a new condo. The third…

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From concept to completion: How custom drapes for a nursery meets the due date.

Back in the fall of last year, I received a call from a new client (a referral from a past client – the best compliment!) who was looking for help with decorating the spare bedroom with custom drapes and wall paint colour to become a nursery for her yet-to-be-born baby. How exciting! We started with looking at her existing furniture and…

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Styling an Autumn Themed Fireplace Mantel

This seasonal home décor project is how to style an autumn themed fireplace mantel with seasonal items. For me, fall decorating is all about bringing in natural materials and using found objects from in and around your home to create your seasonal decor displays. This mantel is only 5 1/8″ deep, which makes styling it a bit of a challenge…

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How to be Trendy with Tangerine in 2012

The new “it” colour in design for 2012 is Tangerine Tango. This has been determined by PANTONE® which is the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries which ranges from fashion, graphic design, plastics, automotive and paints. I like what Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, says about this year’s…

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The European style for displaying objects

The North American rule of thumb for decorating is to display items such as vases or photo frames in odd numbers. On my recent trip to the Netherlands, I found that the decorating style there is to display items in even numbers. And it works! Why? Well a symmetrical display of two identical items is a balanced look that is pleasant to the eye. If there…

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