Mixing styles

Just a few quick snaps from some recent work in a client's house. The bedroom is a great example of simple style that mixes a few elements for a lovely effect. Gold, white, and a pale grey-violet color mix to create a relaxing space. The simple Ikea nightstands work beautifully with  lush little table lamps. Bedroom style: Simple elements mix - gold, white, and a grey-violet .

Trixie, the on site help. She's also handy with my measuring tape.

Bedroom style: Simple elements mix - gold, white, and a grey-violet .

Bedroom style: Simple ikea night stand with a beautiful, small gold table lamp.

The room is a wonderful mix of styles, and really captures the idea that you don't have to spend a fortune to get a distinct look for your home.  I'm off to start setting up a client's condo - a lovely downtown space with some great artwork. Pictures from that to come soon!

Going Gold

One of the hottest trends this year continues to be warm metallics. While copper was big last year, we've now turned to the more classic look of gold and brass. This is good news, as a classic look tends to hold better over time than trends that burn hot for a short period. Metals are also a great way to add sophistication, or even glamor, to your rooms. From lamps to planters and accessories, we've got some simple ways that you can incorporate this look in to your decor without breaking the bank or having to re-do an entire space.

Going gold - warm metals like gold and brass are hot right now. We'll show you how to bring them in to your living room, dining room or bedroom without having to change a whole space.

Lighting

Lighting is one of the most over looked areas when people are decorating, both in terms of budget and style. Taking a bit of time to find a few fixtures with real distinction can make a huge difference in the look of your space. Here we've got two examples that show a wonderful warm metal tone in two contrasting styles.I'd be happy to put both of these in the same space. Don't be overly worried that everything you have is from a matched set, or even represents the same style.  If you have decided on an overall look for your space that is a bit eclectic or mixed, lighting is a great way to show a bit of contrast.

Gold and white pendant lights

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Gold table lamp

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Accessories

Quick and easy, dropping in a few gold or brass accessories around your room is a fast way to bring in some metals. Everything from trays, to candle holders, book ends, vases and small statues can help define the look of your space. And pineapples, you say? There a classic and I kind of love them.

 

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Tables and Stands

Changing a major piece like a coffee table is a great way to bring new life into a space. But smaller pieces like plant stands are also an option if you don't want to commit to something big. I recently found some glass and brass nesting tables at a vintage shop and immediately threw them in my living room for a bit of shine and style. Quick, easy and I can move them around for different looks.

Brass and glass coffee table

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gold and mirror panters

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Mirrors

Everyone knows that mirrors are a great way to add a bit of light to your space, but they are also fantastic decor elements if chosen well. If your taste runs to the simple, go for a plain rectangle with a gilt frame. But if you are looking for a bit of a statement on your wall, think of something like the pentagonal mirror here. It serves the multi-purpose of adding light and creating a pointo f interest in the room.

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Gold mirror

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Before and After: The Dining Room

It's another before and after for you - today's edition is the dining room of a home we've been working on recently.  It's the same home we feature in the Living Room Before and After last week. An older home that had some patchy work done before being sold to our clients, the dining room was a drab putty tone and the light fixture was a bit dated. There was little to make this room stand out as the entertaining space our clients wanted. BEFORE:

Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

AFTER:

The dining room was painted the same calm grey as the living room, and a subdued but still dramatic wall paper was added to one wall. The clients wanted a to make this room a feature while still looking clean and smart and it was decided that a chandelier would take it past that point. A simple, modern light fixture on a dimmer switch was chosen to contrast the pattern and color of the wall paper, while still offering sufficient light for dining and socializing.Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

The table is a vintage find, which is often a great way to mix up the look in a dining room and stay on budget. The moulded chairs provide a contrast, both against the wood of the table and floor, and the color of the wallpaper. They also tie in nicely with the white light fixture.

Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

The dining room is a fairly small space, and a hutch or large bar would have eaten up the room and made it feel a bit crowded. A small, portable bar fits nicely in the corner, and can be wheeled out to the living room for a bit of smart cocktail entertaining.

Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

You don't need a lot of stemware on show in your dining room if you don't have a large hutch or case for it. Pick a few of your favourite things to display, along with a few bottles of the things you love best. Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

The dining table  has a leaf, and extra chairs are simply placed in two corners of the room, ready for use either in here, as as extra seating in the living room when entertaining. Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

 Clients often shy away from the idea of darker walls, as they have been taught that they make small spaces feel smaller, and rob the space of light, but that's so often really not the case.  Our clients were wary of the dark wall, but trusted us to make a decision that was aligned with their vision for the room. Making the far wall darker not only gives you a focal point, but it can make the wall appear further away, tricking the eye into seeing more space. This room also has a large patio door, and a wide opening in to the living room, which has a huge window. Having both of these sources of natural light meant that I would have been confident to paint this entire space dark and know that the natural light would keep it from being claustrophobic. In the end, the wallpaper provided just the right touch of drama to the room, while never overwhelming it.

Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

A final bonus is the view of this beautiful wall from the living room or kitchen, which simply makes you want to enter the space and take a look. CP LR 8

 

DIY: Holiday Tables

Tomorrow our American readers will be celebrating Thanksgiving, and then we are into the festive season full speed ahead. As always, my urge is to decorate ALL THE THINGS! But sometimes, a more measured approach can be equally stunning. For holiday tabletop decor ideas that rely on a natural look , decor8blog has you covered. Beautiful and simple holiday tabletop decor.

Keeping the decor simple allows you to focus on the items you do feature - and keeps plenty of space for all the food!

Beautiful and simple holiday tabletop decor.

The white linens and dishes let natural elements and greenery stand out.

Beautiful and simple holiday tabletop decor.

The essence of less is more on your table this year. For full deatils, go here.

Decor: Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving is the Thanksgiving dinner that we hold each year for friends.  Up North here,  Thanksgiving was in early October (we have an earlier harvest than the US) and that meal was for family.  Friendsgiving dinner lets us celebrate the harvest season after all the hubbub of the traditional holiday has died down.  And,  of course,  it means setting another table. 20151017_153233 20151017_153257

I always feel the urge to go bigger and do more for the centrepiece,  and then I remember how each year we struggle to fit all the food on the table,  and I calm down and simplify.

Some small white pumpkins, beautiful cut glass candlesticks and some chestnuts - and as you can see,  the foliage in these parts is still not playing along with the idea of fall.  You work with what you have.  Happy Friendsgiving!

Setting an Autumn Table

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Now that there is a chill in the air (and my feet have turned into icy claws until next May - it's a genetic thing, but that doesn't make Steve any happier about being next to them in bed every night) our thoughts turn to autumnal decor.  Your fall table doesn't have to be an overwrought display of decorative gourds and glitter. It can be as understated as this table setting, with copper flatware (nice!) and the simplest of accents. IMG_1759-1075x605

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Pinterest can sometimes convince us that if it's not elaborate, it's not worth it, but sometimes keeping things plain and simple leave the focus on good food and good company.

And a warm pair of slippers.  See more at Hello Mrs. Eve.

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DIY - Gold Hexagon Table

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This beautiful gold hexagon table is right on trend and would look gorgeous in so many different settings, from a bohemian living room to a white, modern bedroom.  And the best part is that you can make this yourself. diy-hexagon-end-table-800-W

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I would rate this as DIY-Medium. You're going to need some power tools and the knowledge of how to use them. But what is life if not an opportunity to learn something new every day? And once you have those skills, think of the things you could do!  Get the free plans - and step-by-step instructions and pictures - at Pneumatic Addict.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]