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Interior Design Blog — colour consultation

Updating the dated

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What do you do when you have dated finishes you can't tear out? Here's how to work around them and give your space a lift on a budget.  Looking at the picture above, what did you notice first? The sculptural deer head? The vases? The lamp? The toss cushions? The throw? What about the dated, 1980s seafoam carpet?  Yup, it's there, but it probably isn't where your eye when first. I am going to share with you the formula to work around a challenging colour in your space. I am using the example of flooring and seafoam as the colour,...

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Incorporating your travels into your interior design

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If you have a favourite travel destination, why not bring it home with you through your interior design?  This can be done in a way that isn't too "theme-y" by toning things down, and considering what the textures, design elements and mood of that place are. OK, you really might not be able to tone it down too much if your favourite travel destination is Vegas, but I am guessing if it is, you might just want your space to feel more dynamic anyway.  I worked with a client who loved visiting North Africa and she and I started talking...

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Pull It Together! Decorating a room; where do you start?

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When I am working with a client to pull a space together, they are often surprised to learn that choosing paint colour is one of the last steps in the decorating process. The reason for this is simple; you can find any paint colour you can imagine, but you might find that other finishes needed in a room are much more limited.   Start with your "must haves". Do you absolutely want a quartz countertop in your kitchen? If so, there may be only 3-4 choices that appeal to you. Go there first and work outwards. Work from items where...

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