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Interior Design Blog — interior decorating

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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Drama at the Dinner Table

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The dining room can be a space that adds drama to your home. It should be a welcoming and utilitarian space, but also exciting and a place that you are proud to invite guests into. Most homes have more than one space dedicated to eating and the formal dining room is often just that; formal. By keeping a few design principals in mind, you can create a space that has dramatic flare for entertaining friends, but is also family friendly and usable day to day. Here are some of my best tips for creating a special space for family and...

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The Ultimate Not-Quite-Halloween Party How To

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Decorating your house for Halloween can be a lot of fun and also a lot of work, so if you are looking for a chance to show off your handiwork, here is a great party idea for the end of October.  This idea was born out of the need to have a Halloween party and the realization that hosting on Halloween night is a hassle. A lot of people have commitments that night with respect to handing out candy or taking kids out trick or treating. There has to be a way for the adults to have a fun night...

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Chillingly Easy and Hauntingly Excellent Hallowe'en Decorating

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Seasonal decorating is great, because it doesn't need to be perfect and really the only objective is to have fun.I like to create a mood, but I don't like to store away box after box of stuff to get a creepy vibe going. So, here are some of my favourite tips for haunting your place up without needing to store too much stuff in your crypt year round. I am always inspired by Disney's Haunted Mansion. I love that elegant and moody look, so if you like the slasher movie thing, look elsewhere. First, I know those spider webs are...

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Home Entertaining: Host a Scotch Tasting this Fall

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I don't just see myself as an interior designer, but as a professional homemaker. For me, part of making a house a home is entertaining. Bringing in friends and family and making them feel welcome and honoured. We have long cold winters in Calgary, and so I will (from time to time) share with you some of my ideas for entertaining during the fall and winter months. Heck, I'm sure I will also blog about spring and summer parties too.  Full disclosure: I'm part Scottish and I don't really care for scotch. I can still appreciate that my ancestors felt...

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