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How to use short-term trends in interior decorating

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Design tends to encompass longer term plans like how a space is laid out and what finishes are used on millwork and tile. Decorating is often understood to mean the more superficial elements in a space, such as paint colours, toss cushions and lamps. They might be elements that are more likely to be switched out from time to time because they require little or no actual construction or labour to be done on a home but they are important. The decorative elements in a space are often where much of the character comes from and they are also what...

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A love/hate relationship with interior design trends

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The word "trend" is one of the words I have the most mixed feelings about as an interior designer. There's a part of me that almost feels yucky writing about them and yet they are important and clients often ask me how to keep their homes "on trend", while at the same time avoiding a "trendy" look. This seeming dichotomy has more to do with how the word is used in context and I'd like to try and demystify it.  Over the next few weeks I will be talking about what you should and shouldn't pay attention to, how to...

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Calgary interior design blog launched

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Sustainable design provides immediate personal benefits as it often lowers short and long term costs and increases indoor air quality. Longer-term and profound benefits to the planet as a whole are achieved as people increasingly embrace this trend. I use basic and proven principals that may be incorporated into traditional, transitional and contemporary interiors: Reduce the use of harmful chemicals in finishes, textiles and furniture in your home or office for immediate health benefits to you and your family. Reuse the sun's energy for heating and cooling through intelligent application of finishes to capture passive energy. Save on utility bills and enjoy a more comfortable...

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