How To Choose the Best Size Chandelier for your Dining Room.

Picking the right light fixture for your dining room, foyer or entry hall can be confusing and difficult.  Then, once you have figured out the right size, then you have to decide the perfect height.  There are universal rules for you to consider to make the process easier. (PC: HGTV) Follow these easy tips to ensure your room is well lit and comfortable for your guests to enjoy.If you've just moved into a new home and haven't picked out dining room furniture, but want to start with a lighting fixture, simply add the length and width measurements of the room together. The number you get is the right size diameter a chandelier should be. For example, if your dining room is 12′ x 12′, a 24″ diameter chandelier would look great.But If you already have a table, it is … [Read more...]

Vintage Decor Defined

When it comes to home decor, everything can be charted on a historical timeline with labels like contemporary, antique, vintage or retro.  However since nothing is ever certified with a date, the actual period of a piece can often be open to interpretation.  Add to that confusion about what these terms mean and creating a vintage inspired space, can become a real challenge.According to Merriam-Webster, the term vintage relates primarily to wine and is the modified form of the French word vendage, meaning "the grapes picked during a season." Perhaps a more helpful explanation comes from Ruby Lane, noting that "an item described as 'vintage' should speak of the era in which it was produced. Vintage can mean an item is of a certain period of time, as in "vintage 1950's" but it can also … [Read more...]

Decor Elements to Easily Create FarmHouse Style

Farmhouse style has evolved over the years, from a lifestyle of necessity to a chic way of living that focuses on simplicity and heritage.  Recycling, upcycling and renovating are all a part of Farmhouse style.  But you don't have to live in a fabulous old farmhouse to create a country feel in your space.  I've pulled together some of my favorite ways to help you create a space with rustic elements and a nod to the past.I don't think there is anything more quintessentially farmhouse than a farmhouse sink.  Big and deep, the just the thing to wash produce, bath children and anything else!  One of my favorite farmhouse style sinks is the Blanco Fireclay Sinks featuring Blanco Cerana, the perfect blend of durability and versatility, perfect for your traditional or contemporary … [Read more...]

Five Tips to Decorate for Spring

Spring is officially here!  That means it's one of my favorite times of year and time to switch out our heavy winter decor for lighter and brighter options!  As always, I aim to inspire and guide you without breaking the bank, so I've curated five of my favorite ways to welcome Spring into your home.Fresh Flowers.Nothing says Spring like fresh flowers.  Whether it's bouquets of freshly cut wild flowers or pretty potted plants, the addition of beautiful blooms is the perfect way to welcome Spring. Not only do they add freshness and fragrance, but fresh flowers are an inexpensive and low commitment way to inject colour into a space.  I love tulips and happily go over board on them this time of as they are abundant and inexpensive.  Sprinkle them through out your home - laundry room, … [Read more...]

How to Use Bold Colour & Pattern Like a Pro

Life would be pretty "blah" without colour in it. It's a way to express our individuality, our creativity, and to make our homes interesting as well as beautiful.  Even if your style is minimalistic and modern, there is always room for colour and pattern somewhere.Where to start? Where to find inspiration? A great way to introduce some colour into your space can be with artwork. Art is very personal, so what you select really says something about you and your style.  Do you like modern, abstract, still life, traditional, landscapes, watercolours, or photography? Some people like a bit of everything and a mix is always a good thing. Whatever your style, art "speaks to us" and if we love it, we buy it and take it home.  I usually know within about 10 seconds if it is the piece for me, an … [Read more...]

Top 10 Design Trends at KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show)

I truly enjoyed my time as a design blogger chosen to share design trends on #BlogtourKBIS this year with a great group brought together by Design Resource, Modenus. I was flown to Las Vegas, NV for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show along with 24 other amazing designers from around the globe for a 3-day adventure of style spotting. KBIS is the largest trade show in America and for anyone interested in design, this was like going to Disneyland for Kitchen and Bath designers. I loved seeing all the new introductions as well as some of the classics. At #KBIS2016, you can find everything from new finishes to copper appliances. This is an Instagram collection of great trends and products spotted at this year's Show.NUMBER 1: COLOR is YOUR FRIEND: This colorful range was a favorite at … [Read more...]