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...]

10 Must-Follow Instagram Accounts for Design Fans

Instagram has quickly become one the most popular social media platforms.  With over 200 million users, 60 million photos uploaded every day (that's 700 photos per second!), it's no wonder those of us with a passion for design, decor, DIY and food, love the app! With the volume of users and photos being uploaded, Instagram is an incredible source of inspiration, but let's face it, it can also be overwhelming.  So I've picked four of my favorite amongst the most popular interior designer on IG.  These designers are perhaps a little less well known compared to titans like Jonathon Adler or Kelly Wearstler, but definitely worth following. New York-based interior and jewelry designer Ashley Darryl shares a passion for everything mid-century modern and her adorable Brussels Griffon, … [Read more...]

Tips on Decorating Your Fireplace Mantel

By Rob Colosi of Inside Home As the cool winds of Autumn begin to blow, our focus turns to area of our house that we have largely overlooked for the past six months, the fireplace.   This soon-to-be main attraction may be in need of a bit of design help.  Below are a few easy tips to get your mantel ready for the warm cozy nights ahead (and some great inspirational photos!) Sweet Something Design First, choosing a theme is a great way to begin the design process.  A theme can be as simple a holiday, pulling colors from the room or inspiration from new or existing artwork. Think about what you like, what you might like to show off. The Inspired Room Once you have chosen a theme,  determine if you already have some items for the mantel and what's missing to collect to … [Read more...]

Time For The Reveal With Valspar and Ace Hardware

It’s reveal time.  When I told you about the summer colors we are loving this year, I said I would tell you how we were going to get them in our lives in a big way and here it is: That’s right – paint chips.  I recently received a “color wheel” full of inspiration in the mail from Valspar Paint  and Ace Hardware . Have you ever felt overwhelmed in the paint section of a large home improvement store? Too much to look at, maybe not enough help or not the right help? Good news! Ace Hardware has teamed with Valspar to create a boutique style experience in their stores. Just like the curated, edited experience you have in a clothing, beauty or jewelry boutique – it’s now available at Ace in The Paint Studio. The beautiful blue green aquas we loved were perfectly portrayed in Valspar … [Read more...]

Interior Design Tips for Small Space Entertaining

Living in a small home shouldn't prevent one from inviting friends and loved ones over to share meals and time together.  With a tad of planning and creativity, entertaining in a small space can be just as satisfying and fun of an experience as when you are living large. Furniture Is For Moving Rethink your furniture arrangement ; can things be shifted for the party to better suit the event?  The way you live with your furniture on a day-to-day basis doesn't need to be how things are set up for when you are entertaining.  Consider  freeing up floor space for people to mingle about, and create conversation areas for groups of two or three to cluster. Stash furniture you want out of the way in bedrooms; this makes a great spot to put the coats and purses of your guests. Create Hover … [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Style Decorating For Less

Pottery Barn is a name we have all come to recognize as an authority in home decorating. We drool over the catalog and wish we could buy everything on the page. Unfortunately not all of us can afford the Pottery Barn prices. There are some tricks and tips you can learn and quickly achieve a home decorating look that is just as classic and stylish as that of Pottery Barn. Eight easy steps to achieve Pottery Barn style Step #1.Go to the Pottery Barn website and study the room settings, tutorials and videos. You may not realize there are loads of free decorating tips on the PB website, which will be your "secret weapon" to achieving this wonderful look. Step #2.Pottery Barn has a line of Benjamin Moore paints that are featured in all the room settings. You can find the entire … [Read more...]