Nov
28

Gift Ideas

Posted by Peter Brooks in Design Tips, Shops on Nov 28th, 2013

It’s that time of year when the stores are buzzing with Christmas shoppers and finding parking is a nightmare! Figuring out what gift to get for your family, friends and colleagues is a challenge on it’s own. So we thought we might help out with some great gift ideas for this upcoming holiday season.

Anthropologie has a great assortment of interesting ornament!

West Elm is our favorite shop for fun and quirky kitchen items!

CB2 has great contemporary accessories for any part of the home!

Zara Home recently opened a store location in Yorkdale mall, with many fabulous types of linen to select from. But the item I went crazy over is their selection of his and hers slippers. So challenging to find a nice pair and now we know where to get them!



Nov
19

Start Decorating

Posted by Peter Brooks in Uncategorized on Nov 19th, 2013

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start decorating! We wanted to share some fun, easy and inexpensive ways to decorate your home for this year’s holiday season. Enjoy!



Nov
13

Colour Me Bold

Posted by Peter Brooks in Furniture, Interior design on Nov 13th, 2013

When selecting a fabric for a sofa, our natural instinct is to select a neutral colour. It’s safe, timeless and easy to change up with a couple of toss cushions. But once in a while, there is a great desire to go bold! Sometimes the sofa needs to the statement piece in the room, especially if it is located in a neutral setting. These fabulous sofas are sure to catch your eye!



Nov
05

Lounge Act

Posted by Peter Brooks in Interior design on Nov 5th, 2013

Sometimes, you just need to have a lazy day; in my case, a whole weekend! Lounging on the sofa catching up on all the missed episodes of Mad Men is just “what the doctor ordered.” For a while my brain seemed to stop working but it starts right up again when I look around at my living room with a sudden urge to change or rearrange something. So now I’m seeking inspiration for the living room, so that someday I can have the ultimate “lazy day.” What would your lazy day entail?



Oct
28

Kitchen Delight

Posted by Peter Brooks in Interior design on Oct 28th, 2013

With holidays fast approaching, I know I will be spending most of my time in the kitchen, preparing for those family dinners and get together with friends. The kitchen is where the magic happens. So for this season, I thought I would share some inspirational photos with you. Enjoy!



Oct
22

To paint or not to paint? That is the question!

Posted by Peter Brooks in Interior design on Oct 22nd, 2013

When decorating or designing older homes, the question that always comes up is, to paint or not to paint the trim and wainscoting? The sight of wood is appealing, but can make a space feel enclosed and dark. Most of the time it depends on the type of wood used in the space with the finish applied and scale of the space. So how does one know? If its rich woods like mahogany in a room with plenty of natural light, you do NOT need to paint it. If the ceilings are low or the space is small in scale, then DO paint it. Here are some examples.



Oct
15

Fall Luxury

Posted by Peter Brooks in Interior design on Oct 15th, 2013

Fall is upon us! The leaves have turned into that beautiful golden yellow with pops of rich red tones. There is a rustic feeling to the season, with thanksgiving and pumpkin fields capturing our attention. But let’s think outside the box a bit and venture into the world of pure luxury. No matter what time of year, these interiors will remain ultra-chic.



Oct
10

Casa RO

Posted by Peter Brooks in Architecture, Interior design on Oct 10th, 2013

As an interior designer, it’s our responsibility to redesign a space for maximum flow and function. Within some homes, that means addressing the existing architectural structure and reconfiguring it into something new and out of the box. On the other hand, there are some homes where the architecture is flawless and it’s a matter of furnishing the space. This house, Casa RO is situated in a forested area near the town of Tapalpa designed by Elias Rizo Arquitectos. A beautiful serene retreat with stunning architectural details.



Oct
03

The last item on the list

Posted by Peter Brooks in Design Tips, Interior design on Oct 3rd, 2013

The hallway isn’t always the first thing on the reno list or on the list at all. It’s a space that doesn’t seem to get noticed yet we use it every day! Perhaps it’s not so much forgotten as it is a challenge to tackle. It can be narrow and dark with low ceilings or little to no room for furniture. But there are always tips and tricks to make any space work. For instance, painting the walls a light colour, adding artwork, a new light fixture and a runner can make all the difference!



Sep
25

A fabulous solution for any bathroom

Posted by Peter Brooks in Design Tips, Interior design, Renovations on Sep 25th, 2013

When starting a bathroom renovation, before sourcing any of the tile or shinny fixtures, it’s all about the layout. Most of the time, our clients are seeking to expand their bathrooms which means a completely new layout, but finding additional space to fit in a 4 piece bathroom (common on the wish list) can be a challenge. A walk-in shower next to a bathtub is a great space saving solution when dealing with tight or awkward spaces. Easy to access the tub and shower simultaneously without requiring additional square footage. Perhaps this could be one of your future bathrooms?