For thousands of years, ceilings have brought architectural and artistic interest to buildings and homes. They’ve told stories, but now they are mostly simply blank and forgotten. Add character to your ceiling to draw the eye up! By doing so, this will create a visually appealing space from top to bottom (literally).
There are countless ways to enhance your ceiling. A simple fresh coat of paint with a hint of colour, or even a bold hue, creates instant drama! If you’re slightly more adventurous, using wallpaper on the ceiling will definitely add drama to any room. With high ceilings there is an endless opportunity for adding architectural features!
Don’t be scared to jazz up your ceiling. Any of these ideas will enhance the look of your room from drab to fab!
Photography is perfect for capturing those special moments in life. With today’s technology it’s easy to transform those moments into works of art for your home. A constant reminder of the good times and beautiful things on earth. Get inspired from some of these cool photo displays!
I always say, “If you are planning on making a statement, it better be grand!” There’s nothing better than hearing someone say “WOW” after having their breath taken away. Enjoy these graphic rooms with their fabulously impactful statements! (it doesn’t always have to be in green, it just happened to be a green moment!)
Every time I purchase a new book or accessory, I always think about how I will display the item or worse, where the heck I will store it?! There always seems to be little space left in drawers or on shelves. It’s a constant challenge, so it’s time to think out of the box and get some inspiration! Whether it’s a custom piece or a little DIY project, these solutions are absolutely terrific!
Emerald isn’t just for Oz anymore. Hot off the runways, emerald green is deemed the next big colour trend for 2013. Its vibrancy adds depth to any room whether a focal colour or an accent. Below, the velvet chairs create an elegant yet fun dining setting without feeling too stuck up. The emerald greens walls in conjunction with black and white accents create a sophisticated and timeless space. Being such a versatile colour, emerald green can transform any room into a beautiful and trendy space.
Sometimes city life can get the best of us. A country retreat is the perfect getaway that reconnects us with nature and peace of mind. It’s a change of pace and lifestyle…at least for a few days. There’s something warm and cozy in the use of natural materials (stone, wood, sand, etc.) that makes a rustic home very appealing. It’s the one of a kind vintage pieces mixed and matched with new fixtures that makes each rustic space uniquely sensational.
I will admit, I thought I had this technique down pat, and I still might as far as the impact of the lighting display goes. I will find out once I try this “pro-tested” technique.
Our tree turns out beautifully every year; however the light wires are always a challenge to remove and untangle without losing my patience, or my mind for that matter.
So what’s the trick to keep orderly wires and have a dramatic light display on your tree?
Work one section at a time by dividing the tree vertically into 3 sections. Weave each string of lights, beginning from the bottom and working your way up, and down again. Keep your string of lights as tight to the trunk as possible and slowly work your way out to the branch tips, continue this method on the remaining 2 sections of your tree.
Our tree went up yesterday and I’m thinking of taking it all down and re-doing the lighting using this technique, or maybe not!
With a new year just around the corner, leading designer Jamie Alexander is predicting the following trends in the near future:
1. Mixing finishes. “Like with jewelry, we are beginning to see a mix of finishes.” Gold and silver working together to create the perfect combination of warm and cool metal tones. Also expect to see more brushed finishes rather than polished shiny reflections.
2. Patterns will be taking a back seat next year. Neutral fabrics will highlight the new forms and curves of furniture. Pay attention to the shape and subtle details in a piece before making your purchase.
3. Try to go for more neutral colours on larger furniture pieces and have fun with colour through the many new accessories hitting the shelves in a matter of days.
4. The 60s Eames chair dominates todays contemporary dining chair, as with each month’s new magazine, I flip and see the Eames dining chair used for the kitchen, dining and office table. But the 60s are now making an even greater comeback with walnut finishes. Goodbye espresso and good ridden! It was always a major dust collector.
5. The cottage is not the only place for those older rustic furniture pieces, their making their way into our everyday living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and so forth. Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn are notorious for recreating the rustic characteristic within new furniture.
Keep an eye out for the New and Wonderful!
With the arrival of fall comes new pleasures. As the evenings become cooler its time to huddle around the fire pit with a warm blanket and cup of hot chocolate. Transforming a patio into a second living room is a great way to enjoy the cool fall air. Gain some inspiration from these fabulously cozy outdoor spaces.
The Dress: Electric Yellow popped off the red carpet. These ladies wore it right keeping the accessories to a minimum (or not at all!). They let the yellow shine on its own, well done! Don’t be surprised if you see this vibrant hue carried through the holiday season and ringing in the New Year.
The Design: Since yellow is the most visible colour, it is also the most “attention getting’ colour. If yellow is your thing and you would like a pop-out colour, go for it!
The Dress: A Few Shades Of Grey – and silver – made a strong showing and as a neutral, grey is versatile and trans-seasonal. Grey hues are heating up the fall and winter fashion scene. We’re even seeing this trendy colour in hair!
The Design: Shades of grey and silver have always been a classic element of any design. Keeping a palette simple and elegant using layers of tones. Will never go out of Vogue
The Dress: Energetic Orange makes a bold statement and arouses good emotions. These leading ladies opted for the citrus-inspired trend and they all glowed.
The Design: Great colour for all seasons. The tones can change like the seasons. Orange has been on top of the design charts all year and we don’t think it will be going away anytime soon. We’re working on our own orange inspired design and can’t wait to show it off to you.
The Dress: Seafoam, aquamarine blues and greens replace last year’s cobalt blues. How fresh!
The Design: Glass Mosaic Tile in Aquamarine and Turquoise. These colours remind me of beautiful tropical waters – perfect for the bathroom.