Design Lessons

A Well Styled Kitchen

Sometimes all your kitchen needs is a bit of styling to get it looking it's best.  Even if you don't love your fixed items like your cabinets or counters, adding new accessories can make it feel refreshed.  Here is the example of a kitchen without any styling.

Black And White Kitchen Design

Here is the same space styled.  Not that this space looks bad in anyway, anyone would love to have the herringbone wood floor, black and white cabinets and appliances, but once it's styled it takes it to a whole new level.      

Black And White Kitchen With Vintage Runner

 Adding texture and interest with accessories really bring your space to life.  Don't forget to add live plants and art to your kitchen!  It really makes your space warm and inviting.  Here are a few items to get you started on adding some warm touches to your own space.

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Winter Front Door Styling

If you are like me and it's getting cold where you live, you are probably thinking of ways of getting your outdoor space styled before you are out there freezing your butt off!  I like to keep exterior design elements simple and classic.  


Designer- Grace Castaneda

Start with some classic but modern black planters that you can fill with a blue spruce tree or a mix of evergreens.  Lay an indoor/outdoor mat centred in front of your door with a fun door mat on top, and finish it off with a beautiful wreath.  Simple, classic and this will take you right through the holidays.  

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Design Lesson:: How High To Hang A Television Over A Fireplace

I just had this issue come up with the recent basement renovation design.  How high to hang a television over a fireplace, It is a bit tricky to have optimal tv viewing but still keeping it aesthetically pleasing.  

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The optimal height to the centre of a tv for seated viewing is 42".  In this space there is a sectional sofa with a bar area behind so there will be seated and standing viewing.   We have a large 65" Tv mounted at 60" to the centre but we are using a tilted mounting bracket that will help. This is just an example of how it helps to have your space laid out so you can make these decisions on paper before you have the fireplace installed and Tv mounted.