Tag: interior design

Winter Blues

Well, it’s that time of year again, the days are short and the holiday season is over. Many people tend to feel a little down this time of year. Have you been keeping up with your New Years resolutions (come on Susan you’ve only been to the gym twice, you can’t quit now).
This is the perfect time of the year to spruce up your space. As many people are working from home right now, why not tackle your home office? It’s time to take control of that seasonal depression and start fresh.
This time of the year, I recommend a couple of different colours to brighten up your space. I recommend decorating with yellow, creams or your favourite colour. Why not give your space a touch of sunshine? I don’t know where you live reader, but here it’s been quite grey recently. Whether you want to go full bright tropical art, or simply a soft yellow, try to add some colour. After all the whites, greens and reds from the holiday decorations, it’s about time you chose something different.
Next, try to rearrange your space. I know this might sound really simple, but even small changes like shifting your lamp to the other side of the desk can really make an interior feel fresh. Take some time to make your work space a little more productive and new. Home offices don’t have to be boring, you can a little more playful with them. Now, stop reading this post and please clean up that pile of paper that’s been sitting on your desk for the past month.

Am I Bold Enough With My Art Choices?

Happy Tuesday dear reader, how has your week been (that bad huh?). This week’s topic is a little bit abstract. Making bold art choices can be hard for anyone (especially you Susan, you really need to stop buying more desaturated ocean paintings).
Art is one of those strange indefinable things that everyone can appreciate, but no one can agree what is considered “art”. I would argue that “Fountain” by Marcel Duchamp is just a urnal (if you blissfully never took art history, please save yourself from googling the Dada art movement). Now, there is a strong line between a ripping a urnal off the wall and a bold and fresh piece of artwork.
 Everyone’s home decor is different, so the art in your space is going to vary depending on your own taste. If you’re wondering if your art is dramatic enough, ask yourself several questions: first, are you buying an adventures piece of art just to say I have modern taste in artwork? Secondly do you want this piece of artwork to blend into the environment to be a statement piece? Finally, what type of art do you gravitate towards? Many people will make the mistake of investing in a daring print because they think their space is a little boring, but the bright red abstract isn’t even something they particularly like.
In general friend, I will recommend to you if you want your artwork to stand out, try to use a complimentary colour to your decor or a bright and saturated piece to really stand out. A bold piece of art can be something that is colourful, patterned, political or an eye-catching design. Being an adventurous art collector simply means that you own artwork at draws the eyes and stands out.

Cabin Fever

Happy New Years dear reader! With 2020 coming to a close, and a new round of lockdowns starting, you may be finding yourself with a strong case of cabin fever. The only prescription (no it’s not more cowbell) is to get out of your house.
I would recommend visiting a cabin or cottage if you can. Getting away from the city life can be a breath of fresh air. Maybe while you’re at your cabin, take some time to re-decorate. Cabin decorations should be soothing as they’re in a vacation home. Whether you would prefer lots of wood and neutral colours or a more modern take on cottage life, decor can really change your mood. For me, re-decorating and changing my space can lift my mood wonders. Even small changes like moving furniture around can alter the feel and look of a space dramatically.
With a new year beginning, remember to take some time for yourself (your pile of paperwork can wait another day, its already been on your desk for a week anyways Susan). I hope your holidays were healthy and happy, and your 2021 is a little brighter.

Winter Whites

When you think of white, what is the first thing that comes into your head? Do you think it’s cold, stark or boring? More and more with the rise of minimalism and Scandinavian decor, white is making a come back in a big way.

Warm. Vs. Cool Whites

You may heard heard these terms before and thought they were kidding, but truly there are different types of white. Basically this means that you can either have a warm toned white that’s basically the world’s palest yellow or warm colour, or the palest blue that is basically white. When choosing artwork of furnishings for white rooms consider if you want to keep a cooler tone for a more modern design, or go warmer to a warm white. Art can really pop on a white wall, and it can make your space seem really cool and modern like an art gallery. Try to use artwork with black or bold colours to really stand out and bring some life into your space.

Mood and Vision Boards

If you’re anything like me, you love to scroll through Pinterest and pin all those aesthetic moodboards. To put it simply, mood or vision boards are like digital or physical scrapbooks. Whenever I start a new interior design project, my first step is to browse Pinterest to find the perfect vibe for my room. My next step is to create a moodboard.

Putting A Moodboard Together

I find the easiest way to start a moodboard is to center it around a specific colour palette or aesthetic. Say you want to create a room with lots of plants and neutrals, the first step is to grab some colour swatches. If you’re doing this in person, maybe grab some paint chips from the local paint store, or if you work digitally, feel free to use photoshop. Secondly, have lots of photos and tape. This is the fun bit, use tape to stick up a bunch of photographs that inspire you and fit into your moodboard look. Lastly, feel free to accessorize, this is the final step where you add bits and bobs that fill the space and fit the overall look (for example dried flowers, newspaper clippings, postcards or art prints). The next time you start and interior design project, I recommend this easy and quick step in the planning process.

 

Art in the Bedroom

If you’re anything like me, you have trouble finding that perfect piece to suit that one weird wall in your room. Fear not, we all have this same strange affliction, indecision. Maybe you’ve tried hanging several different pieces at this point, or it’s been a weird empty space for too long.
For bedrooms, I generally recommend hanging art over your bed, or on the wall across from your bed. I would use either a set of vertical artworks, or a large horizontal piece that fills up the space. Try to hang your pieces at least 15 cm over top of your furniture so that it doesn’t sit too low. In articles online, they recommend using calming abstracts or neutral photography for your bedroom, but I say if you’re going to be sitting on your bed a lot, choose whatever makes you happy. Feel free to use bolder or more modern pieces if they suit the space.

 

The Art of Being Cozy

Well friend, it’s beginning to be that time of year again. It’s time to bust out the warm socks and scarves, light a candle and snuggle up with a good book. As the year winds to a close and the days get shorter, take some time for yourself.

Eating and drinking

I am a strong proponent for seasonal eating and drinking. In the colder months, I tend to lean towards hotter foods and drinks. Some of my favourites include: tea, hot cocoa and soups. It’s the perfect time of year to dig out that slow cooker from the back of your cupboard and make a slow cooker stew.

Dressing for the weather

This may seem obvious, but I don’t just mean wearing oversized sweaters. I find with the colder months, my wardrobe tends to shift to more muted and darker colours, I favour plaid and heavier fabrics. I can also highly recommend wearing fleece lined tights (just a warm hug on your legs). If you’re looking for that extra bit of warmth, you can layers socks over top of your fleece lined tights for maximum level coziness.
Lastly reader, I am telling you to take some time for yourself. After the elections and the craziness of this year, please be gentle with yourself. Take a day to just do nothing, stretch out on your bed and binge some tv or read a book, enjoy the colder weather and get cozy.

Art in the Kitchen

If you’re looking to refresh your kitchen, how about adding some artwork on the wall? Like so many others that have started projects during quarantine, maybe you’re finally tackling that kitchen re-do you’ve been putting off for years (come on Susan, it’s been six years).

One Big Piece

If you’re having trouble finding the perfect piece for that one weird wall in your kitchen, how about adding a neutral botanical? I find people like to keep the artwork in their kitchens a little less showy to put more of an emphasis on the food and appliances.

Gallery Walls in the Kitchen/Dining room

Many people now have a dining area branching off of their kitchens. These wall tend to be neglected and boring. How about adding a bold gallery wall to get dinner conversations flowing? You can keep the imagery simple and neutral (think nature or shapes) if you want to keep your dining are a little more understated.

Warm Vs Cool Colours

Hey friend, you might this subject is pretty obvious but I would like to talk about the difference between warm and cool colours for a moment. Choosing a colour temperature for a room can make a huge impact on the overall vibe or feeling of the space.

Warm Colours

Wether you’ve gone full earth muffin and made your whole house shapes of browns, oranges and creams, or you’ve got a more boho neutral space, warm colours can make a space seem really inviting. Now warm tones don’t all have to be red or orange, you can have a warm grey wall that will still give you that cozy feeling. Warm greys tend to be white and black mixed with more red and yellow, instead of the cooler blue tined greys. Some very popular current warm tones include rust, terra cotta and ochre.

Cool Colours

The colder end of the colour wheel is great for more modern, clean or sleek interior design. You don’t have to have only white walls to make a space cool toned. For example, having deep blue or hunter green walls would also be considered having cool toned walls. Trending cool tones include grey, mint, and denim.