Abode's other product lines feature modern furniture with a rustic twist. Have a look at the sample pictures below. The store on Oak Street opened its doors in November 2010 and boasts one to two week delivery times for their pieces.
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Abode Reclaimed Furniture's product lines have all of the above. The Abode "Originals" line includes glass cabinets, kitchen islands, entertainment units and hutches. All these pieces are made from reclaimed wood components originally found in old houses in the USA. With a range of colours and the possibility to combine the wood with reclaimed decorative tin, you can create your own unique piece.
Monday, 28 March 2011
If you want to change the look of a room but don’t know exactly how, take a look at wallpaper. Wallpaper provides texture, depth and adds interest. It also helps you determine the colour scheme of the room.
Wallpaper comes in many colours, patterns and styles. The following samples, for example, are excellent choices for a cottage-style home. The price range is $30 to $70 per single roll. I found them at Stradwick's.
|This wallpaper would look good with beadboard or wainscotting in a soft grey. Add red accents and you have a winner! Crown Wallpaper + Fabrics.|
I envision both of the wallpapers above in a powder room or in a feminine bedroom. Checked upholstery would add to the cottage feel. Crown Wallpaper + Fabrics.
|Yellow, orange, pink, green or white - take your pick! Any of these colours will work with this delicate small print. Pelican Small Prints.|
Friday, 25 March 2011
Small is great when it comes to nurseries and dens. We want these rooms to feel cozy and intimate. But what about spaces that we want to seem larger? These five rules will do the trick:
- Choose light colours for the walls and ceiling. Paint the doors and the trim the same colour as the walls. Think unity. Avoid breaking up the room into sections.
- Choose furniture and accessories with reflective surfaces. Glossy doors on the media cabinet or a shiny side table will make the light bounce around in the room. Add a mirror or two on the walls.
- Use as few pieces of furniture as possible. Avoid intense colours and big patterns in the upholstery.
- Keep the window treatments simple. If you want curtains with a pattern, make sure the background colour of the fabric matches the walls.
- Wall-to-wall carpeting will visually expand the room. Or use one big area rug.
And here is a bonus rule, which actually applies to everything in our homes: keep only what is either beautiful, functional or what you really love. Clutter control helps any space feel airy!
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Spring has sprung! At least that’s what our calendars say. But has spring arrived in our stores? I paid a visit to our big box retailers for an answer. Here is a selection of what I found:
These galvanized watering cans are lots of fun. $16.99 at the Home Depot.
We will soon be busy organizing our outdoor plants. These pots from the Home Depot will be a good start. $8.99 and $18.99 respectively.
Monday, 21 March 2011
Having a hard time knowing how to combine colours? A visit to the fabric store will solve that problem. Look for fabrics that catch your eye. For example, you might look for something blue. Pull out fabric rolls where blue is represented together with other colours. On the edge of the roll you will find a chart of all the colours that have been used. This is your guide to successful colour combinations! Buy a small sample of the fabric of your choice, pick the colours you want to use and let your paint store match them. Easy, peasy! And the best of all: you don’t even have to use the fabric! You are just using the colours that a professional textile designer has selected.
Check out these fabulous fabrics that I pulled out from the shelves:
This wonderful fabric has everything going for it: a happy pattern, vibrant colours, incredible $8 per meter (on sale at Fabricland) and the quality (90% linen 10% cotton - yes, I love natural fibres). The background colour is actually white, even though it looks greenish on this image. For anybody looking for a pop of colour in an otherwise white colour scheme, look no further! Think upholstered ottoman, or one statement armchair, maybe a set of curtains. Then pick one or two colours from the pattern for accessories. Wow! If you merely want to use the fabric as inspiration for a complete palette, I would probably choose two, or maybe three, of the vibrant hues and combine them with neutrals.
Saturday, 19 March 2011
How do you create rooms that you will love for a long time? Well, first you have to ask yourself a lot of questions. Check out my top five suggestions here below:
1. Determine how you want to use the room. What activities will take place here? Will it be a place for play, entertainment or relaxation? Be realistic and honest to yourself, your lifestyle and your budget.
2. Take a close look at the room from various angles and determine what you have to work with. Certain features of the room are hard to change. Think about how you will incorporate these features into your design.
3. Pin down what you like and dislike about the space. How can you accentuate the positive, and eliminate or camouflage the negative? Also decide what of the old is staying and what is going.
4. Visualize what you want the room to look like when you are finished. Should it be casual or formal? Modern or traditional? Create an image in your mind that you hold on to during the whole process. Browse design magazines for images that reflect what you want to achieve.
5. Determine if there is a natural focal point in the room. Explore different ways to highlight it. If there is no natural focal point you will have to create one. More about that in a future blog!
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
St.Patrick’s Day is around the corner and those of us who remember will put on something green. But what about green for our homes? I decided to go to the Green Store to see what is available in terms of green home decoration. Here is what I found:
Different shades of green on these Muskoka chairs made from recycled plastic. $299 each.
Baskets add a warm, natural touch to our homes. I like this in green and white. $18.99.
This multicoloured basket is a lot of fun. $14.99.
Green goes well with aubergine as seen in this cozy throw. $69.99.
This rag rug feels fresh and summery. $29.99.
I love the yellowish green shade of this cotton runner. It will be a beautiful contrast on a dark-stained dining table and goes very well with silver. $29.99.
|Oh, the Green Store decorators have already figured that out.|
Napkins and placemats in different shades of green...
This quilt puts me in a beach mood with its cheerful applications. $69.99.
Flowerpots for lovers of greenery. The light-green shade feels happy and summery. $6.99 and $21.99 respectively.
Isn’t this a fun set of breakfast bowl and plate? $7.99 each.
The pale pink flower really plays up the beauty of the bluish green shade on this mug. $9.95.
|It looks as if this little guy needs a friend. $22.99.|