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Posts made in April, 2016

Ideas for Interior Decorating: Break the Mould…

When thinking up ideas for interior decorating, a lot of designers struggle to get away from the norm. And with corporate chains owning the vast majority of interior design retail outlets – who can blame them.   Complaints like: “my living room ended up looking like an Ikea showroom,” or “in my house, you would swear you just walked into Pottery Barn,” are all too common. And sorry, but yes, this impacts everyone from high end home owners, to those on a budget.   In this post, I want to present some simple, quirky, ideas for interior decorating that will break the mould.   And the best news is: they are REALLY budget savvy…   Mixing Contemporary and Vintage   The mixture of two styles is a great way to create a unique and intriguing interior space. Although there are some interior decorating styles that don’t mixed well together. Finding the right balance can make all the difference.   When something vintage or antique partners up with a room that’s clean and contemporary it is undeniable how effective the result is. Contrasting styles can create wonderful depth of character and give your home a charming, unique feel. For example: incorporating a vintage chair or set of chairs in a room with pre-dominantly sleek, contemporary features produces an unscripted, unique design style.     Mix & Match Floor Tiles This brand new trend may have you scratching your head – but you can’t deny it’s unique practicality. Mixing different floor tiles together is definitely one of the most quirky, modern design trends out there. The best thing about this style is that few rules need to be followed. The floor is a blank canvas and you have the power to do what you will with it. Check out these examples:          Ideas for Interior Decorating with Patterns & Prints Turning to solid colours is the easy choice to run with when you are presented with an overwhelming selection of patterns. But where overuse of patterns can be a kick to the senses, overuse of solids can be dull and feel heavy. A great way to add patterns to your space is with accent chairs, sofas, pillows or even drapes. If the rest of your space is extremely neutral, try to go bold with your choices. This will make the space look modern and edgy. If you’re unsure of how to mix some patterns a good tip is to make sure both patterns have at least one of the same colour included. Follow my blog with Bloglovin If you would like to discuss your options for out of the box designs with one of our interior design consultants please visit our contact us page or email us at info@designswithjessica.com   Working out of Toronto & Montreal, Jessica Bélanger is a full service Interior Design professional with over 15 years experience. Jessica has had her designs featured in numerous television and magazine publications including set design for TVA Television studios (TV show Yamaska) & Les Idees De Ma Maison (Quebecs leading interior style magazine)....

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Bathroom Designs, The Environmentally Friendly Way

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Bathroom designs can be tailored to meet your environmental needs. In any eco-friendly home, a good bathroom design presents opportunities for stacks of eco-friendly benefits. If you find yourself re-modelling your bathroom, take into consideration water flow, heating energy and consumables such as paper & toiletries. Typically, one of the most inefficient rooms in the house (along with the kitchen) a poorly designed bathroom is both thirsty and a strain on your energy bills.     Here are 5 things to consider to help you make your bathroom energy and water efficient:   Typical toilets use at least 3.5 gallons of water per flush – older toilets may even use up to 6 gallons. Replacing your toilet with a high-efficiency one can save a family of four $90.00 a year.   Bathroom designs often consist of new fixtures. Think of installing a low-flow showerhead to cut down on excess water use. The typical showerhead will use 5-8 gallons of water per minute while a low-flow head will only use 2.5 gallons or less with the same amount of water pressure. Not only will these save you water but energy to heat your water.   Another place where water is wasted is in the sink. Including a motion-censored faucet in your bathroom design will help keep track of when you actually need the water to flow instead of leaving the faucet on while brushing your teeth or washing your face. This faucet can also help keep your bathroom cleanliness because it prevents the spreading of germs.   If you depend on a vent fan to keep moisture at bay, a great way to save some energy is to replace a standard fan with an energy star-rated fan that will save you 60% energy over your older model.   Consider tiling your bathroom in ceramics. These tiles are not easily damaged by moisture and can be made in a low-impact manufacturing process. A bathroom designer can help you choose eco-friendly tiles as well as a tile that will go perfectly with your bathroom design.   If you would like to discuss your options for environmentally friendly bathroom designs with one of our bathroom designers please visit our contact us page or email us at info@designswithjessica.com Alternatively, if you would like to discuss any of your interior decorating ideas, we would be glad to help. Working out of Toronto & Montreal, Jessica Bélanger is a full service Interior Design professional with over 15 years experience. Jessica has had her designs featured in numerous television and magazine publications including set design for TVA Television studios (TV show Yamaska) & Les Idees De Ma Maison (Quebecs leading interior style magazine)....

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