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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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I’m Dreaming of White Kitchens…

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   White kitchens are trending – and probably always will be. Being able to create a beautiful white kitchen is an essential part of any kitchen designers skill set – and here’s why: Think about every doctor, optician or dentist you’ve ever been to – they all focus on white – from the machines they use, to the clothing they wear – and the reason for this is: white conveys hygiene. Cleanliness. Space. Simplicity.   And, in the kitchen, white can mean this and so much more. In this post, I’ll discuss 3 amazing advantages of introducing a white kitchen design to your home…         ‘Get it Light’ when designing your dream kitchen.   The kitchen, above all other rooms, should be filled with natural light. When considering kitchen layout ideas and lighting plans, natural light needs to be one of the main considerations.   Where black and darker colours absorb light, white reflects it. This is a HUGE DEAL, especially when you are working with restricted natural lighting.   White kitchen cabinets promote natural light better than any other colour or combination of colours out there. The right shade of white kitchen cabinetry combined with the right counter top is the ideal solution for making the most out of your natural light sources.       Promote your colour.   Now that you have all that wonderful light spilling across your kitchen, think about your colour scheme. White is a blank canvass to paint your inspiration on. A space where the natural colours of food & wine contrast and stand out.   Ultimately, the stronger the colour you use in your kitchen cabinets, the more you drown out the surrounding colour scheme. White on the other hand, allows you to boost your secondary colour scheme through the use of contrasting, accented items.       Fashion costs money.   Fashions change when people get bored and want to move on. Just like the song on the radio that you got sick of listening to, or your hip new jacket that so quickly became ‘last seasons collection’, interior design trends change and the new becomes the old all to quickly.   One of the challenges with choosing strong or dark colours is that they are more ‘fixed’. It’s hard to alter the ambience without substantial re-investment on new counter tops or cabinetry.   White allows you to create longevity through evolution. You can dramatically change the colour scheme of your kitchen by introducing new wall hangings, plants or fruit baskets – simple, low cost items that can refresh your kitchens appearance without the headaches and cost of a kitchen re-design.       This is just a sample of the broad range of benefits white kitchen designs can bring to your home. In one of my next posts I will look at how beautiful, white kitchens can be created in both rural and urban environments by leveraging the benefits of ‘white’.   If you would like to discuss your options for white kitchens with one of our kitchen designers 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...

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The Recipe for the Perfect Kitchen Design

There are many unique ways to design the perfect kitchen. Today’s market allows for endless possibilities and with the help of a kitchen designer you can create the perfect kitchen for you. First, think about what you do in your kitchen. It may sound odd but everyone uses their kitchen differently – ask yourself: Who is using the kitchen? Who cooks most in the kitchen? Is it social, functional or both? Kitchen designs should be based on your family and entertaining make up: kids/no kids/entertaining groups or just you and a few others? Depending on what you do in your kitchen and how, your kitchen design should be functional for you. Be sure of your design style. A kitchen design should not only satisfy all your functional needs but also reflect your personality. Think about the colours you want (and the ones you don’t) and the type of detailing you’d like to see in the design. Storage is one of the most important aspects of a kitchen. Without sufficient storage in a kitchen design, the kitchen can actually impair the functionality. It’s important when working with a kitchen designer to really think about how much and what kind of storage you need. Do you need deep drawers for pots and pans, a pantry, roll out drawers for Tupperware, a spice rack or a wine rack? Kitchen designers can make the most out of your available space to make your every day routine as easy as possible! The kitchen is used for different daily tasks so lighting is very important. If your kitchen design consists of a large island where all your meal prep and daily tasks occur, you may want to consider pendant lighting directly over the kitchen island. If you have an eat-in kitchen, you may want softer lighting over this area. As for the perimeter of the kitchen, pot lights; flush mount or semi-flush mount lighting, under and over cabinetry lighting are great options. Last but not least, be sure to add accessories to your kitchen design to make it feel like it belongs to you.   For more information on kitchen designs or to book a consultation, get in touch with us at (647) 967-6638 or via our contact...

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Infuse your winter interior design project with these home decor ideas

The cold winter weather can make many of us want to stay indoors, so infuse your winter interior design project with these home décor ideas: Cozy Knits: As the cold weather settles in, your interior design should look and feel soft. Be sure to keep an abundance of throw pillows and blankets nearby! I love nothing more than watching my favourite movie wrapped in the warmest blanket on a cold winter night. Warm Candles: Home décor doesn’t have to last 365 days a year. Instead of keeping a lamp on late into the evening, break out some candles for a warmer glow and it’ll feel like your warming up by the fire. Even during the day, these candles will make a beautiful centrepiece for your coffee table and for the perfect winter décor. Books: I believe in keeping a shelf full of books always adds to great interior design, however when the winter comes sometimes it can be nice to prop some on the coffee table or your nightstand. Statement Chairs: Large chairs with an ottoman to rest your feet at the end of a long day are the perfect way to relax every singe day of the winter season. Try incorporating an old fashioned rocking chair into your interior design project, or even a comfortable loveseat in a cozy corner of your home. This is the perfect place to wrap yourself in a blanket while reading those books. Nature Inspired Pieces: Nature-inspired pieces are always a great home décor idea during the holidays but don’t put away those branches and acorns just yet. These pieces are great for keeping around all winter long so your interior design project can turn into your perfect getaway cabin.   For more home décor ideas and interior design ideas or to book a consultation, get in touch with us at (647) 967-6638 or via our contact...

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Design Tips for Functional Laundry Rooms

Large laundry rooms are always great but sometimes the square footage doesn’t allow for it, still these rooms should be comfortable and attractive. Here are some tips for your tight space: Counter space: A place to fold your clothes is a must amongst pretty much everyone who does laundry. Keep the counter space out of the way by adding it on top of your machines Upper Storage: Some storage for your laundry needs can be added above your machines for easy access and clean up. Hanging Space: Add a rod next to your upper storage – or below it – so you can hang those clothes that don’t go in the dryer. Sinks: if having a sink in your laundry room is a must but not much room, try stacking front load machines to add a sink to the side. Laundry Baskets: Of course, there needs to be a place for the dirty, and clean, laundry to go. Set up your laundry baskets for easy access for the whole family...

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