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Luxurious Bedroom Retreat – Before and After
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Inspiring Office Space: Before and After
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Goals for 2016
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Dreamy Drapery: Before and After
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50s Kitchen, revamped: Before and After
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Easy steps to winterize your entrance way

Luxurious Bedroom Retreat – Before and After

I’m so excited to share this beautiful transformation with you! My clients really wanted a luxurious bedroom retreat in their lovely home.

Before - Master Bedroom Retreat - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

Their bedroom was functional, however it wasn’t the retreat they wanted.

 

After - Master Bedroom Retreat - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

A big transformation was achieved even though we kept the existing bed and nightstands. The wall colour is Benjamin Moore’s Wythe Blue, which is a beautiful blue green. To give the room a more traditional feel, we added picture rail moulding to the drywall and painted it out in the trim colour.

 

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Inspiring Office Space: Before and After

I’m so excited to finally be posting photos of one of my favourite projects last year! Initiate is a full-service graphic design agency located in the West End. Prior to moving into this space, the team were working out of their homes and occasionally meeting up at coffee shops. They found they needed a space where they could all be together to collaborate and easily meet with clients.

After almost a year in the space they have grown to a five person team, and business is booming. The fresh colours and casual atmosphere provide an awesome place to be inspired. I love how they have added their own personal touches with artwork and accessories. It was such a pleasure working with these folks and I wish them much success!

After - Modern Office Design - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

When you enter the office, you know you are in the right place.

 

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Goals for 2016

At this time of year (like most of us) I always get inspired to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the new. Although I have to admit I feel that if I don’t accomplish everything in the first month I’m going to lose my momentum. I have to work on that! I did a bit of soul searching and I came up with a vision of how I would like the next year to look professionally and personally.

I also reviewed last years goals and I am quite proud of what I have accomplished and I’m very much looking forward to what the next year has in store with some hard work and dedication. Writing these down and sharing them is really for my own benefit, however I hope it inspires you to write down your goals as well!

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Dreamy Drapery: Before and After

I recently designed a stunning window treatment that combined both style and function for my absolutely wonderful clients. My inspiration for the fabric choices came from the lovely wallpaper installed behind their bed. During the initial consultation, they told me that they wanted as close to complete black out as possible. My treatment combined a padded cornice to minimize light and fully functioning black out drapery panels. I added a contrasting band to the inside of the panels so they could easily find the openings for the bay window panels.

As you can see from the following before picture, they were ready for something new!

Before - Window treatments - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

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50s Kitchen, revamped: Before and After

I had the pleasure of helping my Mom and Stepdad with a complete renovation of the main floor of their 50s home. My grandfather built it in 1956. He was a master carpenter and took great pride in designing and building a beautiful and functional home for his family. My Mom moved back into her family home 6 years ago, and while the home functioned wonderfully, it was certainly in need of some updating. We wanted to create an open space for them to entertain family and grandkids with ease, and use a classic palette to breathe some life into the space. Following are some pretty stunning before and after pics!

I will concentrate on the kitchen in this post and I will share their main bathroom transformation in the coming weeks.

After - 50’s kitchen redesign - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

After - 50’s kitchen redesign - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

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Easy steps to winterize your entrance way

Creating a functional and inviting entrance way is key to surviving our Canadian winters. Here are some ways that I get organized for the season:

  1. Clear out bins and donate/recycle items that are well loved or the kids have outgrown
  2. Fill bins with new winter gear if needed
  3. Clean summer shoes and store them in the basement for the winter
  4. Change my candle to a wintery scent (I love cinnamon!)
  5. Get some fresh branches for my antique vases
  6. Place a plastic mat on floor next to console and fill with winter boots
  7. Rotate summer jackets to another closet and inspect winter coats

Even the smallest space can be stylish and functional. Here is a mood board for a sweet little entryway that will welcome you home every day!

How do you get ready for winter?

© 2015 Natalie Cox.