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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
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My Five Favs: Ways to add WOW
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Small changes, big impact!
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The anatomy of our gallery wall

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?

Small changes, big impact!

That was the case with one of my most recent completed projects. This lovely couple had a beautiful home, but they felt there was something missing. When you first walked in the front door, there was nothing to stop your eye from going right to the back of their house. My solution was to add a console table and a coordinating buffet lamp to the front hall, and to lower their existing art. All this creates a nice vignette when you first enter the home. An added bonus is that it also gives them a landing pad to drop their keys and mail. Adding a lamp by the front door is one of my favourite tricks. It extends your living space in the evening while keeping the lighting cozy and inviting.

Before - Front Hall - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

After - Front Hall - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

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The anatomy of our gallery wall

One of my favourite things in our home is the gallery wall in our dining room. It certainly gets a lot of attention! When we moved into our new home 5 years ago (that flew by!) we had a fair amount of framed art that we had collected from a variety of sources. I loved the idea of grouping it all together to balance out our space and showcase some great family shots.

Our dining room sits across from our open concept kitchen that boasts all glass uppers and a fairly busy glass tile backsplash. I don’t recommend accent walls often, but in this case it works. We needed to create a heavy background for all the different frames to sit on.

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