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A calming colour scheme for a modern house
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Etsy: Made in Canada – Ottawa
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10 great reasons to hire a decorator!
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My shower curtain is my decorator!

A calming colour scheme for a modern house

I trust everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. We sure did! I have so much to be thankful for – family, friends, beautiful weather, an awesome job, pumpkin pie :)

When the nice fall weather is here it’s easy to be outside appreciating the outdoors. I don’t know about you though, but I love hibernating on the rainy days just as much, catching up on a book or playing Go Fish with the kids.

As the weather gets colder we tend to spend more time inside, and now is the time to get your place all cozy for those drearier months. With the days getting shorter, we also need great lighting for function as well as enveloping your space in warmth and comfort… but that’s a whole other post.

Today I want to share with you a beautiful and calming colour scheme that I put together for a client a few months ago. They have a stunning new home that has a very modern aesthetic, and had already made some great decisions that I was able to use to come up with a scheme. Their front door was a rich blue and their floor was going to be a natural hickory. They had showed me a lot of fun, bold choices as well, such as dark charcoal tile in the ensuite and a cobalt blue sink in the main bathroom.

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Etsy: Made in Canada – Ottawa

I went to the Etsy: Made in Canada show last Saturday and I was blown away by the quality of the hand made goods! I was in designer heaven! I went with a dear friend, her daughter and her mom. We spent most of the time apart though as I couldn’t help but chat with the artists.

Following are the booths I happened to be most drawn to, but after looking at the curated list of all the vendors I know I missed a lot. I can’t wait to add a bunch of items to my wish list!

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10 great reasons to hire a decorator!

With the slight chill in the air this morning I feel like fall is just around the corner. Fall is my absolute favourite season! I love having the windows open to let the fresh air in, not to mention all the comfort food. Stews and curries here I come! I find I always want to nest this time of year too and start thinking of all the projects I want to get done. If you get the same feeling, do me a big favour and ask yourself this question: Do I need to hire a decorator?

I think this is a question everyone should ask when starting a project in their home, whether it be large or small. We all get overwhelmed with all the choices out there and a decorator helps you tie everything together. We can help you invest wisely in your space and work out a plan of action on where to start.

One of the biggest myths about decorating is that a decorator will cost more money than if you did it on your own. Decorators in truth can help save you money in the long run. There are so many times where I’ve been called into a client’s home and they have just purchased furniture that is much too large for the space, or it simply doesn’t work with the style of their house. Now they are stuck with trying to make it work, but eventually they end up replacing it sooner than they would have otherwise.

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My shower curtain is my decorator!

I know, ridiculous title. I’m serious, though. I don’t buy anything unless I run it by my shower curtain. When we bought our house a few years ago, I had the opportunity to choose all of our finishes and the budget to buy some new pieces. I fell in love with this shower curtain! I used to joke with hubby that I don’t need fancy jewelry, just buy me my nice shower curtain. What I loved about it is that it contained all of the colours I wanted to bring into our home. I had to have it!

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