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Art Inspired Small Space – Before and After
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Small changes, big impact!
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My five favs: Accent chairs

Art Inspired Small Space – Before and After

Carol contacted because she wanted to get a head start in decorating her new apartment. It wasn’t going to be ready for a year. She was excited to be downsizing, but also a little anxious. Carol really wanted her space to be cozy, personalized and functional and didn’t know where to start.

During our consultation I discovered that she is a fantastic artist, and I was inspired by all the colours and textures in her original art and photography.

As you can see from the before picture of the model unit of her apartment, we had a clean slate to work with. My goal was to give a neutral, yet texture-filled backdrop for a gallery wall of all of her favourite pieces. I also wanted to maximize every inch in her space by using some clever storage solutions.

Before - Small Apartment - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

This is the model unit of the apartment that Carol was moving into.

 

After doing a floor plan, I determined what pieces were needed to create a cozy conversation area that also served as a place for knitting and television viewing.

After - Art Inspired Small Space - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

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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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My five favs: Accent chairs

This is the first of many “My five favs” posts. I see so many beautiful pieces of furniture and accent pieces on a daily basis, and I thought why not share them with you here? Following are my current five fav accent chairs that I am dying to use in the right room for the right client. I had a hard time narrowing it down to five, so I’m sure another post about accent chairs will pop up in the future.

There is nothing like a great accent chair to pull a room together and give it some personality. They come in all shapes and sizes, but the most important thing is to make sure the chair suits the style of the room. Whether it will be used only occasionally to sit by the fireplace while entertaining, or more often to read or watch television, this is definitely where you can have fun with shape, pattern and texture.

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