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50s Kitchen, revamped: Before and After
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Small changes, big impact!
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A calming colour scheme for a modern house
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What is a master plan?

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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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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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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What is a master plan?

Lately I’ve been creating a lot of plans for my clients. I love it! I ask a lot of questions about lifestyle and tastes at the beginning of any job and I love seeing it all come to fruition in a master plan. Having a plan enables us to nail down how you would like the space to feel, and each piece we bring in works towards that goal. For my graphic design buddies reading this, it’s the equivalent of branding your home.

What does a master plan include, you may ask? It depends on how in-depth you would like me to go, but it always includes a 3D floor plan. This floor plan will include furniture placement with real pieces, ideas for window coverings, paint colours, fabric selection for upholstery items and drapery (if applicable), flooring suggestions and art arrangement ideas. I can bring real costs for these items as well, so you will have an idea of where to begin based on your budget.

If you are building a new home, a master plan can include the finishes for the entire house, ensuring that the house flows from one room to the next. At this time a colour scheme can be established, which helps relate the finishes to the items that will eventually reside in the rooms.

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