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Colourful Home Makeover
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Cozy Four Season Sunroom
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Art Inspired Small Space – Before and After
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Easy steps to winterize your entrance way
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Blissful Bedrooms
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Small changes, big impact!

Colourful Home Makeover

Melissa came to me when she wanted to decorate her entire townhome. She had recently moved to Ottawa and wanted someone to create a cozy space for her to enjoy in her down time.

I was inspired by Melissa’s great personality and her love of colour. By keeping the larger pieces neutral I was able to inject a ton of colour and pattern in the accent pieces. Check out the makeover below!

Before - Colourful Home Makeover - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

The great room is seen from the front door and needed to set the tone for the feel of the house.

 

After - Colourful Home Makeover - Ottawa Decorator Natalie Cox

The fireplace wall and dining room wall were painted in a dark grey blue, grounding the open space.

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Cozy Four Season Sunroom

I was approached by Michelle and Eric when they were at the beginning stage of planing their sunroom addition. The purpose of the addition was to create a mudroom, sitting area, dining area and main floor laundry room for their family.

I was inspired by the look and feel of the beautiful renovation they did in their kitchen and dining room. They have great style! It’s comfortable, texture filled and family friendly.

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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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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?

Blissful Bedrooms

My love of decorating began at an early age. I redecorated my bedroom (over and over again) throughout my childhood. I sketched floor plans and pasted clippings from the Sears catalogue all over my journals. I loved how changing my room would force me to look at my possessions and decide which items made me happiest. Full disclosure – that did include kitten posters and an extensive dog statue collection.

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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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