Decorating & Design

Decorating & Design

The new year ushers in many things: new goals, new adventures, new opportunities, and a new color of the year from Pantone! The 'it' color for 2024?

Peach Fuzz!

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute™, announces, "In seeking a hue that echoes our innate yearning for closeness and connection, we chose a color radiant with warmth and modern elegance. A shade that resonates with compassion, offers a tactile embrace, and effortlessly bridges the youthful with the timeless."

What do you think?

The official color-code is PANTONE 13-1023. Pantone writes, "Peach Fuzz captures our desire to nurture ourselves and others. It's a velvety gentle peach tone whose all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body, and soul." Read all…

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Creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in our homes is essential for our well-being, and one design style that continues to captivate hearts is Western-inspired home decor. Combining rustic elegance with a touch of nostalgia, this style evokes images of sprawling ranches, cowboy hats, and the enchanting beauty of the Albertan Wild West. Here are some ideas to help you create a Western-inspired haven that embraces the spirit of the west: 

  1. Earthy Color Palette: To capture the essence of the Western landscape, start with a warm and earthy color palette. Shades of warm brown, terracotta, deep red, and burnt sienna will mimic the hues of sunsets over the prairie. Introduce these colors through your walls, furniture, and textiles to create a cozy…

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It's barely summer, but Calgary AB has already faced multiple heatwaves! It is gearing up to be our hottest summer yet, and the scorching heat and intense sunlight can make your home feel uncomfortably warm. One effective way to combat this issue and create a cool and comfortable living space is by choosing the right window coverings. Here are some options:

  1. Cellular Shades: Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, are an excellent choice for summer. Their unique design features hollow cells that trap air, providing an extra layer of insulation. This insulation helps to keep the heat outside while maintaining a cooler indoor environment. 

  2. Solar Shades: Solar shades are specifically designed to block harmful UV rays and reduce…

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When it comes to decorating your home, a limited budget doesn't have to limit your style and creativity. With some resourcefulness and a few clever ideas, you can transform your living space into a cozy and stylish haven without breaking the bank. Here are some practical tips and ideas to help you decorate your home on a small budget:

  1. Plan and prioritize: Start by creating a plan for each room in your home. Determine which areas require immediate attention and focus your budget on those spaces. Prioritizing allows you to allocate your limited resources effectively and avoid overspending on unnecessary items.

  2. Embrace DIY projects: One of the most cost-effective ways to decorate your home is by embracing do-it-yourself (DIY) projects.…

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Bedrooms are a place for ultimate rest. Here are some ways to make yours more cozy and restful:

  • Create Ambiance with Lighting: "A cozy bedroom needs light, but not just any kind of light. Turn off the overhead fixture after dark and concentrate on low light. The key to an intimate mood is incorporating various sources of lighting, including soft bedside lamps and strategically mounted ceiling lights for a touch of drama." (Architectural Digest)
  • Use Dark & Warm Colours: "While light colors are great for making a room feel larger, a darker hue envelops the bedroom, creating the perfect space to relax and slumber." (HGTV)
  • Choose Calming Art: "Art selections are intensely personal and taste-driven, but Julie Daniel, from Los Angeles-based…

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The 2023 trends for home styling could best be described as Cottagecore. Gone are the days of minimalism, block colours, and sharp edges; it's time to usher in a softer era of warm textiles and heirloom pieces. Cottagecore is the aesthetic of an idealized countryside lifestyle. Does this mean you need to start churning your own butter? No. You do not have to abandon the modern age to embrace this new style. In fact, you do not need to embrace this new style at all! However, if you're feeling trendy or looking for inspiration, here are some of the design elements experts are predicting will make a big splash this year:

  • "Delicate wallpaper in pastel tones, white furniture and gilded mirrors are the mark of this home trend" (HGTV).
  • "Think organic…

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With flurries cooling off the last of our autumn days here in Calgary, people are preparing to settle into autumn and get cozy. With this feeling comes the desire to nest--to make your home feel more like home in preparation for a new season. Whether you are new to your home or not, here are some things you can do to help you feel more settled following a transition in the seasons. 

  • Finish unpacking. Everyone has at least one box in their home that they have neglected since moving. Friends, now is the time to unpack it once and for all. Finish moving into your home by unpacking any boxes you have. It will help you feel organized and in control. While you're at it, go through that one drawer you throw everything in and find a proper place for its…

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Nothing quite fills up our homes faster than furniture. A couch here, dresser there, bookshelf in the corner, coffee table by the TV… it all adds up very quickly. The reality is some things, like a bed and a couch, are essentials in any home. However, they also eat up precious space and can make rooms seem small and cluttered.

This becomes an important issue when you try to sell your home. So, what is one to do?

We have two words for you: clever staging. The reality is furniture can be hard to work around. However, by trying some of these tips you can eliminate as many negative side effects as possible. Read on to learn more.

Use your walls. If you can have big pieces of furniture, such as couches and beds, up against a wall instead of…

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One of the most attractive features of a new property can be the outdoor space included. Here in Calgary, many properties include nice outdoor living spaces compared to other cities where homes are lucky to have a strip of grass in front of the door. With this space, Calgarians get creative. If you search the city, you can find people who have created elaborate garden oasis’ in their backyard, or crafted mini hockey rinks during the winter. While these features are fun, they aren’t always the best example of maximizing the space.

Outdoor living spaces are something to be treasured and taken care of. In fact, here in Calgary we have bylaws about maintaing this part of the property. Part of taking care of your outdoor living space is properly…

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Working from home was essential as businesses shut their doors to the public following strict quarantine rules. For some, working from home was the dream scenario. Who doesn't love working with their pet at their side and their favorite tv show playing in the background? For others, working from home became a nightmare. Enter scenes of kids yelling and coffee spilling on the laptop keyboard.

This work from home movement meant many spare rooms became overnight office spaces. Even though some businesses are reopening their doors and calling their employees back into cubicles, some are continuing to ask employees to work from home for the time being. Whichever office space you fall into, we thought it was time for some office organization tips. 

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