Friday ponderings Vol 3

And it continues.  Here’s this weeks ponderings:

Fifteen Chic ways to make your kitchen look expensive via Lonny.  I particularly like #7 – Add mirrors. I’m going to try and find a way to do just that in my cottage kitchen. Oh yes, and #9 – add in a vintage rug, as I just adore the colour and texture this adds to the heart of the home.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s Apartment Therapy’s 10 tips for the sexiest bedroom.

Elle Decor posts Neal Beckstedt’s favourite tips for a stylish bathroom renovations. #2 mixing up your textures is a favourite of mine for bathrooms and kitchens. With so many hard surfaces adding in some softness is a necessity.

Want to take a little peek at Jennifer Garner’s and Ben Affleck’s California ranch? I know I did.

Domino has 13 ways to bring colour into your home, easily and brightly.  I’m particularly fond of painting the interior doors, adding colourful area rugs and artwork.

I’ll be heading to NYC in the spring with the TBBs and I think we will need to check out the newly opened Cafe Clover.  Lonny has all the deets.

Dabble magazine’s most recent edition is out as well, just in time for your weekend reading.

Are you struggling with what to put on top or beside your tall furniture? Well Emily A. Clark’s recent post has your back.  

And finally, the best movie love stores via Domino.  Perfect for a romantic night in.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

 

Lisa

One chair, two looks courtesy of Wicker Emporium

Today I’m posting on Wicker Emporium’s blog on how to get two different looks just by changing up your accessories.  Click here on or on the photos below to be redirected to Wicker Emporium’s site and click on the blog link to read One chair, Two looks.

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If you’d like some help creating your different look, just contact me and we’ll have you sorted out in no time.

 

Lisa

Adorne switches that I adore

Awhile ago, Adorne by Legrand approached me to see if I would like to try some of their wall switches, plates and outlets.  I replied with a BIG YES!

If you haven’t heard of Adorne before, I would encourage you to check out their website to see all the fabulous products that they have that can totally update your old switches and outlets.  They also offer under cabinet lighting and wireless home systems to control your lighting and even your music.  I specifically loved the Dream area where you can see all the possible ways to use their products to finish off your rooms. Once you’ve finished dreaming you can move on to the Plan section and then finally to the Select sections.

There are so, so, so, so many possibilities, it really took me awhile to figure out where I wanted to bring in this design loveliness.  The cottage entry way ended up being the big winner, as obviously it is the first room people see and it had two large banks of switches that were rather ugly (as evidenced below).

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I decided on oil rubbed bronze wall plates with the switches done in a magnesium finish. They really complement the pine logs beautifully as well as the dark accents in the cottage. The multitude of types of switches is a little overwhelming but I quickly narrowed it down to the ones that would work well for us.

After the installation, done by a licensed electrician, we now have this bank of handsome switches.

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A closeup.

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The switches in order from right to left are: Soft Tap Dimmer, Soft Tap switch and then two more Soft Tap Dimmers.  And the dimmers actually light up to indicate how low or bright they are (see the photo below).

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Now as I said I had two banks of switches, the one above on one wall and then one by the front door (as shown in the before photos).

Here’s how that wall looks now.

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So much better!

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Again a close up. The first switch is the Wave switch, so we just wave our hands by it and it turns on and off…so fun! The other two switches are Touch switches.

We are really enjoying them and having fun turning the lights on and off.  They look and feel so streamlined and futuristic.  I would stress that you do not attempt to install yourself, as it did take our electrician awhile to figure out the installation since he was not familiar with them.

Now, Adorne was very generous to me and offered me a few more to try out.  So I selected a Sensa switch, which is basically a motion detecting switch that you can program to shut off after a pre-selected time along with a couple of other goodies.  I’ll be posting all about them very soon!

Disclaimer: Adorne supplied the switches, outlets and plates, all installation was paid for by me, and all opinions are my own.

Lisa

Friday Ponderings Vol. 2

How are you enjoying this series?  I know I’m having fun with the research part.  This week’s ponderings:

Lonny showcased small bedrooms that splurged on large design.  I’m have been really thinking of doing a completely toile room. I think it would be perfect for my itty, bitty cottage guest bedroom. Something like #9.  Lots of rooms with eaves, so if you have a challenge with that, you’ll get some great ideas here.

I’m going to be in San Francisco in the spring and this store is definitely going to be on “hit” list.

Urban Barn’s spring line has just come out and I don’t know about you but I’m loving beautiful Zoe in blue and green!

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And I’m all over this Karie rug! 

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The newest Rue issue is out!  This one is all about COLOUR!  Can’t wait to get a moment to go through it.

I was so sad to hear about Target closing in Canada, that I ran out to pick up a few things before they sell out of everything.  My favourite piece I found was this wood sunburst mirror (I do have a bit of a problem with sunburst mirrors)…but I couldn’t resist.  And it’s already up!

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Are you craving a calm hotel inspired bedroom, then check out these ideas from Popsugar.

So many beautiful rooms (and lots of blue!) in this stunning Connecticut home of Sue De Chiara, founder of Zhush (an home decor retailer and blogger).

Eleven kitchen cabinet and storage tips from Dering Hall.

And how about another eleven, as in Eleven Ikea hacks from Popsugar. I’m particularly smitten with the black and white pouf and I’m definitely ordering new legs for my recently bought Karlstad sectional.

Domino’s posted 5 of their favourite celebrity living rooms. My absolutely favourite is Lauren Conrad’s.  So neutral but so much texture and I love an exposed brick wall!

If you are dreaming of warmer weather like me, you’ll appreciate these nautical home decor ideas from Brit + Co.

Lighting woes? House Beautiful offers some great tips on how to light your space.

And lastly, Ikea is soon to launch their new kitchen cabinet series, Sektion and Apartment Therapy gave a great review of the new features and designs.

Lisa

 

Best of Houzz awards

So excited to announce that I’ve been awarded two Houzz awards for 2015.

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Here’s part of the press release they sent to me.

Ottawa, Canada, January 19, 2015LISA GOULET DESIGN of OTTAWA, ONTARIO has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodelling and design. LISA GOULET DESIGN was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodelling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

If you haven’t heard of Houzz, here’s the scoop.

“Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com“.

It really is a great inspirational site where you can get tons of home renovation and decorating ideas.  You can easily make up your own idea books, follow others’ idea books and share your ideas with others easily. I have many clients who at the beginning of a project send me their idea books or images that they found on Houzz.  It is so helpful to be on the same page right from the beginning and as they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

You can visit my Houzz profile here.

Lisa