I’ve joined the Wicker Emporium blog team and my first post is all about marrying rustic and glam in your holiday decor. Focusing on a beautiful table-scape with the help of some beautiful items from Wicker Emporium.
And a big thank you to Meredith of Newberry/Sykes for the introduction to Wicker Emporium!
I was a busy Christmas elf this past weekend getting my log home into shape for the holidays. Inside and out it’s ready for the season to begin, minus the fresh tree, of course.
Hope you enjoy!
Now onto the house!
Hope you enjoyed your weekend. It was a long one if you are reading from the US and a Happy belated Thanksgiving to you all!
If you are wondering how to design your child’s room…well, then, I have some great tips for you. This article was published in Saturday’s Ottawa Citizen and it has the top five tips from some local design pros, me included..(insert smiley). Lots of great articles in the Homes section of paper this past Saturday, dealing with decorating children’s rooms from infant to teen.
Here’s my tip:
Lisa Goulet, Lisa Goulet Design
Talk to your child about her likes and passions — it’s her room after all and it should reflect her personality. Let your child choose the colour; if you’re nervous that it will be too “out there,” give her three versions of her favourite colour, all ones that you can live with, and let her have the final say.
This basement guest room was badly in need of some TLC. My client called me in, when she became stuck, after she had painted and bought some linens. I did up a mood board and did some sourcing and here’s how it turned out!
It had the typical very small window at the top of the wall and very limited light sources. The flooring was already installed, a great wood look laminate and that together with the blue/grays of the linens inspired the beachy and feminine feel we went with.
Here’s some before pictures:
The criteria was:
1. Small budget, as it was a guest room and my clients’ had just completed a major renovation.
2. Use the existing wall colour and bedding. this was not hard since both were great!
3. Easy for my client to finish off on her own, since I would just be providing the inspiration and sourcing of items.
4. There could be some DIYs as she was willing to roll up her sleeves.
So with these items established, off I went to come up with a design plan.
The mood board: (I originally posted about this mood board here).
I used the existing paint colour as the background of the mood board and suggested that my client, paint out the two wood and black end tables in a beachy blue as shown. The two tables were the same height and I like using mismatched end tables, as long as they have some cohesiveness, and painting them the same colour would do just that. And it was certainly budget friendly, as she was more than willing to paint them herself.
Here they are before:
I selected a reasonably priced sand coloured linen upholstered headboard (Bouclair ), which was perfect for the small room, as it didn’t take up much space (no footboard), added some great texture and it would be comfortable for guests to read in bed. A simple white dresser (Ikea, the knobs will likely be changed to crystal ones shortly) and an interesting white mirror were practical and pretty choices for the room. A small striped area rug brings a little more beach feel into the room as does the pretty little shell artwork.
My client found the perfect damask tone on tone simple roller shade at Ikea for the amazing price of $19, cut to size it’s the perfect compliment with the damask bedding.
This entire room was completed under $1000 and has been a huge hit with the female exchange student who was the lucky first occupant, she even emailed photos back to her Mom in Germany as she found it so pretty.
The Canadian Decorator's Association.(CDECA)