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

Friday ponderings

DSC_0291 I’m dedicating this post to what’s new, upcoming and heck, whatever I found interesting lately in the big wide online world.  So without further ado here’s the articles and DIYs that caught my attention and made me ponder.

I loved this post written by Leslie Carothers on Hadley Court’s blog titled, “How much does it cost to remodel a kitchen?” It’s a great read if you are about to embark on a kitchen remodel, makeover or renovation. HGTV has done a great disservice to all in the design industry and to our clients, as renovations do not get done properly in a week or on a ridiculously small budget. And this article helps to dispel a few myths.

Benjamin Moore’s colour trends 2015,  They went in a different direction than Pantone’s Marsala and I am seriously considering doing one of the cottage bedrooms in Guilford Green HC-116, once I figure out who is taking the wallpaper down :-/.  It is such a soothing soft, timeless green, and I can so see it with all the warm pine.

Loved reading Lumar Interiors post all about the “anti-trend” trend for 2015. As I tell my clients, don’t worry so much about the trends, it’s all about living with a space that feels like home to you and works for your lifestyle.

Now, I secretly and seriously want to be a minimalist. I purge and donate, but then I almost instantly have a need to fill all the empty spaces….sigh. So I loved this read from Apartment Therapy and last spring I actually did put some spring clothes away to see if I’d even miss them.  I’ll let you know how that goes in a few months.

I have enlarged and framed many of my own photos to put on the walls of my house and cottage, and I’m totally loving this simple DIY to turn photos into huge statement making ART from Popsugar. I just have to go through my thousands of photos to figure out which one I want to try this with…oh yeah…and where it would go.

Have a fabulous weekend and let me know which pondering caught your attention.

Lisa

 

Are you ready for Navy?

So I haven’t picked up a paint brush in a few months, and I’m getting the itch.  So, which room will get hit first?  Hhmmm……I’m thinking……dining room. I have been toying with the idea of painting it navy blue for a few years… and yes, that is procrastination at it’s finest.

I have always been a navy lover, just ask my 20+ year old navy living room sofa.  So it’s a natural progression to paint the dining room a navy, since both rooms are open to each other.  Here’s a couple of the contenders.

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Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy HC-154

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Farrow & Ball – Stiff Key Blue

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Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen Blue HC-156

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Benjamin Moore’s Evening Dove 2128-30

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Benjamin Moore’s Stunning – 826

All are dark, moody and would be spectacularly gorgeous with a gleaming gold light fixture.  Some are a lot darker than they appear, at least on my screen.  So, there will be some wall tests, for sure.  Then I suppose, I will need to get new dining chairs, drapery and artwork, you know how things snowball when you start painting.  I can certainly see where this is going……

So which is your favourite and I’d love to hear from you if you’ve painted navy recently. You can check out my Navy Dining Room Pinterest board by clicking here.

Have a great weekend!

Lisa

Marsala…Yes or No?

Happy New Year! Are you guys excited about 2015? I spent my holidays with family and friends, eating and drinking too much and decluttering lots of areas of my home. My garbage and recycling was super sized!

My first post of the year is over at BrazenWoman today, where I’m blogging all about Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2015.

Click the photo below to read.

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*photo courtesy of Pantone

Lisa

 

From my home to yours

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Lisa

Rustic glam table-scape courtesy of Wicker Emporium

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.

Click here to read.

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And a big thank you to Meredith of Newberry/Sykes for the introduction to Wicker Emporium!

Lisa

Rustic country decor with a touch of sparkle

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!

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Now onto the house!

Lisa

Wondering how to design your child’s room?

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.

Click here to read the full post.

Lisa