Budget friendly fresh, feminine and beachy guest room

This client’s basement guest room was badly in need of some TLC.  My client called me in after she had painted and bought some linens as she was stuck on how to finish off the room.  And here’s how it turned out!

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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:

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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).

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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:

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And after:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lisa

And it’s open – Artemano in Ottawa

Artemano’s grand opening last night was a great evening.  Lots of wonderfully dressed people came out to welcome this new store to Ottawa’s design landscape.

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Vintage pieces like the door above, mix with the organic.  Btw – I took these pictures about a week before the event so that I got clearer views.

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This daybed was a favourite spot to sit and get your photo taken.

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This little desks are just the cutest things.

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These bell lanterns had me at HELLO! I am seriously bothering the better half to get one installed at the cottage.

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This bedroom was my favourite space, from the textured, stacked wood wall, to the moody blue/gray walls, to the Leonard Cohen quote (which coincidentally I had on my website for many years), to the huge and glamourous mirror, to the dramatic basket lights, and finally to that BED!

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It was a great evening, filled with fabulous wine, great food, wonderful live music, and lots of very thrilled Ottawans to have another great furniture store in the Capital.  Thanks to all who attended!

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PS.  I also wrote a short write up for Ottawa at Home’s blog, click here to read it.

Lisa

Fresh, modern den/guest room makeover

I visited these clients in the summer, and we discussed updating their newly purchased home, so that it felt more fresh, vibrant and youthful, just like them.

Since these clients are out of town and wanted a plan to follow so that they could do the rest themselves, I set to work doing up mood boards for each room, furniture layouts and suggestions for size and style of furnishings.  Then they set to work with my plans and ideas.

They finished up the den/guest room and I thought I’d share the results.  This is the mood board I developed for them. EISEN - GUEST-DEN-001

And the 3D renderings of the den/guest room.

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We kept things pretty warm and cosy in the rest of the house, but Cheryl wanted a slightly more cool feel for this room.

Here’s the befores, sorry I took really crappy before shots.  But you get the idea.

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Cheryl was kind enough to send me some pictures of the finished room. Drum roll please…..

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Quite a transformation isn’t it?  I am in love with the mural that they had custom painted based on my suggestion for that feature wall. It is the first room off the entry and this wall is easily seen from the hall, so I wanted it to have some interesting feature on it. Since the home is in the country on a beautiful treed lot, I thought this would bring a little bit of the outside  in. We are all thrilled with the final results and this gives you a great idea of how easy it is to do things on your own but with some professional guidance.  Contact me if you’d like to have these kinds of results in your own home, I’d love to help.

Lisa

Artemano’s Grand Opening in Ottawa

 

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I’m so excited to be co-hosting Artemano‘s Grand Opening at the Trainyards in Ottawa, on Wednesday, November 19th between 5 – 9 pm.

This Canadian company has the most amazing wood furniture and now we don’t have to travel to Montreal or Toronto to see it.

Just take a peek at some of the deliciousness Ottawans are in for.

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I would love to see you there.  Please RSVP to me at lisa@lisagouletdesign.com by November 13th and I’ll make sure you are on the guest list.

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And mum’s the word…but a little birdie tells me there is going to be fabulous sales on as well during the evening….shhh!

And please feel free to pass this invite onto your family and friends.
Lisa

Floors…beautiful floors

Now back to France and Italy. :-)

When I’m travelling, I am always looking up at the beautiful ceilings and down at the floors.  And I was certainly captivated by some of the beautiful and painstakingly crafted floors that we saw in France and Italy.

Here is just a few:

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This one above is actually terra cotta tile, it’s a local type only found in the Lake Como area.

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I don’t know about you, but my floors are BOOORRRRIIIINNNNGGG!

Lisa

 

Freshly Upholstered Mid-century Modern Chairs

I’m sharing a furniture makeover today that my son, Matt and his fiancé, Justin did recently.  I absolutely adore what they did and they agree to let me blog all about it.   So the story starts with my dad.  My dad received these chairs many, many years ago from his office.  They were renovating and the old pieces of furniture not needed were offered to the employees.   They resided in his home office for as long as I can remember and then later on moved into the finished basement.

The before shows off their nubbly orange mod upholstery, that just speaks to the 60-70’s era that they were part of.

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There was even this label at the bottom of the chairs dated 1964 and from Kitchener, Ontario.

Since, my parents are downsizing and trying to unload a ton of furniture, Justin, who is a mid-century modern aficionado, quickly took these home.

Justin wanted a grey men’s suiting type fabric and I was fortunate enough to spy some during Kravet’s online sale, which we picked up for a song.  Then Matt and Justin went to work on them and this is how they turned out.

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All I can say is WOW! What a transformation! Mama is very proud!

Lisa

Windows to lust after

Taking a break from my European posts to talk about the necessity of great windows, especially here in our extremely variable Canadian climate.

We Canadians, also love to finish our basements so that we can utilize all that great space on our lower levels.  It really is the perfect spot to make a cosy theatre room, a work out area, children’s play space or a guest room and spa bath.  So, having a space that is warm, functional and bright is essential.  Here’s where windows, like the Boman Kemp ones that Cardel Homes are featuring in the basements of their Blackstone’s community town homes, are perfect.

These large windows bring so much natural light and ventilation into a basement!  And not to worry, they come with a safety grate for pets and people, so that no one falls in the exterior well!  There is also a safety ladder as an emergency escape from the basement.

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What a difference a great window makes!

**Disclaimer: I’ve received no compensation for this post

*** Images courtesy of Boman Kemp

Lisa

Architecture, streets and alleys of France

So for this post, I am focusing on the streets, architecture and alleys of France.  Some of these photos are actually taken in Monaco, but I am going to put them in France for today :-)  Warning there are a ton of photos in this post!

 

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Did you spot all the Roman buildings in this post?  The Romans were very busy when they were in France many centuries ago.  And I thought I’d include this little video of us driving through Provence. Click on the link below to watch.

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Lisa

Doors of Italy

Today is all about the doors of Italy.

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I love how so many of these huge doors have smaller doors within them…for the regular sized people.   :-)

 

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Next up, alleyways, streets and architecture.

Lisa

 

Opening the door to France

Hi, I’m back!  Sorry for the long absence but I was travelling in Europe.  Doesn’t that sound posh, I was being terribly spoiled by my hubby for my upcoming birthday.  And I enjoyed every moment.  Travel is so inspiring.  I thought I’d share some photos that I took on my trip of some absolutely stunning doors.  It is one of my passions, finding incredibly amazing doors and doorways.

So here we go to France!

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I realize this first one isn’t exactly a door but is a great archway don’t you think.  I am a sucker for all that age and texture.
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Also please excuse all the parked cars in the photos, it is virtually impossible to get a photo of a doorway in France or Europe without a car or motorcycle parked in front of it.

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I think this one above is my favourite! I love the carvings and those faces in the stonework above the door along with the greenery and ironwork are just spectacular!

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I also realize this one below is not technically a door but it’s such a great entrance I couldn’t resist.  Can you imagine coming home from work everyday to THAT?

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This one above doesn’t quite give you the warm and fuzzy welcoming vibe, does it?  It was in a castle and I believe, meant to scare anyone away from knocking or using a battering ram.

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Stay tuned for the Italian doors!

Adieu!

Lisa