The Kresswell Cave

For nearly the first year of running our business, we operated Kresswell Interiors out of our homes and a lot (!!!) of coffee shops. In fact, neither of us like to think about how much money was spent on coffee and snacks as we poured over samples or created client concepts. It was obviously what we had to do considering we didn’t know if we could invest in an office space. And yet, not having a dedicated home base was really affecting our organization, time management and productivity.

So even though we were still a very young company, we decided to make the investment and get a small office. We had heard such great things about co-work spaces, so we emailed Timbre, a local co-work who had just transplanted to a larger location, in hopes that there might be space for us. And luckily, they had a really great option that was brand new and perfect for us Kresswell gals! We’ve called this office our home, which we dubbed the Kresswell Cave, for a few months now and we are so excited that we get to show it off! Even though it is small, it makes us feel pretty damn mighty…and whole lot more organized. Want to take a look?

We were so fortunate to have been able to bring items from both our homes to furnish our cave! After both completing home office refreshes with Canadian Tire, we decided to relocate our desks, console table and accessories here, where they would get even better use. Plus we love the aesthetic of the clean white, Scandi styled pieces. Canadian Tire also generously helped set us up with a Keurig machine, cute office mugs, baskets for all our samples (we actually have a few - this two toned one, leather handled one and soft felt one) and our floating shelf. We love how adding in these small accessories gave the space even more life!

In addition to our open shelf, we also have a cork board to pin ideas, samples and anything that inspires. We love how beautiful this spot is and that it’s constantly rotating. On top of our console, that houses a lot of samples btw, we have our coffee station, as well as a place for product binders and trays for odds and ends.

Above our desks, we hung three acrylic panels with stand offs so that we could easily write and check off to do lists. Having this available to look at throughout the day is so helpful - organization is key!!

Opposite our desks, we have more space for sample displays, as well as, our favourite calendar - the Stendig!

In the last office nook, right by our window, we placed a filing cabinet and a bench for when we need a little more space to spread out samples. To add some softness and decorative touches, we couldn’t help but throw in some pretty pillows and Diana’s Block Shop notecard prints!

What do you think of our Kresswell Cave?! We love our office space - we are surrounded by amazingly creative people every day, have a space that finally allows us to be organized and productive and get to feel one step closer to some of our bigger goals for this little biz! Thank you for all your love and support to get us here!

All images taken by Tracey Jazmin

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Minimalist Front Entry, Four Ways

Quite often small spaces can be a struggle in terms of creating an area that is functional, stylish and has personality too. This front entryway is the perfect example of how you can take a small tricky space (and trust us, this entryway is tiny) and make it functional depending on what you need, stylish and bring in loads of decorative touches! 

The key is to start with one or two key piecse to act as the building block which for us was the minimalist console table and round mirror. From here we could switch up the area rug, baskets and ottomans and other decor. 

One space, four looks - which is your favourite?

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10 Outdoor Oasis' We Love

As soon as the heat hits (and it really has in Edmonton right now!), we spend so much more time outside, a lot of which is on our patio. We love outdoor spaces that become an extension of the home...a place where you can gather comfortably and entertain late into the night. You don't need much to have an outdoor oasis - in fact a lot of the best spaces keep it minimal but amp up the textures and greenery. It doesn't matter the size of space either...even a small balcony can become a beautiful retreat. So, in celebration of all the hours spent outside of the house, we thought we'd share 10 of our most favourite outdoor spaces.

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Visualizing Your Space

Today we wanted to show off a great addition to any e-design plan, our new 3D renderings! We love being able to work with clients all over Canada and the US to help with design planning through our e-design services. With our e-design you receive a space plan with layout and arrangement suggestions, all shopping links and sources and a full plan to implement our suggestions into your space. As of April, you can now also add on a 3D rendering such as these, so you can truly get a feel for our vision and see how we can transform your space! 

Let's say you were unsure if you wanted to keep a room white or paint it a dramatic bold hue like this client of ours below.  The 3D renderings can be a huge help in visualizing the differences in the same space! It can also be great for seeing suggestions for accessorizing and styling and it's a huge help in visualizing a major change if you want to get a feel for your new room before moving forward. 

You can now choose to add on a 3D rendering to any e-design package - take a look here to get started!

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Design This: A Feminine Meets Minimalist Office Space

Pink tones and floral prints - what many people put in the category of 'too girly.' It's true that not everyone is going to love this combo, but there are ways to marry the two without going overboard. In fact, we recently designed this simple office space for a client who would never put herself in the category of 'girly.' But when she saw the dramatic floral print and the soft pink tones, she was ready to jump right in! Here's how the space turned out...

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By keeping a lot of the furniture white, the floral wallpaper becomes the focal point. And bonus!! It's removable! So if she ever tires of it, she can simply take it down and try something new. So as not to take away from the feature wall, we opted to lean some artwork on top of the desk, along with some office essentials. We would typically source a table lamp for an office space, but because our client preferred to keep her desk small and less cluttered, we decided a floor lamp would be a better solution. It looks great nestled in with some woven baskets. 

The pink tones in the wallpaper inspired some small additions of pink accessories - nothing too over the top or dramatic. A simple muted throw, some stacked boxes and a pink pencil holder were just enough to tie the colour scheme together, keeping the rest of the space nice and neutral.  

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Even though a lot of people fear committing to something as bold as a pink floral wallpaper, this design is a great example of how you can achieve balance. Plus, florals are still a huge trend this year, so take the risk and try something new! 

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