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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Decorating with Neutrals

Today let's talk about neutrals. As much as we love to see spaces that are bold and bright, and use strong color there's something to be said about a room that's serene and simple, cozy and soft.  The key when decorating in neutrals is to remember a few simple rules: contrast, texture and pattern.

Contrast

Just because you're using a neutral palette doesn't mean you still can't achieve contrast in the room. Select neutrals that range from the light right through to the dark end of the spectrum. Quite often also, even in neutral spaces you'll see one color used (usually one found in nature - blue, green or other earthy reds/yellows) to create contrast. Pairing light with dark creates tension and every space needs that contrast to look complete. 

Texture

Next rule to remember when decorating with a mainly monochromatic palette is texture. Texture is KEY when working with neutrals. You can pair a cream cushion on a cream sofa sitting on a cream rug IF, those pieces all have enough texture that the eye notices a strong difference. Take for instance a knotted thick chunky area rug, paired with a chic tailored cream sofa then accented with a tasseled cream cushion. These textures help differentiate the pieces and add visual interest to the room! 

Pattern

Last but not least is pattern. Much like texture, pattern is needed to add visual interest, break up a neutral palette and add personality to your room. Pattern can be used anywhere from your rug, your sofa, accent cushions, curtains and more! Remember to think of the scale of your pattern when putting pieces together. For example: if you're pairing cushions together it's great to pair a large scale patterned cushion next to one that's less patterned but might have a great texture. Think of your decor like you wold your outfit - the rules are very similar!

Now, today we thought  we'd share a few of the spaces inspiring us lately that are on the softer side of the color spectrum.  Do you notice the rules at play in these spaces? What do you think of these rooms - do you like the serenity of a minimalistic color palette or do you prefer more color?

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