Client Reveal: #TheOliverEscape

Hello friends and happy thursday! This summer has been a busy one with so many renovation projects on the go so while we've been a bit quiet on the blog and over on social media, it's for a good reason. 

Today we're so excited because one of our renovation projects is ready for it's closeup and today we're sharing the reveal of the condo renovation we've affectionately dubbed #TheOliverEscape. 

Over the past few months you've seen us tease this dramatic renovation on our instagram stories so now we can FINALLY share the full condo reveal! This project was a pretty involved renovation with flooring changes throughout the space, a dramatic paint change, a kitchen renovation and a few decor changes as well. We're thrilled with how this beautiful space turned out so without further ado, take a look at #TheOliverEscape

Let's start with the front entry....

This front entryway is a smaller space (as many front entryways are) so we wanted to keep this area bright and fresh. The bold patterned tile floor is the first thing you see when you walk into the space and we love the impact it has! Simple brass flushmount fixtures were an update to a dated boring fixture and this light repeats in the hallway, tying into the brass used in the kitchen. We didn't have a ton of space for storage as the door seen here leads to the laundry space so we opted for modern walnut wall hooks from local company Oliver Apt and a custom wooden shelf for a bit of hanging and small storage for keys, etc. We had this shelf custom made by Edmonton's Forge and Fell and we love how it turned out! 

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The next space we tackled was the kitchen....

To save a bit of cost on the renovation, rather than a full kitchen tear apart and renovation we decided to reface the kitchen using custom Kitch fronts. Since the cabinet boxes were in great shape all we did was replace the fronts with dramatic matte black doors and upgrade the finishing touches. We decided to go all out with the dramatic transformation, painting the walls Onyx by BM, as well as bringing in dark, nearly black countertops (they're Caesarstone's Raven btw) and a black herringbone backsplash. For small but impactful pops of contrast we brought in touches of walnut (shelf and counter stools) and brass (lighting, faucet and handles). 

We love that our client wasn't afraid to go BOLD in this small space. Oftentimes clients will fear that going dark will make a space feel cramped or smaller but as you can see, it's quite the opposite effect, with the depth of the walls drawing the space out and creating a very rich and luxurious finished space. 

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As we move into the living room, we helped by adding a bit more personality and texture with the finishing touches. We took the black wall colour all the way through the space to elongate the feeling of the living room and draw the eye outward. We brought in a textured carpet and some custom cushions from Tonic to add a bit of interest and softness. A few small accessories and personal touches were all this space needed to feel complete! 

Tip: Rich hued colors and warm woods (such as walnut) look fabulous paired with black walls, just see for yourself...

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And lastly, let's take a peek at the bedroom, where we continued the black paint colour for another dramatic transformation. This gorgeous light fixture really steals the show so the rest of the space is a bit more serene and simple, allowing the light to take centre stage. We love these walnut side tables (how great do black and walnut look together?!!) and the softness of the curtains with the brass rod are clean and simple. The other showstopper in this room has to be the custom made Barn door (made again by our friends at Forge and Fell)! We love how simple the stained slab door is, adding the perfect amount of warmth. Plus, the large black hardware keeps it modern and sleek!

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So there you have it, the much anticipated reveal of #TheOliverEscape! What do you think of this dramatic space?!

Renovations by Revive Developments

Photos by Tracey Jazmin Photo

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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Favourite Decor Picks: May

Hello everyone and happy Monday! It's been another busy month here at Kresswell with so many great projects on the go and as such we've been sourcing all kinds of fabulous home and decor finds.  Today we thought we'd share another round of some of our current decor favourites because sharing is caring!  (ICYMI, check out our first round of picks HERE)

Diana's Picks:

One: We love a great 'goes with everything' cushion like this one

Two: This lamp is perfection!

Three: You can never have enough greenery (real or faux)

Four: Baskets are fabulous for both form and function

Five: This reversible blanket comes in four colors and we are obsessed! 

Kristina's Picks:

One: This light has the most incredible texture, we love it! 

Two: 'Just a subway tile kind of girl...' 

Three: Bold monochromatic artwork is classic

Four: We love the texture in this gorgeous rug

Five: This cushion hits all the marks- two tone, great zipper and a beautiful neutral

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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! 

Want to create a similar design?! Shop the post below: (wallpaper is from Drop it Mod!)

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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Design Inspiration: Beautiful Black Rooms Done Right

When you're decorating your home one of the biggest elements to consider is paint. Paint is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to make the most dramatic change to your home. While we tend to be pretty partial to white walls, we do love a good dramatic black room. In fact, we both have black walls in our own homes! We're currently working on a design project with a dark and dramatic feature so with that in mind, we thought we'd share a few rooms who show that black can be beautiful when it comes to wall color! In fact, as a designer tip, many people think that opting for a dark color will make a space feel small when in fact, it does the opposite. Opting for a dark feature wall can draw the eye out and make a space appear larger than it is. Take a look for yourself! 

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Designing a Mid Century Modern Kitchen

There's something really magical about taking an old home and completely revitalizing it. And when the home already has some major mid century vibes, you run with it. I completely fell in love with the idea of a warm kitchen space with pops of black and brass, some dynamic textures and, of course, some killer shelf styling. But before I get too ahead of myself, here was the inspiration for the Ottewell Oasis' dreamy mid mod kitchen:

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As you can see, I was really inspired by the mix of warm and cool tones, as well as, mixing textures. To really hit that mid century modern style, I needed to include some gorgeous walnut cabinetry, with a contrasting island. Though I love a lot of brass, I decided to keep it really subtle and opted for the main metal to be a sleek matte black. Here's how it all came together...

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To see the rest of this beautiful house, head here

All renovations completed by Revive Developments // Photos by Tracey Jazmin for Kristina Lynne

2018 Design Trends: Curved Furniture

Continuing on with our posts about design trends today we want to talk about curved furniture.... a huge trend to look out for in 2018. For so long clean and crisp lines were all the rage for furniture design but we're seeing a huge movement towards more natural and organic shapes especially in our couches and chairs. Move over boxy sectionals and say hello to the curved furniture you're going to be seeing A LOT of this coming year....

We love to see more organic shapes and think if you can incorporate more curved lines to your sofa or loveseat that this is a trend you'll be able to love for a long time. What do you think of curved lines for furniture? 

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2018 Design Trends: French Ranges

A somewhat surprising design trend we've been seeing pop up quite a bit?? French ranges! And, truth be told, we both love seeing anything French inspired in decor. These cooktops (though not on the affordable side) are beautiful additions to a traditional kitchen. They act as this stunning piece of jewelry in the space...a major focal point! If you're feeling like your kitchen needs a little something extra, consider this trend we predict will be on a lot of people's radars this year. Here are some of our favourites:

Can you get on board with this 2018 design trend? Is it something you'd consider in your own kitchen if the budget allowed?? 

2018 Design Trends: Matte Black Finishes

I think it's safe to say 2017 was the year of satin brass and while we still LOVE brass, this year there's a new finish that's taking the spotlight in kitchens and bathrooms and it's matte black. We adore matte black as a finish for many reasons. Every space needs a little bit of black so adding in black hardware, faucets and other fixtures is a great way to include this design staple into your space. Matte black may be naturally modern but it works well as a transitional finish too, don't count out matte black on your other more traditional or eclectic projects! And, black is a classic design color that never goes out of style so, chances are matte black fixtures are ones you won't tire of too quickly; so go ahead and take a chance on matte black! And in case we haven't convinced you with words, take a look at a few photos that are sure to inspire you to give matte black a try....

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2018 Design Trends: Stellar Ceilings

We can't believe it but we're already in the throws of 2018! And if you've been reading any decor/design blogs, you've probably seen multiple round ups of this year's design trends (Kristina did her own here!). We thought we'd take it a step further and look at certain ones in more detail...with dramatic ceilings kicking us off! They're call it the 5th wall, taking the eye up to the ceiling rather than the standard feature wall we've been seeing for so long. Here are some ways to add emphasis to a space that is often overlooked:


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Inspiration for a Monochromatic Christmas

Well the holiday season is fully upon us so naturally we're decking our halls with festive decorations. Not everyone is on board for a red and green or colorful Christmas so today we want to share a bit of monochromatic minimalist holiday decor inspiration. What do you think of an all white Christmas, would you ever decorate without color for the holidays?

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Black Bathrooms Worth Swooning Over

One of our favourite rooms to design are washrooms. There's so much potential for adding texture, and drama and have fun in small spaces with color and finishes. With so many elements needing to come together in a small space, there's a lot of fun to be had when it comes to taking risks with the design. Today we thought we'd share a few washroom spaces that add drama with bold black color but still look bright and spacious and fabulous! Which of these is your favourite?

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Beautiful Bedsides

Our bedroom should be our oasis in our homes, the space where we tuck away peacefully to relax, unwind and catch some zzz's. That being said, it should also be a beautiful room that inspires you, peacefully sending you to sleep and joyfully greeting you as you wake every morning. There are so many ways to style your bedside, from minimalist to natural, glamorous and dramatic - which of these styles suits you?

Minimalist

Notice a theme here? Clean lines, wood, white and a pop of greenery seem to be the recipe for a beautiful minimalist bedside table setup.

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Glamorous

If feminine interiors are your style, choose metallic accents, luxe materials and finish with florals for a glamorous look. 

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Masculine

Clean lines, modern accessories and a dark furniture finish all lend themselves to a more masculine aesthetic. 

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Vintage

Mix and match vintage furniture and accessories for a stylish lived in look that's cozy and comfortable, not fussy. 

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Tips to Create a Moody, Cozy Interior

White and bright spaces may be our jam. But lately, I must confess to being drawn to photos featuring a more cozy, moody interior. Maybe it's because of the shortened days in fall (and even shorter in winter!). Or maybe it's because Halloween is tomorrow! Who knows?! All I know, is that, as of late, my priority is to make spaces as cozy as possible and embrace the darkness. Here are some tips for creating a moody, yet oh so cozy, interior for yourself.


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Colour

Obviously, darker colours are a straight shot to a cozy, calming moody interior. But, believe it or not, you can absolutely have a moody white interior too. It has a lot to do with your lighting (see next point) and what colours FEEL calming to you. A deep red wall may never feel restful and cozy to some, and others will swear that white is not boring whatsoever! Everyone associates colours with different emotions. Just keep in mind that when choosing colours in your home, think about the tone and saturation. And consider more than just the walls. I love to keep my walls white but then bring in moodier colours in my accessories.

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Lighting

When creating a moody interior, you want just the right amount of natural light filtering through. Embrace the shadows. And when natural light isn't an option (the sun goes down sooo early in the winter here), have pockets of light that can create those intimate spaces. Dimmer switches are handy, as are candles, task lighting and even twinkle lights accenting an accessory or doorway.

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Senses

A space can become so moody with the right kind of tactile additions.Things that look, feel and smell good are the best to play with. For instance, a cozy leather couch looks even more restful with a soft pillow or two. Curling up in your favourite chunky knit feels amazing and smelling cookies baking in the oven just makes a home feel like home. All of those things create that "stay awhile" mood. I would be remiss to forget sound too - a great itunes playlist while you bake those cookies is the most comforting.

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Objects

Typically, a more eclectic style will lend to a moodier space. The objects you bring into your home reflect your personality but also contribute a great deal to the coziness of a room. Think about the collections you own, the books on display, the art on the walls. With Justine, has an incredible collection of records, and having that stack on display instantly creates a cozy vibe. Not every object needs to be shiny and new. A little bit of history is great in any space and definitely adds to a moody interior.

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Imperfections

A touch of the unexpected or a moment of quirk are what every home needs. I love it when things aren’t styled perfectly, or 100% neat. Having those imperfections throughout your home is the best! For instance, a linen duvet gets all creased and lined. Rather than trying to make it look perfect, embracing the lived in look makes the bed more inviting.  Imperfections like this are exactly what a cozy space needs...something genuine and real.

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Now with all that being said, sometimes you just need a good, moody black paint to create a cozy interior...so check out both Diana's and my top black paint colours!

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How To: Pick the Best White Paint

Let's talk white paints, shall we? Whites can be the most beautiful paint colors for a room but can also be the most difficult color to choose. There are pure, crisp and bright whites that are great for modern minimalist spaces or eclectic rooms where you want your bold patterns or colors to pop but if you go too cool, your room will end up looking feeling cold and clinical. Warm whites have yellow undertones and can warm up a space, making it feel both bright yet cozy at the same time but veer to far and you end up with a buttery yellow. Cool whites have a slight blue undertone and are admittedly, a bit colder looking and not nearly as inviting as a soft or warm white and then there are the whites with a brown or grey undertone that really don't count as white as all compared to a true white...how do you even begin to choose?!

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There are whites with purple, green, pink, blue, yellow and all kinds of other undertones that if you're not expecting them - can really make for a bit of a shock if you think you're about to paint your walls white and end up with a purple looking room instead. So if you're looking to pick a white or off white paint color, here's a few of my tips to keep in mind...

TIPS FOR PICKING WHITE PAINT

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1. Compare to White Paper

When you start to look at white paints it sometimes helps to have a true white to compare to. When you're just looking at a sample you might miss a particular undertone unless you can place it next to a sheet of white paper as a comparison. This is really helpful for making sure you don't end up with an undesired undertone to your white. 

2. Use Daylight

Again, to get the truest sense of the white you're looking at (or any color really) it's best to look at the paint in daylight. Obviously you want to check the colors in the room you're planning to paint but always check your paint colors in true daylight (take them outside!) first to catch all of the subtleties in your colors. 

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3. Grab Samples

The tip I ALWAYS tell my clients is once you've picked your color or narrowed it down to two, spend the $5 and go buy a tester sample. Paint chips are never 100% true as the finish on a sample swatch is different than the finish of paint so the color will show slightly differently. In whites, these slight differences can be crucial so for the few minutes it takes to do a few swatches, it's worth the piece of mind before you get started on painting a whole room or house! 

Happy painting!