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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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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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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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: 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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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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