Client Reveal #TheAspenAbode

We’ve been waiting for this day for months! It’s The Aspen Abode’s reveal day!!! This project was a serious labour of love - we loved the clients, the contracting team, the design - that it almost seemed too good to be true. And yet, here we are, with what we think is a pretty amazing home and some very happy homeowners.

Aspen Gardens is a sought after Edmonton neighbourhood mainly because of its ravine trails and beautiful mature streets. Our couple lucked out when they purchased their bungalow since properties here tend to go fast. The only problem - the home had dated decor and a very closed off layout. So we jumped in and started to create a whole new home, giving them both an open concept and finishings that reflected their more modern aesthetic.

BEFORE

FRONT ENTRY

In the front entry, we demoed the closet in favour of a pony wall and instead created some built in storage in the main dining space for coats/shoes. A small bench, new tile and a beautiful brass flush mount create an adorable, approachable entry space.

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DINING ROOM

The dining space saw a bold addition - a black feature wall that ties into the living room fireplace (more to come on that soon). But because this space had to function in a few different ways (storage, office nook and dining area!), the overall design was kept pretty minimal - with some warm mid century modern touches. We fell in love with the Mitzi Astrid chandelier for its clean lines and small pops of brass that tie into the front entry fixture.

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DINING ROOM DETAILS: Light Fixture // Onyx Candle // Monogram Mug // Dining Table // Sideboard, Dining Chairs + Desk Chair - Vintage

KITCHEN

The kitchen...oh, this kitchen; the transformation is night and day! We removed the adjoining living room wall in favour of a practical island in oak cabinetry that contrasts beautifully with the soft grey palette throughout. Brass accents were the obvious choice - the warmth of the metal finish feels both modern and timeless.

The Delta Trinsic faucet in Champagne Bronze worked perfectly here - anchoring the large window and continuing that warm hue we so loved. It’s sleek arch is modern but the finish itself is so much softer, almost feminine like. It has become one of our favourite plumbing fixtures we’ve ever used.

With a much more functional kitchen layout, we were able to create some beautiful open shelving along the range wall without losing out on storage. This kept the room feeling light and airy and gave us ample opportunity to inject some shelfie styling goodness. The oak shelves against the glossy backsplash tile provide more contrasting textures and the Mitzi Kai wall sconces added in another much needed pop of brass while providing some beautiful ambiance in the evening.

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LIVING ROOM

With a new open concept, it was important that the kitchen and living areas flowed together. We made sure pops of black were consistent throughout the home so the new fireplace surround didn’t shock the system. And yet, it still steals the show! We wanted to have a modern edge, painting out the entire face black, while continuing with the warmer touches - adding in the stacked wood column and the same oak shelving and cabinetry from the kitchen on the right.

We were also fortunate enough to assist with the living room decor, creating a rich and inviting space. We wanted the space to be livable and functional but also stylish. Timeless furniture pieces combined with cozy textures and a muted palette made for the perfect combination.

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LIVING ROOM DETAILS: Area Rug // Coffee Table // Sofa // Grey Chair // Woven Chair // Lumbar Cushion on Woven Chair // Cushion on Grey Chair // Grey Cushion in Basket // Sofa Cushion Lt to Rt: One // Two // Three // Four // Striped Ottoman // Malala Artwork - Client’s own // Large Artwork - DIY // Mitzi Kai Sconce // Millwork - Kitch // Beaded Basket holding plant // Other accents/accessories are client’s own/vintage

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MASTER ENSUITE

Finally, the team also transformed what was a very cramped master ensuite into a more welcoming space. The revised layout allowed us to relocate the shower where the existing vanity used to be, which beckoned for some eye catching tile and gorgeous brass fixtures. The combination of the vertical stacked grey tile and Champagne Bronze finish is simply stunning. We added in a sleek oak vanity and some classic round sconces in a matte black finish next to a simple mirror, creating the perfect place to get ready for the day or settle down for the night.

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It’s hard to put into words how special a project like this is for us. We connected to not only the overall design, but the incredible people behind it. Coming into their lives and getting to shape their next chapter was truly a gift and we couldn’t be more happy to share in that. We hope you loved The Aspen Abode as much as we did!

Contracting: Revive Developments

Photos: Tracey Jazmin Photo

Please note, out of respect for our clients we don’t divulge all of our finishes and selections.

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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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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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