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September 29th, 2014

Ottoman vs. Coffee Table

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SAS Interiors

Ottomans are pretty hot right now and I will tell you why! But first let us think about the basic function of that little something you place in front of your sofa. Gender wise, I think the guys either need a place to put their feet or a spot to rest a drink, it depends on the guy, but this seems to be the most common concern! And for the ladies, style and a place to put pretty things is on the top of the list of requirements.

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Elements of Style and Decor Pad

Not only is the immediate function of the ottoman or the coffee table important, but the overall function and usage of the room is something you want to consider. Is the room a rarely used but dainty sitting room? Is it the must-be comfy movie watching room? Or does it lay somewhere in between? Take a moment and visualize what you want the room to feel like.

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Belle Maison

Of course coffee tables are a classic choice, limitless styles are available to suit any type of decor and for the adventurous among you there are ideas out there for building your own, refinishing old ones and manipulating the new. You can arrange a vignette on the table with aptly named coffee table books, candles, and other items of interest.
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Style Me Pretty

However, the ottoman has its own individual attributes which add to its appeal. First of all you can comfortably put your feet up. At the sofa shop, this is a great option for people who like the idea of having a chaise on their sofa but don’t want to commit to it. The ottoman can be pushed right up to the sofa for those cozy movie watching nights. Or, place a tray on it and it can hold drinks (and of course pretty things!). When you have a dinner party or a family function the ottoman can be pushed aside and act as extra seating. Many ottomans offer storage and if you order a custom one you can add another layer of colour or texture to the room depending on if you choose fabric or leather.

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So there! In your own coffee table vs. ottoman dilemma you now have some additional input to make a decision that works for you!

July 10th, 2014

Lovely Layered Living Rooms

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La Dolce Vita

Oh, hi! There seems to be a common colour thread unintentionally uniting these three photos. What drew me to this trio was the combination of so many pieces executed in a pretty, organized way. The unity in the colour scheme makes it cohesive and shows a few different ideas for layering. White with grey and a pop of pink and/or indigo. Lovely, lovely and more lovely.

The layered look evident in all three images creates a homey, cosy feel with colour, pattern and texture. Each room is inviting and has an overall sweetness to it. While not overtly masculine (yes that’s a little pink guys!) they aren’t exactly screaming girl space either.

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Little Green Notebook

The furniture placement is conducive to entertaining, notice how you see one sofa combined with groups of two chairs placed in a square around the coffee table. Lengthy conversations and late nights can be had in these beautiful settings.

Sometimes it’s ok to place individual chairs in a furniture grouping, but I really like pairs. If you choose too many singular elements the space can become choppy. Instead combine pairs, and more than one pair is quite alright. See how the matching stools look? Pretty right?

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Lauren Conrad

To create your own layered look, accentuate the furniture placement with textiles like pillows, an area rug and drapes. Add a little glitter or sparkle to polish the look. Tables with a metal sheen, a glass top or mirror top accomplish the glimmer and add function.

These lovely layered living rooms are stylized with accessories like books, lamps, vases and flowers, but I love adding house plants for a vivid pop of green, some texture and a little life.

April 14th, 2014

Rustic and Yet Elegant Dining Tables

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Adore your Place

Our home right now is by no means a forever home, and until that time or home comes I have been exercising creative ideas for decorating the space. I recently purchased these amazing chairs (which we will get into next time), and now it’s all about the table. Hence the rustic, yet elegant dining tables you will see here.

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Rooms for Rent

I have looked everywhere for the perfect size, look, etc. but everything is too big, 60-84″ when I need 50″ max, (or too high, no thanks to the pub height table trend!) and so it looks like a DIY situation is at hand. What’s a girl to do but call her Dad of course! And the verdict? Dad thinks we can do it! Hooray!

What I’m thinking is this: pair four of the six chairs I bought with one of these custom made table beauties. I want a table top with a relatively dark stain atop a base which I will most certainly paint blue, yes the same blue as the chairs. Shhh, stop asking so many questions about the chairs! Patience!!

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i Heart Naptime

Truth be told, what I really, really wanted was to create a banquette on one side with some pretty feature chairs, but with the age of my boys being still fairly young (potential dining mishaps for all my non-parent readers) it seems best to forgo the dainty upholstery and feed my fabric love on the seats of the chairs alone.

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If you would like to attempt this project with me I will be using these Husky Farmhouse Table plans found at Ana White.

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And then I watch an episode of Cracking Antiques and think, hey! Maybe I can find an antique table! But alas, it took me six months to find chairs. Make the dining table! And of course it will be an awesome project to do with my Dad. Win, win. Stay tuned for the chairs!

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March 21st, 2014

Textiles: Trellis and Lattice

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As the last of the winter melts away we open windows, put the cozy away and trade it in for airy light colour. A little pattern goes a long way, but it is near essential to creating a sophisticated look. What better way to experiment and dip your toes in trend? Ask yourself: is there a colour I love but could never paint a room in? Is there a design I am drawn to again and again?

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Decor Pad

Trellis and lattice patterns offer a splash of graphic interest, usually with some colour and they are kind of fun for spring don’t you think? Look for trellis patterns with a light colour for the background to brighten your space.

Trellis and lattice are repetitive patterns with geometric flare. You may find ethnic themes like Moroccan or Greek especially with wallpaper or stencils like the ones at Royal Design Studio

Here are some ways to freshen up your home with trellis patterns. Throw pillows of course! A rug. New curtains? Bedding is another way to add life and colour to the home.

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Decor Pad

Trellis, lattice, soon we will be out in the garden enjoying the sun! Until then, we can dream and we can brighten our inside spaces with bright pattern and hopeful colours.

February 5th, 2014

Green Sofa Glory

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Sunny Days and Starry Nights

This time of year I begin craving colour, especially green because we haven’t seen it in months. Grey skies, partially melted snow and panels of clear ice leave me wanting luscious shades of emeralds, mosses, pea pods and forests. So let’s look at some sofas!

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Dust Jacket

A bright green sofa is a fabulous way to punctuate a palette of neutrals. Yet in each of the photos you see here, no matter the shade or hue, it works. I’m sort of obsessed with turning colour into the neutral, if that makes sense. If it doesn’t you might need more colour in your life!

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Pepper Design Blog

Each of these glorious green sofas represents a slightly different shade of green. Before you dive in, consider what other colours you will be working with, not just today but tomorrow too, because if you pick the right sofa, you will have it for many many years.

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The Cottage Market

What works best with green, you ask? Great question! My favourite neutrals to mix with green include: white, black, navy and brown. For a sophisticated look you can also work secondary colours into the palette. But where do you start? With feeling. Figure out what you love and decide what you want bring in.

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Style by Emily Henderson

So my next question is, who here is bold enough to go for glory in the form of a green sofa?? Now send me pictures!

December 29th, 2013

Fabulous Framed Fabric

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my job! Days spent at the sofa shop are great days. One of my favourite things about my job is the fabric, I mean what’s not to love about playing with fabric all day?

Since the boys and I moved into the condo, I have been trying out different ideas to fill the endless blank-slate walls. Mirrors, art, photos and typography to name a few, and still! More walls!

Back to my love for my job…I thought why not incorporate some discontinued fabric into the scheme of things and voila! A project was born.

I happened to have a spare frame at home I wanted to use. I sifted through a few boxes of disco’d fabric and found three that would work together. It took me all of five minutes to frame these little darlings (not including the drive time to Ikea to find two more frames) and I just love them!

Of course you also get a glimpse of the feather tree the kids and I decorated (and the cat messed up) and the turquoise reading chair I got from the sofa shop a few months ago. The third piece is hiding behind the tree, but I assure you it is lovely.

About the framed fabric? These particular swatches are from one of my favourite Canadian custom furniture manufacturers Decor-Rest The patterns are elegant and they act as a reminder of good things!

You can do this too! But what can you frame if you don’t have access to discontinued fabrics?

•Fabric remnants

•Vintage tablecloths

•Linen with patterns stamped on them

•Curtains

•Sheets or blankets with pretty designs

The more meaningful the better! As with all things. That’s one thing I adore about textiles. You can fall in love with a design and base a whole room around it and when it works it’s a little bit magical, don’t you think?

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