Interior Design Show – Toronto, Canada

This past Sunday I attended IDS ’14 held in Toronto, Canada. For those of you who don’t know what IDS is, it is the Interior Design Show held every year in Toronto. This was IDS’ 16th year holding this exhibit. … Continue reading

How To Style Your Small Space. pt 1

You have this small space and you don’t know what to do with it cause it is just so small. Or you live in a studio where everything from your dinning room to your bedroom, and office are all in one confined area. No one wants to feel like they’re living in a box. So I’m going to provide you with some of MY styling tips so you can feel like the Queen/King you are in your fashion inspired home.

They say white walls makes a space feel larger. It may be true but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid color like the plague to enlarge your room. If you like color, then add color! Brighter, stronger more vibrant colors will help enhance the space. Try not to use dull colors as they will bring down the mood. If bright colors aren’t your thing, use a neutral color palette.

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If you decide to use a more neutral color palette or stick with the white walls, splash color around the room in other ways. Use color on furniture, accessories, throws and pillows. It will help make the room feel alive. When picking out the soft furnishings be mindful of patterns and textures as they play a part in this as well. Too much texture in a room will make the space feel smaller. Some people believe that using patterns in a small space will make it feel more enclosed. Pattern is such a big trend right now and I think experimenting with it is a good way to have a trendy space. Try using a smaller scale pattern over a larger pattern as it will help make the room appear larger.

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(This small pattern wallpaper makes the space feel even more narrow)Cozy-Orange-624-Square-Foot-Loft-1(Neutral palette with a splash of color)

Larger scale patterns are good to create a focal point or used as an accent. They can draw the eye to a specific piece you would like to feature. The picture below is a good example of how the large pattern on the pillow draws your eye to the chair. Focal points in small spaces like studio apartments can be a really good way to distract the eye from wondering considering everything is in one area.

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One good DIY tip is to create depth in your space. Say you have a bookcase, consider painting the inside a different color. This gives the perception of depth. Another way to add depth to your walls is by painting color squares on it. It will jazz up your walls and make your room look bigger.

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These are a few tips you can start with. Next post will be on spacing/layout, furniture and how to divide the area.

Do you have any small space decorating tips? If so, let me know in the comments!

– A
xo

The Art of Artwork.

Artwork can make or break a space.

I think the number one rule for using art to decorate is picking a piece that you love. Everyday, whether in your room, kitchen, living room or bathroom, you will have to look at that picture. Personally, I don’t want to see something that I don’t care for all the time. I rather smile when I see it, feel a sense of joy and take a minute to soak it in.

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Do not think that you need to cover every empty spot of your wall with some kind of art. Some walls need to be left bare so you can enjoy the wall color – I mean you did paint it for a reason! Just make sure when you go to hang the photo to center it to whatever is below or around the piece.

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When hanging artwork, make sure it is at eye level of the average** persons height. I would say around 5’7. You wouldn’t want to have to break your neck looking up at a piece.

And finally, be creative and have some fun. Most art pieces are fun, creative and inspiring so you should feel the same when picking something out and hanging them around your newly decorated room. There are so many different things you can do with these pieces. You can cluster them, stagger them or make a large collage as focal point. There are also many different types of frames that will compliment the art and make it really pop. And don’t be afraid to mix and match, it’ll bring a little character to your wall.

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Just remember, artwork can make or break your decor. So take some time when deciding on what will work with your room, it could be crucial!

– A

**I am far from being average height. So if you are taller like myself, remember to hang it lower. And if you’re on the short side, raise it up a bit.