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Enchanted Inner City Outdoor Entertaining

inner city outdoor entertaining

Summer is all about dining al fresco. And there is nothing more I love than hosting friends for a casual and laid back summer meal.  But with only a small, seven feet by eleven feet inner city balcony, creating an inspiring place to host my dearest required some creativity.  Today I’m sharing the tricks I used to create an enchanted inner city outdoor entertaining space for anyone with a small, perhaps uninspired patio or balcony.

Keys to Creating a Captivating Neutral Interior

captivating neutral interior

My personal design esthetic definitely leans towards traditional lines with a touch of glam and thoughtful pops of colour.  But I must say, there is something beautiful and elegant about a room layered in neutrals.  They are fresh and crisp, creating a relaxed and comfortable vibe.  But without careful intention, it’s easy to slip into ho-hum beige on cream on beige.  So I’m sharing three keys to creating a captivating neutral interior.

Colour Crush: French Blue

french blue

If  you’ve been following along over the years, you’ll have noticed that there’s one colour that pops up in my designs time and time again: blue.  And while I love everything from a saturated navy to the palest of sky blues, my current obsession is French Blue. The perfect cool blue and inherently sophisticated, I mean it’s named after one of the chicest countries in the world!

10 Enviable Indoor/Outdoor Living Spaces

indoor/outdoor living spaces

With summer in full swing, I’ve been talking a lot about outdoor spaces. The season is so short around here, that I want to get the most out of it and help you do the same. You can read about how to create a memorable front entrance here and the perfect patio here.  Something that’s become increasingly popular in recent years is indoor/outdoor living spaces.  Spaces that seamlessly transition a homes interior to the exterior.  And why not?  Doing so increases the living space dramatically while ushering in a tonne of natural light.  I’m particularly loving oversized windows that swing open and black steal details. With a little forthought and planning this interior design trend can be incorported into your home’s design quite easily. To get you started, I’ve pulled together ten enviable spaces 🙂

The Perfect Patio

The Perfect Patio

I’m not sure why, but summer always sneaks up on me! Despite the endless yearning, I find I’m scrambling every year to get my outdoor space ready. And truthfully, it’s usually days (or moments) before entertaining outside that my space really comes together.  So, if like me you’re in a rush to get your space together in time for the July long weekend, I’ve put together three simple, yet distinct looks to help you create the perfect patio.

7 Common Interior Design Mistakes

common interior design mistakes

As my client base has grown, I’ve noticed a few common missteps that keep a space from feeling cohesive and well put together.  Thankfully with a few simple tweaks, most of these common interior design mistakes can be easily remedied.  Have a read and then take a lot around your space, have you unknowingly committed any of these? What tweaks are you going to make to achieve a polished designer look?

Interior Trend: Tile Statement Wall

Tile Statement Wall

The concept of a statement wall has been around for many years – from paint to wallpaper to moldings, there’s nothing new about adding interest to a space using a feature wall.  But a fresh and fabulous take on them is a Tile Statement Wall.  No matter your budget, the addition of cement, marble or ceramic tile is a great way to add colour and impact to your bathroom.

Interior Trend: Antique Rugs

antique rugs

There is no question that antique rugs are having a moment right now – personally I think we can thank Becki Owens and Amber Lewis.  Both designers are known for adding antiques rugs to the spaces they design.  Probably one of the reasons they are two of my favorite designers.  I had the pleasure of hearing Amber speak earlier this year and her down to earth, SoCal vibe makes her all the more lovable. But I digress, I’m talking about antique rugs today, I’ll save girl crushes for another day 😉

15 Outdoor Spaces I Could Spend All Summer In

outdoor spaces

With Victoria Day Long Weekend (affectionately known as May Long) only a few days away, that signals to many of us Canucks time to get our outdoor spaces summer ready.  Summer after all is about outdoor living, and with such a short season around these parts, it’s best we get on it!  I’ve pulled together 15 spaces that are sure to inspire you, from a picnic table under a pergola and a Moroccan oasis to pool side lounging and swinging in a whimsical chair, you’ll never want to come in!