Bouquets are a lovely way to celebrate Mom’s. Here, four of my favourite flowers, viburnum, ranunculus, peony and hydrangea come together. Curly willow replaces floral foam to create a natural arrangements that’s sure to delight. One of my favourite spots in Oakville to pick up beautiful flowers like this is Floral Deco on Lakeshore Rd.
Click the link below or go here to learn more about what to buy and how to make this arrangement.
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Many homes (particularly older homes) have small basement windows and lower ceilings. Use a light paint colour and overall palette to keep the visual flow cohesive and reflect all available light. Don’t be afraid to use the same colour on the wall and ceiling to create a unified envelope.
2. Measure Twice, Order Furniture Once
Measure proposed furniture and all passageways twice to avoid nasty surprises. New and older homes can have narrow staircases, low staircases or staircases with tight corners. Be sure to consider areas that can cause surprises when it comes to moving or turning furniture. You can even make a life-size template of furniture out of moving boxes and test to see if it will fit down the stairs! In the project shown above in order to get a 4-seater sofa long enough for lounging we ordered a right arm and a left arm sectional and bolted them together. Innovative solutions are often necessary when design spaces with awkward passageways.
Moving furniture into tight spaces
3. Wash the windows, inside and out
Windows can get dirty quickly from splashes of mud and spring runoff. Make the most of natural light by keeping windows clean and using light-coloured, translucent window coverings that let in filtered light even when closed. In this project we use linen-look corded shades in a pale grey to tie into the wall colour. It still lets in the light, disguises inevitably dirty windows and won’t collect dust.
4. Invest in Great Lighting.
Old-school fluorescent ceiling lights once popular in basements don’t make anyone look good! Use levels or layers of lighting – potlights or ceiling fixtures for overall lighting and floor and table lamps for atmosphere and task lighting. If possible, use dimmers to add ambience for movie and tv watching. These narrow floor lamps turn on and off from the floor and provide just the right amount of light where you need it with their flexible arms.
Mixing Antique Furniture with Modern Furniture
5. Incorporate Old and New
Antique furniture pieces can often be used in the overall design scheme and sometimes not with their original function. Use a sideboard as a tv stand, a bench or trunk as a coffee table or for storage.
6. Spend Your Money on New Pieces that Work
Mix old and new but don’t make the basement the “ugly duckling”! Avoid making the basement a dumping ground for furniture that doesn’t have a home in the other rooms of your house. If the furniture is the wrong colour or style for the room, consider slipcovers or paint to help pieces blend together. Let antiques shine and don’t be afraid to mix old and new pieces into your design plan. Avoid using pops of trendy colours – this can be distracting. Instead let antique pieces take centre stage.
And are you embarking on a basement project? Give us a call or send us an e-mail at info@CatherineAlisonInteriors.com! We love helping owners of castles, condos, cottages and commercial spaces spaces find joy when they walk in the door.
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Since the grey trend arrived, beige in interior design has been maligned. Interior Designers and homeowners are worried about furniture or walls looking too “beige”. As such, beige has become synonymous with outdated, boring and banal. Recently I wrote in HomeDigest for Metroland News about beige and how it can be used successfully in interiors. What do you think about beige? To see the original article go here: http://flippubs.com/publication/?m=22581&l=1
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We are lucky to report exciting changes happening this fall at Catherine Alison Interiors! Today we would like to focus on saying thank you and farewell to our Catherine Alison Interiors “Graduates”. Extremely fortunate is putting it mildly when I think about the two amazing Bachelor of Design students working with us during their summer break. As part of our team, Dalia Elkhatib and Megan Dougherty shared their ideas, enthusiasm and talents with us. We have benefitted so much from their passion and we miss them every day! Creating a culture that embraces challenge, fosters fresh ideas, and is involved in supporting our interior design community is in our blood. So while we are already missing seeing Megan and Dalia’s smiling faces in our studio, we are so excited to see what heights these talented young designers reach in the future. Their passion has contributed to our success, and for that we thank them and say “well done”! Read on to meet these amazing young women as they describe in their own words their experience working with the CAI team.
“Upon completion of the Interior Decorating program at Sheridan College, I was fortunate to be approached by Catherine Alison Interiors to join their team in 2012. I could not have asked for a better experience and opportunity that what I have had during the three summers that I was employed by the firm. The openness, teamwork and collaboration are elements that I strongly admire within Catherine Alison Interiors and will take with me to reflect upon in my future. The experience and confidence I attained from working for this firm is something that cannot be taught in any college, but only through great opportunities such as this. I always felt that my opinion and passion was heard, and even pushed me to better myself as a designer. I grew strongly in independence and problem solving skills, by the variation of projects and as per the needs required for each. I truly got a taste of multiple different scenarios such as residential living and dining rooms, kitchens and baths, and also designs for commercial spaces. I have now returned to Sheridan College to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. I am constantly reflecting back during my schooling, on principles I experienced while in the field and the vast knowledge I gained from Catherine Alison Interiors.”
“Every day at Catherine Alison Interiors was filled with excitement! I enjoy designing residential and retail spaces, and while working at CAI I was able to work on many varied residential projects. During my internship at CAI, I learned what school does not teach you by having a complete, hands on experience and being able to put what I had learned into practice. I was glad to have the opportunity to attend and participate in planning meetings, to be able to apply my strengths to projects, but mostly to feel a part of the CAI team! I am now completing my Bachelor of Interior Design at Humber College, and I look forward to what the future holds for me.”
Stay tuned for my next post when I’ll introduce our newest team members.
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