I’ve had quite a break over Christmas and New Year but back now and kicking the year off with a project from one of my favourite designers… Mixing pattern, textures and materials are the key to Studio McGee’s designs, for example juxtaposing a leather sofa next to a linen sofa. A dark almost black buttoned […]
Another fabulous project from Studio Mcgee, contemporary meets traditional… What’s not to love about this space, a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional give it a modern look with a heritage nod. Textures are big with Studio McGee and if you look closely at the coffee table in image 5 you will see it has […]
Crib Creative If we want to make a personal good impression we will want to dress our best, this can also be said of the first impression one receives as they step inside our home… When someone visits our home for the first time, it gives them an impression of the person we are, it […]
Described as “Cape Cod meets West Indies”, another fabulous project by one of my favourite design companies. The exterior architecture of this new build leans towards Hamptons, however Black Band Design have also injected a tropical feel inspired by quote, the “vibrant waters of the Caribbean”. When planning a new build by oneself with no interior designer […]
1. Image via Mercer Interior The word, ‘boho’ may conjure up a riotous mix of colours and patterns, muddle these together in a messy but creative way and throw in some greenery and you may have the boho of the past. However, today boho can be far more chic, in fact…..’boho chic’. ‘Boho’ stems from the word […]
“Casual and sophisticated, modern and timeless, serene but colourful” is how the designer describes this relaxed, South Carolina home. The designers, Guest House Studio, have used varying shades of blue for this project, with paint, soft furnishing and artwork. Blue is ‘cool’ on the colour charts but can evoke a moody or calming affect when you […]
Peek inside a gorgeous cottage of blue and white with the addition of a few surprising colours. Designed by award winning interior designers and home builders, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, this sweet home has the perfect balance of style for coast or country. Specialising in creating “beautiful, classic cottages where generations of families can […]
Breeze Giannasio is an interior designer to the stars and I literally have stars in my eyes when I see the transformations she makes to these Hollywood homes. I’ve been in love with the distinctive style of designer, Breeze Giannasio since I viewed a video of her transformation of Mila Kunis parents condo on Houzz. Breeze takes […]
Timeless in Vancouver
Decorating a home successfully is about timeless design, not following fads or trends but creating a perfectly balanced environment that won’t date…
How do you design a home’s interior that will remain timeless? Choose subtle colours, pastels or neutrals not bright or dominant colours and a mix of furniture. When I say mix up your furniture, choose a few older pieces, vintage, antique or maybe re-cycled and find a couple of contemporary pieces to work with them. I say it many times, “matching 3 piece dining, lounge or bedroom suites is the quickest way of giving your home an outdated look”.
Pattern and texture should be carefully chosen just as designer, Karla Amadatsu has in this Vancouver home. Karla of Kerrisdale Design, depicts what I consider are the elements of timeless design, a subtle palette of neutral colours that will work with any colour or pattern, antique and modern furniture that compliment each other and the addition of interesting accent pieces make all the difference. Decorative cushions pull a scheme together and if your foundation is right, then all you need do is change your cushions for a fresh, new look. Another important point to remember is not to clutter up your foundation with too many accessories, keep it simple and change things around from time to time instead of displaying all your decorative pieces at once.
Above: A welcoming entranceway gives a first impression of your home
Above: Decorative cushions add interest and lift a neutral sofa. Cushions are the easiest way to change the look of a room or update it if your foundation is timeless
Above: Side tables are a must, a great place for a lamp and some decorative pieces or simply a vase of flowers
Above: A few stacked coffee table books can look great when finished off with a decorative piece such as a piece of agate, large crystal or coral
Above: Pattern can lift your space from boring to brilliant
Above: Older pieces of furniture should be mixed with modern pieces.
Above: A neutral palette is the foundation of timeless design
Above: It is the small details such as the nail heads on this sofa that make all the difference
Photography – Tracey Ayton
I hope you have enjoyed this beautiful home and maybe found some inspiration for your next decor project. If you like Karla’s style, you can visit her website to see more of her designs (link at the top of the page).