Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sarah's Room

After more than 100 hours of planning and 4 days of labour, we finished Sarah's Room this month! We had a great time, and most importantly, Sarah loves her new room!

Here's the room before:

And here's the final result:

You can see all the project pictures on my website - www.stylishsolutions.biz - or on facebook - www.facebook.com/StylishSolutions

Special thanks go to everyone who contributed to the project - Walmart, Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Timmins Decorating Centre, Future Shop, as well as several members of the community - and to Steinberg & Mahn, M&M Meat Shops, Zenone's, and Christopher's Coffee House for putting out donation cans for us. Thanks go out as well to Topper's Pizza for providing lunch for us while we worked!

The project was a huge success and we're already looking forward to next year!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Using Colour to Fix Problems

It's probably not a big surprise that I love colour - it's the easiest way to update worn out rooms and furniture, and really helps when creating a mood for a room. It's also a great way to fix little design problems!

This homeowner had a bit of repair work to do after a picture frame fell off the wall. Once the holes were fixed, another problem popped up - the walls had been painted by a previous homeowner, so they didn't know the colour or brand to get more. The home is a somewhat open concept, so the wall continued down the hallway, into the living and dining areas as well as the entrance - and there were no suitable corners to make a colour change - which meant the homeowner would have had to paint
all the walls toavoid a choppy look. They really didn't want to paint more than necessary, so we needed to come up with something that would cover the repair job and only involve minimal painting.

The solution? Colour towall the rescue! I had previously specified a dark brown accent wall in t
he adjoining living room to fix a sofa/undertone issue (I wrote about it in a post last year)...so we took the rest of that paint and used it to createa colour block in the hallway. This allowed the homeowner to cover the repair, accent their photos, and only paint a few square feet.

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