Weekend design & decor projects… easy as 1,2,3

May 10th, 2012 | Comments »

We often talk about what we want to accomplish in a weekend or the projects we’d like to tackle… if you’re looking for some change, but don’t want to commit to more than a weekend then here are a few projects to get you going!

  1. Redo your front door… find a great pop of colour to change your curb appeal.  Ask your Color Company staff to suggest the right finish for your door. Check out the colour Schmooze from PARA as an option. (Love me a red front door)
  2. Update your window treatments; take the standard store bought panels you have and put your creative juices to work. Add some extra material to change the look.
  3. Update your kitchen cabinets; if you’re looking for a quick and cheap reno this is a great route to take.  With a coat of paint and an update to your hardware you’ll give your space a whole new look.
  4. Refresh your bedroom; here’s your chance to give your space some new personality.  Consider a fresh coat of paint, something new and different from what you currently have. Step outside of that box!  Next look at getting some new bedding and unique lighting to change up your space.
  5. Update your bookcases.  This is more about organizing & arranging, but adding a pop of colour on the back is a great way to bring some additional colour to the space. Remember book shelves are not just for books… try adding some decorative elements to break up the space.
  6. Millwork… yes adding or upgrading moulding with baseboards or crown moulding can really elevate a room.
  7. Dress up your space with mirrors… mirrors will definitely give the illusion of more space in your room. A symmetrical arrangement stand out for both its space-enlarging reflections & its graphic symmetry.
  8. Tile your backsplash… if you’re looking for a quick kitchen reno and to add some sophistication to your space then consider a great backsplash.
  9. Paint fun stripes… pick a wall and add some colour. Depending on your current wall colour you may want to choose only one colour, however for those of you who are looking for a bit more of a risk then consider two or three. Just remember painting the stripes isn’t the tough part, but it is important to take the time to prep.  This way you can pull off a strong stripe.
  10. How about a mantel reno? This is more about a fresh coat of paint and revamping your accessories.
  11. Create a custom shelf… consider your entryway, bathroom or a bedroom. There are many pre fabricated shelves to use but give it your own twist. Pick a decorative theme that speaks to you or your family.
  12. Who doesn’t love a home office?  Visit your local office supply store and pick up your fun & colourful organization tools. Make this space all about you and having it function for yours or your families needs.
  13. Pictures… put together a family gallery or a stairway gallery to bring a personal touch to your space.  When you’re creating galleries the key is to use the same colour of frame. Feel free to pick different shapes and sizes.
  14. Make a new headboard…one idea, take two salvaged windows. These are a great alternative to the ordinary. Thinking outside the box can create a focal point you’d not previously thought of.
  15. Create an instant mudroom in your front or back foyer. Start with a bench, this is a great focal point.  Add other items such as a rug (think colour), coat rack, boot tray and umbrella stand.  You might also want to consider some individual cubbies so there is space to store your gloves, scarves and other outdoor items.

Listen to Colour…

May 1st, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Well this week we have something different for you… We thought we’d keep this blog fun, light and easy.  We’ve put together a play list all to do with colour.  Sometimes we’re looking for a new song to add to an existing play list, or sometimes it’s fun to bring something back that we use to listen to.  Enjoy a little colourful inspiration! (We’ve included the links to some Youtube clips to get you started.)

  1. Rolling Stones – Painted Black                          
  2. Nick Drake – Pink Moon
  3. Nena – 99 Red Balloons 
  4. Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
  5. Booker T & The MG’s – Green Onions
  6. Alexi Murdoch – Orange Sky
  7. Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
  8. Bob Dylan – Tangled up in Blue
  9. Pearl Jam – Yellow Ledbetter
  10. Jamiroquai – White Knuckle Ride
  11. Death Cab for Cutie – A lack of color
  12. Cindy Lauper – True Colors

The 36th London Spring Home & Garden Show

April 17th, 2012 | Comments »

It’s that time of year again in London; time for The London Spring Home and Garden Show taking place from Friday April 20- Sunday April 22. It’s time to Be Inspired, Informed & Entertained. It’s the great big show that happens once a year, in one place and is your chance to experience it all at one time.

ON THE MAIN STAGE

Beyond managing one of Canada’s largest and most successful RE/MAX franchises, Jodi Gilmour is the celebrated host of HGTV’s new hit property series FOR RENT now in its fourth season.
Widely recognized for her professionalism, resources and winning charm, Jodi’s experience and warmth set her apart from the competition. And, whether she’s representing her clients, mentoring sales agents or connecting with viewers, Jodi’s goal is the same: “I am committed to improving their quality of life” she says.
FOR RENT’s real estate agent and rental expert, Jodi Gilmour, reveals her top tips on performing a magazine-worthy makeover on a dime! Jodi demonstrates how to find a home’s hidden potential and how to optimize even the trickiest layouts. Discover the best ways to get fantastic results with a minimal investment along the way!

 

Sharon Grech is the Colour and Design spokesperson for Benjamin Moore in Canada and has been sharing her passion for colour and home decor with Canadians on CityTV’s CityLine since 1997.
An authority on colour trends in the home, she is an active member and chairperson of the Color Marketing Group, an international colour forecasting organization.   Sharon also contributes to the Benjamin Moore Colour Pulse Team that researches colour & design trends to produce the company’s annual Colour Pulse a global trend report for architects and designers.
Sharon believes that colour is the most affordable and influential factor to creating harmony in the home. With her lively “hands on approach”, Sharon demystifies colour theory and demonstrates how colour can unify any space – inside and out – appealing to all budgets and personal styles.

ABOUT THE SHOW

In it’s 36nd year, this is southwestern Ontario’s largest home, renovating, gardening, landscaping and lifestyle Show. When you attend you’ll have the opportunity to get fresh & innovative ideas from the ultimate showcase in indoor and outdoor living. This is THE event for you and your home! Whatever your home improvement project, you will find everything you need to remodel, redecorate or create exciting and practical living spaces indoors and out!  Take advantage of the opportunity to see and speak with professionals from a massive selection of the area’s finest home improvement, renovation, gardening and landscape companies all in one place at one time.  Bring your ideas, plans and questions and get the expert advice you need. See the latest in products, services and technology – many with special Show pricing.  If you like your home, you will love the Show because it’s the ultimate showcase for indoor and outdoor living. It’s more than just a home show – it’s where ideas come to life!
It’s the Great Big Show where Spring happens first!

SHOW HOURS

Friday April 20             12pm – 9pm

Saturday April 21         10am – 8pm

Sunday April 22            11am – 5pm

LOCATION

Western Fair District
316 Rectory at York,
London ONTARIO

IDEA STAGE

UPDATE YOUR LIVING SPACE WITH THE LATEST COLOUR TRENDS – Idea Stage Saturday April 21, 12 pm & 3pm

Presented by: Sharon Grech, Colour & Design Expert for Benjamin Moore and City TV’s CityLine
Sponsored by: Benjamin Moore & Color Company

DIRECTIONS

From Toronto (East)…Take the 401 West to the Highbury Avenue exit at London. On Highbury Avenue, head North to Florence Street. Turn left onto Florence Street. On Florence Street, head West until you come to Rectory Street. Turn right onto Rectory Street. The main entrance to the Western Fair District is immediately on your right-hand side. Look for the big colourful “Western Fair District” logo above the gate.From Windsor…Take the 401 East to the Wellington Street exit. On Wellington Street, head North until you reach King Street (downtown). Turn right onto King Street, which is a one-way street and head East. Turn right onto Rectory Street. The main entrance to the Western Fair District is immediately on your left-hand side. Look for the big colourful “Western Fair District” logo above the gate.

From Sarnia…

Take the 402 to the 401 and then take the first London exit at Wellington Street. On Wellington Street, head North until you reach King Street (downtown). Turn right onto King Street, which is a one-way street and head East. The Western Fair District is located at the dead-end of King Street; therefore, you should have no problem finding our exciting entertainment venue.

PARKING – IT’S FREE