Articles written in the category : Master bedroom

For a touch of summer in your home!

Summer is probably the season that passes the fastest – I’m never in a hurry for it to end, and I’m always impatient for it to arrive! I try to make the most of this season of sunshine, heat and ice cream by being outdoors as much as possible. I have found THE solution to get the most out of summer: integrate outdoor elements into the home (outside in), and vice versa! Here are a few tips and inspirations:

Outside in:

In your home, add the following decorative elements in your common areas and bedrooms:

  • Flowers
  • Herbs
  • Brightly coloured decorative elements
  • For even more ambiance, change the pictures in your frames to brightly coloured photos and summer landscapes.

    Inside out:

    For more comfort outdoors, incorporate some objects from your home on your balcony, on your deck or in your backyard!

  • Cushions, banquettes
  • More intimate lighting
  • An outdoor carpet
  • Follow these tips and you can make your deck as comfortable as your living room, and have a touch of sunlight in your home, even on the greyest days. In conclusion, I wish you a very sunny summer! :)

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    Try daring contrasts!

    For some, daring means colorful. But this isn’t always the case! As I often say, a successful decor is a decor with contrasts! I have always found that contrasts highlight the items in a room, whether these are accent items, items of sentimental value, or simply items you find beautiful.

    If you believe you can achieve contrasts only with colors, think again! There are also contrasting textures, which open up a world of possibilities.

    Here are some interesting examples:

    Contrasting textures

    Bare brick wall with a divan covered in very fine fabric and luxuriously silky cushions.

    Combining a very industrial steel chair with fur.

    Color contrasts

    You can opt for very pale walls and darker accents.

    You can also use dark walls in contrast with pale furniture.

    You can even dare to try such contrasts in your baby’s room!

    Or in other rooms, regardless of the occupants’ age!

    Don’t feel obliged to paint all the walls in pale or dark colours. Sometimes, just one wall is more than enough!

    Finally, always bear in mind that you have to like your decor and always feel at home with it. Trust yourself and be daring!

    Perfect salads to mark the arrival of spring

    With the arrival of spring, we want to eat lightly, and especially more healthily. For a long time, I thought I didn’t like salads, because I believed they were nothing but tomatoes, cucumber and spicy Italian dressing. But one day, when I dared to change dressings and added a little of everything I had in the fridge, I understood the full potential of salads! Here are the favourite salads of 5 of my South Shore colleagues:

  • Apples and walnuts: The mixture of apples, ideally caramelized in advance in maple syrup, and walnuts is an excellent inspiration. When it’s served on arugula with avocado and a light balsamic dressing, you’ll be delighted!
  • Brussels sprouts and raisins: A recipe from my colleague Cindy: mix cooked Brussels sprouts, raisins and goat cheese. A real treat!
  • Avocado, mango and macadamia nuts: Adding fruit to a salad gives a surprising result, as my colleague Pier-Ann has understood. Spread freshly cut mango and avocado pieces on a bed of spinach. Mix in some macadamia nuts. Add a Dijon, maple and wine vinegar dressing, and enjoy!
  • Strawberries, basil and pecans: What could be better to enjoy in summer than a good strawberry salad!
  • It’s Valentine’s Day!

    February 14 – the perfect time to show your special someone how much you love them! Did you know that, back in the day, Valentine’s was mostly geared to those who are single? The ultimate goal: to give people a chance to meet their soul mate.

    Valentine’s Day has evolved over the years, so more people now see it as a time to express love for their significant other, their children, or their friends… and yet, we often forget that it’s also a great chance to show those around us how much they mean to us.

    Are you short of inspiration for a way to show all the affection you feel for those around you? Here are a few simple ideas that are sure to touch the recipient’s heart.

    1. Happy times spent with people you care for are often captured through unforgettable photos. Print out one of these photos – choose one that reminds you of a good time you shared – and make it a gift for the person you care for, while reminding them how happy you are to have them as a friend after all this time.
    2. The best gift you can give your friends is… your time.

    Style and Color Trends 2014

    Once again this year, I am going to try and summarize various specialists’ views on interior decorating trends, ranging from colors to patterns to décor items for 2014.

    You may find – just like last year – that these new trends don’t appeal to you. What’s important is that you choose something that “moves and thrills” you!

    Let’s start with color!

    You’ll notice that a palette often suggests a particular style (Traditional, Contemporary, Romantic, or Country) – so, depending on your décor, you may be able to use a single palette for your primary inspiration.

    Let’s start with Pantone, where Radiant Orchid will be the color of the year. It won’t necessarily be a dominant color, but more likely used for accents in every aspect of design.

    Colour of the year from Pantone

    Why this color? Because it’s mysterious, with a complex composition. It helps you get creative – if you’re looking to set up a home office or a rec room, this could be a good choice – as long as it’s a color you like.
    And if you look at Pantone’s palette suggestions for interior décor, you’ll find that they include a lot of purple hues.

    If you’re not comfortable with these shades, maybe a more neutral wall color with purple accessories could satisfy your yen to keep things trendy without suffering any distress!