Decorating With White Pumpkins

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I love Fall.

It’s my absolute favourite season.  The crisp cool weather is a refreshing change from the sweltering summer we just experienced!  I don’t even mind a rainy fall day.  All the more reason to curl up with a good book and a hot cup of tea.  Just perfect.

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I love Fall decorating too.  My go-to when looking for seasonal decor inspiration is Pinterest.  I’ve been pinning like mad lately and thought I’d share with you some of my faves.   You’ll notice an abundance of white pumpkins and more organic elements in this round up because that’s more my look.  I really like adding pumpkins and other fall elements to my existing decor and using what I already have.  I usually choose white pumpkins because they can “fit” into so many colour palettes. Orange pumpkins are great, but they have their limitations when it comes to colour palettes.

Now, get ready to be inspired!

Just add mini white pumpkins and some pinecones for simple and lovely fall decor.  Sometimes less really is more.

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Want a little bling?  Painting a few minis in metallic gold really amps up the impact!

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You can use a gold or copper metallic paint marker to decorate your minis. Love this one.

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If it’s a monochromatic look you’re after, grouping white mini pumpkins, white florals and antlers is simple but so effective. Add some tealights, and you have the perfect centre piece for your Thanksgiving table.

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I love the idea of using what you already have to decorate.  We all have apples, right?  Red or green will do. Now add a few serving dishes and a cake stand, a few leaves and pinecones from outside,  along with the white pumpkins and you have an instant centrepiece or fireplace mantel display!

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Love the addition of antique silver to the mix!

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I am actually going to use this idea when I decorate my home for Fall this year.  I just purchased a bell jar on a black marble base.  Can’t wait to see how it looks!

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Now if the simple white pumpkin is not really your jam and you want some “pop” in your modern fall decor, then these pink pumpkins are for you!

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These studded pumpkins are awesome!  And they can take you right into Hallowe’en. 

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If you desire a more graphic hit to your fall decorating, these black, white and grey pumpkins are what you need!

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This look is completely on trend.  I LOVE the peach, white and gold together!

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I could keep going, but this would become a VERY long blog post!  If you’d like to see more, check out my Fall Board on Pinterest here.

How do you like to decorate for Fall?  Let me know in the comments below!

Best,

robbin 

P.S.  Fall is a great time to move ahead with those decorating goals you have for your home!  If you’d like help making your home beautiful for the holidays, please contact me. I’d love to work with you!  Note:  Order deadlines to have custom furniture and accessories arrive in time for the holidays are fast approaching.  So don’t delay!

Mood Board Monday

I’m starting a new series called “Mood Board Monday” today.  In it, I’ll be posting mood boards (or inspiration or concept boards, as they are sometimes called) based on projects I’ve done, am currently doing or would love to do.

Mood boards are sooo important to developing your design concept.  They really allow you to see how all of the great pieces you have sourced for the project work together.  Even if you are not a decorator or designer, if you are designing a room for your home, you really should consider putting together your own mood board!

There are programs designed specifically for this type of thing, like Photoshop for example.  You can even use a free online tool called Olioboard. But if you don’t have access to those or want to keep it simple, you can just use the Powerpoint or Keynote program on your computer.  I have tried a few programs, but I find that using the Keynote program on my Mac does the trick!

The two mood boards below were created for the office in my Unionville Project.

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Unionville Office Mood Board – Option 1 

 

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Unionville Office Mood Board – Option 2

As you can see, the colour palette is similar.  We chose this blue and grey palette because it was consistent with what we had done on the rest of the main floor.  The office is just off the foyer as you enter the home.  So it’s one of the first rooms you see, and sets the tone for the rest of the space. Many of the items are the same with one big exception – the rug. Each rug brings a completely different vibe to the space, don’t you think? My client was really able to get a sense of how everything was going to work together in the room and make her decision from looking at these two boards

Fortunately, I was able to get actual rug samples to bring into my clients home – this is not always possible, so when you can do this, it makes a huge difference in being sure that the rug is going to work.  Rugs can look very different placed on the floor versus hanging in a store or showroom.  ALWAYS ask to have any rug you are considering taken down and laid on the floor.  And look at it from each end – wool or silk rugs often have a “light” side and a “dark” side, depending which end you are standing at because of the “nap” of the rug or the direction of the pile (you may have noticed something similar when you vacuum).  Lighting also has a huge impact on how the colour of the rug reads in a space – especially under fluorescent lighting found in many stores.  And since most of us don’t have this type of lighting in our home, the colour you thought you were getting in the store, may not be the one you get when you get home. Best piece of advice I can give you is this:  whenever possible, try the rug out in your home before you buy.  Most reputable rug retailers will usually allow this with a credit card deposit.  Or at least make sure that you can return it if it doesn’t work.

Ok.  I’m finished with my Mini Lesson on purchasing a rug!

My client ultimately chose the mood board with the striped rug.  When we compared the Option 2 rug, it just didn’t match the strength of the art.  And the striped rug really brought in the different tones of blues that we had incorporated elsewhere in the home.

My favourite piece in this room is the oversized abstract art (it’s 40″ x 50″).  We placed it on the wall right behind the desk. That’s what you see first when you enter the home.  It’s a very dramatic focal point for the room.

Sneak Peek of the office progress!
Sneak Peek of the office progress!

We are almost finished putting this room together and it will be professionally photographed within the next few weeks (along with the rest of the main floor), so watch out for that on all of my social media channels to see how it all came together!

Have a great week!

Best,

robbin

P.S.  Fall is a great time to move ahead with those decorating goals you have for your home!  If you’d like help making your home beautiful for the holidays, please contact me. I’d love to work with you!  Note:  Order deadlines to have custom furniture and accessories arrive in time for the holidays are fast approaching.  So don’t delay!

Refresh Your Home This Fall!

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Well it’s that time of year folks. September always feels like a fresh start to me. I don’t know about you, but after the summer months (as much as I enjoy summer!) I always look forward to Fall. It’s my absolute favourite season! September seems to always bring with it new routines and new beginnings.
And for many of us, that often means taking an honest look at our home decor. With more time at home and with holiday celebrations coming up in a few months, homeowners are ready to tackle their interior decorating. (Actually, Fall is often the busiest time for decorators and designers. My workrooms and trade only vendors are already sending out order deadline dates for order completion before Christmas!)
But sometimes, we just don’t know where to start.  And many just opt to do nothing because it can feel overwhelming.  It can be easy to get “stuck” or lose steam when decorating. The room is full of furniture, but the space lacks personality and isn’t all that it could be.

Hiring a decorating professional can get you on the path to a home that reflects you and your family!  We can help you focus on your decorating goals, come up with a plan and execute that plan!  This can save you a lot of money.  Seriously. When you have a clear vision of what you want your home to look like and a plan to follow, you are much less likely to have buyer’s remorse. (We’ve all been there, haven’t we?;-)  You can have a home you love!

That’s why, for the month of September, I am offering my Facebook followers my “Fall Refresh” Package!

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This package includes:

  1. An up to 2 hour in-home consultation I can help you with:
  • defining your style and adding your personality to your home
  • suggestions for accessories, rugs, window treatments and pillows
  • colour schemes and/or wall colours
  • space planning/furniture placement using existing furniture and/or suggestions for possible new pieces
  • art work and placement
  • Any other questions you can come up with!

2. An email summarizing all that we have discussed and a follow up phone call to answer any questions that come up           while you carry out your decorating plan.

 

The usual fee for this package is $375.00.
But for the month of September, I am offering the Fall Refresh package for just $299.00!

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The Details :

  • You must book the consultation by September 30, 2016 to get this promotion.
  • The consultation must be in the Greater Toronto Area.

If you’d like to find out more about this promotion or have questions, please contact me here .  I’d love to talk to you about how I can help you make your home everything you want it to be!

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