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!

Design Love ❤️

Design Love ❤️

Hey there!

I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest.  I have to. You really cannot run a small business without it.  Interior design is such a visual business and these platforms are the perfect place to get inspired, keep on top of trends AND promote my business.

Needless to say, many (if not most) of the social media accounts I follow relate somehow to interior design.  Whether it be a local shelter magazine (House & Home), a fellow design peer who I admire (Lauren Liess) or some other creative that makes art or home decor (Life I Design), I see so many beautiful and inspiring spaces and amazing products every day. I thought it would be fun to share with you, dear readers, some of this awesomeness!  So, welcome to my new series, “Design Love”.  I’ll be sharing the things I love with you regularly.  I hope you are inspired too!

Here we go!

This gorgeous bathroom that was designed by Erin Gates and combines all of the current trends of grey, brass and herringbone.  LOVE it!

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One of my favourite decorators, Lauren Liess designed this cozy space. I just love how this room is layered with a neutral colour palette, natural elements and textures.

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Mudcloth pillows are all the rage right now!  I just love the global and organic vibe they inject into a space. This one found on Etsy in a faded rust colour would look so good in my family room! And this colour (which I love) is right on trend too.

This kitchen includes three design trends that I am kind of obsessing over these days (oh how I wish we were renovating our kitchen right now!!!)  First, lower cabinets painted in a dark colour (could be navy, green or gray) are everywhere. They look amazing with the next trend, which is open shelving.  Not for everyone, I’ll admit, but if you are tidy and like to display your things, this is the look for you.  The third trend, using antique rugs in unexpected places (like the kitchen and bathroom) is so good.  They just warm up a space that can feel cold and doesn’t traditionally include many textiles.  They can take a lot too – the pattern and the wear that makes them so beautiful can hide so much. 🙂

This bathroom by Studio McGee is so welcoming and interesting with it’s amazing mix of marble, wood, black and white and, of course, the stunning antique rug.

And lately, I  just can’t get enough of anything blush, coral, pink, rose gold or copper.  Which is kind of surprising to me because I’ve never been a lover of pink before. Now, as you can see from the pictures below, I prefer more of a “muddy” or “earthy” pink or coral.  Paired with soft white walls, green plants, natural elements like jute, baskets, wood and hits of black? Now you’re talking!  

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What are you loving these days?  Tell me in the comments below.  I’d love to hear from you.

If you are looking to add some Design Love to your home and would like help with that, contact me here.  I’d love to talk to you about how we can work together to make your home beautiful.

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!

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