Ask Deb Nelson: painted built-in cabinets

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In my ‘Ask Deb Nelson’ column I was asked about painting built-in cabinets.  We’re used to seeing built-in’s in a warm white, cream or ivory colour, like in the room above.  Typically it’s done to coordinate with the trim and other accents in the room. But this doesn’t mean you have to paint your built-ins white, you can definitely consider another …

Ask Deb Nelson: adding colour

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In my column, Ask Deb Nelson, I was asked about how to add colour to a room. I personally gravitate toward neutral, layered spaces.  But I do like to add some colour and pattern in a room, for example in the picture shown above, I added colour with the rug, and I’d normally have pillows on the sofa in contrasting …

Kitchen update: Faucet

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In my own kitchen I’ve been thinking about going with the gold/bronze coloured faucet instead of the standard chrome finish.  In my kitchen above you can see the faucet I have now.  I have the hardware in the kitchen in an antique brass finish and I like the warm metal finish with all the white in the space.  I think …

Before & After: Painted kitchen cabinets

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I’ve been a fan of painting kitchen cabinets for many years.  I first painted an entire kitchen for a design segment on CBC back many years ago.  Since then I’ve painted a few of my own kitchens too. In the kitchen above, I bought store bought cabinets in a brown wooden finish and I painted them dark grey.  It was one …

Easy to make drapery – no sew

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In my living room shown above I was in a pinch for drapery so I made the panels.  A lot of people asked about the window treatments when it appeared in House & Home magazine. There were two large windows on either side of the sofa that I wanted to frame with full length panels. It was a quick & easy …

My top 3 favourite entry rugs: durable & stylish

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I have 3 types of rugs that I always recommend for clients in an entry – and use in my own home. 1.  Antique kilim – this rug (shown above in my entry) has really stood the test of time.  I’ve had it for the last 8 years and it’s been used in my entry area in many homes.  The …

Open shelving in the kitchen

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In my weekly newspaper column, ‘Ask Deb Nelson’, I get a lot of questions about kitchens.  I think people ask about kitchens because renovations tend to be expensive and time consuming, so many people look for simple ways to update the space.   The trend towards open shelving creates a casual, relaxed look in the kitchen, but it isn’t for …

How to pick a backsplash for your kitchen

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I’ve been thinking a lot about backsplashes these days because I need to choose one for my own kitchen, which you can see above.  Typically my rule of thumb is to go with a fairly simple and quiet backsplash, but of course it completely depends on your counter material.  I normally go with a solid tile type of back splash …

Black houses

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There is something about the exterior of a house in black that I think looks so fabulous.  Not to mention how charming the door looks above. I’ve always been a fan of black exteriors, but personally have never had the chance to try it.  When I see some of these houses with the white trim, they really look beautiful.   …

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Before & After: Double Doors

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When I purchased my old house, I wanted to add ‘new’ doors at the back of the house from the kitchen. I thought this would add charm to the space and I liked the idea of outdoor access here for carrying in groceries and things to the kitchen. So I went on the hunt for doors.  Here are a few …