Living room Re-do: Before & After

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A few before and after’s of a living room I did this year.  The house wasn’t in great repair, the floors were badly scuffed and worn down, the electrical had to be re-done which meant all new lighting, and the room needed to be painted.  To save money I opted to paint the original floors black and I used rugs …

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: what do I put on my coffee table?

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One thing I love experimenting with is a coffee table display.  Like mantels and bookcases, your coffee table can have an attractive, stylish display of items.  I tend to change my around a lot – but typically always have a plant or flowers (especially in the summer depending on what I pick from the garden) and a stack of books. …

Design inspiration: using unique accessories

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One thing I love about decorating is adding lots of unique, antique accessories. I have many interesting old things around my house! I rotate things around from tables, shelves and mantels. People are always interested in the story…where the items came from and how old it is.  The image above are a few things on a bed side table. Here …

Ask Deb Nelson: wallpaper

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Often people ask about using wallpaper and I’m a fan of wallpaper.  There are so many beautiful patterns, colours and styles you can find just about anything these days. When you’re picking wallpaper, it often depends on a few factors, such as: the style of the house (traditional versus more modern); the room you’re wallpapering; whether you want colour or …

Design inspiration: Light fixtures

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I often like rooms where the lighting makes a bold statement.  In some houses with the right architecture and ceiling height, you can have large scale lighting that becomes a feature in the room.  The dining room above has always been a favourite of mine, the black drum shade really makes the room.  This isn’t an overly expensive lighting option …

Compact bedrooms

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There are some great examples of bedrooms with stylish bunk beds to sleep several people in one room. This can work well for kids, who don’t mind sharing space.  It’s still always nice to create a separate bedroom for guests, I thought the picture of the room above was a great way to divide a small space and still create …

Deb’s Top Three: Stylish front door

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Creating a stylish front door can really add to the curb appeal and character of your home.  I’ve done a few front door makeovers and I think if you consider these 3 things you can create a stylish area. 1. A BLACK FRONT DOOR Painting a front door black is a classic look, that tends to go with many different …

Deb’s Top Three: Barstools

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Buying bar stools for your kitchen can take some thought.  The style should be in line with the look of your kitchen and there are a lot of different stools available.  Also, the function and comfort are very important depending on how you use the space – for example, is this an area where people will be sitting for hours …

Deb’s Top Three: Brass table lamps

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These days brass/gold table lamps are everywhere I turn!  The beautiful lamp above is from SchoolHouseElectric, made in Oregon.  I like the style of these lamps and I think they would work best as a desk lamp or hall table lighting. I’ve been reading a lot about the version from Target (below) because it’s very affordable. Here is the Target version …