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 …

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 …

BEFORE & AFTER: floors & fireplace get an update

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In this living room I had no problem painting the original brick fireplace white, along with the shelves, mantel and hearth.  The walls, ceiling and trim throughout also got a fresh coat of paint. The other big (but subtle) change was having the floors redone. The original floors were marked by rugs being in place for many years.  I love …

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 …