Ideas for an antique crate

Category: Antique, DIY, Inspiration

| Friday, November 6

Ideas for an antique crate

You can see in the image above I have 3 old crates stacked on the left hand side, to create a tall storage area with a vase on top.  I have always thought old crates are an affordable and practical purchase.  Many have old text... [ VIEW MORE ]

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Before & After: fireplace - no hook up required

Category: Before & After, Deb Nelson Design, DIY, Fireplace, Inspiration

| Tuesday, November 3

Before & After: fireplace - no hook up required

Ask Deb Nelson: painted built-in cabinets

Category: Ask Deb Nelson, colour, Design, Inspiration, paint

| Saturday, October 31

Ask Deb Nelson: painted built-in cabinets

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.... [ VIEW MORE ]

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Ask Deb Nelson: adding colour

Category: Accessories, Ask Deb Nelson, colour, Inspiration

| Wednesday, October 28

Ask Deb Nelson: adding colour

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... [ VIEW MORE ]

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Kitchen update: Faucet

Category: Design Work, Faucet, Inspiration, kitchen

| Monday, October 26

Kitchen update: Faucet

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... [ VIEW MORE ]

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Before & After: Painted kitchen cabinets

Category: Before & After, Deb Nelson Design, DIY, Inspiration, kitchen, paint

| Saturday, October 24

Before & After: Painted kitchen cabinets

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... [ VIEW MORE ]

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Easy to make drapery - no sew

Category: Deb Nelson Design, DIY, Drapery, Living Room

| Thursday, October 22

Easy to make drapery - no sew

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... [ VIEW MORE ]

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My top 3 favourite entry rugs: durable & stylish

Category: Deb Nelson Design, Front entry, Rug

| Tuesday, October 20

My top 3 favourite entry rugs: durable & stylish

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... [ VIEW MORE ]

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Open shelving in the kitchen

Category: Ask Deb Nelson, Design Work, Inspiration, kitchen

| Sunday, October 18

Open shelving in the kitchen

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... [ VIEW MORE ]

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How to pick a backsplash for your kitchen

Category: Deb Nelson Design, Design Work, Inspiration, kitchen, Uncategorized

| Friday, October 16

How to pick a backsplash for your kitchen

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... [ VIEW MORE ]

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Black houses

Category: Exterior, Inspiration

| Wednesday, October 14

Black houses

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... [ VIEW MORE ]

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Before & After: Double Doors

Category: Before & After, Deb Nelson Design, Design Work, Renovation, The Woodbox

| Monday, October 12

Before & After: Double Doors

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... [ VIEW MORE ]

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Take advantage of original features

Category: Deb Nelson Design, Inspiration, Renovation, The Woodbox

| Saturday, October 10

Take advantage of original features

When I bought 'The Woodbox', one of the many features I loved about the house was that it had so much original character and charm intact.  The original house was built in 1844, and there have been various additions on the house since then.  Regardless,... [ VIEW MORE ]

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Ask Deb Nelson: what do I put on my coffee table?

Category: Accessories, Ask Deb Nelson, coffee table, Deb Nelson Design, Design, Inspiration

| Friday, October 9

Ask Deb Nelson: what do I put on my coffee table?

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... [ VIEW MORE ]

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Design inspiration: using unique accessories

Category: Accessories, Antique, Deb Nelson Design, Design, Inspiration

| Thursday, October 8

Design inspiration: using unique accessories

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... [ VIEW MORE ]

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BEFORE & AFTER: floors & fireplace get an update

Category: Before & After, colour, Deb Nelson Design, Design Work, DIY, Fireplace, Floors, Inspiration, Living Room

| Wednesday, October 7

BEFORE & AFTER: floors & fireplace get an update

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.... [ VIEW MORE ]

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Ask Deb Nelson: wallpaper

Category: Ask Deb Nelson, colour, Design, Inspiration, wallpaper

| Tuesday, October 6

Ask Deb Nelson: wallpaper

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... [ VIEW MORE ]

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Design inspiration: Light fixtures

Category: Bedroom, chandelier, Design, Dining room, Inspiration, Lighting, Living Room

| Monday, October 5

Design inspiration: Light fixtures

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,... [ VIEW MORE ]

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BEFORE & AFTER: creating a den

Category: Before & After, Bookcases, Deb Nelson Design, den, Doors, Renovation

| Sunday, October 4

BEFORE & AFTER: creating a den

In this picture above you can get a peak into the den off the rest of the open concept main floor.  The den has my favourite double French doors and a large bookcase on the wall to the right. There's a TV in here, two... [ VIEW MORE ]

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Fall decor ideas: DIY a Halloween wreath

Category: DIY, Halloween, Holiday, Inspiration

| Thursday, October 1

Fall decor ideas: DIY a Halloween wreath

The fall provides some fun options for adding some unique decor to your home, either inside or out. And more people are decorating for Halloween then ever before.  This is a very simple wreath (above) that I made as Halloween front door decor, you can... [ VIEW MORE ]

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