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 …

BEFORE & AFTER: a kitchen gets a new look

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This kitchen has undergone a fairly dramatic transformation. The renovation consisted of a new layout of the space; as well as new flooring, cabinetry, appliances, counters, backsplash, lighting, sink and faucet, etc. I like how the new look came together, adding white cabinetry and butcher block counters creates a great vibe. The touch of black on the hardware and faucet …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Fall decor ideas: DIY a Halloween wreath

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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 add more unique Halloween ribbon, or tie it up with an orange ribbon.  I liked …