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Thursday
Jul012010

House facade help

HAPPY CANADA DAY to all of our Canadian readers! Hope you all have a fun day off work, partying it up and enjoying the festivities. I'm hoping to get out in my front yard at some point and attempt to snap a photo of the Snowbirds as they fly around the capital. (Last year I just missed them).

Today I've got a few things to blog about - the first is a request for some paint ideas. Later I have a book review, a new store to share, and a request for guest bloggers.

So to start, here is a request from Nataliya:
"A few weeks ago you did a wonderful post of someone's house exterior with reader comments on how to improve it. I was wondering if I could get so lucky as to have my house get the same royal treatment :) It's a Minto home on a Minto street and I'm looking to make it extra special and fun. I would love to paint the trim, front door, garage door and storm shutters, but not sure what colours to choose. Currently I love white, black and red. However, a red double garage rood scares me a bit! :) Any comments would be very very appreciated."

Minto is a very popular builder of suburbs here in Ottawa and this home is very typical of what you'll find here. (I grew up in a very similar home). So Nataliya needs help making her home stand out from the rest because as is typical of the burbs here where all homes are built by the same company, every house looks the same - which is one of the main reasons why I am staying out of the burbs. So if you guys have any suggestions for Nataliya, fire away.

Thursday
Jul012010

Maddison Architects

Maddison Architects  take a holistic approach to their work. Think architecture, interior design and landscape design. These houses address their site, explore their purpose. Like a lifesaver's tower rising from the beach the first home is perfect for costal living. Inside and out meld seamlessly. The design is responsive not intrusive. Summer holidays all year round. Don't miss the black house after the jump. I have it saved in my files for my perfect bush retreat.

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Wednesday
Jun302010

Kemble Interiors latest

We all know and love designer Celerie Kemble - she's been featured in tons of magazines and Kemble Interior's work is internationally known. I featured this firm back in 2007 and thought it was time for a bit of an update. They're still about spaces on the traditional side but with a bit of whimsy and perfect doses of pattern and colour. The dining nook above would make a perfect sit-down-and-blog-with-a-cup-of-tea-and-a-plate-full-of-cookies space.

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Wednesday
Jun302010

Joan Lao

Sleek and sophisticated, a contemporary take on classic Spanish style. Welcome to the portfolio of Joan Lao. It's all about the contrasts.  Dark cocooning rooms providing respite from the strong Mediterranean sun. The clean crisp lines of furniture against voluminous drapes. Velvet against stone. It's spare but luxe. Cool yet hot.

  

  

  

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Tuesday
Jun292010

O Interior Design

Andrea Monath Schumacher created the Denver Colorado firm O Interior Design back in 1999 and is now joined by Laura Medicus and Devon Goldberg. Together they create contemporary spaces that have an air of Hollywood Regency but are comfortable and liveable, chic without being too over the top. Unless you consider wall-to-wall zebra print carpeting in a bedroom over the top....

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