Confused about this new fangled lighting called LED? Which bulb do I now select?
Here's a little chart showing the "old' wattage from incandescent lighting, vs. LED, CFL and Halogen wattage.
The new item to look for is called Lumens, that determines the brightness of the bulb, wattage shows the energy of the bulb. Just remember that the more lumens you have, the brighter the light.
Check out this chart below, happy lighting!
I've had a lot of interior design instruction over the years, and of all the courses I've taken, and schools I've gone to, Kimberley Seldon's Business of design course, is simply the best.
In design school, they don't teach you any of the business aspects of interior design, such as:
What to charge?
When to invoice?
How to handle a challenging client?
What do I look for in an interior design assistant?
Kimberley covers all that, and more. She does it in such a fun, supportive way, that I promise, you will leave the course with a refreshed feeling, knowing you aren't alone; and with a renewed vigour to take your design business to the next level.
Winnipeg - 09/02/2014 - 09/04/2014 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Calgary - 09/18/2014 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Vancouver - 09/23/2014 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Vancouver - 09/25/2014 - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm - join me there!
Toronto - 10/01/2014 - 10/31/2014 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Toronto - 10/15/2014 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Find out more about her seminars, or her online monthly, or yearly courses.
Have you ever wondered what the most popular paint colours are by Benjamin Moore? Well look no further, I've posted the top 10 paint colours below. Please note, every computer monitor displays colours differently, I highly suggest you hire an interior designer to ensure you select the perfect shade for your home.
This warm white above has just a touch of yellow to give you the perfect off white. Not too stark, not too creamy. But check to see this is the correct undertone you really need!
Muslin is a slightly pink undertoned beige. Works well with most couches that people think are a neutral beige (but really aren't!).
Manchester Tan is a lovely soft light beige, adding the perfect softness anywhere.
Natural Linen looks like the real fabric - can be a beautiful colour in the right places.
Shaker beige is from the Historical collections, has a slight pink undertone and works with a lot of tiles that appear neutral at first glance.
Ranchwood - beautiful colour on exteriors, make sure it works with the rockwork, or brick facing you have on your exteriors.
Taupe - nice exterior trim colour. But personally, I think we have enough brown houses in the world.
Smoke - finally we get a little colour in here. Although this looks lovely on the chip, it's a fairly bright blue - contact me or another interior designer to find your perfect shade.
Gray - a nice blackened charcoal colour that works well on outdoor trim and inside for that daring, bold, yet beautiful look.
Revere Pewter - This last one is the 'it' colour for 2013 and still 2014. A nice balance between gray and beige. Caution can go a little purplish in some areas.
If you are overwhelmed with the many paint colour choices, feel free to email me for either an online paint colour consultation, or an in-home visit. I bring along large 11 x 14" boards painted in many of the common colours, which help to ensure we select the perfect paint colour.
I cannot recommend Kimberley's course enough. If you are in the Toronto area, or even not! I'd sign up!
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I am happy to announce, my 12 page spread (6 double pages) in the Prestigious Canadian Home Trends Magazine....... Yippee!
I was over the moon happy to receive a letter from Canadian Home Trends magazine, mentioning that they saw my profile on Houzz and that they'd love to feature me in their Spring 2014 print and online magazine!
This prestigious magazine is the most helpful and innovative magazine I've ever seen. If you subscribe to their online magazine (which offers 168 pages!), you will see they've added special effects to the photos - such as the fireplace has a crackling sound, the photos change from the before to after right in front of your eyes. Amazing! Otherwise their print magazine is gorgeous as well. Who doesn't like to curl up with a nice glass of wine and a great magazine?
My client, was an absolute dream to work with. She completely trusted me to lead the way to make her dreams a reality.
Here's a photo of her kitchen before...
...and below, the after. We removed 2 and a 1/2 walls to open up this floor plan and allow more light to spread through the home. I simply can't believe the difference.
Client is an avid cook and I wanted to create a beautiful kitchen where she could work away to her hearts content - yet be able to clean up easily and quickly.
One of my favorite things about this magazine, is that the interview questions were very detailed, it took me three hours to fill out the forms as I wanted to share everything, I find people are so interested in tips and tricks to make their own home more beautiful.
I made a special point of mentioning and thanking my suppliers whom did an amazing job! One of the top reasons client's hire me, is that I know the best suppliers and tradespeople to work with. I'd like to make special mention to Warline Painting and Julie Bolton (window treatments) for their attention to detail and professional work. To top it all off, I loved the Robert Allen fabric that I used and based the whole room around! Thank you Robert Allen!
Thanks so much for allowing me to share this exciting post. I don't know of too many interior designers who get a 12 page spread and I'm truly grateful!
We are over the moon happy to be selected as the Best of Houzz 2014 in customer satisfaction. We'd love you to check out our site on Houzz.