I absolutely love working on new projects, it's definitely my favourite aspect of design. You can imagine how thrilled I was to be contacted by Steve Kooner who is one of the real estate sales executives, for the brand spanking new, beautiful town home project called Onyx. He wanted to meet with me to discuss plans to build 129 new townhomes to be built in Clayton Heights, at 19501 74th Ave., Surrey.
After meeting the developers in their office, I quickly realized how wonderful they are to work with. They gave me free rein to select the colours and fixtures for the items. They trusted my expertise.
I had great suppliers to work with and was honoured that the team loved everything that I presented. I was so impressed with Mr. Jaswant Bassi and the team from Urban Coast Developments. When viewing items I had selected – doors, hardware, lighting etc., his team mentioned that Jas wanted only high quality items throughout the homes. I had wrongly assumed to go with budget items, (as often builders do this when building on masse, but upon touring the suppliers showrooms, selecting items, I quickly realized that this is a high-quality builder, he will not put his name on shoddy work or fixtures. Bravo!!
I always start with the exterior as that truly does show the framework of the design. We decided to go with 3 colour schemes. I wanted the colours to all relate, but feel different and I specially wanted the front doors to pop. You can see below some of our actual materials. We selected Hardie board samples, stonework, front door colours, accent shingle colours, roof colours, garage door colours, lighting and more. One of the things that impressed me most, is that each unit has its own DOUBLE garage, very rare on most complexes I've seen lately.
Inside I started with the kitchen first, as it truly is the heart of the home. We decided to go with two colour schemes inside, which I call Classic and Modern. The Classic scheme has shaker cabinets in white, shiny warm gray backsplash and a beautiful marble look countertop with stunning medium warm brown flooring. The Modern scheme has flat front cabinets with white uppers and grey lowers and a grey island. We have a soft warm grey countertops, combined with a glossy white backsplash.
The same lighting goes throughout. I used 3 sparkly pendant lights to draw your attention to the beautiful kitchen islands and I used a chrome round light fixture pictured below, for over the dining room table. The bathrooms are focused in very neutral colour scheme, so you can accessorize with whichever colours that you wish. Keeping with the kitchen cabinet colours I chose white shakers for the Classic bathrooms and grey flat cabinets for the Modern scheme. The bedrooms are clad in a beautiful warm carpet to keep your tootsies toasty, upon waking in the morning.
Then I moved on to the large amenity building that is located within the complex. It has 2 levels with kitchens (upper and lower). We will be selecting beautiful stackable chairs and tables as well as lovely sofas with accent chairs in the lounging area. This will be able to be rented out for family functions, weddings etc. I wasn't involved in the landscaping, but I do know what is anticipated and they're going to be adding lush trees grass and shrubbery to truly make this complex look warm and inviting.
I want to thank Urban Coast Developments, Jas and Rajan Bassi, Sukh and Arsh Pandher; and Steve Kooner and Tom O’Hara (Realtors) for being so wonderful to work with and making me feel like I was part of the team. If you want anymore information on this gorgeous project or to view the sales display suite, please contact Steve or Tom here http://liveonyx.ca/contact/ or go to their website which is http://liveonyx.ca/ I hear they are selling out fast!
For a quick summary, please view the feature sheet here! http://liveonyx.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/OnyxBrochure.pdf
I've been in interior designer for 12 years now and when talking about kitchen renovation, the question I get most often is "What colour do I paint my kitchen cabinets?".
Painting kitchen cabinets is expensive and hard work, we don't want to have to do this every 5 years!
Here our client chose to go with the classic white kitchen cabinets, which is something I recommend often.
White is classic and never goes out of style. To amp things up a little, the island was painted in a soft gray colour, which works so well with the marble countertop.
Another great point about white cabinets, is that you can accessorize with whatever colour you are using in the adjoining rooms. Above it's blue! Below it's yellow!
What is your favourite colour to use when accessorizing your kitchen? I'd love to know!
In the work of any Interior Designer you have clients all along the spectrum of available budgets.
You have the young couples who may be newly married involved in a first purchase of a home with a limited budget, getting their proverbial feet wet in the real estate market and trying to better themselves.
You may also have others who are at mid points in their real estate journey whom are looking to upgrade with family in mind, spaces to plan and a budget designed with a growing family.
You may have empty nesters who are in a flux looking to downsize after previously owning a larger home who need a new workable space and are involved in budgeting based on a possible retirement funds.
All these and more showcase the strong necessity to work within a defined client's budget.
One might argue that the Interior Designer might also be strongly involved in assisting the client on setting a reasonable budget that does not strain a client's potential funds and allows for the design project to be be completed and successful.
As a preface I would like to mention that in my life i have had the good fortune of a lovely father who raised me with the sincerest of business ideal, particularly that of being customer service oriented.
As a former dental corps officer in the WWII he was responsible supplying many necessary things while stationed in England.
Upon returning home to the west coast of Vancouver area he was immediately involved in sales, firstly in furniture retail then moved to real estate. This was where his strong integrity in working within the means of his clients. Later his work would bring him to starting his own Commercial Real Estate company.
This is where I gleaned a strong customer service ethic and as well as taste for modernism, mid-century aesthetic and interior design while personally spending some 20 years in the Vancouver residential and commercial real estate field. It is very client budget based.
Throughout the years and with that ethic I have found that client's budgets are a very personal thing. They are tied to various emotions depending upon their financial means. It is always a sensitive topic and needs to be dealt with in a very careful manner.
For that reason, my business model does not use pressure to have clients overextend themselves in their design. If client - designer relationship is key to a good Interior Design business, then exerting financial pressures to achieve a particular design project is not what I would consider good "customer service". In fact some may argue that it would be rude.
That in mind it would be safe to say that in the long run clients, who may not be able to afford a more pricey design, and whom have had a good experience with you as a designer, more trusting of your capability and relationship style. After all being personable and reasonable within client budgets goes a long way into creating possible repeat clients and also great referrals and even repeat business.
Here's to creating great happy design relationships one budget at a time!
I have the greatest item to tell you about. It’s a Star Map! By Modern Map Art.
A Map of the Stars for any particular night. We ordered one that was our wedding night and we were absolutely thrilled with it. You can pick the:
I'm over-the-moon happy with this and I'm thinking that other people could use this for their own wedding night or first date birth of a child, Engagement date, or even an anniversary date gift for your parents.
People love personalized items and I'm sure I will be ordering many of these as gifts.
The cost is really reasonable And there is even free shipping in the US and believe it or not in Canada as well. Check it out here (or click on any of the photos) and find out more of the details.
I also hear they have a Street map available as well..... !!
Who has heard of the rule of thirds?
This important rule says that most designs can be made more interesting by visually dividing a wall or a photo into thirds vertically and/or horizontally; and placing our most important elements within those thirds.
If you have a fireplace on a 12' wide wall, and perhaps the fireplace is 4' wide, well, you'd place the fireplace in the centre, leaving a 4' patch of wall on each side. Thereby dividing that wall in thirds.
Another important design concept is Visual Center and Balance. Placing important elements or the focal point of the design within the visual center of a piece is another design trick. We all know the actual centre of a photo is right in the middle of the shot. But, did you know the visual center is slightly to the right of and above the actual center of the photo? This is the area that our eyes are drawn to immediately.
This "rule" originally was developed by photographers to ensure every shot looks great. Don't we as designers, or homeowners want that as well? Basically when you are composing a photograph, or a wall, imagine two vertical lines and two horizontal lines dissecting your image into nine squares as shown below.
Placing your most important elements at one or more of the four intersections of those lines, helps create interesting photos or design.
Most balanced designs (and even unbalanced ones) rely on a grid. This invisible structure helps ensure that all the elements are placed in the right location, thereby achieving balance as well as helping with continuity and consistency of design. These are design principles that help the professional designer achieve visual balance.
If you'd like more info, please visit this great site at Photographytalk.com
If you'd love to have a visually balanced room, one that is truly pleasing to the eye, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mother's day is fast approaching.
Wondering what to get her for a gift? She's got perfume and scarves galore.
Judging from what my interior design clients say - most women want their home to look like THEY live there, not someone else!
We can provide the perfect paint colour, select the furniture that is just right - or simply answer all her interior design questions!
We're here to help!
Click here to book now, and I can email you a beautiful gift certificate that you can slip into her Mother's Day card.
Dear Interior Design friends and enthusiasts - Easter is upon us and we are celebrating by offering Interior Design Consultation vouchers for your loved ones. Show someone you care by purchasing a design consultation. We look forward to hearing from you. HAVE A HAPPY EASTER!
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Let me introduce you to my new e-Design platform! We provide interior decor services for all rooms of your home, including paint, furniture, tiles, flooring and more.
We'd love to help you, please click below!
Hi, I've created a short video showing how our Online design services work.
We truly do not need to see your home in person, although we can certainly do so.
We just need a few photos and a rough measurement of the room.
We direct you to a quick online questionnaire asking you more about your taste and style, and what wants and needs you have.
Here's an example of a moodboard we've made for a young client's bedroom.
We then take it from there! Please click on the video below.
Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and get started!
I am beyond thrilled to announce that I have won the coveted "Best of Houzz 2018" award!
Jil Sonia McDonald - Interior Designer at Jil Sonia Interior Designs.