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Comfort Comes First

By Melanie Orr Living comfortably has always been an underlying goal in my decorating, but popular styles have not always supported my … Read more

The Search for a Bathroom Mirror that Reflects YOU the Best

By Heather McCallum Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing they all share is their key components; a mirror, … Read more

Cushion Comfort

I love cushions. I use them in my own home and cottage, as well as in clients’ homes, and as a valuable staging … Read more

How To Choose Wall Colours

A paint fan travels with me everywhere I go. It’s one of my most valued tools, and gets used pretty much every … Read more

Project: Install A Backsplash

Recently, I spent a day on a do-it-yourself project that reminded me how much satisfaction comes from doing it yourself. My cottage … Read more

6 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Dining Room Space

By Michelle Martin, Detroit Free Press June 2018 Photos by Interiors by Melanie In some homes, dining rooms are reserved for formal … Read more

Pick Your Favourite Season For Easier Home Décor Decisions

Do you feel stuck in a colour rut, lacking confidence to tap into the dazzling array of new shades that could transform … Read more

Shopping Tips From This Shopping Pro

Shopping for my clients is one of my favourite tasks, yet highly time-consuming. Online shopping sometimes reduces searching time, but delivery time … Read more

Great Décor Brings Many Benefits Beyond Being Pretty

Not to diminish the value of pretty and the power of a beautiful space, which can make us feel awesome, and even … Read more

Fresh Trends for a New Year

What’s a New Year without a few design trend predictions? Pinterest is a popular haunt for interior design buffs searching for inspiration. … Read more

Resolution: Kitchen Comfort

By Heather McCallum For most people the New Year begins with a goal or resolution of some sort. To ring in this … Read more

Tree trimming tip from my home to yours…

As you might guess, the many bobbles and sparkles in the stores at Christmas time can be difficult to resist for a … Read more

Online Ordering: Ominous Or Easy?

Online shopping is on the rise. Most retail stores now offer an online option, and we’ve seen the rise of online buying … Read more

Gold is Back

I bet you’ve seen the gold tones popping up in furniture, lighting, hardware, frames, and even faucets. Following years of replacing gold … Read more

New Trends in Furniture

Attica is a Halifax based furniture store offering high quality in contemporary and modern styles. If you haven’t already, visit their beautiful … Read more

Easy Fall Changes to Cozy Your Home

Summertime, with its long days of sunlight, open windows and outdoor living, is coming to an end. The fall and winter months … Read more

Dressing an Executive Suite: Is It Staging or Decorating?​

There’s an exciting new condo development on the Halifax waterfront. The Avery is a five storey luxury building offering beautiful common areas, … Read more

How to Determine How Much Paint You’ll Need

Are you about to embark on painting project? Check out this handy guideline to calculate how much paint you’ll need from the … Read more

Refreshing a Kitchen

With the intent to sell within 2 to 3 years, and wanting to enjoy the changes until then, this kitchen recently underwent … Read more

Are Colours Coming Back?

It’s not unusual to read an article these days predicting a shift from the safe, easy beige and gray neutrals we’ve been … Read more

10 Lessons Learned from my Stair Adventure

When I started this project in May, I estimated a month or so to have my two sets of stairs redone. Six … Read more

Choosing a Countertop

If you’re considering a new countertop, the myriad of choices may be somewhat overwhelming. For a kitchen countertop in particular you may … Read more

Sad to See the End of Summer?

Here’s something to tide you over until spring. The Pantone Color Institute has announced its spring fashion colours. We usually see décor colours … Read more

Décor Tips for Renters

I’m currently working with three clients who are transitioning from home ownership to renting. Each of their situations is different, however they … Read more

Changes to a Church

One of my favourite projects of 2016 Bedford United Church is a welcoming, all inclusive, modern day community-oriented church beloved by its … Read more

Table Settings that Set the Stage

Preparing the big dinner, whether it’s for 2 people or 20, whether it’s turkey or vegan, is a lot of work. Set … Read more

The Psychology of Floor Colour

Guest Blog: The Psychology of Floor Colour by Wood and Beyond The colour of a floor can have a dramatic impact on … Read more

A Joyful Approach to Holiday Decorating

Are you tempted to get some help with your holiday decorating, but something is holding you back? Every year I hear this … Read more

Consultations: Maximize Your Value

Consultations, properly given and received, are a very valuable service. In this cost-conscious and do-it-yourself time, consults are a great way to … Read more

Stairs, stairs and more stairs

Last week I wrote about my upcoming stair project and revealed the awful condition of my existing two stairways. Thanks everyone who … Read more

I’m Recreating a Stairway and You can Help!

I’m about to start on a project to redesign the two stairways in my own home and would welcome any suggestions on … Read more

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

A Reflection of You One of my favourite décor elements is the mirror. I just did a quick count of mirrors in … Read more

Just in time for Spring, it’s time for Curb Appeal

Spring is a great time for great curb appeal. If this is the year you will be selling your home or this … Read more

Making the Transition from House to Condo

There are so many benefits to condo living. Gorgeous, well-appointed units, often with stunning views; Condo buildings are often surrounded by culture, … Read more

Dominican Decor

I’ve just spent a week in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, with my daughter and two wonderful friends. This was not an ordinary … Read more

Whimsical Musings

Many considerations and factors go into the making of a great space. One of the important ingredients of a successful room is … Read more

The Dining Room: Is it Still Valuable?

Designated dining rooms are not as high on the priority list of Canadian homeowners as they used to be. Homes are getting … Read more

The Making of a Crystal Forest

I spent the last couple of weeks immersed in the creation of a Holiday Home in support of the Junior League of … Read more

Add some Light to your Life

One of the most fun, most effective, and potentially most expensive elements of home décor is lighting. Home and businesses need a … Read more

What’s New?

Bouclair is now offering a furniture line including dining tables, couches, and more through their online Atelier catologue.  View at bouclair.com/atelier. The exciting new … Read more

Creating a cohesive interior style

Creating a cohesive interior style can be a challenge. It’s easy to get off course from your original plan due to the … Read more

Adding Pizzazz to Your Space

Think back to the last time you felt really alive. You may have felt jazzed, motivated, inspired, or simply in love with … Read more

The Art of Hanging Art

Is there a magic formula for hanging art? I often get asked what is the right height for artwork. A rule of … Read more

Is Wood Panelling Holding You Back?

I recently did a facelift for a condo corporation on two lobbies. The buildings were relatively new and in good condition. The … Read more

Choosing the Right Paint Colors

One of the critical variables in effective staging and decorating is the use of colour. Colours evoke feelings. Calm, excitement, fun, formality, … Read more

Decorating Your First Room on a Budget

Are you starting from almost nothing with almost no budget, yet wanting a cool space for your first home? Maybe you have … Read more

Does Everything Need to Match?

If you are choosing a new light fixture, or bedding, or art, how important is it that everything match? I would suggest … Read more

Decorators Tend to Walk the Walk

A friend told me lately that I am an exception to the rule. You know the cliché that painters’ houses never get … Read more

The Power of Rugs

I love rugs. Rugs can be the inspiration and starting point for a whole room. They can also be the last item … Read more

Light Up Your Life, Choosing the Right Lamps for Home Decor

How do you choose the right lamps for your space? Step 1: Identify where you need added lighting for functional reasons. Different … Read more

Choosing the Right Hues for your Home

If you are a person who takes pride in your home and wants to feel good just being there, then choosing the … Read more

The Trick of Texture

Have you noticed how some rooms feel flat while others appear multi-dimensional? A main determining factor is whether the room has a … Read more

Does our decor really matter?

Recently I spoke to the members of The Group Halifax about how décor can affect each of us differently. I used a … Read more

Dressing Open Shelves

Have you wondered how to make a shelf unit, single wall shelf, or bookcase look better? Whether it’s holding books, toiletries, electronics, … Read more

The Art of Accessorizing

  In room décor, accessorizing is the icing on the cake, and more. The right accessories can make or break the room. Accessories … Read more

Decorating Smaller Spaces

As smaller homes gain popularity, whether it is a condo, a rental, or a much smaller house, many people struggle with how … Read more

Inspiration for Design

Have you ever wondered where the ideas come from for good design? Or maybe you have struggled with getting a decorating project … Read more

FAQ: What is the difference between designing, decorating and staging?

It’s a question I get asked quite often. Different geographical areas use these terms differently, but here is how I would explain … Read more

Choosing the Right Paint Colours

Choosing paint colours for many seems to be high on the list of things that cause stress. Why? Probably because there are … Read more

How Colours Affect Us

Check out these descriptions of a few favorite colours and how they affect us: Blue is one of the overwhelming favourite colours, … Read more

If you don’t visualize well you are not alone

Recent studies tell us that 90% of the North American population do not visualize well. This means that most people see only … Read more

A new way to achieve the home you want

Home decorating and the use of a specialist in home décor were for a very long time considered a luxury. A designer … Read more