A few weeks ago Minto, the company developing the condos downtown (Lansdowne) sent over a Design Consultant to take a look at our place and share her thoughts on how to make the most of a small living space. I was really excited to get a professional opinion on how to arrange furniture, tips on decorating and where to find great things for your home.
Even though Jay and I have been living here since July we haven't done very much. Summer is the busy season in his line of work and until recently I was pretty much out of commission due to this pregnancy. Now that things have calmed down we can start getting our home in order!
Prior to meeting with the Design Consultant I sent her information about Jay and I; our tastes, hobbies, music we listened too, favourite colours etc, so she could get a sense of what we were like. She arrived prepared - she had paint samples, magazines with flagged pages and lots of ideas. My main question was where to start with a room, because I'm never really sure what to do! Her answer was find something you absolutely love, whether it's a piece of art, fabric, or anything else and go from there.
With the master bedroom the Design Consultant suggested creating an accent
wall as the central focal point. Whether it be a large and striking piece of art or mis-matched frames hung eclectically, this would be a way of anchoring the space. Incorporating colour by adding a couple of prints through the bedspread or curtains (in whites, oranges and marigold-y yellows) would brighten things up. Adding crown molding would be another way to make the room seem larger. Glass and white accessories like lamps, mirrors and frames would balance out our dark furniture.
Her suggestions for the master bedroom and the rest of our home were insightful and we look forward to using many of them, even though we have a ways to go before our place is done. She said it usually takes about 6 months or so from the time you move in and start decorating to finish a home. We're a little behind but hopefully we'll get there soon!
This post was sponsored by Minto