Home Decor Shopping Trip

Many of you have been asking where I all stopped during my recent home decor shopping day trip, so I thought it could be helpful to do a short post providing you with some brief information and pictures of each unique stop I discovered.  This was my first time at most of the stores, and I would highly recommend you try to get to at least one or two if you happen to be near highway 6 anytime soon.  Clicking on the names of the store will take you to their website where you can always find out more information.

Here’s the list:

BURLINGTON

 

Station Home

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A friend of mine introduced me to this shop on Instagram and I quickly became attracted to their modern accessories, clean colours and whimsical decor.  Highlighting midcentury modern furnishings, urban decor, accessories and unique gift ideas, Station Home is a one-of-a-kind stop.  Even if modern stuff isn’t your thing, their selection of vintage posters, fresh house plants, heavenly scented soaps, unique gifts and warm pillows and throws will have you filling your bags in no time.

 

 

Centro Gardens

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I recently saw this place on someones Instagram story and I knew it would be a hit in my books.  Tucked into the centre of downtown Burlington, Centro Gardens has both indoor and outdoor home goods in a variety of styles.  Browse everything from dishes, chairs, linens, wall hooks, soaps, jewellery and the most delightful decor pieces for any home or unique and precious gift ideas.  Don’t forget to wander outside as well to the large selection of plants, planters and other outdoor decor and furniture pieces to make a complete trip.

 

 

Ikea

I know you all are aware about Ikea and I usually highlight independent stores, but sometimes you just need some cheap accent or organizational pieces, and that’s when I like to stop at Ikea.  Here is usually the list of things I like to get from Ikea:

1. Picture frames – cheap large frames in clean finishes with matting to frame photos and art
2. Kids items – whether it’s craft supplies, rugs, pillows, sheets or toys, Ikea’s bright colours and creative offers make children as thrilled as their parents.
3. Organizational items – I love the selection and prices of their modular shelves, storage units and unique but super functional storage solutions.
4. Kitchen goods – napkins, unfussy glasses and dishware you don’t care if you kids drop, gadgets (like their super functional cheese grater/storage), linens and vessels
5. Decor – candles, vases, greenery, containers and more!

 

 

GUELPH

 

Accents for Living

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Just outside of Guelph in Aberfoyle, sits a quiet, hidden gem full of wonderful furniture and elegant home decor.  Browse the two story collection of exquisite, hand-selected pieces, fine linens and lovely art that can surely enhance any space.  Did I also mention they have a beautiful collection of unique and stunning lighting??  Table lamps, floor lamps and gorgeous pendants and chandeliers – I have my eye on the perfect chandelier for my foyer!  Seek advice or ask for suggestions from any of their warm and knowledgable professional staff.  This will surely be a place I cannot wait to go back or advise many future clients to visit.

 

Rug & Weave

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I’ve been following this gem for a long time on social media and I’m so glad I finally got a chance to visit Rug and Weave.  A curated collection of vintage and handmade goods for the modern home, Rug & Weave offers truly one of a kind treasures from around the globe or handcrafted around the corner.  Their vintage rugs range from 60 to over 100 years old, pillows are delicately crafted in house from the most luscious fabrics from around the world, blankets and throws gathered globally and ceramics and decor handmade from local artisans.  Each piece tells a unique story and surely will be treasures you’ll want to pass down or spoil as gifts to loved ones.  And if you can’t get to this store, be sure to check their website weekly for new additions and shipping information.

 

 

I hope you were able to be inspired to get in the car and visit some of these wonderful and unique home shops.  I can’t wait to discover what lovely pieces I find on my next visit or recommend to eager home owners.

Know of a place you think I ought to know about?  Message me so I can sing their praise and advise others to shop there too.

Colour

Colour can be found everywhere and selecting colours during a home renovation can pop up in more decisions than you may think. What stain should I use on this wood? What colour curtains would look best? Does this pattern pillow match my couch or what colour would look best on these walls? What colour grout should I use and is this colour of stone the best choice for my fireplace? Decorating a room comes with endless colour selections, and without proper knowledge, this can be very intimidating and overwhelming.

In home renovations and decorating projects, picking colours if often one of those areas that either is a last-minute, spontaneous decision, or one that is agonized over and contemplated endlessly about (such as my kitchen cabinet colour).

But I’m so glad you’re reading this because there is some simple information about colour that can help you embrace the colour picking process instead of shy away from it. So let me help provide some basic colour theory and suggestions to help you to get more colour confident:

 

Colour Basics & Terminology

Colour Wheel – A colour wheel is an organization of colours within a circle that displays the relationships and connections between them. An image of one can be found below:

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Photo source – Sensationalcolour.com

Primary Colours – red, blue, yellow

Secondary Colours – When two primary colours are mixed together, it will create a secondary colour- green (yellow and blue), orange (red and yellow), and purple (red and blue).

Complimentary Colours – Colours opposite one another on the colour wheel are referred to as complimentary colours, example blue & orange. A complimentary colour scheme is often used in home décor to make something stand out or pop. Here is an image of room using the complimentary colour scheme of blue and orange:

 

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Photo source – Audrey Crisp Interiors

 

 

Analogous Colours – Generally 3-5 colours beside each other on the colour wheel.  Using a colour scheme with analogous colours creates for a harmonious and soothing space.  See the example below that has used a violet blue, blue and blue-green colour scheme:

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Photo source – Studio McGee

 

Monochromatic – Light and dark variations of the same colour.  Monochromatic colour schemes are often used in home décor to create calm and soothing spaces, like this example of a peaceful nursery with many variations of yellow:

 

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Photo source – Jillian Harris

Hue – A colours main properties – or a colour more basically.

Tint –Mixing a colour with white

Shade – Mixing a colour with black

Tone – Mixing a colour with gray

 

Warm & Cool Colours – Usually we think of warm colours as being red, orange and yellow, and cool being blue, green and purple. But if we start getting specific, each of the basic colours have a warm and colour variation to it. You can have warm and cool versions of blue, green, purple, red, etc. Mixing warm and cool colours add variation and more depth to a space than just using all warm or all cool tones.  Here is an example of warm and cool variations of red:

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Photo source – Live Journal

Neutrals –Also referred to as “Earth Tones”, neutral colours include black, white, gray and brown (and variations of those).   This is one of the easiest ways to tone down a rooms colour palette or blend together many natural elements within a room.  This dining space has layered many neutral colours allowing the textures of the materials and views from the windows to take more of the focus within the space:

 

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Photo source – Park & Oak Design

Undertones – The underlying colour or undertone is most easily figured out by placing colour chips next to each other or referring up or down on a colour swatch. For example, some colours will pull more red, green, blue or yellow as you compare them next to one another.  Check out the neutral colour swatches below and pick out which ones have blue undertones:

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Meaning in colours

Throughout history, colour has and still does symbolize various meanings and feelings for people.  Here are some of the most common meanings:

  • Blue – blue often invokes a calm and relaxing feeling like the water and sky, and symbolizes truth, trust, stability and faith.
  • Green – the colour of nature, green embodies fertility, growth and freshness. Green also is associated with safety and money.
  • Purple – historically purple is a royal colour displaying wealth and bringing drama to spaces
  • Red – associated with energy, strength, danger and love, red is an emotionally intense colour that invokes dramatic and passionate feelings
  • Yellow – the colour of sunshine, happiness and energy
  • Orange – orange is a fun and happy colour most often associated with the tropics, enthusiasm, creativity and attraction
  • White – symbolizing innocence, purity and cleanliness, white is often used as a blank slate allowing other elements to take center stage
  • Black – often represents mystery, power, elegance and death
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Photo source – Countrydecordiy.com

 

Suggestions & tips for creating a colour scheme

Pick a feeling you want your room to have or invoke and start looking at tints, shades and tones of that colour.

Consider the undertones of a colour before selecting it for your walls.  If you have even slightly orange wood floors, using a cool white with blue undertones will make the floor appear even more orange (complimentary colours).

Work off colours in elements that you already have in a space, example wood floors, furniture, architectural elements, etc.   If you want that element to stand out, consider a complimentary colour, if you want it to blend, use a tint or shade of the colour.

Find a fabric, image or pattern you love and work off the colours found within that for your colour scheme.

Use a classic colour scheme such as complimentary, analogous or monochromatic for a safe and sure to work combination.

Making colours pop – The best way to make something stand out is to use complimentary colours. For example, if you have a beautiful collection of red teapots that you want to stand out in your dining room, paint your walls or back of the cabinet green to ensure the red really pops.

Add neutral colours to tone down a bold colour scheme.

 

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Photo source – House & Home

What else to consider when selecting colour for a space

Natural light – colours can look different at different times of day and in rooms that receive different amounts of light. Generally, rooms that receive more natural light can handle a darker colour whereas rooms with less natural light will feel smaller and lighter colours should be considered.

Other light sources – even if a room has little or a lot of natural light, the type and amount of other light sources can alter colour in a room.

Size of space – dark colours make a room feel smaller and lighter colours help open up smaller rooms.

What’s going on outdoors – highlight your fantastic view by using light or neutral colours on your wall, or boldly frame out the view with a complimentary or dark surround.  If your view is less than ideal, make your interior space steal the show by drawing the eye to interesting colour combinations or bold colours.

Surrounding spaces – even if you don’t use the same colour throughout your home, use a connecting colour in some way between adjacent rooms. For example, your entryway has light gray walls, a bold blue runner and gold accent pieces. Your connecting living room could include warm yellow walls and blue accents as a way to connect some of the same colours between rooms.

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Photo source – Pinterest

There are millions of choices of colour to pick from, but with understanding some basic colour theory, the decision doesn’t have to be so scary.  Think about what you want the colour to accomplish, the feeling you want it to invoke as you also consider what else is going on in the space, as you are looking at your options.

Don’t be afraid to coordinate without matching everything.  Think tints and shades of a colour as you layer a space and fill colour into your home.  Start with a basic colour scheme and add your personality from there.  Finally, don’t be afraid to try colour and take a risk in areas that are easy to change, and if it’s not working for you, pick another colour.

Master the Mix

I bet you’ve heard style names ranging from modern farmhouse to mid century modern to shabby chic.  But what is your decorating style? Now days it’s more commonplace to incorporate multiple styles into your home decor than to stick with just one.  Although natural to be attracted to elements of various decor styles, it can be intimidating mixing elements that appear so different.  I’ve compiled some tips on how to get started in successfully mixing styles along with sharing some inspiring pictures.

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Photo source – blogdecorador
  1. Start Small – The best way to get started in mastering the mix in home decor is to start small.  Pick a small surface area or corner (mantel, beside table, reading corner, shelf, entry table, etc.) and play around with items you either already have or collect some.  Going with a whole room right away can feel overwhelming whereas smaller areas let you experiment and see what’s working and what’s not, in a condensed version.

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    Photo source – House and Home Magazine
  2. Take Clues – Use what you already have or what can’t be changed as a starting point.  If a space is feeling too put together, add something rustic.  If a space is feeling too new, add something vintage.  Have an old hand me down dining table but you want the room to feel cleaner and more current?  What about adding some bright coloured modern chairs and a simple geometric print area rug underfoot.

    You can add emphasis to a certain piece you have in a room by making it feel contrasting to everything else.  If you love what you have, compliment it with contrasting elements so it stands out, but if you have some piece of furniture you hate but can’t replace, make something else steal the show and draw the eye away.  It’s all in the mix.

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    Photo source – Ballar Designs
  3. Go With Your Gut – Don’t shy away from what you are drawn to.  Maybe you have your eye on a modern light fixture but aren’t sure it’ll suit the space.  It’s better to love what you live with than to be worried about everything coordinating just so.  If it’s something you just can’t live without, chances are there are other corresponding elements you just have to have, to go with it too.  It’s easier to work in elements that you are drawn to than to start with nothing to go off of, so go with your gut and get that thing.

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    Photo source – Harbour Mill Design
  4. Repeat Elements – The next way to master the mix is to repeat elements so that there is something to pull some aspects together in a mixed styled space.  Consider repeating something of similar shape, colour, weight or texture to a room or connecting room to help balance out something like that modern light fixture you weren’t sure would go.  Your eye naturally looks for patterns so when elements are repeating it makes a space look more harmonious.

    This can be especially important if you’re blending a collection of styles, working in an open concept floor plan or have some wild pieces to connect.  Don’t worry about being all matchy-matchy, but rather use one element to tie a few things together like in the picture above.  The light fixtures may be completely different styles, but using similar shapes helps create some unity amongst the mix.

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    Photo source – Pinterest, unknown designer 
  5. Forget Design Rules and Titles.  Worried that your room doesn’t fall into a modern farmhouse or mid century modern style?  Don’t sweat it!  Rules are meant to be broken and titles limit a spaces potential.  Group things irregularly, hang art at unusual heights and combine elements that aren’t normally seen together.  Breaking design rules and combining elements from across various styles help create a space that’s both interesting to look at and fun to live in!

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    Photo source – Bloglovin’
  6. Dare To Be Different.  The most intriguing spaces are ones that have taken risks and tried something different.  Combine things that have meaning to you, use textures and colours that fascinate you and mix up the scale of items in a space to add visual interest.  Have fun with it and if something isn’t working for you, don’t be afraid to switch it out and try something else.

 

If you have questions with this mixed style thing, don’t hesitate to ask for advice!  Contact me here with a picture and I’ll offer you some free expert advice.

Dare to be different with your home decor – it’s all in the mix!