Friday, April 30, 2010

Front Yard- Before & After

I am finally at a place where I think I can start putting up the before and after photos of our house. Not everything is finished yet but some things are.
The first area I will show is the front exterior of the house.


After- Basically we got rid of the 1970's style planter that edged the non-existent garden and removed the aluminum siding to expose the wood siding that was underneath. We painted the original siding on the main house and sided and painted the garage to match.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

How Changing a Few Key Elements Can Drastically Change a Room

Below are 2 storyboards that I made up for a friends living room. She initially wanted red as her accent colour but more recently suggested that she might like to consider other colours. By providing a neutral background, the look of the room can completely change by simply replacing a few key elements. Even I was surprised how little it took to transform the space.

The first (and my personal favorite) uses a chair as the inspiration for the accent colour red. All other furniture pieces in the room are neutral colours including beige, black, brown and antique white. The only hits of red come from the pillows, curtains and chair.

The second, again, uses a chair as the inspiration for the accent colour light blue. All other furniture pieces in the room have not changed. The only pieces that I have changed for this room are the pillows, curtains and chair.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Project Results

I have mentioned quite a few project ideas and shown several inspirational photos over the last few months and below are the results of those projects.

After- Small space dining area.

Before- Your typical wooden t.v. tray with a little extra height added to bring it to an appropriate dining height.

After- A front hall bench.

Before- A solid wood antique store find for only $20.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Incorporating Wood into a Space

The following are 5 ways to incorporate wood into a space without it being one of the main furniture pieces.

1. flower pots and 2. small accessories

3. butcher block cutting board

4. picture frames

5. bowl

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