• Accounting tips for designers and decorators - small business

    Whether you’re doing your books or submitting information to your bookkeeper, accounting is an integral part of a running a design/decor business. This said, the industry has its quirks, and the associated accounting can be a bit different from other industries as a result. Accounting doesn’t need to be a daunting task. With these tips in hand, accounting can be a breeze for decorators and designers. 

  • There are some home décor tips that we all take for granted. But the truth is, there really are no rules when it comes to decorating. Here are five common myths that you can forget before you renovate your next room.

    Colour comes first

    When redecorating a room, most people pick their colour first and then go from there. It seems logical at first – after all, the walls feel like the biggest piece of the room. But it’s more important to consider your furniture colours and your accessories first – or else you risk picking a colour that actually doesn’t work with what you have or what you’re thinking of adding. When you’re redecorating, assess your style, what you have and what you want to add. Then consider your colour options.

  • As professional decorators, we may be biased on this topic.  After being called in for damage control, or even worse, complete overhauls of a DIY project gone wrong,  we’ve come to understand where homeowners go wrong. There are many fun and satisfying DIY projects for homeowners to try. A quick glance at Pinterest will provide you with more projects, than even the craftiest person could handle. There are some projects that would-be renovators should let the professionals tackle. These include big ticket items that could burden you financially, or projects that devalue your home if they aren’t done properly.

  • If you have a small house or a condo, you’re likely always looking for ways to make the space look bigger. This is particularly the case for people living in large cities such as Toronto or Vancouver, where condos are hot, but are being built smaller in size.

    But just because you live in a small space doesn’t mean your home has to look tiny. Mary Stanton, of award-winning Stanton Interiors, specializes in condo and small space décor and says that there are several quick and easy decorating tips to make your home look bigger and brighter.

  • Buying a condo? Planning to renovate or redecorate that condo once it’s officially yours? Well, you might be surprised to know that there are many costs associated with condo renovations that aren’t necessarily applicable to house renovations, warns Mary Stanton, of Stanton Interiors. Stanton specializes in condo and small space décor and says that the factors involved in condo renovations often take clients by surprise.

  • Contrary to popular belief, stylish and functional renovations or refreshers needn't cost you the roof over your head. These three projects got serious mileage from their small budgets—and won Design & Decorating Competition awards for the feat.

  • Say you have some really great antique pieces that you want to hold onto – but you want to merge them with your new, slick home décor. How do you do it? Is it even possible to merge the old with the new without looking too eclectic?

    Marla Makowski, of Panache Home Decorating Inc. in Oakville, Ontario, admits that it’s a hard look to pull off if you don’t know what you’re doing. “Merging the old and new is a talent,” she says. “If you’re not careful, the décor can, very easily, become kitschy – like you collected all the items from a garage sale or hand-me-down.”

  • Helping a client transition from a larger home to a smaller one doesn’t mean that function or style need to suffer.  By following a few simple steps, they too can live large in a small space.

  • Living in the Toronto area, Ive seen my fair share of small spaces.  The condo market is absolutely exploding and, in my opinion, has no sign of slowing down.  People are willing to pay a premium for what seems to be increasingly small spaces.  While it is clear that condo-dwellers have no issue living in a small space, I, as a designer, am continuing to hear that these people are taking issue with the way their small space is laid out.  Form doesnt always follow function these days.

  • You want to redecorate your home, but it can seem like such a daunting – and expensive – task. Not so! Redecorating can be as complex or as simple as you can make it – and as affordable as you need it to be. To prove it, here are some tips from designers who know how to give you the most for less.

  • Written by: Natalie Senko

    October is a month where we transition from warm weather to cool weather and watch the last leaves fall from the trees. Since many find this to be a depressing time, it’s nice that we have one of the most fun and exciting holidays falling on the last day of the month. Some may argue that Halloween is only fun for youngsters, but we believe that this is an equally enjoyable holiday for adults who love decorating.

  • When it comes to selling your home, there’s much more to it than hiring an agent or putting up a “For Sale” sign. You also need to prepare the home to be more appealing to potential buyers. This means putting on your marketing hat and figuring out what will sell – and what won’t.

    “When selling a home, first impressions really do count and just as one would dress appropriately for a job interview, it is critical for home sellers to present their home to potential buyers in its very best light,” says Lesley Arnould, of Embellished Interiors in North Vancouver, British Columbia. “Statistics show that staged properties sell more quickly and for more money than those that are not staged.”

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