Cozy in Coquitlam

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Well it's 6:00 AM on a chilly winter morning and as usual I am perched at my computer getting ready for another busy day.  The view outside the window in front of my desk is always inspiring, but this morning as I gaze out at the river and bare trees with a light fog swirling about the branches, the only inspiration I am feeling is to cozy up with a good book, roaring fire and a nice cup of steaming tea!

Defeat the winter blues and possibly dispel the shock of your partner’s icy feet when climbing into bed for the evening, with a few of my tips to cozy up your space for the long cold winter months.

Throw Blankets
Soft cozy throws with nubby knits or woolly textures are a great friend to cozy up to on chilly nights at home with a movie. Plus, they temporarily add seasonal pattern and colour to your home.

Pillows
The perfect companion to your cozy throw is perfect pillows! Paired with a warm throw, pillows become great cuddle buddies (and they never have cold feet!) Look for pillows with a lot of texture and warm colours. Then pile them on the couch and snuggle up. You might also want to consider investing in, or making larger ones for the floor.

Quilts
Quilts have always been a no brainer for the bed, but try using them as decor this winter.  You might want to try placing a small quilt on a table as a table cloth; plaid blankets look great for this purpose as well.

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Reading Nook
Winter is the time to pull out your favorite read, or find a new favorite and relax for a while with a good book. Pick a well-lit corner of your home and arrange a comfy armchair in it.  Alcoves under stairs are a great spot for this; you might even consider building in a permanent seat or bench to enjoy this cozy space all year round. Place a table nearby, stacked with your favorite books and reading lists or if you are going for the build in idea, maybe add some shelves. If you read on a tablet, consider a spot near an outlet for easy charging.

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Rugs
Nothing spells winter quite like a cold floor on bare feet. Fend off icy toes by placing an area rug in seating areas in your home.  You might want to consider layering your rugs for even more coziness.

Scent
Creating a cozy retreat is about more than just warm fabrics. Try some warming scent. Spicy scents are great for stimulating conversation; lavender and vanilla are perfect for creating calm moments, while citrus infused scents like orange mixed with clove are still warm but promote clarity and energy.

Go ahead, try one or all of these little tips and I guarantee you will feel snug as a bug in a rug for the rest of the cold weather ahead.

Colour Blog

Spring has come to the Tri-Cities...

The cherry blossoms are out in all their glory in Port Coquitlam city center, the boats are in the harbour at Rocky Point in Port Moody and if you drive through any neighborhood in Coquitlam you will find daffodils popping their heads up everywhere. 

If spring colours and sunshine have you ready to shake off the rainy, winter in Vancouver blues and give your space a makeover to match the season...here are some of my favorite colours for Spring 2015 .

Whether you are renovating your kitchen, decorating your bedroom or giving your entire home an interior design makeover...take your cue from Mother nature and let these lovely soft colours lift your spirits all year long. 

Aquidneck Properties
Blue. One of my favorite choices for a bedroom is this soft , Spring sky blue, it is....

Benjamin Moore's Quiet Moments 1563

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Yellow. This can be a tricky colour as it often appears more vibrant on your walls then it did on the chip in the store. This beautiful, soft yellow...

Benjamin Moore's Mushroom Cap 177 can be paired with blues or greens for a fresh spring feel in any room. Try adding a pop of orchid or pale lavender to further enhance your spring pallet.

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Greige. Not really a colour, but how I like to describe my favorite neutral for spring this year. ...

Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter HC-172 It is really a soft gray with beige undertones that is a perfect complement to most popular pastels and pairs wonderfully with white. For the bolder spirit, try a burst of coral, another top contender in 2015.

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White. No colour pallet is complete without the perfect shade of it, my personal favorite this year is ....

Benjamin Moore's White Dove OC-17, crisp and fresh with no altering undertones so It looks great against any color. Try it with soft accents for a breath of fresh air feeling, or pair with some of this year's stronger colours for a more dramatic effect.

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No matter what your choices are for your home renovation project or Interior Design make over, let Ronnie Vanstone, award winning Interior Designer, and the Design Alley Interiors and renovations team help you make your project one you will love for many seasons to come.

Ronnie Vanstone has gone cottage crazy for 2014!

Ronnie Vanstone has gone cottage crazy for
2014!

Whether you live in Port Moody or white Rock with an ocean view or a Maple Ridge, sub-division you too can have the holiday feeling created by a cottage décor.

All signs point to this charming and relaxed look being one of the trends for 2014. If you love this look, read on for some pointers on how to make your home feel like a summer get away all year!

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One staple of cottage design is the predominance of the colours white and cream. Used in beachfront cottages, lakeside cabins, or cul-de-sac-hugging bungalows, white/cream walls and woodwork exude cheerfulness. These fresh and clean colours make a room feel airy and bright. White and cream also provide the perfect backdrop to any accent colour you can imagine.

Often in cottages, the furnishings are also white or cream, it shows up on everything from slip covered furniture to white washed cabinets. Again pops of colour in your favorite hues, stop the design from feeling sterile or bland. Blues, grays and sand were my choice when designing this look for one of our Design Alley clients for their family cottage on KaKawa Lake in Hope BC.

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The other colors that tie in to this inspiring environment are as vast as your imagination but some of my favorites are: The Beach style cottages feature watery blues and sunny yellows, while the country cottage look has petal pinks and leafy greens throughout their spaces. These appealing hues harmonize naturally with the crisp backdrop.

Check out this photo from Home and Garden magazine of this dreamy cottage bedroom. From the cool headboard to the custom upholstered chair to the foot-of- the- bed trunk, this bedroom is dripping with vintage appeal. The pretty floral bedding adds feminine flair, which is echoed by the glitzy chandelier and bedside sconces.

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Here are a few more ideas to consider for creating your new cottage look.

Chicken wire was originally used on pantry doors to let air circulate around stored root
vegetables. Installed behind glass fronts, it provides a hint of country charm.

 

Here is another great idea from home and garden. Spruced-Up Steps…..

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A coat of fresh white paint sets the staircase apart from khaki walls and stained wood floors; old-fashioned numbers stenciled onto each riser add a welcoming bit of whimsy. It does not matter if you want to create this style for your primary home or your vacation property, this charming look will help you feel like you are on Holiday all year long!

Spring Design Trends

The harbour is full of boats at Rocky point park in Port Moody, people are running along the Port Coquitlam trail and gardeners are out in full bloom in Coquitlam!
Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner.  If nice whether has you planning your next decorating or home renovation project, you will find some great ideas for your Interior design or renovation inspiration right here...so read on! and discover this season's hottest trends!

Vivid Colors & Accents
 
In 2014 there’ll be a move towards versatility.  Instead of having one base colour palette, (Beige, beige and more beige) we’ll see vivid base hues enlivened with accents of color which will turn monotonous spaces into  fresh, fun and lively rooms.  We’re talking bright and fun splashes of colour over unsaturated undertones.  It’s a fresh and lively, invigorates the senses and perks up the spirit.

Lighter Colored Woods

Lighter,  toned woods will be in this year.  The use of rich, deep toned woods which has been popular in design over the past 5 years is winding down and softer, lighter options are taking center stage.  White Oak (strong interior design trend in Europe right now) and cherry are both fantastic choices; for either flooring or furniture.  Go for highest quality you can afford and you will have an elegant and exquisite show piece for generations to come.  This trend has been growing steadily for a few seasons and is continuing to take ground.

Myriad of Blues

Blue is without a doubt a massive trend this year.  I am  seeing it everywhere, from home design exhibitions to the fashion designers runways.  It’s all  about blue, and you don’t have to choose just one shade either.  Different shades of blue rolling back into each other in the same room will ignite the senses like an afternoon on a tropical beach.  Azure, beryl, teal, cobalt, sapphire; an intoxicating array  of blue, folding back into themselves in an ocean of electric interior design.  Apart from turquoise which I covered in my last blog, the other shade of blue which has gained popularity  is navy.  A calming, shade which commands authority without appearing desperate; easy and pleasant on the eye, this is one you can’t go wrong with in 2014: Navy is vogue.  Use it in accessories, soft furnishings, couches, cushions, cupboards, walls and anywhere else you can imagine it.