cool ways to use paint

For the last couple of weeks, I've been touring around Toronto area, Home Depot's offering free paint advice with CIL paints. I've met some really interesting people and seen some fabulous in-process projects. While soft neutrals are still the most popular choice many people have been asking me about beautiful saturated hues.

I love this editorial spread that Australian magazine Inside Out did where they took one living room and one bedroom and styled it two separate ways. In my opinion, it was the wall colour that made the biggest difference. Take a look:

Scheme 1 - Aqua walls with dusty mauve feature wall. Photo, Armelle Habib. Styling, Julia Green. Get this Look: Aqua Sky (walls), Ming Dynasty White (feature wall) - CIL paint.

Scheme 1 - Aqua walls with dusty mauve feature wall. Photo, Armelle Habib. Styling, Julia Green.

Get this Look: Aqua Sky (walls), Ming Dynasty White (feature wall) - CIL paint.

Turquoise walls with indigo blue accent wall. Photo, Armelle Habib. Styling, Julia Green. Get this Look: Thai Teal (walls), Arctic Night (feature wall) - CIL paint.

Turquoise walls with indigo blue accent wall. Photo, Armelle Habib. Styling, Julia Green.

Get this Look: Thai Teal (walls), Arctic Night (feature wall) - CIL paint.

What a difference from soft and soothing to happy and bright. In both cases, I love how they painted the wall above the mantel in a different shade. 

Three quarter painted wall in ballet pink topped in soft white. Photo, Armelle Habib. Styling, Julia Green. Get this Look: Little Bow Pink, Song Porcelain. CIL paints.  

Three quarter painted wall in ballet pink topped in soft white. Photo, Armelle Habib. Styling, Julia Green.

Get this Look: Little Bow Pink, Song Porcelain. CIL paints.

 

Sky blue walls. Photo, Armelle Habib. Styling, Julia Green. Get this Look: Fountain Mist, CIL paint.

Sky blue walls. Photo, Armelle Habib. Styling, Julia Green.

Get this Look: Fountain Mist, CIL paint.

Again, a simple change of wall colour and a few accessories and the space looks completely different.

Which room if your favourite?

I have two more location stops on my CIL/Home Depot tour. You can find out more details here.

perfect pairs

Did you ever think a table of fruits and a men’s jacket would have something in common?  I love the colours, patterns and textures in all these photos.  Each image is beautiful on it’s own but I can’t help but compare the details when paired with another photo.  Which pair is your favourite?  - Amy 

Weve just moved into a tiny house and I hate to admit it, but my 5 month-old baby boy's room still isn't put together!  As you can imagine, moving and renovating with a tiny baby is quite the challenge. Anyhow, Ive been collecting many pictures of cool decorideas for his room. Im really into the monochromatic black and white trend. I'd like to use a bright accent color and add some artworks as well to keep it fun. What do you think of this black & white trend? - Stephanie

 

1.     via the boo and the boy

2.    via kotipalapeli 

3.     Via Van Pauline’s Instagram

4.     Via apieceofcake82’s instagram

5.     Via the mackpar blog

6.     Uknown source

Spaces I Love

After living in a condo for four years, I'm finally thinking of investing in something with a little more space.  Our current condo is great but it can get a little tight when I want to entertain family and friends.  Not to mention, I spend a lot of time working on different design projects and DIY’s, so a little extra space (like a real office) would make this girl very happy.

I’m sure you can imagine, the thought of moving has my mind going in all different directions.  I would love a blank canvas and a chance to create a new home that is functional and works with our changing lifestyle.  Below are some of my favourite spaces.  - Amy