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Boho Style Done Right

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It’s predicted that Boho style will continue to be a strong trend for 2019 (https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/g23550602/design-trends-2019/?slide=11). This unconventional, eclectic, energetic, personal and relaxed look seems to be everywhere. Spaces with Boho style often showcase vintage, up-cycled and inexpensive furnishings and the look seems to encourage creativity, free-thinking and contemplation.It’s no wonder this look has such mass appeal.
When it comes to embracing trends, though, it’s advisable not to go full throttle. All too often, hot trends reach a saturation point and then popularity starts to plummet very quickly. Before you know it, the trend is topping the “Out” list.



The other reason to temper this style is to avoid the “starving artist” or “college dorm” look.  Boho style is about personal, uncontrived d├ęcor.  Its about mixing without concern for whether things are co-ordinated.  It’s ad hoc decorating that evolves over time without a master plan. The r…

Architectural Detail for Modern Spaces

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Architectural Detail for Modern Spaces
Architectural detail, for many, is synonymous with traditional design. Wainscoting, wall panelling, tray ceilings, crown moulding, baseboard, door and window trim are some of the most common types architectural detail.So, with the huge trend towards modern style, is this type of millwork detailing soon to be a thing of the past?
With modern design, emphasis is on simplicity.Some millwork like baseboards, door and window casings have an actual function so they continue to exist in modern spaces, but often with very simplistic profiles. “Embellishment-type” millwork like wall panelling and moulding is the focus of this blog.Historically, this type of millwork has served to add interest, charm and warmth to spaces, but can it be used in a way that is simple and appropriate for spare, minimal spaces? I know it can.In fact, I think there exists an opportunity to use these architectural embellishments to augment modern style, add warmth to austere spaces…

Expert Tip: Using Contrast in the Garden

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Expert Tip: Using Contrast in the Garden One of the easiest ways to add impact and drama to your garden is to use the design principle of contrast.Contrast is the practice of putting things that are disparate next to one another so that the attributes of each are heightened.Contrast creates design tension, drawing our attention and making us take notice.The plant attributes primarily used to create this effect are colour, texture and form.
Plant Colour When it comes to colour contrast, we can contrast flower or foliage.Focusing on foliage vs. flowers is a better design strategy because it is a more enduring attribute (see Expert Do's and Don'ts of Garden Design).Foliage comes in a wide range of colours with various shades of green being the most obvious, but also in variegated, silver/blue, burgundy/purple and yellow/gold tones. As you can see in the photos below, the bold effect created by foliage contrast is anything but boring.

















These shrubs and perennials below all have cultivar…