Bring Your Walls To Life

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Lots of local artist and artists from other countries as well will be showcased at Parsons Interiors.Below are some of the examples for art that are featured at Parsons Interiors at the moment.
Take time to create a vision and put it into action.  The best possible place for a piece of artwork is where it can simply be admired for its beauty.  It is important to have the artwork placed at eye level and in prime location for viewing.  Artwork and furniture should work together hand in hand, wether its the size or colour scheme.  Be careful not to place to many pieces of artwork onto one wall as minds tend to wonder and art gets lost on the walls.  It is easy to pick a colour from a piece of artwork and integrate it décor.  Wether its from your sofa, pillows or rug you are able to tie colours together and make the room flow.  Be mindful of your wall colours as well, clashing with your artwork because it could take away the beauty of the piece.  Grouping together similar small pieces of artwork together to make one effective look can also add a wow factor to your space.  To fully enjoy your artwork you will want it to took its best both during and after daylight hours, so with the proper lighting you are able to achieve the best look.
 
Clinton’s on main is a new restaurant that just opened on main street in Brampton and is showcasing some of Parsons Interiors original work of art.

Impulse

Impulse  Style # 9005B    Size 40 x 50  Price  $599.00

 

Segovia 11

Segovia 11    Style # 3935    Size  30 x 60   Price  $398.00

 

 

The Way

The Way   Style # 3405    Size  40 x 50  Price  $450.00

 

 

Composite 1

Composite 1  Style # 4050   Size 40 x 40  Price  $398.00

 

 

Composite 11

Composite 11  Style # 4051   Size 40 x 40  Price  $398.00

 

 

Pearl Sky

Peal Sky    Style # 4024   Size 40 x 50  Price  $450.00

 

 

Reflections

Cyprus     Style # 3705B    Size 40 x 40   Price  $599.00

 

 

Stoneledge

Stoneledge   Style #3816   Size 40 x 50  Price   $450.00

 

 

Atlantis

Atlantis  Style #3705  Size 40×40″   Price $599.00

 

 

Tao

Tao   Style #3878   Size 40 x 50   Price $450.00

 

 

Blossom

Blossom  Style # NWK 100-N2208    Size 33 x 49      Price  $220.00

 

Consult with Parsons Interiors,  Jackie Connolly at 905.271.4224 or email at info@parsonsinteriors.com to analyze your space and determine how you can add artwork into your home. 

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Baby on Board

For a lot of newlywed homebuyers and families who are expecting new additions to their lot, having the perfect nursery is a must! Here are a few things to consider for those who are expecting:

Location

The location of the nursery is very important. Choose a room that’s close to your own to avoid making noise and easy access during odd hours of the night. Consider the natural temperature of the room, and the amount of light that can go in when developing the overall design and theme of the nursery.

 Overall Style

If your home has an overall style, make sure to incorporate it in the nursery. If you have a traditional, eclectic, or edgy décor style, make sure the nursery reflects your overall home style, so it doesn’t feel out of place.

 Mood Board

Search the Internet and collect pictures and even videos of nurseries and interior design styles that you like. Have variety for options. Discover what others have done that you like, and might work for your own nursery. Put a theme together through the pictures that you find.

 Simplicity

It is easy to over-decorate specially when you find many things you like. Remember to pick key items that can be points of interest in the room. Have child-friendly items, not necessarily childish. Choose a colour palette that will make it easy for you to redecorate if needed.

Calm

Choose colours and a setup that is calming and peaceful. There will be many hectic times that come with having a baby/babies. It is very important that the mom can feel calm and relaxed in the room despite perhaps being physically busy with her tasks.

Adaptability

Choose décor that is not permanent. Wall decals and stickers are a lot easier to change than full wallpaper. Think about how long the nursery might last your kid, until they develop their own taste and might want to change the décor around.

Safety

Make sure electrical wirings are safely hidden away from the baby especially as they grow more active and curious about their environment. Make sure any heaters are safe and childproof.

Key Furniture

Most people think it’s easier to pick a paint colour for the room then match the furniture after, but the opposite is actually true. Pick key furniture you like first, then match paint colours that complement the furniture.

Functionality

Decide the exact uses of the nursery and place your furniture accordingly. Have designated areas for specific tasks. Determining these will make the design process a lot easier.

Think Outside the Box

Just because certain furniture or design is not listed under the ‘children section’ doesn’t mean you can’t use it for your nursery. Part of the design challenge is using things you may not initially think of using and making it work for yourself. Check your local art store for some DIY ideas.

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Consult with Jackie Connolly at Parsons Interiors 905.271.4224 or email at info@parsonsinteriors.com to start developing your dream nursery. 

Small Space, Big Style

Any space can be stylish regardless of size. Smaller space doesn’t mean less style and creativity. In fact, having less space to work with means using your imagination and creativity to its full extent. A functional space doesn’t have to compromise on style. Here are some tips to personalizing any small space:

1.    Colours – be consistent and use colours and tones that blend evenly. Stick with a simple colour scheme throughout the space. This will make the space feel bigger. Consider the colour of your floor, and incorporate that with the colour scheme.

2.    Practicality – Today’s condos for example, are not necessarily designed to house a formal dining table, 3-seater sofas, and big dressers. Consider functionality when choosing your furniture.

 3.    Grandeur – Add the illusion of a big space by adding floor to ceiling artworks, wall mirrors, or headboards to the room. This adds the illusion of more space, without actually taking up more space.

 4.    Mobility – Invest in furniture pieces that travel well. Rugs, lamps, artwork, armchairs that can be moved easily are must-haves for small spaces. Mobility allows you to revitalize a room by having the ability to move things around when wanted.

 5.    Soft Look – Create a pleasing look by matching the drapery with the colour of your wall. Have your drapery a shade darker or lighter than the walls, to add a flowing look that enlarges the feeling of the space.

 6.    Wood Theme – stick to one particular colour scheme that goes with your wooden furniture and floor. Dark wood floor and furniture usually feels masculine and sophisticated, while lighter wood floor and furniture usually feels more feminine, casual, and fun.

 7.    Mirrors – Mirrors create the illusion of more space. If placed near a window, it allows more natural light into the space. Long vertical standing mirrors are great for long narrow spaces.

 8.    Area Rugs – Create small spaces within the overall spaces by using area rugs. They help define each space and its particular use. You can use them to define living space, dining space, and office space.

 9.    Technology – Check out new technologies. Flat screen TVs and other sleek devices give you more room in the space. They also serve as works of art in some cases.

 10.    Storage –  Use functional storage kits to hide away little things and big things   specially in the office and in the family room. Storage boxes are great for de-cluttering small spaces. They can easily be personalized as well depending on individual style.

For interior design inquiries contact Jackie Connolly at  Parsons Interiors 905.271.4224 or email info@parsonsinteriors.com

  

The Perfect Bed

There is a level of art in setting up your bedding. Although there are many easy, pick-up-and-go a la carte style bed sets, there’s certainly more challenge and reward in creating your own personal style bed setup.  Considering you spend a good chunk of your life in bed sleeping, why not make it the best experience it can be. It is also a lot cheaper to change the look of your bedroom just by changing the bedding, instead of renovating and redecorating your entire room. Parsons Interiors can help you find your personal style and develop your bedding palette. First, to better understand the art of bedding, we will explore the different founding pieces that make up your overall bed.

Bed Pillows

The three things you need to know when it comes to bed pillows are fill, support, and size. For light support, go with a soft fill like down, feathers or silk. Organic Cotton and Wool deliver firmer support. For added support, pick a gusseted pillow with sidewalls that help maintain shape. Natural latex foam pillows relieve pressure points because they’re made to contour the neck, shoulders, and spine. Whatever you pick, make sure to invest a few extra dollars on a pillow protector for hygienic purposes.

Mattress Pad

A Mattress Pad is constructed with a flat quilted top layer that fits snugly over the mattress sides. This piece is a lot easier to clean and replace than the actual mattress. It makes maintenance cheaper and more manageable. Today there are more options as to what kind of mattress pads you can get: down fills that mimic featherbeds, visco-elastic memory fills that respond to temperatures and shapes providing added support.

Feather Beds

Feather beds are like a bed-size pillow. You put it atop your mattress. It makes the sleeping experience more restful because of the softer surface and relieves pressure points. Fill choices range from natural down to synthetic. There are also featherbed covers available.

Sheets

Sheets are the heart of the bed. Select the best sheets you can afford for maximum quality and comfort. Bed sheets are highly customizable. Express your personal style with bed sheets of your taste. Parsons Interiors can customize the fitting sheet to any size to fit your matters.

Layers of Warmth and Blankets

Blankets provide warmth above the sheets. They vary from weight, material and texture. It’s good to have a few kinds on hand for the different seasons of the year. There are lightweight ones for the summer such as cotton. Wool or lux cashmere and alpaca are heavier weight and keep you really warm in the winter. Organic cotton, silk, and eco-friendly materials are also on demand.

Coverlets and Quilts

It’s the decorative middle layer and often double as a top-of-bed covering instead of a comforter or duvet cover.

Duvets and Comforters

They make up the top layer of the bed set. They are usually down, feather, cotton, or synthetic filled. Duvets come with a cover that is machine washable, while the actual duvet is not washable due to the fill inside. Comforters are lighter in weight and can be washed completely.

Bed Skirts

Also known as dust ruffles. Bed skirts are not only decorative but also prevent dust from gathering under the bed. Bed skirts also hide away things you store under the bed. Make sure to measure properly before making a purchase.

Shams

Shams are pillow covers that coordinate with sheets and require pillow inserts. They’re used for decorative purposes unlike bed pillows.

Accent Pillows

Accent pillows are perfect to complimenting your bed pillows. It may seem like too much pillows to some people, but it all depends on personal taste. We wouldn’t suggest accent pillows, or at least many accent pillows, if you have a small bed.

Suggestions:

On a twin bed, instead of a standard pillow, add one king pillow because it spans the width of the bed; and one to two accent pillows.

For a full size bed, Parsons Interiors recommends two standard pillows, two standard or Euro shams and one to two accent pillows.

Queen beds can easily hold two queen pillows and two queen shams, plus two to three accent pillows or a single bolster.

On king beds, a good combination is three standard pillows and two king shams, plus three smaller accent pillows or three standard pillows with three Euros.

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Consult with Jackie Connolly at  Parsons Interiors 905.271.4224 or email at info@parsonsinteriors.com to start developing your dream bed setup.

Romancing Europe

If you’ve ever had the chance to travel to Europe, you will know the classic, ‘Old World’ style that it has. It is a preserved elegance that has been around for hundreds of years. It goes beyond the classic architectures and old stone, cobble roads. It is classic elegance that radiates from the people. Even if you’ve only visited once or a twice, there is no mistaking the feeling of being in Europe compared to anywhere else in the world. If you’ve been smitten by Europe, here are a few tips to bring European romance to your home without breaking the bank:

  1. Out with the carpets! Get rid of your wall-to-wall carpets, and install hard wood floor. Polish hardwood floor until it looks elegant. Finish things off with an area rug, from Europe if possible. You can easily divide spaces using area rugs, and they make for interesting eye flow.
  2. Add elegance to your walls by using gold hues for paint. Combine it with soft, cream trim for additional effect. Use textures to add even more interest to your wall surface.
  3. Incorporate furniture from different eras and parts of Europe. Wrought iron for example, is reminiscent of the French countryside. Dark, heavy, intricately carved wooden pieces are more Gothic. Unfinished light-toned wooden furniture is evocative of Tuscan style. Leaves and scrolls adorned furniture are reminiscent of the Rococo period that’s eclectic and contemporary.
  4. Add fabrics to the motif of your room. Dark, velvety fabrics can be used for your drapery or upholstery. This gives a very formal and stately Victorian feel. Add light and bright fabrics for a more French countryside look.
  5. Antique or vintage pieces can easily add the European feel that you need. Iron wrought candlestick holders, stone or marble busts, rustic light fixtures all add to a European atmosphere.  Even just a vintage antique looking chandelier can turn your room into an instant classic European space.

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Consult with Parsons Interiors,  Jackie Connolly at 905.271.4224 or email at info@parsonsinteriors.com to analyze your space and determine how you can add your worldly travel experiences into your home.

Asian Zest for Your Home

Intricate designs, bright colors, and an exotic touch are all hallmarks of Asian décor. Whether it’s the serenity, calmness, and minimalism of the Japanese, or the bright, lucky figures of the Chinese, there are many ways to add an Asian flair to any space. You may not want to fully convert your home into an Asian inspired space, but there are certainly inexpensive and easy ways to add Asian elements in.

 Lighting

  • Rice-paper lamps with low wattage bulbs. These lamps do not put out a lot of light, but add a warm, soft glow to any room. Hanging lanterns, and lamps made with oriental paper umbrellas are also popular choices.

Nature

The three most common natural elements used in Asian decor are water, stones, and plants.

  • Water
    • Adds an air of serenity
    • Make sure you can hear the water in motion before buying a water feature
    • The water feature not only has to be visually appealing, but must also flow in a way that is rhythmic and harmonious.
  • Plants
    • 2 popular plants: Bamboo & Bonsai
    • Bamboo plants can be bought in most grocery stores. They’re usually in clear glass containers with water, and smooth pebbles, or crystals. They require minimal care – simply replace the water once a week.
    • Bonsai plants require a lot more time and effort to maintain. I would recommend this to people who have a knack on working with plants. It requires a great deal of skill and care, to grow this plant to its full potential.
  • Stones
    • Using stones is an inexpensive way to add an Asian element in your space. Smooth black or natural stones add a feeling of being close to nature. They can be used to fill bottoms of vases, and other clear decorative containers.

Room Dividers

  • Room dividers come in different types and styles. There are simple rice paper room dividers, painted room dividers with Asian scenery, black lacquer room dividers, and room dividers with stunning Chinese silk embroidery.
  • There are unique ways to use a room divider. You can hang it on your wall to serve as art, put it against a wall and add a plant or a chair at the end, or use it as a beautiful headboard for your bed.

Fabric

  • Fabric is one of the most incredible offerings that come to us from Asia. Intricate embroidery, silks, brocades, and applique are all beautiful components of Asian fabric that can be used to decorate your home.
  • Saris make great window coverings, pillowcases, and even wall art. You can also use sari fabrics as table runners, placemats, or decorative napkins to add an Asian flair into your dining space.
  • Chinese silks with beautiful calligraphy or stenciled images make for fantastic beddings, pillow covers, etc.

 

Statement Pieces

  • Porcelain and Ceramic vases make excellent decorative pieces in any space. They’re available in small, to very big sizes. They are perfect for adding Asian accents in your room.
  • Asian deity figurines are great Asian elements to have. Thai Buddhist Deities, and Indian Deities all make wonderful conversation starters, and statement pieces.
  • Balinese furniture is also popular, exotic pieces that will add the Asian flavor in your home. They will certainly be a hot topic among your friends

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If you’re feeling inspired and plan on adding an Asian flair to your space, contact Jackie Connolly of Parsons Interiors at 905.271.4224 or email at info@parsonsinteriors.com  Tune in later, to find out how to add European Romance into your space.

A Brilliant Space

Lighting is one of the basic principles of interior design, but is often neglected by people when doing their own home projects. There are different lighting purposes, but proper lighting can enhance the overall look of your space and your furniture. Bad lighting on the other hand, can easily drain the life and energy out of a room. To understand how lighting works, we should analyze the three layers of home lighting: ambient, task, and accent.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient Lighting is the most basic type of lighting. It is the natural light during the day and the lights that come built in with your home. It is the ceiling fixtures, chandeliers, light kits on ceiling fans, track lights, torchieres, and wall sconces. Most people understand this kind of lighting, but unfortunately stop there.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is exactly what it sounds like. It is lighting used for specific purposes: reading, studying, cooking, or applying makeup. Table lamps, desk lamps, swing arm lamps, under counter lights, pendant lights, directed track or recessed lights, vanity lights, and adjustable floor lamps are some examples of task lighting. I suggest making a list of the different tasks you may perform in each space before buying anything. This also avoids conflict in design and over lighting.

Staircases are often forgotten when thinking about lighting. Simple LED lights discretely places every few steps or so within the walls is perfect for guiding your steps specially during the odd hours of the night when it’s the darkest. If you have an architecturally pleasing staircase, this will add emphasis and ambience to it.

Accent Lighting

Accent Lighting is often understood as mood lighting, which it is. It is also much more than that, however. Accent Lighting is used to highlight architectural features and showcase unique details of your furniture and art. It is used to emphasize the good, and take away attention from the bad. Accent lighting serves quite an important purpose but it the most ignored kind of lighting. Picture lights, candlelights, directed tracks or recessed lights, niche lighting, chandeliers with dimmers, wall sconces, lighting inside glass or wire door cabinets, and light bridges on media furniture are examples of Accent Lighting. Having dimmers on your Ambient Lights can easily turn them into Accent Lights when needed. The direction of lights can also affect this kind of lighting. Before buying accent lights, ask yourself how you want the room to feel, and what elements and features you want to emphasize or hide away.

Accent Lighting is perfect for a formal Dining area. Too much light can make everyone look washed out, and too little light would be too dark. Accent lighting can highlight the food to make it look more appealing.

Spotlights can be very effective accent lights as well. Think about placing them in corners of the room that’s usually poorly lit. This can turn a room from dramatic to cozy in an instant.

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On a concluding note, despite having amazing furniture and architectural features in a space, it would seem less than ordinary if used with the wrong lighting. Think about the different functions and the mood you want in every space in your home before making any lighting purchases. Keep in mind, there are also eco-friendly lighting options out there. Find the right lights that fit your lifestyle. Too much lighting might make you look like a light store. Be careful!

Consult with Jackie Connolly at 905.271.4224 or email at info@parsonsinteriors.com to analyze your space and determine what lighting is perfect for your home.

Unveiling Your Windows

A Window Treatment is an element of interior design that relates to designing and decorating the area on, around, or even over the window. Aside from adding aesthetic appeal to the window, it also provides privacy, protection, light filtration, and heat/cold insulation. There can be many combinations of ways to add your own style to a window treatment.

Types, Styles, and Benefits

There are many different styles of window treatment available for different shapes and sizes of windows:

Hard Treatments = made of rigid materials such as vinyl, wood, metal. Also blinds, shutters, and some types of shades are considered a hard treatment.

Soft Treatments = Drapes, curtains, and other types of shades

Valences, pelmets, cornices, and decorative molding are dressings that are placed around the window.

Frosted, etched, and stained glass window films and compounds are a few examples of treatments that can be applied directly to the glass. There’s a wide range of style from modern, contemporary, retro, art deco, traditional, and various ethnic and cultural choices. These styles can be tailored with/through piping, loose fabric puddles, box-pleated and folded, swaged, ballooned and gathered, shirred, tie-back, tie-up, and Roman customizations.

Before doing anything, you must first consider the placement of the window and its purpose. For example, you want light, easy-to-clean window treatment when you have kids using that space a lot. It is common to want privacy in the first level of the homes especially to the side facing a close road or the neighbours. In contrast, you don’t want to cover up large windows with views especially in the upper floor levels. You will also want to be able to keep sunlight away in places like the bedroom where too much light might prevent you from getting any sleep or in an office where you want to avoid screen glare on your computer monitors. Another factor you must take into consideration is the décor around the window. The window treatment must obviously complement the overall theme of the space. Lastly, you must determine how much money you are willing to spend for this project.

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Consult with Jackie Connolly at Parsons Interiors 905.271.4224 or email at info@parsonsinteriors.com to analyze your space and determine what window treatment is perfect for your home.

Simple Sophistication

What is minimalism? Some may say it’s a boring way of living, but in reality, minimalism is a craft. When done right, it can even be captivating and enviable. When it comes to interior spaces, there are many ways to incorporate minimalism without having to get rid of things you may want to keep. To minimalize your own space, here are a few elements to consider:

1.    A clean space

Clutter is a big source of stress in any home.  Part of having a minimalist space is decluttering the things you don’t need around all the time, and creating an organized, streamlined space. Having a minimalist space doesn’t mean throwing out your things. It is an art of being able to properly hide things you don’t need lying around that creates clutter. Stylish storage units are easily accessible, and a great way to organize and hide little things in your home. Choosing what items you actually need and don’t need may be the hardest part of the process, but keep in mind the peace of mind you will later achieve.

2.    A Colour Story

Having too many colours in a space creates a feeling of clutter. Contrasting furniture, wood, and wall colours usually create an unorganized atmosphere. A monochromatic colour scheme will work well for the minimalist approach. Stick to one colour story. You can add variety by including different textures and lines in the space. Again, having a minimalist space doesn’t mean a boring space. There are ways to add fun and spunk even in a minimalist sense.

3.    A Balanced Space

Creating balance is key to achieving a minimalist space. It could be a hard idea to grasp, but the proper placement of furniture, art, lamps, and even pillows all help create a feeling of balance. Asymmetrical balance is a great way to achieve a minimalist space. It creates the illusion that you’re not trying hard to create balance, but it works.

4.    A Focal Point

A good focal point is a powerful element for any minimalist space. Choose your favourite art or furniture, and make it a focal point in your space. Strategically place everything else in the room, so that it radiates outward from the focal point. Be aware of the horizontal and vertical lines of the space. I recommend talking to an interior designer to determine these elements in your space.

 5.    Grouping of similar elements

Rather than spreading out your home décor, I suggest grouping similar home décor pieces together. This creates a bold statement, without taking away the minimalist feel. For example, instead of having picture frames in every wall of the room, consider placing them all together in one designated area. This adds drama and a bold statement in your space that looks smart but not calculated.

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Consult with Jackie Connolly of Parson Interiors at 905.271.4224 or email at info@parsonsinteriors.com to analyze your personal space and determine if a minimalist style is for you.

Las Vegas Gift & Furniture Show

I recently had the pleasure of taking part in the Funitures & Gifts Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 2013 . It was a wonderful experience being surrounded by so many brilliant, creative minds. I feel a great surge of new inspiration and motivation from this experience. It’s definitely an event worth attending again in the future. I would love to share with you some of the photos I took during this amazing event.

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Contact Parsons Interiors, Jackie Connolly at 905.271.4224 or email at info@parsonsinteriors.com for inquiries about your personal style and interior design projects.

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