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.

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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.

Street Style is Home Style

The term Street Style has been around for a long time. It is commonly known as the indie side of high profile fashion labels, combining the artistic and expressive looks that high profile fashion brands create, with affordability and casualty of real life, ready to wear clothes. Street style is personal style. A certain brand may own a certain look, but there are specific feelings that only individuals can bring into those looks. This is street style. This is personal style. It is easy to get dressed, a little harder to dress nicely, and even harder to dress impressively without looking like anyone else.

Street Style is what image you show the world outside of your home. But true can be said inversely. The image your home shows people when you invite them in, also says a lot about yourself as an individual. It is easy to stage a home to look stylish, but you can only achieve a sense of personality by having the owner’s own style reflected through the interiors, from walls to furnitures.

To inquire about how you can develop your own personal style and have your home reflect your style, contact Jackie Connolly of Parsons Interiors at 905.271.4224 or email at info@parsonsinteriors.com

Photos from : www.torontolife.com

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