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. 

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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.

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.

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