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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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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