Staging the Condo..Before & After’s.

The past two – three weeks have been so busy for me, I have barely had any down time to just relax.  One of the reasons I have been so busy was moving furniture into my boyfriends condo.  As you all know we are in the process of building our future home together so we have been trying to sell his condo with not very much luck so far.  One of the reasons could very well of been because it was too much of a ‘bachelor pad’.  Sadly the Labatt beer art and larger scale furniture had to be moved out.  His once man cave would soon be transformed into a functional ‘ homey’ space that potential buyers could imagine themselves living in.

Thanks to a few of his friends everything was managed to be moved out and right in within a few hours.  So how do you stage without spending a dime? In this case we used furniture I had in my house that wasn’t really being used, I cleaned out my room and downstairs living area of pillows and accessories and smaller scale furniture.

Using the basic space planning rules it all came together and we didn’t spend one cent.  De clutter and take down personal family photos, make the space inviting and I think a sale could be right at your footsteps!

Cliff Rego Team was great and re took photos for us to re list, after I staged it.

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The condo is stunning from in-floor heating, to its 13′ high ceilings, exposed piping, concrete wall and an original wooden structural beam.

Here are the before photos, beautiful but very minimalistic.

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And the After’s….

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Hope you Enjoyed!

Happy Monday 🙂

Lilly Cordeiro

Elle Cee Design

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Transformed Foyer! Before and After

Hello Everyone I have been slacking with the update of Casa C Facelift.

Here you can see some of the before photos, It was really dark and gloomy.  The paint alone was just to dark for this area with not much natural light coming in. I knew we needed to lighten the walls up first and go from there with the rest of the design.

 

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Going along with the traditional, classic theme of the living room design, I decided to add some texture with some wall paper.  We purchased the wall paper from Benjamin Moore.  I loved all the details that went into these wall coverings.  Covering the tan paint with this light fresh classical wallpaper really changed the entire look of this foyer.  Floral prints with hues of sparkle helped transform this entry from gloomy to bright and airy.

An updated console table with golden/brass trim we found from Bombay in Cambridge, which is now closing!!  Even though that store isn’t my personal style it had great selection for the more traditional, classic home owner.  The mirror was a great find and deal from Home sense we had originally placed this over the fireplace however playing around with it i knew it was meant for the foyer.  Layering of a few books with the statue sculpture contributes to the classic feel of the design.  Simple symmetry comes into play, I love the clean look that symmetrical styling can do to a space.

We replaced the dated chandelier with a smaller scale brighter piece and filled the vases with a touch of floral.  I chose my mother’s wedding flower which ads that much more of a special touch to the design of her home.

Here is the after…

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What do you think?  A lot more welcoming, fresh and airy.

Lilly Cordeiro

Elle Cee Design

 

Gallery Walls

Hi Everyone, i hope you are having a great week 🙂

A few weeks ago I started to work on a family gallery wall for my moms house.  She had a perfect area in her hall way that was bare and tons of family photos with no place for them.  There are lots of options and styling when it comes to gallery walls.  They can cover an entire wall not knowing where it began or it can be subtle, classic and symmetrical.  Frames on a wall don’t have to match, black, silver, wood, gold and painted frames of various shapes and sizes can all be beautifully added to the same wall.

My mom however,  wanted to keep it simple and classic to go with the style of her home.   What I like to do is pre mark my area of where my frames will be displayed.  Especially if someone is looking for a crisp clean look, this can be easily done with paper scissors and tape!

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You can play around with the layout and see what visually balances best.  From there you can plan out the size frames and photos you will be displaying.

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Once you have your photos printed, I like to arrange them on the floor and play with the layout again first before I start nailing holes in the walls.  Once you have an arrangement that you like and will fit nicely on your wall you can start placing them in the frames and begin displaying!

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And they’re up! To me there is nothing more important than family and I know my mom feels the same way.  She absolutely adores her family gallery wall.

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It was hard to capture on camera without the glare from the outside light.   The last frame on the right isn’t the right size we are still on the hunt for one, so that the last two at the bottom will be exact.   All we need now is to sand down her cherry wood credenza and re stain to update.  A little accessories and another great addition to Casa C Complete, that will have to be on  another posting 🙂

Hope you enjoyed!

Elle Cee Design

Lilly Cordeiro

Designer Feature

Hello Everyone I hope your week is going fantastic!! So this week I wanted to do a little Interior Designer Feature and to shine some light on a fabulous local designer from Cambridge, ON- Jodi Ball from JODI BALL DESIGN.  She truly is an inspiration and has the great gift and eye for design and decorating.

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I first met Jodi when she was working as a Mortgage Agent for Dominion Lending Centers in an office I used to work at.  When she started to work there she took over her space and did a total re decorating job on her in house office.  She had painters come in and brought in all her own office furniture and accessories, it was definitely the best looking office in the building!  From there on I had always heard that her house was absolutely stunning, but had never actually seen it and all the detailing she had put into it.  Jodi then began to realize that she may have a designer eye and huge gift for this industry.  She was even getting free samples in the mail of paint decks and materials.  If this wasn’t a sign she should be designing I don’t know what is.

Others started to take notice of her amazing gift and she was featured in “Our Homes Magazine”.  Jodi purchased an older century home with her husband DT Galt, and they revamped the entire home right down to the studs.  Expanded the size and value of the home with an addition on the back side of the house.   The colors she chose and exterior finishes are exquisite and very complimentary.  As soon as you step foot on her front porch you can already tell that this house will be stunning.  The gorgeous grand architectural features from large moldings, window casings and door trims.

The interior is truly decorated to a T, there isn’t one aspect that she has missed.  Any decorative material/surface you can think of to add into a home she has included.  From custom wall paneling, wainscoting, tray ceilings, Large Crown Moldings the list goes on.  I am so excited to share with you her beautiful home designed by her.  Of course the designer in her is now ready for a new project, and after all her hard work they have now decided that they want to sell and Renovate another home for her and her family.  The home is listed with my brother in law Cliff Rego and his team, you can follow him on FB or twitter @cliffregoteam MLS®#: 1492402 for more details.

Here is her house tour 🙂 Enjoy!

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I told you it was stunning 🙂  I hope you enjoyed this weeks blog posting.

Again such a great job by Jodi Ball Design, I wish her nothing but continued success with her business and new personal projects going forward.

 

ELLE CEE DESIGN

Lilly Cordeiro

 

 

Dining Rooms

With open concept homes being so popular and in demand you tend to see less and less of dining rooms.  However I do see the formal dining room coming back into floor plans and home designs.  This week I was looking into dining rooms and the furniture that goes with it.  These are some of my top inspiration looks that I loved.

1.  Cofferred Ceilings is all I see in this space, I am still so in love with this design feature.  What a difference it makes in a room.  The Wainscoting is also very complimenting, it completes the materials and surfaces design aspect.  As for décor, Window treatments frame the windows nicely.  I love the symmetrical wooden framed art work. The soft blue paint on the walls compliment the wooden textures in this space very well.

2. MDF Paneling I did something similar to this in my design office at work, the substance it adds to the room is great.  The deep blue is very on trend at the moment.  I love the combination of the dark wall and the light wallpaper and chair upholstery.   The contrast black console with metallic art and different shades of blue in accessories.  The only thing I see wrong with this space is the area rug under the dining table it doesn’t seem to be the right size.  When placing an area rug under a dining table you need to make sure you include some chair room.  Measure the top of the table and add 24-30 inches to each side so you have room to easily pull out and push in a chair while sitting in it. It’s really a hassle if the dining room rug is not large enough and the back legs of your chair keep going over the edge of the rug.

3. Light and Airy, the built in woodworking, trim and moldings are stunning.  I love how this designer kept everything very light when it came to the paint and the cabinetry.  Even though this space has dated parquet flooring by lightening everything up it really compliments the floors well.  Lighter flooring is definitely on trend as well and hey anything that will show less dust or pet hair I am all for!  My Favorite part of this room is the vintage crystal chandelier, it compliments the rustic wooden table perfectly. This room is right in my element and my favorite look.

4.  For a more contemporary look this room was great.  Everything is very minimal, bright, light, sleek with straight lines.   The perfectly placed framed art work covers the entire wall, which I liked a bit different then just placing a mirror or a large piece or framed art.   I love the random pops of color in this space.  The one red chair and the bright yellow console, its unexpected yet works.  The inspirational piece being the multi color art on the fireplace mantel.  I am not a fan of the one chair that is placed by the console table underneath the window.  There is no purpose for it, I would’ve preferred to see a plant there or kept it bare.

I hope you enjoyed these dining room looks, they can so easily be re created with some creativity and imagination.  Mixing of Materials and Surfaces with the simple Rules and Principles of Design.
Lilly Cordeiro
LC Designs

 

Shopping for Sofas

Sofa Shopping Where to Start?

 

Happy Friday Everyone!! Shopping for a sofa can be such a bore, there are so many options that it can be difficult at times finding the perfect one for you. Its just such a statement piece that it needs to be comfortable but yet still stylish as it takes up so much real estate.   How do you know what to choose? Right now, I’ve been eyeing a few gray tufted and upholstered sofas for myself.  These were some of my inspirations.

Comfy, Casual and still stylish!

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Here are some great choices that you can find locally in K/W Area!

 

1. Balmoral Sofa

Found at CORNERSTONE on sale for $995.00

The huge pro about Cornerstone is that they accept custom orders.  All you have to do is choose your style and fabric!

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2. Clarendon Tufted Sofa – Moonrise Silver

Can be found at BOMBAY, On sale right now for $1199.00

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3. Kennedy Sofa – Eclipse Grey.  This one is a little more structured and lean.

Found At BOWRING for $795.00

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4. Denham – Mercury Sofa

Found at ASHLEY FURNITURE

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When shopping, you want to feel the fabric. Is it soft? Can it be cleaned easily? Does it go with the wall color? All of these are factors. Looking into these sofas, they are almost a can’t go wrong style. That’s what I love about gray, it has become a neutral and can almost go with anything, even brown!  Grey will definitely be my choice for sofas!

Lilly Cordeiro

LC DESIGNS

Living Room Reno- Casa C Project

                                  

Casa C Project

With my great passion for design and decorating, recently my mother decided that she wanted to re vamp her living room and test my designing.  To me I seen this as a great opportunity to start my interior design/decorating career.  Especially with her type of style being out of my comfort zone and not something I would normally do.   She wanted to start with laying out new hardwood flooring on the entire main floor minus the kitchen.  She had parquet flooring to begin with, a very orangey dated floor.  You may not know this but in my last semester we learned about materials and surfaces of the home.  Parquet flooring used to be very expensive and everyone wanted it in there homes, it used to be looked at as a luxury to have.  This however was a very, very long time ago so it  was time to update.

Here is a picture of the before picture of the flooring, now do you see what I mean about it being popular a very, very long time ago.  I knew just by updating the floors this would create a completely different feel to the entire home right away.  The after shot is hard to tell exactly the look.  We went with a medium/ dark linear Engineered Hardwood Floor.  The Color Scheme was to be very light, mainly ivory’s , champagnes, gold’s and greens.  Choosing a dark floor was the best option to contrast against the light furniture that we would be incorporating into the design.

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The main Piece that was my inspiration for this transformation was an upholstered statement chair that my mom did not want to get rid of.  So we worked with the chair as it was a a substantial piece to start this project off with. When it comes to interior decorating you always should have an inspiration piece whether it be artwork, furniture or a cased good.  It can be pretty cool seeing what you can come up with by starting off with one piece.

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Along the West wall of the living room a really dated media unit which darkened the room and made it very gloomy.   Keep in mind this room had already been updated with paint to a light ivory tint.  Before the paint, it was even darker a builders tan beige ( I forgot to take before pic of the paint: bad decorator move )  I decided to convince them that a built in unit would really open up the space if we built from floor to ceiling.  We managed to agree, I made up a quick sketch of a design.  We then had a meeting with our custom cabinetry maker, Mario.

I selected the color and the hardware that we would be using.   After a very long wait for our contact to get started on this project.  Before we knew it old dated media unit was out and new wall unit installation had begun.  As you can see in the photo below the fireplace was also a dated brick which kind of made the space gloomy.  I wanted to have it painted out however they refused and didn’t want to loose the look of the rustic texture.  We washed the brick down took away all the smoke stains as this used to be a wood burning fireplace before the gas one was installed.  Painted out the fireplace black, it used to have shiny gold trim.  That was as far as they were willing to go to change it.  In design you sometimes do have some bumps in the road with what you want and what your client wants, you need to be able to still make it work!

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The house was a crazy mess for what felt like forever.  With the installation of the new floors new baseboards and crown molding being installed.  It was dust central, covering the new couches were a must!

 

Throughout this design process we had multiple shopping trips to try and find the right pieces for the space.  A large area rug was her number one priority.  She wanted something large in scale and a statement in the room.  We made our way over to “Carpet One” on Victoria Street in Kitchener and found a beautiful Rug.  With this room being an awkward space with barely any wall space it was hard to create a proper seating area.  I wanted to tear down the cement hearth so we could fit a chair in beside the couch and in front of the window this also would have looked a lot better.  Again they did not want to loose that feature, so I had to work with it.

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With her style being classic with a touch of Victorian we found a beautiful coffee table.  Glass top with golden curved legs which wouldn’t add a lot of visual weight to the space.

From there it all came together.  I lost majority of my before photos with the old décor and old flooring and paint 😦 Which is very sad to me.  However you can still someone tell the difference a little paint and fresh colors and proper designing can do to a space.

The Before and the After Photos.  Now we still aren’t completely done, we are still waiting to find drapes for the windows, perfect pieces for the fireplace, a side table for the upholstered chair with accessories, a custom flower arrangement for the coffee table and two more pillows for the larger scale couch.  But I couldn’t wait anymore.   So here you go,  A Some-what complete transformation!

 

 

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Next I will show you how we transformed their dark and musky foyer entrance.  To a glamorous breath of fresh air with some wall paper, new lighting, slim console table and accessories.

 

Lilly Cordeiro

LC Designs

My Top 5 Favs of the Week! .4. 22.14

My Top 5 Fav’s!

1. Floral Prints- Spring time is here guys and I am loving it. I can finally start to wear less layers and can bring out some of my colorful clothes from hibernation. I’m especially loving floral prints right now.

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2. Quartz!  I am loving quartz countertops, even though they are relatively new vs marble or granite.  There are tons of colors to choose from and are visually stunning in any room.  It has the same durability as concrete or granite however can be a bit more forgiving so it wont chip or crack as easily.  Its a non porous material so it resists staining much better than granite.

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3. Strappy Heels- Such a fashion forward statement piece for spring.  Pair them with rolled up boyfriend jeans, belt and loose tee.  Or Dress them up with straight legged black pants, blouse and a blazer.

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4. I love this find I got for my bosses office, from Homesense.  I found it very fitting as he has been a custom home builder for 25 years.  It brought a little vintage feel into the office space.

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5. Penny Tile-  Also known as penny rounds a little throwback to the early 1900s.  They have come full circle to harmonize with nearly every style, from Victorian to bungalow, midcentury modern to contemporary.  Penny tiles can be used in several different areas , backsplashes, wall tile, accents, flooring in a washroom, columns and even fireplaces.  I think you will being to see a lot more if this product being used!

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My top 5 Favs! 04.15.14

This week I was inspired to talk about kitchens since I am looking into building a new home soon with my employer Sunlight Heritage Homes.  Inspiration is all around me and I thought I would take advantage and share it all with you.

Two tone kitchens have been popular for quite some time now. I particularily like to see a mix of materials used that are un expected and something that you wouldn’t normally see used for typical kitchen cabinetry.

 

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My first fav kitchen picture.. Where do I begin, from the glam glossy backsplash to the reclaimed wood island.  This kitchen has me all over it.  Mixing materials and styles is my favorite part about design.  The different textures add tons of character to this kitchen.

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Another reclaimed wood island, I think we may have a trend here for what I like in kitchens.  I love the soft grey upper and lower cabinetry with the chimney style range hood.  The Island has a country barn feel which I also admire.  The steel stools complete this look for me.

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The all white kitchen is definitely in my top 5 right now.  Very clean and fresh with the dark grey sleek quartz counter, don’t get me started on the partial integrated wood cutting board feature.  The A-frame dome type light fixtures add just enough shape to the space that it needs.

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Hello Raised Breakfast bar! I love that this designer used a different material and texture for the raised bar instead of keeping it uniform with the countertops.  This feature is stunning especially if you are tight for space its a great way to incorporate extra seating.

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I saved the best for last. I Loveeee this space, yes this photo deserves four e’s on the Love. The Brick accent wall, Black Chimney hood range, the light white wash wood paneled ceiling and darker Decorative Wooden beams.  The enormous island, this space is my favorite.  I especially like the two tone kitchen and how they have used two different counters for the kitchen and the island.

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I hope you enjoyed these kitchens as much as I did.  My head is just flowing with creative ideas and new features that I can incorporate into our future home.  Now we just need to decided what we want to go with for our design.  Either way I cant wait for that project to begin and to see what we end up coming up with.

 

Follow Sunlight Heritage Homes blog as well for tons of tips and ideas when it comes to your home.

http://sunlighthomes1.wordpress.com

 

Lilly Cordeiro

Lc Designs 🙂