Gallery Walls

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

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 ūüôā

Hope you enjoyed!

Elle Cee Design

Lilly Cordeiro

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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¬ģ#:¬†1492402¬†for more details.

Here is her house tour ūüôā Enjoy!

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I told you it was stunning ūüôā¬† 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‚Äôs 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

 

Living Room Reno- Casa C Project

                                  

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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 d√©cor and old flooring and paint¬†ūüė¶ 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