Design Details Matter

Oh, hello 2017!

Let's take our minds away from your bitter cold January, and onto warmer thoughts about the brilliant design details of our interior spaces... 

There is nothing more exciting for us than finding innovative, and creative new ways to detail a space. Every project, large or small, presents us with an opportunity to take an exclusive approach to the design detailing within its scope. It could be anything from the design of custom kitchen cabinetry, to the intricacy of how differing materials meet... and everything in between!

Take, for example, this striking (and cozy - for those still warming up!) fireplace design we completed for, custom home builder, Dynasty Homes.  The composition of the four inch wood surround, intersecting with a floating asymmetrical wood hearth, creates a unique approach to the 'heart of the home'.  The material allocations, as well as the colour composition of its surroundings, gives the fireplace the drama it sooo deserves.  We can't get enough of this space!! Grab a coffee, curl up, and close your eyes...  Can you imagine sitting in front of this beauty?

Okay, I know what you're thinking... and YES, you can touch it!  This beautifully detailed banquet has parked itself at the Half Pints Brewing Co. Taproom, where we had the pleasure of being the design team (lucky us!!).  This panelling not only serves as a comfortable place to park yourself, but also adds that extra feature that is unique to this space. The layering of textures and colours gives it a subtle flare that enhances the ambience we set out to achieve.  The wood panelling design, along with the lighting sconces adds to the vibe that is reflected within all of the design details throughout the space. Go have a visit, and grab beer!! You'll be glad you did!

 So... We've had a coffee, enjoyed a beer...  What about grabbing a glass of wine to suit this Mid Century makeover? Detailing can be as subtle as the profile of a baseboard, or as perceptible and dramatic as colour blocking.  In this residential space, we design detailed the sh** (okay, settle down!).. we considered all of the minutiae!  From the clean and simple look of recessing the television into a bold, and black accent wall, to juxtaposing that wall with a neutral, but intricate wallpaper feature.  Don't get us started on the styling of this room... Hot!!

Who says a small space can't have BIG personality? This bathroom proves that!  With the freshness of the monochromatic material selections, the simplicity in the millwork design, as well as the thoughtful lighting selections, this space is bold and beautiful! The placement of fixtures, lighting, and materials are meticulously thought through to make the most impact, without being too fussy.  In this space... size doesn't matter!

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The Design Shop Girls


It's been established that the most involved, expensive and impactful renovations for the home is the kitchen. But, today bathrooms are considered a close second when it comes to investment, value and adding "personality power" to a home.

What do we mean by "personality power"? Let's discuss what a "theme" is (btw, we loathe that word!!). Regardless for the following - the term theme is more appropriate. Typically a theme is an idea supported by superficial elements (applique details - that tend to be more literal in nature), ie: a colourful seashell on the wall for an "aquatic" feeling space, complete with coordinating, towels, accessories and shower curtain (yikes!!). For a design to be impactful, the theme should just behave as an inspirational starting  place. 

Today, the relevance of the bathroom as a valuable space in the home has heightened. The bathroom is one of the few places in a home where one can find personal sanctuary, a space to collect, rejuvenate for the next day or contemplate days end. It is also a space when updated it adds substantial value to ones home.

All photos below were found on Pinterest...

The Vision - Before purchasing or selecting materials and fixtures, it's best to brainstorm the bigger picture; the full design vision (strategy). Form should follow function in this utilitarian space and the bathroom reno should allow for a variety of tasks to be performed. The bathroom must be multi-functional (bathing, showering, shaving, storage, putting on makeup, reading, etc, etc.).

Your Flooring – Nowadays, there is a plethora of price conscience options that can provide visual impact, so take time with this decision. Tile comes in so many textures, colours, format sizes, insert options, blah, blah -  it can be hard to choose (oh, and don't forget floor warming options!), Luxury vinyl tile, luxury vinyl blank, mini glass tile, concrete, etc are all looks that can be quite fab in your new bathroom space. 

The Vanity – There are really only three or four surfaces to design in this space, so we suggest making a statement with the vanity... it's often a prime focal point in bathrooms. Cabinets (vanity, storage, floating shelves) can be made in or a combination of any material imaginable- wood, glass, stainless steel, laminate, granite, quartz, lumicor, corian, melamine, and on and on... 

And then the Sinks – vessel sinks have been trendy to the "DIY-ers". These come in all shapes and sizes, a variety of materials (glass, stone, porcelain, and metals to name a few). Vessel sinks are functional, add visual interest... but note they CAN be a wee trickier to clean.  

Steamy Showers- multiple showerheads are all the rage! Sprays that massage or pulsating. Install multiples and play with their placement and height. But, don't forget, the more shower heads use "need", the larger the hot water tank required to support!. 

Aaaah, the Tub- Jetted tubs or ones with air massagers are a brilliant addition to the bathing experience! Many tubs can have the option of a heated liner, or speed pumps which are great when there are multiple users. Personalize it more... add a stereo system, TV or chromatherapy! 

La Toilette (or is that "Le"???) - check out the new modern and contemporary shapes rather than opting for a color. Consider automatic flush features, remote control bidets that feature a quick button flush on the wall - these help minimize water consumption!

Lighting - Space Jewellery! – Lighting fixtures are always at the forefront of design. Statements are being made everyday with a mixture of lighting sources. Don't forget about those multiple tasks that take place in this space! Lighting sources, value, etc. is imperative to functioning properly in the bathroom.

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The Design Shop Girls