Painting Ideas

Painting Ideas

Today’s tip is probably the most relatively inexpensive but impactful change your can make to you space….

PAINT!

No matter what furniture you buy, how well you accessorize and style, if you have the wrong colour on your walls — it won’t work.

Ideally, it’s a great idea to paint after you have chosen your furnishings but in most cases we paint before moving in. And in most cases, it’s some shade of beige.

Now, don’t panic, I know Christmas is coming, but this is something to think about as a New Year’s project.

In today’s Decor with Love TV I’ve given you some of my tips for painting, what you need to think about, what’s on trend and I’ve also got a freebie with my favourite colours to get you started.

Once you’ve had a chance to watch I’d love to hear what room you plan on painting in 2017?

If you have a ‘design dilemna’ just leave me a comment and I’d be happy to answer on a future video!

Read more about the NEW Decor With Love programs here.

Decor with Love,

Karla xo

Christmas Decor and DIY

Christmas Decor and DIY

I’m shaking things up this week coming to you on a Friday.

The reason why? I want to share a couple exciting things going on around here.

I’ve been listening and what I’m hearing is that you want a place where you can get feedback on your home. Get your questions answered, share ideas and be inspired.

I created just that FOR YOU! I now have a place where you can go for those random home decor questions, get ideas, find inspiration, share DIY’s and holiday specific ideas.

Welcome to the new Decor With Love Facebook Group!

It started just a few days ago and we already have an amazing group of decor seekers in the mix.

I’m going to be doing live Q&A’s, showing you some behind the scenes design work and we have some giveaway’s coming up.

You can join HERE and I look forward to seeing you there!

Reason number 2 is I’ve been a busy little elf the past few weeks prepping a house for a local Christmas event here in Vancouver.

Last week I was on City TV’s Breakfast Television sharing some holiday decor trends and easy ways to decorate your home for the holidays.

 

Once you’ve had a chance to watch I’d love to hear which is your favourite?

If you have a ‘design dilemna’ just leave me a comment I’d be happy to answer on a future video!

Read more about the NEW Decor With Love programs here.

Decor with Love,

Karla xo

How To Create A Gallery Wall

How To Create A Gallery Wall

Have you ever tried creating a Gallery Wall?

Maybe had good intentions, got started, and then somewhere along the way gave up? I have.

I would say almost every client I’ve worked with wants a gallery wall somewhere in their house.

It might be behind the couch, in a hallway, bedroom. We have all these photos saved on our computers now and I think there is a need to see what and who we love.

And a common question I get is “are they still on trend?” The answer — always! Displaying photos in a curated way never goes out of style.

So, with that being said, you know I love breaking things down in easy tangible ways, so in today’s Decor With Love TV I’m showing you 3 of my favourite ways to create an EASY Gallery Wall!

Once you’ve had a chance to watch I’d love to hear which is your favourite?

If you have a ‘design dilemna’ just leave a comment below and I’d be happy to answer it on a future video!

Read more about the NEW Decor With Love programs here.

Decor with Love,

Karla xo

How To Design Your Small Office

How To Design Your Small Office

Do you have a space in your home that you’d like to make into an office, but it’s a bit of an unconventional spot?

This is really common right now.

Even if we have an extra room, we may not want to devote it to an office. This means more people are creating office spaces in their kitchens, bedrooms, solarium and even hallways.

But since it’s in a place for all to see — how do we make it look good and still function well?

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

In today’s Decor With Love TV I’ll show you a super small office I designed that is attached to the client’s bedroom.

I’d love to hear from you! Do you plan on creating a small space office and what tip from this video might you use?

If you have a ‘design dilemna’ just leave me a comment I’d be happy to answer on a future video!

Read more about the NEW Decor With Love programs here.

Decor with Love,

Karla xo

How To Layout Your Furniture

How To Layout Your Furniture

I can’t believe we’re already in November.

This is one of the best times to make some changes to your home before all the holiday craziness begins.

One of the easiest and biggest changes you can make to your space is to mix up your room layout using your existing furniture. But most of us are at a loss on what to do.

I was at the Vancouver Design Show last week, answering design questions and the most common question I got was about how to arrange a living/family room.

Here are the 6 steps I use when planning the layout of a living room and it makes it such a breeze.

Whether you are starting fresh or using existing furniture this video will hopefully inspire you to move a few things around this weekend.

I’d love to hear from you! What step from this video do you plan to implement in your home?

If you have a ‘design dilemna’ please leave me a comment and I’d be happy to answer it on a future video!

Read more about the NEW Decor With Love programs here.

Decor with Love,

Karla xo

Halloween Pumpkin Design

Halloween Pumpkin Design

I feel like more and more I’m starting to share all my ‘secrets’ on this newsletter. And don’t judge me but I’ve never loved Halloween.

I know, I know. I think it’s because here in Vancouver it’s usually dark, cold and rainy every year I went out trick or treating as a kid.

But now that I’m a mom, I’ve got to step up my Halloween game. And I can step it up in the decor department.

I say forget the pumpkin carving. So messy and hard to do with young kids. What I think is a better idea and personally more fun is to decorate your pumpkin.

I had so much fun with my kids decorating 4 different pumpkins this year using paint, thumb tacks, craft supplies and tissue paper.

I always have a blast sharing my tips and tricks with the City TV Breakfast Television family.

You can click here to catch the full segment and get inspired for some last minute Halloween ideas!

I’d love to hear from you! What is your favourite way to decorate pumpkins for Halloween?

If you have a ‘design dilemna’ just hit reply and I’d be happy to answer on a future video!

Read more about the NEW Decor With Love programs here.

Decor with Love,

Karla xo

How To Decorate With Wallpaper

How To Decorate With Wallpaper

I have to admit, I’ve always loved it, but I’m moving over to the obsessed spectrum lately as I’ve seen it completely TRANSFORM rooms!

That being said, it’s probably one of the top things most of us fear doing to our homes. 

We feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.

I don’t know where to put it?

How do I actually get it on the wall?

What if I change my mind and want to take it down?

Is it really expensive?

Is it just a trend?

I can relate to all of these questions and honestly kinda felt this way myself. But, recently, I noticed I’m using wallpaper in pretty much every project.

This is what I now know. Wallpaper adds so much impact, depth and personality to your space.

In today’s video I’m going to share what I’ve learned about wallpaper and answer some of your questions.

I’d love to hear from you? Have you use wallpaper and if not, what’s stopping you?

If you have a ‘design dilemna’ just hit reply and I’d be happy to answer on a future video!

Also, I’m taking 1 more Design Project for 2016 so if you’ve been on the fence, make sure to email me. You can read more about the NEW Decor With Love programs here.

Decor with Love,

Karla xo

 

Room Design For Your Small Space

Room Design For Your Small Space

 

Have you ever struggled with the layout of your living room?

Is the couch too big, what kind of coffee table should I get, do I need a rug?

I have a little story for you…

In between having my first and second daughter we moved from our Vancouver home to the suburbs. We were in search of a larger home and to be closer to family.

The problem was we missed city life so much. The other problem was we were now living in a 4,100 square foot home and moving back to Vancouver meant shaving off about 3,000 square feet!

But, we did it. I remember the first night we slept in our Vancouver home and waking up in a panic about how this small space was going to work for us.

Well, over 3 years later, I’m not going to lie — I would love a little more space but I’m amazed at how if you design smartly, you can make even the tiniest of spaces feel open, fresh and functional.

I have a few ‘tricks’ I used on my own space and continue to use with client’s homes that I want to share with you.

Even if you don’t have a small space, these design principles can  work anywhere!

I’d love to hear from you? What is the one tip you might incorporate into your space?

If you have a ‘design dilemna’ just hit reply and I’d be happy to answer on a future video!

Also, I’m taking 1 more Design Project for 2016 so if you’ve been on the fence, make sure to email me. You can read more about the NEW Decor With Love programs here.

Decor with Love,

Karla xo

Thanksgiving Table Decorating

Thanksgiving Table Decorating

I have a confession to make to all of you.

I don’t like hosting large dinner parties and to be honest the whole thought of it stresses me out!

Now, I’ve tried, I really have. I felt like that’s what ‘everyone’ did and especially when you have a family. But nope, still don’t like it.

I think the older we get we accept more of who we are, let go of who we are not, and that’s a good thing in my books.

So while I may not be a domestic goddess around the kitchen these days, I have other talents.

What I can do is make your table look pretty darn amazing. And what I’m most proud of is I can do this with things you have around the home and not breaking the bank.

I mean who needs to be buying all new supplies for every holiday dinner party?

Today’s video I’m breaking down my Top 6 Tips to a Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape.

I also just shared these tips on City TV’s Breakfast Television this morning and threw in a few fun DIY’s too.

Click here for some easy ideas that I hope inspire you and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!

Let me know your favourite ways to decorate for the holidays?

Also, I’m taking 1 more Design Project for 2016 so if you’ve been on the fence, make sure to email me. You can read more about the NEW Decor With Love programs here.

Decor with Love,

Karla xo

 

Bedroom Design Ideas

Bedroom Design Ideas

#DecorWithLove TV is BACK!

If you want to truly LOVE where you live, then stay tuned because every Thursday I’m sending you my best tips to inspire easy changes you can make in your home. 

And, I’m starting us off with the room that always gets left to last. You know the space I’m talking about. You hopefully spend about  8 hours a day there but do you love it? Yes, we’re chatting about your BEDROOM!

And don’t worry, you are not alone. The undone master bedroom happens to us all (me included). Even if we love decorating, this room seems to get the smallest budget, time and attention.

Sound familiar?

Really, there are a few key things you need to do to make your bedroom feel finished and beautiful.

I’m excited to show you a few easy steps on how to create a beautiful master bedroom!

I was lucky enough to film this one in bedroom that was featured in Style At Home magazine this past summer.

If you think your friends or family would find this video helpful, I’d love if you’d forward on this email so they can be part of our #DecorWithLove Community!

Let me know if you plan on making any changes to your bedroom and which tip inspired you the most.

Also, I’m taking on only a couple more Design Projects for 2016 so if you’ve been on the fence, make sure to email me. You can read more about the NEW Decor With Love programs here.

Decor with Love,

Karla xo