Painting with Grey

Is it just me or is this week flying by!

I am usually not much of a winter person. I dread it to be honest. This year feels different. I am embracing and enjoying what winter brings.

My girls are in ski school for the first time and it is such a proud parent moment to see them learn a new skill and how they beam afterwards so proud of themselves. I love it!

This week also started with a great surprise on the work front. I won Best of Houzz Design and Best of Houzz Customer Service Award. Really grateful for this and even though I try not to be validated by ‘outside’ things, it’s still pretty nice once in a while!

Okay, back to Decor Coaching. Today is one question I pretty much hear at every consultation. What colour should I paint? I really want grey.

I know, you really want grey. It’s a great neutral colour. I love grey. But as you know there are many shades and undertones to consider.

Here are a few tips to help you narrow down the choices.

If you like this video, I’d love it if you shared it with family and friends. My goal is to share and inspire and I appreciate your support.

Decor With Love, Karla

Lighting

Happy 2015 everyone! There is definitely something in the air for a great year. This year is the most I’ve heard people really setting themselves up to live the life they want. I love that.

Every year, for probably about the past 10 years, I have given a word to represent it. This year it’s Connection.

Now if you’re still reading and wondering what the heck this has to do with Design, it’s that my goal is have more ways I can connect and provide inspiration and value to you!

One of my favourite ways to connect is sharing some Decor Tips and Tricks. I personally know how it feels to go from a space that is ‘meh’ to a space that you love. You want to spend more time at home, you feel more relaxed and it gets your creative side going.

So I have created (and will continue) to create a series of videos with information I hope provides value to you. Please feel free to share these videos and email me with ideas you’d like me to discuss. Love to have your questions.

Today’s video is about lighting and how much lighting you need in a room. Would I scare you if I said about 7 sources of lighting for one room!? Find out more…

Decor With Love, Karla

Coffee Table Styling

I want to share some quick tips for styling your coffee table.

I have to admit, looking at mine right now covered in magazines and kids books it doesn’t always look the way I want but it’s an easy fix.

There are a few items you probably already have around your home that you can add to your coffee table to give it a finished look.

Thanks for watching and if you like this video, I’d love if you can share with those who also might find it helpful. My goal is for everyone to have a space they love!

Side Table Styling

What to do with that wacky wall?

Design should inspire and provide function. That being said, sometimes there is a wall or space that you’re not sure what to do with.

I see this a lot where there is a bare space and it can leave a room feeling a little lost. I had that happen in a project last year. There was a wall we could have left blank or put up a picture. All would have been fine, but instead I decided to add a console, mirror and baskets. The result: it’s functional, curated and adds warmth to the space.

Sometimes in a small space it can be scary to add too much furniture, but adding the right pieces can actually make a room feel larger than the alternative of leaving it blank.

I hope this little video inspires you to look at any lost spaces in your home and to get creative. Please let me know any changes you make. I’d love to hear!

My vision is for everyone to have a space they love with Inspired and Accessible Design.

Thanks for watching and if you like this video, please share with others and sign up for my newsletter at www.karladreyerdesign.com to receive weekly design coaching.

E-Decor

I want to share something very valuable I have learned in my business, and life.

Do you know your “why?”

Last summer I had lunch with a woman I adore and respect personally and professionally. One thing that really stuck with me from our conversation is when she asked why I do what I do.

I believe all of us know and especially as entrepreneurs there is a reason we are doing this but have you really thought about the why. Once you know everything changes.

So what’s my why? I have always been a creative person but didn’t always let that shine. About 5 years ago, I worked with a designer on my house and was inspired internally. I was inspired to create a home that represented my family and that we loved.

This sent me on a sort of quest you could say for Inspiration. I want everyone to get excited and create more love, creativity and inspiration in their life and in their home.
I envision a world where people are lit up and inspired with love. Your home is where love is. Where you relax, create, share and are most yourself.

Being clear on my Why led me to focus on E-Decor and create my new website.

Everyone deserves to have a space they love but it can be overwhelming to hire a designer. My program is the roadmap to create your dream space, giving you a completely curated room that can be implemented as time and budget allows.

#DecorWithLove is my mission. On my new website, I am offering free training videos and a monthly draw for a Skype consult.

I’d love to hear about your decor loves and challenges, favourite rooms and things you’d like me to share that would help you. Visit me on Facebook and Instagram and please share the rooms where meaning is created with the hashtag #DecorWithLove

Thanks for listening and watching!

Decor with love, Karla

Texture in your home

Okay, I’m trying something new my friends…video.

My vision is to inspire everyone to love their home. To have a place you feel more creative, relaxed and represents the true you! I hope that my video tips help you achieve that.

Today’s Vblog (so excited to use that term!) focuses on a few key items I like adding to any space to help it feel finished, warm and curated.

More tips to come and I’d love to hear back from you on things you’d like to see or how you have used some of this info to amp up your home

Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk!

I was having some ‘pillow talk’ with friends recently on how I believe we need to switch up our pillows and throws twice a year.

That’s my request, come on, just twice a year! So if you’re looking over at your couch right now and see some very summery looking pillows and throws, take them off and let’s replace with some texture. Think faux fur, mohair, velvet, knits and new colours.

Add a throw with more texture – think cozy. There are so many cost conscious pillows and blankets on the market right now.

I have a little video on how to simplify the ‘pillow process’ and how to style them.

My vision is for everyone to have a space they love with Inspired and Accessible Design.

Thanks for watching and if you like this, please share with others and feel free to email me with any questions I can answer on future videos.