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Exteriors

Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or have a place in the country, the exterior of your house is the first thing people see (curb appeal is no joke!).  The exterior of your home can also be an opportunity to showcase your own personal style before you even cross the threshold of your front door.

In Kamloops we have a wide variety of areas, each with their own set of individual characteristics. And while individuality is something to often be embraced; having your home stick out like a sore thumb is not always the best course of action.  Finding harmony between one’s own personal style and the feel of your particular neighborhood can often feel like a Herculean task.

We’re here to help!!

When considering an exterior renovation or face lift, the first thing most of us think of is siding…whether that be cement board, stucco, wood, steel, or even a combination of materials, the possibilities are endless!

In Kamloops (particularly for new builds and renovations) cement board is likely the most common product chosen for exteriors.  This is likely due to many factors: it’s relatively inexpensive, it’s durable (which is great for our cold winters and hot Kamloops summers), it comes in many different colours, and also many different cladding options (ie lap siding, vertical siding, board and batten, and shakes are all available).  You can also choose a combination of cladding options or mix and match your colours.

Scroll down for more and for links to product pages……………

Stucco can also be a great option as is pictured below; it also comes is a multitude of colours and generally gives a more modern feel with its clean lines.

Wood can be used for an exterior design in a multitude of ways; you’ll often see wood as an accent in trims and beam work or more completely like you would see in a timber frame home or log home.  Wood siding can be more high maintenance than something like cement board but the warmth of natural wood is something that cannot be duplicated.

Steel siding (as you see from the pictures) is not just for a shop or storage shed anymore.  In fact, it can offer an extremely durable and modern feel to your home!

Accents of stone or brick are also an important aspect of your home’s exterior to consider.  In fact, a lot of new subdivisions require a certain percentage of rock or brick to be part of your exterior design.  Below you’ll find some great examples of brick and stone work.

Some of our favorite brands to work with:

James Hardie Products

Steel Siding and Roofs

Rock and Stone

Paint and Stain Ideas

Summer Catch Up

This summer has been off to an AMAZING start! I have been working on so many really awesome projects and I can’t wait to show some finished work this fall.

Side note on that….my girl Karen Bohn WATCH HER HERE: Bohnafide had a great post not too long ago about people asking for before and after’s and project updates and why she takes so long doing them. I wanted to blast that everywhere! Projects take a LONG TIME, and The Edit service is a start to finish…from consulting at the start, site visits, managing the project start to finish, client meetings, to furnishing and decorating an entire space the average time frame is about 12-16 months! Now, I can tell you people do not “like” or become engaged by seeing photo’s of construction sites….and that is not what I want them to see when they come to the website. SO I do post a lot in my stories about the day to days of interior design but I endeavor to shoot my projects when they are 110% DONE. So patience is a virtue people! Also professional photography is expensive, not gonna lie- it’s WELL worth the investment- but if I am shooting a project you better believe I want it as completed AS possible.

NEXT UP: The Edit is growing! I have TWO amazing,talented rockstars starting with me and I am over the moon to expand this business to serve our clients with the absolute best Interior Design work and Personal Styling. I began this business knowing that I wanted a small army of talented, strong and creative women( 3 actually) so we can work together to create a business and lifestyle brand making peoples lives better and be a part of bringing fantastic properties to the real estate market.

So that said: Write down your plans. Work at them everyday. Always, always have fun.

Spring Has Sprung

The last month has been unbelievably busy and I have been having a heck of a time keeping up with blogging and updating my site!

Both Kamloops and Revelstoke are keeping me busy with projects and I have been meeting so many great people creating beautiful spaces. Here are a few snap shots and words from the last little while…………….

Far & Wide FREE Consult Day

Saturday March 2nd I was in store at Far & Wide, Kamloop’s most awesome, well curated shop located at 167 4th Street. I offered pre-booked FREE design consults, met with any walk in’s who had design questions, served up some Cocoa Dot Cupcakes and Prosecco. YUM! The ladies & owner/operators Callie and Brianne also revealed new retail space and some amazing new products. I encourage you to visit their website too, to sign up for their wellness series or any host of great events they host at the store. Their brand and everything they bring to the table in terms of customer service & care is NEXT LEVEL!

We had an amazing day, here are a few shots from the day!

Shop Far & Wide Online HERE

Order your custom Cake or Cupcakes HERE

Play by Play of my Day to Day

Usually things tend to slow down over the holidays and new year, but just like the rest of 2018- this year was unpredictably busy! I had high hopes of coming home from a fabulous vacation and having December and January to business plan, take some courses and quite frankly kick back a bit after a super busy season. Didn’t happen! Here is a little bit of just what the heck it is I get up to, there is no typical day in Interior Design- some days I am zipping around to sites, scouring local sources to pull samples, visiting clients for initial consultations, meeting with trades, scheming up design elements to set my clients home apart, budget reviewing, styling decor and usually a bit of actual design time.

There is A LOT of behind the scene’s work to grow my business and ensure that I don’t miss the mark in providing service that people need. Read the captions for a play by play on my day to day!

Family Fun

Family Fun

This was a fun project for my friend’s the Doherty’s! They have a newer home in Aberdeen with a huge rec space downstairs that just wasn’t being utilized, and now that they are about to add a new bundle of joy, it was time to get the space cozied up!

The basics: The room has amazing wallpaper! Obvi that had to be kept- and it formed a great basis of color to pull from for the room. We decided to tie in greys,whites and warm wood tones. This is always a good strategy in a room that might not get the most light- it keeps things chic but adds a bit of life since wood tones read as “natural”

We kept the existing media hutch but added 2 wall mounted Ikea Besta units and wall mounted the TV. Cords still need to be hidden-!Since the couch is large, and dark, adding some pillows in a variety of textures and patterns was important, we tied in a large PLAY sign, from the great folks at Ginger and the Huth from Esty, added a cubby shelf for storage and popped in 6 HUDDA baskets from Ikea- perfect for a little dude who loves cars!

The coffee table is a great fit for the space- the wood top has a nice warmth to it and the black open design keeps it nice and light while showing off the great area rug! We have a great kid friendly pouf too…with alphabet letters but it ended up being back ordered soooooo it is not pictured here.

Mom and Dad should have easy access to the wine fridge so we moved it to the far side of the room- creating a little adult section AND creating a space where things can be hidden from view should the toddlers get a little cray down there! Mom received the handmade “to the moon” art work and instead of hiding it away we mounted it on the media wall next to the cozy corner fireplace.

This room came together nicely and with a keen eye to keep the budget friendly to allow for a luxe nursery update. We also did a quick entry way update too you will see in the pics. Thanks for having me Doherty’s, and to Fynn for the big hug!

Fire it Up

Fire it Up

It might seem kooky to do a blog on fireplaces RIGHT when everyone is turning them off-finally! and we hit our hot months, but a lot of you are making the best of the weather for your renovations or it’s GO time for new construction. So with that said I have been planning and scheming for a few clients these past few weeks on fireplaces so I thought I would share my inspo’s and what is trending.

Traditionally the fireplace served as the heart of the home, after all it was the main source of heat for most folks! Currently most homes have gas or electric making the design aspect much more fun! The fireplace serves as heat yes, but as a focal point, ambiance setter, and as art in today’s modern homes.

If you are shopping for a new gas fireplace make sure you:

#1. Buy one that is rated excellent by the EnerGuide- that way you won’t be stressing over your gas bill and can feel ok about having it on as much as you want

#2. Ask for/Buy a remote control. Nothing sends me over the edge more than having to switch the fireplace on or off from the front plate of the fireplace. Especially if you are a couch napper or blanket co-cooner everytime you have to leave your nest this will irk you too!

#3 Always us a professional for adding a gas fireplace in your home

#4 The BTU # is the number tha

t will tell you how much heat your place’ will kick out in your space. So if you have a larger room to heat make sure you get a fireplace with enough juice to the the job done.

Take a peak at what is trending………and read my notes on why and what is working:)

S C A L E

S C A L E

Finally a scale we need not be afraid of! teehee. This is the second of my 7 part “Principal of Design” blogs to help you create your own inspired space.

Scale or proportion in design is the relationship between objects with respect to size, number and relation between parts of a whole.

Experience designers will tell you that this principal of design is THE most important. The Roman’s and many great civilizations built their masterpieces around the scale of 1.618. There is something in human DNA that prefers this scale- CRAZY! So to say your too small side table or oversize plant just bothers you…..is science people!!

Here are my tips to keep your eyes on the proportions in your home:)

Principles of Design

Principles of Design

Part of my mission statement with The Edit is to help you create a home you love and help you to be inspired to play around, try things and change it up as you need and to help you do that by sharing tips and knowledge on exactly HOW to do that.

There are 7 Principles of Design: Contrast, Emphasis, Pattern, Balance, Proportion or Scale, Harmony and Rhythm/Movement.

This week’s blog is about Contrast. Contrast is the juxtaposition of different elements of design such as rough and smooth textures, dark and light- in order to highlight their differences to create visual interest or a focal point.

A picture really is worth a 1000 words so peek through at examples of designing with contrast in mind…. take a look!

Pattern Positive!

Pattern Positive!

Most of us learned about patterns in elementary school! Long before we had to worry about owning or renting our own home and introducing pattern to make our  home look #fantastic.

The 2  B I G G E S T misconceptions about pattern is that 1.)it is impractical and will go out of style fast or 2.) It is too bold or too much of statement. To this I say hellnah!

Pattern Positives: 

  1. They create visual interest & are a great way to introduce color schemes into your design.
  2. If you vary the scale(size) of your patterns you can make the space feel bigger or smaller or more formal or relaxed
  3. You can create distinct “areas” in your home if you have an open floor plan

TIPS:

1.Make sure the patterns you select are different from each other. Ie not small dots and big dots

2.Ensure that your patterns have a least 1-2 colors in common

3. Choose patterns in proportion to your room. Ie Big room=Big prints!

4. Keep an eye on texture Ie: a satin pillow next to a rattan one might make your room feel a little cray! If you really can’t step out of your comfort zone focus more on the texture of the patterns and keep the colors solid.

Money Saver: If buying throw pillows make sure the cases are removable. Best for cleaning and when you want to update the fabric you don’t need to replace the whole pillow. Even better yet look for fabric sales and sew your own! Or in my case kindly ask family members to sew them for you!

Inserting link here to this amazing Canadian company for fabric. Ordering custom fabrics can be cost effective it is not just for rich folks!memo fabrics

I am adding photos here of pattern mixing done right and some patterns that are on the up and up for 2018.