November 30, 2011

Edmonton Interior Decorator | Designer Spotlight | Mary McDonald


If you've ever watched the over-the-top Bravo series Million Dollar Decorators, you're familiar with the dynamo that is Mary McDonald. She's a very memorable character with equally memorable style. If I were to compare my design esthetic to anyone's, it would be Mary McDonald's. We share a fondness for: bold patterns, pops of colour, liberal use of black and white, combining different furniture styles, symmetry and elegance.

Take note of her signature touches including: chevron stripes, Greek key pattern, bolster pillows, Chinoiserie and glints of gold.

If this post left you wanting more, pick up one of Mary's most recent books.

November 28, 2011

Edmonton Interior Decorator | Holiday Decorating

One of the things I love most about the holidays is the extra touches people put into their homes. I'm a sucker for the lure or twinkling lights, flickering flames and inviting doors.

If you want to dress up your home for the holidays, chances are you've got everything on hand to create your own custom decorations. Below are some great sources of inspiration. Enjoy!


November 24, 2011

Edmonton Interior Decorator | Moodboard | Snow Leopard

The current weather inspired me to create this mood board around the creamy and cool tones of winter. Wouldn't you just love to curl up in that wingback chair with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate?


Want to shop this look?
Starburst Mirror - Crate & Barrel
Console Table - Occa Home
Wingback Chair - Home Decorator's Collection
Side Table - Target

November 22, 2011

Edmonton Interior Decorator | Design Services | Professional Help

Professional help: we can all use a little of it every now and then. This photo is a perfect example of a well designed room. Note: the soothing colour palette; judicious use of pattern; excellent size and placement of furniture; coordinated window treatments; appropriate use of materials; and tasteful finishing touches.

Source: via Rachel on Pinterest

There's things we can do on our own, and then there's times we must admit that we need professional help. However, not everyone is ready to admit they need assistance. Below is a frightful collection of design disasters. I warn you, what you are about to witness is not pretty...

Had these homeowners called Rachellabelle Interiors, these decorating tragedies could have been avoided. Are you ready for professional help?

November 15, 2011

Edmonton Interior Decorator | Green Design | Healthy Homes

We can all agree with Dorothy when she says, "There's no place like home." It's our refuge from the outside world and an environment that is perfectly tailored to the way we want to live. But, did you know that the air in your home is often 3-5 times more polluted than the air outside? In fact, it can even be up to 100 times more polluted, depending on the products and materials used within your four walls.

As an interior decorator, I must create designs for my clients that marry form with function. But, it is also imperative that I educate them on the impact some of their material and design choices will have on their health.

Did you know...

Carpet can be one of the most negative air quality factors in your home.

New carpet can be a source of chemical emissions. Carpet and the adhesives used in its installation emit volatile organic compounds. These chemicals may result in eye, nose and throat irritation; headaches; skin irritations; shortness of breath or cough; and even fatigue. Carpet can also act as a "sink" for chemical and biological pollutants including pesticides, dust mites, and fungi.

If you are looking to purchase new carpet, ask for lower emitting carpet, cushion, and adhesives. Before new carpet is installed, ask the retailer to unroll and air out the carpet in a clean, well-ventilated area. Opening doors and windows -- during and after installation -- will reduce exposure to most chemicals released from new carpet.

MDF is recognized as being the highest formaldehyde emitting pressed wood product.

Big box stores like Ikea, Home Depot and Walmart are filled with MDF furniture. The main allure of MDF is that it's light and affordable. Unfortunately, MDF products are also chock full of formaldehyde -- a known cause of asthma, and a possible carcinogen.

Formaldehyde products typically emit vapors for 7 to 8 years. However, the emissions are most detrimental during the year and the intensity gradually
eases up over the next 7 to 8 years.

Whether it be MDF, or real wood, consider buying your furniture second hand.

Vinegar kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of molds and 80% of viruses on contact.

You don't need an arsenal of expensive, chemical-laden, heavily scented and over packaged products to clean your home. Vinegar works as well on counter tops as it does on mirrors. Consider adding citrus zest to make your own pleasant, custom scent.

Potted plants aren't just pretty, they help to filter chemicals from the air.

Bringing in the "green" of plants will truly lead to a "greener" environment, in more ways than one. Houseplants can reduce components of indoor air pollution, even volatile organic compounds such as benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene. Plants also reduce airborne microbes and increase humidity. Click here to read the list of 10 plants recommended by NASA researchers.

I hope you put these tips to good use and to good health!

November 9, 2011

Edmonton Interior Decorator | Home Storage & Organization

I have two confessions to make. One, I am a neat freak. Two, I absolutely LOVE Pinterest. I have come across so many amazing ideas since using the site, particularly in the way of storage and organization. The solutions are so ingeniously simply, it leaves me scratching my head and saying, "Now, why didn't I think of that?" Here are some of my favourite finds:

November 8, 2011

Edmonton Interior Decorator | Decor Trend | Black and White Interiors

Black and white interiors are my absolute favourite because of their effortless elegance. Truth be told, I love all things black and white, from photographs to clothing. The colour combination lends itself equally well to traditional, modern and eclectic interiors. To keep this palette from being too stark, be sure to add some colour to your walls and a few colourful accents throughout the room.

Source: via Rachel on Pinterest


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