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Renew your Christmas Wreaths

Renew and repurpose your old Christmas wreaths with these easy and fresh ideas for 8 various styles for the holiday season.  All of these wreaths were done for under $15 by reusing old ones found at thirft stores by adding the to eh base of the wreath and then using ornaments and Christmas decor to create a colour or decor theme. Hope you are inspired to reduce and resuse and Merry Christmas! 

Berry Wreath Before  Berries  Pine Cone Wreath After Jackie Morra Interiors

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Decor Tips to Create an Urban Living Space

 Urban Living Home By Jackie Morra at the Toronto National Home Show 

 

How do you make an urban small space feel bigger and more open with decor ?

I find that sometimes you have to be physically in the space to truly see the recommendations come to life. Firstly, the proper use of paint is essential, use similar tones in the wall colours and large furniture pieces to create a more subtle transition. It's also great to use more contemporary, light colours with different paint sheens and finishes, and murals like the one below of a concrete wall or barn board in the dining room, then use bolder colours and textures in the fabrics and accessories. Room layout is also a common issue, making sure furniture is to scale and traffic flow is optimized. Sometimes less is more, only have pieces of furniture that serve a purpose and preferably multifunctional. Minimalism is definitely underrated, reducing clutter and being organized is a necessity in smaller spaces. I also think proper lighting goes a long way, the space must be well lit to avoid dark corners which only makes the room appear smaller.  Start with something you love and build the space around it and if you dont love it live without it!  For more ideas on urban living spaces visit the 900 square foot condo layout I created for the National Home Show at http://www.jackiemorrainteriors.com/urban-living/urban-living-home-toronto

Urban Living Overview Living Space

   

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Top 10 Decorating & Design Questions

 

 I am not afraid to use color, but how can I appropriately use bold/bright hues without overwhelming people?

Start small with bold colours trying one accent wall or even a few accessories such accent pillows, a lamp shade, a throw or artwork that has the bold colour in it. If you love the colour you will embrace wanting more of how it makes you feel. It is the emotional connection to the colour that is vital.

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Chalkboard Paint & Trends

 The Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint is a latex paint, tintable to any colour, that turns virtually any interior surface into a chalkboard. It is easy to apply, dries in a matter of hours to a durable eggshell finish, is easy to clean and fully washable. It also is formulated to minimize any lingering odours, making it ideal for a child's playroom, bedroom or even the kitchen as a message centre for shopping lists and household reminders.  

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10 Easy & Budget Friendly Decorating Tips

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Planning & Layout – Where do I start when decorating a space?

The best way to find inspiration is by gathering photos of spaces you love from décor magazines, websites and by visiting showrooms to see varying materials for texture, colour and styles. Once you have a simple plan of what your expectations are, it's time to start finalizing costs, material and timing of work. Being better informed and organized makes will make it easier to create the room's mood and style and aid in décor decisions. When renovating focus on one room or area at a time. It is easier to stay focused when making décor decisions that can be overwhelming and to stay within your planned budget. You should also keep in mind the vision and inspiration you want for the room which will help you keep focused on the overall look and feel. 

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