From the 1980s to Now: My Journey in Interior Design
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by Lori Steeves
6d ago
If your path has been anything like mine, you may have noticed that life does not always follow a straight line. Although design is exactly what I am meant to do, it took me a while to figure out that I was headed here. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, and when I really look, the seeds of design were always there, slumbering amidst the very fabric of my childhood… Early 1980s: Merging Design with Entrepreneurship Growing up in the 1970s and ‘80s, surrounded by East Coast charm, I had never heard of Interior Design, let alone considered it as a possible career path. My mother wove the first thre ..read more
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An Inside Look at Our North Vancouver Design Studio
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by Lori Steeves
1M ago
Our North Vancouver design studio is where team meetings ignite fresh ideas, client presentations come to life, and innovation seamlessly meets the artistry of home design. In essence, our studio is the heartbeat of Simply Home Decorating. While you probably expected these traits from a design studio, what might surprise you is that the office is connected to my own home. When faced with the uncertain fate of our former office building across the street, I knew I needed a more creative and long-term home for my business. My husband and I embarked on a major home renovation, adding on a legal ..read more
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Incorporating Antiques, Heirlooms & Vintage Treasures into Your Modern Home
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by Lori Steeves
2M ago
Treasures like an heirloom dining table steeped in the history of generations past, vintage artwork, or an array of collectible antiques are design delights for me. They infuse a home with distinct character and weave a rich tapestry of stories into a space, enriching it with meaning and a sense of history. Yet, without a balanced approach, vintage pieces can quickly result in spaces resembling a museum or a movie set from days gone by. The true artistry lies in seamlessly incorporating these cherished pieces into your home’s design while maintaining a fresh and modern ambiance. Here is how w ..read more
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Trade Day: Our Official Project Launch & Why You Will Love It
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by Lori Steeves
3M ago
Designing and renovating your home is a grand endeavour involving more experts than you can imagine. As the saying goes, it truly takes a village, especially when it comes to breathing life into beautiful and functional living spaces. Fortunately, we bring this village to your doorstep, all wrapped up in what we call Trade Day. Trade Day is the official action-packed kickoff of Phase 1 of our thoughtful design process. This is where the magic begins and where we assemble the essential puzzle pieces required to craft — and later execute — your personalized design concepts. Here are the benefit ..read more
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Traditional Dollarton Home: Embracing the Timeless Beauty of Heirlooms
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by Lori Steeves
4M ago
This traditional Dollarton home belongs to James and Lauren (names changed), an active semi-retired couple with three adult children. They have spent years building a life filled with adventure. The couple shares a passion for exploring the world, cherishing family moments, and hosting gatherings.  In their initial consultation, they expressed a desire to renovate the entire main floor of their home. Upon visiting, we could see exactly what they meant. Like many original homes in North Vancouver, the interior exhibited signs of its age: Before: Dollarton Traditional Home We encountered ..read more
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What Sets Us Apart as an Interior Design Studio
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by Lori Steeves
5M ago
In the dynamic, ever-changing world of interior design, where various business models and design approaches thrive, it is natural to ask: What sets Simply Home Decorating apart from the rest?  By this, I don’t mean “how are we better”, but rather what makes us different. After all, every designer has their own unique process, approach, and aesthetic — and the best results emerge when you find a designer with whom you genuinely align and connect. Over my 20+ years of leading Simply Home Decorating, this design studio has become an amalgamation of my personal values, experience, vision, an ..read more
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The PEI Home: Creating an Indulgent Experience (Part II)
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by Lori Steeves
6M ago
The second chapter of our PEI renovation story is as full of adventure as our first. In Part I, we shared the tale of Erin and Andrew’s serendipitous journey, from watching this Cape Cod-style home being built on the North Shore to their spur-of-the-moment purchase of the property decades later.  We then walked through the “social” spaces in their home, including their new living room, kitchen, butler’s pantry, dining room, home bar, and music room. Each is nature-inspired and blends Andrew’s West Coast modern style and Erin’s love for East Coast traditionalism. (If you missed it, I reco ..read more
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The PEI Home: East Coast Meets West Coast (Part 1)
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by Lori Steeves
8M ago
For Erin and Andrew, designing their PEI home was a dream decades in the making — and not just any home, but this one in particular. A native Islander, Erin grew up immersed in the natural beauty of Prince Edward Island’s North Shore. In her childhood bedroom, a poster of New London Bay and the dunes of Cavendish National Park graced her walls, all rich golds, vibrant greens, and deep blues. In the ‘90s, when she saw a home being built on the shoreline, she knew it had the same views and wondered who was lucky enough to call it their own. Fast forward almost two decades later, and Erin had ne ..read more
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What Gets Customized in a Professionally Designed Home?
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by Lori Steeves
10M ago
Most of our clients are shocked when they realize what goes into custom designing a single piece, and that goes double when they realize just how many pieces get customized throughout a project. To illustrate the depth of potential for your home, I thought I would take you into the creative process and share several inspiring custom pieces. But first… What is considered a “customized” piece? The most obvious example of a custom piece is when we design and build an item from scratch. We have done this for dining tables, built-in banquettes and millwork, window treatments, decorative pillows, a ..read more
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Larkhall Crescent: Creating Connection in a Spacious Kitchen & Family Room
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by Lori Steeves
11M ago
This beautiful North Vancouver home belongs to a nature-loving and health-conscious couple, Emma and Vince (names changed), their two young children, and their dog, Jasper. When they contacted us about renovating and furnishing their kitchen and family room, we walked in and saw a world of potential waiting to be uncovered.  Before: Larkhall Crescent Home Like many original North Vancouver homes, the interior was definitely dated. We encountered late ‘80s finishes in powder pink and teal green, old carpet, and a kitchen that wasn’t maximized to suit this family’s modern-day lifestyle. Ho ..read more
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