How Interior Designers Choose Wallpaper
The Interior Design Journal | Melissa Hardwick
by melissa
1M ago
Are you starting an interior design project and want to polish it off with the perfect paper? Well, let’s begin with what room or space you are doing and how interior designers choose wallpaper. Entryways are a fabulous place to use statement paper! Interior Designers view FUNCTION, VIBE and AESTHETIC as important elements when choosing wallpaper. Do you want bright and fun, chill and relaxing or maybe you want inspired and elevated? How do you want the space to feel? Do you want to make a statement or do you want it to be part of the overall look and design? So many questions, right?! But i ..read more
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7 Tips to Get Your Home Fall Ready
The Interior Design Journal | Melissa Hardwick
by melissa
1M ago
Autumn vibes!  There is nothing quite like the transition time from Summer to Fall.  Definitely my favourite season, and for good reason.  Usually my garden is crying for some much needed rain, there are beautiful carpets of leaves to kick, puddles to jump in, the air becomes crisper, cooler and fresher, and the days open up like layers.   It’s time to get your home fall ready with me and these finishing touches will really elevate your space for Fall.   Let’s start with fall colours.  My favourite hues are burnt orange, deep burgundy and olive green.  Toss i ..read more
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Vintage Modern Home Office Aesthetic
The Interior Design Journal | Melissa Hardwick
by melissa
1M ago
Hi Guys!  The refresh of my Home office is complete, and I couldn’t be more excited to show you the results.  I have been working from home for ages, but we moved just over 2 ½ years ago, so it was time to put a stamp on my space.  And if you’re new here, welcome!  I went with a  vintage modern home office aesthetic.  It is my vibe, and this reveal will show you how I personalized my space overall.   Details First off, I started by changing the layout and flow of my space.  The previous layout had my desk facing the window, with my back to the door ..read more
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Thrifted Styling Staples
The Interior Design Journal | Melissa Hardwick
by melissa
1M ago
  Hi Guys!  I can’t believe I haven’t done this!  So, it’s long overdue to write this blog on how you can use Thrifted Styling Staples using Modern & Antiques.  The fact that I’ve been a thrifter for decades, and my love of vintage and antiques makes this combination a win-win in my books.     I guess I’ll just quickly say that I’m not really into the perfect.  I like things that look worn, used, and have some patina.  Also, I am not very matchy matchy.  So, what you’ll find here today, is a bit of the imperfect, thrifted things, and a mixt ..read more
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7 Ways to Add High Impact Architectural Elements to your Home
The Interior Design Journal | Melissa Hardwick
by melissa
1M ago
Hello lovelies!   I’m writing about about architectural elements you can add to your home.  Specifically,  why adding high impact architectural elements will be so dramatic and make your own spaces really pop! A fireplace, especially a fireplace with a mantle is not only a focal point in your room, it can also ground your space.  My own fireplace and mantle really set the tone for this parlour. My c. 1912 heritage craftsman. So, let’s look at high impact architectural elements you can add to your home!  They will definitely give your space more character, definit ..read more
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The Ultimate Guide to Curate and Style Your Living Room
The Interior Design Journal | Melissa Hardwick
by melissa
1M ago
I think we all know when a room has been beautifully curated and styled.  We admire rooms on our phones or when we’re watching t.v.  Do you secretly wonder can we do this ourselves?  The fact is, we can all do it.  To curate and style your living room, and beyond can be achieved and sustained.  It just takes practice.  Here are 13 Styling tips below that will help you create your own insta-ready living room, and one that’s a reflection of your own style.   Incorporate Texture More than ever, the numerous choices to incorporate texture are front and center in ..read more
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Musings and Reflections
The Interior Design Journal | Melissa Hardwick
by melissa
1M ago
2022 – Musings & Reflections…   I have finished my 5th year in business and I am so grateful for my journey thus far.  This past year has been my busiest and this brings me so much joy!  I truly feel honoured and humbled to be trusted with creating homes and home environments that bring my clients happiness, contentment and peace.  Doesn’t that sound good? Tools of the Trade Earlier this year I decided to do some ‘Behind The Scenes’ investment marketing.  I am pleased at the growth in my SEO & SEM, thanks to my team in Montreal for this!  I also have been ..read more
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Mixing Modern & Antiques
The Interior Design Journal | Melissa Hardwick
by melissa
1M ago
Old… but make it new! Mixing modern and antiques in interior design is on the rise!  Would it surprise you to know that the Pinterest algorithm shows a 530% increase?!  Crazy!  Even more stats show a 325% increase in antique room aesthetic, and vintage and eclectic interior design by a whopping 850%.  It is clear, we all love something old, and something new! source We moved a bit when I was younger.  My parents rented and our homes reflected the era, and eclectic tastes of the times.  I grew up with a mix of modern 70’s and 80’s coupled with antiques and vintage ..read more
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Effortless Holiday Entertaining
The Interior Design Journal | Melissa Hardwick
by melissa
1M ago
My seasonal scented candle is burning by my desk, and I can’t help but think about the upcoming holiday festivities and entertaining.  Have you been curating goodies through the year?  Maybe you’re a last minute kinda gal?  Well, there’s no doubt that creating effortless holiday entertaining takes some planning. So… here  are some of my tablescapes, a Dinner Party Menu and an Inspiration Board with resources of my favourites for the season.  Let’s Party!!   Easy Peasy Menu Please Set the Table   Do you remember being asked to ‘Set the Table’ when you were a ..read more
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Interior Designer or General Contractor… What’s the diff?
The Interior Design Journal | Melissa Hardwick
by melissa
1M ago
  The Differences between your Interior Designer and your Contractor   Are you considering building a new home or planning a major renovation?   Have you noticed that some Contractors/Builders provide Interior Design services?  Consider this… how Builders and Contractors claim to run their projects, and what interior design service they provide.   Then ask yourself, Interior Designer or General Contractor, what’s the diff? There are many professionals and trades involved in building a new home or planning a major renovation.  From Architects, to Interior De ..read more
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