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Hello again! It’s Ania and I’m back for another instalment of #AniasBabyNursery. I’m currently in my third trimester at 31 weeks. Like whaaaat?! Where did the time go?! The nursery is coming along nicely, the crib is in place and our dresser is waiting in its box in the garage for my husband Michael to assemble (Michael, if you’re reading this, it’s a hint). Baby’s room is painted and her closet is organized with all her teeny tiny clothes. I wanted to share an update on my final selections and how the nursery space is coming together.

The very first item I selected for the nursery was chosen before we even found out baby R was a girl. Michael and I were strolling around West Coast Kids and I spotted the black Jenny Lind crib. Those of you who know me well, know I love black, so naturally, I had to have it – boy or girl. 

Although I do love the look of a soft and girly blush nursery, once we purchased the bed I knew the nursey would develop into a slightly more edgy and dramatic space – which if I’m being honest with myself, is much more my style. With the first piece of the puzzle in place, I dug out my original inspo, the ‘Little Women’ book and was struck with an instant “a-HA” moment. Taking a cue from the moody colours and feminine floral pattern of the cover, I planned to take the same approach to the nursery space. My plan was to marry soft girly blush tones with more moody elements – in other words, I was going to have my cake and eat it too! (and I love my cake!)

From there I set out on the hunt for the perfect wallpaper. After much consideration, I eventually landed on a green leafy-floral one from Etsy! I love the oversized scale of the floral print and let’s face it, the colours are dead perfect. I only planned to wallpaper one wall, so for the rest of the walls in the room, I needed a colour that was feminine but not too cutesy. I had been saving a sample of Benjamin Moore’s Charmeuse in my drawer at work for months and when the sample of the wallpaper arrived, it ended up being the perfect hue to tie everything together (#winning).

 

After much consideration on the dresser/change table, I landed on the ever famous IKEA Hemnes. It comes in 3 colour options, has lots of storage, and can be easily customized with different knobs. I chose the black-brown colour to balance out the black crib and now I’m on the hunt for some quirky vintage knobs. Once I have those, voila! Fin.  

The light fixture was my biggest obstacle, not because it was hard to select but because I had to convince my husband that the circa 2009 builder-grade fixture we currently had needed a refresh. I wanted to install something that was timeless and feminine, something that Baby R can grow with. The ladies at In House knew I had my eye on this beaded fixture so they gifted me a gift card to purchase it at my baby shower! Now that it has been installed even the hubs admitted it looks great!

Regarding the nursery window treatments –  I’m still on the fence on whether I want to do full drapery panels with a cute trim detail (think pom-poms or fringe) or a shade of some sort. I think once the nursery is laid out I’ll have a better idea of what the window needs. I am still looking for the perfect nursing chair and hoping to find something with a timeless silhouette that we can still use once we no longer need a nursing chair.

Michael and I are now officially in the “final countdown” to Baby R’s arrival! I plan to spend the next 6 weeks putting the finishing touches on the nursery space, curating R’s closet with the cutest outfits and enjoying the last few moments of being a family of two with Michael! Thanks for following along! 

XXO – Ania
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Reena Sotropa In House Design Group is Hiring

Our Calgary based team is known for casually elegant interiors that effortlessly blend classic elements with youthful energy. Our team is a mix of fun personalities all with a fierce passion for interiors. We’re looking for an energetic and outgoing Junior/Intermediate designer to join us for a one year contract term! The successful candidate for this position will work closely with our design team from concept to completion of various design projects, with an employment start day in early July 2019.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design
  • Amazing verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong understanding of Creative Adobe Suite applications, SketchUP, Microsoft Office and AutoCAD 2018
  • Familiarity with Alberta Building code
  • Ability to prioritize in a fast paced work environment
  • Strong organization and time management skills

If you are hardworking, highly organized, detail oriented, and a go-getter , you just might be who we’ve been looking for! Please send your resume and cover letter to reena@reenasotropa.ca no later than June 18th, 2019. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

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We’re back with another Property Brothers (& In House Sisters) update! Last July our team was invited to collaborate with Drew and Jonathan of Property Brothers on their recent series shot in our hometown of Calgary, Alberta. You can check out more details on the collaboration here, and our initial sneak-peeks here. The Calgary season started on the American HGTV network last month, and the episode that we helped out with aired last week! For all of our Canadian friends, keep your eye on the Corus HGTV press release site for upcoming air dates! This week, we’re here to share the dramatic before and after master suite transformation of this inner city Calgary home!

FLOOR PLAN: Before & After

 
BEFORE
 
AFTER

BEFORE
 
AFTER

Follow us on Pinterest and Instagram for a peek behind the scenes.

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For some, clutter and chaos might be choice words that come to mind when you think “laundry room”. However with the right approach these multifunctional and hard-working spaces can also be beautiful and organized! With over 15 years of designing laundry rooms under our belt we’ve rounded up a few tips and tricks to help you reclaim your laundry room (and maybe even enjoy it again):

COUNTER SPACE

We would argue that counter space is one of the most valuable assets of a laundry room. Select a durable counter surface material such as quartz for your laundry room, and wherever you can, maximize the amount of counter surface throughout.

STORAGE

Built-in millwork helps you hide away any clutter keeping your space clean and organized. Pro Tip: Store laundry baskets in open ‘cubbies’ to provide easy access for the whole family.

LAUNDRY ROOM SINK

Don’t skimp on your sink! While it may seem like a good place to save a bit of your budget with a smaller sink, we would argue that a laundry room sink it the hardest working sink in a home. From watering your plants to bathing your four legged friend, choosing a larger and more durable sink will certainly come in handy in your laundry space!

DUAL MACHINES

The trend of doubling up your washers and dryers is one that we are definitely on board with! Time efficiency is the goal in this situation. You’re able to get through twice the amount of laundry in the same time which means more time for you.

Reena Sotropa In House Design Group is a Calgary Interior Design Firm specializing in residential design and creative charm. Are you following along with us on Pinterest? Come pin with us!

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This week on the blog we are revisiting our #IHAspenRidgeLoft murphy bed project! This has been one of the most popular projects that we’ve had the pleasure of working on. So popular, in fact, that people reach out to us with questions about it almost every other week! This murphy bed has had articles written about it in seven different languages in publications worldwide (you’d think it was a Kardashian…)!

This project was completed in 2014 by Reena and Alanna. Our clients were downsizing from their estate home and moving into an inner city townhouse loft. They wanted to make sure that every room in the house had a purpose and would be visited regularly. Together, we decided to create a space that could double as both an exercise room and a guest bedroom.

Since we have had such a continued interest in the details of this particular design, we thought that we would share a few FAQ’s with you:

 
Q&A Where can I buy this murphy bed millwork?

A: All the millwork you see in this space, including the murphy bed wall and window bench, were custom made for this space by our talented millworker, Peppertree Studio. So in other words, this is not a prefab product that is for sale.

How do you pull the murphy bed down from the wall?

A: The frame of the mirror bevels off of the wall to create a 2.5″ deep “handle” to pull the bed down.

Where can I buy this mirror?

A: This mirror was custom made specifically for this application by our friends James at Corner Framing Studio here in Calgary.

Is the mirror tempered?

A: Yes! The glass of the mirror is tempered.

What size of bed is this?

A: This is a queen size bed.

Where is this wallpaper from?

A: The wallpaper is from Trove!

 

We hope this helped to answer all of your burning questions! Don’t miss a beat. Follow along with us on Instagram to keep up with our new and exciting projects. 

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We’re back with a Property Brothers (& In House Sisters) update! As you may recall, last July our team was invited to collaborate with Drew and Jonathan of Property Brothers on their recent series shot in our hometown of Calgary, Alberta. You can check out more details on the collaboration here, and our initial sneak-peeks here. The Calgary season started on the American HGTV network last month, and the episode that we helped out with aired last week! For all of our Canadian friends, keep your eye on the Corus HGTV press release site for upcoming air dates! In the meantime, we’re here to share the dramatic before and after transformation of this inner city Calgary home!

The before and after floor-plan: BEFORE AFTER
 
BEFORE
 
AFTER

 

BEFORE
 
AFTER

BEFORE
 
AFTER

BEFORE
 
AFTER

BEFORE
 
AFTER

Stay tuned! We have so much more to show you from this incredible project. Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram for all of the behind-the-scenes shots and updates! #IHPropertyBrothers

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Hi, Everyone!

If we haven’t met yet I’m Ania Dugan, one of the designers on the team at In House Design.  I wanted to share with you some exciting news and a peek into a “little something” I’ve been working on lately – My husband Michael and I found out in early December that we are expecting our first baby in August!

I was convinced from the beginning we were going to have a girl. Right before Christmas I purchased the book “Little Women” illustrated by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. I was inspired by the sweet illustrations and hoped to be able to give it to my future daughter one day.

Last week we found out the gender of the baby and we are over the moon thrilled to announce that we are having a girl (yay!!). My impulse purchase of the “Little Women” book is now serving as the main inspiration for my baby girl’s nursery. Here is a peek at some of my favourite concept finishes I’ve been collecting over the last few months as I patiently waited to find out if we were having a boy or a girl. I’m so excited to share my design process as I bring our “little women” nursery to life.

I hope you will follow along as I narrow down my choices and reveal the final #AniasBabyNursery when ‘Baby R’ arrives in *gasp* 4 months!

Xxo – Ania
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One thing many clients ask for in their new millwork designs is the integration of open shelving. We always tell clients that including open shelving is not something we take lightly. When we design open shelving we always need to think ahead. In other words – we like to have a general idea of how we’re going to fill the shelves before we even get started. We like to joke that open shelves can be both a blessing and a curse depending on how you choose to style your home.

We’ve compiled our team’s favourite tricks to tackling open shelf styling to help you turn your cursed shelving into a blessing in disguise:

TIP #1: DIMENSION

Layering pieces in the foreground of the shelf adds dimension to the installation. Try bringing a taller plant or piece of art in front of the shelving unit to create depth and height.

#IHFortressBay

TIP #2: TEXTURE

Displaying a collection of glass objects behind glass doors is a perfect way to add texture and sparkle to a space without creating distraction!

#IHRiverdaleResidence

TIP #3: LAYERING

You can layer small prints behind your accessories to create depth and as a way to anchor a group of smaller items!

#IHAspenRidgeLoft

TIP #4: COLOUR

When styling your accessories try to stay within the same colour palette as the rest of the room. This will help reduce visual clutter!

#IHSilverhorn

TIP #5: BOOKS

Try stacking books in mass both vertically and horizontally. This is an effective way to give the illusion of a full bookshelf without making it look unkept.

#IHSilverhorn

TIP #6: THE TRAY

Finding a way to group multiple small items together can be a challenge. Our solution is often to incorporate a neutral tray to organize all of these items into one visual mass!

#IHWentworthEstate

TIP #7: MINIMALISM

Sometimes, less is more! Leaving negative space within open shelves helps to set a calm tone, minimizes visual clutter and brings balance to the overall composition.

#IHMardaloop

TIP #8: BALANCE

Try balancing organic and geometric shapes to create visual harmony with your styling!

#IHDiscoveryRidge

We love sharing tips and tricks with you! Let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see featured on the blog. Follow along with all of our new and exciting projects over on Instagram!

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After what has seemed like the most frigid cold snap in Alberta history we have just started to warm up again, which means that we’re (finally) ready to share our winter highlight reel with you!

Before we put this season behind us we’re going to recap our incredible winter full of renovations, features, new designs and milestones:

1.  OUR DESIGN SPACE

Our very own studio design was featured in both Rue Magazine and Western Living. Check it out!

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2. HAMPTON HEIGHTS

We had our #IHHamptonHeights project photographed by our dear friend and talented photographer, Phil Crozier.

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3. EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

One of our favourite renovation projects, #IHMardaloop, was showcased in Avenue Magazine which shone the spotlight on our beautiful client, Lisa!

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4. A BUNDLE OF JOY

Ania wrapped up the design and install of the most beautiful baby nursery just in time for the arrival of our tiny client. Momma and baby came home from the hospital to see the completed space for the very first time just before Christmas. A Merry Christmas, indeed!

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5. WE’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

A Winter Highlight list would never be complete without the mention of Christmas! We closed the office for a full week to enjoy the holidays with our nearest and dearest.

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6. NEW YEAR, NEW SHOOT!

We started off the New Year with a bang (and a flash)! We had a full day photoshoot to capture the stunning #IHBriarHill project with our friends Avenue Magazine and Dream Ridge Homes! Stay tuned for this project in the upcoming May issue.

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7. SAY CHEESE!

We shared a virtual tour of our recently completed #IHLegacyDental project with Lonny Magazine!

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8. A HAPPY + BUSY NEW YEAR!

We hit the ground running and welcomed the New Year by kicking off 15 new projects with an even mix of renovations, new builds and additions!

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9. #IHBEARSPAW

We had our talented photographer, Phil Crozier, over to photograph our #IHBearspawEstate project and we CAN NOT wait for the big reveal! Check out the behind the scenes shots.

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10. Cougar Ridge Project

We were so excited to have our #IHCougarRidge project featured in the March issue of Western Living alongside so many other talented Calgary interior designers!

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11. REENA’S JOURNEY

Reena shared her journey to becoming an interior designer and business owner with Haven. Missed it and wished you didn’t? You can check it out, here!

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With new builds, renovations and so many additions added to the roster for 2019 we can hardly wait to reveal them all to you! Stay tuned because this year is going to be one of the best yet. Happy Spring, everyone and thank you for coming along for the ride!

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This week we’re talking Instagram Inspiration, or should we say…Insta-ration! This is the social media platform that we all love to love. Instagram has created a global community that’s allowed us to access inspiring interiors and visually pleasing photographs from all over the world.

Instagram also happens to be one of the ways that we stay dialled in with our design community! We love seeing what other designers across the globe are doing. We asked our senior designer, Alanna, for a list of some of the accounts she has been crushing on lately:

CALGARY HOMEGIRL

Melissa Manzardo Hryszko // @verandainterior

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TORONTO’S EVER TALENTED

Elizabeth Metcalfe // @emdesigninc

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CHICAGO’S INCREDIBLY TALENTED

Jean Stoffer // @jeanstofferdesign

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THE MASTER: TRADITIONAL MEETS MODERN

Marie Flanigan // @marieflaniganinteriors

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THE CREATIVE DESIGN AND PROP STYLIST

Brady Tolbert // @bradytolbert

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LA’S HILARIOUS

Orlando Soria // @mrorlandosoria

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THE QUEEN OF WHITE INTERIOR SPACES

Leanne Ford // @leannefordinteriors

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THE ALWAYS UNEXPECTED

Decus Interiors // @decus_interiors

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THE TALENTED AUSTRALIAN DUO

Arent & Pyke // @arentpykestudio

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HOUSE & HOME’S DESIGNER OF THE YEAR*

(*& Our Friend!) Nam Dang-Mitchell Design // @namdangmitchell

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THE KING OF PINK

Neal Beckstedt // @nealbeckstedt

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EVERYONE’S GIRL CRUSH

Sarah Sherman Samuel // @sarahshermansamuel

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We love our Instagram community! Don’t forget to follow along for all of our behind-the-scenes, project reveals and interior design trends at @in.house.design. Have more interiors that inspire? Comment below!

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