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Anything can be a ‘window treatment’. Blinds, curtains and shutters probably come to mind as the most obvious. But anything you put in front of a window decoratively or for privacy is technically a window treatment. So let’s explore an array of options in these photos and let me know what you think!























… and sometimes a window should just be left alone


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Toronto Designers Blog by Susan Abramson - 1M ago

An oxymoron for sure, but it’s an emerging style in the design world. Both on and off the runway, and into our homes, this style embraces a minimal aesthetic, with maximum impact of all the important things.

Here is the definition: Maximal and minimal elements. ... Zorn's lemma states that every partially ordered set for which every totally ordered subset has an upper bound contains at least one maximal element.

And here are some decorating examples. What do you think of this so called ‘new’ look? Does it make any sense after seeing these images? Yah, I’m not so sure either… but it’s a thing so I embrace it!












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Toronto Designers Blog by Susan Abramson - 1M ago

A white kitchen is always classic. Navy, dark green, other colours and also different woods and stains are all beautiful if you dare to stray from the classic. But what if you don’t dare to stray but do want something different? Is the black kitchen your thing then? I say yes!! Here are some gorgeous images of how the black kitchen, like the white kitchen, can feel classic and easy to work with too. Too dark for you? Or just right?






















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Toronto Designers Blog by Susan Abramson - 2M ago

The accent wall of a room is often that because of a feature like a fireplace, a brick wall, or even a gallery wall of pictures. But we also talk about the accent wall as the wall where we might just add a bit of colour if the room doesn’t lend itself to all being that colour. Sometimes we choose an accent wall to simply be a different colour, and sometimes it is more of a feature like wallpaper, or wood planks. Or as mentioned, a full wall of pictures or a brick wall. But whatever your take on the accent wall is, it’s a thing! And it’s been popular for a while and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

Check out these examples for inspiration and then go ahead and do your own thing! Maybe choose your favourite colour and go to town on one wall in a room that needs a bit of a lift? It’s an easy way to add a touch of ‘wow’!!






















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If you don’t already know about Hygge or Lagom, check it out here. Then come back here to see what Coorie is all about. Simply put, it is a word that now doesn’t capture it’s true definition, but rather a sense of well being, embracing the outdoors no matter the weather, and taking on traditions with a healthy twist. Think a quieter existence that has work balanced with small pleasures - like throwing on a tartan coat that keeps you warm on a walk upon a hill. While we’re at it, let’s leave technology behind for a bit too.

At the end of the day, it is about reconnecting with people, food, and, naturally, the outdoors. Sounds idyllic!






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Toronto Designers Blog by Susan Abramson - 3M ago

Is the green kitchen a thing? Green, as in the colour green. I mean I’ve talked about the white kitchen, the black kitchen, the colourful kitchen… (feel free to check them all out with these key words in the search button here on the right). Green is the one colour that is not black or white or shades of these ‘non-colours’ that our eyes read as neutral. Probably because green is nature. But do all greens read this way? With so many shades of this ever popular colour, likely there are some you will love and some you will hate.

Check out these green coloured kitchens and tell me, does it feel kind of neutral to you? And if not on your kitchen cabinets or walls, wouldn’t green vegetation outside your window be pretty amazing as an option too?




















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The simplest, and perhaps the least expensive, way to update your living room is to add a couple of fresh new toss cushions! It’s such a fun way to elevate the look of any sofa, and to add the current trends that make a space feel fresh again. Here are some of my favourites and how they work in different spaces.


















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Sometimes you just catch a break because the right person finds you and decides to make a big deal about it. That was me this past month with this lovely inclusion on best blogs from around the world! Wow Cushions seems to have taken their time to really find so many amazing blogs on design, decorating and the like to include for everyone’s reading, and I was chosen as one of them! You do have to scroll a bit to get down to my inclusion, but I’m there! Sweet!

Check it out in the link as there are really so many that you too may want to start following. We all have so much to learn from each other!

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I have another before and after story for you to explore. They’re always fun, aren’t they? This condo is owned by a retired couple and they love to cook! They don’t, however, love to have anyone watch them cook, so the kitchen stayed a closed concept style and we simply updated everything to make it all feel fresh and classic. They still have to bring a few of their personal items into the space, but all in good time.

Click on the image to enlarge and see the full photo.























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Toronto Designers Blog by Susan Abramson - 5M ago

I have a board on my Pinterest that is titled OMG Brilliant. You can check it out by linking to it if you like, but I have also rounded up a few of my favourites here to share with you because I am forever impressed with the creativity of others. Take a close look at each of these photos to see how clever these ideas really are…. and perhaps take note of the last one too for a better 2019!

Enjoy!
















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