Create your own PERSONAL SHOW HOME on a Dollar

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by Lynn Fenwick B.I.D.

(it used to be a dime, but with inflation ... )

We've just finished another year of designing homes for the public to view during the Manitoba Parade of Homes. What a year it was! With the price of housing continually rising, we are seeing homebuyers wanting the style and great design without the high price tag that usually comes with it. With that in mind, we are right there with you! As much as we love designing the more expensive details and buying lavish décor pieces, we have a passion for finding great deals and reusing pieces in different ways to keep the costs reasonable. We're constantly trying to think outside the box. What is the visual appeal if we stack this, or layer that? Luckily for you, we love to share our little tricks so you can do it yourself and make your home your own personal show home without breaking the bank.

The whole "less is more" concept is now out the door. Layering accessories has taken over. Although this sounds like buying more pieces, it actually doesn't. We're seeing mismatched items mixed together. Years ago, it was taboo to mix different materials as we have been doing now. We're mixing all different kinds of finishes, textures, and shapes together to act as one perceived arrangement and we're loving this trend! It adds one more dimension and interest to what has been done in the past.

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With design trends consistently steering towards being more environmentally friendly, it's not surprising to see all kinds of natural elements being brought into design. This year one of the biggest décor trends is to bring foliage into all spaces. There is green everywhere we look and we love it! Not only does it bring the feeling of outdoors in, it also makes any space feel alive. It generates more vibrancy in every space and there are so many style options to play with for greenery. If you don't have a green thumb, don't fret, artificial greenery does the trick as well!

We used to love seeing dining rooms staged for a formal occasion. This let us imagine ourselves at a classy soiree, drinking cocktails with good company. Now we have the same great company, but we often see ourselves in a more casual setting. Everyone helps themselves and more are always welcome. We love incorporating this concept into our staging. It allows us to have a nice centerpiece while still being able to envision ourselves living in the space. Leaving the table set up with stacks of dishes, glasses and some decorative accessories will leave it feeling clean and finished, yet ready for any event.

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Paint will instantly create a statement and express your style. Use paint as an economical way to do this is with rich, vibrant paint colours. Say goodbye to plain neutrals throughout the whole house and hello to bold statements. We're seeing a lot of bold colours not only for feature walls but whole rooms as well. Find out what your "bold" is and go for it. If you're a bit hesitant to paint an entire room a bold colour, try creating different patterns or colour blocks in different colours to add more interest to your walls. Don't be afraid to experiment with different colours, finishes or even metallic paint – and have fun with it! Remember, it is just paint.

The next step up from adding bold paint colours is adding wallpaper. Although adding wallpaper can be a bit more costly, it does a lot for a space and replaces the need for artwork. It can be installed on the walls in an entire room or just an accent wall depending on your budget. Wallpaper has been back for a few years now, but this year we are seeing different styles being predominant. In previous years, we've seen a lot of geometric prints, but this year it's taking a new direction. We're seeing a lot of subtle textures, bold natural prints and vibrant florals these days. These will be sure to create a statement!

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Gas fireplaces are the epitome of luxury, especially with the new linear fireplaces. Adding a gas fireplace after your house is already built unfortunately, is very expensive. The best alternative is to add an electric fireplace. Electric fireplaces have come a long way from the appliances they used to be and have also become more affordable. The electrical fireplace allows for more versatility and unique design because of the less restrictive heat issues. They can be built into a sculptural drywall detail easily, so it's really simple to create an economic but fantastic feature in your space.

It is difficult when you have champagne taste and your budget, unfortunately doesn't reflect.

We love helping our clients find ways to get the look they want while remaining within their resources - regardless of the size of project they have. We are there for you, to help you find innovative solutions to keep your home style fresh and feeling like your own personal show home.

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