October 20, 2014

If you were to guess what type of people lived in a home with this totally happy kids’ room, there’s little doubt that they would be youthful, energetic, and perhaps a bit zany. Bright crayon-box colours are mixed up everywhere. The large carpet tiles from Centura set the tone. Slightly muted shades of their Ombra series — yellow, blue, orange and red have been placed in a repeat pattern that almost feels random. Stronger splashes of each of the tile colours are picked up throughout the room: the hot orange hanging shade, the lemon yellow bedside light, the burnt orange desk chair, the striped bedding and the artwork. Plain painted blue walls bring a perfect balance of cool energy to these high power colours.

This spirited style is not just for kids rooms...

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October 14, 2014

Dear Debbie,


I have a large poster in colours that radiate the awesome beauty of the desert that I bought while travelling in the U.S. Southwest. I’d like to put it above my bed. Should I have it framed? What’s the best way to hang it? Thanks,


Dear Leona,

This is a good question. Posters that you want to last need some form of protection. Framing is your best choice. For large pictures this can be expensive, but you can search out stores that provide self-framing. They supply the materials and you do the work yourself. Or you can make a frame with just a few simple tools...

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September 29, 2014
Two shades of metallic paint are mixed with glaze to create realistic steel panels in a modern condo.

Dear Debbie,

I am tempted to try to use metallic paint that I have seen in the store, but before I buy it I’d like to know more about it. Do I dilute the paint? Do I use regular paint tools? Can I apply it over wood or on a wall?


Dear Kit,

Metallic paint is just as versatile as regular paint and has many exciting decorative possibilities...

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