11 September 2014

EQ3: Warming Up The Modern

Generally, when I think of EQ3, I associate their products with a certain style; modern, steam line, no fuss and no warmth. If I was designing a condo for a downtown dwelling, I would likely look to EQ3 as a resource, as it often fits the style. However, after a design seminar at their Burlington store, I have changed my mindset about their products. The store has been renovated and now appears to be more open, allowing stages for multiple vignettes to display how their furniture can be used. There is a strong sense of modernity that still remains but with the transition of wood stains becoming lighter and more rustic, it adds a sense of imperfection, which is unusual with modern furniture. They have added a softer colour palette to their rugs and have some great home accents that could work in any space. Also, EQ3 has teamed up with Herman Miller, so for those mid century modern enthusiasts, you don't have to go into Toronto's city centre to find the real deal. 

Here are a few of my favorite things from my visit yesterday at their store:


I love the light fixture, made with strips of fabric above the table. 

21 August 2014

Furniture Planning For Your Home Office

Space planning can be a tricky thing. Often, people design spaces in their heads, move the furniture in and realize.. oops! This happens because furniture pieces are too big for a small space, or they do not consider how they would actually function in the room. That is why pre planning will save you time and aggravation.

If you want your home office to resemble the beauty below, keep reading.

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11 August 2014

Tackling the "To-Do" List

Oh, hey! Have you been enjoying the summer? I sure have been! I have been up to all sorts of things, but mainly tackling some of the items on my "to-do" list. There were some pretty major things on the list. See HERE if you can't recall them. And now, I am happy to show some of my handy work that has kept me so focused, so here goes!

1. I got married!! 

(As seen from my Instagram account)

23 June 2014

A Reno Project - Creating A Grand Entrance

I am lucky to be a part of this renovation. It's a beautiful lake side home that is stuck in the 80's and needs some serious improvement. My client called me in after he started to demo the house because he just could not stand it any longer. This house is typical of many in this particular area; the property is incredible, but the house does not represent what a lakeside property should encompass. The house was tired and provided no major impact anywhere. We decided together, we would change that. The first place we started was the foyer.

(Please excuse my poor photos. I wasn't able to get great angles because of the vastness of the space and I didn't expect the demo to be complete when I popped on site last week.)

BEFORE

19 June 2014

Architectural Digest Feature: Malibu Modern

More often than not, I get some serious house envy when I flip through the many pages of the interior magazines I receive each month. I find I switch my interior style, depending on the house I am swooning over. However, there was this one article in particular that really got me. I have some serious house envy over this place, featured in Architectural Digest this month. Seriously. It is so stunning, simple, minimal yet powerful. I love the combination of the earthy elements, mixed in with modern angles and a touch of traditional flare. After seeing this, I had to share it with you. Tell me... isn't this house just amazing!?

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10 June 2014

WorkOf: Artisan Artists Coming Together

Hi readers! I am here... finally. I do have to apologize for my lack of posting these days. Between KMSalter Design going full time last September and planning a wedding for July (it's so soon!), I have found it tough to sit in one place. Here I am, though. I am going to try my hardest to keep you well informed on what's happening in the design world these days. But before that, can I just gloat about how fun my bachelorette party was a few weekends ago? Not only did I have a large group of my gal pals all in one place up north, we also were blessed with the best weather from Mother Nature. Sometimes, you just get really lucky. This year, I feel the luckiest!




Okay, back to design stuff...


22 May 2014

Wood Like Tile

Wood tile? It seems like an oxymoron a bit, doesn't it?  When these tiles first came on the scene, I was a bit hesitant, but now, I am all for it. I think it's a great way to combine a natural look with durability!  Not only does it come in an array of colours similar to hardwood, it also comes in many sizes and price points.

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15 May 2014

Design Dilemma - Small Front Hallway

Anyone who lives without a closet in the front hall can attest to how frustrating it can be. I don't have children (yet), but the amount of shoes, coats and scarves that add up over a few days is uncanny. I have taught myself to bring the "non-essentials" upstairs to our coat closet to keep the chaos at bay. Some days though, I dream of a large foyer with a double door closet.




I have come to realize that small living is an art. It's a balance between knowing what you need, being diligent about putting things back in their place and shopping for dual purpose furniture. The hallway above is our hallway, that won an award on Houzz. Fun, right? It has also gained some attention in Original Home Magazine, an online publication, because of it's multi purpose. 

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