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.)

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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. 

07 May 2014

Outdoor Living: Interior Design Principles Extend To Your Outdoor Space

As the weeks roll by, we are getting closer and closer to patio season. I don't know about you, but I feel a wee bit behind on my outdoor planning. This weekend, I plan to finally throw out the Christmas arrangement that sits next to my front door (sad, right?) and get out all my outdoor accessories that have been collecting dust in my basement.

Being that outdoor furniture sales are running in many stores right now (think Restoration Hardware and Crate and Barrel), I think it's time that I shared some tips on outdoor space planning. Luckily, I have already published an article for you. When you have time, take a look at my Hamilton Interiors article to help plan out your different backyard "zones". I added some thought provoking ideas to get your creative juices flowing! Enjoy the read....

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01 May 2014

A Two "Faced" Chair

It's no secret that designers love to play around with texture and pattern when picking fabrics for each room. Fabric companies make it effortless these days as they create coordinate fabrics ("families") to allow creativity with upholstered pieces, accessories and draperies.

One designer look that popular is coordinating a different fabric on the back side of a chair, complimenting the front side fabric. Take note on this Pier One chair that I saw in Florida this winter that I posted on my Instagram account.

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22 April 2014

Season Two For Our Backyard

We have turned a corner. Spring is finally here. I see green grass and hear the birds chirping. We made everyone! We really did! Phew. Easter weekend was the perfect example that spring has arrived. With our families, Nick and I sat out on the porch all day, soaking in the sun, watching kiddies play and eating copious amounts of food. It was a lovely weekend.

After spending most of Sunday outdoors, I was reminded that we have still have some work cut out for ourselves this season to get out patio and backyard in entertaining shape. You may remember how hard we worked on our yard last summer season (click HERE for a refresher), but there is still some things left to do. However, it's not the same type of back breaking work as last time. Instead, Nick and I can focus on making the yard comfortable and functional. Nick has already started work on a few things on our bucket list for the season, like our raised garden beds. 

Here is a list (and some inspiration photos) of things we are hoping to accomplish this season:

1. Plant a veggie garden in our newly made raised beds.  



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