Small Spaces

Even in the biggest most beautiful homes there will be some design challenges but one question we get asked all the time is, “How do you design for a small space?”
Decorating a small space is more challenging because you need to really consider functionality first, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be beautiful too! Here are some tips to get started with your tiny living space.

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Six Common Renovation Mistakes

This certainly isn’t the first post ever written about renovation mistakes but we feel it is an important list because we see some of these everyday! People seem to learn the hard way what is important during a renovation and unfortunately DIY TV doesn’t show what really goes on behind the scenes. Trust us, your budget will thank us in the long run!

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Top 5 Favourite Iconic Designs we still see everywhere!

Sometimes you just can’t go wrong with a classic. Although mid-century style has been around for more than 50 years, it just keeps coming back, or maybe it has never really left. Current trends tend to be a bit more eclectic so we like mixing mid-century in with other styles rather than going for an all teak living or dining room. As long as you make sure to balance your décor with multiple layers and finishes, these 5 pieces will never steer you wrong.

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Spring Moodboard for your Office Space

Vancouver is most beautiful in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. It is hard to describe street after street lined with pink trees in full glory. The group here at Space Harmony are feeling inspired by the sunshine and warmer weather, not to mention the blossoms. Using this year’s most popular colour, dusty pink, we have created a mood board for a fresh and inviting office space. Why not use the springtime as inspiration for a new workspace and start the warm season with more light, energy and a fun pop of colour!
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Using Pinterest to Help Define your Style at Home

Are you thinking of investing in new furniture and décor for your home but you aren’t sure where to start? Do you like modern architecture but want your home to be warm and inviting? It can be tricky to figure out what design style suits you best.
Today designers mix genres and break rules when it comes to conventional tastes and ideas so the best way to guarantee you end up with the house of your dreams is to hire a designer whose work you love. Ultimately they need to balance your style and look with what is practical, affordable and realistic for your family. White sofas look great but are not so great in a lake house with a dog. Dark slate floors are beautiful but show dirt, so not so good for kids.
Pinterest boards can be great to kick-start the research process. Wildly pin, then look back to see the patterns in what you’ve chosen.

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Canadian Home Trends

Canadian Home Trends asks Space Harmony to Design a Bedroom
We love collaborating with other local businesses and designers. There are so many inspiring people working in the design community in Vancouver and the rest of Canada! So when Canadian Home Trends asked the Space Harmony team to come up with a mood board for a bedroom, we were thrilled! This challenge had us execute a bedroom design using furniture from local Vancouver company, The Goods. We loved creating it and hope you will love it too!

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Wallpaper is Not Just a Trend

Wallpaper is not just a trend; it’s back in a major way and here to stay! We use wallpaper in many of our own projects and love the way it can define a space and the people who live and work there. Here are some of the trends in wallpaper we are currently living and loving.
1. Big Bold Florals – We simply can’t get enough of this new take on traditional floral wallpaper. Oversized and dramatic, many designers are using dark hues and moody organic compositions. This makes for a major statement. Go bold behind the bed or in a living room, you don’t want to hide these showstoppers in a corner or powder room.
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What to give the designer in your life?

What do you buy for the person who always looks perfect, has a strong opinion and a flawless house? Good question. Here are some ideas for that hard to buy for designer in your life.
Coffee Table Book You can’t go wrong with a beautiful coffee table book. Books on design are, of course, appropriate and usually look beautiful too. A double win. Here are some great choices for the designer who loves to read. (All available at Chapters.ca)

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2 Trends for Christmas

Christmas Trends You Can Create Sourcing Right Here in Vancouver!
We love this time of year. We will take any excuse to layer up our living space with even more beautiful decor! The current trends in Christmas decorating are modern and sophisticated. We want to give you some ideas for making your space happy and holly this December. Here is a look at 2 of our favourite themes you can try, complete with a product list of where to pick up the cutest additions to your holiday traditions.
1.  Natural Christmas
We’ve seen this look perfected over the past few seasons and we still love it. Not only can you save money by using recycled materials, this simple, earthy style is understated and quiet for a glitter free home.
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Beyond the IKEA Hack

IKEA has its place in the world of design, a pretty important place actually. For those of us that need somewhere to start when we move out on our own it is essential. The price point, ethical standards and renewability factor are all pretty good. Combined this with well designed furniture, and you have the perfect stop for all your 20 and 30 something home needs.

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