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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September Inspiration for Your Home

September might be our favourite month of the year in Vancouver.  The weather cools off but it’s still beautiful and the leaves turn those remarkable shades of orange, red and yellow. The fall has arrived and the term “sweater weather” has never been more appropriate. Here is some inspiration for fall décor that has us excited to bundle up, in and out of doors.

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Quick Home Fixes For a Fall Sale

Fall is the busiest time of year for real estate. Spring and fall are when most homebuyers are looking and when a seller has the best chance to get top dollar for their home. I know it seems too early to be wishing summer away but the reality is if you’re thinking about selling your home this fall, you had better start preparing now. The great part is that with a few quick tips you can add value to your home and stand apart in a competitive market. You can also avoid panic in late August when life gets busy again and you have less time to dedicate to chores.

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Summer Party Tricks

The heat is on and so are the summer soirees. The truth is that like any party, a summer event, requires work and great pre-planning. The nice thing about hosting an outdoor event is that it is naturally more casual. We are going to take a cue from the current boho trend and relax. Here are some ideas we want to try that are both creative and easy.
1. Flea Market Finds – mix and match, use multiple patterns and keep it low key. Linens, china, and flatware don’t have to match to look great. The same goes for flowers arrangements. Use vases of different sizes and shapes and easy seasonal cut flowers. Herbs make great centrepieces and smell wonderful.

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Challenging Bathroom Design

Space Harmony is proud to be featured in last months Western Living Magazine. The magazine chose to showcase both bathrooms in our Kitsilano home renovation. These spaces were two of the most challenging areas of the renovation but were also the most rewarding. Both the powder room and the master en-suite had specific issues with regards to space and functionality. As it happens, these are two of the most creative and beautiful rooms in the final design.

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Kitchen trends that are here to stay!

It’s true, remodelling your kitchen is a big investment. In fact, as far as the interior of your home is concerned, it is one of the biggest. It’s important that your designer considers this when planning your space. Kitchen trends are great to explore but nobody wants to redo a kitchen every 5 years. Deciding what style of kitchen you want and need is the job of an experienced interior designer. If it’s done properly, your kitchen should last you many years. Here are some of the trends in kitchens we believe have staying power.

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Tips for Mixing Patterns In Your Home

Now that you have your space organized and refreshed for spring, it’s time to have some fun. We love adding prints to brighten up a room or to reflect the mood of the season. A new rug, some decorative cushions, or a great printed ottoman, are easy and relatively inexpensive ways of changing up your space. Here are some tricks we use when mixing patterns.
1. Start with a neutral base. It is much easier to layer patterns when you build off of neutrals.

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