ASK KATE #4 – HOW TO HANG OR ARRANGE ART

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Hey guys, I’m going to address these common mistakes and dilemmas of hanging/arrange art. We’re too familiar with the problems of art hung too high or too small but still, this is soooo common and easy to fix. You heard me right…before you start thinking that the problem lies with the art, it might just be simply not hung correctly. As you continue reading, it will become clear for you to identify the problem to—”why does my art look awkward on my wall?“.

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OUR FIRST HOME RENO BEFORE AND AFTER

Finally…it’s on the blog!line_black

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There was definitely a period of time when me and some of you thought that this post might never happen. Not because the reno didn’t meet our deadline (more on this later) but I was too lazy to update the blog for 4 months while in my new home. No, not really…actually we got ourselves busy with a kitten (that got ill) and to be honest I kept thinking my home is not “photo-ready”.

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AIRY AND EARTHY MINIMALIST STUDIO REVEAL

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Entertaining in small spaces can be a major headache (for the host and everyone involved). Especially when the floor plan doesn’t allow you to maximize the space, the kitchen doesn’t open to the living and the outdoor space is awkward. For this project, I turned the 1 bedroom into a studio by opening up the bedroom to the main area for more functionality. Wait, you turned a 1 bedroom into a studio? Who does that?

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR DREAM LIVING ROOM

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Hey guys, it’s been awhile on the blog. 4 months since we’ve moved to our first home and I’ve been busy adjusting and having fun with the new additional in our family (which I sinfully plastered all over on my Instagram). I was recently inspired by Arhaus (www.arhaus.com) to share a post on my dream living room… 

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MY TOP 10 FAVORITE CANADA HOME TOURS

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MY TOP 10 FAVORITE CANADA HOME TOURS KATE DWELL IN STYLE

Source: House & Home

I’ve been following Canada House & Home for a while now and have been inspired by their home tours (despite their hit-and-miss). Well, I’ve had my mind changed after seeing some of their home tours. I am excited to share with you my top 10 favorites (I never get sick of re-watching them), take these great ideas and make them your own! Let’s go!

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MY 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT DESIGN PLAN OPTIONS

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MY 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT DESIGN PLAN OPTIONS KATE DWELL IN STYLE

Here’s the floor plan of my 700 sq ft apartment (technically smaller than that) and I figured I might as well feature 2 different options. (Why not? Since this is also provided as part of the E-Design service for my clients). One focus on working with the original layout and the second one has a daring all-out reconfiguration! You can probably tell that the second option cost a lot more because we’ll be changing a ton of stuff. I came up with two mood boards for both options, let’s get to it.

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A BUDGET-FRIENDLY FAMILY/LIVING ROOM MOOD BOARD

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STYLE CHALLENGE - A BUDGET-FRIENDLY FAMILY LIVING ROOM KATE DWELL IN STYLE

As the world comes to understand the importance of the family room that we now sees doubling as a living room (you know the room that you entertains), pulling off a comfortable and functional design can be hard. Especially for young families or first time homeowners, you don’t want to overdo it but yet you have your expectation, and your four-legged family member’s expectation. So I decided to put together a budget and pet-friendly living room design.

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A TRIP TO THE TILES SHOP

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A TRIP TO THE TILES SHOP KATE DWELL IN STYLE

Last Sunday we went to select tiles with our contractor which happened to be Jim’s birthday. We didn’t throw a party (we are not party people) but when we left the shop after three hours, I felt like as if I was having a hangover from last night’s party. No worries, we also snagged some Subway tiles while we were there. I’m all about exploring new ways to showcase classic designs (and within budget). Let’s see

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7 STEPS TO THE RIGHT STYLE FOR YOUR HOME

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7 STEPS TO THE RIGHT STYLE FOR YOUR HOME KATE DWELL IN STYLE

You might have always think that you know what you like and want. Say, you like moody and dramatic but when you actually sees the style (colors, furniture and finishes) unfolding in front of you that you realize you actually prefer your home to be light and bright, this scenario is really not that uncommon. It makes planning —mood boards, 3D designs and designers all the more important. So before you swing that hammer…

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HOW TO PERSONALIZE A WHITE KITCHEN

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HOW TO PERSONALIZE A WHITE KITCHEN KATE DWELL IN STYLE

White kitchen is classic, elegant and timeless. The style will look good today and 50 years later. It’s no wonder many dream kitchens is a white kitchen. Unfortunately because white is considered a cool color, it can look sterile and generic. White kitchens get a bad reputation for looking the same. So here’s some decisions that can be made during and after your kitchen reno to elevate yours to the next level.

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