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Your Condo Personality?


hey fashionistas,

I need your help here!  I just got my own place and I'm wondering how to furnish it.  I want to turn it from a cookie cutter set of rooms to something special!!  This is my first place so I'm really at a loss on how to go about choosing the right furniture, right colours, etc.  I want it to look cozy and warm but stylish too.  I want to put my personality in it but am not sure how to go about doing that!

Where do you get your ideas on how to furnish your homes?  Do you know of any sites, youtube chanels, etc. that would give me tips on how to make my new place go from a generic cookie cutter blah set of rooms to something stylish?

Also, where do you furniture shop? And "accent" shop?

I'm at a loss.....  help!!
Nov 03, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

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I suggest you window shop 'till you drop! It's a good idea to check out as many home stores as you can - even ones that may be out of your price range - to get ideas about how to put colours and different styles together.

Check places like Pottery Barn and Crate, Crate & Barrel, The Bombay Company -- al of whom put together gorgeous displays in their stores.

I think that Home Sense is a really great place to find nice home decor at a really great price.
Nov 03, 2010 @ 01:15 pm

make a style board

I read a great piece of advice recently, and while it was more to do with fashion I don't see why you couldn't use it for home decor: a Style Board.

The basic idea is to spend time collecting pictures of stuff that intrigues you - anything from clothing to decor to nature, etc etc etc. Arrange it collage-style on a large board, and you should be able to see trends emerging: colours and shapes you love, moods, etc. For example, you may realize that you're a black & white minimalist or love folksy textures and designs. Once you have a direction, it will make choosing wall colours, drapes, carpets, furniture, and accents more purposeful.

I didn't know this when we bought our stuff. At the time I simply knew I liked green and wanted simplicity. That's not what ended up happening because I would pick pieces that met the profile but didn't necessarily go together. I have since realized that my tastes are warm colours, Euro-inspired simplicity, impressionist designs/textures, etc. Do you see how much more specific that is? It started out with a Van Gogh print I found somewhere and it has completely redefined my aesthetic.
Nov 03, 2010 @ 01:48 pm


Mamaluv: Does this sound creepy if I say it feels like that article was written specifically for me?

"When shopping for your home, your style board will remind you not to
make purchases just because of great deal, but because you truly love

"Before you decide you don't have a sense of style, spend a little time
exploring what you like through a style board. You're more stylish than
you think!

I am sold! I'll be flipping through random magazines and making my own "style board"..!!

Cathy: thanks for the advise girl! I'm so hopeless when it comes to
this.. i feel like i have no sense of style at all. If I shop around,
I've no idea what i'm shopping around for! :( I don't want to decide
that i like certain colours, buy furniture in those colours only to find
that they don't look good together.. But I think your idea is awesome 'cuz i can look around, take pictures of what appeals to me and add that to my "style board" !! :) yay!
Nov 03, 2010 @ 02:38 pm
Ali de Bold

Hire a designer

You'd be surprised how affordable designers are - if you use them strategically. Get a recommendation and hire the designer for a consultation. Write down everything they tell you and take pictures of the fabric, wallpaper samples etc. If you can't afford to have them handle the whole design process you can at least get their ideas and put it together yourself. You are paying for the consultation (roughly $300 for a condo downtown) so you aren't using up any more than an hour or so of their time.

If you keep working with the designer through the process they can often get you better prices on the furniture, etc than you'd pay yourself because they get discounts from the vendors.

I've tried to decorate on my own in the past because Alex and I are convinced we have great taste but apparently we don't because we painted our condo yellow and blue. It felt like IKEA but with worse furniture. Our place looks awesome now. You can see it in this video we did of the makeover:


Please ignore my hideous transformation from summer hair and skin to winter beast. I'm so embarrassed when I see this episode how bad my hair was. I deny it was me. I deny it.
Nov 03, 2010 @ 04:57 pm

decorating for dummies ~ take the ideas you like and mix it up a little!

Nov 05, 2010 @ 11:57 am


Wow Ali I love your appartment! It's sooooo chic!! You know what, I was thinking of getting a designer even if it's just for a consultation, but then I thought, this being my first ever home, I want to design it (at least the first time) on my own. Looking at my friends' appartments, I know for sure mine won't be anywhere near as beautiful as theirs, so I will definitely be getting professional help when we redecorate! :-)

Speaking of designers, I'm going to go pickup a home decor magazine and use pictures from it in my style board!

And by the way, what 'hideous transformation' and 'winter beast' are you talking about girl!? you look gorgeous throughout the video.. i watched it at least 3 times but can't figure out what you're talking about!
Nov 05, 2010 @ 11:59 am
Ali de Bold

You are too kind

It's quite shocking. The before and after were filmed almost 6 months apart. 'Before' was in the spring and 'After' was in the winter. In the winter I have the worst hair. Worst. Thank you for pretending not to notice. ;)
Nov 05, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

I don't see it :-/

Really, you look cute in both before and after .. and i'm not just saying that!!

I coloured my bedroom and living room an "egg shell" colour. It didn't look that good when i finished (at night) but the next day it looked awesome! :-) I think it'll be a nice warm background for my chocolate brown elephant skin sofa (elephant skin..yuck! lol it's fake..i made sure it was fake) :-)

So it's egg-shell walls, tan coloured curtains, chocolate brown sofa set, and dark brown ikea furniture ...

And then I'll be looking for "accents" to make it more me.

Does that sound about the right formula?
Nov 08, 2010 @ 04:19 pm
Ali de Bold

That sounds really nice!

Would love to see a picture! For your accent colour I think you should choose something vibrant that jumps out, but only use it here or there. Like aqua or something.
Nov 09, 2010 @ 07:02 pm


Love the aqua idea! What about throw pillows or a bright wall picture? It will really pop against the brown.
Nov 10, 2010 @ 06:31 am

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