Designer Picks: Laura’s Bringing the Outside In

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Bringing the Outdoors In

With fall just around the corner, it is a great time to rejuvenate or redecorate your home. With kids back to school, temperatures getting colder, we are spending more time indoors and so what better time to bring a bit of the outside, inside your homes. Traditionally fall brings out the reds, oranges and golds into our palette, but there is other ways even in a modern or contemporary setting, to bring nature inside your home.

Branches are my inspiration, but not in the literal sense. While there are some amazing DIY’s on Pinterest to bring real branches into your décor, there are some stunning pieces in home décor to introduce the feeling of the outside branches without literally chopping them down. Whether you are looking for a large statement or smaller items to bring branches inside, there are many choices today with furniture, wall art or smaller décor items. These are just a few of my favourites…

To pop these décor accents, try my favourite Benjamin Moore wall colours CSP-25 Wool Peacoat, 2112-40 Pewter and Ashley Gray HC-87.


Designer Picks : Kay’s Mirror Mirror

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“Mirror Mirror on the Wall”

Mirrors are a great way to decorate, whether it be an art piece for your feature wall, or a necessity for your glamour routine. You can never have enough mirrors! There are so many styles to choose from, make your small space appear larger, or brighten any area. There’s bound to be something to “reflect” your personality and lifestyle. Come in and find a match for your space and taste. Then you can decide, “Who is the fairest of them all.”

Benjamin Moore colour inspiration: I Love You Pink, 2077-70, Enchanted, 2070-50 + Through the Looking Glass, CSP-495.

Spread of the Week : Shannon Claire

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Shannon Claire featured her colourful DC home on The Glitter Guide this month. Shannon is the creative powerhouse behind Shannon Claire Interiors, as well as the face behind her creative blog. She has an eye for detail, pops of bright colour and bold contrast.

What do you think of Shannon’s DC home?

Designer Picks : Christie’s Baroque

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If it’s not Baroque, don’t fix it!

Baroque is traditionally viewed as a dramatic and luxurious style, with deep rich colors. The furnishings in Baroque spaces are all of the highest quality and evoke feelings of grandeur.

But let’s face it, we’re not in the 1600’s anymore, and items are a lot more affordable and accessible. To take this style from the past and make it work in a modern space, one should deconstruct the style and take from it simpler elements. To lighten it up, choose lesser carved woods and less intense uses of colour. Evoke the feeling of movement through the use of damask printed wallpaper, and flowy curtains. And remember, if it’s not Baroque, don’t fix it!

Benjamin Moore colours: Caliente AF-290, Black Beauty 2128-10 + Chelsea Gray HC-168

DIY : Chalkboard Sign + Lettering

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Chalkboard Sign + Lettering

To start, roll out 2 coats of the Benjamin Moore chalk board paint. Keep in mind you do have to wait 3-4 hours before re-coating. Once your selected chalkboard material has been coated, now you should wait 3 days before seasoning your chalkboard. If you skip this step, and you go straight to lettering, whatever you put on the board will be there faintly and permanently. To season your chalkboard, you simply take chalk and rub it all over length wise, and then add the next layer and rub it width wise. After you have done this, simply wipe it off. If you like a cleaner look, use a damp cloth or paper towel to get rid of more chalk. Next, take your printed font and cover the back of the paper with a layer of chalk. Place the page chalk side down with lettering where you would like it to be on the board and begin to trace the letters with your pencil. Once you have traced everything, remove the paper to reveal the transferred letters. Take a piece of chalk and trace the outline of the letters on the chalkboard to make them stand out more. If you find your chalk is too bulky, you can use a pencil sharpener to make a pointed piece of chalk. Fill in the letters and fit the board in a frame, now you’re finished!


  • Chalk Board Material ie: MDF, Plywood
  • Frame
  • Printed Font on White Paper
  • Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint -You can get it pre-tinted black or tinted a color of your choice.
  • Roller Tray
  • Chalk
  • Pencil

Colours: Kendall Charcoal HC-166, Revere Pewter HC-172 + Prescott Green HC-140

Colour of the Month: Kendall Charcoal

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“Rich, deep, and luxurious, kendall charcoal pops beautifully when paired with crisp white room accents and trim. A versatile neutral, it also works well with most color schemes.” – Benjamin Moore

For a soft, modern space, layering a variety of grey shades with crisp white and Kendall Charcoal HC-166. This shade of grey is rich, warm and looks beautiful as a wall or accent colour in any space.

Inspirational images: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Spread of the Week : Julia Roberts in NYC

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Julia Roberts has put her NYC penthouse on the market for $4.5 million. This beautiful space is currently feature in Elle Decor, showcasing it’s lovely natural light, neutral spaces with pops of royal view and an amazing rooftop patio.

What do you think of Mrs. Robert’s penthouse?

Designer Picks : Tegan’s Dog Life

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“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
Roger Caras (photographer and writer)

I am a lucky woman. My dog comes to work with me. Needless to say he is extraordinarily cute and looks great in our design shop. He looks so great in fact, that many people think he is a prop in our displays… that is until he moves and gives them a start. This month I am thinking about my love for dogs and expressing that love through design. Here are some fun and fabulous ways to celebrate your love for our sweet loyal friends.

Benjamin Moore colours:  Rapture, CC-66 – Dove Wing, OC-18 – Day’s End, 2133-30

All featured products available at Mountain Home Decor in Whistler, BC.