What the heck is greige?!?!?

Ever hear of the word “greige” and wonder what the heck it is??
It is a relatively new term used to describe a color that is in between grey and beige!
It is used very often in home décor for walls, floors, and fabrics for drapes and furniture. Because it is considered a neutral color it can be used with existing finishing’s in your home. It is very important to choose the right “undertone” when picking a greige for your home. That depends if you have black/grey or brown in your home already. Sherwin Williams has created this great chart for comparison.
Flooring and fabrics can be chosen with the same undertone consideration.
You can then decide to decorate in your neutral color palette.
Or add pops of your favorite color, which can be easily (and inexpensively) changed!
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Color of the Year 2017

Every year, Benjamin Moore chooses a color of the year. Last year the announced the color for 2016 was Simply White. Imagine the surprise when they announced the color of the year for 2017 to be Shadow, which is a very dark amethyst!
This bold color is taking off in the design world! We would suggest if you want to use it, keep most (if not all) other elements in the space very light and neutral.
Accents pieces are important to showcase this rich color. Lots of glass and metals enhance the rich hue.
If your intimidated by painting your walls this bold color, you can add small décor elements into your space via area rugs, art work, throw pillows etc.

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Quick Bathroom Updates

Thinking of the upcoming holiday season and dreading your guests having to use your restroom??
Here are a few quick and easy-on-the-wallet tricks and tips to update that drab bathroom!!
Teak flooring or a teak mat can be added to a shower floor to update and modernize the look!
Paint can completely change the look of almost anything. Be sure to use the proper paint and pre-treatment for lasting results.
Putting a ceiling mounted shade over an existing light is a quick fix to update your lighting.
Thin boards can be glued onto the wall and then painted to look like professionally installed paneling!
Don’t forget to add a few festive touches like live greenery or a festive hand towel!
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Color Palettes

Choosing a color palette for your interior space is easier than you think! Your inspiration may come from an area rug, a piece of art or even a picture found on the internet or a magazine.
Look closely at the item and choose the colors that are in the piece.
Then try and use every color in your space, whether it be by wall paint colors, furniture or draperies, flooring and décor accents!

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Barn Doors!

Barn doors are really popular right now! Do you like the look but don’t have a suitable doorway in your home? Why not use them for different applications like a headboard or to hide your electronic equipment. They can even be used in the kitchen to hide your pantry, but metal work at the top of the door makes a great spot to showcase some unique glassware! They can even be modified to accommodate a large mirror in your bath or bedroom!
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Tiny Homes

Going “tiny” is catching on! We mean tiny homes!!!
Once you have decided to go “tiny”, there are several things for you to consider:
One of the most important is the floor plan and it’s layout and how it suits your wants and needs. Be sure to optimize every available space, without cluttering your tiny home. Make as many things in your home as multi-functional as possible! Here are some furniture and storage ideas!
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Did you know that 50% of your home’s heating/cooling is lost thru your windows???

Hunter Douglas Honeycomb shades are energy saving in single, double or triple honeycomb cell design that keeps your home from losing its heat/cool depending on the season! They are custom made to suit your needs and are available in a range of fabrics from sheer to opaque! Hunter Douglas has a full range of other products, call Birchview Design at 705-740-3988 for a consult and we will help you find the window covering that’s suited for your needs!!

Cool evenings are a sure sign that Fall is in the air!

You might be thinking of warm sweaters, crisp leaves, ripe apples and everything pumpkin spice! You might also be thinking of fall décor but NOT Hallowe’en (yet)!! Here are a few easy ways to incorporate fall décor into your home! A few simple glass candle holders can be filled with acorns or walnuts and a pop of greenery like cedar or even some rosemary from your garden! A simple pillow, warm blanket and white gourds create a classy but simple nod to Fall. Or, some bright flowers in warm Fall tones can help bring the outdoors in!

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