Layering in colour, texture and personality

Michelle and Ken dreamed about transforming their main living and entertaining space from their tried and true traditional style to modern.  They stripped away everything, moving some items to their family room and giving the rest away. On went the new neutral paint colour and in came beautiful, neutral, modern …

Lighting Design : French Shore – Lighting With Panache

With a flair for decor and a husband who builds, Gabrielle had most of her project well in hand.  What she and husband, Flav, needed was a lighting professional who could embrace their design goals and create functional solutions to the lighting challenges inherent in all homes with dark colours …

Interior/Exterior Design and Lighting Design :  Colourful Home in Pereau

New home construction – interior and exterior finishes, hardware, lighting, plumbing fixtures, furnishings, layout, cabinetry, mill-work, and colour for a young family in Pereau, Nova Scotia.  Please see below for this client’s review of my design contributions to this relaxed modern farmhouse. Home in Pereau – Deborah took our project on …

Janes Again Deborah Nicholson Interiors

Gaining much needed retail space

Jane’s Again Boutique in Wolfville, NS Popular, but tiny consignment boutique, Jane’s Again, became much larger with its recent renovation. With careful space planning, specific colour placement and furnishings that accommodate and showcase merchandise, there’s so much more room in this little shop. Not a square foot was added, yet …

Benjamin Moore 2019 Colour of the Year - Metropolitan

One Step Ahead

What fun! Interestingly, it seems that I’m often ahead of the pack in selecting colour palettes for my clients. We’re just finishing painting a townhome condo in colours I selected with my client on September 29th and here we are, on October 11, being presented with the new 2019 colour …

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Home at Hunt’s Point.8 – connecting spaces

One of the visual characteristics of my design work is the definition of each space that I create through colour, pattern and finishes. Depending on the personal design style of my client and the space, the contrast may be strong or subtle.  Regardless, the transitions are always in harmony with …

Home at Hunt’s Point.7 – opening up an ensuite

An ensuite bathroom can feel calming and spa-like without needing to go for tried and true watery blues.  In keeping with the decor style of my client and her new home, black and white elegant curves create a nurturing, yet lively, safe-haven from which to enjoy the beautiful ocean-side landscape. …

Juxtaposition and imbalance

  Sometimes, I’m asked what my design style is. My answer is always, that my role as an interior designer is to draw out the personal style of each of my clients.  Every project is unique, as is each person’s idea of a beautiful and functional space. However, if I were to describe my personal aesthetic, it would be clean simple geometry meets organic imperfection.    The 3D collage sculpture work of Malou Palmvist exemplifies my aesthetic very nicely.  Malou Palmqvist Explores Balance And Form  

Shibui Thoughts

Fellow Tai Chi student, Kim Smith, shared this information with me, from Wikipedia, on the concept of Shibumi.  The aesthetic is something I could certainly embrace.  I believe I will contemplate how shibui can and does inspire my creativity.  Thanks Kim!   Shibui (渋い) (adjective), shibumi (渋み) (noun), or shibusa (渋さ) (noun) are Japanese words which refer to a particular aesthetic of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty. Like other Japanese aesthetics terms, such as iki and wabi-sabi, shibui can apply to a wide variety of subjects, not just art or fashion. Defining shibui or shibusa Shibusa is an enriched, subdued appearance or experience of intrinsically fine quality with economy of form, line, and effort, producing …

Library Design Board

Home at Hunt’s Point.6 – combining library and dining

Not many people use their formal dining rooms for dining these days.  A library was high on the list of priorities for my client and she likes to entertain dinner guests on occasion.  So we combined the two purposes.  We knocked out a wall and re-purposed an un-needed guest bedroom …