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How’s YOUR summer going?

I’ll be honest with you (Carmen here)… my summer has been a bit hectic! We found out that the improperly installed patio door had spent years leaking water onto the joists that held it up and those joists were no more… for about 6-8 inches back. Yikes! When we peeled back the insul-brick and found the rot, things went into …

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3 Reasons Why Designers Want Final Say

Many design contracts have a clause that says the designer must have approval of all samples, or that the client is not to shop on their own for the project. If you have a designer who assures you that they want to listen to you and embrace your style, this can feel like a serious contradiction. Maybe even a red …

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Comfortable Layouts

Do you have a favourite spot in your house? A least favourite spot? Perhaps your guests tend to gravitate to one area, maybe despite your efforts to create a gathering zone somewhere else. In our last post, we talked about focus and flow. These are the starting points of good layout. But sometimes you set up a great flow and …

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10 Tips for Great Furniture Layout

Have you ever felt frustrated with a room and found it hard to get the furniture in the right place? There’s a bit of an art to furniture layout, but we’ve got some basic tips to get you started. Two of the most important things in a room layout are flow and focal point. So first definitions, and then the …

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Zones and Open Layouts

Zones are the starting place for layout design. They are areas where a particular activity or set of activities happen. We’ve talked before about zones in kitchens. Today, we’ll look at how we created several zones in an open-concept family room. Common family room or living room zones can include: a conversation area seating that you can watch tv from …

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How to create good temporary clothes storage

In many bedrooms, clothes make up a huge percentage of the clutter. One way to tame that clutter is to create a space where you can put clothes that aren’t quite dirty enough for laundry but aren’t quite clean enough to put away. We’ve put together some of our favourite finds from around the web for temporary clothes storage. Now, these …

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4 Ways To Go from Mismatch to Mix-and-Match

Most people do not buy all their furniture and decor at one time. We acquire things at different stages of our lives: leaving home, moving in with new people, having children. These periods of our lives can leave us with things we want to keep but which don’t seem to fit together. Both Lenore and Carmen have things we have …

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The Surprising Benefit of a Standing Desk for ADHD

I expected a standing desk to be helpful for my back; what I didn’t expect was that it would be even more helpful for my ADHD! In order to explain, let me talk for a moment about the ADHD mind, and how distractibility and impulsivity both benefit and get in the way of my creative work. ADHD Brains are FULL …

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Colour Us Sick

An unpleasant head cold sweeps its way through our families here at Lenore Brooks Design. As our ability to get things done slows, I am reminded of college when I often had to work through an illness. I remember particularly a large solo project where we were designing a fictional medical clinic. It was beautiful inspiring architecture, and I was …

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Curated Collections

In our post about decluttering, I mentioned that the Konmari method is often mistaken for minimalism, but it is actually a method for creating a highly curated collection of personal property. What’s the difference? Well, we find the Vogel’s a great example. They were a working class couple in New York who bought art pieces that brought them joy. Thousands …