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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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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 …

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To Plan Out Your Room, Start With Analysis

Make the best use of your space so that you can enjoy it by analyzing how you use it first. This post contains tips for planning your room layouts around your life. While designing a room according to how you use it may seem like a very basic concept, often rooms end up being designed for their desired or named …

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Repair or Replace? Kitchen Edition

When you move into a new home with an ugly kitchen, it’s easy to feel like tearing it out and rebuilding from scratch. But we recommend living with a kitchen for up to a year before making any major changes. Why? Because problems of style and problems of function are often very different, and require different solutions. The Good, the …

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5 Reasons to Hire a Designer for Small Projects

Do you really need a designer for your small project? Ultimately, the decision is up to you. But here are 5 things you might not have thought of to help you figure out if hiring a designer is right for your small project. Benefits to small projects 1. Avoid Decision Fatigue Even on a small project, there can be a …

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A fresh face at LBD

Hi! This is a post to introduce myself, Carmen Nave, to you. Lenore is my sister, and I’m joining her as a partner in Lenore Brooks Design. Who I am Obviously, like Lenore, I grew up in a DIY loving family that moved a lot, so I also have lots of experience with the more casual side of design. I …

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Colours of the Year

Each year, companies like Pantone, Benjamin Moore and Dulux start rolling out their colour of the year with accompanying palettes. How should you incorporate these into your designs? Colour trends in paint and beyond Let’s look at what the colour of the year actually is: from Pantone, it’s Greenery, a bright but natural green that brings to mind sunshine filtered through lush …

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What a show! IDS 2017

After attending this year’s Interior Design Show in Toronto, I have come away with a bag full of specifications and a head full of ideas. From new innovative products to prototypes yet to be launched in the market, it’s a fun way to start a fresh year of design. A couple of highlights I loved AyA Kitchens‘ booth, which used cupboard …