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Examples: More on Accent Walls

On our last blog talked about why we like accent walls. We wanted to follow up with a few more inspiring examples of creative ways to think outside the designers' box. Colour, texture, paneling, wallpapers, and large murals are all great ways to create an accent wall and focal point in your rooms. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="911"] Although two dimensional, the yellow articulates an office area in this living room. Almost tongue in cheek, a fun way to create an office....

Design Lesson: Yes or No to Accent Walls?

Design Lesson: Accent Walls

There is a lot of resistance of late to accent or highlight walls. While they seem to be out of favour these days, I personally think they are the one of the best ways to transform a room with minimal effort, but with one proviso; they must be done properly.  Accent walls can give rooms personality, they can ground a room, they can highlight artwork, and define space while creating dynamism and drama.

Baja Photography & Design Retreat: Colour, Architecture, Culture, Design & More

Colour, architecture, culture, design, landscape. This is not just a list of our favourite things. Next April this will be both our To-Do list and our source of inspiration. We are heading to Baja, California Sur, Mexico for 6 days and 5 nights of cultural exploration, design inspiration, and a bit of creative time. The best part is‚Ķ you can join us.A Photography Retreat and Design Tour is exactly that‚ÄĒ part exotic experience and part creative growth. Between gallery tours,...

What I have learned working with Tina

As I wind down my time in Vancouver I find I have been in reflection mode a lot.  Moving cities brings with it a multitude of emotions that need to be worked through.  There is excitement beyond measure at the changes ahead; I find myself dreaming of lounging in my new back garden and finding new little coffee spots and walking along the breakwater and there are also wistful moments as I think about leaving my beloved family and friends....

Women and the Making of the Modern House: The Schroder House

The second innovative modern house project, involving female clients and well-known architects, is the Schroder House, in Utrecht, Netherlands. The house was designed by Gerrit Rietveld for Truus Schroder in 1923-1924.This house is of particular interest to me because as an architecture student I made the pilgrimage to The Netherlands specifically to see it. I was studying in London when I made the trip to see this fine example of the De Stijl (aka Neoplasticisim) movement and icon of modern...


Summer Fresh In A Jar:  DIY Bug Repellent LuminariesSummer time is bug time.  Instead of using citronella oil, this all natural recipe, from A Little Claireification, uses fresh rosemary and citrus in a mason jar with essential oils. No chemicals in these luminaries! Thanks Claire for this recipe!We love that these can help to ward off the bugs and they are just so beautiful as well!So here is what you need to do to make these gorgeous, beautiful smelling designer table luminaries.Supplies you will need:3 or 4 Mason Jars (you...

Women and the Making of the Modern House

Today's blog, introduces the idea that women played a big role in the origins of the modern house. We will explore a few modern houses and look at why were the clients, independent females, such powerful catalysts for innovation in the modern house?Women and the Making of the Modern House, written by Alice T. Friedman, is a thoughtful book that explores two seemingly unrelated topics: gender roles, and architecture.Specifically, the book discusses 6 innovative projects, involving female clients and well-known architects. ...

Reflecting on 5 Years of DC

Life has a funny way of shifting around and veering off into unexpected directions-- but who are we to run away from a challenge? Designers Collective started 5 years ago and we started with big changes-- we created a partnership out of a mutual love for all things design and jumped in to exploring our local design community. Now, we have more changes coming or way! Over the next couple months we will be embracing a few new things (including...