Custom Home Interiors Wins 2010 Ottawa Citizen Peoples Choice Award for Housing Design!

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The Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association Housing Design Awards are essentially the Oscars for the Home & Design industry in Ottawa. This is the event where Home Builders, Architects, Designers and Industry Partners get to showcase their best work and wow the who’s who of Ottawa.

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Custom Home Interiors was eligible for one of the most coveted and prestigious awards of the evening, the Ottawa Citizen Peoples Choice Award.  This is where the people of Ottawa have a chance to voice their opinion on who they think had the best design project, and while according to the judges, it was a close call, CHI won!

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Custom Home Interiors Team Members (From left to right) Sean Howard, Tyler Dren, Michaela Shirley, Andrew Emmans, Suzy Kendrick & Tim Das

“Winning the Ottawa Citizen Peoples Choice Award is an absolute honour for CHI.  We are very proud of our team and our work and will ensure that our clients and potential clients will continue to see this from us. We will always strive to be the best we can be for the people.”  – Andrew Emmans, Director of Sales & Marketing

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Custom Home Interiors Directors Tyler Dren (left) & Andrew Emmans at 2010 GOHBA Housing Design Awards

The Housing and Design Awards features 41 categories that range from custom kitchens & bathrooms, builder homes, condos, green initiatives, renovator of the year and more.

Custom Home Interiors submission fell under the Open Category as well as the Ottawa Citizen Peoples Choice Award. The Open Category allows GOHBA members to showcase a housing project, custom home or renovations anywhere in North America.  Our submission was for a home that we had renovated and outfitted in Caledon, Ontario with furniture and décor that defined the home owners personality.  Our presentation board featured all the designs and inspirations that went toward bringing this home from concept to reality which beat out some tough competition to land itself a place in the finals amongst 3 other companies.

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CHI Director of Sales & Marketing Andrew Emmans presents an award at 2010 Housing Design Awards

On behalf of the entire Custom Home Interiors team, we’d like to thank the people of Ottawa for selecting CHI as your premiere choice for home outfitting and design in the nations capital.

By Suzy Kendrick & Tim Das

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Kiersten Lowden’s Fab 4 Booth @ The 2010 Home & Design Show

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The 2010 Ottawa Home & Design Show took place on Oct. 1-3 at Landsdowne Park in Ottawa.
If you weren’t able to make it, allow me to give you a little virtual tour of the show as well as tell you a little about the “FAB4 Design Showcase booth” that I designed.  The show was filled with people excited about their next renovations project and the Custom Home Interiors team was well prepared to answer questions and showcase our wide array or products and services!

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The Custom Home Interiors Booth at the 2010 Home & Design Show

The concept behind the “FAB4” booths was to give four designers four identical rooms with the idea of creating a living space, each one completely different from the next.
I wanted my design to be fresh, modern and young.  I’ve included some simple tips that helped me create my booth:

• New lighting will brighten and update any space!  A modern chandelier and funky silver drum shade with laser cut-outs brought my booth to life!  Simple crystal table lamps added a little extra sparkle!

• Have fun with pattern and paint!  Horizontal stripes on one wall were simple but packed a big punch!  Consider stripes on a wall behind your headboard in the bedroom or a feature wall with a console in the eating area as I did.  It’s easy and definitely makes a statement.  Unique fabrics add pattern in small doses, such as the striped pillows and lilac damask I incorporated.

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My Fab 4 Booth

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• A great design does not require a large budget!  I was able to mix high and low pieces by being savvy with my accessories.  Simple black and white prints found on the internet stood out in eclectic frames while vases with driftwood from my cottage incorporated nature into the space in an inexpensive way!

•Simplicity is key!  For the larger pieces in my booth, I kept the colour scheme simple and neutral.  The charcoal sofa and cream Barcelona chairs anchored the space.  In your own home, large upholstered furniture in neutral colours will match any bright coloured accessories.

• In a small space, keep it light and open!  The clear ghost chairs, crystal and glass accessories, and clean lines kept the look light!  Bulky pieces make a space feel much smaller.  By using furniture that is visually light, your space will feel larger and more inviting.

The bottom line is to have fun when decorating!  Mix high and low, don’t be afraid to experiment and add some fun accessories into the mix.  Designing my booth for this special feature was both challenging and exciting.  I hope sharing some of my design ideas with you inspires you to incorporate them into your own home!

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For more information on my “FAB4” booth, please feel free to contact me at:

Happy designing!
Kiersten Lowden

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How to Decorate with Colour?

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So the time has come to select  colours will  make up the fabric and décor of your space. Selecting a colour palette for your home can prove to be challenge. There are just so many choices that you just don’t know where to start. Here are some quick helpful tips to consider when selecting colour for your home:

1.    The easiest and most simple thing to begin selecting colours for your space is work off an inspiration. It could be a piece of furniture, painting or fabric swatch that catches the eye. These elements will give you a direction in terms of what colour you would be most comfortable with.

2.    Don’t be scared to work with non-neutral colours like grey, brown or cream as long as fill the space with accessories. Let the walls be neutral but add colour to the space with the use of pillows, window coverings, area rugs and etc.

3.    When you have selected a colour palette it is always recommended to purchase testers. Testers are small samples of the paint colour that you can either paint on the wall or on large pieces of bristol board.  If the location that you are at does not provide testers, you can also take a few of the paint chip of the colour and paste them on a larger piece of paper so that you are able to see it on a large scale. This is recommended to provide the true colour that is to be applied.

Below are two examples of how to use neutral colours on the wall and accent colours through accessories:

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4.    Look at the colour in the morning, in the afternoon, and the evening to determine if that is the colour option that you are truly happy with. When selecting a colour at the store you are looking at it under different light then what you may have in your home. Light has a large factor in how the colour will actually look in the space.

5.    Having the right colour on your walls will make a large change in the space. Colour will create the right feeling in the space, so it is important that you select the right one for the right space for your home.

So instead at looking at the colour selection process as a challenge, have some fun with it. Experiment. Take the road less traveled and discover the endless colour selections that will ultimately set the tone of the space!

Amy Carter
Custom Home Interiors

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