Trend Alert: Pretty passionate pinks are the thing for spring!

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In December, Pantone, “the world-renowned authority on color” announced the 2011 Colour of the Year…


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This bold, energetic hue can easily be incorporated into your wardrobe and home décor.  It is fresh and upbeat, reminding us of the sunny days of summer.  It is popping up on the runways, in stores and homes.  It is stimulating and intense, just the change we need after months of dull grey skies!

This uplifting hue, a reddish pink, can be sophisticated too!  Don’t automatically attach this colour to cupcakes and ponies.  See a few tips below on how to incorporate this fun, refreshing shade into your everyday life in a grown-up way!

• In the kitchen, add linens and small accessories in this fun shade

• Add throw pillows to your sofa and bed for a punch of colour

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[Madeline Weinrib Ikat “Pink & Orange Mor” Pillow]

• Paint nails or swipe the colour on lips for a fresh look

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[OPI “Pink Flamenco” Polish]

• Upholster an accent chair in elegant velvet, instant “notice me” effect!

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[Lady Luxe Pink Chair- Modern Chic Home]

• A bright pair of pink flats or clutch are the perfect summer accessories

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[Lanvin Pink Leather Ballet Flats]

• For men, try a fun honeysuckle coloured tie with a neutral grey suit

• Paint a wall in the living room this shade; it will pop against any neutral!

• Pink peonies add a cheery burst of colour without making an investment

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• Panel drapes will add whimsy and demand attention in this colour

Visit Custom Home Interiors to find fabrics, paint and wallpaper in this shade.  Embracing this bold hue will add liveliness and freshness to your space!

Kiersten Lowden

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Custom Home Interiors Offers a Truly Custom Co-Op Placement Experience

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Every year CHI welcomes an Algonquin College 2nd year Interior Decorating student to learn the inner workings of the company.  This year, Sarah Whetter joined the team for her co-op placement.  See what she had to say about the experience!

Image and video hosting by TinyPicCustom Home Interiors 2011 Co-Op Student Sarah Whetter

Right from the beginning I knew my experience at Custom Home Interiors as a co-op student was going to be a unique and enriching one. After assisting with a seminar set up at their main showroom located on Thurston Drive early last year, I decided that I needed to learn more about CHI.  The products and services that they offer was unlike anything I had seen in the Ottawa area previously!

Through a little serendipity, I was invited to their grand re-opening gala after visiting their incredible booth at the Home and Design Show last fall. Again, I was blown away with their level of care and commitment to their clients, other industry members and the unique line of products and services that they offer. I applied to their co-op position a few weeks later and began my placement in early March.  From day one have not stopped being amazing by the level of commitment  and passion from every member of the team at CHI.

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CHI Grand Re-Opening Fall 2010

At the beginning of my placement I was asked to write about what I wished to learn during my time at CHI, I found this has meant that I am getting a tailor made placement experience.  This is very typical for CHI as they are all about the clients’ wants and needs. Ensuring I get the best experience possible seems to be a priority for all employees, which not only helps me learn how the business works quite quickly, but also makes me feel very cared about and valued as a student just stepping into the design world.

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One thing that continues to impress me is Custom Home Interior’s willingness to continually seek out new and better products and services so that they can always offer their clientele the latest and greatest at the best value. They will also take on projects of any size, no matter how big or small. It could be a powder room make-over or the outfitting of an entire retirement complex.

Sarah Whetter
2nd year Algonquin College Student – Interior Decorating Program

Custom Home Interiors strongly supports the Algonquin Interior Decorating Program.  Director of Sales & Marketing Andrew Emmans currently sits on their advisory committee.  Many of CHI’s empolyees have graduated from this program.

It has been a pleasure having Sarah as a honourary member of the CHI family.  Her positive attitude, enthusiasm and hunger for learning has been contagious.

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The Custom Home Interiors Fabric Line has arrived!

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Spring is in the air!

With the snow melting and the days getting longer, we are getting the incredible urge to change things up! Those projects that you were dreaming about all winter long finally start taking shape.  Whether it’s changing the draperies, new toss cushions or even getting that chair re-upholstered, exciting new fabrics is what your space is craving!

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Here at Custom Home Interiors, we have just the solution to help. Not only do we carry hundreds of different fabrics from companies like Robert Allen, Joanne Fabrics, Avant Garde, Duralee and more, but we now also have our very own line of Custom Home Interiors fabric! From stripes to solids, plaid to pattern, blue to purple, red to orange and everything in between!

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Next time you are in the area of our Thurston Drive location, stop by and see what we have to offer.  Feel free to spend some time browsing through the samples – you might be here for a while!  If you find it helpful, bring along some inspiration pictures, wall colours or something that represents the colours that already exist in the space and you will be able to find that perfect fabric to help tie everything together.

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Mandalyn Goodall
Sales and Design Representative

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