Things We Love at Custom Home Interiors

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To get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we asked some of the team at Custom Home Interiors to share some of the things they love about their work at Custom Home Interiors, and here is what they had to say:
 
David's desk
“My desk is one of my favourite things at CHI. I can see and talk to almost everyone in the office from where I sit, but it also gives me some privacy for when I need to focus on my work. I have a view of the window from my desk and I am nice and close to the coffee machine. I also enjoy having enough space on my desk to house my laptop and a second monitor, store all of my paperwork and still have plenty of room to work with.”

David Skinner
Operations Assistant
Custom Home Interiors by Obvious Advantage Inc. & Corporate Housing Interiors Ltd.

 
Diana's Colour Fan Deck
“One of my favourite things is the ambient lighting at my desk – lighting is such a necessary and crucial aspect of design. Oh, and I love my colour fan deck, of course!”

Diana Delaney
Design Coordinator
Custom Home Interiors by Obvious Advantage Inc.

 
Andrew's Pens
“I have come to love these pens as has the rest of the team, but it comes at a cost; I no longer like using any other pen in existence. When we run low on these pens, they become a very hot commodity in the office until the replenishment shipment comes in. Even the old worn out ones have a place when stock gets low.”

Andrew Emmans 
President
Custom Home Interiors, Obvious Advantage Inc. & Corporate Housing Interiors Ltd.

 

Sarah's Passion Planner
“I use my Passion Planner to keep track of appointments to a degree, but I predominantly use it to plan and strategize business actions. I’m able to plan blog posts, keep track of days that my junior is with me, keep focus on daily, weekly and monthly tasks and reflect on the past month at the end of each month. It’s been really helpful in keeping me more organized but also on track of steps I need to take to achieve business goals.”

Sarah Kidder
Certified Interior Decorator, Sarah Kidder Design
& Partner, Custom Home Interiors by Obvious Advantage Inc.

 
Tyler's Control Centre
“I love my 3 screen ‘control centre’ because I can be working on a logistics spreadsheet on one screen, an email response on the second and putting an invoice together on the 3rd.  It has made my job so much more efficient, plus I get to have my cute son staring at me from both screen savers.”

Tyler Dren
Director of Operations
Custom Home Interiors by Obvious Advantage Inc. & Corporate Housing Interiors Ltd.
 
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Sarah Kidder Takes on the Ultimate Upcycling Challenge for Charity

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Our colleague Sarah Kidder, the founder and principal of the award-winning Sarah Kidder Design was invited to participate in the Ultimate Upcycling Challenge and the Ottawa Home & Remodelling Show last weekend. The Challenge involved sourcing a pre-loved door from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore and ‘upcycle’ it using Rust-Oleum Consumer Brands Canada products to present a brand new piece ready for a second chance at love.

Upcylcing Challenge

The Ultimate Upcycling Challenge was clearly a perfect fit for Sarah who strongly believes in donating her time and talents to worthy causes, and is no stranger to upcycling. In fact, she identified it as one of the top new trends in a previous blog post Sarah Kidder Talks Top Trends from Ottawa Fall Home Show 2015. In it, she discusses her approach to upcycling and where the you are most likely to see it.

Sarah chose to start with a pair of golden oak cabinet doors with similar grain and only a bit of moulding detail that she estimates would be worth $10-$15 if sold ‘as is’. For the upcycled piece, her vision was to create a vintage-inspired set of coat racks that would look great in a bedroom with a vintage or country feel, or in a bright bathroom or walk-in closet, and as soon as she saw the cabinet doors, she knew they were the ones.

Her first step was to select the hardware, which she wanted to be the focal point of the pieces. Sarah sourced all of the knobs and hooks from Yardley’s, a local antique store known for unique and authentic pieces. Yardley’s gave her a great deal on the hardware, which was originally $75, because it was for charity. However, Sarah faced a dilemma in using what she described as the perfect hardware for her vision. She realized the weight of coats would be an issue, and so rather than sacrifice style, she reclassified her piece as an accessory rack for jewellery, scarves, and the like.

Antique Jewellery RacksTo evoke a Victorian-esque feel, Sarah used traditional colours ─ smoky blue, soft sage green and buttery yellow ─ in matte Rustoleum chalk paint; and then distressed the edges slightly so that the wood peeked through. They have colour and character without being too much. A matte clear-coat was applied to protect the finish while maintaining the soft milky look that chalk paint is known for.

Sarah’s accessory racks sold for $100 at auction as part of the Ottawa Home & Remodelling Show’s Ultimate Upcycling Challenge with all proceeds going to support of Habitat for Humanity. Other causes that are dear to Sarah include children’s cancer, hospice care, and guinea pig rescue. She often donates consultations to charities like Project Jenga and Ottawa Fur Kids, and she is also happy to help out others in any way she can.

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Custom Home Interiors works with industry professional to provide leading edge furniture, appliances, home automation, fireplaces, window treatments and fittings for commercial and residential projects.

We publish a quarterly newsletter containing links to bi-monthly blog posts & other relevant industry news. Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter.

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