HELP Custom Home Interiors & The Children’s Wish Foundation HELP YOU!

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Suzy Kendrick and Mandalyn Goodall of Custom Home Interiors have joined the effort to GRANT 1 CHILD’S WISH!

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Part of our mission is to raise $5000! (The cost of granting one child’s wish.)

But it’s all about paying it forward…


  • Do you have a home renovation question?
  • Are you stuck between deciding on 3 different paint colours for your bathroom?
  • Having trouble arranging furniture in your living room?

Don’t fret!  Your questions can be answered and problems can be solved on
Saturday, April 2 from 10am to 4pm at Custom Home Interiors

Get Expert Advice

$20 for 20 minutes


decorators • designers • contractors • realtors • custom woodworkers • organizers • landscapers

All proceeds go towards Team ODNG’s efforts.  There will also be yummy baked goods for sale as well as a silent auction!

What is “Exile Island” you ask?

Brought to you by The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, it’s an afternoon of challenges, competition, fundraising and wish granting for Tribes of ten castaways.  Teams will be exiled to Petrie Island for the day on Thursday, May 12th  to determine who will become Ottawa’s ultimate survivors.


For more information about this fundraising event and others our team is having please contact Suzy Kendrick,

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Bathroom Renovations – From “Overlooked” to “Incredible”

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The bathroom is often one of the most outdated areas in the home as it is not a highly visible area.  But by tearing down the outdated wall paper and updating those mustard yellow fixtures, the value of your home can increase significantly.  So why not unveil the hidden potential that exists in your bathroom!

Minding your budget, you can choose to renovate your bathroom in one go, or work on it in stages. Either way, here are some helpful tips to make the most out of your bathroom space!

• The variety available in tiles today is endless.  Ditch the linoleum and install a beautiful porcelain tile for the floor, such as the one seen below.  This tile has the look of a linen suit, gorgeous and unique!

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• A fresh coat of paint goes a long way!  Think “spa atmosphere” and work with muted colours.  Some of my favorites from C2 include “Seraph”; a pale, soft grey, and “Parchment”; a warm fawn shade.

• Replacing the fixtures will make a huge difference.  The standard builder fixtures do not add any “sparkle” to your bathroom.  Consider the two sink faucets below.  Which one would you choose?

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standard builder Fixture

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“Dryden” Faucet by Delta

Lighting can make a world of difference in the bathroom!  A chic pot light in the shower and over head vanity light complemented by simple wall sconces make it easier to see when shaving or applying makeup.

• Small details and accessories go a long way, adding a sensible and aesthetically pleasing touch.  A stylish teak bench in the shower, glass apothecary jars on the vanity and a storage unit for towels marry practical and pretty!

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The bathroom should be a retreat.  Update this space to make the most of it now for your own use and to attract potential buyers for the future!  If you are considering a bathroom renovation in your own home, visit Custom Home Interiors Showroom & Design Center to “ignite your imagination”!

Say it with me, “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh”.

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Kiersten Lowden
Custom Home Interiors

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Custom Home Interiors Ignites It’s Imagination with Charity!

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Giving back to our community is something that is very important to Custom Home Interiors.  A few months back, we began our search for a charitable organization that would compliment what CHI does.  It was clear almost immediately that all signs pointed to Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region.

I actually met Habitat NCR CEO Donna Hicks in the summer at one of the Mayor’s Breakfast events held at the beautifully renovated and restored Museum of Nature.  Donna spoke about Habitat’s fall winter gala “Steel Toes & Stilettos” and I knew immediately it was something I wanted to be involved with.

I joined the “Steel Toes & Stilettos” Gala team as a Table Captain, responsible for promoting and selling a table of tickets for the event.  It was an amazing evening and I was so happy to be involved.

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Habitat for Humanity “Steel Toes & Stilettos” Gala @ The Westin, Ottawa
October 15, 2010

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CHI Commercial Sales Representative Suzy Kendrick
Proud “Table Captain”

We knew right away that Custom Home Interiors wasn’t stopping there.  We had a big event coming up and wanted Habitat for Humanity to be involved.

I set up a meeting with Myrna Beattie, Director of Retail Operations at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.  Myrna excitedly agreed to join CHI as our Official Charitable Partner.  After our discussions, we decided the best way to raise money for HFH NCR would be a Silent Auction at the Custom Home Interiors Grand Re-Opening Industry Night.

We had an overwhelming response from our industry peers and the Ottawa business community as a whole with donations for the silent auction and need to give a shout out to them all!

GE Mabe
Hot 89.9/Newcap Radio
Luc Crawford Design Planning
Artfrik Home
Leeza Distribution
Kiwi Choice
Renu Spa
Strokes of Genius Painting
Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport
Jody Lavoie

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Custom Home Interiors Grand Re-Opening Industry Cocktail Party Silent Auction
October 28, 2010

When the evening concluded, bids were tallied and money collected, we were thrilled to see we had raised over $2300 for the Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region Re-Store!

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Custom Home Interiors Directors Andrew Emmans & Tyler Dren along with Commercial Sales Representative Suzy Kendrick present Habitat for Humanity’s CEO Donna Hicks and Director of Retail Operations Myrna Beattie with the cheque.

-Suzy Kendrick
Commercial Sales Representative

… and now the whole CHI team was getting the charity itch.


Happy November… I mean Movember!!

We’re coming to the end of Movember people! The month where men of all ages, decided to grow their ‘staches’ for 30 days in hopes and dreams of achieving mustache glory.  Actually… no.  This is a cause to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

We’re pleased to see CHI Director of Sales & Marketing Andrew Emmans taking the lead in supporting to the cause for Custom Home Interiors!

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In joining the 60,000 odd men that have signed up for the cause, Andrew says

I’m doing this because 4,400 men die of prostate cancer in Canada each year and one in six men will be diagnosed during his lifetime. This is a cause that I feel passionately about and I’m asking you to support my efforts by making a donation to Prostate Cancer Canada.”

It’s been a long month for Andrew as he has endured the comments, looks, stares from people and jokes around the office that we make, which he doesn’t know about (I guess he knows now).  But it’s all for a good cause and I’m pretty sure he has enjoyed his time of crumb catchers and soup strainers.

Here are some quick facts on prostate cancer in Canada (Courtesy of

  • The most common cancer among Canadian men – it will afflict 1 in 6 men and is a greater threat for those with a family history of the disease
  • Turning up in men in their 40s
  • Going to be diagnosed in about 24,600 men this year, not including cases that go undiagnosed due to men’s unwillingness to go for annual check-ups
  • Develops as a result of dietary, environmental and heredity factors (more research is needed to identify its causes and prevent the disease)
  • New, preliminary research suggests pharmaceuticals may help prevent prostate cancer in men at high risk of the disease
  • Often without symptoms in its earliest, most curable stage – making annual testing ever more important
  • Treated by surgery, radiation and hormone therapy (among other treatments)
  • Thought to be a potentially preventable cancer in many cases, but more research is needed

If you are still looking to donate, you can help Andrew out by clicking this link:

For more details on how the funds raised from previous campaigns have been used and the impact Movember is having please visit:

– Timothy Das
Sales & Marketing Coordinator

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It’s a cocktail affair at the CHI Grand Re-Opening Industry Night

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To celebrate the recent renovations that we did to our fabulous design showroom in Ottawa, we decided to have a little party with our partners from the Ottawa Housing & Design Industry!! It turned out to be an amazing night with excellent food and music as guests mingled and schmoozed with friends and partners alike.

Here is just a taste of how the evening transpired:

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The stage was set. Lights, Food, Drinks. And we were in action…The CHI Showroom was
dressed to the nines for this auspicious night.

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CHI also had a silent auction which featured sponsors from Hot899, Miele, Strokes of Genius Painting, and a host of
other hotels & spa’s. All proceeds were donated to the Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region.

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Industry Guests from all over Ottawa had made an appearance

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CHI Sales & Marketing Director sharing a laugh with Penny Southam from Southam Design

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CHI Director of Operations Tyler Dren delivers his speech in introducing the CHI Team to the
Industry. Tyler highlighted that much of the success that CHI has enjoyed is down it’s most valuable asset, it’s employees.

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Now how can’t you have a party without a BIG CAKE!

Congratulations to the Directors of Custom Home Interiors. What was once
an idea from a business competition, is now an 8000 sq. ft reality.

On behalf at everyone at Custom Home Interiors, we would like to thank everyone who attended and made this event night to remember.

Thank You!

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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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Make a Big Impact in a Small Way: Simple Ways to Give Your Kitchen a Facelift Without Breaking the Bank!

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Renovating a kitchen is no easy task.  It can be time consuming and expensive!  But, with the right information and your imagination, you can position yourself to save a lot of money for when that big day arrives.

Here are a few quick tips on how to make the most out of your kitchen renovations:

Re-stain, re-face or re-finish your cabinets

Give your kitchen a simple facelift!  Changing the look without having to replace them entirely is a great way to save money and still give your kitchen that new feel. It is best that you hire a professional to do this for you to ensure that it is done correctly.

Update your cabinetry hardware

Updating your cabinetry hardware is a simple and inexpensive way to liven up your kitchen.  For chic, modern cabinets, try a long pull handle to give your kitchen a sleek look. For a traditional kitchen, try to select hardware with a bronze or nickel finish to maintain it’s overall look and feel.

Add or change your outdated light fixtures

Lighting is a great way to accentuate the ambience in a space. Lighting adds warmth and creates a welcoming environment for guests and a wonderful workspace for the whole family to enjoy. Pendant lights over top of an island are a great way to add that extra little twinkle.

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Modernize your kitchen backsplash

Changing your kitchen backsplash from the drab plain white builder’s grade tiles will definitely give your kitchen new life.  For a modern kitchen, mosaic glass tiles are a popular choice.  For a traditional style kitchen, try a tumbled marble or travertine to give your kitchen the texture and warmth to create an elegant space.

Add new window treatments

Window treatments are a great way to dress up a kitchen and can add texture, pattern and colour. Custom Home Interiors works with the extensive line of Hunter Douglas products to offer beautiful window treatments that are functional and a great addition.

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These few tips will help you save on cash and have your friends envying your gorgeous new space!

Custom Home Interiors Showroom & Design Centre is a great place to start whether you’re just at the “getting ideas” stage or you’re ready to place the order for your new cabinet doors.  We’re here to help by giving you the right information for your kitchen renovation which will make all the difference in cost, style and overall satisfaction.  Come visit us at 2202 Thurston Drive or at 855 Industrial Rd, Ottawa, where our team of representatives will help you tackle that kitchen renovation you’ve always wanted to do!

Kayla Yenson
Custom Home Interiors

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De-Decorating Your Home: Setting the Stage for Success!

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You have heard of it. Friends have told you about it. But you still remain skeptical about the very application of it!  It’s Home Staging!

DID YOU KNOW? Research shows that a staged home will not only sell faster, but for more money.

“Home staging is preparing a home for the real estate market by making all necessary repairs and creating a neutral environment that anyone can visualize living in”.  – HGTV

One of the most important things to remember when thinking about staging is – Staging is NOT decorating.  It is the exact opposite of decorating (or de-decorating as I like to call it).  A professional stager will come into your home with an objective eye and inform you what appeals to the current market.  If you’re still living in the space, they will make suggestions as to what needs to be removed from the room and what pictures need to come down.

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Property Stylist and CEO of Capital Home Staging and Design, Kristy Morrison, is an expert in helping her clients get their homes ready to go on the market.  Kristy shared some pretty interesting facts with me:

  • 90% of buyers can NOT envision the potential of the space
  • 86% of buyers are willing to spend a little more money on a home that is “move in ready”
  • Staged homes sell 50% faster and typically for 6-30% MORE money!

Which living room would you rather be in?


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So, what does home staging and Custom Home Interiors have in common?  This is for all you stagers, real estate agents and home owners looking to put their place on the market…

Custom Home Interiors is developing a Home Staging Program!

The best part is, we are going to have tonnes of items for RENT!  What do you need to finish off the living room?  Artwork?  Table Lamps?  You don’t need to go and buy those things.  Just use ours until your home is sold!  We have rows upon rows of accessories, walls full of artwork and even some fibreboard furniture… more about that really cool product in my next blog post.

From the very basics where you’re staging a home and need an artificial plant or a bar height table, we will guide you through every step of the process and ensure that your home looks it’s best for a sale.

By Mandalyn Goodall

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Uncover the Fabric That Will Re-Define Your Space

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When looking at the four blank walls in an un-defined space, it can be difficult and somewhat frustrating to imagine what the finished product will look like.  Getting started on a new project can be a tedious task.  However, with the right inspiration, you can make that blank canvas into your own personal masterpiece in no time.

A simple way to select a colour scheme for a room in your home is to start with a fabric you love!  A patterned textile will showcase colours that complement each other.   Once the appropriate fabric and colour are chosen, the rest is easy.  Use the fabric’s colour and style as a base style for the rest of the space.

Belle Maison’s Julie Thigpen ( put together a “Décor Inspiration Vignette” that I absolutely love.  The inspiration behind her     design came from the Amy Butler fabric (Nigella Twill Water Lotus Forest) at the top left.

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Resources: 1) Fabric Amy Butler Nigella Twill Water Lotus Forest – $14.98/yd; 2) Devon Mirror – $149; 3) Santee Sioux Pillow – $54; 4) Gold Festival Pillow – $128; 5) Jasper Table Lamp – $535; 6) Cinchwaist Iron/Glass Table (Arteriors Home); 7)Savoir Chair in Sangria Fabric – $899; 8) Jacqui White Chest – $1,525

In terms of some tips and key points to keep in mind, remember the following:

  • When dealing with large furniture pieces such as the sofa, they are best upholstered in light, muted tones.
  • Select a neutral hue from the palette of colours and punch it up with a bold colour on an accent chair with throw pillows in a selected patterned fabric.
  • Another neutral hue in the fabric is often great for wall colour.  Whether it’s rich or muted, this colour will translate well into a large area as it is neutral and will showcase unique items in the room.
  • A classic chair can be brought to life using a bold colour from the fabric, such as hot pink or peacock blue just as Belle Maison did.

Don’t be afraid to be creative and experiment!  Colour and pattern will bring other elements of the space to life.  Mix and match to create a room that defines you and expresses your personality. Discover the hidden potential your space has to offer, based on one simple fabric!

By Kiersten Lowden
Custom Home Interiors

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