Why not re-arrange for a change?

A different view may open your eyes! We often find ourselves looking for a change in our homes or in life in general and the list of what needs to be changed can grow quickly. One thing leads to another and before you know it, you've become bogged down by a growing number of fairly significant habits to stop/start or items to remove/replace.

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When it comes to changing our home's interior decor, most have the mindset that to make a change, it's “out with the old and in with the new” - but in many cases we can achieve as much with a small change to the old.

With the Summer months upon us, now is a great time to consider making changes to our indoor living spaces as we're finally able to enjoy the outdoors – no need to worry about a room being briefly 'under construction' – let us help with the inside while you relax outside!

Replace or Renew? Sometimes a simple rearrangement is all it takes!

Our home decor is something we see day in and day out. We chose 'just the right pieces' to make the room fit our eye in fashion and function, but eventually it becomes stale, worn out or dated and it's time for something new. That something new doesn't have to mean a replacement and related costs – why not take a look at changing the placement of a few items and the focal point of the room?

Swapping the placement of your couch, loveseat and coffee table is a great way to give a room a fresh feel. Take a look at your accessories as well – moving a piece of artwork, a group of candles or a plant from one side of a room to another or in to another room altogether will give the piece and the room new life – no need to endlessly add accessories and potentially clutter the space!

Discard to De-Clutter? Why not start a rotation?

It's often hard to let go of accessories and pieces of decor that were chosen after much consideration. We've all seen rooms of our own (or those of others) that start out being very deliberate and minimal, but over the years more accessories catch our eye and are added to the space. Before you know it you've got accessories and accent pieces that no longer compliment the room or each other!

Why not make a seasonal rotation? Throw blankets and heavier window coverings that make us feel cozy in the winter can be swapped out for something lighter and more airy in the warmer months. There's no need to get rid of an all season item after finding another all season item – designate it for one season and switch in another until that season rolls around again!

Where to start? The value of experience.

Changing a view, de-cluttering or re-arranging a space with a few minor alterations can be easier said than done. We've all had that moment of frustration wondering 'Okay, where to start?'. Like in many aspects of life, the help of professionals can go a long way!

The design team at Buy The Yard Interiors has a great deal of experience and expertise and can bring a fresh perspective and alternate view to a space you thought you'd seen from every angle.

Reach out to us and we'll get you on your way!

 

Enhancing and Adding Comfort to Your Outdoor Living Space

As hard as it is to believe, we're in to the month of May and we're just beginning to spend leisure time in our outdoor spaces – better late than never!

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After cleaning up the yard, you've likely noticed some of your outdoor furniture, coverings and accessories have come through the Winter a little worse for the wear. Outdoor furniture is often overlooked when we think of customizing or re-upholstering. While many may opt to dispose of the aging pieces and replace them with something new, have you considered simply freshening up the worn fabrics?

Pergola Draperies – Spruce Up the Appearance and Add some Quaint Privacy

Your patio, deck or garden Pergola is often the centrepiece of your backyard – a place to relax with friends and family or enjoy some quiet time on your own. While not intended to be completely enclosed, sometimes a little privacy can go a long way in creating your backyard paradise.

Adding drapery to one or all sides – or even the roof – of your Pergola may be a subtle, yet fashionable solution to create a little shade and solitude. Buy The Yard Interiors offers many custom design options for all shapes and sizes of Pergolas, with many being available in UV and element resistant fabrics.

Not sure if drapery will work in your outdoor space? Reach out to us and we'd be happy to discuss everything from basic designs to custom creations!

Like the Chair in the Store, but not the Cushions? Older Outdoor Seating Cushions Faded or Torn?

We've all been there – you see a furniture piece in a store or online that fits perfectly in to an indoor space you have in mind – the size, style and build of the framing are just what you're looking for, but the fabric covering or filling of the cushions just wont work. This is no different for outdoor furniture, but not to worry!

There are a wide variety of element resistant fabrics and custom fill options available for your outdoor chairs, sofas, and even sectionals – whether it be a brand new piece that needs the final finishing touches to fit perfectly in to your recent backyard re-design, or a piece you've had for years but is in need of an update in comfort or style, a small change can make a big difference.

Before you walk away from that perfect new outdoor seating set or dispose of a favourite, simply because you feel you're stuck with the covering, consider customizing it from the get-go or freshening it up with new upholstery!

We're Happy to Help!

The options available to make things 'just right' in your backyard are plentiful – contact us at Buy The Yard Interiors and our experienced design team would be pleased to work with you to make your space outdoors relaxing and comfortable for yourself and your guests.

Spring has Sprung - There's No Better Time To Freshen Up Your Home Decor!

After a frigid winter that seemed like it would never end, we're just around the corner from the hot sun of the Summer – but let's not forget nature's time to rejuvenate; when the flowers begin to bloom – Spring!

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Spring is a time of breezy freshness and new life in nature and also a great opportunity for us to bring new life to our homes. We've been cooped up indoors all winter and a few decor choices we've become all-to-familiar with may have become stale. Why not consider re-decorating a room that has lost its pizzazz?

Buy The Yard Interiors can assist you every step of the way in determining which rooms and accents might make the biggest splash when re-decorated:

Want to brighten up your Living, Family, or Great Room? Sheerweave blinds are an excellent way to add subdued Spring sunlight that will reinvigorate a space the whole day through, with the added benefit of protecting fabric coverings from fading under prolonged exposure to direct sunlight – some are even available with remote controls!

Do you enjoy the comfort and sizing of your seating, but you're growing a little tired of the look? Spring is a great time to have these re-upholstered as you'll be spending more time outdoors freshening up the yard to relax and enjoy the fresh air with friends and family.

Spring is also a great time to 'turn a new leaf' on your accent pillows and bedding! We can walk you through the many custom shapes, sizes, fills and fabrics and breezy Spring colours we have available with the help of our experienced design team.

Start small to avoid being overwhelmed, then reach out for help! You may have multiple rooms and multiple pieces that you may feel are need of replacement or updating, which may cause you to avoid starting the project altogether as you don’t know where to begin. We feel it’s best to take a quick glance rather than a long glare at a space to pinpoint a couple of things that jump out as the ‘top priority’ changes - baby steps are the perfect way to start a Spring project!

Reach out to us at Buy The Yard Interiors and we'd be delighted to help you add some renewed Spring freshness to your home and alleviate the headaches the decision making process can sometimes present.

 

Fashion or Function - Why not both?

When you've decided the time has come to re-model the seating area of your living space, how much time is spent considering the level of comfort you'd like to enjoy? Most of us will spend the vast majority of our decision making process trying to decide which size, shape, colour and covering will lend itself to complimenting and enhancing the visual appearance of the space, however does this come at the cost of being comfortable?

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How much consideration is given to comfort?

We've all visited a friend or family member and taken notice of how aesthetically stunning a newly added couch, loveseat, sectional or chair is only to find ourselves shifting and adjusting our seating position in an effort to find comfort and space. If you've found a fabric and style that impresses, but cushioning that leaves something to be desired, you've short changed yourself!

Find the utmost in both Fashion and Function with the help of an Interior Decorator.

At Buy The Yard Interiors, we're pleased to work with you, step by step, to ensure you select a piece - whether it be a couch, loveseat, sectional, chair or anything between - that gives you the fit and form to enhance your space above and beyond your expectations.

We can start by visiting one of our many local manufacturing partners in the Golden Horseshoe and beyond – many of whom are Canadian owned and operated – to view a vast selection of finished pieces. Once we've found a size, style and cushion fill preference, we put the finishing touch on by selecting a covering that complements the existing space and personal taste from the 1000's of coverings available to view at our showroom.

Reach out to us at Buy The Yard Interiors and our experienced Decorators can guide you through the selection process to ensure you enjoy the look, feel and longevity of the latest addition to your seating area for years to come!

 

Reimagining the family home: thinking outside the box!

Have you ever questioned why you are redecorating a room, thinking to yourself “I don’t know why I’m decorating this room because we never use it?” This might be a sign that it is not being used to its potential and it’s time to let your imagination run free and start thinking outside the box. Often times we restrict ourselves to old fashioned ideas that don’t work in our busy lives. Ask yourself these questions about your space and see if you are using it in a way that works for you:

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Does the space function properly to meet your needs? If you’re using a terribly lit little space to do your sewing and crafting, you will understand exactly what we’re talking about here! Make sure that your space has the ability to function properly for your intended use. Just like you don’t want a media room to be too bright, make sure that rooms used for close tasks like sewing have enough light to be functional.

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Is your living room, or any other room, out of date and underused? Are you ready to open your mind to new possibilities about the use of your existing space? Present your new ideas to your family in a positive light, suggesting benefits to everyone’s lifestyle. This will make the process of redecorating painless, in a supportive atmosphere. You will be thrilled when an uncomfortable, underutilized space finally becomes comfortable and functional. Convert a large living room into a dining room and host more parties!

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Why cling to outmoded rooms when you can have the space that you dream of? Think outside the box to reclaim and rediscover functional space that already exists within your home. Ask yourself the questions above and if you’re ready to reimagine your home, you’ll love Buy the Yard Interiors in Ancaster. For more information, please give us a call at 905-648-7979.

Budgeting Without Tears

Designing and decorating a space is always an incredibly exciting and rewarding time of life. Choosing colours, fabrics, dreaming about the new use of space…it’s all so much fun that as customers we can forget to cover one of the most important areas – establishing a budget.

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Sometimes a budget that you live with and getting everything you want can be a tall order, but with careful consideration any budget can be worked with to create picture perfect results. Budgeting can be a difficult topic to discuss, because it can be fraught with emotion. If a decorator knows your budget they can make well informed decisions to save you time and money. Knowing your budget is always the way to go, as it avoids misunderstandings later on down the line. Fewer misunderstandings equal less stress, which we always strive for.

Decorating should be fun, right? Unfortunately, when you decorate there are a few traps that you can fall into. One trap is being really unrealistic about costs. This is where your research becomes important. Familiarize yourself with what items cost today. Many people haven’t done any decorating for many years, or they have never worked with a designer. Some people have champagne tastes on a beer budget, so they need to think outside the box to provide the environment that they are looking for at a reasonable price. Having a realistic budget will make your decorating experience a joy. At Buy the Yard Interiors in Ancaster we are happy to help you with any questions about this part of the design process.

Wallpaper: A Wonderful Way to Beautify Your Home!

Yes, it’s true—wallpaper is back and better than ever! But if the very word evokes images of your grandmother’s walls covered in busy, retro flowers and psychedelic globs, then it’s time you checked out how designers are using this versatile wall treatment option to infuse style, chic and distinction to today’s interiors.

Modern wallpapers are affordable, easier to use than their predecessors and packed with the power to make decorating statements that range from bold and dramatic to quiet and elegant. Many contemporary wallpapers bring a modern twist to time-tested classics—botanicals, intricate damask patterns, stripes and geometrics, all in updated colour palettes, designs and textures. You can take the plunge and paper an entire room, or step gradually into the experience by using it only in smaller areas.

Consider just a few of the many popular options today:

  • Large patterns—Whether your taste runs to fast-forward geometrics or exotic lotus flowers, plan large patterns carefully. In many cases, bold designs are better confined to accent walls and powder rooms or used tone-on-tone to control their impact and avoid overwhelming the room.
  • Textured designs—Flocked, embossed or textured papers add dimension and interest to a room without necessarily adding extra colour. Some textures are also paintable, allowing you to customize the paper to your current colour scheme.
  • Classic designs—Stripes in the latest colour palettes are a timeless way to add instant chic. Or for a soft, romantic look, nothing beats wispy florals or vines set amidst updated colour themes. If you want to transform plain walls, wallpaper is one way to add colour and style, often with greater versatility that paint alone can achieve.

Consult with an experienced design professional who can help you plan where, how much and what kind of wallpaper is best for your interiors. Buy The Yard Interiors provides expert consulting and custom products to beautify your home and office with window fashions, furniture and decorative accents. Please call us at 905-648-7979.

Home Accessorizing Part II: Vertical Surfaces

In part 1 of our article on home accessorizing tips, we discussed design principles for accenting horizontal surfaces such as mantels and tabletops. This time, we’re focusing on vertical surfaces, the most spacious of which are the walls. Whether yours are large or small, there are plenty of decorating ideas that you can use to create interest and add style.

Many of the same principles for decorating horizontal surfaces apply equally to vertical surfaces. Remember that your main goal is to achieve an effectively balanced theme using the elements of colour, size, texture and depth. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Pictures and artwork provide endless opportunities for jazzing up a plain wall. If you have a single, spectacular piece, place it by itself to create a focal point inside the room.
  • Smaller pieces are also very effective when clustered together into a mini gallery on a single wall. Aim to create a pleasing balance with frames of varying sizes, shapes and weights.
  • Mirrors are not only attractive, but they also have the power to alter your perception of a room’s dimensions and lighting.
  • A grouping of smaller mirrors can help reflect light to brighten up a dark space. A large, door-sized mirror inside a spacious room can add drama and create the illusion of increased expansiveness. For effective balance, make sure to scale the mirror to the size of the room.

Texture is a greatly underused design element, but one which imparts dimension and visual interest to a room no matter what the colour scheme. Picture a bronze or metal sculpture adjacent to a fireplace, or a brocade wall tapestry behind a hallway accent table. Whatever accents you choose, remember to build them around the colour theme and proportions of the room and its furnishings. If your accent also serves as a functional item, such as a reading lamp, make sure that its height and colour don’t interfere with effective use of the item’s usefulness.

For more information on expert consulting and custom products to beautify your home, please call us at 905-648-7979.

Home Accessorizing Tips Part I: Horizontal Surfaces

Kitchen islands, tables and mantelpieces—each is a different feature inside your home, but what they have in common are horizontal surfaces that can be attractively transformed by smart accessorizing.

A common inclination may be to place a lamp in the centre or a pair of candlesticks on the ends, but adding interest and style to horizontal surfaces can encompass so much more. Keep in mind that the most successful decorating themes create interest and achieve an effective balance of size and colour.

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With a few basic design principles in mind, we've put together a few suggestions that you may be able to use right away with your existing pieces:

  • Grouping—Spreading an assortment of accents evenly over a horizontal surface most often produces a clutter that lacks focal point or unified theme. Instead, try grouping decorative elements close together in clusters. Keep in mind that a group of odd numbers provides a roundness of feel that works better than even numbered groupings—use a group of three or five instead of a group of four.
  • Centering—You may instinctively place a decorative accent smack in the middle of your horizontal surface, but off-centre placements are chic and less formal. For balance, experiment with placing an off centre item with a small cluster of neighbouring accents.
  • Layering and proportion—Building accents on top of or in front of each other add depth and dimension to an otherwise flat surface. Manipulating varying heights is another technique that helps create a sense of balance. Try a statuette seated atop a stack of coffee table books, or place a taller vase of flowers on a low end table to bring the eye upward.

With a few basic principles in mind, you can transform your home’s horizontal surfaces from plain to fabulous.

For expert consulting and custom products to beautify your home, Please call us at 905-648-7979.

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