Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Toronto Sun #CondoChic

If you live in the Toronto area you may have picked up the Toronto Star newspaper on Friday. And, if you just so happen to find yourself flipping through the "New Homes & Condo" section then you probably may have also noticed this tiny tiny picture of me (can you hear the sarcasm)? It was a half page, jumbo size photo of moi! I was just as surprised as everyone else, so so so thankful by still totally surprised.

My article last week was all about the possibilities when designing a kitchen and believe me there are plenty. If you are considering renovating, thinking of renovating, ready to design or just gathering ideas I always say start with a plan. That plan usually comes from working with a design professional like myself and my totally brilliant design and contracting team, we'd love to hear all about these plans of yours. But in the meantime, if you didn't get a chance to read my article here it is.....

The Toronto Star - Friday June 21st, 2013 

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Finishing Touches for Project Bedford Park

For the past couple of months we've been giving you peeks and teasers into Project Bedford Park and last Thursday was finally install day, if you're following us on instagram you may have already seen some of these beauty shots. Talk about transformation.......

Remember me? 

After a little House of Design pro touch 



This project is a perfect example of how we can work with client's existing pieces and still transform their spaces. The large cozy sectional, the warm hardwood floors and their fireplace all stayed in tacked (we are replacing the gold trim around the fireplace though). Most people will assume a designer comes in and tells their client's to get rid of everything, while that could be the case (sometimes) we do love working with client's existing pieces - if their worth keeping. This sofa was definitely worth it, a true investment piece. However, the sofa still had the standard grey cushions it came with and really lacked any kind of excitement, truthfully there was nothing wrong with them the fact that it was just dull and boring. 

And, so our smart client's hire us to wow them! We introduced them to lush velvets in deep jewel tones with accent piping and gave them some real drama. We also used large, like extremely large, so large in fact the client almost had a heart attach when they saw them (in a good way, I hope) zebra print velvet pillows to add some playful pattern in this young couple's family room. 

We also incorporated a custom wall unit, which really gave the room some presence. This unit was really a labour of love. It went through many revisions, customizations, tweeks, colour changes - you name it we did it. Our self-proclaimed "picky client's" wanted something so specific that we really had to design the perfect piece. And now it's here, installed and I can finally sleep.  It adds plenty of storage, it lets the TV hang in the right spot and overall it allows the room to feel grand.  

Usually we like to wait to have everything in and delivered in one day. This way we can accessorize, fluff, hang, set up - really put it all together. It wasn't easy (understatement) keeping them out but we kicked out asked our clients politely to leave the house and really gave them an HGTV moment. This way we can do what we do best DESIGN! We didn't let them see anything before hand, not even the custom art we completely created from scratch, kind of. 
 Nicole found a vintage map of Toronto and divided it into 16 pieces, we hung them gallery style and are now we're hoping to add lights on top. 

Here's a couple close ups of the details!
An Erica Gelman Original 
Round Diamond tufted ottoman... Swoon!

Details of this vintage 1916 map of the Greater Toronto Area.

Styling with unique accent pieces and books about fashion helps to create a story within the wall unit. Working in the clients' wedding album and other small accent pieces personalize the wall unit.


Check back soon for more pictures of finished powder room and foyer. Want more Project Bedford Park? So did we! So much that we're coming back for a kitchen renovation in the near future so stay posted for updates on that!


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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Creating a Bold Statement in Canadian Home Trends Magazine

Time is flying by this week at House of Design with new projects on the go and tons of projects in the finishing touches stage. We had the pleasure of doing another photo shoot this week for a bathroom renovation we did for one of our clients. While we don't have any pictures of that one yet, we do have some goodies for you to look at to keep you entertained.


Back in September of last year we introduced you to a new project we were working on here. It was a full house decorating project where we talked about taking a boring new build into the 21st century with show stopping formal rooms with the use of texture and colour ( dark colours, like a black, high gloss painted ceiling! ). You can see the amazing results in the Spring 2013 issue of Canadian Home Trends Magazine! But don't worry, we have a few pictures of it to share with you here to hold you over until you go pick up your own copy.

Lush velvets and silks create an instant air of luxury within the space. Getting rid of the builder's beige walls and stark white ceiling help to instantly intensify the drama in the space and create a bold statement. The walls are painted in a matte finish dark charcoal and the ceiling is done in the same colour but with a high gloss finish. Contrasted with the white mouldings, eyes are instantly drawn up, into and around the space. Using colour and shape to create focal points, this show stopping space has proven to be an amazing room to entertain in. Talk about a dramatic sensory overload! It's projects like this where the homeowner's trust and faith in our ability that make the end results really worth while. I mean, it's not every day that a client will get on board with painting the walls AND ceiling an intense deep charcoal, but what an outcome!



From the tufting on the sofa and chairs to the dramatic puddling of the drapes, this space just exudes drama. Grass cloth, bamboo and wool textures create visual interest without the use of overbearing patterns.


Go pick up your Spring issue of Canadian Home Trends magazine today for more great advice on creating a bold statement for your living space!





House of Design by Erica Gelman is a full service Toronto based design firm. We create truly unique spaces catered to each client's specific requirements. We design, decorate and renovate from small scale to large scale residential builds.

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