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January Decorating – SIGH

The tree is down.  The elves and advents and centrepieces and all things directly Christmas are tucked away. But the nights are still long and cold and the house looks SO DULL without all the decorations – amiright?

Fear not, we are here with some pointers for reinvigorating your home after the holidays!  Given our weather, we Canadians can still embrace “hygge” (the Danish concept of coziness, comfort and companionship) long after the holidays.  But we can start to refresh and revive our décor, while still keeping comfort and warmth in mind.

First and foremost, we recommend keeping out your candles, twinkle lights, snowflakes and winter greenery – Jan and Feb need all the light and life they can muster! As for the rest of your decorating, read on…

EMPTY – Clear off your shelves, mantels and buffets and all surface area.  Even things you know you love and want back in the space. Move it all to the dining table or kitchen, etc. and just let your surfaces breathe for a bit.

GATHER – Bring out all your extra decor, plants, pots, and other tchotchkes.  Steal items from other rooms, cause those rooms probably need a refresh too. Pile them with the rest of your accessories for consideration and planning.

SORT AND EDIT – Separate things you want to use again or use differently from things you haven’t used in a year.  Sell or donate the ones you haven’t used!  This applies to clothing, decor, kitchen gear and everything else, but in this case, weed out the vases and clocks and baskets you are done with.

REARRANGE – Challenge yourself to not put anything back where it used to be.  This can (and should) apply to wall art and furniture as well. Everything gains new life when placed in a different spot and next to different companion items.

Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

ADD – January is a great time to pick up a little extra something – a new cushion, a scented candle, a bit of fresh wall art to lean on your dresser or shelf. Go for a walk and grab some bare branches or find some birch wood accents as a nod to the outdoors in the midst of your cozy.  Our absolute MUST for January is adding some greenery – real or faux – to bring a bit of vibrance to a room.

Photo: Therese Knutsen

Come and see us if you’d like a hand, otherwise enjoy snuggling in your fresh January home!

Top Five Tips for Stellar Tree Decorating!

Top Five Tips for Stellar Tree Decorating!

We have amongst our team an expert at tree decorating. Several, in fact, but one is Head Expert (yep, it’s Mary-Ann!). We asked her for some of her top Tree Decorating rules and she offered them up. They are wise. They are tried and tested. We highly recommend following them! Even if your tree is already spruced up (*snort), you can keep these in mind as you sit with a glass of wine tweaking it, or hit the sales for next year’s ornamental additions.

1. Use AT LEAST 6-8 of each style of ornament. You get even better effects when you use 10-12 of one kind, just for that repetition and cohesion.

2. PLAN – lay out all ornaments in colour groups. As you place them on the tree, work through one colour first so you get a uniform spread of that colour throughout. Then work through the next colour.

3. Start with your BIGGEST ornaments and spot them evenly around the tree. Make sure there are big ornaments at the top as well.

Start with your biggest ornaments around spot them evenly around the tree, don't miss the top.

4. LAYER the ornaments throughout the depth of the tree rather than hanging them only on the ends of the branch. This gives the tree a full and bountiful appearance. This is much easier to do if you replace the ornaments’ ribbons with green wire hooks – you can curl them around any part of the branch.

5. Mix in branches of other kinds of foliage – sparkly, white, natural, berried. This adds to the texture of the tree and makes for a more interesting profile in daylight and treelight.

Happy decorating/tweaking!

The Room Collection Team.

WHY WE LOVE…Pure Linen.

WHY WE LOVE…Pure Linen.

Linen is considered a luxury fabric by many, whether it’s used the home or worn on the body. We at The Room Collection are firmly in the Pure Linen Fan Club for reasons other than luxury…  Bit by bit, each of us converting our personal bedding collections to pure linen. When our linen tea towels and cushion orders arrive, we all have to have a good oogle over each different style and weave.  And we’ve been known to love a linen napkin so much we framed it!

While the reasons for loving linen are many, here are five good ones:

Photo: Susan Gillespie

  1. Durability: Linen is woven from strong, thick flax fibres so the resulting fabric is more durable. Because of this thickness, linen bedding has a lower thread count than cotton sheets, and those threads don’t break down as quickly. In Europe, linen sheets are often handed down as heirlooms because they last so long.

  1. Hypo-allergenic – Linen has unique filtering, ventilating and moisture-wicking properties, all of which make it more “healthy” and anti-allergy than other fabric choices. Its absorbency means it makes fantastic tea towels and dish cloths that are less likely to smell over time (we offer some gorgeous ones!).

Photo: Natural Bed Collection

  1. Softness – Like most of us, linen improves with time. It gets softer and shinier with each washing, while maintaining its delicious drape.

Flax Field in Saskatchewan

  1. Environmentally friendly – Flax as a crop requires less chemicals and water to grow than cotton. That, along with the longevity of linen, makes it a very environmentally conscious choice.

Photo: Coco Lapine

  1. The wrinkles – Ohhhh those gorgeous, relaxed, inviting wrinkles. Linen bedding is at its best when rumpled and furrowed, with lots of pockets of cool air to poke your toes into.

Come and see us if you’d like to explore ways to get more of this practical and beautiful fabric in your home.

The Vegas Market Report

The Vegas Market Report

As ever, the 2017 Las Vegas summer buying market was vibrant and stimulating, exhilarating and exhausting.  We scored us (and you) some great new things and we marvelled at many others. Below is our report on some of the fun and funky we saw throughout the show…

  1. Tufting and quilting – The tufting/quilting game continues strong this fall. This puffed, stitched look adds textural interest to any room and can look either luxurious or edgy, depending on the material. We love this quilted sofa, which is going into a business reception in Vernon soon!

  1. Muted Jewel Tones – As with every buying show, you can find almost any colour you look for. But the trend definitely leaned towards jewel tones, and their more muted sisters. Emerald and olive, navy and indigo, ruby and dusty rose – the richness and variety is delicious…

  1. Textural Textiles –Textures invite people to touch and connect with a space. As lovers of texture and layering, this trend suits us just FINE. There is such a wide range in available textiles these days and the beauty is, you can mix them all together!  Velvet, linen, fur, hide, macramé – toss them in one spot and let your eyes and hands feast upon them…

Photo: @oh.eight.oh.nine

  1. Green – Pantone named “Greenery” the colour of 2017, but 50 shades of green seems to be more the thang! Green in leather, green in velvet, green in botanicals, green in paintings.  Forest, olive, teal, sea green, lime – you name it. It is a green scene out there…

Photo: Pinterest

  1. Handmade / Discovered Items – This trend is easy to understand as most people like to personalize their homes with unique and distinctive accessories. Handmade or discovered pieces offer “quirk” and individuality and often have a meaningful origin. Reworked African mud cloth cushions are one such hot item this season (and our order is en route!).

Photo: Restoration Hardware

Big White Project

Big White Project

SCOPE: Our clients, an Australian family, had owned and rented out their two-bed Big White condo for 15 years.  They took it off the rental market and wanted to a complete refresh ready for it to be enjoyed by just family.

REQUIREMENTS: Fresh paint (excluding the trim), new wool carpets, some renovations in the closets and create a blackboard wall for writing messages.  Source all new living room and dining room furniture (to seat 7), lighting and wall art, but keep the existing bedroom furniture (except for lamps).  All new 100% linen bedding and locally made alpaca duvets for each bed.

STYLE:  Modern mountain, with a heavy emphasis on texture and comfort; a palette of warm greys and creams; a hint of Mid-Century!

SPECIAL REQUESTS: A black and white gallery wall in the open living space (“Surprise me!” she said).  LOTS of cushions on the uber-comfy sectional. All used furniture and accessories was to be donated to an organization that would get it to families in need (we chose Kelowna Mamas for Mamas). Leave it lightly decorated for the family to spend Christmas hols there.

If you’d like help with refurnishing or redecorating, and you love our style and our pieces, get in touch with us!

Photos by Sproing Creative

We’ve Moved!

Join us in our new Downtown Vernon location. We’re so excited to have a new, larger location and invite you to visit us at 3401 30th Avenue, next to Triumph Coffee.

Warm up to January Decorating!

Winter is home
The Danish have a fantastic word – ‘hygge’ (said a bit like ‘hooga’) – that means comfort and coziness.  But not just physical comfort. It also means ‘the art of creating intimacy’; it is comradery, comfort and contentment bundled into one.  Sound good?  Yes?  Then let’s take ‘hygge’ as our inspiration for decorating this January!

The magic and the madness of the holiday season are past. Our homes are de-decorated and often feel bare. Time for hygge. Let`s treat ourselves to intentional coziness and intimacy. Let’s do it with no other purpose than wallowing in home and with no other people in mind than us.

So here are three of our favourite ways to celebrate (not try to “beat”) winter.  Click on each picture to visit our ‘January Decor’ Pinterest board for some more fantastic inspiration photos.

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Image by 18Karat

1.  Wait!  Don’t put away your sparkles and white lights! Keep your snowflakes, icicles and shiny balls on your mantle and tables, in your bowls and baskets .  And keep your candles – everywhere. In fact, add MORE! January needs low, snug lighting more than any other month. Move an extra lamp into the room where you spend your evenings.  Set your flameless candles to turn on before you get home from work. You’ll find yourself looking forward to sundown.

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Image found on Pinterest

2. Throws and cushions take on a larger role in January décor after the holiday dazzle is gone. But move them somewhere new.  Layer different blankets at the end of each bed: plaid, cable knit, sheepskin, sherpa – anything goes. If you can’t stand moving decorative cushions off your sofa or bed every day, pop them in a basket on the floor where they are still visible. Stack a few throws or quilts on a shelf, a wooden chair or the hearth. Bring their texture and warmth into full view.  Stick an antler on top of the stack, and BAM, you’re a designer!

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Image courtesy of IKEA

3. Use botanicals, real or faux, to bring life to decor.  Our late winter favourites include twigs, pussy willows, moss, succulents, woody herbs (potted rosemary or sage), and flowers. Ahh, flowers. Not ‘in your face’ flowers – soft, clean flowers like heather, anemones, white or green orchids, and snow drops. Then move to white tulips and narcissi before spring’s brighter colours come into view. ANY combo of the above can be seasonally gorgeous.

winter steps

Image courtesy of www.impressionen.de

This is the time when we are most connected to our homes because we most need them. That said, signs of spring will appear soon. Until then, we vote to celebrate – not try to beat – winter. For now, be restful.  Be snug.  Be hygge.

fireplace

Image found on www.moderncountrystyle.blogspot.ca

Visit our January Decor Pinterest Page for more ideas and eye candy!