Design Trends for 2015

We took some time today to check out the latest design trends and predictions for 2015. Then, we made our own predictions. You can check out our inspiration board on Pinterest.

Here’s the scoop.

What’s In:

Well, Pantone declared Marsala as the colour of the year for 2015. However, many in the design community are in favour for blue, particularly navy as the choice colour for this year. You can check out more trends at Elle Decor.

We are loving this colour as decor accents, walls, doors, and painted furniture. Will you be adding blue to your decor this year?


Nature has always been an inspiration for all artists. This year is no exception. Be prepared to see Mother Nature taking on a more central and organic role in home decor like wood slabs for tables, mantles, and side tables. We love it painted and left naked!


Metallics have not left, and will they ever? However this year, mixed with gold we will see silver, pewter and bronze. Think frames, accessories and light fixtures. We especially love metallic light fixtures. It adds interest and sparkle to any room, especially against a blue backdrop.


It’s a desert out there! Succulents are popping up as the house plant to have. Not only are they easy to take care of, there are so many varieties you can choose from. It’s a great low maintenance plant for any room.


What’s a room without glamour! We still covet a grand chandelier in any room. This year, why not be adventurous and explore with colour.


What’s Out:

Inspirational phrases tattooed on your walls and other surfaces are out! And we couldn’t be more happier, especially when it comes to painting beautiful walls.

Accent walls, well, are just a nuance. Treat your space like an art gallery and opt for one colour throughout your space to help showcase all your treasures. It’s easy on the eyes and gives you freedom to play up your accent pieces.

Patterns are cool, but no longer are we seeing wallpaper and the mighty chevron print. Instead, we are seeing creative groupings for the wall and more cultural/tribal prints.

Idols be gone. Although we love a beautiful Buddha statue, we feel it needs to be front and centre on an alter in your personal sacred space. Instead, we are adoring nature in all her glory from rocks and crystals, to plants and animal sculptures.

Check out more trends that are on their way out.

What are you trend spotting this year?

Be well,

Sam + Pam



Exterior painting weather is almost here

PicMonkey Collage2It’s that time of year again, and we hope the weather in Edmonton will cooperate with us this year. That time is exterior painting for your home or business. Often times we will quote on an exterior project and then schedule it into our queue. Once we see that the weather has turned for the best, we show up at your place and get ready to do some serious transformations!

Edmonton’s exterior window is between June and September. Before June we typically have periods of heavy wind and rain, and this does not create a good environment to clean, prep, paint, and have the surface dry completely. Our hot, hot, hot, summers are sometimes not the best either. Painting in extreme heat can cause the paint to bubble, and well, a dehydrated team too! After September our evenings and early mornings start to cool. With the coolness comes dampness and that does not help with paint drying and properly adhering to the surface.

Some things to think about when planning for an exterior paint:

1. Is your surface in good condition? Is it damp and is there signs of mold or rust? Damaged surface area is not ideal to paint. You may get one great season as the paint masks what is really going on underneath. This is quite typical for old decks.

2. When was the last time you gave your exterior a good wash? Blue Nile Painting will provide pressure washing. We also sand surfaces too. It’s important to remove debris before apply fresh paint.

3. Did you know you can paint your vinyl and aluminum siding. There are so many great products on the market to deal with almost any exterior surface. Before considering a massive renovation, perhaps a paint job will do the trick.

Now is the time to contact us for a free quote for your exterior. Have a visit to our gallery and check out our exterior projects.

Be well

Sam + Pam