Something Different: Nursery Design

Today, we enter into uncharted territory. We'll be exploring a new topic, one that I've never covered before (or even considered, for that matter). Yes, today we are going to be talking about Nursery Design.

Speaking on a very personal level, I am just NOT a fan of nurseries that feature extremely bright colours, decals, or "baby" themes. I believe that a nursery should reflect the style of the rest of the home, instead of looking like you've stepped into a play school when you enter it.

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Picking a neutral colour for a nursery is a great way to keep the room looking like an actual room, rather than a nursery rhyme come to life. I love soft grey paint for a wall colour for two reasons: 1) It's gender neutral (if you're a fan in assigning genders to colours), and 2) it goes with almost everything. For our nursery at home, we picked Benjamin Moore OC-52 "Gray Owl" (previously "Snowball" if your paint fan is older!). You could also consider a clean, bright white, or if you're set on doing a colour, a soft green.

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Source: Instagram

Benjamin Moore OC-52 "Gray Owl" 

Benjamin Moore OC-52 "Gray Owl" 

When it comes to decorating the nursery, the options are limitless. This is where the "baby" stuff comes in. Decor is easily updated to reflect how your little one grows. By starting with fairly simple decor, you can easily begin to add in pieces that represent the personality of your child as they get bigger!

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Mobiles are an adorable way to add some whimsy to a baby nursery, and can still be used in the toddler stage. Handmade or store bought, I love all of the above (especially the cloud with the gold stars!). Your baby will love gazing up at a beautiful mobile, and you'll still feel that the room is stylish!

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Source: lokoloko

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Source: 100 Layer Cakelet

How else can you up the style of a nursery? Clever & cute prints, colourful area rugs, and plants are great ways to put sophisticated style into the room.  Just remember to keep any spiky succulents away from sensitive little fingers!

I love the use of the emerald green wardrobe as a change table (above, right). By adding a simple change mat to the top, it has been transformed into a multi-use piece of furniture. And once the little one is potty trained it will still be used!

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Source: Pinterest.com

There are so many beautiful ways to design a nursery to reflect your personal style. By starting off with a simple base design, you'll be able to style your nursery however you please!

- Aims

Choosing the Right Countertop

So you're renovation is going well. You've picked out your new floors, you've chosen the perfect cabinetry, and the first coat of paint is looking great. Now comes the next challenge: picking your countertops! There are many options for counters, and pros & cons for all different types of surfaces.

1. Solid Surface: Quartz, Granite, Marble & Concrete

A solid surface counter top will be the most durable option for most residential projects. Quartz & Granite are the go-to selection for many. The main difference between granite and quartz is that granite is a natural stone (quarried from the earth), where quartz is made up of crushed quartz (usually between 93-97%) and resin. Personally, I prefer quartz over granite. I'm pretty clumsy & therefore I constantly spill and drop things. Granite tends to chip easier than quartz. Quartz is fantastic because it does not need any resealing, while granite requires resealing treatment on a yearly basis. Without being resealed, the red wine I just knocked over would be soaked into a granite counter top and leave an unsightly stain! Both Granite & Quartz preform very well in a home, though, and come in a variety of styles & price points.

quartz Counter Top

quartz Counter Top

Granite Counter Top

Granite Counter Top

Marble is still popular in some crowds for counters, but not used as much as in the past. Marble is quite delicate when compared to granite and quartz and extremely porous, making it a poor choice for spots like a kitchen. A bit of acidic fruit juice left from slicing lemons or green apples can leave a stain on marble in no time at all. Marble also scratches easily. If you're dying for Carrara Marble counters the best spot would be in a bathroom, away from scary lemons and plates.

Concrete Countertop - Source: Pinterest

Concrete Countertop - Source: Pinterest

For those looking for a more industrial feel, concrete countertops have been rising in popularity. While concrete is very porous and shows scratches, the rugged style of these countertops is embraced. Concrete is another solid surface that requires annual resealing, but has so many design options. Custom patterns, designs, and edge profiles can be created with concrete, which makes it an extremely appealing for the homeowner looking to stand out!

2. Laminate

Laminate has come a long way. Developments in the product have led to more durable materials being used. Laminate is a great options for families looking for an economical alternative to a solid-surface counter top. 

Formica "Silver Oak Herringbone"

Formica "Silver Oak Herringbone"

Laminate Counter Top

Laminate Counter Top

Formica "Carrara Bianco" Laminate

Formica "Carrara Bianco" Laminate

Laminate also opens up a whole new world for design choices. Almost any pattern or colour you can dream up exists. Want a wild swirled green & red counter for your kids playroom? You got it! Looking for a faux wood to add some style to your storage cabinets? Sure thing! Love marble but need something more cost effective? No problem! Laminates biggest downfalls include scratching and edge wear-and-tear. However, fixing these issues is much less expensive than a repair on a solid surface countertop, so it is a great choice for the economical homeowner. Since it is cheaper, homeowners who change their style often may also be interested in laminate counters as replacing it every few years won't break the bank. Laminate is easily cleaned and does not require any resealing.

3. Butcher Block/Wood

Be still, my heart...Butcher Block counters are my favourite. However, if you're looking for a low-maintenance countertop, move along before I smash all your hopes & dreams. 

Wood countertops are delicate (meaning you can scratch them just by putting a plate down), stain easily (wood is SUPER porous), and require waterlock sealing in wet areas as well as general sealing on a regular basis. The plus side is that doing all the maintenance isn't really that difficult! A quick sand to remove imperfections, staining (if required), and a re-seal will keep your counters looking great. Wood counters are also an inexpensive option for the savvy-spender, and there are tons of choices for wood type and colour. Homeowners can stain butcher block countertops or let a natural wood shine through a clear sealant. 

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Source: Onekingslane

Butcher Block COunter Top

Butcher Block COunter Top

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Source: Pinterest

4. Glass

Last (and definitely not least) on our list is Glass Countertops. Glass is a material for the brave & the bold. If you're looking to create a totally unique, one-of-a-kind counter, consider glass. Totally custom counters can be created in almost any colour, pattern, edge profile, and shape!! But be warned, glass is GLASS. Breakable! Butterfingers may want to avoid this material entirely. Glass also comes with a fairly high price tag, especially if you're using it in an area with a sink cutout. Creating the opening for a sink in glass is extremely delicate work. But the results? Amazing.

Glass Counter Top By Flux Glass Studio

Glass Counter Top By Flux Glass Studio

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Dying to replace all your countertops now? Give us a call! We'd be happy to help you choose the perfect material for your next renovation!

- Aims

Progress Update: Full Home Renovation

We've been working on a beautiful home in Fort Saskatchewan for some time now. We started in the garage, then developed the basement, and are currently working on the Main & Second Floors! Our team has been a fantastic job transforming the 1980's home into a transitional masterpiece. 

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Some special features we've added so far are wall niches, which will have built-in lighting (thanks, Cody!), a gorgeous coffered ceiling, and a totally custom fireplace unit. Jeremy, Amanda, and Thomas have been working hard on building the custom ensuite walk-in closet unit, the fireplace unit, and a super cool "cloud" for the kitchen ceiling.

Finishing carpentry details add a traditional element to the front picture window & wall space, and compliment the ceiling detail above. These details are also reflected in the basement renovation that we already completed.

In other areas, our friends at Edge2Edge Flooring have been working tirelessly to complete the bathroom waterproofing and tile...and it looks AMAZING! We designed a custom shower with a bench seat for the ensuite bathroom, and a drop-in tub with tiled skirt for the kids bathroom. A powder room on the main floor also received new tile flooring.

Custom glass enclosures will be installed next in the Ensuite and Kids Bathroom, and Wayne will install some fancy new plumbing fixtures for us! 

The kitchen cabinetry will be installed next, followed by countertops, new flooring throughout, and a new railing. Make sure you're following us on Instagram to see the most up-to-date photos on all our projects!

- Aims