Thursday, July 29, 2010

Makeover of the Month

I've just found out that several visitors to our Tobi Brockway Interiors website have linked in from Turns out that our Makeover of the Month featured on has been picked up by Sweetspot. Kind of weird to see comments about my work posted by complete strangers but at least it's all positive!

This client's makeover is not shown in our website portfolio, but it's a perfect example of how to rejuvenate and update a room by adding new wall colours, window treatments, rugs and artwork. To keep within the budget, we repurposed whatever we could.

Here's a "before" photo of our client's kitchen.

The kitchen was transformed with a new and unique triangle-shaped table which becomes the focal point, new wall colours, light fixture and window treatments. The chairs and accessories are all the originals.

We painted the 80's fireplace in their new "music room", creating a more contemporary look. We also painted their slate fireplace in the living room a beautiful espresso brown. This is an inexpensive alternative to ripping out and replacing a brick fireplace surround. Just make sure to ask your paint supplier to recommend the right primer to ensure that the paint adheres properly.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Furniture Fitness

You can extend the life of your furniture cushions by following these tips:
1. Vacuum once a week with particular attention to cracks and crevices.
2. Always have upholstered furniture professionally cleaned.
3. If your upholstered furniture has reversible cushions, turn and rotate them once a week for longer wear.

NORWALK Furniture has put together this "Furniture Fitness" to restore your cushions and pillows:

NORWALK Furniture closed its retail stores but their US-manufactured product line has recently become available in Ontario through my preferred trade-only supplier, The Decorating Centre. Please contact Tobi Brockway Interiors Inc. for more information.