Four Tips for Elegant Halloween Decorating
Some of you might cringe at the thought of decorating your home for Halloween. What's even scarier than Halloween itself are those tacky dollar-store decorations. Fake blood, cobwebs and plastic severed limbs are enough to give you nightmares that will last long after October 31st!
But Halloween décor doesn't have to be cheap, cheesy or gory. When done right, a home can celebrate the spirit of Halloween while still being elegant, sophisticated and glamorous.
Read on to explore my Halloween home tour and my 4 tips for elegant Halloween decorating.
Fall is my absolute favourite season! The changing leaves, the cooler weather, the harvest; it gives me such a sense of comfort and coziness. As a decorator, I look forward to changing up my décor for each season and holiday. This season I wanted to have my home reflect those comforts of fall that I love, while keeping the look polished and elegant.
Below are some tips on how I achieved my fall look:
Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays! Firstly, it takes place during my absolute favourite season...Autumn! The cool air, the harvest, the amazing colours of the changing leaves; it's one of the things that makes Thanksgiving feel so comforting and homey, Secondly, it's a holiday centered on celebrating with a meal, which means that my two favourite creative pastimes get to come together at one table: cooking and decorating.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to set an elegant table. It makes my guests feel special and welcome. Also, the designer in me gets so excited thinking up new colour combinations, place setting styles and centerpiece ideas. This year I challenged myself to design a tablescape that did not include the traditional fall orange, but that still created a feeling of comfort, coziness and welcome that is typical of a Thanksgiving table.
Below are my tips and instructions on how to replicate this look.
Your front porch is the first thing that anyone sees when visiting your house. As a first impression, it sets the tone for what your guests can expect once they cross through your threshold and enter your home. Since fall is a season that celebrates the outdoors (the changing leaves, the harvest, the crisp air), it is only natural that your fall décor starts outside on your front porch.
Below, I have collected ten beautiful fall porches that are sure fill you with ideas and inspiration for getting your home fall-ready.
You can never go wrong with a traditional fall porch! Here, a scarecrow welcomes you at the door, and symmetrical grouping of pumpkins, hay bales, corn stalks, and bushels of seasonal mums celebrate the classic comforts of fall.
Here, the classic orange and black colour combination allows this front entrance to transition seamlessly from Thanksgiving to Halloween. The black crows add a spooky touch without being kitschy.
How I Designed my own Outdoor Living Space
This year my husband and I decided that it was finally time to tackle our backyard and front yard renovation. Being a fairly new subdivision, there is almost no charm, character or curb-appeal in the outdoor spaces on our street. The builder provides each lot with grass, and that's it! Our outdoor space was so uninviting that, in the five years that we've lived here, I had spent almost no time outside at all. This was devastating to me, since, those of you who know me know how much I love nature. As our grass turned to weeds and my longing for an outdoor space increased, I finally convinced my husband that an outdoor renovation project was necessary to be able to fully enjoy our home and utilize it to it's maximum potential.
The trick to creating a space that is both practical and beautiful is to bring two very important design elements together: Function and Aesthetic. Continue reading to learn more about my design process.
My Interview with City Life Magazine
I am so excited to announce that Interiors by Loredana has been featured in this month's issue of City Life Magazine!
In this feature I reveal my design philosophy for creating a space for children, including design principles, budget-friendly options, DIYs and the biggest mistake that parent's make when planning a space for their child.
Follow link to read the full article:
7 Bright Colour Schemes for Creating the Perfect Easter Table
Easter marks the beginning of spring and is the perfect opportunity to insert fresh, bright and happy spring colours into your décor. The first place to start is with your Easter table setting. Setting an inviting Easter table with the colours of spring is easy! The trick is to avoid using a rainbow of colours, which can look busy and unfocused. Instead, limit your colour choice to one prominent accent colour with other colours used either as a backdrop or in subtle little details. And finally, pair your accent colour with white for a crisp contrast. Using white will help brighten up your table and allow your accent colour to pop. Read on for 7 colour schemes that are sure to make a welcoming Easter table.
Is there a colour more cheery than yellow? Yellow just works so well for Easter décor (it is, after all, the colour of baby chicks). In this tablescape, a blue-and-white polka-dot tablecloth is used as the backdrop. Crisp white napkins and charger plates allow the bright yellow to really pop. Continue using yellow items and accessories throughout the tablescape for continuity, like the dinner plate, napkin ring, seating card trim, gift box and fresh daffodils used here.
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, we're sharing 7 ways to decorate with green
In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, we are exploring home décor styles that will make you "green" with envy. From bold emeralds, to bright limes, to soft mints, here are 7 ways to incorporate green into your home décor with style.
1. Make an Entrance
What better way is there to make a first impression than with a bold door colour? This striking emerald paint colour highlights the beautiful carved details of this ornate set of doors.
Inject some love into your home this Valentine's Day with these Cupid friendly decorating ideas
Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Is your home ready? Forget the cheesy Hallmark cut-outs and heart-shaped doilies; this week's blog post celebrates love with Valentine's Day inspired décor that is fresh, modern and feminine.
Nothing says Valentine's Day like pink! The soft pink of the upholstered bench seat, pillows and lamps bring some modern playfulness to the traditional formality of this antique furniture.
6 ways of bringing a cozy cabin feel into your home
I love all of our Canadian seasons…even the coldest one! Lately I've had the itch to start planning a little winter getaway, and I can't stop thinking about my winter cabin adventure from last year.
Last year my husband and I spent a few days in this tiny log cabin in the middle of the snow-covered woods. This rustic winter experience prompted my idea for this blog post on Winter Cabin-Inspired Design. Whether you want to go with a traditional log cabin look, or just incorporate a few rustic features in your modern home, there are a certain key elements that take their inspiration from winter cabins.
6 key elements for creating a winter cabin aesthetic:
1. Wooden Architectural Elements
Perhaps the most notable feature of a winter cabin is the wood. Timber is the most common material in cabin design, from the interior and exterior walls made of logs, to the wide plank flooring, and of course the exposed wood ceiling beams and posts.
This traditional log cabin features beautiful exposed log ceiling beams and walls. The warmth of the wood makes this space so cozy and inviting. Who wouldn't want to curl up in this cabin in front of the fireplace with a warm blanket and a good book?