CCSRnews: Thoughts on Wallpaper

Article – CCSR Interior Design / Christa Robinson is not photographed.

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This past Monday we got a phone call from Robert Prince, a local freelance writer for The News, our local Ridge Meadows newspaper, asking me my thoughts on why wallpaper is back at the forefront of current design trends. Along with another local business owner, Maple Ridge Paint and Deco, the local Benjamin Moore paint dealer – we both were able to share why we are passionate about using wallpaper in decorating. Comment below and let me know if you love wallpaper, (or not!) and what your favourites may be!

DIGITAL DESIGN LEADS TO WALLPAPER REBIRTH

If you’re one of those homeowners who once cursed wallpaper because every house you purchased had to be stripped off the stuff before you could decorate, well, brush off those cuss words because the once ubiquitous wall coverings are back in a big way.

yes, interior designers and homeowners alike are thrilled about the vibrant new looks of today’s “technologically-advanced” wallpapers.

‘In the last two years, wallpaper has made a huge comeback,’ says Chris St. Rose, a colour consultant at Maple Ridge Paint and Deco, the local Benjamin Moore paint dealer.

She says for years people were taking it off and going with paint and faux finishes. But the new colours, textures and styles are causing people to take another look.

Christa Robinson, interior designer and principle for CCSR Interior Design, concurs, noting wallpaper is big these days because of its versatility.

She says digital printing has allowed producers to replicate artworks and patterns much better, and to create bold, vibrant colours that weren’t possible in the past.

As a consequence, her clients are finding the possibilities of wallpaper to be irresistible.

‘There are all types of wallpaper patterns – traditional to classic, modern to country – something that could appeal to anyone,’ says Robinson.

‘Which is why it’s a great product for anyone who is looking to create an impact in their home.’

The big sellers are the metallics, greys, big prints, and geometrics, says St. Rose, who add that most of the time people are using wallpaper to create accents or texture walls.

‘It’s probably too expensive for the average person to wallpaper their whole house,; say the 17-year veteran of the paint and wallpaper industry.

‘I would say the average double roll, which covers 55 square feet, will cost between $85 and $150, But I’ve seen wallpapers that sell for $400 a square foot.”

Robinson, who has been decorating homes since 2008, notes  a professional installed either-foot by 10-foot feature wall would cost about $500 using one of the less expensive wallpaper options. Compare that to about $210 for a professionally painted wall and she says the cost differences are noticeable.

However, she also says the options are amazing, what with vinyl-coasted papers, fabric-backed and paper-backed papers, plus naturals like silk, linens, grass cloths, and even cork.

As with wallpapers of yesteryear, proper wall preparation is key if you want to be able to remove the paper without too much trouble later on, says St. Rose.

Advances in the adhesives used to make the paper stick also makes the job a lot easier these days.

‘I think the big advantage of new wallpapers is that they’re so much fun,” says Robinson.

‘I always like to give my clients the option of wallpaper because even though it’s more expensive, it really does make a room pop in so many ways.’

If you want to experiment with wallpaper, she says the place to it is the powder room. It’s small and therefore affordable, lots of guests will see it. And “powder rooms are usually pretty utilitarian, so why not jazz this space up?’

So if you’re thinking about joining the wallpaper resurgence, remember Robinson’s advice; ‘Wallpaper really pumps up the the aesthetic value and character of a room, and gives a uniqueness that so many people are in search of.’

-Homes by Robert Prince

Maple Ridge News E-Editions – June 28, 2013

CCSRpersonal: Our Big House Renovation – Cabinetry Design

We are working with the amazing TDR Woodcraft on this project and have designed some great millwork for this home – A LOT OF IT. (Ahhh!) Below are our millwork elevation sketches – which will give you a sense of where we are going with all the built-ins in the home.

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I took a small risk and chose to paint the Kitchen, Main Bath and Back Bath cabinetry a beautiful grey with a slight greenish undertone – HC-108 Sandy Hook Gray.

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The Bench Seat, Desk, Window Seat, Closet Built-in, Laundry, Boot Room cabinetry and Media Unit will all be sprayed in White Dove – OC-17, a crisp clean colour.

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We also went with Cambria Countertops in the home – and have selected Torquay for the Kitchen area and then Newquay for the Laundry and Bathrooms.Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 9.13.22 PMviaScreen Shot 2013-03-13 at 9.14.16 PMvia

As mentioned before, we are doing this beautiful Kitchen Island from Restoration Hardware – made from solid reclaimed pine timbers that are 100 years old – a piece that I am so excited about.

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TDR Woodcraft had built a beautiful white oak kitchen island and bathroom vanity for their own home – that he and his wife had designed themselves – so beautiful in fact – I am requesting a similar one for our Ensuite Bath. The tone is quite similar to this reclaimed island, and will be a nice way to again pull this theme into another part of the home, and it will not have a stone top, but rather have a wood top and act more as a piece of furniture. We are also adding a solid fir top to the desk and the boot room bench – and TDR Woodcraft will be putting a fir veneer on our beam as we didn’t have the timeline to wait for a fir beam. I have to say that I am so excited for all of this amazing millwork – mostly because of the quantity of work that TDR does, but also because of ALL THE STORAGE! Woot woot woot! Goodness knows that with three children, and two crazy parents – you need all the storage you can get!

CCSRpersonal: Our Big House Renovation – Half Way There!

Well, we are at the half way mark! I was just telling someone yesterday that the only way that the drywall even got up on schedule is because of some faithful people PRAYING for us! SO, we have all rough in completed – and drywall is on, taped and mudded – and all cabinetry boxes are in! Countertops have been measured. Hardwood has begun to be laid and tile is going in as we speak! Doors have all been primed and painted and some walls have the first coat of paint on! PRAISE THE LORD – things are on schedule!

I know I have shared the Floor Plan with you in a previous post – but today I thought I would share the RCP/Lighting Plan with you and give you an idea of the changes we made – so that when you see the finished product you get an idea of what we did. Now, a little disclaimer – given a larger budget, we would have done more lighting, more layering, ie. wall sconces – and changing locations of a few things. But, we didn’t want to over do it with the costs – as renovations can be really tricky – you can’t just throw a light or switching in any old place that you would like!

Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 8.35.03 PMWe ended up adding around 35 recessed fixtures to the whole house-using renovation/retrofit pot lights – which allow the least amount of drywall damage to your ceiling. We also relocated a few junction boxes – so we could have two pendants above the island – a central light in the entry way and then added some sconces in the ensuite. We also added under cabinet lighting – which I find to make a huge impact in your kitchen. We had some amazing electricians – and they completed this rough in for us in three days. (Email me if you’d like their number!)

I really do love Restoration Hardware – and have decided to use a few of their light fixtures in our home. Here are the ones that we have ordered – see what you think!

BENSON PENDANT – Kitchen Island Pendant (Brushed-13″)

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BURLAP DOME PENDANT – Dining Table Pendant 42″

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FOUCAULT’S IRON ORB CHANDELIER RUSTIC IRON LARGE – Living Room Pedant 40″

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CHANDLER SCONCE – Ensuite Wall Sconce

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CCSRpersonal: Our Big House Renovation – And it continues…

CCSRpersonal: Our Big House Renovation – We Begin!

Yesterday marked Day 1 of Our Big House Renovation. BUT, I could not blog or take pictures because our littlest monkey had some sort of stomach bug… :( So here is a quick little vine vid showing our Demo and some Before Shots!

CCSRpersonal: Our Big House Renovation – “The Plan”

So – you are probably wondering what this house looks like, and what “The Plan” might be. As explained before, it’s a 2000 sq foot rancher that was built in 1986 in Maple Ridge, BC. Therefore, it has raised panel oak cabinetry, pink p-lam countertops, blue/grey plumbing fixtures, single pane windows, 2 1/2″ mouldings/baseboards, shiny brass hardware, a burgundy double front door and 11 flooring transitions [GAH!] – which include linoleum, carpet and laminate.

Demo Plan

As for layout – it has five bedrooms including the principal bedroom which includes an ensuite. There are two, three piece bathrooms as well – which is great for a growing family. The public areas of the home are compartmentalized and therefore, make it harder to entertain. I have always liked the way the home was laid out – but now thinking about functionality for our family of 5, there are definitely a few things that we are going to change.

Construction Plan

By taking out some partition walls – and adding a beam in another area – we hope to create an open space. We will define the different areas of this open space with custom millwork and furniture – therefore, still allowing a separate feel for the kitchen, work space, dining area, and media area. We also decided to stack the washer/dryer to allow for an undermount laundry sink, and took out the closet in the boot room to allow for a built in to house shoes, coats, backpacks, etc. I feel that the riskiest thing we are proposing to do is take out our existing (tiny) WIC and use that space to extend the existing (tiny) ensuite – and include a freestanding soaker tub. To make up for the lost walk in closet, we will have full height built-ins installed in the bedroom instead. I will let you know if this is a disaster – or if the trade off was worth it!

Screen Shot 2013-02-21 at 10.01.42 PMAnd yes, that is a baby grand in the corner of the great room – a girl can dream! (and drop numerous hints to the hubs!)

CCSRpersonal: Our Big House Renovation – Follow Along

Today, I thought I’d share with you some progress – Usually, before starting a project, I would ask my clients to compile some “inspiration images”, to give me a feel of what they are looking for. These would consist of some of their favourite furniture/decor pieces, their wish lists and dream ideas, and then finally some finishes that they LOVE! Since my client is: me, myself, and I … O, and my dear husband and lovely children, (can’t forget that their opinions matter as well!!!) most of my ideas are in my head as mental notes from when I have been sourcing for my clients or just doing research for the company. So, to include you as we take this wild ride, here are some ways you can follow along! This may help you visualize how this project will take shape and possibly give some direction on how to organize your ideas if you were thinking of renovating or re-decorating! Because Social Media is the bomb (yes, I just said that) – I thought I would use some neat little apps for sharing some of our selections. Enjoy! Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook – all under CCSRdesign – for up to the minute inspiration (or if I’m keeping it real – many quirky photos of my children and other strange things!)

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PINTEREST

(still new to Pinterest – my boards are kinda lame – but a great way to keep track of specs and pricing!)

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Screen Shot 2013-02-15 at 12.27.40 AMDISCLAIMER: Yes, I do enjoy Social Media – but am aware that these tools must be used with CAUTION… too much of a good thing… well, can be wonderful… but, sadly sometime becomes this:

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Therefore, I will try to keep it simple!