CCSRtip Tuesday – Kelly Hoppen

I’ve been holding on to this web clipping for a few months, and I’m excited to share it with you today. In an article for, Kelly Hoppen (a design icon) discusses “her top ten style rules that were made to be broken”


1. ‘Don’t overcrowd a room with large furniture.’ Play with scale. In a large room, large-scale objects fill the space and make it feel more intimate. Even in small rooms a few oversized objects can trick the eye into believing it’s bigger than it is.

2. ‘Listen to your instincts.’ Plan to the very last detail. Plans might sound boring but they are essential for avoiding costly mistakes. Consider everything from furnishings and lighting to the technology so every element can be brought together in harmony.

3. ‘Kitchens need bright task lighting.’ Every room needs a variety of lighting. It’s more pleasant to cook an evening meal in a relaxing atmosphere. Use a range of sculptural soft lights and candles to create mood and interesting shadows.

4. ‘Light colours create space.’ Dark colours can create a dramatic atmosphere and, when teamed with contrasting fabrics, a sense of indulgence.

5. ‘Display your favourite objects.’ Choose the best, store the rest.

6. ‘Upgrade when you can.’ Save for what you really want.

7. ‘Don’t fuss with detailing.’ Use bands and buttons on cushions to freshen up the look of a room. They are an ideal way to unify contrasting colours and textures.

8. ‘White is the essential neutral.’ The perfect neutral is taupe. Taupe loves white, natural linens, shades of stone, metal and dark stained wood.

9. ‘A sofa should be a elegant statement.’ A sofa also needs to be incredibly comfortable, fit your practical needs and enhance your room. Using L- or U-shaped seating configurations works well and can direct the eye to a focal point such as a fireplace.

10. ‘Mirrors should be hung over fireplaces.’ Use them with abandon. Mirrors, glass surfaces and objects that reflect light add depth to a room and allow a play of light.

Hope you enjoyed some great “everyday” design and decor advice from this amazing british interior designer. Be sure to check out her website and blog for many inspiring images. She has also written quite a few books, they are currently living on some shelves in my home – great reference material for any person interested in this subject matter. Have a lovely day… Check back soon for those Project Updates – coming at the end of the week!


West Georgia&CC-810

Have you been driving down West Georgia St. in the 1500 block lately???

If you have or if you are planning on being down in that area – take a quick look at 1575 West Georgia St. (on your right hand side if heading to the Park) and you will be able to see a wonderful colour from Benjamin Moore painted at the entryway of that building. A few months back CCSR ID had the opportunity to do some work for clients who are tenants in that building and one of the items in our scope of work was to select a new colour for the face of the building.

We selected the Benjamin Moore colour CC-810 Hudson Bay to compliment the grey concrete exterior, add a nice punch of great colour, and to remind the eye of amazing ocean views that the area has to offer.

UPDATE: 2010-13 Textiles for Bench Seat

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August CCSR Vacation

Hello bloggos – hope you are all doing well out there in bloggerville!


It was a nice break to have the month of August to vacation from the world of twitter, facebook, and blogging. We were still busy bees over here at CCSR ID and have a few things to share – and will do so over the next few weeks. We also got our proofs back from our most recent photo session with Crystal Loewen Photography.


Have a lovely day&Chat soon.