Guest Room or Cottage Bunkie

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First let me start by saying I can not believe how long it has been since I last posted. I was lead design consultant for the GTA Home and Reno show, and have been run off my feet ever since. Between custom draperies and buying furniture for clients, I have not had a minute to post a thing,  and I have loved every second of this crazy schedule. Now let’s discuss the cottage bunkie, guest room or maybe even kids room. I am a huge fan of twin beds, and these days there is a ton available. Twin beds have always been popular in Italy and many European countries, maybe that’s where I became so fond of them(you gotta know how much I love Italy). The photo shown here is a guest room I recently did for a client, although there were 6 bedrooms in total, I knew it would be great to have twin beds in one of the spare rooms. A twin bed was always a piece of furniture we thought belonged in kids rooms, and yes they are still great in kids rooms, but as you can see here, these twin beds from Bernhardt are simply fabulous in a spare bedroom. Custom draperies and simple bedding complimented the clean lines of the upholstered beds. The accent chest is from Hooker Furniture. I love shopping for the perfect furniture for my clients. saves the client a lot of time, so if you would rather spend your time relaxing and enjoying the cottage and the gorgeous summer weather ahead, contact me for assistance with your next project, deborah@casacastelli.com

Simplicity!

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dr-drapesFinally I am back from our fabulous Italy vacation. I read along time ago that once you travel to Italy once, it then becomes your passion. I have been going every year for the past 10 years, and I couldn’t agree more! I especially love when I can combine my two passions, decorating and Italy. I must admit, even when I am on vacation I go in to every furniture and home decor store I find. The Italians just have a way with fashion, and I can’t help but notice, simplicity seems to work best. Designing this dining room for my  Burlington client I knew simplicity would be the way to go. Dining room table and chairs are solid wood, Canadian made by Bermex, the cabinet is from the always fabulous Hooker Furniture. The fabric I selected for the drapes is a simple white light weight fabric with just enough bling in the silver starburst pattern, to bring out the bling in the fixtures. Not a lot of fuss in extra furniture pieces, clean and simple works best. I loved how the custom drapes added the elegant finishing touch!!

If you are in need of interior decorating services, assistance with furniture selection, room plans or custom drapes do not hesitate to contact me, deborah@casacastelli.com, servicing the GTA and Niagara Region.

Shades of grey

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It has been a grey world for a while now in the home furnishing industry, and for very good reason. There is so much selection to choose from, grey really is a delight to work with. This design board plays a lot with pattern and shape, while keeping a monochromatic color scheme. The clean lines of the sofa from Sam Moore fits neatly into almost any modern family living space. Comfortable and perfectly proportioned, not too small, not too big and easy to mix in to a variety of design styles. As always when I am on the hunt for that perfect accent piece to pull a room together I turn to Hooker Furniture. The Melange cabinet was exactly what I needed to provide extra storage in this small sitting room. Once I started with the zig zag on the cabinet, it felt right to just keep it going, swirls on the lamp from Currey & Co and a geometric pattern on the rug from Loloi Rugs. So the basics are done , now here is the joy of grey, add some whimsy and color in extra toss pillows, or a textured throw for the sofa, or just drop in a large ottoman in perhaps a tufted turquoise leather. When a man sports a classic grey suit, the tie can be any color right?, then home decor should be the same. Sofas, rugs, lamps, accents, paint , there really is an abundance of shades of grey to choose from. If you want more design tips on how to incorporate this not so boring color  into your home, contact me I’ll be happy to help out.