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5 Super Quick Ways to Bring Spring Into Your Home

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Spring is the perfect time to spruce up your home to give it a fresh and updated look. After a long and cold winter, it’s always nice to add a few decorative touches that incorporate some of those beautiful spring colours (and scents).

Each spring I really enjoy making small changes or updates to my home. I may incorporate a new bold colour into my décor that I happen to love or I may decide to update my upstairs bathroom (which is exactly what I did this past April).

Incorporating spring inspired accessories can add bursts of bright colour into your space. Choose accessories with bold colours, energetic patterns that include lively springtime motifs. Just a few small touches using the right tones and patterns can effortlessly transition your home into a fresh, spring inspired look.

In today’s post I am going to give you a few tips on what’s hot for this spring. Below are 5 super quick (and inexpensive) ways that you can bring spring into your home.


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If You Have Limited Space You May Want To Consider These Gardening Ideas

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Small Space Garden Ideas

Small spaces can present some challenges when it comes to gardening. Most of us live in urban developments which have limited or no yard space at all.

Adding any type of greenery, whether it’s potted plants or your own little herb garden can brighten up any home. Plus, flowers make you happy!

If you are like me and have limited outdoor space, be it a small yard, shared courtyard or balcony, you can grow almost anything. It is possible no matter how tiny your outdoor space may be.

TIP:  All you need is a little space with lots of sun exposure.

I have provided some ideas below that can help you to transform your balcony, porch, or front step into a wonderful green space. I hope this inspires you to pull out those gardening tools and create your own outdoor oasis. Continue reading

Exterior Inspiration – Personalize Your Front Door

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Personalize Your Front Door

A painted front door is all about personality!

It creates a look that grabs attention and adds character to any home. Remember, the front door is also the first thing people see when arriving to your home.

This important feature is also something that homeowners tend to overlook.

Did you know that updating the colour of your front door adds to your home’s curl appeal? All that is required is one quart of paint, primer and standard painting supplies that you have at home.

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Urban Barn Spring 2015 Collection

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On Sunday March 7th, 2015 Urban Barn opened their new Barrhaven location!

If you love the downtown location, you’ll be happy to hear that Barrhaven actually carries the complete line of furnishings and accessories.

If you are looking to do a little shopping for your home or just need a little design inspiration, you should check out the new store.

The store is filled with lots of vibrant and colourful decor accessories that will definitely get you excited for spring. It is refreshing to finally see some colour. After this record-breaking cold winter, this is a sign that spring is just around the corner.

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Bathroom Trends Expected in 2015

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Are you thinking of renovating your bathroom? Having difficulty deciding what to do and where to start?

Why not look at the expected design trends for 2015 for inspiration.

When renovating a bathroom, you need to consider both style and function. In most cases, you have limited space; therefore you want to maximize the functionality in every square inch of that space.

Plus, you want your space to be stylish, on trend and timeless.

I would suggest before starting any renovation, that you look at current design trends and determine what design styles and elements you like and don’t like. This will help to give you great ideas and inspiration as to what style elements best suit your tastes.

Take a look at some of the latest design trends that will make a splash in 2015.

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DIY Stenciling: Endless Possibilities

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How are you surviving this winter? Everyone that I seem to speak with lately tell me they are already over the snow and the cold temperatures. If you are one of those individuals, just think, we only have a couple months left of winter.

If you like to hibernate during the winter months, then I have just the home project for you to tackle this season!

Are you looking for a simple solution to give a little extra oomph to your home decor? Maybe that piece of furniture sitting in the corner needs a facelift. Perhaps you want to add a focal point to your living or bedroom. Maybe you would like to switch up your tired accessories with new accent cushions and artwork.

What if I told you this solution is not only inexpensive but allows you to be creative and the possibilities are endless?

PERFECT, right?

Stenciling allows you chose your paint colour, how much paint you want to use, and how you want to use it. There are so many stencils out there to choose from – the only problem is which one do you choose.

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Possible Homes on the Water or in the Air

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I am pleased to provide you with the final installment from Ottawa General Contractors’ 5 part guest blog series on “Homes of the Future” here at Simpson Design+Decor.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the guest post series from OGC.


If you’ve been following our “Homes of the Future” blog post series, you’ve already seen some amazing innovations in the world of architecture and home gadgetry. In this edition, we’ve selected even more amazing examples of  futuristic homes that you just have to see!

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Welcome to 2015

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2014 In Reflection

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a great Holiday Season. Here’s to a fantastic new year.

A new year can sometimes be seen as a fresh start. An opportunity to try new things or finally get to the things you couldn’t quite fit into last year.

It’s also a time to reflect on the past year.

I had a great 2014. Lots of exciting things happened last year:

  • My sister got engaged! Whoo hoo! I’m in charge of making sure it looks gorgeous
  • I took a quick trip to Florida, went to Universal Studio and Islands of Adventure. I love amusements parks
  • I finally got to go to California! I can definitely see myself living there

Last year I decided to do something that was completely outside my comfort zone and it turned out to be such a wonderful experience.

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Blending Art with Functional Design to Create a Beautiful Home

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I am pleased to provide you with the fourth installment from Ottawa General Contractors’ 5 part guest blog series on “Homes of the Future” here at Simpson Design+Decor.

Don’t forget to check back at the beginning of January…  I have some exicting things lined up in 2015!


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Until recent years, most home designs have been geared toward practicality rather than creativity or style. Such designs can be made more interesting through masterful interior decorating, but they are still no match for the power of innately beautiful structures. When looking at futuristic home designs, it’s easy to see that many are intended to be as artful as they are functional. In this edition of Homes of the Future, we’re taking a look at an amazing home that could double as a museum sculpture.

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Guest Post for Ottawa General Contractors

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Guess What?!

My first guest blog post is now up on Ottawa General Contractor’s website.

Three Things to Consider When Looking For the Right Contractor for Your Project!

Handyman with a tool belt. House renovation service.


Are you contemplating taking on a large home renovation?

You are going to need to hire a contractor or renovator, aren’t you?

It is very important for you to know that you need to be smart about hiring the right contractor or Renovation Company for your project. One that is not only excellent at what they do, but a company with whom you feel comfortable working in your home.

Today I’ll give you some great tips if you are looking to hire a contractor.

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