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Computerized Kitchens and Energy Efficient Homes

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

Did you see last weeks’ blog post…  I have some exicting stuff planned for you in 2015!

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 You don’t need to be a techie to know that the world we live in is changing – and fast. With so many outstanding technologies becoming integral parts of our daily lives, it’s hard not to notice. Whether it’s your tablet computer that you use to browse the web anytime, anywhere, or a GPS system in your car that helps you find your way around, such gadgets have a big impact on our lifestyle. This type of gadgetry is working its way into homes as well. In the past years, we’ve seen more and more homes that feature architecture or appliances with integrated advanced technologies. We’ve picked out some of the most exciting examples of these “Homes of the Future” to get you inspired when it comes to your own home’s design.

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Sleek Designs, Affordable and Easy to Use Technology for Your Home

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

Make some time to check out next weeks’ blog post…  I have some exicting stuff planned for you in 2015!

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 When you think of future homes, you probably think of sleek designs and seamless technologies that can be activated with a simple touch or movement. However, such things are already available today! Technology companies have been developing amazing gadgets and systems that are designed to add more luxury and convenience to homeowner’s lives. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most handy, affordable, and easy-to-use products.

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2015 Colour Trends

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Each paint company launches their own colour trends for 2015.

Today’s post showcases two colour trends from two of the most popular paint brands: Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams.

Explore the upcoming popular 2015 paint color trends below:


Benjamin Moore

Colour of the Year

Guilford Green HC-116

“A neutral that’s natural. A silvery green that works with, well, everything. No worries. No second thoughts. Just a brush, dipped in a can, whooshed on a wall, and a whole lot of happily ever after.”

–Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director, Benjamin Moore


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Homes of the Future (part 1)

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I am happy to announce that Ottawa General Contractors will be providing a 5 part guest blog series on “Homes of the Future” here at Simpson Design+Decor.

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Home Renovations today to Achieve a futuristic custom home

Author: Ronald Mort

In recent years, the future we often see represented in science fiction movies seems to be getting closer and closer. With the advent of Google Glass and its self-driving car, as well as the development of internet-connected home appliances, the lifestyle of “The Jetsons” is becoming more and more realistic. Technology is changing and upgrading everything about our world, and notably, our homes.

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The 3 Things I Learnt By Mistake

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At one point in everyone’s life, they become a new homeowner. It’s a very exciting time but sometimes when it’s your first home (or condo) you learn a few things the hard way – by mistake.

You can’t expect to know everything. How do you think everyone else learnt?

No one can tell you all the things you will have to know as a home owner. Sometimes you will just learn them by mistake.

I have had my fair share of first time home owner mishaps.   At the time it’s not funny, but after the fact you can’t help but laugh at yourself.

One benefit is that you will always remember how to solve that issue.

I thought today that I would share a few stories of my not-so-brilliant first time home owner ordeals.

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5 Easy Outdoor Halloween Decor Ideas

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It is that time of year…




I know there are a lot of people out there whose favourite holiday is Halloween.  They enjoy going all out and decorating their homes in terrifying ghosts and ghouls.

Personally, I prefer to keep things more on the traditional and non-scary side.

I love to use pumpkins, flowers, branches, hay and cornstalks to create my Halloween outdoor theme.

Below I’ve included 5 decor ideas to help inspire you if you are having difficulty coming up with your Halloween theme.

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ROAR! Bring Out Your Inner Animal

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Where did our fall go?

It seems as though a few weeks ago it was summer and now we have frost warnings.

To say that it’s been a little chilly lately is an understatement.

However, when we do get back to our seasonal temperatures, I do enjoy this season for the following reasons:

  • the cooler nights are great for sleeping with the windows open
  • the fall colours
  • pumpkin & spice EVERYTHING
  • cozying up by the fireplace, with a blanket and a great mystery novel

Since fall officially arrived this past weekend, why not add some comfort and warmth to your home with decor items inspired by the fall season.

Here are 12 inspirational ideas to add a touch of exotic style into your home.

Take a walk on the wild side!

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What’s Hot In Kitchen Designs For 2014/2015

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It is officially September!

The kids have gone back to school and everyone is back at work from their summer holidays.

Everyone starts to think about getting back to their home projects as well as what renovation needs to be completed before the Christmas Holidays.

This time of year is when renovators and kitchen designers are very busy.

I thought it would be fitting to touch on what trends we are seeing within the kitchen design industry for 2014 to 2015.

Joe and Tania Palazzolo of Jota Designs Inc. are my go-to kitchen designers! I have been working with Jota Designs Inc. since I began my design career and I can say they are the best in the industry. Joe has taught me everything I know when it comes to kitchen design.

I think the reason why Joe, Tania and I work so well together is that we are on the same page when it comes to how to best serve our customers. Plus the fact that we all studied Industrial Design doesn`t hurt either – a common bond we share.

Interesting fact about Joe – he used to design cars! How cool is that!?

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12 Most Common Interior Decorating Blunders – part two

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In last week’s post I discussed six of the most common interior decorating blunders that I come across during in-home design consultations:

12 – The DIY gone wrong

11 – Overspending

10 – There is no focal point

9 – Purchasing that cheap, quick-fix furniture item

8 – The wall colour that you didn’t test

7 – The infamous white item


In this week’s BONUS post, I will divulge the remaining top six common decorating no-nos.

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