Make a Splash with your Backsplash!

kitchen_backsplash_ideas_white_RockEye-catching stacked pebbles fit with the natural lakeside style of this kitchen and also protect the wall at the beverage center from errant splashes. The homeowners opted not to grout the stones so they would appear more natural.

inset_shelf_under_hood_backsplash_ideas_laura_davis_designsTuck an alcove between studs and behind the range, then line it with tile to create a backsplash that doubles as storage. In this kitchen, dressed in soothing gray and blue, hexagonal marble tile and blue linear glass tile converge behind the cooktop.

stunning_sheet_glass_backsplash_laura_davis_designsThe mere fact that most cabinets are made of wood can make them feel heavy within a room — a visual effect this small kitchen couldn’t afford. Installing a glass backsplash, painted on back in calming blue-gray, creates the illusion that the cabinets are floating for a lighter look. The black granite countertop with a 3-inch-thick edge is designed to transition smoothly to the backsplash, while layering the glass and stainless steel yields a luminous result that interacts beautifully with the room’s natural light.

beautiful_kitchen_backsplash_ideas_laura_davis_designsA mix of metals, warm woods, and pristine white cabinetry and countertops lends a cottage feel and a sense of old-meets-new in this kitchen. On the backsplash, tiny glass mosaics in a herringbone pattern introduce soft blues and grays. A few rows of white subway tiles offer a transition from the white quartz-surfacing countertops that are reminiscent of marble, but more durable. A shapely hood composed of two metals stands out on the muted backdrop of mosaics — chosen for their colors reminiscent of coastal Maine sea glass.

litchen_backsplash_laura_davis_designsGive a small kitchen grand style by extending the backsplash from the countertop to the ceiling. These glass mosaic tiles repeat tones from the cabinetry, the wood floors, and the granite countertops. The treatment serves another visual purpose: with no room for upper cabinets to the left of the hood, the mosaic tiles visually balance the expanse.



Laura Davis Designs Greige

Although not to the degree that Doctors get solicited for advice on pain at dinner parties, I do get asked the following question a lot: “What is the best color to paint the main walls of my home for resale?” And I smile, because it’s a great question to ask a professional like myself with years of industry experience. One of the most important rules of thumb when you’re preparing your home for sale is to look at it from a buyer’s perspective. Where your personal colour preferences may be strong & bold, keep in mind that these types of colours can present several drawbacks when it comes to resale.

Color can add a lot of personality to an environment, which can be good and bad. The majority of buyers cannot see past the first 5 seconds of entering your home. They either like it or not. The key to making a great first impression is to set the tone for the potential buyer: they have to be able to imagine themselves in the room as the owner. A tangerine-orange wall might be a wonderful, vibrant and fun color but also very a very distracting one.

Don’t despair, this does not mean that you should always paint all the rooms a boring beige before you put a house on the market. In fact, that could conceivably have the opposite effect by making a house seem “plain-jane” and undistinguished from the market competition.
The goal in painting a home for re-sale is to choose colours with just the right touch of life in them; natural enough to present a blank canvas but interesting enough to add some flair. Here are some of my favorite “greige” colours, both for resale and for very livable interiors. Greige is my favorite neutral because it goes with everything .

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laura_davis_designs_top_5_greige_colors_111.  Revere Pewter.  This is my all time favorite color to use when in doubt.  This is a true gray, not brown or blue, just gray.  It can take on the personality of any room and help combine your style.



2.  Rockport Gray – This is a very nice,warm, almost brown. A slight hint of a purple undertone, but not much. I might tend to use this color for a feature wall.


laura_davis_designs_top_5_greige_colors_333.  Quiver Tan by Sherwin Williams. This color is a medium dark, and brings on a rich, soothing feeling to a room. This color works excellent in South facing rooms with lots of light.  




















4.  Wheat Bread by Behr is another versatile warm gray, a bit more cool than Revere Pewter, a better choice if you want more of a white walls feel.  


5.  Pavillion Gray by Farrow & Ball.  I love all Farrow & Ball colors.  This color is reminiscent of an elegant colour used in Sweden in the late 18th century under Gustav III. Mid Tones Undercoat.

Radiant Orchid – Pantone Color of the Year 2014. How will you use this color?

Move over emerald green.  2014 Pantone Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid, described as a captivating,magical, enigmatic purple.

 “While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.
2013 color of the year used in interior design

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

how to use radiant orchid, the color of the year in your interior design While last year’s green hue served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Eiseman said “Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination.

“An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society,” she said.













The color has already made its way into red-carpet collections featured by Juicy Couture, Yoana Baraschi and more.

2103 color of the year used in homes Using radiant orchid in your home decor

What can you expect from the Color of the Year?  You can expect to see Radiant Orchid and it’s hues  on just about every item you can possibly buy. And, while this selection may not be as punchy as those that have preceded it, I am  totally up for the change of pace. I’m sure the cool shade will make for an amazing spring nail polish, a fuzzy scarf, and certainly, most positively some beautiful accent pillows adorning your sofa.    In other words, commit Radiant Orchid to memory — you’re going to be spotting much more of it.


Staged by Laura Davis Designs – Stunning South Surrey Home

laura davis designs south surrey staged home

Last week I staged a beautifully renovated executive rancher located in the prestigious South Surrey Elgin Park/Chantrell neighbourhood. This area is known for its proximity to a few of the most popular schools in the South Surrey ( Elgin Park Secondary and Chantrell Creek Elementary) as well as the beautiful established landscaping. I had previously worked with this homeowner with my shopping services and on interior styling and general decor so was already familiar with the home and much of the contents. The focus of the staging was to increase the ambiance in the key parts of the home and employ quick techniques to clean up some of the rooms used by the teenagers. This house is very well maintained with a gorgeous entertainers patio perfect for your BBQ, backyard and even a pool!

gorgeous south surrey staged home by Laura Davis Designs

This is an owner occupied home staging using the Styled to Sell package, meaning the homeowners are living in the home while it’s on the market. We used all of their existing furniture, mixed with rented staging accessories, & new custom artwork that I commissioned. Sometimes we are able to use some, or all, of the homeowner’s own furniture. In this case the furniture was in excellent condition, in proportion to the rooms and a suitable style for accentuating the best features of the home. All that was needed was some styling and an eye for inspiration. Staging occupied homes is one of my specialties.

laura davis designs south surrey staged home

Here is the listing agents notes;

Stunning south facing, over 1 acre private corner lot. 5bdr rancher significantly renovated doubling the size of original home. Open concept kitchen, dining and family room all views overlooking sunny private yard. Master bdr with brand new ensuite/walk-in closet and patio doors opening to hot-tub area. This home includes large recreation room and games room perfect for entertaining family and friends. 3 car garage(one over height) lots of extra parking available. Beautiful private backyard with in-ground pool with extensive patio area. Close walk to Chantrell Creek Elem/Elgin Park Sec.

Beautifully staged south surrey home

You can find out more about this move-in-ready South Surrey home by contacting Louise McKnight or Leslie Zhao of Bay Realty Group at: (604)531-4000. MLS #1325380

Laura Davis Designs provides home staging of occupied homes. The majority of homes staged receive offers in one month or less, often for over asking price or receive the highest offers of similar homes in the neighbourhood. If you need help preparing your South Surrey, White Rock or Fraser Valley home for sale, contact Laura today at (604)780-2189.

White Rock Home Staging on a budget PAYS OFF!

Many of the clients I have worked with in the South Surrey / White Rock B.C. area have similarities due to the nature of the community. Larger homes set on proportional lots surrounded by homes of equivalent stature and design. When one of these gets listed and my services are secured, making the home stand out from its contemporaries both inside and out is my primary focus and a skill I have honed over years of servicing this market.

Recently my help was enlisted for a project that was different in many aspects and I wanted to share the experience with you. A single, thirty-something firefighter had a stylish condo in White Rock that clearly had the “bachelor” stamp all over it and was collecting dust on the market after many months. He had a willingness to be creative, a desire to change anything and everything, and a current look that he knew needed to be gone. Oh…and he had a budget.

white rock south surrey home staging on a budget

White Rock Home Staging on a budget pays off

I took an inventory of everything he had, from furniture and finishings, to bedding and bath decor.  Next I evaluated each item in terms of workability.  This process involved determining whether I could work with the piece or not, but also what it would likely cost to find a suitable replacement or upgrade. Working on a tight budget, I had to be sure to maximize the design dollar available to me in order to create the greatest styling transformation possible. In the end, we kept roughly 50% of his decor/furnishings, allowing me to source fantastic deals to overhaul the other 50% and create a brand new look for his home.  A new couch, TV stand, bedding, accent chairs, rug, mirror, pillows and lamps were all purchased under budget thanks to my ability, refined over the years, to locate amazing bargains on just the right items. The savings allowed me to create for the client a custom art wall of black and white photography drawing on the theme of firefighting.  The client and the realtor were blown away.  The condo sold at a price per square foot that was highest among area condos over the preceding four months.

White Rock South Surrey Home Staging

Dining Room Staging – Before & After

A couple of things really stood out for me with this contract.  The first was that home staging and restyling don’t have to be expensive. The transformation that we accomplished on a tight budget was quite remarkable.  The second was the satisfaction I gained from using my creativity and expertise in a way that was slightly different than the norm for me.


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