Tickled Pink | Benches

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to today’s Tickled Pink picks! We’ve searched our sources and lined up our very favourite benches for you. These useful pieces of furniture provide a seat in a foyer, look elegant in front of a fireplace and work wonders at the end of the bed. Pull one up to your dining table when you are entertaining a crowd for extra seating. In a bare hallway, place a bench along a wall to perk things up. There’s always a home for a bench somewhere in your house. Without further ado here are our faves…

Favourite Benches as selected by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

 

Tickled Pink Resources:  Jacqueline’s pick is by Pearson, Reena’s vintage piece via 1stDibs, it’s a West Elm option for Alanna, Patti’s bench from Thibaut, Brittany L’s selection through Worlds Away, ABC Home supplies Kristin’s choice, Ellysa’s Danish Modern piece available through Sixteen Fifty Nine, and Brittany A’s bench by Jonathan Adler.

 

Cheers!

Jacqueline

Join us for Tickled Pink, a roundup of our very favourite things from the design team at Corea Sotropa Interior Design. We’re a Calgary interior design firm known for our fresh, sophisticated approach to residential and hospitality interiors. We’d love to help you with your project. Please get in touch!

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Design Development | Dining Room Chandelier Options

Design Development - Dining Room Chadelier Options

When I’m selecting a light fixture for a particular room, I often use cues like the shape of the room or pieces of furniture to guide me to the right choice. This was just the case for a dining room we are finishing up for a client. We’ve selected a rectangular dining table and an elongated horizontal painting on the focal wall for this long narrow room. With these elements already in place the room was just screaming for a rectangular shaped chandelier. My client prefers something clean lined and slightly masculine, and I’d love to see something a bit edgy. Of course, don’t forget, we want it to be well priced too! Here’s how we’ve narrowed it down…

Saxberg DIning Light

Clockwise from top left: Sonneman Lighting, a second option from Sonneman, Elk Lighting and lastly Jonathan Adler 

One of these modern chandeliers will soon be adorning my client’s dining room and I can’t wait to see it installed. When you are selecting your decorative lighting and you’re lost in a sea of options, think about the volume of space the light fixture will take up and the shape of the furniture below. Sometimes that’s the hint you need to get you started.

Cheers!

Jacqueline

My Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for a sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!

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Portfolio Work | Elegant Master Suite

Portfolio Work - Elegant Master Ensuite

Last week I shared photos of a bathroom we recently completed for a client. It’s a gorgeous space that was completely revamped to include marble floors, glass mosaic tiles, lots of storage, and an elegant, feminine mirrored vanity table which truly is the icing on the cake. You can see photos of this bathroom in my post Marble and Glass Bathroom Renovation. I mentioned that we had also completed the master bedroom as well, so today I would like to show you the finished product of this absolutely dreamy, graceful bedroom.

Glamorous Master Bedroom Renovation and Design by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Glamorous Master Bedroom Renovation and Design by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Glamorous Master Bedroom Renovation and Design by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Glamorous Master Bedroom Renovation and Design by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Glamorous Master Bedroom Renovation and Design by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Glamorous Master Bedroom Renovation and Design by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Photography by Jager & Ko

I think this bedroom might be one of my most favourites that I have designed. The gentle palette of pastel hues and that incredible cherry blossom wallpaper is so ladylike and delicate. And of course I adore the subtle animal print and hand embroidered patterned accent cushions. We had the bedding custom-made for our client by Leontine Linens and that incredible headboard by Bernhardt just wants to envelope you in a huge hug. There are so many enchanting details in this bedroom it’s hard for me to say which is my favourite! This was a wonderful project to work on, and the team at Corea Sotropa Interior Design throughly enjoyed creating this master suite for our client. 

Cheers!

Jacqueline

My Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for a sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!

 

 

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Current Obsession | Magenta Accents

current obsession - Magenta accent

Have you noticed the fearless use of magenta in interiors lately? I love it!! There’s a sort of devil may care attitude in rooms with magenta accents. I adore the freedom and boldness that this jewel tone imparts in decor. Magenta is not for the faint of heart. It adds a bohemian, eclectic attitude and completely shakes things up. A touch of it looks daring in a dining room or on a chest with gold hardware (with a splash of animal print it is divine!). If you are adventurous, try it in a wide swath of silk drapes or paint your bookcases. Wow!

Magenta accents

From upper left clockwise: designer unknown, Angie HranowskyLindsey Coral Harper, via Vogue

It looks truly amazing on upholstery pieces too – especially when done in velvet. Paired with light walls, a magenta sofa adds a touch of royalty. It doesn’t have the same girly, romantic feel that other pinks can bring to a space. Instead it says, “Pow! I am fearless!” This hue pairs beautifully with navy, grey, white and charcoal, but you could add a little turquoise or yellow to spunk it up even more.

magenta sofa inspiration

Clockwise from left: via Femina, via Nuevo Estilo, designer unknown

Some clients of ours wanted a dramatic, free-spirited approach to the living room we were designing for them. As you may know, Corea Sotropa is never afraid of a little colour! We were inspired by the use of magenta we had recently been noticing and decided to propose a gutsy velvet sofa in this powerful shade. Our clients loved the idea! Their other fabric selections were featured earlier this year in our post Colour Harmony, so you can see they are not timid when it comes to colour. We’ve ordered all the furniture, including the magenta velvet sofa, and are now waiting impatiently with excitement for it to arrive.

CSID Sofa Design

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of this living room as the pieces of furniture come in. It will be a showstopper with that glorious sofa and all the other bright accents happening throughout the room.

Cheers!

Jacqueline

My Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for a sophisticated and fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. My team would love to help you with your projects – please get in touch!

 

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Design Destinations | Iceland

Title - Design Destinations

When one of our designers, Alanna Dunn said she was going to take a spring holiday to Iceland, we initially thought it an unusual choice. Turns out, Iceland is quite the hot travel destination. This island of unexplored open wilderness attracts many travellers who are looking for a destination off the beaten path. With a direct flight to Reykjavik from Edmonton, a yen for adventure,and a curiosity about geothermal springs, Alanna hopped a jet and was off to this mysterious and eerie land of ice and volcanos. Here are a few of her snapshots and her highlights….

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All photos are Alanna’s own

 

Jacqueline: What was the most interesting thing about Iceland?

Alanna: All of the unique Icelandic landscapes. In particular I really loved Silfra. The location where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are separating.  It is full of crystal clear glacial water that sparkles like you wouldn’t believe.

JC: What is the design style like in Iceland? 

AD:  Iceland was settled by the Danish, and has been heavily influenced by Danish Modern design. The clean lines and simplicity of the Danish Modern style was evident in everything from the architecture and interior design to the local fashion and the style of home furnishings.

JC: What would your recommend that a visitor do while in Iceland?

AD: Visit the blue Lagoon, a geothermal outdoor hot pool and spa. The water is full of silica, which makes it appear opaque like blue milk!

Jacqueline: What was the activity that you enjoyed the most?

AD: I honestly had such an amazing trip I don’t think I could decide! If I had to pick one thing, I would say hiking to many of the natural hot springs and hot rivers.

           

Cheers!

Jacqueline & Alanna

My Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for a sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!

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Tickled Pink | Hardware Pulls

Cabinetry hardware is often called the jewelry of the kitchen or bathroom, because it adds a bit of sparkle or a contrasting punctuation point to a facade of doors and drawers. Because it is grabbed, touched, turned or pulled on, it shouldn’t feel flimsy or hollow so don’t skimp out! Changing your hardware is an easy way to update your cabinets. It’s amazing how a great looking, sturdy knob or pull can completely revolutionize the look of a door. Even inexpensive furniture looks completely different with new hardware. Here are a few of our favourite options…

Favourite Hardware Pulls as selected by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Tickled Pink Resources: Jacqueline’s pick from Hamilton Sinkler, Schaub and Company supplies Reena’s choice, Alanna’s favourite from Anthropologie, Patti’s selection via Ashley Norton, Brittany L’s pull from Rocky Mountain Hardware, P.E. Guerin makes Kristin’s fave, Ellysa’s knob by Top Knobs, and Brittany A’s option available through West Elm.

Cheers!

Jacqueline

Join us for Tickled Pink, a roundup of our very favourite things from the design team at Corea Sotropa Interior Design. We’re a Calgary interior design firm known for our fresh, sophisticated approach to residential and hospitality interiors. We’d love to help you with your project. Please get in touch!

 

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Marble and Glass Bathroom Renovation

If you ask most people what part of their house they would like to renovate, chances are the master bathroom ranks high on their list. The stress of rushing out the front door is decreased when you get to shower and primp in a pretty space first thing in the morning. Dark circles are diminished with good lighting and ample storage for makeup and hair products just makes life easier. These things were on our mind when Corea Sotropa began the renovation of a master bathroom project for a lovely return client of ours. She wanted to revamp her dark and impractical master en suite to add a little luxury to her life first thing in the morning. It was important to her that the bathroom be classic and feminine and use marble and glass. She wanted soft, delicate colours and mosaic tiles. Take a look at the finished product…

Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design renovation of a luxurious and glamorous bathroom

Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design renovation of a luxurious and glamorous bathroom

photography by Jager & Ko

Her brand new master bathroom now consists of a pale grey palette, mosaic glass accent tiles, marble floors, plenty of storage and the prettiest mirrored vanity and chair you ever dreamed of. We really enjoyed transforming this space for our client – it was an absolute joy. We also changed up her bedroom, so stay tuned for more pictures of that part of the project coming soon.

Cheers!

Jacqueline

My Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for a sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!

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Design Destinations | Phoneix, Arizona

Design Destinations - Arizona

A couple of weeks ago Brittany L decided to fly south for a little break from our epic winter. She joined her family in Phoenix for a week filled with warm weather, fun and ice cream! When she got back home we asked her to share her highlights so we could live vicariously through the stories of her sun-drenched, relaxing holiday. Here are a few of her snapshots and her favourite moments…

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All photos are Brittany L’s own

Jacqueline: What was your favourite holiday moment?

Brittany L: It’s too hard to just choose one moment. Some highlights were zip-lining at an animal sanctuary, a day trip to Sedona, spotting Andre Agassi buying ice cream at the Phoenix Suns game, shopping at Fashion Square, and of course, laying by the pool, swimming, and eating snacks!

JC: What is your best recommendation of things to do or places to check out while in Phoenix?

BL: Dinner at P.F. Chang’s then a movie at the iPic Theatre where they have a full menu service delivered to your own personal lazy boy chair! 

JC: Did you take any design inspiration away from your trip?

BL: The design style in Arizona is so different from anything we see up here in Canada because the designs are inspired by their incredible desert landscapes. Some of the styles I saw on my trip were the Southwest, Adobe and Spanish Colonial styles. The colours reflect the soft, earthy greens, reds, and beige tones seen in the plants and rocks of the Sonoran Desert. Everything looks so warm and inviting (except for the cacti of course, haha!). Many of the homes seem as though they have just risen up out of the ground. They just look so natural. I think lots of people are inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. He was known for incorporating the surrounding landscape in his work and bringing the inside out and the outside in. An interesting thing I learned is that in certain areas the amount of lighting mounted on the exterior of a home is limited so that the wildlife and natural habitats are not disturbed. 

JC: What was the most amazing thing you saw?  

BL: It would probably be seeing the beautiful red rock in Sedona. I had never been up that way before and it is just breathtaking.

JC: So it was a good trip then!?

BL: I had the best time! There really are no words that do it justice. There is just nothing like waking up every day to bright blue, sunny skies. Love it! Love it! Love it!

 

Cheers!

Jacqueline & Brittany L

My Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for a sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!

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Tickled Pink | Coffee Tables

It might just be the most important piece of furniture in the living room – the coffee table (or cocktail table depending on your beverage of choice). It’s where we put our drinks, our feet, our remotes and our coffee table books. It’s a hard-working piece of furniture that must be high in style too. After all, this is the spot to showcase our lifestyle and personality through an array of miscellaneous trinkets and tchotchkes. There are even Pinterest accounts dedicated to examples of well styled coffee tables. Today our Tickled Pink edition celebrates this wonderful and essential piece of furniture.

Favourite Coffee Tables as selected by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Tickled Pink Resources: Jacqueline’s table by Oly Studio, Reena picks one from Pearson, Crate and Barrel make Alanna’s selection, Patti likes this option via Worlds Away, Brittany L prefers one from Hudson Furniture, Kristin spotted this lovely table through Aerin, Ellysa’s choice is by Palecek, and it’s a round table for Brittany A via Ginger and Jagger.

Do you have a favourite among our picks? Do you go for a shot of colour like Patti’s blue choice or something more subtle like Alanna’s weathered option? Do you like the ability to stretch out your surface or do you prefer a sculptural statement maker? Which coffee table has you Tickled Pink?

Cheers!

Jacqueline

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Retro Trailer Renovation

Enough already of this never-ending winter! It’s time for the warmer days of spring and looking ahead to summer adventures don’t you think? With that spirit in mind I’ve decided today to share with you a project that is all about summertime fun and one that is near and dear to my heart. It also happens to be one of the most unusual design requests Corea Sotropa has had to date!

A very dear friend of mine bought a little retro trailer for her family to use for weekend getaways and summer vacations. She asked if I could help her update the interior and bring a bit of whimsy, coziness and comfort to their wee home-away-from-home. How fun! First, I came up with a fresh, bright and happy design scheme that worked with the pea green shade of the metal interior pieces that would be refurbished. We painted, reupholstered, refinished the dining table, changed the cabinetry and added new vinyl bamboo flooring. I know some of you have been dying to see the finished product, so without further ado, here are the photos of the completed project…

Chic Vacation Camper by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

This end of the camper serves as the dining area, but also converts into a double bed for mom and dad. My client’s daughter requested a blue colour palette and “squiggly patterned” fabric. I found a “squiggly” ikat for the window coverings that matched the existing green metal finish perfectly and she was thrilled!

Chic Vacation Camper by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

This end of the camper shows the tiny kitchen. We rebuilt the cabinetry out of bamboo and used locking hardware so the doors would remain closed during transport.

Chic Vacation Camper by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

The fabric used for the upholstery is actually indoor outdoor fabric – the kind of thing you would use for patio furniture. This just made sense since it is water-repellent, fade resistant and can take a real beating. The accent pillows double as their sleeping pillows and are covered in a quilted, washable textile.

Chic Vacation Camper by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

There were some cute details in the trailer that we wanted to keep, like this perforated metal magazine holder.  It looks brand new with a fresh coat of paint! There is also a condiment tray over the dining table made of the same product. I think it’s these kind of things that make this camper charming.

Chic Vacation Camper by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

The back rest of the seating area at this end flips up to form a bunk bed area for the kids. There’s lots of storage below, and it’s a cozy spot to hang out and read or relax during the daytime.

Chic Vacation Camper by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Photos by Lori Andrews

As a “house-warming gift” we had these melamine monogrammed plates custom-made for our clients. They look terrific with the drapery! There are platters and bowls to match as well.

It was so much fun working on this little retro camper! It did come with its share of challenges, like selecting finishes that can handle our harsh Alberta weather, the weight of the materials we used and the stability of products (after all, it does have to be lugged around), but it was so worth the efforts. My clients really enjoyed taking it on the road last summer after it was completed and have since nicknamed it “the PeaPod”. I hope it brings them many years of warm weather fun, new adventures and cherished family memories.

 

Cheers!

Jacqueline

My Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for a sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!

 

 

 

 

 

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