Ten Things | Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Ten Things you might not know about Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Our ten year anniversary is quickly approaching and we thought it would be fun to recap some of the things you might not know about Corea Sotropa Interior Design.

10. We receive between thirty to forty deliveries per week including incredibly heavy tile samples. The heaviest deliveries being over five hundred pounds.

9.  We are located on the second floor of our building and have no elevator. We estimate that we have climbed 274,000++ steps this year.

8.  Our last Postman quit. Seriously.  Did we mention, there is no elevator?

7.  Nineteen of our twenty employees in the last ten years have graduated from Mount Royal University.

6.  Jacqueline Corea and Reena Sotropa met in the Interior Design program at Mount Royal University.

5.  At least once a month someone calls in asking for Ms. Corea Sotropa.

4.  We started in 2005 with four full time employees and 796 sq. feet and now have nine full time employees and 1702 sq. ft.

3.  Our latest renovation included the install of two beautiful vintage chandeliers, one from Beverley Hills and the other from London.

2.  We have collectively eaten nine hundred and twenty three bowls of #17 Spicy Saute Soup from the Vietnamese place down the road.

And the number one thing you probably don’t know about Corea Sotropa Interior Design is…

1.  We are working on a brand new look and logo! Stay tuned for the full reveal in the coming weeks…

 

 

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Top Ten | Candlestick Holders

Corea Sotropa Interior Design Top Ten Candlestick selections

Top Ten Candlestick Holder Resources: X, IX, VIII, VII, VI, V, IV, III, II, I

 

Follow us @coreasotropa for your chance to win a trio of the Gold Hexagonal candlestick holders.

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Countdown to Ten | Anniversary

Countdown to Ten black and white title block

We are thrilled to announce that Corea Sotropa Interior Design is approaching our ten year anniversary. We thought it would be fun to include our wonderful followers and friends in the celebration.  What better way to mark this special occasion than with ten golden giveaways?  The countdown is on and there are ten weeks leading up to our ten year anniversary, so be sure to follow along on Instagram and Facebook as we mark this exciting milestone together.

Corea Sotropa Interior Design is turning ten

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Tickled Pink | Dining Tables

Tickled Pink Title - Dining Tables

I love gathering family and friends around my dining room table for a good meal, some wine and conversation. Sharing a meal around a table is the best way to catch up on what’s going on in each other’s lives and to have a laugh or two. In the spirit of bringing people together, today the interior design team of Corea Sotropa has chosen their favourite tables for your dining room or kitchen. We hope you find your new favourite among them….

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

Tickled Pink Resources: Jacqueline’s pick from Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, Reena’s table by Julian Chichester, Knoll carries Alanna’s iconic favourite, it’s a 1st Dibs find for Patti, Brittany L opts for this piece by Hudson Furniture, Kristin chooses one via Peridot, Ellysa finds her selection through Cattelan Italia, and Brittany A’s choice is through Made Goods.

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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The Inspiration | Sandpoint Lakeside Cottage

The Inspiration _Sandpoint Lakeside Cottage

This year we have not only one, but two exciting lake front vacation properties to design! I blogged about the clean and classic Cape Cod inspiration behind our first project located in Sylvan Lake, Alberta in my earlier post The Inspiration | Cape Cod Lakehouse. The second home we are working on is located on the beautiful shores of Sandpoint, Idaho. For this house, we’re proposing a laid back and relaxed design style. We’re thinking cottage chic details with lots of bead board, whitewashed finishes, and a pastel palette of soft grey and blue-green. This house will be the perfect spot for our clients to kick back and enjoy lazy summer days with the family. Here are some of the images we have collected as we get started on the concept development of this home.

Design inspiration for lakeside cottage by Calgary Interior Designer Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Images (left to right from top row): 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/

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 Development | Nursery Gallery Wall

Design Development - Nursery Gallery Wall by Calgary Interior Design Firm Corea Sotropa

Gallery walls take a lot of planning. We are in the midst of creating a gallery wall for a nursery we are designing. The art budget for this project is tight, so we are opting for prints from Etsy and Serena & Lily in our colour scheme all framed in basic white Ikea frames. For the layout, we plan on lining up the top, bottom and sides of the frames to create a rectangle. Luckily, many of the prints we are ordering come in a variety of sizes, so we are able to get the right size and shape to fit our layout We also drew up an elevation that we will dimension so the installation goes smoothly. Here’s the concept drawing we showed our client which also highlights the accent fabrics for the day bed.

Design Development - Nursery Gallery Wall by Calgary Interior Design Firm Corea Sotropa

Gallery walls are very popular amongst our clients. They are a great way to display your favourite collections, family photos or to fill up an empty wall. Here are my top tips for gallery walls if you are planning on installing your own:

1) Decide on the pieces you wish to display together. Your gallery does not have to be strictly one type of artwork. Try incorporating a favourite memento, child’s artwork, postcards, graphic letters or text in combination with photography and original or printed art. Unique pieces will add an unexpected twist to your grouping.

2) If all of your wall art is identical in colour and style (for instance black and white photography) frame everything identically. If you decide on an eclectic mix, frame each piece to best complement the art. If there are several items that are related within the mix, frame them identically, but frame the unique pieces in a standout way.

4) Layout your pattern before hammering into the walls (seems simple, but it’s a marriage saver!). An elevation works best, but you can also arrange the photos on the floor. Always sketch out your arrangement with dimensions of how much space is in between each piece before getting started. Try to keep only a few inches of space between each frame. Start hanging the central frames and work your way out.

5) Make the composition balanced. Try keeping the pieces that carry more visual weight on the bottom of the arrangement to ground the entire grouping.

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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Tickled Pink | Sofas

Tickled Pink - Our Favourite Sofas

It goes by many names and is an essential piece of furniture in every home. The sofa, couch, or chesterfield is the place we sprawl out on to watch the TV, sit and visit with friends, cuddle with family members or even eat our dinner (I’ll admit it – Friday take-out on the couch is my fave!). There are endless designs available, all with slightly different arm styles and upholstery details. Here are a few our our favourites to help those on the quest for the perfect sofa….

Our Favourite Sofas as selected by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior DesignTickled Pink Resources: Jacqueline’s sofa by Hickory Chair, Reena’s pick via Baker Furniture, Alanna selects one from Kravet Furniture, Art Home Furnishings makes Patti’s choice, Brittany L loves this one from Roche Bobois, Kristin goes for a Dwell Studio model, Lee Industries makes Ellysa’s favourite and Brittany A’s couch is from Montauk.

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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The Reveal | Polished Elbow Park Living Room

The Reveal - Polished Elbow Park Living Room

Every project has a story – interesting tidbits from behind the scenes on how the house became what it is today. Some projects have more than one story to share. This is just the case with the home we affectionately call “Polished Elbow Park”. I’ve blogged about how we actually designed this house for two different owners in “Polished Elbow Park Kitchen” and talked about how the basement was flooded and redeveloped in ” Polished Elbow Park Media Room“. But this beautiful home has another secret which I want to share with you today that I think you will find hard to believe…

When my client approached me to furnish and finish off his home we planned on a timeline of approximately three months. Typically furniture and decor takes a minimum of four months to design, get manufactured and shipped, so three months would be a crunch. We began designing at breakneck speed with this deadline in mind. A week passed and my client called me, asking if there was anything we could do to speed up the process. They had no furniture currently and it just didn’t feel like home for the family. The kids were miserable and he wondered if there was any way I could work some magic and get it done faster – they just couldn’t wait. I love a challenge, so after discussing the options with him, I hung up the phone, came out of my office and announced to my design team at Corea Sotropa we had one week to completely furnish this house, top to bottom. After everyone’s jaws were picked up off the floor, we got to work – shopping! We would shop for all the pieces of furniture from the friendly furniture stores that we knew would be able to help us out and sell from their inventory. One week later we had everything installed, and when my client walked in the door after work that day, his house looked like a home. He loved every last detail! Here’s the living room…

Living Room Interior Design by Calgary Interior Design Firm, Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Living Room Interior Design by Calgary Interior Design Firm, Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Living Room Interior Design by Calgary Interior Design Firm, Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Living Room Interior Design by Calgary Interior Design Firm, Corea Sotropa Interior DesignPhotos by Phil Crozier

 

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 Destination | Tofino

Design Destination - Tofino by Calgary Interior Design Firm Corea Sotropa

One of Corea Sotropa Interior Design‘s very valued design team members, Ellysa just came back from a glorious week of exploration and relaxation in Tofino on Vancouver Island. This little gem of a spot is one of Canada’s treasures because of its breathtaking landscapes. Ellysa spent her time kayaking, practicing her photography and attending a yoga retreat. It was the perfect escape from the rat race of the big city. Here are her photos and thoughts on her journey…

Design Destination - Tofino by Calgary Interior Design Firm Corea Sotropa

all photos by Ellysa Evans

Jacqueline: How was your trip? What did you do?

Ellysa: I spent as much time as possible out on the ocean! I spent two days on kayak excursions exploring islands, inlets & tidal pools only accessible by kayak. At one point a group of 20 seals surrounded the boats and we floated with the tide and watched them bob around. I picnicked on Vargas Island on Medallion Beach where sand dollars get washed up after winter storms. I also attended a yoga retreat and spent time mediating in a tree house and eating the most amazing locally produced food. 

JC: You’ve been to Tofino before. What keeps calling you back?

EE: Tofino is such a beautiful little getaway that’s basically right in our backyard. It’s located right outside Pacific Rim National Park, which is Canada’s very own temperate rain forest. I love kayaking and there are endless areas to explore that are completely off the beaten track. It was also a great opportunity to entertain my curiosity for photography. 

JC: What would you say is a must-see or must-do while there?

EE: Get out on a tour to Meares Island and see the 2000 year old cedar trees. The fish is delicious on the west coast. Having fresh salmon or halibut fish n’ chips on the beach while the sun goes down over the ocean is a must-do.

JC: Did you get any design inspiration while there?

EE: Something I took away from Tofino, especially in my photos was all of the fascinating textures. Everywhere you go things are infused with intricate patterns and textures: tree rings, barnacles, the unique star-shaped patterns of star fish and sand dollars, the way the ocean carves patterns in the sand. I’m a pretty big advocate for incorporating the beauty of natural textures in design. I think it’s a simple, honest way to bring interest without over-doing the details or use of materials. 

Cheers!

Jacqueline & Ellysa

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 | Neon

Current Obsession_Neon

It all started when I first laid eyes upon the highlighter hued Valentino Rockstud pumps my girlfriend wore at her birthday party. I was smitten. Since then I’ve been noticing neon accented fashion, furniture and decor everywhere I turn. Now, I know I’m a little late to this party – the neon trend has been hot for a while. I guess it’s because I’m not one to jump on every trend right at the start since my tastes tend to be a little more classic. But even with my traditional tendencies I just can’t resist the spunky, unexpected punch a neon piece adds. I’m going to allow myself to have this little summer fling with neon and enjoy the moment. After all, what’s more classic than Valentino, and they aren’t afraid to rock a little neon!

Neon design scheme by Calgary Interior Design Firm Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Clockwise from top left: Artwork by Jenny Prinn available via Serena and Lily, image of neon painted door via The Aestate, pumps by Valentino available on Net-A-Porter, necklace from J.Crew, nail polish by Essie, pink legged table by Land of Nod, green nightstand by Bungalow 5.

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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