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/

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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

 

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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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Tickled Pink | Door Knockers

Our Favourite Door Knockers as chosen by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Knock knock! It’s Friday and time for our weekly Tickled Pink favourites selected by my fabulous design team at Corea Sotropa. I think it’s safe to say that everyone has heard about how important it is to have your front door looking fantastic. Your front entry is your house’s first impression.  An easy way to add a little design zing and curb appeal is to add a door knocker. Pick a piece that hints at what is happening inside and that contrasts with the colour of your door. Are you a sleek modernist, or an eclectic collector? There’s a style for everyone. Here are our very fave options…

Our Favourite Door Knockers as chosen by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Tickled Pink Resources: Jacqueline’s piece by Sun Valley Bronze, Reena’s selection through Samuel Heath, Alanna’s pineapple available at Williamsburg Market, Patti’s ring via Willow and Stone, Karcher Design supplies Brittany L’s knocker, Kristin’s choice by Ashley Norton, you can buy Ellysa’s owl knocker at Anthropologie, and Brittany A sourced her hardware on 1st Dibs.

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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Sneak Peek | Modern Farmhouse

Sneak Peak - Modern Farmhouse Finishes

 

I’m totally pumped about a project we at Corea Sotropa have affectionately nicknamed the “Modern Farmhouse”. It’s a bungalow renovation that includes a brand spanking new kitchen and two new bathrooms. Ellysa & I are currently working on selecting the finishes and drawing up the floor plans and elevations before the ripping and tearing begins. Our client tends towards natural, slightly rustic finishes and traditional detailing. We call it the “Modern Farmhouse” because of the bleached oak cabinets, natural flooring, antiqued granite countertops and the great stainless steel apron front sink we are planning on using. This design feels a breath of fresh air blowing in from across the fields beyond. I just couldn’t wait to show you a sneak peek of the finishes we have selected and a couple of our concept images to wet your whistle.

Modern Farmhouse finishes for a kitchen and bathroom by Calgary Interior Designers of Corea Sotropa Interior DesignClockwise from top left: Kitchen by Venegas and Company, photo of finishes by Corea Sotropa Interior Design, bathroom by Hammer & Hand, photo of tiles by Corea Sotropa Interior Design.

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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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The Reveal | Polished Elbow Park Media Room

The Reveal - Polished Elbow Park Media RoomToday I’m excited to show you more of the Polished Elbow Park home my design firm Corea Sotropa completed for not only one, but two families (check out my earlier post Polished Elbow Park Kitchen for the background story). Sadly, the neighborhood of Elbow Park in Calgary was one of the most badly damaged during the flood of 2013. Unfortunately, this house was not spared, and the basement had to be completely ripped apart, cleaned up and redeveloped after the flood waters receded. Our client decided to make some major changes while we were reconstructing, so we reconfigured the media room, nanny’s suite and exercise room to better suit the family’s needs. In the media room we designed new cabinetry for the TV area, we added a bar with a super cool mirrored backsplash and designed custom upholstery and new furniture for the sitting area. Our client likes his basement area better than ever!

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

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

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

Photos by Phil Crozier

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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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