What’s Up at SKD

It’s been 6 months, so time to update!  A lot of fun things are happening at SKD this summer, so here’s the run-down!

We finished a few projects recently; be sure to check them out (click on the photo to see the photo gallery):

Birchdale | Bathroom
A beautiful high-low bathroom in gray and plum.
Willpower Project | Living room
Charity design project partnered with Jax Decor.
Centretown | Kitchen
A manly kitchen making use of natural elements…and a bacon light!
Britannia Heights | Bathroom
Cheerful basement bathroom with some fun use of tile.

Thanks, as always, to Laurie at LGH Photography for her excellent work (except for the stripey blue bathroom – didn’t get a chance to get her in for professional shots).

I’ve been getting a lot of requests lately to turn basements into income properties.  It’s not as easy as it looks on TV – there are egress requirements, requirements around natural daylight and the fire code requirements to deal with.  So lots of RULES!  And with building code changes, comes a pretty hefty price tag!  But in the end, if you have a space that allows for an income property and are in a great location, there is a high likelihood you’ll re-coup your costs and earn some additional revenue.

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Preliminary kitchen concept.  This income property won’t be a true ‘separate dwelling unit’, which is why there’s no range.

These fun clients will be getting a man/woman cave, complete with home gym, full bathroom and lots of storage.  We have some really cool finishes and products going into this space, like 3D wall coverings…on the ceiling!

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A man/woman cave! More cowbell! (Inside joke…for now!)

As you can probably tell, I love colour! And I especially love clients who love colour!  This newly built townhouse was pretty neutral until I showed up – we’ve now got orange, cobalt and lime (but balanced with white and gray) throughout the main floor, fuchsia, yellow, teal, red, and lots more orange throughout the rest of the house.  A lime accent wall in the powder room and two orange accent walls – one in the office and one in a bedroom add a lively pop of colour…although the painter wasn’t too happy – the orange took 7 coats!!

So much colour!!!
Being silly while shopping for accessories.  I totally match the decor but not on purpose!

This was another fairly neutral space, which we’re perking up with soft blue greens, charcoal, copper and touches of dramatic black.  Grasscloth wallpaper on either side of the fireplace adds texture without too much presence.

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A modern space gets a softer look with new drapes, toss pillows, & accents.

My best friend has entrusted her kitchen renovation to me, and I know what you’re thinking, “You shouldn’t work with friends!”  I’ve heard many a horror story from other designers, but A & T have been excellent clients!  I think it actually helps when you know someone so well – there’s no guessing at their style or likes/wants.  I’m excited to see it come together!

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My best friend’s new kitchen!

This teeny condo got a new look for the momentous occasion of my clients moving in together!  Both still students in the medical field, storage and work areas were important, but they also wanted a stylish home to call their own.  We created a space that had an industrial vibe but was also conducive to small-space living; creative storage, a versatile layout and furniture that has more than one use.

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An industrial inspired space!

I’ve been working on the main living space for two super-awesome clients, who just happen to be the parents of my first boyfriend…from 20 years ago!  We all stayed in touch throughout the years and I was honoured to be asked to help with their new home.  We’re doing new furnishings, drapes and decor, including the tallest dining room drapes (not shown) I’ve ever done – they’re 12 1/2 feet high!  And that’s not even to the ceiling!

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Orange and blue are one of my favourite combinations – warm, fresh and super balanced.

We’re bidding on a large commercial project right now – the first round of presentations are in a little over a week!  It’s a 26 floor condo building and we’re pretty excited at making the short list of designers to bid on it.  Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Peekaboo – Cyndi and Sarah in the mirror!

We’ve got a few smaller ongoing projects as well and we’re just starting plans for another kitchen reno in a really cool condo building.  I booked our booth for the Ottawa Fall Home Show on Friday and we’re flying solo this year!  We’re also implementing some exciting new offerings in the next couple of months (hoping to debut them at the show!) but it’s a secret for now as the concepts are still a little undefined.

I think I’m going to try doing a monthly blog series…says I, who blogs every 6 months!  Basically a series of 1-4 related posts around 1 main topic.  What topics would you like to see covered?