Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Gift Wrapping 2016

Gift wrapping at the D'Souza household is no simple task. It has literally been elevated to an art form. It's my absolute favorite thing to do at this time of the year. Not a fan of shopping but leave me to do all the gift wrapping and I am the happiest. I usually go all elaborate with my wrapping but this year I went with a simple theme using this pretty printed Kraft paper from Ikea, coordinating ribbons and branches from our blue spruce tree. 
gift wrapping with kraft paper

lyndas gift wrapping

wrapping gifts with rope

green ribbon


black cotton ribbon


blue spruce tree

christmas 2016
Hope y'all are staying safe and warm this snowy Christmas as we have had a lotta snow last week. Still can't believe its 12 days to the year ending. We have had some major successes in 2016 and we are looking forward to everything that 2017 has lined up for us. A huge thank you to our wonderful clients for giving us the many opportunities to create and bring good design to their homes. To our family and friends for supporting and cheering us every step of the way. And to our Lord for the many blessings He has showered upon us. 

Stay tuned for 2017 updates folks 'coz we have some major news to share with y'all. 


Monday, December 5, 2016

Our Favorite Dining Rooms

Our favorite dining rooms by Wilde North Interiors
Would you believe Christmas is in exactly 20 days!! This is our favorite time of the year and there is absolutely no doubt that Christmas brings people together. Family, friends, strangers, pets................... everyone is drawn together in the favorite room of all: the Dining Room.

Here are some of our favorite Dining rooms giving you plenty of ideas for refreshing your own home in time for the holidays. When you have a small dining room consider a round table and mix it with complementary chairs to create a cozy dining space. Here the wicker chairs are paired with a Swedish wood round table, two different elements but since they have the same tones it makes them work together beautifully, while also bringing some texture into the room.

The beautiful home of Kara Rosenlund where she has combined the iconic Tulip table with mismatched chairs in her dining room is simple yet stunning. By sticking to one palette she has managed to make the different elements work in harmony.
Costal cottage dining area:
A favorite textile.:

banquette seating
Home of Kara Rosenlund
banquette seating
If you have the luxury of a larger dining room then a rectangular table is much more favored as its seats more people. By adding complimentary chairs, artwork and statement lighting you can transform your dining space into a warm and cozy room for long conversations over delicious meals.

When considering lighting you can either go for one large chandelier or multiples like in the case of the Blackband Project below. We love how the tables have been paired with different yet complimentary chairs like in the pics below, a favorite being the leather chairs and concrete table combination. Or even how eras have been mixed up where Tulip chairs have been paired with a vintage mahogany table.
Extra long dining room table, leather school house chairs, and brass chandelier: Photography: Amy Bartlam -
Project Bel Air - Blackband Design:
Designed by Black Band Interiors
Lucite ghost chairs:
Probably our most favorite dining rooms is where they have combined vintage furniture especially something with brass in it. Our trips to Brimfield & Aberfoyle Antique Markets are a must every year as we get to peruse Vintage furniture from several decades and dream about how to use them in our projects.

Design Crisis Erin Williamson dining room, Breuer caned chairs, Lucite chandelier, Persian rug:
South Shore Decorating Blog: Updated Classics: Rooms with Style:
Dining Room Design Ideas: 50 Inspiration Dining Tables #interiordesign #diningroom See more at:
Dining chairs:
rose gold ceiling lights + wood table in dining room:
We're Swooning Over This Feminine Brooklyn Townhouse via @MyDomaine:
And finally here is the Fenwick Dining room and the Berryman Dining room we had the joy of completing recently. We are currently designing a dining space for the Dancing Waters project and will be doing the big reveal soon. Watch this space for progress shots!

Wilde North Interiors dining room design
Berryman Residence - Design by Wilde North Interiors

Wilde North Interiors dining room design
Fenwick Residence - Design by Wilde North Interiors

If you like what you see then head over to our Pinterest boards for more ideas on Dining Rooms and more. Or give us a call and let us know how we can help you with your design needs.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How To Use Dark Paint Colors In Your Home


Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year, Shadow 2117-30, is allusive and enigmatic — a master of ambiance.

“It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood.” 

—Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director

shadow paint color bm

With Benjamin Moore declaring "Shadow" as their color of the year 2017 we thought of rounding up our favorite rooms in this beautiful moody color showing you how to use darker shades in your home. Shadow is a deep grey color with a tint of aubergine or purple in it giving it layers of depth and movement.

There are so many ways to use this color, either by going bold and painting the whole room in Shadow or taking a safer approach with just one focal wall. It is a color than can turn a space into a cozy living room, into a moody bedroom or into an elegant office/study/den. You can balance the darker shades with lots of white in the ceiling, baseboards, crown molding and doors drawing the light into the room.

Personally I like to paint small rooms a dark shade as it instantly brings a sense of drama and flair to the space, turning it into a conversation starter. These rooms would make perfect settings for a post dinner cocktail or liqueur, a reading nook or just some "Me" time. 

Here some of our favorite designers have paired it with white or other complimentary colors to bring out the true richness in this beautiful hue. Below the study was painted in dark grey while leaving the center section bright white. Light floors and furniture keep the room feeling open and airy. Rich tones were brought in through the rug and gold touches were added through the light fixtures and framed art below.

home office den by studio mcgee
dark grey living room
Foyers and entrance ways painted in a darker shade make for a rich and luxurious welcome look. Add a glam chandelier in crystal that pops against the dark walls and it speaks volumes for your passionate personality. Looking to pick statement lighting then check out our blog post here to guide you. 

dark foyer
grey lux living room
grey gold family room

modern den
Rather than trying to hide the shape of that wall, the designer here painted it in a strong color turning it into a statement. Pairing the grey wall with lots of white and warm tones in the faux fur rug and animal skin carpet brings balance to the room.
contemporary lounge
focal wall fireplace
Art and accessories stand out against a darker grey, thats probably why most art galleries / art schools are usually painted grey. In the pic above painting the focal wall in a darker shade turned the fireplace into a feature. In the Rainpark Basement we have painted the fireplace wall matt black and added reveal beads turning it into a focal point in the room. See progress shots of the design & construction of this basement HERE on our website.

study den
library den office
And my favorite feature about dark walls is that books look great against it. Just look at the above two rooms layered in beautiful books, artwork and artifacts. You can't help but sink into those couches and never want to leave.
how to use dark grey paint
dramatic study
grey focal wall fireplace

artwork on a grey wall
stag head
So what do you think? Willing to consider this color in one of your rooms? Start small or maybe even go mid-tone and not entirely dark if you are unsure of how you will react to the color. Maybe do a swatch test to see how the color acts during different times of the day. Paint is really the easiest and cheapest way to bring about a change in a room so why not give it a go.

Stay tuned for the reveal pics of our Rainpark Basement remodel where we painted the fireplace wall a deep dark black to compliment the aqua custom bar and white walls.

Check out our PINTEREST boards for more ideas on dramatic paint colors.


Friday, November 25, 2016

Pit Stop: Factory Tile Depot

Continuing on with our PIT STOP series here are a few photos of when we stopped over at Factory Tile Depot looking for tiles for the Rainpark Basement Remodel project. We are building a custom bar, fireplace, yoga room, home theater and 3pc washroom in this unfinished space. Tiles are being sourced for the front of bar counter, floor of bar and washroom.

This Tile shop was pretty impressive in that it was a large facility, well laid out and with a great selection of tiles. We liked the fact that they had tables laid out for customers to take their samples to and discuss/argue over. (Do we argue? Nooooo - we have the same taste so we end up picking the exact same option). Plus seating, there was lots of seating - you never find seating in shops like this otherwise.

Here we are featuring a few of the tiles that caught our attention.
how to choose the perfect tile

factory tile depot

wall of tiles
My favorite feature in the showroom, a whole wall framed with some of their prettiest white tiles. I am a sucker for anything white. Click below to see video of this stunning wall of unique tiles.

tile showroom
Dhiraj perusing the large format floor tiles. He chooses large format as there are less grout lines then.

tile showroom

hexagon tiles
Pretty printed Hexagon tiles, great for a kitchen floor or shower stall when you want to bring some pattern into the mix

textured tiles
Absolutely loved this one with the pretty design and soft edges. Another great option for a backsplash or washroom. 

lace tile
An imprint of lace on tile, this is so Genius. This would look absolutely gorgeous in a spa-like washroom, a very feminine space for a classy lady.

backsplash tile

mini hex tiles
My favorite color combination in white, taupe and grey and we absolutely loved the small hex tiles with their soft edges. A very pretty look indeed for a back splash option.

patterned tiles
Large format hex tiles, again a great option for a washroom shower stall if you are going for a contemporary look

distressed tiles
Distressed tile in various muted colors, this is a great option for a mud room rustic look. The advancement they have made in Tile designs is very impressive.

shabby chic tiles
Click here to see the video of these tiles on my Instagram

tile samples
Imagine having this look without the roughness of distressed wood. Smooth and easy to clean this is a great option for flooring or a feature wall.

Always thinking, planning, designing. His mind never stops.
Most weekends are spent in tile shops, lighting shops or furniture shops choosing the best finishes for our client's homes. Hop over to our website to see progress on the Rainpark Basement where we have documented the designing & building of the space in various stages of destruction/construction.

We have also started work at the Dancing Waters Residence where we are completing the Interior Design & Decor for our clients new build home. Lots of custom work, personal touches and luxurious finishes will turn this house into a home. Follow along on our Newsletterblog or Instagram for sneak peeks of our design process and progress shots.

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Looking for help choosing tile or lighting then give us a call to book a consultation. Today!

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