Not the bad kind. These are good blues.  PPG brand eggshell latex 'CAVALRY ' to be precise. BEFORE we redecorated, we were greeted with the usual hum-drum institutional beige. Everywhere.  Throughout. Which is OK if you're into SHAKER STYLE and minimalism. However the owner was downsizing from a 4,400 sq. ft. Edwardian brick and had a collection of cherished antiques and books that had to be incorporated into 800 sq. ft. The lack of ANY Edwardian features (massive and ornate trims, plaster-work, cornices, parquet and plank floors, gorgeous windows) meant that COLOUR was the key here.  It's all we had ! Here's what greeted us:
BEFORE - Kitchen and Gallery/Hall
BEFORE - Entrance Foyer
BEFORE - Living/Dining
                    Then the fun began. Instantly we knew that the tranquility of blue was the remedy to all this drab; and the glue necessary to cohesion.  Like a great carved wooden bed, the choice of a complimentary quilt is vital. And the client liked it too.  Which is everything: the designer must always remember that he/she won't live there, and that our guidance is often all that is required. Our custom-crafted Library/Media Bookcase blends perfectly in a relaxed and distressed Canadiana finish, made with heirloom tools and methods. A skillful and strategic placing of antique mirrors makes the 12' x 24' Living/Dining, and adjacent hallways, seem bigger than they really are.  Mirrors are not always a sign of vanity; sometimes they are vital decorating tools.
AFTER - Kitchen and Gallery/Hall
AFTER - Living/Dining
AFTER- Entrance Foyer. NOTE the custom upholstered padded & quilted bedroom door panels: we've done this for over 30 years, in those areas where softness is needed. AND it makes for great sound reduction in echoing hallways.
AFTER - Living Room with our custom Georgian Canadianan pine Library case
                        The AFTER photos present a lovely contrast. It's not everyone's taste, to be sure. But the client is thrilled. And that is what makes the creativity and art of Design-Building so personally rewarding.
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