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Fresh Living your Trusted Saskatoon Interior decorator & home stager is interviewed on C95

You know those spotless, clutter-free, amazing looking rooms you see in magazines? That can be your home. Seriously! Fresh Living’s founder, Chantal Hounjet, created the company out of her combined love and talent for interior decorating and home improvement which paved the way to a career in Home Staging and Interior Redesign. Chantal is an International Staging and Redesign Professional, bringing her talents directly to your door..and she is your Trusted Saskatoon Interior Decorator and Home staging expert!

Here Chantal is a guest on C95 morning show with Rob & Shauna ... This very funny segment is all about terrible trends returning to design!



Find Fresh Living on the Trusted Saskatoon Directory under the Painters, Decorating & Design category   

Trusted Saskatoon Interior Design Experts share a great tip...In need of a kitchen facelift? Check out the NEFF Difference

.In need of a kitchen facelift? 

Whatever your style, contemporary or traditional, NEFF offers a bold statement to any kitchen design. As seen in Architectural Digest, check out the NEFF difference. 


Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera, of Miró Rivera Architects, worked with Mike Kaeske and Lynn Bradshaw to give their Austin, Texas, home a modern look without disrupting the traditional feel of the neighborhood. Above: The duo used wood and soapstone countertops and stainless-steel appliances to modernize the kitchen, though the original flooring remains. New windows bring in natural light. The oil is by Johannes Hüppi. (February 2009) 


Seeking to preserve and update the house they commissioned from Richard Barancik in 1953, Chicagoans Howard and Doris Conant hired Margaret McCurry, of Tigerman McCurry Architects. Above: Formerly a narrow galley arrangement, the kitchen was expanded and given terrazzo floors, stainless-steel countertops, walnut cabinetry, from Poliform, and a substantial granite-topped island for casual dining and entertaining. SubZero refrigerator and Franke sink, at (February 2009)


“It was an ’80s building needing a rehab,” says journalist Dena Kaye, who, along with her partner, designer Dick Fallin, updated a house on St. Bart’s in the French West Indies. While retaining the basic footprint, the pair modernized their residence and opened it to the views. Above: The nondescript kitchen was transformed with stainless-steel countertops. “I love eat-in kitchens, because people always gravitate there anyway,” says Kaye, who picked up the flower painting at an artist’s atelier in the Pyrenees. (February 2006)


In renovating a New York apartment, designer Juan Montoya chose marble tiles to replace old vinyl, and cabinets are now “Douglas fir that has been sliced and relaminated, so the grain is absolutely straight,” Montoya observes of the extensive makeover the kitchen received. Franke sink; Waterworks faucets. Sub-Zero refrigerator. (February 2006)


“It didn’t have to be Tudor Tudor,” says designer Douglas Marsceill, who renovated the 1935 Los Angeles residence of composer Burt Bacharach and his wife, Jane. “We wanted to keep it more casual.” Above: “There was just a galley kitchen. One of the Bacharachs’ main requirements was a kitchen/family room combo.” Marsceill, who collaborated with contractor James Williams, knocked out several walls, joining five rooms to create one large space. (February 2000)


For the renovation of a 3,800-square-foot Florida condominium, Sally Sirken Lewis said, “Let’s keep it really light, like the environment, with its cool, sandy beaches. Let’s add bleached floors and taupey walls.” Above: The kitchen was redesigned to harmonize with the entrance hall and the living room. A Roy Dowell collage, Untitled #797, 2000, hangs beside the refrigerator. Neff bleached-maple cabinetry and black-granite countertops. (February 2002)


“My client, Terri Henning, needed a comfortable home where she could begin again,” Monique Gibson says of the penthouse she carved out of a converted bank in Charleston’s historic district. Above: Brick walls ground the kitchen. “When I first saw the apartment, all the original brick was visible,” says Gibson. “We decided then that we must salvage as much of it as possible and use it in the kitchen and family room.” Devant Chez Mestre, 1959, is by Willy Ronis. Viking range and ovens. Barstools, Sentimento, with Bergamo fabric. (February 2008)


“The apartment had a poky kitchen,” says designer Sandra Nunnerley. “The new one was carved, in part, out of the butler’s pantry. It’s a traditional white-paneled space, very simple but thoroughly done,” she adds. The range, hood and oven are from Viking. Microwave,GE. (February 2004)


Architect John B. Murray and interior designer Elissa Cullman joined two apartments in a 1914 Manhattan building to make a generously proportioned duplex. Inset: The gutted family room, study and dining room, beyond. Above: The new kitchen—a window was blocked for the range—and adjacent family room. Stools, T & K French Antiques. Sub-Zero refrigerator. Viking range. Waterworks faucet. Vaughan light fixtures. (February 2005)


In California’s Carmel Valley, Sally Sirkin Lewis and her associate Kenn Shlaes renovated a house for Ed and Ruth Morrow. Inset: The original kitchen. “It was dismal and old-fashioned,” says Lewis. Above: The cabinets and granite-topped counter they designed “are sleek and sophisticated,” she notes. At rear hangs Richard Serra’s Billie Holiday, 1999. The refrigerator is from Sub-Zero. Wolf ovens. (February 2005)


Trusted Saskatoon Interior Design Experts share some tips using marble in your home

Using marble in your home:

Marble is a natural stone (metamorphic) and is known as an exotic and luxurious aesthetic. It is a commonly used material in residential application. The natural characteristics make it a better product for certain locations over others and the most important characteristic to be aware of is that marble is relatively soft and porous.

Great uses for marble are: light use flooring, bathrooms, back splashes and feature walls. Because of it's characteristics it is not commonly used for kitchen counter tops. Marble is a timeless look and comes in an array of species, with the intensity of veining varying. Using marble as a mosaic is great because you get the beautiful look of stone but it comes in many different patterns! Traditionally marble is a classic look but with the use of unique mosaic patterns it can offer a more contemporary look.


Trusted Saskatoon Interior Design Experts share some tips on how to have an interesting ceiling

 How to have an amazing ceiling:  

 Look up...

The ceiling is a plane that often gets overlooked.  We have our favorite ways to add interest up, all the way up. Here are 5 of many ways to do this…

1. Shapely bulkhead- This is a great way to feature lighting, the jewelery of your home.

2. Moldings- Create a shape (as simple as a rectangle) with moldings to differentiate colours or textures.

3. Wallpaper- Use this in combination with bulkheads or trim to pack a powerful punch.

4. Wood- A sure way to add the warmth you are looking for to your space.

5. Coffered ceiling- A more traditional look that dates back to the second century in ancient Rome and still a hot design used today.

Wake up to more than a white stippled ceiling and get help from a design professional today!


Trusted Saskatoon Interior Design Experts share some tips on the Five Top Décor Trends for 2013

Five Top Décor Trends for 2013:

Spring is the time for making things new again, and our home décor is no exception. As you think about how to change the look of a room, a list of this spring's five hottest design trends.

#1 - Carrying over from last year, that bold graphic prints are still extremely popular. "This can be done in both classic or contemporary looks, with pops of colour intermixed with crisp palettes and more 'weighted' colour tones," .

The palates this spring come in the forms of strong earthy colours such as burnt orange and grass green, and the influence of jewel tones such as emeralds and sapphires. The bright hues are offset by greyed out tones and charcoals, and balanced with the basics of white, navy and black. play with those colours and make them even more interesting by layering patterns and colours, particularly with your accent pieces. "Bring prints and solids into your space in varying textures and use them in your soft finishes, like throws, pillows, wallpaper or window dressings. Fabrics play a large role in adding visual (diversity) interest to your room." 

#2 - Metallics are number two on the list of spring trends. "Metallics give the option for a lot of influences in many different fashions." She adds that the industrial, or "steampunk" influenced looks are big this spring, as are the more tailored coppers, golds and silvers. "These stem from the influence of jewellery, and pair well with jewel toned accents,"

You can add metallics to your space through a wide variety of options, including lighting, hardware, furniture, accessories and tile. And while  stresses the importance of not over-doing metallics, and keeping them as an accent, also add that different metals mix well together for a more eclectic look. 

#3 - The next trend  is the use of one-of-a-kind and unique pieces. "These pieces add a bit of your own personal style and flair to a room. For this trend, we see people selecting handmade and interesting pieces that they love, and then styling their rooms around that piece."

Organic looking items such as handmade wooden chairs, original canvas-mounted artwork, and iron and blown glass pendant light fixtures are popular, and are leading the movement away from more generic designs. Stores like Metric support local artisans by seeking out interesting items and displaying them whenever possible. They also showcase artisan pieces from all over the world. 

 #4 - Large scale feature areas in a space are also a trend this spring, and texture plays a big part in this idea. Bowman says that she is seeing a lot of people take one or two wall sections in their rooms and turn them into a feature area by inserting dimension, texture or colour.

This can be accomplished through the use of bulkheads, wood panels, large scale tiles or patterned wallpaper. She adds that wallpaper has made a huge comeback as the technology behind it has greatly changed and it is now much easier to remove. It comes in "such a wide assortment of styles and designs. It has long replaced the faux finishes of last decade."

As well,  that wall tile is a huge trend in Saskatoon right now, and that people are opting for tile with not only texture, but also with shape and movement to it. 

#5 - Lastly, "bringing the outside in, and adding natural elements to your inside surroundings" as another trend to think about this spring. This can be as easy as adding driftwood, hides, glass, or metals to your room, or using natural fabrics like cotton and linen in a less tailored way. These natural elements create texture, add softness and make the room warmer and more inviting."

The trend of adding a "living wall" to your space - a wall filled with plants.

"This has become quite popular in commercial and residential spaces as it has many benefits. Not only is it beautiful, you gain the advantage of getting to breathe the air they've just purified for you." 

If you are on a tight budget and can only make one change,  changing your lighting is the way to go. "People often ignore lighting, but it can make a huge impact. It is often referred to as the jewellery of a space - it makes the space more dramatic and interesting, and changes the way we look at it. Proper lighting also allows existing pieces within the room to look better."

However, if you plan on making an investment in any level of project, we strongly urge you to contact a professional designer, and adds that "the biggest mistake I see people make is that they didn't ask for help soon enough, and they've already spent a significant amount of money on something that ends up not working for them in the end."

A professional designer can bring their experience, knowledge of furniture and finishes, and a critical eye to help you decide how you will get you the greatest positive impact for your space, and not only what is going to look good now, but "what is going to work for you and your family over time." 



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