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Spring Cleaning in Barrie – Interior Design Edition

Spring Cleaning in Barrie – Interior Design Edition

Spruce Up The Home With A Fresh Look

Spring cleaning is about as much fun as…cleaning at any other time of the year. But at least the annual rite of spic and span can be undertaken under the warming skies of April.

When it is time for you to wipe the last of winter from your abode, invest some time and thought into making a few changes to your living space. Adding in some new furniture, a rug, a cool art piece or even a set of blinds can do wonders for the look and feel of your pad.

Furthermore, Barrie is home to a litany of interior design experts who can help you reconfigure the home. Scroll on for a few ideas to rebalance the house, as well as local options to get you there.

Spring Cleaning in Barrie – Interior Design Edition

Chairing the Meeting

Let’s be honest; hip, statement making furniture isn’t always the most comfortable. So striking the right balance between form and function can be tricky. And given how much more time we are spending at home these days, you definitely need an armchair capable of hosting your non-stop Zoom meetings AND your next binge-watch.

Consider this lush and plump recliner from Axel. It’s got the right mix of La-Z-Boy and Don Draper to work well in your living room or office, and the high quality ensures you’re getting years of use.

You can find it online, and for a local connection to get this piece, hit up Inhabit Interiors & Design on Dunlop.

Light It Up

Even though the days are getting longer, you’ll still need a few brighteners around the home to keep the warmth in post-sunset. A cool new lamp is just the ticket. This wood wrapped light is as effective as any, while bringing a rustic esthetic. Check out Aspen & Ivey’s Insta and website for similar picks to light up your day (and your room)

Art Attack

Long gone are the days when adding a portrait to your living quarters involved sifting through flea market stalls praying to unearth a gem, or waiting months for that friend you had in college to finally finish the print you paid for.

Moreover, many interior designers now offer custom art creation to enhance the vibe you are going for. Instead of devoting your time to searching, you can engage a designer to come up with the right selection of customized art for you. Among the best of the local purveyors is Caroline Harris Designs. Reality TV junkies might recognize her name from HGTV’s “I Wrecked My House”, where she served as the show’s designer.

You can find her online and on Insta.

And if you need more comprehensive interior design in and around Barrie, be sure to reach out to White House Designs, Madison Taylor, and Simpy Design for ideas and inspiration.

Are you doing any spring cleaning interior design work this year? Be sure to tag us on Insta and share your creations! And if you are a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint with unique, locally focused content, reach out today. We will get you Uncovered!

Wraptastic4 – Bring your Wall Art!

Having to stay indoors indefinitely lately I started to become very tired of looking at the same old walls.  Dreaming of summer and sunsets I felt this incredible urge to decorate!

Slumping back in my chair I felt deflated.  It’s not possible to browse in stores for wall paper or paint chips right now, and I find on-line shopping for supplies like this unsatisfying!

After lots of thought I called Mark Legere at Wraptastic4 to ask advice.  Explaining to Mark that I’d like to redecorate my exercise space, he gave me an amazing idea.

Find a picture or design that you really feel good about – add motivational quotes if you like and have it made into a “wall wrap”.

Mark explained that he has created wraps for many different applications – not just vehicles.  In fact, he explained that wall wraps and stickers make stylish décor very easy.  They are removable, reusable and can be repositioned.

Even if you’re a student in a dorm or apartment you can put them up and take them with you when you leave.  You’ll never even leave sticky residue!

My mind was swirling!  This application could be used anywhere.  I could use it in my workout space, my office – even the nursery!  How cool is that?

Mark went on to explain that many businesses use it on their doors and windows creating instant and inviting appeal!  Other businesses create focus walls behind reception or in conference rooms.  He went on to tell me about a business client that had all of their elevator doors wrapped!  What a unique idea – easy to clean and won’t show fingerprints! 

The idea is so vast!  Buildings are having their exteriors wrapped, team equipment like canoes, kayaks, paddles are being wrapped, I’ve even seen ceiling fans now with their blades wrapped.

Yes you can change the color of your vehicle, yes; you can create mobile advertising, but My Goodness!  You can do so much more…  Take your ideas to Mark at Wraptastic4 164 Innisfil Street Unit 309, right here in Barrie.

The possibilities are endless!

Written by: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED – with window coverings!

WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED - with window coverings!

So many window treatments!

There’s a lot that goes into creating the design and decorating of our homes.  I know that I sometimes search endlessly for paint chips and patterns to create the ambience that I desire.   An Interior Designer has suggested to me that window coverings are a vital part of those decisions and that the trend in fashion today is to create a layered look in my rooms.

Sometimes the room itself dictates which window treatments I should be using as the architecture of the building won’t allow drapery or curtains, making blinds my best option.

Start with the basic treatment

Blinds are so varied now, offering many choices for each room, and while I don’t want them to have identical window treatments, I do want consistency.  ( offers many options to dress up your windows.  I’ve looked into flat rolled shades, for a minimalist look – or luxurious wooden slatted louvers for dramatic flair.  The possibilities are endless!

I’ve found natural woven shades are a great choice to use throughout my home, dressed up with drapery to suit the decor of each room.  Sometimes I like to be a bit playful with light and shadows – then I choose the slatted louvers from a wide variety of colors to add to the mood.

Once I’ve decided on style and functionality I think about the maintenance and durability of my choice.  I know that these qualities ensure that I have chosen something for a lifetime.

Choose for the use of the room!

I find that window coverings rather than draperies are great in any house with children and pets or rental/vacation homes.  Moist or damp environments such as workshops or basements as well – actually anywhere cleaning time and maintenance is a premium.

Top choices from today’s designers include wooden blinds, cordless blinds, roller shades and bamboo blinds.  If you’re like me and have a tough time deciding, call Luke at 2goblinds, (416) 707-9887.  Luke is a great resource with the knowledge and sales experience that will make your final choices and installation an easy process.  Check what he has at