Lynda Reeves shares her sources of inspiration for the 2011 Oakville showhome, along with design tips and trend forecasts.
Missed the #AskLyndaReeves chat on October 26th, 2011? Read the transcript below!
@HCCTO: Welcome to the @LyndaReeves #pmwhs Showhome tweetup! Tag your questions with #AskLyndaReeves
@callypie: Hi @lyndareeves What are 3 or 4 pieces that i can add to my kitchen to recreate the wine country look without renovations? #asklyndareeves
@HCCTO: @LyndaReeves Do you find designing a house without knowing who the future owners will be difficult or liberating? Why? #AskLyndaReeves
@lyndareeves: @HCCTO It's liberating!! Not to have to design for owners. The process goes much faster, no back and forth. more creative #asklyndareeves
@ramblingreno: @HCCTO @LyndaReeves Each of the showhomes you've designed has such a distinct style. How do you decide the interior look? #AskLyndaReeves
@lyndareeves: @ramblingreno Oakville sets the tone. For me that means "country" style, and what will look fresh and on trend. #AskLyndaReeves
@annawiesen: @HCCTO @LyndaReeves #AskLyndaReeves The lighting in my kitchen is really stark. What are some lighting options to suit a rustic look?
@lyndareeves: @annawiesen Low hanging pendants over sink, island & eating table in seeded glass or metal. Try Edison filament light bulbs #AskLyndaReeves
@rebecca_am: #asklyndareeves what is your go-to source for inspiration?
@ramblingreno: @lyndareeves Do you have have a favourite room in this year's showhome? #AskLyndaReeves
@lyndareeves: @desire2decorate Think about where herringbone pattern butts up against other flooring, tile, carpet etc. Also, direction #AskLyndaReeves
@jenselk: #AskLyndaReeves Does the home come accessorized? (The R. Downey Jr. book, for ex.) The room wouldn't be the same without it, but ...
@jenselk: #AskLyndaReeves ... it's not for everyone. And will a new owner be able to incorporate their own books, etc. without "ruining" the design?
@lyndareeves: @jenselk Yes! Everything you see in the pictures comes with the house, hand selected by us! #AskLyndaReeves
@LyndaReeves: @jenselk Yes, of course. We've left lots of empty space, shelves, walls, etc. Room for more living room furniture, and rugs #AskLyndaReeves
@callypie: #AskLyndaReeves Love the patterns & textures used throughout the home. Can you give a rule of thumb on how to balance and not overdue it?
@lyndareeves: @callypie Keep continuous floor colour throughout, then you can have texture. 2 prints per room max. Repeat accent colours #AskLyndaReeves
@jenselk: #AskLyndaReeves After working so hard on the home, do you like to keep up with what happens to it? What winners/future owners keep/ change?
@lyndareeves: @jenselk No. Have to let go! Wish I could inspect and prevent bad changes, but can't! #AskLyndaReeves
@lyndareeves: @bijouandboheme Thank you! Antique armoires have come down in price a lot. Great option for a coat closet. #AskLyndaReeves
@annawiesen: #AskLyndaReeves How often do you re-invent your own home? Are you constantly thinking of redesigning?
@lyndareeves: @annawiesen Yes I think about it, but I have great classic bones. Updates tend to be accessories, small furniture & fabrics #AskLyndaReeves
@rebecca_am: @lyndareeves #asklyndareeves I've had some wallpaper regrets in the past, do you have any tips on choosing a lasting pattern?
@lyndareeves: @rebecca_am Yes. Stick to background + one colour only. Subtle patterns that will act like a neutral and not clash. #AskLyndaReeves
@chrome_dreams: #asklyndareeves your top 3 space saving tips? i live in a very small apartment and want to make the most of my available space.
@lyndareeves: @chrome_dreams Cupboards, closets, bookcases to the ceiling. One great table = dining + desk. Drawers on wheels under bed. #AskLyndaReeves
@inVUDraperyCo: Some people struggle with monochromatic. What tips do you have to ensure rooms have dimension? @lyndareeves #AskLyndaReeves
@lyndareeves: @inVUDraperyCo A hit of crisp white and off-black essential. At least one bold accent pattern, mixed textures. Love leather! #AskLyndaReeves
@inVUDraperyCo: @lyndareeves How would you transition this look? How do I love and be inspired by this home and bring it into my own space. #AskLyndaReeves
@bijouandboheme: @designmaze_tim #AskLyndaReeves oh yes...loved the chair too!!!!
@lyndareeves: @designmaze_tim @bijouandboheme That chair was from Elte. Black cotton against distressed oak is a good combo. #AskLyndaReeves
@callypie: @shopwithrobin Would love to work in that laundry room! What a great space to be creative! #AskLyndaReeves
@callypie: #AskLyndaReeves What are some of the design trends that you see coming up?
@lyndareeves: @callypie "Modern" is inching its way in. Mid-century vintage mixes well. Accent colour: orange. High gloss walls in areas. #AskLyndaReeves
@HCCTO: @LyndaReeves #AskLyndaReeves When you hit a creative block what do you do to move forward? eg meditate, go for a run
@lyndareeves: @HCCTO Visit favourite stores and websites. Look at fashion and art. Go to NYC! #AskLyndaReeves
@HCCTO: @LyndaReeves #AskLyndaReeves I agree. NYC is great for inspiration!
@lyndareeves: @designmaze_tim @bijouandboheme Thanks! Almost all from Ikea. #AskLyndaReeves
@HCCTO: Thanks for joining us @LyndaReeves! Hope everyone enjoyed the tweetup! #AskLyndaReeves
@tinalovespinot: sorry to miss it ~ fab idea @Lyndareeves did a Showhome Design Tweetup Q&A .... going to c/out stream #AskLyndaReeves @HouseandHome
@RedefineHome: @houseandhome @lyndareeves Sorry to miss the chat today! Crazy busy morning, I'll look out for the next one #AskLyndaReeves