5 FIRST DATE (DESIGN) TOPICS - THE MEET + INSPIRE

We love design and when we get the chance to meet a prospective client, talk about the vision, desired out comes and expectaions we can’t help but feel inspired. We see these initial meetings like first dates, a way to gather the understanding what makes you tick and how you live and the rest of the household live. Key to any good relationships is communication and collaboration tow key items grounded in the JBD philosophy. Set up a meet + inspire today to chat everything design.

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5 BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS FOR CREATIVE STUDENTS

Here’s a fun game… pick two. Social life, enough sleep, good grades.

This is a post for all the aspiring young designers out there! 


Whether you’re just starting out or finishing up your design education journey, here are 5 back to school tips for you.

These tips are in no particular order however...



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THE FRAME - WHAT A TELEVISION?

Televisions have become a piece we love to hate! That battle between a piece of art of the old school television.The Frame by Samsung has changed the playing field for designers and possibly stopped a few design heart-attacks over the last few months! Most Televisions these days a big black boxes hung above a fireplace or placed in a styled living room setting. Follow along to see where we have used the Frame by Samsung and how this design driven television has not comprised the technology and viewing experience.

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West Coast Best Coast - Best outdoor spots in BC

What inspires you? Getting outside this long weekend?

These are some of our favourite lakes, hikes and lookouts for the long weekend (short trips). Where do you get your inspiration from? What are you actively doing to keep inspired?

As an interior designer living on the Canadian west coast, I find most of my inspiration from looking out at and being in our rich wilderness.

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THE DESIGNER LOOK - Making a small bathroom feel larger

Bathrooms, these day’s with the flipping marketing, homes being renovated and new buyers seeing a old bathroom space, seeing those 30min home renovation shows and thinking not a problem we can turn this old space in to a “Wow SPA” in just one weekend. Not fully understanding what it truly takes to craft a spacious bright bathrooms space. A typical bathroom these days can cost anything from 20K- 60K for a full renovation. Follow these five simple key design philosophies.

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ON THE DESIGN DESK - THE VANCOUVER SPECIAL PROJECT

Renovations of a Vancouver Special is in full swing for a young family in Vancouver. With interiors inspired by relaxed sophistication and midcentury modern touches, a busy family with some fun young girls needed a space to not only entertain, but cozy up and watch a movie as a family. Mixing the seventy’s charm of the existing “Vancouver Special” with some fun modern touches this home will be timelines for years to come.

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5 DESIGN HACKS THE PERFECT GALLERY WALL

We all have envy for those amazing grand gallery walls that just look so perfect. Have you ever wondered how these are created? Follow along for five simple (anyone can take on) tips to achieving the perfect gallery wall. This might sound simple, but selecting the perfect wall is one of the most challenging steps. When selecting any art for a wall space we need to look at a few factors, such as impact. A gallery wall is a large installation and we need to take in to account if the wall is going to be looked at everyday? from far?

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THE DESIGNER LOOK - The bold and beautiful farmhouse kitchen

Let’s get bold and beautiful! We were invited in to give a major face-lift to a three bedroom rancher in Langley, British Columbia. Designed for an empty nester we wanted to create home that would be welcoming for her sons to visit with her future grandkids, family birthday parties and a place to foster memories. We started the design process getting to know the home owner, how she lives, her habits and the overall feel she wants to have when she opens her front door every day.

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WHAT'S NEW WITH COUNTERTOPS - the top 3 trends in surfacing

What’s happening in surfacing these days? It is no secret that Caesarstone is the industry standard in quartz countertops all over the world. They are an innovative company that is always keeping up with the trends and styles of the interior design industry. They offer many different finishes, textures & prints for all the styles we bring to life in our office. If you are creating a countertop, backslash, piece of furniture stay tuned for some new trends in the amazing world of surfacing.

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5 DESIGN HACKS - FOR THE PERFECT LAUNDRY ROOM

I don’t know about you but my idea of a perfect time isn’t spent in the laundry room, but there are ways to make your experience a little better. These spaces have been neglected with design over the years, take a look at some of our favourite trends popping up in laundry rooms across Canada. The laundry room like any other room needs to be thought out for function, use and style, we have put together a short list of things you should think about when renovating a laundry room space.

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