Residential Painting Companies in Calgary

expertpaintersIf you have any type of painting job in Calgary that requires a professional touch, residential painting companies Calgary will be more than happy to assist you.  This painting company is comprised of professional painters which means they are expert in this particular trade and they will certainly do a better job than you do if you were to consider the painting task as a DIY job.  The truth is that painting jobs like residential painting are best left to the professionals as professionals painters not only do a better job and get better results, but they are also able to accomplish the painting task you give them in far less time.

While painting is not exactly a difficult job, neither is it an easy job.  Painting requires skill and sometimes nerves of steel, especially if you need to paint highly elevated areas.  If your home did not come with prepainted roof and that the roof is sloped, painting this yourself can be very dangerous, especially if you are not familiar treading on inclined spaces.  This is why for residential painting duties, it is often best to just leave the painting job to the professionals.

Of course, aside from just roofs, elevated walls where you need to get perched in stairs or scaffolds can be dangerous if you are not used to multitasking on such an elevated space.  If your home has very high roofs, ceilings, or many elevated areas that require repainting, you should never attempt to do this yourself but instead hire people who are equally skilled not just in the trade, but also in accomplishing it.  All professional painters will have likely been doing their painting work under such so they literally will not have a hard time painting on elevated spaces.  It’s essentially just another day’s work for them.

If you do not have any experience in painting and would like to try painting yourself, the best thing for you to do is to try painting on spaces or rooms that will not be seen by your guests.  If you have a storage room or perhaps your maid’s room, you can try and develop your skill out on these areas.  If you do not seem to have any progress, you should just simply leave this type of job with the professionals.

New Mod Pieces Photo Format!

It’s been so busy around the studio that things have become a little crowded.

To solve this issue, I decided to find a new place to shoot all of the product photographs for the store.

In my new photography area, I now have two different backgrounds to shoot against. One is a white, painted brick and one is a painted, grey wall. This gives me more flexibility in choosing the best background to complement each and every lamp.

The photos are made consistent by the presence of the credenza that each lamp is photographed atop.

Having a separate space do to all of my photography has freed up so much work space in my studio. I’m so excited to have reclaimed those precious square feet to do what I love most… Restyle vintage lamps!

After being “closed for maintenance” for over a week, I’m happy to report that Mod Pieces is back open and looking better than ever!

Head on over there now to check out all the latest goodies and let me know which piece is your fave!

New Business Cards!

As you know, I recently changed the direction of Mod Pieces from focusing on all types of furnishings to focusing on lighting, exclusively.

It was time for new business cards to match!

I hymned and hawed about whether to go the traditional route again and design something fancy that could be printed by an outside supplier or if I could come up with a more creative, simple and eco-friendly solution.

I opted to have recycled cardstock custom cut into the size & shape that I required. Next, I had some custom stamps made of my logo, tagline and contact information.

It’s a little extra work on my end to hand stamp each one, but I think it’s worth it to have a handmade, earth-concious business card that reflects the core values of Mod Pieces.

The best part is that the stamps can be used over and over again, not just for my business cards, but for my tags, postcards, etc.

What do you think? Have I struck the balance between upscale-handmade and eco-chic?

Why “Redecorating” Shouldn’t Be In Your Vocabulary

Your home should be in a constant state of evolution, developing and improving naturally over time (just like you). The concept of “redecorating” should be banished.

And here’s why…

  1. It implies that you should “finish” decorating and then do it all over again in a few years when you grow tired of the look. This makes no sense to me, from both a practical and financial standpoint. Who wants to spend money “redecorating” every few years?
  2. You should never feel like you’ve “failed” to get it right the first time, putting you in a position where you feel like you have to “redecorate” If you can get in touch with your own personal style and are open to creating a space that accurately reflects you and all your splendid quirks, then there can be no mistakes.
  3. It suggests that we should all blindly follow trends without considering if they’re really right for us in the first place. An interior that is purely based on trends will have to be “redecorated” every few years, just to keep up.

Instead, why not start with a classic, timeless canvas that allows you to interchange furnishings, artwork and accessories as your tastes grow and evolve?

This way, you can feel free to “try on” trends and inject pieces that reflect different facets of your personality in a low-comittment way without having to disrupt or ruin your entire room.

There are 3 keys to creating a timeless canvas which will allow you to add & subtract pieces, prints & patterns as you choose, without having to “redecorate”.

1. Neutral Flooring

Depending on your location, the standard may be hardwood, tile or carpet. Whichever suits your lifestyle best is fine, just keep it simple, allowing yourself the freedom to switch up your furnishings.

2. Neutral Paint Colours

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good statement wall, saturated in bold colour, more than anyone, but one wall per room is more than enough. One wall is large enough to make a big impact, yet small enough to be changed in an afternoon if you tire of the colour.

4. Neutral Investment Pieces

You’ll only want to incur the cost of large purchases like sofas & beds once. So, make the right choice the first time around. Simple colours, clean lines and quality construction are key. Dress up investment pieces with fun accessories that are easily interchangeable over time.

Neutra, neutral, neutral…

It doesn’t have to be boring. And, it doesn’t have to mean beige! Check outthis post on how to introduce neutral, statement pieces in your home.

White, navy, grey, black, cream & brown are all classic neutrals that will serve you well for years to come.

Outside Inspiration – Ample Angles

Welcome to a new blog segment!

Outside inspiration is just as is sounds. I’ll be showing you how to take inspiration from the beauty of the outdoors and apply the same principals to your interior.

We’ll be taking inspiration from an array of different sources. From city streets to sweeping landscapes to majestic mountains, valuable design elements can be found in each.

This stunning photo proves that even the simplest building facade can provide inspiration that can be applied to your interior.

What does it teach us?

  1. A greyscale colour combo is far from boring.
  2. Light is powerful.
  3. Angles add mega-interest.

Who wouldn’t want to live here? The simplicity of this room makes it magical.

The top three takeaways?

  1. Black, white & grey warmed up with wood makes for a crisp colour palette that allows you to introduce any other colour in the form of artwork & accessories.
  2. Although you can’t see a window in the photo, the room is bright and airy, allowing shadows to playfully cast on the walls & floor.
  3. Angles rock! From the herringbone wood floor pattern, to the angular furnishings to the sharp angles in the black & white photography, there is a pop of interest everywhere you turn.

Haaave You Met… The Tommy Twins?

It’s a complete departure for me to name one of my pairs after a boy, but these twins were just begging for it!

If you’ve watched any of Sarah Richardson’s shows on HGTV in the past then you know all about her right hand man, Tommy Smythe.

I enjoy watching him & Sarah interact on TV and I also look forward to reading Tommy’s column in Style At Home magazine.

Once I finished restyling this pair, it occurred to me, just how “Tommy” they really are. So, I strayed from my usual practice and named them accordingly.

I’ve been having a bit of a love affair with tartan lately, so when I found this print, I knew it would be absolutely perfect for this stunning, wood pair that I picked up at the Aberfoyle Spring Special Antique Show earlier this year.

Guest Post – DIY Gone Wrong

A few weeks back I wrote a post called When To DIY & When To Buy.

This sparked a Twitter conversation between my new friend, Alexa Thomason, and I. She reminded me that while she’s had many DIY mishaps in her past and with hindsight can now see when she should have DIY’d and when she should have bought (or called in the pros), that each and every DIY mishap has left her with a funny story to tell.

So, Alexa is here today to share some of her DIY blunders with us as a warning to be prepared and not bite off more than we can chew. She’s right… She now has more than a few funny stories to tell!

I recently bought a house, an 80-year-old fixer-upper in a historic neighborhood. I was apprehensive at first, as there was brown shag carpeting in every room, a dropped ceiling in the spare bedroom, and a bathroom that needed to be completely renovated, but I love watching DIY shows and doing mini at-home projects. I felt I was up to the challenge. Little did I know how wrong I was…

The first thing I did was pull up the carpet. I had pulled up an edge of the carpet and spied hardwood floors beneath, and I was excited to get started. After hours of backbreaking work, I discovered that the floors were scarred and covered in what looked like white paint or plaster (the ceilings had been stuccoed). Furthermore, there was a large spot in the master bedroom that was rotten from repeated water damage. However, I borrowed my dad’s floor sander, and was able to make the floors presentable.

My next challenge was the dropped ceiling. As I removed the panels, dirt and cobwebs fell everywhere. It took me more than a week to finish this project, and then I was faced with a room where the top foot of wall and the true ceiling were filthy. The previous owners had installed wood paneling up to the level of the dropped ceiling, and I removed that as well, revealing cracked plaster walls. It took me several weeks to renovate this space to my satisfaction.

My final challenge was the bathroom: the sink leaked, the flooring was extremely old, and there were mushrooms growing out of the shower enclosure. I made a list of everything I would need to make this space presentable and went to the nearest home improvement store. The store had to use expedited shipping to get the flooring I wanted, but I was confident that I would succeed at this project.

Alexa’s Bathroom

Nothing could be further from the truth. The flooring came in…and the store had ordered the wrong style. I had already torn up my old flooring, so I went ahead and bought what was shipped. I removed the water-damaged subflooring and replaced it, but for an unfathomable reason, there was a dip in the floor that I could not level out. I was out of money, so I used an old yoga mat to make the floor even. This appeared to work until I laid the flooring; the dip was still there, but squishy because of the mat.

The sink I bought came with the necessary plumbing, but I soon realized that the piping did not reach far enough, and I was unable to make it stretch enough to reach the water supply lines. I was getting frustrated by this point, so I put this part of the project on hold and tackled the enclosure. This went fairly well, although it was disgusting behind the old enclosure, until the next day, when the enclosure started to buckle and come unfastened from the wall, eventually crashing into the tub in the middle of the night.

I finally called my dad, and he came and helped me the best he could. There is still a squishy spot in my floor, and the plumbing for my sink had to be rigged to stretch, and currently looks like the work of a second-grader, but my bathroom no longer smells like mildew, the rooms are beautifully decorated, and my stubborn attitude and hard work coaxed my home into the 21st century, rather than being stuck in the sixties.

Why Being A “Pleasure Delayer” Pays Off

I’m known for being a “pleasure delayer”.

What does that mean?

It means I save the best for last.

Whether it’s the food on my plate or the items in our DVR. I save the one I’m most excited to eat or watch until last, so that I can really savour it.

This practice has translated into my business practices as well. I always make sure that my priority tasks for the day are done before indulging in mindless surfing or my latest addiction… Pinterest.

I don’t allow these guilty pleasures to interfere with my bigger picture. Instead they become a reward for a day well spent.

Why do I do this?

Because I want to enjoy these pleasurable moments to the maximum. I can’t truly enjoy something if I’m stressed about all the things I’m not doing or if I feel that there are items of less excitement to follow. It somehow takes away from the whole experience.

My favourite part of my business is the “making” portion. I love nothing more than to dock my iPhone, get in the zone and do my very best work.

I can’t do that if there’s a mile long list of accounting, advertising, marketing, sales, admin & public relations work to be done.

How does this relate to decorating?

I realized the other day that we’ve been in our new home for over six months and, aside from renovating my studio (p.s. – It looks totally different now!), we haven’t really done any decorating.

How come, you ask?

A number of reasons…

The functions of our rooms have changed numerous times from how we originally thought we would use them. We haven’t had the time or energy to devote to doing it right. I want to collect and find pieces naturally over time and let the space and our joint style continue to reveal itself.

The idea of running out and buying everything we need right away makes me kind of sick because I feel like we’d be purchasing pieces that we don’t really love just for the sake of filling our home and being “done” with decorating.

Not only should you NEVER be “done” with decorating, but I have no desire to fill my home with pieces that are only there to do a job.

I’m delaying the pleasure of decorating by collecting pieces as we see them and planning & revising the design of our space in my head to suit our ever-evolving tastes.

Once all those pieces come together, we’ll enjoy the space so much more than we would one that we put together in a weekend. And, not only will we love it when happens, we’ll love it for years to come because we’ll continuously be adding to it.

It’s so sad to rush through your decorating and buy a bunch of meaningless junk only to discover some of the best pieces ever (the kind that light you up inside), just a few weeks later, and know that you can’t invest in them because you’ve already invested ones that mean far less to you.

How could you improve an area of your life or home by incorporating the practice of “pleasure delaying?”

What Speaks To You?

I’m not sure what it is about fashion portraiture that I’m so drawn to…

I just am.

It’s a little slice of what makes me, ME.

Instead of buying the same IKEA art prints as everyone else, consider purchasing a collection of prints from an independent artist whose work actually speaks to you.

Don’t settle for something that just “does the job” in order to get something up the walls. Tune in to what lights you up. Chances are that if there’s a subject matter you’re particularly drawn to, there’s an artist on Etsy or Big Cartel that offers affordable prints.

Wouldn’t your rather look at a collection of artwork every day that makes you feel positively giddy, reinforces your personal style and makes you that much prouder of your home?

Use your individuality in your decorating. It’s the best asset you have!

Why Buy Vintage?

I’ve been thinking a lot about my “why” lately…

Each piece I restyle is vintage to begin with. Sometimes it’s scary vintage in need of a complete overhaul and sometimes it’s jump-up-and-down-awesome vintage that needs very little work in order to look its best again.

Whether you choose to buy restyled vintage pieces or pure vintage pieces, the advantages are overwhelming.

So, here are my top 5 answers to the question, “Why buy vintage?”…

1. It allows you to express your individuality

I don’t know about you, but I like to surround myself with things that are different, because I’m different.

When buying vintage, you’re not forced to choose from the same small selection as everyone else. You’re given the opportunity to search out the perfect piece for YOU.

If going the restyled route, an endless number of options become available. You then have the power to create what you want instead of settling.

Set aside the fact that shopping for the perfect vintage piece (or creating one) becomes an experience, rather than a chore, once you find it, take it home, and set it up, you’ll be beaming with pride knowing that very few people in the world (if any) have the same thing you do.

2. It brings history into your home

I don’t know how many times I’ve been cleaning up an old lamp and found a piece of tattered newspaper tucked up inside and taken pleasure in reading the date and the stories printed at that moment time.

It always reminds me that this isn’t just some lamp. At one time, it was someone’s lamp. Cheesy as it may be, I can’t help but think about all of the conversations it was privy to.

3. It allows you to surround yourself with quality

It doesn’t feel good to look around and feel like you’re living in a catalog. It doesn’t feel good to know that your furniture becomes junk after one scratch, dent, broken handle or hinge because it was constructed poorly from sub-par materials that can’t stand the test of time.

It does feel good to look around and know that each piece has been hand selected by you for it’s quirks & it’s quality. It does feel good to build a collection. It does feel good to know that while that scratch in your teak sideboard ads a bit of character, it can be refinished to look brand new over and over again.

4. It feels good to invest in your furnishings

A dime a dozen doesn’t cut it. When you’re spending your hard earned dollars furnishing your home, you should feel good about investing in pieces that are valuable for their rarity, uniqueness or quality and will be for years to come.

As a whole, we produce so much waste buying cheap consumer goods, then tossing them and replacing them every few years when they reach their short lifespan. It doesn’t make sense.

Aim to buy it once, buy it right and reserve the right to resell it down the line if you grow tired of it, knowing that it’s quality will make it an investment for someone else.

5. It makes you feel all warm & fuzzy

Reaffirming your personal style? Check! Eco-friendly? Check! Supporting vintage dealers, indie biz owners & charities? Check! Knowing that you’re the only person who owns it? Check! Buying quality made pieces that are built to last? Check! Warm fuzzies all round? Check!

Not to say that new is bad. It’s not. There are a lot of quality products being made well and being made responsibly every day.

The trick is to spot the good new pieces and blend them with the vintage pieces to create a dynamic, layered look!

Why do you buy vintage & restyled vintage?