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How to correctly measure your indoor space

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How to correctly measure your indoor space

As online interior designers, we work with our clients to bring their visions and dreams for their home to life through our virtual interior design bespoke services that are centered and focused around YOU. Part of that journey includes getting our clients to measure their room and built-in furniture, so we can provide an interior design plan that’s accurate to the space they’re living in! 

Taking accurate measurements in your home isn’t only for new furniture or interior design projects. If you’re selling or renting your home, your realtor will want dimensions. Or, if you’re going to put a room or a suite on Airbnb or VRBO, your guests will probably want to know how big the room or suite is. 

Measuring your space can be easy, as long as you have the right tools in place. Below read our 5 tips to measuring your indoor space correctly. 

Pro tip: Download the cheat sheet we give to our clients when they start measuring their space! 

General measurement tips

We don’t want you to make costly mistakes because you incorrectly “estimated” the space in your condo or house. Measure everything twice, or even three times if you’re unsure. If you can get the same measurement two to three times, then chances are it’s accurate. 

Your measurements will be recorded in inches for best accuracy. When writing your measurements use the two-line marks to indicate the inches. If you’re preparing measurements for an interior designer or someone else, ask their preference for the measurement units in case it differs. 

Step 1: Gather your supplies

You don’t need much, but there are a few things you need before you get started measuring your space:

  • A pencil (yes a pencil…just in case you make a mistake)
  • A tape measure: Make sure it’s an easy-to-use one. 
  • Grid paper: Get a pad or piece of grid paper (or download a sample one from our “How to measure your room” PDF resource download. 
  • A friend: When measuring large spaces, one of you can take measurements and the other can write them down. Or, if using a traditional tape measure, have them hold one end for you.

BONUS TIP: Get a laser tape measure! They’re often the size of a cell phone and take measurements by bouncing a laser off surfaces and calculating the distance based on how long it takes the laser to bounce back. These are inexpensive and extremely accurate. It’ll save you the hassle of dealing with a flimsy metal tape measure (which often need two people to hold in place for longer measurements).

Step 2: Draw your room

First, draw the approximate shape of your room. If possible, make it as large on the paper as possible so you can easily fit in all the details so it’s easy to read. 

Then, do your room perimeter dimensions and write them on the exterior of your drawing. Be sure to add ceiling height if applicable too. This is usually written in the center of your drawing with the title “Ceiling Height” or “CH”.

Next add any exterior wall or room elements like doors, windows, built-in furniture, and fireplaces. Here are some tips for measuring these elements:

  • Doors: Use a quarter circle to show which direction a door opens.
  • Crowded walls: If you have crowded spaces, use an arrow pointing to the element to write down the measurement where there is more space on your paper
  • Trims: If your windows or doors have a trim, ignore it when doing your measurements

Next, add your measurements for all the above elements if they are applicable to your project. For example, an interior designer will want to know the width of the fireplace so they can suggest an appropriate-sized art for it, but your realtor won’t need this level of specificity to sell your home. 

If there are any elements that may affect the placement of new elements in your room, such as vents or a radiator preventing a couch or table from closely abutting the wall, make a note of these areas for your designer. 

Here is an example of what your drawing might look like when you’re done: 

Step 3: Measuring tips for furniture and appliances

If you have any pieces of furniture you want to keep in your new space, provide your designer with these dimensions too. Start by measuring the length, width, height, and diagonal width of your furniture. If it helps, draw a simplified 3D outline of the furniture item and write the dimensions on it. 

If you’re anticipating buying any new furniture, large pieces, or irregularly shaped items, measure a few other spots in your home to ensure it fits:

  • Send your designer the width, length, and height of any door frames or hallways between your exterior door or garage, and the room the furniture will go in. 
  • If there are any bannisters in this path, be sure to indicate how tall they are (often furniture that doesn’t fit down the hall can be lifted and carried over the bannister or railing). 
  • Check and make note of any fixtures that may impede the path of your new furniture too. 
  • If you are in a building with an elevator, don’t forget the elevator dimensions too. 

Step 4: Take photos

After you’ve done your measurements, your designer will want a scanned copy of this file along with photos of the space. A great way to do this is to stand in the centre of the space and pivot to take a picture of each wall. Try to take photos during the day so it’s easier to photograph. You can take photos from your phone as long as they are clear enough for the designer to get a good feel for your space. 

If you’ve got a bit more tech-savvy, consider using your phone to record a brief video walkthrough from the door to your space, then pan around to show the space. This is another great way for a designer to get a better sense of your space, and possibly spot a measurement requirement you forgot. 

Download our cheatsheet to measure your rooms

Remember the proverb “measure twice, cut once” and you’ll be fine. For a little extra help, download our free Measure Your Room cheatsheet (which includes a sample grid you can use for your next room drawing.  

Ready to start your own project? Visit our plan selection to choose the right package for you.

Getting the Hang of Art Decoration: Our Foolproof Art Hanging Guide

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Getting the Hang of Art Decoration: Our Foolproof Art Hanging Guide

Part of interior design is ensuring that all the pieces of a space work together. That includes the furniture, fixtures, homewares, accessories, decorations, and last but not least, the artwork. Presenting your art in your newly decorated space can become an artform itself! 

You may have small pieces and larger pieces and are unsure of how and where to hang them. While it may seem daunting at first, we can help you create the masterpiece you’re dreaming of. Follow along as we share a variety of ways to hang your art in your home to complement your space and your own unique style. 

Looking for more at-home support? Why not download our art hanging measurement guide!

Hanging your art on a wall

If you’ve got an empty stretch of wall space and a canvas or framed piece to fit into it, our advice is simple! Hang your art so that the center of the frame is about 60 inches above the floor. 

Hanging your art above furniture

Whenever you’re hanging art above chairs or sofas, you want to make sure that your art is not wider than the seating that you’re hanging it above, and that it’s centered above it. You want the bottom of your artwork to be 6 to 8 inches above the furniture once it’s hung! 

For hanging art above tables, you’ll want to follow the same rule about width of the art we mentioned above. Allow for 10 to 12 inches of space between the bottom of the art and the surface of the table. This may need to be adjusted for other decor items on the table such as lamps. 

Hanging stacked grouping in small spaces

Hanging stacked groupings of art in small spaces such as between two doorways is a popular choice to fill negative space. In this case, space all of your artwork evenly either 1 or 2 inches apart. The centre of your display should be 60 inches up from the floor. 

Hanging stacked groupings in larger spaces

A larger display can feel a bit daunting to put together, but with some patience and time, the reward of the final product is more than worth it! 

Apply the same initial rules as above – space everything evenly 1 or 2 inches apart, and make sure the center of your display is 60 inches above the ground. 

Pro tip: Try laying out your artwork on the floor first and rearranging it until you have the perfect combination that works for you. 

Salon style grouping in larger spaces

A mixture of artwork and objects can really bring a wall to life! 

We recommend using paper, scissors, and brown paper to create templates of the art sizes and shapes you’re planning to hang. Use painters tape to hang your paper templates on the wall to create a mockup of your new display before committing to hanging in any formation. 

Leaning art and mirrors

Leaning art or mirrors can look great in a lot of different locations, such as on mantles or shelves, furniture, on a narrow ledge, or even on the floor. 

We recommend securing all heavy leaning pieces or mirrors to the wall to avoid any accidents, especially if you have children or pets! 

Art on bookshelves

Art can bring a little bit of life to a bookshelf and fill some empty space if you haven’t got enough reading material to pack the shelves yet. 

Try using plate stands or easels on bookshelves to make the art stand out. 

Now you’re ready!

Hanging art is often an overlooked part of pulling your space together. After moving or renovating a space, it’s frequently the final task, and people will grab a stud finder and a screwdriver, and hang the art without measuring. 

With a little extra time and care, properly hung artwork will not only make your space more appealing to the eyes, it will also tie together the entire room. 

With this guide, you’re prepared to hang any and all kinds of art! Want to keep these tips for a later date? Grab the downloadable measurement guide we give to all of our Good Space clients! 

How to create your own interior lifestyle for 2021 

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When the pandemic first hit in March 2020, people had to adjust to interior living fast. Now we’re a year in, and people haven’t just adjusted, they’ve evolved their spaces into a fully functional interior lifestyle! Good Space has received great inspiration from clients wanting to adapt their homes to more indoor living, even having to think a little outside-of-the-box! For instance, bedrooms have become offices, living rooms into gyms, and garages into sacred spaces just for you. Instead of seeing this as the “new normal”, we see it as the human capacity for adapting.

This has created interior design as we’ve never seen before, and we want to share these ideas with you so you can start planning your own creative space. We have worked on 2 interior design plans and are currently working on 1 plan that gives our clients new interior lifestyles. This includes: 

  • a his and hers shared office and a sewing area just for him
  • building a She-Shed for a mom to find a creative retreat in, 
  • and a basement “Batcave” that a family can enjoy entertainment in. 

Read below to find out how we infused the new interior lifestyle for each of these projects. 

Sewing Room Delight 

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Husband’s Sewing Room Plan

Do you have a room for your specific hobby? This is always important so you have a place to express yourself and grow your skills. We featured our client’s cozy Bungalow in an extensive case study a while back, but there was one room we didn’t feature. This is the husband’s brand new sewing room and their fun two workstation office.

In the initial Inform Phase, we planned out with them what they wanted the space to accomplish. The husband loved to sew but didn’t feel like he had the room to do it and they each wanted a workstation for their various projects. We then devised a Good Space Plan Online to put the sewing area in the home office while maintaining two work areas. We sourced them functional desks, storage, while reusing existing bookshelves and specified millwork design that could give him a place to sew in a small space. 

What this design tells us is no matter how small a space may be – there is always room to utilize. Take a look around the room you’re in right now. Are there nooks and corners that aren’t being used? This is the best way to create a hobby space for your new interior lifestyle. 

She-Shed for a Busy Mom

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Dwaina Sprague She Shed

Our founder Dwaina’s blog on her She-Shed was hugely popular! In it she talked about the need to create a shed in her backyard just for her. She said the “size of a space doesn’t matter, but the intention does”. For busy moms and partners who have a lot on their plate, finding a space to retreat and relax that’s just for them is important for your overall wellbeing. That’s where the She-Shed has become so revolutionary. 

“Size doesn’t matter but the intention does.” – Dwaina Sprague

Our new client echoes the feelings a lot of working moms share right now. Women still do most of the heavy lifting for domestic responsibilities. Plus, work is done primarily at home now (thanks Covid)! Our client needed a place to seek calm, relax, study and get some work done and that’s why we’re creating a personalized She-Shed.

She-Sheds are different for each woman, but they have this in common: 

  • Warm and comfortable in design, 
  • Highlights your hobby or specific things that spark joy,
  • A place to reflect and dance or stretch or just sit on the floor and meditate.
  • Always includes a potential for extra seating and that extra teacup to share the moments. 

We hope this new She-Shed will be ready by this summer. Until then we’re enjoying creating a space for our client that she can call her own. 

Entertainment Batcave for the Whole Family

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The new interior lifestyle is not just about spaces for work and meditation, they’re also for fun! It’s important that we enjoy the time we spend indoors right now. What better way to do that then create an entertainment room for the whole family! 

Our client recently built a custom basement entertainment room, or “Batcave” as he calls it. In it we used a bold wall colour to give a sense of grounding. We sourced them a stunning and comfortable custom sectional from Van Gogh Designs, plus a media unit from Mobital Group. The entire renovation was done with the professional help of Lyle Construction. It’s now a room befitting for Bruce Wayne and an entertainment space that every family deserves. 

We can’t wait to see the movie marathons they binge while enjoying their new interior lifestyle in this room. 

How to create your own multifunctional space

With these great examples of functional design done differently, we bet you are eager to start to recreate your own space! Well, we are happy to start you in the right direction with a few tips. 

In the past, we wrote about how to create a sacred space. A sacred space is a small corner, room, or nook that is just for you to decompress after a long day. To create a sacred space you should: 

  • Declutter your space,
  • Giving purpose to your space,
  • And add the right lighting and ambiance.

Creating a multifunctional space is not that different from creating a sacred space. The main difference is you want your multifunctional space to be able to serve more than one purpose. Your living room may need to become a homeschool for your kids, and your garage may need to be a place for you to exercise right now. 

Here are the top tips on how to create a multifunctional space for your interior lifestyle from Canadian Home Trends:

Invest in Storage

Store away any unnecessary furniture or clutter that doesn’t serve the interior lifestyle you’re trying to accomplish. The amount of space in your home is more important than ever. Our frequent partner and favourite professional organizer SOS My Space can give the best advice on how to organize and store clutter. 

Use Every Inch of your Space

There are ways to maximize the entire surface area of your homes. For example, corner desks are a great way to utilize often forgotten corners into office spaces. They look great too! 

Design it Up

Multifunctional spaces still need to feel homey. Just because we’re adding practicality to it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t let the fun of design go. Make sure to add personal touches to your multifunctional space that are unique to you. This will make using your new space more fun and invigorating. The last thing we want is to turn your bedroom into a cubicle. 

Creating a creative, multifunctional space is what makes an interior lifestyle more fun! As we mentioned before, instead of seeing this as the “new normal”, we see it as a way for us to adapt and come out of it stronger than before. 

Not New Normal, New Lifestyle 

We’ve learned a lot from this pandemic through the bad and the good. But the best thing we can take from it is our newfound respect for and the privilege of our homes. Our homes give us so much to look forward to. It’s now the place we work, Zoom, educate, dance, exercise, and play in. Our newfound appreciation for our homes will be part of our lifestyles forever. 

Good Space wants you to look around your homes and make mental note of the functions each room gives you. Ask yourself if the room is doing each function to the best of its ability. If not then, we are more than ready to help you create your own hobby space, multifunctional space, She-Shed, or entertainment room. Contact us now to share what you would like to accomplish this year with your home and create the multifunctional space you’ve always dreamt of. 

 

Contact us for a quote!

 

Good Space Case Study: Awkward to Awwwwesome

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Curious how we create interior design online? Then get an insider’s view by reading our case study of our client’s charming 1950’s Vancouver bungalow.

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Living Room & Dining Room & Kitchen Renovation

Good Space Plans Online has a new case study to explain how our interior design process works. When Elaine F. first contacted Good Space, she admitted she had lost the love for her home. She explained it made her feel “uncomfortable” and she was ready for a complete makeover! 

To get Elaine’s home from what she called “austere and shabby” to “a relief” we went through a step-by-step, Inform, Enlighten and Inspire online interior design process, something we complete with every online client. Today, we’re sharing that process with you as an example of how online interior design is done with Good Space Plans Online. And don’t worry, Elaine is more than happy to share the inside of her home now that she has fallen back in love with it!

Ready to learn our trade secrets? Then let’s get into our case study!

Case Study Step 1: Inform: We Learn About YOU

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Vancouver 1950s Bungalow Living Room Before Photos

The first step to this online interior design project began by learning more about our clients, Elaine & Bruce, and the rooms they wanted to update. 

We began by providing them their login information to their own personal portal with Good Space Plans Online. From there Elaine entered into our Good Space onboarding client task process, supplying us with photos and videos of her current:

  • living room,
  • dining room and
  • kitchen, along with
  • photos of the art and any furniture she would like to keep.

Things we asked them to provide

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  1. Measurements of the rooms, furniture, and art
  2. Pinterest boards of spaces she LOVES. This serves as an idea book and helps our designers understand what drives and motivates her sense of style. Want to see her own Pinterest boards? Check out her living room and dining room ideas. 
  3. A completed questionnaire helping us to understand who Elaine & Bruce are. How they live, and what makes them happy in their home. Getting to know our clients and bringing our focus to how we can make them feel inspired, empowered, and excited about their home is what inspires the design team. 

After completing their client tasks, the Good Space concierge booked a time to have their Inform meeting with their dedicated Interior Designer. Their designer reviewed their submitted details and stated the goals they had for their space. Then they formulated lots of questions in preparation for this meeting.

Their Inform meeting is a fun and interactive screen share conversation where we get personal.

We connected and delved deeper into Elaine and Bruce’s true aspirations and desires for their spaces. We also got to meet and hear about their feisty cat, Nicky. Elaine expressed, they feel uncomfortable in their space and Nicky is hard on their furniture. In her own words, she felt like it was “austere, shabby, tired, and under-decorated”.  After hearing their honest and vulnerable feelings, we felt genuinely excited and inspired to change their experience of their home. We believe everyone should feel great at home! 

Rather than focusing on the negatives, we ask clients to highlight what they love about their home. Bruce and Elaine loved the natural light, the large windows, the flow between the kitchen, dining room, living room, and how it’s a perfect amount of “open”.

They also wanted to keep an open-space concept for entertaining guests. Elaine said she didn’t want too many tchotchkes and loose pillows to crowd things up. Finally, because of their cat Nicky, all surfaces had to be durable enough for cat attacks. Meow!

After the meeting, we knew what we needed to do to help Elaine, Bruce & Nicky fall back in love with her home.

The Good Space Interior Designers took the ingredients that Elaine and Bruce gave us. Then we got to work on creating them a beautiful and functional floor plan. 

Case Study Step 2: Enlighten: We Provide The Preview of the Plan

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Elaine & Bruce’s Enlighten Floor Plan Design

Our next step in our online interior design process is the Enlighten phase. Where we get to crack our knuckles and create a plan that reflects the best solutions for our client’s needs. We chose options for Surfaces, Light & Goods by sourcing new items as well as any items the clients identified as “keepers”.  The sourced goods and floorplans are organized into an Enlighten Preview Package and presented to the client during an even MORE FUN screen share meeting.  

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During our screen share virtual meeting with Elaine and Bruce, we reviewed with them the functional layout options and reasons for those choices. We believe that when the client understands the “why” behind floorplans and selection they are more confident making final choices and implementing their Good Space Plan Online. Then we presented the furniture, fixtures, finishes & material options from their Enlighten Preview Package.

After their Enlighten meeting, their own Enlighten Preview Package is uploaded to their private Good Space Portal for them to take some time and provide their feedback. Thinking things through with a strong understanding of the “why” and reflecting on their needs allowed Elaine and Bruce to make their final selections and share those with us via their chat log on their portal. We took their feedback and began to revise their Enlighten plan and create their final Inspire Plan.

Case Study Step 3: Inspire: Let’s Make it Happen

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Caption: From Elaine and Bruce’s Inspire floor plan. 

This final step is all about setting Elaine and Bruce up for success! Once we received all their choices and feedback, we completed their plan and had their final screen share meeting. Then we made sure they understood their Good Space Plan and were ready to successfully implement it on their own or with our help if they chose to. 

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After photos of the living room, kitchen, and dining room. 

Their 32-page completed Good Space Plan Online including a custom floor plan for their living room, dining room, and kitchen. Including sections for Function, Surfaces, Light, and Goods. It came with images, codes, and where to go for all the items to be bought and ordered. It included easy-to-follow guides on hiring the right trades, hanging their art, styling their space, and how to place the lighting in their rooms. 

Good Space also helped Elaine & Bruce in ordering and tracking their furniture. In less than three months all of the items were delivered and assembled. They were able to entertain friends and family in her beautiful and bright living spaces in no time. 

So How Can We Help YOU Achieve Your Dream for Your Space?

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“With Good Space Online, we felt welcomed to be as involved in design details as much or as little as we preferred.  Bruce and I really appreciated being able to give Good Space general thoughts and guidelines for them to work out details for our feedback. It was just the right level of involvement for us!”

– Elaine F.

We use the Good Space Plan Online Inform, Enlighten, and Inspire model for every project we do

The Inform phase is all about discovering who you are. We ask you lots of questions to find out more about you, your pets, your lifestyle, and your interests. Through your private Good Space Plan Portal, you share your Pinterest boards and/or Houzz idea books. In addition, all the measurements of your space and the things you want to keep. During our screen share meeting with you, we make sure we get you and have all the required accurate information about your space. Most importantly, we go over the goals and aspirations you have for yourself in your home. How you want to feel and function in your space.

The Enlighten phase is where we create the preliminary Function (floor plan), Surfaces, Light, and Goods options for your space. We meet with you via screen share and review the what and why of what we put in your Enlighten Plan. After our meeting, your Enlighten Plan document will be available for you through your private Good Space Plan Online portal. Where you then can take some time to review it and make your choices and through your portal chat log you let us know what you decide.  

The Inspire phase is when the collaboration between client and Good Space Interior Designer comes to fruition! Our designers create your final Good Space Plan based on your selections and feedback. We present your plan to you via screen share ensuring you understand your Good Space Plan and feel prepared and empowered to implement it. 

Even with work still in progress, Elaine & Bruce are experiencing noticeable results. In her own words, Elaine describes her new space as making her feel “peaceful, content, comfortable, and relieved”. 

We aren’t just redesigning spaces, we are enriching the lives of the people that live in them. Are you ready to Achieve Your Dream for Your Space just like Bruce & Elaine? Check out our package deals here

Home-Life Package Ideas

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Chances are the space you’re using in your home right now has become multipurpose and a smorgasbord of functions. Your living room is now a gym; your dining room a classroom; and the once-forgotten nook in the corner of your bedroom is now a home office. 

If you’re living in a condominium, then you know how small your small space has drastically become. The 1.5 rooms in your apartment are multi-purpose because it’s where you spend all your time living. 

You might become aware of how easy it is to get lost in the clutter and hubbub of it all. But fear not. We believe in optimizing every space to fit our client’s personality and needs. That’s why we’ve developed a brand new “Home-Life” Discount Package to serve you. 

The Home Life Discount Package is taking $500 off our regular “Your Space” package, starting as low as $800 dollars per package. This discount is available until the end of May. 

It’s our way of helping you create more function and style in the space you spend all of your time in, especially now when we’re being asked to stay indoors. 

But How Do Our Packages Work? 

Our Good Space Plan packages come in three options. 

Some Space Package 

Perfect for a small and cozy one-bedroom apartment at $ 3,200.00. This plan includes the entrance, dining area, living area, bedroom, and functional fix up for one bathroom.

More Space Package

Better for larger homes and apartments that are two bedrooms, including the entrance, living room, dining area, master bedroom, a kid’s bedroom or guest bedroom or den or flex space and functional fix up for two bathrooms at $ 4,500.00. 

Your Space Package

If you want more or less than what the other two packages provide, then Your Space is the package for you. The price of your plan will depend on the number of rooms chosen. The rooms are based on functionality rather than walls. For example, a living room/dining room shared space is considered two rooms.

Do you Need Help with Just a Single Room or a Few Spaces in Your Apartment? 

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The new Home-Life Package is your answer then! 

Based on the ‘Your Space’ package, Home-Space takes into account the room you use most often for many purposes. You might be using your living room as an office and children’s playroom at the same time. Or, your bedroom has become your sanctuary/gym and home school study. Whatever it is we will provide a quote based on the size of your room and take $500 off our regular Your Space pricing. 

The Home-Life Package Builds Function and Style in Your Multipurpose Space

Because we’re an online, e-design company, we don’t need to be in your homes at all to help you! We love working with our clients’ existing furniture and if you need help repurposing what you already have, we can do that too.

We understand what it’s like to live in a small space with other people. If you feel your space is too cluttered, or you lack the privacy you need for peace and quiet, we can help by restructuring the space to fit your specific needs, while adding the flare to meet your own personal style.

What Do We Need From You?

To access our Home-Life discount, just select the ‘Your Space’ package in our package plans. All we need from you are:

  • Photos of the space(s) you are looking to renovate
  • A few notes on the function it is currently serving. 
  • Notes on how you want it to serve you.

We will provide you with the quote and $500 off discount. 

Every package includes a questionnaire for us to learn more about you and your style. We will also book a video call between you and our online interior designer to discuss the use of your space, including its function, light, colours, furniture and what your expectations are for the end result. From there, our design team creates a floor plan and design to follow your vision and YOU get to start bringing it to life!

Let’s Look at “Home” Differently. 

Our Home-Life package will help keep you busy and loving your home while staying inside to flatten the curve

We know you’re staying inside because it’s what’s best for the health of our neighbours and communities, but we also want you to love the space you’re in while isolated. We hope this package helps to ignite that spark of creativity and joy you may be searching for right now. We are just a call or email away. Email us [email protected] or (604) 669-2064