Moving into the Studio

We finally did it!

So much has happened over the past 3 months and I have been terrible at documenting it as I had promised. Sorry! Since I last posted in March the reno at the studio was (mostly) completed, we moved all our things in and I had a baby!

Baby Sarah Katherine Karski. Born May 9th. 10lbs 1 0z. 

Baby Sarah Katherine Karski. Born May 9th. 10lbs 1 0z. 

and well... the baby is the most time consuming part. I had every intention of posting YouTube videos of all the stages and design decisions during the reno but pregnancy just got too tiring and life took over. SO what I have done instead is compiled together all the photos and few videos that I did take into one "MOVING IN" video. It shows the messy chaos that we went through to get set up in the new space. I hope that you watch it let me know what you think. I will be sure to document the process moving forward now that I'm a little less sleep deprived and a little more organized!

Here's a synopsis:

Everything wasn't ready for the day we moved in, but with baby on the way I couldn't delay. I needed to get everything out of my house and get Joseph's big boy room set up. So When we moved in...

- there was still no kitchen

-no glass installed on the offices

-no interior doors

-no blinds for the windows

-no functioning toilet

You get the idea. But over the few weeks following it all slowly came together. Some pics from the day we moved in... a little bubbly to celebrate of course!

 Below is a link to the YOU TUBE video I created documenting the final stages. Check back next week for a closer look at where we are now.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Progress at the Studio

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We've made some good progress at the new Studio this past week. The walls are framed and the electrical has been run. We made a decision not to frame all the office walls to the ceiling as that would mean extra electrical and HVAC costs, not to mention sprinklers! So we opted to simply frame the boardroom walls up to the ceiling so that it has total privacy and sound protection. So now we will need to find some creative alternatives for sound in the offices.

My most Junior Design associate, Joseph, came to inspect the space on Sunday and he appears to approve and even had some new ideas of his own. Turns out a toddler can be quite creative. Watch our You Tube video to see how he enjoyed the space and where we are at.

 

Stay tuned for more progress videos and details about my planned designs for the space. 

Signature Design Look Monday

Pop of Colour

Every Monday starting today we are going to share one element that is a defining feature of Rebecca's Signature Design Aesthetic. This week we are focusing on how she uses POPS OF COLOUR to add character & personality to a space.


People are often scared of using colour to decorate in their homes. It can be a commitment! BUT if you use colour in moderation and just add it in POPS you can rarely go wrong. It's all about breathing life into your space and personalizing it. In the kitchen above we sprayed out the dated cherry cabinets a fresh Decorator's White and added a white quartz counter as well as a marble mosaic backsplash. By adding these turqouise stools and accent art the space is anything but sterile. These elements are also easy and relatively inexpensive to swap out should you tire of the colour. 

Use colour in accent cushions, rugs and drapery. These are easy to switch out over time.

Ultimately we all want a space that showcases who we are and yet is the envy of all our friends. Don't be afraid to take a risk!

Tell us what you think... Do you like to use colour in your space?

Our New Design Studio

#HayDesignStudio

I am about to embark on my biggest design challenge to date... joining forces with my husband and moving into a great new studio space. The space is RAW and has so much potential but we are on a tight timeline. I'll be documenting the whilrwind design process on our new YouTube channel. Watch our first video below.

Here's why this is my biggest design challenge: Our styles are completely different. Our businesses are pretty different. And I am pregnant! I'm tasked with the mighty challenge of creating a unique space that Engine Advertising & Rebecca Hay Designs can share (successfully without too many domestic fights!)  And to top it all off, I'm 8 weeks away from having our second baby! I sound a little crazy when I read this back to myself. But sometimes you just gotta roll with it.

Let the whirlwind 3 week Reno begin!!!  Wish me luck and follow our YOUTUBE series and Instagram Stories and Pics

Trending in our Studio - Unique Lighting


With every project we try to find unique decorative lighting. Lighting is essential to adding layers of warmth in any space. Here are a few of our favourites at the moment that you can expect to see in our upcoming reveals!

OUR FAVOURITE TIPS

We found some great TIPS for Choosing your Lighting from Light Form. Our favourite is:

TIP #2: Plan to spend about 3-5% of your budget on lighting.

Lighting has a profound influence on how you feel, how you behave, and how you interact with people within a space. More pragmatically, lighting also has an effect on power bills, and the safety of a space. Quality lighting will enhance your design, last longer, look spectacular, and save you money in the long run. From a decorative standpoint, the right fixtures exert a cohesive influence on the design. From a functional standpoint, the right light levels and layout highlight and support the beauty of a design.

Given the crucial role that lighting plays, you need to establish a lighting budget ahead of time to ensure that it’s a strong design element, not simply a rushed afterthought. Conventional building advice might state that 0.5% is enough, but for those who understand and value design, plan to spend around 3-5% of your budget on lighting.

TIP #6: Choose your fixtures based on function.

Each fixture you put into a space should serve a specific purpose. Understanding this underlying “why” will help you create an environment that’s cohesive and functional. And ALWAYS use Dimmers!!

Sometimes it's the Unique lighting we find that makes the design pop and finishes off the space.

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THIS TOM DIXON pendant fixture is one of the decorative general lights we are considering installing in our new STUDIO SPACE. Our latest obsession is combining metals and finishes - like Brass and Matte Black. As we work on planning and designing our new STUDIO (blog post on that coming soon) we are working to find the best unique ways to combine these two finishes.

Here is a unique lighting combo we used for the sales office we designed for Lindvest Homes in Brampton. 

Here is a unique lighting combo we used for the sales office we designed for Lindvest Homes in Brampton. 

Featured in Style at Home magazine - February!

We are excited to announce that our designs are featured on the Front Cover of STYLE AT HOME Magazine this month.
We designed this kitchen for a young growing family with our signature look: high-contrast, vintage touches warm & bright with lots of interesting texture.

The February 2017 DREAM KITCHENS issue is now on news stands and features our Langley Kitchen Reno photographed beautifully by Stephani Buchman Photography.  

On Newstands until the end of the month! Pick one up and let us know what you think. 

#HayHomeReno: Laundry Room Reno Weeks 3 & 4

After several weeks of living amidst the chaos, we are nearing the end of our Laundry Room renovation! With only tiling & styling left, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, even as a seasoned Designer I often forget how your own projects seem to take longer than you hope. I've learned to adjust my expectations, be patient & stay positive throughout this whole experience. 

This week I thought I'd share some of our finalized selections, as well as a small project update. 

Shop the look below!  1. Shelf    2. Hardware   3. Laundry Basin   4. Countertop   5. Faucet   6. Backsplash Tile  7. Cabinets  

Shop the look below! 
1. Shelf    2. Hardware   3. Laundry Basin   4. Countertop   5. Faucet   6. Backsplash Tile  7. Cabinets

 

We went back & forth on the backsplash material. Originally I chose a cool, very affordable peel & stick option from The Home Depot. However, it just seemed too flimsy for the space. So I opted for a large-scale 4"x8" classic subway tile from Olympia Tile. I know that I will never grow tired of this timeless pattern! 

We went back & forth on the backsplash material. Originally I chose a cool, very affordable peel & stick option from The Home Depot. However, it just seemed too flimsy for the space. So I opted for a large-scale 4"x8" classic subway tile from Olympia Tile. I know that I will never grow tired of this timeless pattern! 

You may not notice it in the photo, but the walls in the space bowed so much that the counters had to be custom-cut into the walls in some areas. Oh the joys of owning a century home! 

You may not notice it in the photo, but the walls in the space bowed so much that the counters had to be custom-cut into the walls in some areas. Oh the joys of owning a century home! 

Here is my husband Kris excitedly trying his hand at laying tile for the first time!  It's starting coming together! 

Here is my husband Kris excitedly trying his hand at laying tile for the first time!  It's starting coming together! 

Time for some grouting & finishing touches & we're almost there! We chose a bright white grout - more forgiving than a dark colour especially for my husband's first time !

Time for some grouting & finishing touches & we're almost there! We chose a bright white grout - more forgiving than a dark colour especially for my husband's first time !

We are so close I am almost excited to do my first load of laundry (key word: almost). Be sure to check back to see how I decorate & style the space once it's completed... Here's a sneak peek of one tiny corner I set up for my sister's arrival for Christmas.    

#HayHomeReno: Laundry Room Reno Weeks 1 & 2

Last week, I kicked off the beginning of my #HayHomeReno with my Laundry Room makeover. Am I absolutely out of my mind starting a renovation just 2 weeks before Christmas? Possibly. But when it comes to my own projects, it's usually a 'now or never' type of situation. With Baby #2 due in May, it's literally a race against the clock to get our house in order. 

Currently the Laundry Room has been a catch-all for miscellaneous items and off-season storage. As a busy (growing) family, we wanted the Laundry Room to work for us, and not against us. Located just off of the Basement Family Room, it'll be a space for extra food & beverage storage during the holidays, as well as a transition area to the Guest Bathroom. 

With a plan set in place, it was time to get the wheels in motion! By using readily available, stocked pieces from Ikea as well as adding a few pops of colour, this space should come together in no time! 

With a plan set in place, it was time to get the wheels in motion! By using readily available, stocked pieces from Ikea as well as adding a few pops of colour, this space should come together in no time! 

DAY 1: BEFORE & DEMO

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We removed all our junk, disposed of old rotten cabinets and covered the tile floor. The floor isn't my choice of tile but is perfectly fine and we can cover it with a beautiful rug that will be soft underfoot when it's all said in done so I opted to save on costs here.

We removed all our junk, disposed of old rotten cabinets and covered the tile floor. The floor isn't my choice of tile but is perfectly fine and we can cover it with a beautiful rug that will be soft underfoot when it's all said in done so I opted to save on costs here.

DAY 2: BUY, BUILD, PRIME!

FRAMING & DRYWALL: As a Designer, I try to avoid bulkheads whenever possible. However, due to some very unsightly wires, they were necessary in this case. 

FRAMING & DRYWALL: As a Designer, I try to avoid bulkheads whenever possible. However, due to some very unsightly wires, they were necessary in this case. 

BUILD: Our Ikea cabinets are built & ready for installation. 

BUILD: Our Ikea cabinets are built & ready for installation. 

FRAMING & DRYWALL: We also had to build out the wall to conceal the dryer vent. We debated stacking the Washer/Dryer, but keeping them side by side seemed more practical. 

FRAMING & DRYWALL: We also had to build out the wall to conceal the dryer vent. We debated stacking the Washer/Dryer, but keeping them side by side seemed more practical. 

BUY: We saved big bucks by purchasing our fridge from a discount Scratch-And-Dent store. Gotta love a good deal!

BUY: We saved big bucks by purchasing our fridge from a discount Scratch-And-Dent store. Gotta love a good deal!

DAY 3: BUILD, BUILD, BUILD ...AND WAIT.

Even little Joseph is getting a little anxious as we wait for the Plumber to hook up the sink, faucet & appliances. Ah, the old game of Hurry Up & Wait! 

Even little Joseph is getting a little anxious as we wait for the Plumber to hook up the sink, faucet & appliances. Ah, the old game of Hurry Up & Wait! 

DAY 4: CABINET & LIGHTING INSTALLATION

This is when things start coming together, and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

This is when things start coming together, and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

All hands & paws on deck! With only tiling & accessorizing left to do, that finish line is closer than we think. 

All hands & paws on deck! With only tiling & accessorizing left to do, that finish line is closer than we think. 

The Washer & Dryer are now installed! Look at all of that folding space! 

The Washer & Dryer are now installed! Look at all of that folding space! 

Here's a little sneak peek of the sink area! 

Here's a little sneak peek of the sink area! 

We are approaching the Finishing stage (backsplash tile, hardware, shelving & accessories) which is often times the most fun stage of a project. Be sure to check back to see the end result! 

#HowlandAve Powder Room Reno

When our clients first approached us to renovate their Powder Room, it was quite obvious that their existing space was in dire need of a makeover. The space was tired-looking, lacked personality & the layout did not work for a young family. Enter Rebecca Hay Designs to the rescue! 

 BEFORE: The existing vanity was simply too large and the placement made for an awkward layout with limited storage. The wallpaper, lighting & flooring were dated and needed a modern refresh. 

 BEFORE: The existing vanity was simply too large and the placement made for an awkward layout with limited storage. The wallpaper, lighting & flooring were dated and needed a modern refresh. 

PLANNING: Once a plan is set in place, we create a mood board with all sourced items so the client can understand our overall design vision. This is helpful for those who cannot always visualize the space prior to demo! 

PLANNING: Once a plan is set in place, we create a mood board with all sourced items so the client can understand our overall design vision. This is helpful for those who cannot always visualize the space prior to demo! 

PROGRESS: By simply re-jigging the plumbing & adding simple white wainscoting, the space already seemed bigger & brighter. The bold floral wallpaper gave this Powder Room just the right amount of punch it needed. 

PROGRESS: By simply re-jigging the plumbing & adding simple white wainscoting, the space already seemed bigger & brighter. The bold floral wallpaper gave this Powder Room just the right amount of punch it needed. 

CUSTOM: This custom vanity made by Scott McKinnon Custom Carpentry was yet another element that completed the space. It's simple door style & slight rustic aesthetic provided warmth & texture.  

CUSTOM: This custom vanity made by Scott McKinnon Custom Carpentry was yet another element that completed the space. It's simple door style & slight rustic aesthetic provided warmth & texture.

 

AFTER: The final reveal! The Powder Room is now a brilliant space which functions more efficiently for this growing family. The herringbone slate floors add interest, while the wallpaper provided some much-needed personality. 

AFTER: The final reveal! The Powder Room is now a brilliant space which functions more efficiently for this growing family. The herringbone slate floors add interest, while the wallpaper provided some much-needed personality. 

Tell us, what was your favourite element in this space? Were you surprised by the transformation? Comment below & let us know your thoughts!