Design Directions

May 2010
In This Issue
How to Find Design Inspiration

Welcome to the sixth exciting issue of Design Directions keeping you in touch with the latest news with both Avalon Interiors and the design industry.

If there are any topics or trends you would like to read more about, or have heard of a new and interesting product you'd like to share with all my readers, please feel free to contact me at and I'll respond in a future issue.

Looking forward to hearing from you and keeping you up to date on the latest happenings in the design world,

Kind regards,

Tracy Kundell,

Avalon Interiors


How to Find Design Inspiration
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Are you starting a new design project, or looking to
redesign a room in your home?  Many homeowners feel overwhelmed and stressed when starting to decorate.  "Where do I start?  What should I do first?"  Often, a homeowner will jump right into furniture shopping or choosing paint colors, but if this is your first step, then you may not end up with the harmonious design that you are hoping for.
In order to create the best outcome, you need to start with an inspiration from which everything else will follow.  Your inspiration will be the model for everything you do, so most importantly, start with something you love!
What is a design inspiration?  It is anything that gives you the feeling that you want in the room you are decorating. Your inspiration could be literal (a photo or display of a room that you want to model), or it could just be something that inspires you to create you own look.
When searching for design inspiration, here are a few ideas of where to look: 
  • Magazines:
Magazines are great sources of inspiration for designing a home.  But don't limit yourself to design publications.  Look through fashion magazines, children's publications, and product catalogs for insight and ideas.
  • Hotels:
Hotels use the finest designers and architects, so why not use their expertise and creativity?  Look at the colors, furniture, and overall style to inspire your next project.  If you don't want to travel around the world to check out hotels, you can simply go to the bookstore.  There are many books and guides with photos to inspire you.
  • Accessory Stores:
One beautiful accessory can speak to you in a big way.  You can build an entire room around one piece.  Think about what you love about that ornament.  Is it the colors?  The shape?  The overall mood?  Use those elements in your room to create the same feeling.
  • Wallpaper Books :
These days most wall covering designs are offered not only in a choice of colors, but come with several coordinating patterns. Another plus is that many wallcovering companies also carry fabrics in coordinated designs, and some even offer bedding, window treatments, upholstered headboards, and accessories. You can use a wallcovering book like a magazine, because each collection is photographed in a room setting, so you can actually see how they work together

Now that you are inspired, go decorate!

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Artisans Craft Show at The Distillery
May 22nd-24th at the Distillery
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Tracy Kundell,

Avalon Interiors

"Building Your Vision Better Than Imagined"

Contact Info
Designer Tracy Kundell
tel.905-889-0763 cell. 416-451-4905 e-mail