June 15, 2017 · By First Impression Designs
We haven’t done a before-and-after post for quite some time, so we thought today would be a good day for it (and, quite honestly, we REALLY loved how this space turned out so we just HAD to show you)! We enjoy coming up with different concepts for rooms and playing with various materials and accessories to achieve the space we envision. Curious? Take a look! read more
June 1, 2017 · By First Impression Designs
We crave the outdoors for a reason- it refreshes and energizes us, and therefore helps us to live and work better! As we’ve stated before in previous blogs, we feel that bringing the outdoors, indoors can play a helpful part in living a healthy life. Of course nothing beats ACTUALLY spending time outdoors- hiking, gardening, swimming, camping… you fill in the blank! But for those times that you can’t get outside (even if it’s summer), it’s good to have a little bit of it inside your home to keep you, well, sane… One way to do this is to take inspiration from nature and incorporate its elements into your design scheme. read more
May 18, 2017 · By First Impression Designs
The long weekend is just one day away! Do you have any plans?! Maybe you think it’s too short of a time to go anywhere… well that depends on what you consider a vacation. If you’re dreaming of sitting at a little cafe in Greece by the clear blue ocean while the sun warms your skin (LOVELY as this sounds) well then no, three days is definitely not enough time (sorry to make you day dream there). Sure you can say you’d “been there”, but in reality you would see the inside of the airport and turn right back around. That doesn’t sound too enjoyable to us!
What does sound great is taking a mini vacation to somewhere local (or fairly local)! There are SO many interesting, relaxing and beautiful places you can go visit and feel like you’ve had a break from the busyness of everyday life. read more
May 4, 2017 · By First Impression Designs
We’ve had a few glimpses of sunshine over the last couple weeks (a few…). But in our opinion, ANY amount of sunshine is welcome! And today is a beautiful day! When those first warm rays peek out from behind the clouds and you can actually go for a walk without coming back looking like a wet dog… that’s a good feeling! On the rainy west coast, sunshine tends to lift our mood and gets us thinking about summer, which we have so patiently (okay not patiently at all) waited for after what felt like an endless winter.
And when it comes to our homes, a little sunshine can make us jump into summer mode… we start making “the lists” (don’t pretend you don’t know what we’re talking about)! You know… power wash the deck, pull out the patio furniture, scrub that barbecue, spruce up the garden, and so on. It may feel like a long list, but it’s worth it! Why? Because it’s a lovely thing to have a space just steps from your door that you can retreat to in the summer. read more
April 20, 2017 · By First Impression Designs
We enjoy designing fun spaces where little kids can just be …kids! When we set up a showhome, we always create an area for them to play while their parents talk with the sales people about all the important adult decisions.
We make each play room different because what fun would it be if they were all the same?!
It’s important to have a space where kids can imagine and dream! Do you have little ones at home that love to play? Is their something in particular they get excited about? Perhaps it’s trucks, or dress up or playing chef… why not take that interest of theirs and create a playroom just for them?
Need some inspiration? Take a look below at a few of the spaces we’ve designed! read more
April 6, 2017 · By First Impression Designs
There’s nothing quite like a home cooked meal shared with family and friends. We’re not chefs… we don’t work at a restaurant and we didn’t attend culinary school, but we do love delicious food! And, from a designers perspective, we can also appreciate the way it’s presented. There’s something appealing about a meal made with fresh ingredients and then plated onto beautiful serveware… it creates an atmosphere that’s pleasing to the senses and to the eye.
In our opinion, there’s at least three key ingredients to a wonderful meal:
- Fresh food made with love.
- Attention to detail in how you present and serve your meal.
- Good company!
Can you have a good meal without lovely serveware? Of course. But for fun… and because we love design, we’ve selected products that we think would be wonderful to cook and serve with and some recipes to go along with them! We haven’t tried all the recipes personally… but they sure sound tasty! read more
March 23, 2017 · By First Impression Designs
Spring is FINALLY here!!! Whew… we were beginning to wonder if it was ever going to show up! Was that not a crazy long winter?! Now we can look forward to all that spring has to offer: Fragrant blossoms, slightly warmer temperatures, longer daylight hours, hints of sunshine and of course… buckets of rain. Okay, we’re not so thrilled about the rain but what can you do right? We live on the west coast!
Despite the rain factor, spring tends to bring out the desire to freshen up our homes! No, we’re not here to talk about spring cleaning (though we considered it and then decided that simply the thought of it was too exhausting right now). So instead we decided to post about BRIGHTENING up your home! In which case, yes, perhaps we should get cleaning because all of that mess is about to be illuminated!
With the overcast rainy days that are more frequent than sunny days during spring in Vancouver, sometimes you just need to add a little light of your own! read more
March 9, 2017 · By First Impression Designs
Hello lovely readers! It’s Thursday (and remarkably… it’s NOT snowing at our studio! At least not at this moment (our apologies if you’re reading this and that white stuff is STILL falling outside your window). It was so pretty at first… but really, IT’S MARCH.
We’re all craving a little (okay a lot) of sunshine now! That’s a pretty general statement right? Do you feel like you know us better from it? Probably not.
We try to make our blogs (and Instagram and Facebook page) fun and personal because the whole point of them is to show you why we love interior design and in doing so, introduce you to who we are as a company; we want you to get an idea of what goes on behind the logo of “First Impression Designs Inc.” read more
February 23, 2017 · By First Impression Designs
Last week we went down to Vancouver to check out 2017’s Buildex tradeshow. With over 150 exhibitors, there was a lot to see!
So, instead of posting 150 photos and talking about EVERY company represented (we know no one would get to the end of THAT blog post anyways), we chose a select few that stood out to us.
Take a look to see a few of the companies we met! read more
February 9, 2017 · By First Impression Designs
Okay, this may not be breaking news as watercolour has been trending for awhile now, but we wanted to draw your attention to it nonetheless because it’s such a BEAUTIFUL and VERSATILE style. It can be soft, bold, vivid, muted, abstract, detailed, modern, rustic (and not to mention difficult to actually create… have you ever tried your hand at it? It takes some serious talent! So kudos to all you watercolour artists out there!)
Watercolour has spread its way into the design world not only in the form of art, but also in accessories, textiles, hardware, dishes, wall coverings… you name it! And over here at our studio, we’re LOVING it! We’ve put together a few photos of past projects to show you how we incorporated the look: read more
January 26, 2017 · By First Impression Designs
Hello! This post is going to be short and sweet… not because we’ve run out of things to say, but because it’s been BUSY around here! So, when today rolled around and we realized we hadn’t prepared something (oops!)… we had two options:
- Create a REALLY short blog post that simply said… “Hello! Happy Thursday!” (And that’s all).
- Or, write a short(er) post to inspire you this week!
We chose the second, as we love to inspire and be inspired! We’ve been on a job site this past week and a half installing two show homes, one of which has a guest bedroom. It got us thinking, why not give some helpful tips on how to create a guest room that feels like a luxury hotel?
So we came up with some ideas to help you out. Take a look!
(Warning: Your guests may never want to leave…) read more
January 13, 2017 · By First Impression Designs
Often when we think of a piece of art, what comes to mind are the colours, the brushstrokes, the subject matter… and rightfully so. But that’s only part of the equation (albeit a VERY crucial and large part). But what about the other element… that finishing touch in how it’s presented? You may not realize it but that process is a work of art in itself!
For a lot of people it’s easy to get stuck in the mindset of thinking a frame is a frame. Pick one up from the store, check it has the right opening size and put your photo/artwork in it. At least it’s framed and now you can hang it on the wall right? We disagree, because what you end up missing out on is the ability to CUSTOMIZE it. read more
December 29, 2016 · By First Impression Designs
It’s 2017 (in a few days) and a new year is all about a fresh start! This can translate to various areas of life and your home is no exception! The New Year is often when we look around our homes and feel that it’s time to make a change. How about mixing up your colours? Or, if you don’t have any colour, how about adding some?
We understand that for some people colour is intimidating. Why? Many people have trouble committing to colour. Fair enough. Before we continue we just want to say how much we love neutrals! They are a staple for us. Greys, whites, creams, taupes… they’re wonderful and timeless all by themselves. And keeping it that way is just fine. But if you feel something is missing, why not try a splash of colour?
No one says you have to paint EVERY wall in your house a bold hue. We suggest an accent wall, or bringing colour in through accessories. Whatever the case, keep an open mind because we want to introduce you to some possible emerging trends! read more
December 15, 2016 · By First Impression Designs
Christmas day is just around the corner! For some of you that’s exciting! But if you’re the one hosting the events of the day you may find yourself in a complete panic and wondering how Christmas has arrived so soon. Even though it does come at the same time each year…sometimes it just sneaks up on us!
How will you have the house ready in time? How will you present a lovely dinner? How will you have everyone’s gifts wrapped? Take a deep breath… hosting the Christmas dinner can be stressful, but it can also be a lot of fun! If you’re struggling to figure out how to make it feel festive, take a look at these ideas we found for you! read more
December 1, 2016 · By First Impression Designs
It’s December first! And do you know what that means…?!
We can finally talk about Christmas without all the “bah-hum-bug” and “it’s-too-early” comments! Well, maybe…
Everyone has a time they feel is appropriate: there’s definitely a good number of early birds out there who have their homes all decked out by mid-November (or earlier), many people wait until the beginning of December to pull out their Christmas decor, and then there’s a good number of mid-December decorators out there too!
Regardless of which category you find yourself in, you will get to your decorating eventually… read more
November 17, 2016 · By First Impression Designs
Here at First Impression Designs we strive to design not just a house for you, but a home. In other words, we want your home to reflect YOU. Maybe you want it to be a place to relax after a long day’s work, or a space to entertain family and friends, or a comfortable and inspiring place to raise your kids… or all of the above? You name it, we want to make it that place for you!
We never want you to walk into your new space and feel like a stranger in it. It may look beautiful and be on trend and in style, but if it’s not what you love then it’s not home. We make it feel like your home by listening to what it is you love and what’s important to YOU, and then incorporating those elements into your overall design. read more
November 3, 2016 · By First Impression Designs
We have this memory… well, it’s more of a nightmare really (and some of you may have had this nightmare too). It’s the one in which you moved into an older house and were all set to renovate, but there was all this wallpaper…. EVERYWHERE! And it just wasn’t in style anymore…
October 20, 2016 · By First Impression Designs
Are you matchy matchy? Not sure what we mean by that? Let’s see if this sounds familiar:
“I have a beige sofa… so beige cushions will work well with that… and maybe a beige throw too.”
“I have floral wall paper… so i’ll choose this floral bedspread with a few floral throw pillows and add a floral lamp shade to top it off.
Anyone? If so, you may have a case of the matchy matchys!
(Maybe you’re thinking, “how dare you!”)
Deep breath…we’re not trying to insult… it’s a common thing. And the good news is we can help!
October 6, 2016 · By First Impression Designs
Can you believe it’s October already?!
We hope you’re embracing the colourful leaves, the crisp air, sunshine that is just the right temperature, your cozy socks and boots, tea and more! (See our previous post here if you still have some “end-of-summer blues” and need a little motivational pep talk for why Autumn can be wonderful!)
We want to share one more reason for why this season is so great…
A holiday to spend with good company, reflect on the blessings in your life and eat a delicious meal. Now if we were world class chefs we would continue on here about the various menu ideas and the TASTE of the food. But, we’re not (unless you count being chocolate and tea connoisseurs… then we most certainly are).
Here in the design world, we do look forward to the fantastic food, but we also look forward to the presentation of the meal!
September 29, 2016 · By First Impression Designs
This past Friday we were hanging out at this year’s Interior Design Show in Vancouver!
We look forward to IDS West every year, and why wouldn’t we?! With over two hundred interior design related companies all represented under one roof, it’s a fantastic way to get inspiring ideas and do some efficient sourcing!
While there we took note of some of our favourite features so we could share them with you! Check out the photos below to see what we’re loving…