Keeping the brass.
Instead of exchanging the brassy fireplace insert, we decided to change everything else. We added paneling and painted the back wall and mantel in a soft grey with blue undertones. The colour looks great with the brass which we repeatedly used in the accents throughout the space.

It’s time to spring clean! I’m tackling one space per week and will start with the bedroom.

If there’s one space to try a minimalistic lifestyle, it’s the bedroom An uncluttered and clean bedroom helps you unwind and improves your sleep. 

 Here is an easy step by step plan to get your bedroom ready for spring:

1. Purge

Only keep what truly belongs in the bedroom. This goes for your closet as well. If you haven’t worn a garment in a year it’s probably safe to get rid of it(give to a friend or charity). If you are unsure- put it in a “half way home” box. Mark your calendar to revisit the box in two months. If you haven’t missed any of the items, it’s time to let go.

This exercise may require an honest girlfriend.


2. Storage

Once you’ve gotten rid of some unnecessary clutter, you can evaluate your storage situation. Do you need to reorganize your closet? Can you use the space under your bed?

Perhaps add some stylish labelled bins for the top shelves of your closet for items that’s not regularly used.

Line drawers with scented paper or add lavender pillows for some every day luxury.


3. Windows

Clean your windows and window coverings.

Are your blinds in good shape? Do they meet your needs? Do you need to add/replace drapery? Changing your drapery can give your bedroom a facelift. Perhaps something lighter and brighterfor spring/summer?


4. Bedding

Clean your pillows and duvet according to manufacturers recommendations. Vacuum your mattress and turn it if necessary.

If you are unhappy with your pillow or mattress, get expert help to select a new one that works for you. 

Make sure that you have sheets that you love! Bamboo, Belgian linen, Egyptian cotton…there are a lot of options out there. If there was ever an investment worth doing its in your bed. A good nights sleep is the ultimate every day luxury.


5. Lighting

Mood light, reading light and overall light. It’s important to have all those three in the bedroom. Could you add a dimmer switch to your ceiling lights? Are your reading lights the right height and the light bulbs the right wattage? What about your closet… Do you need to add some LED lighting to your shelves?


6. Make a list


Now list all issues/needs you’ve come across. Add a column for what needs to be done to resolve it and a time frame(or use my list in the link above). It doesn’t have to be straight away, for instance if you notice that some paint is chipped on your baseboard and you’re planning on re-painting in fall, then fall will be on the timeline. This is just a way of keeping track and being on top of your home. It also makes it less overwhelming by having it on paper and out of your head.

Give yourself a time line and stick to it. Once you have a functioning, serene bedroom everything else will follow.

Happy Spring Cleaning!!




Sofie B Design of Lacombe Receives
Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in Canada and Around the World

Lacombe, AB, February 25, 2015 – Sofie B Design of Lacombe, AB has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The interior design firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“It’s such an honor to be awarded “Best of Houzz” for the second year in a row. It’s such an amazing platform and tool for home owners and designers”
Sofie Blunck, Sofie B Design

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Sofie B Design among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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About Sofie B Design
Sofie B Design is providing residential and commercial interior design services in Central Alberta.
“It is our mission to provide our valued clients with beautiful and functional designs that are tailored to their needs and tastes. We strive to always deliver on time and on budget, leaving our clients with interiors to love for years to come”

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit

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