By Tara MacIntosh
A newly built luxurious home reveals exceptional craftsmanship and elegant detailed work; however, the space can feel open and incomplete without the proper furnishings and finishes. After months or years of an intricate building process, a home needs hand-selected furnishings, décor, and personal touches to transform into the masterpiece the builder or homeowner envisioned.
The Cassis Design Studio is a young and vibrant group of designers that provides many different design services, one of which is to assist builders and clients through this last phase of design by selecting the perfect furnishings, artwork, and finesse details. Designer Meredith Parsons explains, “One of the cycles that we have observed is that our clients have reached this very exciting point in the project where they are finally done, but they walk through the door, and the house feels empty. The home, which we consider the canvas, is technically complete as the feature fireplace is stunning and the kitchen is buttoned up; however, there is nothing to sit on!”
The best way to achieve a final look to be proud of is to build a furniture budget into the project at the start. Meredith comments, “We want everyone who is building to establish a furnishing budget at the beginning of the process and keep it in mind every step of the way. Whether building a home for yourself or to sell, a large part of the feeling people experience in the space is dictated by the furniture and decor.” When crafting a design budget, spending money in the rooms where the family will spend the most time is always recommended. The Cassis Design Studio takes the client to the finish line with unique design touches that follow the five essential design elements, including space, line, balance, colour, and shape. When done right, these five elements work in perfect harmony, resulting in a relaxed and inspiring environment.
As white interiors are popular, professionals are often asked to create a light interior without using trendy white. Designer Parsons explains, “To combine comfort and beauty, you must take textures, tones, and durability into careful consideration. We start with the bigger pieces, such as the sectional sofa in white, and then complement the white with neutral colours or a gentle stripe or plaid pattern with similar light and neutral tones. Next, we layer a darker ottoman and some wood end tables for visual contrast.” Layered colours and textures are inviting, allowing homeowners to be surrounded by opulence while keeping the space functional. Looking at the before and after image, it is apparent how complementary colours, patterns, and texture blend richness with warmth.
The building process can be exhausting for builders and clients. Maintaining excitement at each design phase sets The Cassis Design Studio apart from its competition. Meredith says with a smile, “We try to do the best we can to support our client’s needs! Building or renovating is a daunting process, often a marathon, not a sprint. If builders or clients need to review things a few extra times, change their minds, or talk through their design choices, we are always happy to do so!”