Happy 3 days after St. Patrick’s Day! That’s a thing, right? Ok, ok – so perhaps this post would have been more appropriate¬†on¬†St. Patrick’s Day but #WorkHasBeenCray lately! Nevertheless, let’s talk about the many glorious shades of Green. Green has been one of my favourite shades for a long time.¬†For a period of time, I was actually quite obsessed with incorporating all things Green in my own home decor. For those who remember our tiny loft apartment in Walkerville (Windsor), they’ll remember my love affair with this glorious hue. I’ve since grown to appreciate it even more and use it often in various furnishings for my clients. I just love the freshness it provides to any space – whether it’s in a fabric or a living plant.

Today I’ve rounded up some of my favourite green items in both Design & Home Decor!

1. ‘Mornings Away’ Painting¬† ¬† 2. Botanical Print Curtains ¬† ¬†3.¬†Enamel Warehouse Pendant ¬† ¬†4. Agate Bookends ¬† ¬†5. Lux Velvet Pillow ¬† ¬†6. Easton Sofa¬†

And can we talk about these stunning shades of green by Benjamin Moore? Buffett Green, Salamander, Vintage Vogue and Storm Cloud Gray all provide the right amount of intensity and drama for whatever the application. All of these colours are both timeless & elegant, while offering a rich saturated quality to any space.

Here are some more notable interiors where Green rocked the space!

Clockwise: H2 Design Build Office Renovation, Studio McGee Claybourne Project, Style Me Pretty

And if you’re looking to add some more vibrancy into your own personal style or home decor, here are three more pieces I just adore:

Clockwise:  Le Creuset Round French Oven, Banana Republic Flutter Sleeve Top, Kate Spade Beekman Table Lamp

Do you love Green as much as I do? It truly is such a versatile colour in that every shade¬†offers something new depending how it is used. Whether bold & dramatic or light & airy –¬†green can transform any space.¬†Give it a try and let me know how it goes! I promise you won’t regret it!

Make sure to tweet me @EMontillaDesign to share some of your favourite green spaces!

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In The Details: AutoCAD

Every good design starts with a plan. This may sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised with how many Designers can get ahead of themselves at the beginning of a project. I’ve worked in this industry for 10 years and I cannot stress enough of the importance of having a good plan set in place, prior to any project. Proper Planning¬†& Design can make or break your designs right from the start. Without it, you run the risk of constantly going back and forth & wasting your clients’ time. And as we know in this industry, time is money.

Love it or hate it, AutoCAD is a wonderful tool used by many design professionals to prepare proper plans and execute your design vision. My background in Millwork design has taught me a thing or two about the details that should be included in a full set of drawings. Below are some examples where having the right details in place made for a successful end product.

Starting with a clean slate, we were able to create custom designed Television millwork for this large Family Room in Klein’s Ridge. Warm, rich tones were used for the millwork, contrasting beautifully against the freshness of the walls & ceiling. Designed by Jessica Kelly Design 

When there are a lot of moving parts & multiple finishes in one design, it is crucial to indicate what goes where to avoid confusion. With clear & precise drawings, your millwork installer should have little to no questions when bringing your vision to life. This was a playful Guest Bedroom I worked on for LH Decor & Design. 

This was a very simple reception desk I helped design for LH Decor & Design. Although we showed the Installer an inspiration photo, we still had to prepare a basic elevation to show the scale & proportion of all materials. Photo Cred: Workplace One 

While some design elements were changed during installation, I was able to indicate every important detail in the original drawings.¬†It’s always tricky working with¬†stock-cabinet sizes, but with a little creative thinking and a few custom pieces, this Kitchen was the perfect fit for our clients newly renovated home. Design by Rebecca Hay Designs

I contributed to this exhibit for Metrie Interior Mouldings & Doors which was on display at KBIS in 2015. By creating a detailed drawing package, this display was perfectly executed on a tight deadline, just in time for the show. Design by Amanda Forrest Design

Listed below 3 tips on how to achieve an organized, well-thought out design from start to finish.

Initial Site Measure – Learn the space. Get a feel for the layout, how it’s being used and what you intend to do with it. Take note of all of the plumbing & electrical, as well as any other feature that could impact your Design.¬†Get yourself a good¬†quality laser measuring tape (I use THIS one) as well as a manual tape to get the most accurate dimensions. It doesn’t hurt to double or triple check your measurements if you’re ever unsure of something. Better safe than sorry!

Design, design, design –¬†This is the process that often takes the longest. Prior to presenting to the client, a design can go through many transitions before landing on¬†the one.¬†Be patient. While doing revision after revision may seem annoying and often a bit redundant, it’s simply part of the process. Inspiration may sway your initial plan and you may have to start from scratch – it’s all trial and error.

Note the Details¬†–¬†My motto is the more information¬†you include, the better. You’d be surprised how quickly contractors will play to blame game, if information is incorrect or missing from drawings. Make sure to note¬†every tile specification, every paint colour, every piece of trim. Look over your drawings multiple times before sending them off for approval. The devil is in the details!

So, are you a Designer who uses AutoCAD? What are some of your tips on how to execute a successful design? Tweet me @EMontillaDesign and let me know!

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Brunch With Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of touring the showroom of¬†Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry. I have been stalking following Bloomsbury Kitchens on Instagram for quite some time now, so when I saw they were hosting ¬†a brunch I knew it was a good opportunity to finally visit their showroom. It’s always important to get out and see new vendors whose work you’ve admired but actually haven’t yet worked with. It’s a chance to see what they have to offer, feel their products and¬†meet¬†the faces of the company. This industry thrives on the relationships you build with your suppliers, so it’s imperative you put in the effort to pay them a visit.¬†


Bloomsbury is one of perhaps a handful of companies left in the city that practice the true art of¬†luxury Millwork Craftmanship. They specialize in English-style framed style cabinetry that is built in the style of fine furniture.¬†There is absolutely nothing standard about this company. Their level of service is custom-tailored to each individual project, allowing a truly one of a kind experience for their clients. They stand out from competitors by offering the utmost highest level of quality materials & finishes, and their impeccable attention to detail. Each unique project is given a dedicated Designer who oversees the project throughout the entire process, providing expert advice & creating beautiful functioning spaces custom designed for the clients’ needs.


Little details such as this false door / touch latch drawers elevate the design of this Kitchen display in their Newmarket showroom.

To say Bloomsbury takes quality seriously would be a huge understatement. There are inspirational quotes from notable figures posted throughout their warehouse, which goes to prove just how much they instill quality into their workmanship. 

Some seriously gorgeous corbels ready for installation! 

This walnut counter surface is certainly a showstopper. 

One aspect I truly love about Bloomsbury’s designs is their ability to seamlessly conceal appliances within the cabinetry.¬†

These custom built serving trays makes coffee delivery a breeze! Photo Cred: Bloomsbury Design Instagram

This gorgeous exhibit is currently on display at the Toronto’s National Home Show. Go check it out from March 10th-19th!

Bloomsbury caters to the higher-end clientele and are¬†passionate about creating elegant , functional, timeless cabinetry for their¬†clients’ homes. They service homes all over the Greater Toronto Area and beyond, offering their highest level of service to every project they take on. If you are in the beginning stages of designing your Kitchen, have a look at the Bloomsbury website &¬†see the Bloomsbury difference for yourself. They have 2 beautiful showrooms within Toronto.

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Colour Study: Shadow

Benjamin Moore has announced ‘Shadow‘ as their¬†Colour of The Year for 2017. As soon as it¬†was revealed, I immediately fell in¬†love. It is rich & regal and definitely has an understated elegance to it. It’s so refreshing to see unexpected, deeper hues gaining recognition rather¬†than the standard navy blue. This is a chic new take on purple. Ahem…I think you can live with purple if you don’t actually call it purple. Eggplant, plum, aubergine, etc etc…Shadow has a smoky, rich quality that adds drama to any space.

Door   Pillow  Flowers   Art   

There are so many complimentary¬†tones that share the same qualities as Shadow. Revere Pewter is one of my all time favourite “greige” colours that is the perfect neutral grey that works in a lot of interiors. It’s cool in temperature but does not have a lilac undertone which can often sway on the feminine side.


Here’s an example of a very luxe interior¬†which incorporates all of these rich tones together. The texture of the grass cloth wallpaper, the subtle use of jewel tones and the high-end furniture all come together to create a beautifully curated space. ¬†IMAGE.

Want to add a little luxe to your Kitchen? Here are my top picks to add some drama to your space:

Paint     Hardware    Stools    Counters    Lighting

How do you feel about Benjamin Moore‘s Colour of The Year? Do you love it? Or does it intimidate you? Tweet me @EMontillaDesign to join the conversation!

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MY IDS2017 Favourites

Happy New Year! Ok it’s January 23rd…I think that window of time where saying ‘Happy New Year’¬†may¬†have¬†passed by now, but let’s just go with it. I’m going to go ahead and state that I am officially the worst blogger ever. But this work-life balance is¬†hard,¬†ya’ll!¬†Is anyone else in a creative slump? I just haven’t been able to find my ‘groove’ for 2017 yet. I’ll get there. However,¬†I have stock piled a whole wack of blog posts for February and finally starting to¬†become inspired again, so I see myself slowly coming out of this funk.

The fact that the Interior Design Show happened this past weekend certainly helped me gain some much-needed perspective. For those who are living under a rock, IDS is the largest Design trade show in Toronto, where Canada’s premier showcase new products and furniture, superstar designers come together to discuss the years hottest trends & concepts from North America and beyond.

This show keeps getting better with each passing year. While there were¬†several exhibits I loved this year, I’ve narrowed my top four favourites!

1. Nika Zupanc for South Hill Home   2. Lightmaker Studio    3. Surfaces & Co.   4. Jaime Hayon for Caesarstone 

I think it’d be safe to¬†say that¬†Nika Zupanc‘s collaboration with South Hill Home was easily a fan favourite this year. Those clean lines! Those luxurious fabrics! The interesting shapes & ¬†textures…simplicity at it’s finest. Every one of Nika’s pieces tell a story.

One piece in particular that I adored was the Stay Lounge Chair. With it’s oversized, dramatic shape, the interesting¬†tubular legs & distinct contemporary edge – this chair is truly a work of art. “The Stay Family turns everyday seating into a special occasion.” –That could not be any more true. What a special piece.

Lightmaker Studio gets my heart going every year. Their exquisitely-crafted lighting grabs your attention in the most honest way. The free-flowing organic shapes and modern simplicity of their light fixtures are what Designers turn to with every new project. My personal favourite is the Mode Chandlier.

As a Designer I am always on the hunt for unique, jaw-dropping statement tile that¬†stands out from the rest. It is¬†very¬†easy to source the same type of tile for each project if you’re not careful. This is where Surfaces & Co. come in. With¬†an array of stunning tile patterns & materials, any Designer is sure to add some luxury & interest in their clients homes. The company¬†opened it’s first showroom in Montreal and no more than a year later, their Toronto location was realized. Tiles are available in several different customizable scales, colourations and finishes on nearly every available product within¬†their library. How’s¬†THAT¬†for variety!?


The final exhibit that I loved was the collaboration between Artist Jaime Hayon & leading qurtz manufacturer Caesarstone. The installation used over 48 different Caesarstone colours combined with metal and glass, in interesting shapes & whimsical figures. The traditional techniques of stone marquetry mixed with modern elements was truly a thing of beauty. The entire project was inspired by a mix of the natural world & folklore tales. The end result were these oversized pieces of furniture with beautiful stone inlays depicting playful caricatures.

¬†And there you have it! My highlights of #IDS17. I cannot wait to see what’s in store for next years show! Tell me, did you attend IDS this year? If so, what did you think? What was your favourite exhibit? Tweet me @EMontillaDesign and join the conversation!