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2017….What A Year!! December 30, 2017

Cori Halpern Interiors Best Nine of Instagram 2017

My “Best Nine of Instagram 2017” photo collection. What an incredible year!

Well that certainly flew by quickly! I cannot believe that another year has come and gone, and we are now at the end of 2017. It was an extraordinary year for me personally and professionally. A year of so many adventures, milestones, incredible projects, wonderful happenings, and of course – the unexpected.

We started last January off with our daughter leaving for a 4-month adventure in Asia and a sewage back-up in our basement and laundry room, immediately following her departure. What happened next was a surprise renovation of both our basement and laundry room. Apparently it was a huge success, as many of my Instagram followers absolutely loved those posts and it appears more than once in my “Best Nine of Instagram 2017” photo collection!

Cori Halpern Interiors - Laundry Room

Love how our fabulous laundry room renovation turned out! So colourful, glam, very efficient, and I wish I had done it years ago!

Thank you so much to Grohe Canada, Saltillo Tile, and Bilbrough & Co. for all of your generous support. After such an “icky” start to this project, I truly adore this space!

 

Project-wise, we also started the year off in full swing with both our Chaplin Estates Project and our Almond Avenue Project. Both of which were year-long projects, and are almost complete now. We will be photographing them (along with my laundry room!) in early 2018. Both of these projects had so many layers, custom designed furniture, built-ins and lighting, as well as some fabulous wallpaper and fabrics. It has been a pleasure and I am almost sorry that they will be completed soon…..

Cori Halpern Interiors - Chaplin Estates Project chair and toss cushion

Close up detail of the wing chair and toss cushion in the Living Room at our Chaplin Estates Project.

 

Cori Halpern Interiors - Almond Avenue Master Bedroom

Detail photo of the custom walnut headboard and bedding at our Almond Avenue Project.

 

In addition, we also finished our York Mills Reno Project, our Sanibel Family Room, our Palace Pier Condo Project, our Cedarvale Kitchen, our High Park Kitchen, our Stewart Street Condo Renovation, our Beach Condo Master Ensuite, and our Project Plumbstead. All turned out beautifully, I am so proud of each and every one, and will hopefully be working with several of these clients again in the near future. Maybe even in 2018!!

 

This was truly a milestone year for me (very B I G birthday!!) and we celebrated by travelling to some incredible places.

This past summer we went to Newfoundland, and it was an unbelievable highlight for me. I instantly fell in love with this absolutely beautiful province. I do have a NewFoundLove for Newfoundland, that is for sure. And of course the cherry on top of this sundae would be our stay at the Fogo Island Inn. Hubby and I are currently plotting how we can get back there, and how soon….quite possibly the most magical place I have ever been to.

Cori Halpern Interiors -Sunset at Fogo Island Inn, NL

Such an incredible adventure! No wonder an image of the Fogo Island Inn made my “Best Nine of Instagram 2017” too! Bucket List – check.

 

Cori Halpern - Trinity, Newfoundland

Cori Halpern - icebergs in Twillingate, Newfoundland

Handmade summer quilt and bedding at Fogo Island Inn NL

Magical images from Newfoundland – unbelievable scenery in Trinity NL, gigantic icebergs in Twillingate NL, and the most fabulous mixture of colour and pattern at the Fogo Island Inn.

 

Nothing gets my “creative juices” flowing, or gives me inspiration like travel does. That’s why I couldn’t pass up a trip with my honey to Rome and Amsterdam in the fall. Two of my favourite cities, and places that I could go back to over and over again. We visited some old favourite haunts, and discovered new sights as well. There is something very special about visiting Europe, and I will take every opportunity that I can to travel there! The colours, the culture, the history, the art, the architecture, and of course the food!

Cori Halpern - Rome, the Vatican

Cori Halpern - fruit stand Castel Gandolfo, Italy

Cori Halpern - exploring the Jewish Ghetto in Rome, Italy Memorial plaques

I love Rome…..above – views at The Vatican, a fruit stand in Castel Gandolfo, and the memorial plaques in the Jewish Ghetto.

 

Cori Halpern - Rijks Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Cori Halpern - vintage antique Dutch plates, Amsterdam

Cori Halpern - 17th century Canal Houses Amsterdam, the Netherlands

I think I could honestly live in Amsterdam. An incredible city, very special to me. Above photos – looking up at the Rijks Museum, exploring the antique shops in the Nine Streets, and perfect 17th Century Canal Houses.

I truly think that I was rejuvenated from all of this travel. It definitely gave me a renewed focus on the kind of Designer that I want to be, what I want the spaces that I create to look like, and how to best to reflect both my design aesthetic as well as my clients’ needs. Let’s just say that the world needs more colour, baby!!

To say that I am grateful would be a huge understatement. I realize that the word “blessed” get massively overused, but in this case it is true. I have had an exceptional 2017, with both personal and professional accomplishments that I am very proud of. I’m going into 2018 and a brand new year with new goals and aspirations. Goals that were only dreams a few years ago, but are now real and attainable. We have exciting new projects lined up that I am so excited about. Some great projects that we will be photographing and updating our website and portfolio pages. My business will be growing and moving. Yes! All good things to look forward to in 2018.

Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year. All the very best in 2018!!

Cori Halpern Interiors - fireworks Happy New Year 2018

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