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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

Formal gardens at Kylemore Abbey, Ireland.

Magnificent formal Victorian Gardens at Kylemore Abbey.
Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that this is a no-brainer for me. My absolute favourite colour is green. All shades of green, from deep British hunter green, to muted olive green, bright kelly green, fresh apple green, vivid chartreuse green – and everything in between. I do not discriminate! I love every tone and variation….it makes me feel alive, and maybe because it occurs in nature, it makes me feel relaxed. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to spring, when everything is bursting into colour, and out from the dullness and drab dirty whiteness of winter. When I see those first little green buds, I am giddy with excitement with the thought that soon everything will be green.
I think that being a redhead helps – I look great in green! I do believe that there is the perfect shade of green for everyone….although, I do find that many people tend to shy away from green. They have visions of bad Eighties seafoam green flashbacks, or worse – bad nineties sage green flashbacks. There are many classic shades of green that can suit any interior. It’s not only about the colour, but also about what I put with the green that makes the interior outstanding.


Fabulous upholstered green headboard with bold black and white.
IG photo by Preston Konrad at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Pittsburgh, PA.

I LOVE how this perfect kelly green is paired with bold black and white patterns. How vibrant! How graphic and modern and fun! Can you imagine how you would feel walking into this hotel space? This space has so much positive energy, you couldn’t help but be happy here…The green adds an unexpected freshness to this colour scheme. I also love how the turquoise lamp adds another layer and something special to this room.


One of my favourite projects! Lytton Park Kitchen Photo: Stephani Buchman

One of the reasons that this interior works, is that the spring green chair fabric is paired with the gorgeous Robin’s egg blue print on the roman shade and toss cushions. Both look great against the deep, rich colour of the beautiful hardwood. We mixed texture, pattern and colour, along with the contrast of light and dark, to create a dynamic space. This kitchen feels fresh and light, creating a feeling and the illusion of spaciousness. One of my favourite kitchen projects!

emerald green leopard print fabric

Beacon Hill Fabrics, emerald green AND leopard print! GASP! LOVE IT!!

After all of the rain that we have had here in Toronto, making everything so lush, and after my recent trip to Ireland, I am definitely inspired by green! Now, I just have to find a place to use this…..

Missoni Home display in Adare, Ireland

It’s that time of year…. Finally! When the last 4 months of Canadian gray, wintry white and inky black give way to spring green and sky blue, sun yellow and crocus purple. It’s time for colour to come back into our lives.

In nature, colour is bursting everywhere. I think our homes should always have a strong injection of colour. Colour affects our moods – how we sleep, how we relax, how we interact. Colour is personality. Colour can be dramatic, fun, sophisticated, peaceful or stimulating. What I know for sure is that colour is an essential element of good design. Here are the top 5 ways to bring colour into your home:

  1. Fabulous toss cushions – here is where you can really go to town. Think jewelry for the living room. Let your personality really shine through and pick what you love. Mix colour, texture and patterns. You can always change the toss cushions yearly, or even seasonally. You do not need to make a lifelong commitment…
  2. Duvet cover and bedding – nothing says summer like all white bedding. Or go with a wild floral, a soothing pastel, or an elegant toile. Changing up your bedding will refresh the entire bedroom and give you an instant makeover. The best part is that bedding does not have to be expensive or take up a lot of storage space.
  3. Add curtains – so many people have told me that they are “not curtain people”. That is because they have never had good curtains. Drapery can inject much needed pattern and/or colour into a space. Whether you opt for full length drapery panels, or tailored roman blinds, good window treatments are essential to finishing off a space.
  4. Artwork – A space without art looks naked. The entire room could be professionally designed, it could have the most beautiful furniture, carpet, fabrics, and even toss cushions (see above!), but if the walls are empty, the room will look naked and incomplete. Art does not need to be expensive, but it does need to be well framed, at an appropriate scale within the space, and there should be a good mix of different media and types of artwork. I love helping my clients pick just the right pieces to enhance their home.
  5. Paint – Easy, inexpensive, and effective. Paint can completely transform a space, change the entire feel of a room, and totally refresh a home. I love the opportunity to makeover an existing space with a new coat of paint! It is the way to make the biggest impact with colour.

So, at this time of year, when we Canadians are waking up from a long winter slumber, as we peel off the layers of our black coats and hats and boots, let’s think about bringing colour into our lives.

What colours do you love?
Happy Spring!!