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A FULL CHRISTMAS

Here at Observatory Hill we're all a little obsessed with outer space, and for good reason. Our whole development is inspired by Richmond Hill's historic David Dunlap Observatory (The DDO,) sure, but let's be real, why wouldn't we be? Space is just cool! It's awe inspiring, it's almost entirely undiscovered, and it helps us build our dreams and aspirations. Not everyone can live at Observatory Hill though, so not everyone will get to experience great leaps of discovery or see what an astronomer sees; however, something really cool is coming that people all over the world can check...

How To Organize Your Closet For Fall
A Summer Closet Clean Out

Organizing your closet for fall. A summer closet clean out made simple and easy

A LOCAL STAR

Anyone who's ever visited the David Dunlap Observatory knows it's an incredibly special place. Not only is it strikingly beautiful, it also carries an aura that's almost surreal; perhaps that's why it was chosen to be a star, -in the figurative sense of course. In 1960 the film "Universe" was released by the National Film Board of Canada, and was met with much praise. It was nominated for an Oscar in the 'best documentary' category the year it was released, and offered some of the most vivid special effects anyone had ever seen....

FALL DECOR TRENDS

Observatory Hill in the fall is going to be beautiful. Changing leaves and blue skies, warm jackets and cool breezes, cozy homes and hot apple cider. Fall is a wonderful time of year, and a great way to celebrate the changing seasons is with some fall decor trends. 

 

Cozy neutrals

Neutrals are a great base for any room. Soften up your neutral palette for the fall, and add plenty of depth and interest to your home, with textures and patterns, such as a chunky knitted throw. Don’t feel limited by your colour options in a neutral palette, either. Branch out as much as you want, and explore taupes and greiges, and even less typical neutrals like soft blues and yellows if you want. As long as you stay conscious of the undertones in your colour choices, and keep all of your neutrals either cool or warm toned, your room will still look harmonious as you mix things up. 

 

Retro geometrics

Another more adventurous way to mix things up this season is with some retro geometric patterns, which are very in right now. This is a great choice for the pattern mentioned earlier, if you are looking for a way to blend neutral colours with a more exciting design choice. A bold pattern can draw the eye, while a neutral palette anchors the piece into the design of the room, making it easy to choose this option for something a bit more significant, like a rug or a curtain.

 

Jewel tones and luxurious textures

Of course, without a pop of colour to draw the eye, a completely neutral room can become dull and drab. Rich jewel tones are the perfect choice for the fall season, adding warmth to your home as the temperature drops outside. A velvet throw pillow combines that soft, touchable textural richness that is so desirable this season, and choosing one in a beautiful royal purple would not only look lovely, it would be very chic. Or, if purple isn’t your colour, consider a rich cobalt blue or a lovely green. Remember, though, that an accent colour needs to be repeated throughout your room in order to be most effective. If you decide to add an accent pillow, consider offsetting it with a potted plant housed in a container of the same colour, or look around for something decorative for your shelves in the same colour family that will set off the colour you’ve chosen for your room. This is a great way to add in other textures as well, such as glass or faux fur or a fluffy, tasseled blanket. 

 

Wood

Wood is a great way to add another neutral to your home that also brings life and texture and colour to the space. Consider a nice plinth coffee table if you’re looking for a large piece of furniture, or a side table if you’re looking for something a bit smaller. Wood is also an excellent choice for shelves, or even for smaller items like accessories and decorations. Since wood is such a versatile material it is an excellent choice for any room in your home, and can carry over from season to season very effectively.

 

Lighting

An interesting sculptural lamp is another welcome addition to your fall decor, perfect for brightening up your home as the days get shorter, and for adding warmth and ambience to your home. Look into an umbrella lamp or a paper lantern to brighten up your space in a light, airy way.

 

Warm up your home during the cool autumn months ahead with these decorating ideas, and stay cozy!

FALL DECOR TRENDS

Observatory Hill in the fall is going to be beautiful. Changing leaves and blue skies, warm jackets and cool breezes, cozy homes and hot apple cider. Fall is a wonderful time of year, and a great way to celebrate the changing seasons is with some fall decor trends. 

 

Cozy neutrals

Neutrals are a great base for any room. Soften up your neutral palette for the fall, and add plenty of depth and interest to your home, with textures and patterns, such as a chunky knitted throw. Don’t feel limited by your colour options in a neutral palette, either. Branch out as much as you want, and explore taupes and greiges, and even less typical neutrals like soft blues and yellows if you want. As long as you stay conscious of the undertones in your colour choices, and keep all of your neutrals either cool or warm toned, your room will still look harmonious as you mix things up. 

 

Retro geometrics

Another more adventurous way to mix things up this season is with some retro geometric patterns, which are very in right now. This is a great choice for the pattern mentioned earlier, if you are looking for a way to blend neutral colours with a more exciting design choice. A bold pattern can draw the eye, while a neutral palette anchors the piece into the design of the room, making it easy to choose this option for something a bit more significant, like a rug or a curtain.

 

Jewel tones and luxurious textures

Of course, without a pop of colour to draw the eye, a completely neutral room can become dull and drab. Rich jewel tones are the perfect choice for the fall season, adding warmth to your home as the temperature drops outside. A velvet throw pillow combines that soft, touchable textural richness that is so desirable this season, and choosing one in a beautiful royal purple would not only look lovely, it would be very chic. Or, if purple isn’t your colour, consider a rich cobalt blue or a lovely green. Remember, though, that an accent colour needs to be repeated throughout your room in order to be most effective. If you decide to add an accent pillow, consider offsetting it with a potted plant housed in a container of the same colour, or look around for something decorative for your shelves in the same colour family that will set off the colour you’ve chosen for your room. This is a great way to add in other textures as well, such as glass or faux fur or a fluffy, tasseled blanket. 

 

Wood

Wood is a great way to add another neutral to your home that also brings life and texture and colour to the space. Consider a nice plinth coffee table if you’re looking for a large piece of furniture, or a side table if you’re looking for something a bit smaller. Wood is also an excellent choice for shelves, or even for smaller items like accessories and decorations. Since wood is such a versatile material it is an excellent choice for any room in your home, and can carry over from season to season very effectively.

 

Lighting

An interesting sculptural lamp is another welcome addition to your fall decor, perfect for brightening up your home as the days get shorter, and for adding warmth and ambience to your home. Look into an umbrella lamp or a paper lantern to brighten up your space in a light, airy way.

 

Warm up your home during the cool autumn months ahead with these decorating ideas, and stay cozy!

A FULL CHRISTMAS

Here at Observatory Hill we're all a little obsessed with outer space, and for good reason. Our whole development is inspired by Richmond Hill's historic David Dunlap Observatory (The DDO,) sure, but let's be real, why wouldn't we be? Space is just cool! It's awe inspiring, it's almost entirely undiscovered, and it helps us build our dreams and aspirations. Not everyone can live at Observatory Hill though, so not everyone will get to experience great leaps of discovery or see what an astronomer sees; however, something really cool is coming that people all over the world can check...

How To Organize Your Closet For Fall
A Summer Closet Clean Out

Organizing your closet for fall. A summer closet clean out made simple and easy

A LOCAL STAR

Anyone who's ever visited the David Dunlap Observatory knows it's an incredibly special place. Not only is it strikingly beautiful, it also carries an aura that's almost surreal; perhaps that's why it was chosen to be a star, -in the figurative sense of course. In 1960 the film "Universe" was released by the National Film Board of Canada, and was met with much praise. It was nominated for an Oscar in the 'best documentary' category the year it was released, and offered some of the most vivid special effects anyone had ever seen....

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