LeAnne Bunnell founded her own Calgary interior design company, Elle design, in 2006. Modern to rustic, sophisticated to family-casual, she composes elegant, quality interiors, always drawing inspiration from the unique taste and lifestyle of her clients. LeAnne and her work have been featured in Avenue Magazine and the Calgary Herald. She is also part of RONA’s Group of Seven designers.
RONAMAG sat down with LeAnne to ask her a few questions and find out her take on the latest design trends.
My measuring tape! Can't live without it. In fact I have two! One in my briefcase and one in my tool kit. Oops! Make it three. I have one tucked away at the office just in case I lose one.
I'm fascinated with the rich dijon mustard yellow that is all the rage at the moment. Paired with neutrals like grey, cream and white, it becomes a vibrant sunny highlight to bedding, wall paper, even your front door. I also fell in love with the herringbone-pattern wood floors of the apartment I rented in Paris a few years back, and now I see it popping up everywhere, in every colour and size; fabrics, tile mosaics, stone patios. Still love it.
I love integrating books to an interior. They serve to highlight and showcase your interests, hobbies and passions, or simply your love of travel. They are an inexpensive way to 'own' otherwise inaccessible pieces of art. I use them on coffee tables, entry benches and, of course, on bookshelves; the design of a room isn’t complete without art! Heirloom oil paintings, fine photography, a wall of family photos or even your children's doodles. Art on the walls of a home expresses the stories and lives of the people who live there.
Plan it on paper. It's easier and less expensive to spot and resolve issues before you begin. Also 'measure twice, cut once' is an old carpentry adage that works just as well for the design of a floor plan as the execution of a staircase. Know your numbers!
A complete and thorough analysis of the space and the functions it is to perform is critical. Create an inventory of the positives to emphasize and the negatives to either remedy or disguise.
Thank you LeAnne Bunnell!
[Main photo via Dolalak]