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An Ode of Gratitude to the Famous 5 on Persons Day

Persons Day KHD team in front of Famous 5 Statue at Olympic Plaza

It’s still a bit of a shock when I see this date: October 18, 1929. What’s so special about this day? It’s the date (some) women became persons under the law in Canada. Can you believe that was less than 100 years ago? It is astounding to think that my grandmother was not considered a […]

Successful Bathroom Renovations: How to make them happen!

Services - tile samples, cabinet samples and KHD logo blocks.

We mentioned in our last blog that interior designers take away the guesswork of the design process. Building on that thought, this week we wanted to go through some of the ways you can prepare yourself for a successful bathroom renovation. Bathrooms are second only to kitchens by importance in the home. There is a […]

Your Home Aesthetic – 6 Design Themes That You May Identify With

Design Theme - Bedroom with plum accents, a dark feature wall and luxurious ensuite

All designers have their niche – the style that we revel in. That doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy playing in other design spaces. When our clients come to us, they may have a specific style in mind, and we love to explore this further to help them realize their vision. People are our focus. […]

7 Countertop Options to Consider When Creating Your Perfect Kitchen – 2023 Update

Countertops - Krista in front of cabinet holding quartz samples

If you’re reading this, you’re in the energizing space of imagining possibilities for your home. Each element deserves careful consideration, and making so many selections may feel like too much of a good thing. Countertops can be quite costly, and they take up a great deal of design footprint in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. […]

7 Beautiful Elements of Scandinavian Design

A Scandinavian and modern style condo living room. Scandinavian chairs sit across from a low profile simple sofa and ottoman. Nesting glass tables with gold accents. Interesting futuristic floor lamps.

Though its origin is much older, Scandinavian design reached popularity in North America in the 1950s when House Beautiful Magazine’s editor, Elizabeth Gordon, brought a travelling exhibition to Canada and the United States. She showcased the best designers hailing from Scandinavian countries on a three-year tour and we have been in love with this clean, […]

Your Hygge How To Guide for Decluttering and Loving Your Home

Luxury kitchen with large island and a mix of light cabinetry and blue cabinetry. Countertops are white with grey veining and backsplash is a large slab continuation of the countertop. A star statement piece is over the island. Lemons overflow on a bowl.

Decluttering. It’s been on our minds as we have been given more time to stare at the accumulation of things in our homes. The past few years have taught us that home is more than where you hang your hat. Your space affects your joy and mental health in more ways than you may have […]

How to Select the Right Renovator

Luxury kitchen renovation in varsity estates with two islands for entertaining. Dual wall ovens, a gas range, wine fridge, and large undermounted sink.

As the warm weather heralds spring, so begins renovation season. All of a sudden, the phone is ringing off the hook at KHD and everyone is asking about renovations. But for a homeowner, how do you know who to select for this critical and major investment in your home? Would you put your money in […]

How to Prepare for Your Renovation

Construction zone of varsity estates renovation. The studs and insulation are exposed.

Congratulations!  You are going to transform your home with the help of a trusted renovator. After the euphoria of planning all the beautiful details comes the work of physically preparing your home for construction. Keep this list handy and it will guide you through the most important renovation preparation steps. 1. Advise your insurance company […]

Renovation Budget: How to stick to it!

Glamorous luxury ensuite with grey dual vanity, white countertops, metallic framed mirrors and crystal vanity lighting. Freestanding tub, and luxurious oversized shower with light grey and dark grey quartz tile.

All right, all right, I admit it – I am more than a bit of a construction geek! One of my favourite soap-boxes is the budgeting component of any renovation project. KHD has executed literally hundreds of home renovations on budget with budgets ranging from $50,000 to $1,500,000. We’ve learned a few things to protect […]

A Renovation Love Story

Designer and client sip coffee while sitting on cozy chairs in a renovated living room.

At KHD we love stories.  Happily, we get to live them with our clients every month! Here’s a renovation love story for the ages! This sweet couple had been married for about a year when we first met them back in 2016. They asked for our help to transform their master suite into a cozy […]

18 Ways to Celebrate National Hygge Day!

Hygge - Scandinavian Design - Group photo of KHD Team cozying up on National Hygge Day

Updated Feb 1, 2022 Brrrrr!  Baby, it’s cold outside and it’s going to get colder yet. But don’t despair! KHD personally declared February 1st to be National Hygge Day in 2019 and we have been celebrating ever since. We’re working on making it official!  Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a concept that inspires joyful living, togetherness, peace […]

Considering a Kitchen Renovation?

Kitchen with dark cabinets, light granite countertops and white subway tiles. The kitchen is staged to prepare a lovely meal.

Considering a kitchen renovation?  We LOVE renovating. At Krista Hermanson Design & Construction, the before and after transformations never cease to thrill us!  Planning For Your Kitchen Renovation A well-conceived design plan is the often-overlooked first step to ensure a happy result. Careful planning is synonymous with avoiding costly mistakes. We’ve all known someone who […]

Celebrating a Fantastic 15 Years of Calgary Interior Design

15-year-anniversary Image showcasing a renovated Scandinavian living room.

Happy New Year! As the calendar ticks over into 2019, we are thrilled to kick off our 15 Year Anniversary celebrations of Calgary Interior Design. Over the years we have had the privilege of working closely with hundreds of Calgary and area families to co-create spaces that they love living in. It’s my commitment to keep […]

Hygge Reflections on Adventures of 2018

Freshly baked muffins and coffee sitting on a kitchen island looking out into a winter wonderland.

It’s early morning on the last day of the year, my home is quiet and family from out of town are asleep upstairs. I am enjoying my second cup of Icelandic coffee and the smell of muffins baking while I consider the many hygge reflections on the adventures of KHD in 2018. This year we […]

The Joy of Hygge

Wine and snacks sit on a coffee table in front of a roaring river stone fireplace.

We confess that we are more than a bit obsessed with great design.  But the personal element in many environments is sadly lacking.  The fabric of Scandinavian culture contains many elements to inspire a richer daily existence within our homes.  At KHD, the central of these is the concept of hygge. Hygge is the magic, […]

7 Must Know Decorating Tips for a Designer’s Touch

Decorating tips - storage of lovely personal artifacts and KHD logo blocks

As a Calgary interior designer, there is nothing more fun than creating and executing a vision for a space.  Here are my top seven decorating tips to help you bring hygge and a designer’s touch to your living space. Whether it’s re-inventing a tired room that needs some love or fluffing up what is already there […]

Secrets to a Successful First Meeting with your Calgary Interior Designer

Family sitting underneath a folded white cardboard that is meant to look like a house roof.

You’re ready to renovate or refresh your space and poised to meet with your Calgary interior designer. To get maximum results from your designer’s expertise, here are some ideas to help you prepare. Our profession owes a great deal to HGTV – having watched designers work their magic on television, people now have a much […]

How to Hire the Right Calgary Home Renovation Company

Calgary home renovations - Interior design planning table with samples laid out.

It sounds like a crazy fantasy, but it is possible to have a beautiful home renovation completed on time and on budget. You just have to hire the RIGHT renovator. Here’s what to look for:   1. Start with your network If you know someone who has had a great experience with hiring a renovator, […]