Thursday, December 3, 2009

Candice Olson Rocks My Socks!

One of my absolute favorite designers is the incredibly talented Candice Olson from Divine Design. She has yet to decorate a room I'm not head over heels in love with. All her designs are functional and homey yet looks fabulous and chic. I'd like to share a few of my favs she's done in the past:


Can't you just picture coming downstairs to the smell of coffee in your chic kitchen? Even though it isn't huge the space is really used well. I love the glass door cabinets and dark counter-tops. The fridge gives it a sleek look but the little touches like the green stools and cute lamp keep it more traditional and warm. The great thing about these types of designs is they look beautiful but it's nothing the average person couldn't do with a little elbow grease.


This dining room is a dream! Soft powdered blues and cremes are so serene and calming. It would be lovely to have a fireplace in your dining room to roar while you have your family dinners. The detail on the chairs is phenomenal as well. It's a solid light blue on the seat but the back has a pretty pattern upholstered on it and the rug below matches perfectly with the whole scene. Bon appetite!


I think this bathroom would be like having your very own spa in your house. Lots of dark finishes and stone looking tiles with a large soaker tub make it feel classic and comfortable. I think the floating counter is a really interesting look and the white coral accessory is the perfect touch. Give me my glass of wine and dim the lights because I'm ready for a soak!


This massive bedroom is the size of my entire apartment! It's so warm and inviting and the vaulted ceiling gives it a unique architectural touch that draws the eye. A bedroom is your sanctuary so it should be a representation of you and whatever makes you comfortable. A fireplace in the bedroom is so romantic and a chaise always looks like a luxurious place to flop down with a good book. I would love to retire to this paradise every night.

This is a basement hang out Candice did on a more recent episode and I am digging everything about it. It's such a warm colour pallet but it's practical at the same time. One thing that always drives me crazy is when designers fill a room with white furniture. Of course it looks beautiful but will it after your dark furred kitty has rolled around on it and the kids have spilled their juice or the dust settles and it just looks grubby? A dark couch helps you to feel less neurotic about spills and messes. The recessed lighting really works well here with a few lamps and sconces and the neutral rug ties everything together. Pop in your favorite movie and cuddle up with the ones you love!

For more great designs by Ms Candice Olson check out her show on the Women's Network or at her website at www.divinedesign.tv

6 comments:

micah @ the yellow front door said...

Love her show and her designs, however it always seems like she has a HUGE budget to work with! That blue dining room is gorgeous!

recklessbliss said...

I definitely have to agree with you there. She uses things that are pretty pricey. I usually just try to take inspiration from what she creates and re-do it on a much tighter budget haha.

Anonymous said...

The clients pay Olson for her makeovers. The most expensive show to date was $120,000 and included a new kitchen and expansion. http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/jan/26/divine-do-overs/

KAREN said...

I'M LOOKING FOR THE SMALL SPACE OR LOFT THAT CANDICE DID A SILVER FLASHING KITCHEN BACKSPLASH.
IT WAS A YEAR OR TWO AGO. I'M THINKING ABOUT TRYING IT IN MY SMALL KITCHEN. HOW DO YOU CLEAN IT AND DOES IT LAST FOR YEARS STILL LOOKING GOOD?
PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN!
I THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I love the jolt of green on your blog. Woke me up this morning!

I thought I'd seen all of the rooms Candice has done, but I don't remember the basement at the end of your post. Beautiful. She does such a good job with basements. I wish she'd take a crack at mine.

P.S. I remember the kitchen at the top of the page from HGTV's Green Home 2008. I was so in love with that house and disappointed when I didn't win it! Ha. I didn't realize that Candice decorated that. Interesting!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

LOVE Candice!! My fave HGTV designer. Cute blog! Going to look around some more.

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