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Decorating for a New Year’s Eve Party

Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve Party ? New Year’s is one of the biggest party celebrations out there besides Christmas.  One thing I’ve noticed is that we don’t always know how to decorate for New Year’s and make it look spectacular, but having people talk about it later on in the year about what a fantastic job you did decorating for the party will be a great feeling for you. So today I am writing this article to show you some tips on how to make your New Year’s Eve party amazing.

Step One:

Helium balloons-everyone loves balloons,they are one of the most inexpensive ways to decorate a large room.  Look for colours such as black and white, or silver and gold to make it very formal. Be sure to add a little more creativity into it and add some purple balloons as purple is the new black for fashion. Try to get enough balloons so it can cover up the whole ceiling, you can even place them in a net and have them come down at midnight.

Step Two:

Place a beautiful centerpiece on your dinning room table, hall or the main room that you are hosting the party in. Changing your Christmas arrangement into your New Year’s one is a very easy step.  Take  your centrepieces from “Merry Christmas” to “Happy New Year” just by adding a few noise makers with some sparklers.  For a fun look add a clock in the middle of you coffee table  and place a streamer  around it.

Having silver place settings and white fake snow on the tables while people mingle and have some drinks and appetizers brings the beauty and sparkle of winter inside without all of the cold and mess!

Step Three:

Have fun on your New Year’s Party and do not drink and drive. Have a wonderful New Year’s everyone!! All the best for a safe, happy, and healthy 2013.


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Find that perfect gift! at Parsons Interiors

The season is upon us and it is not to late to add to your Holiday wish list!

With so many exciting products available to choose from, let Parsons help you find that perfect gift!

 In stock items on Sale from 10% to 60% this Holiday Season.

Whether it is an entire home full of amazing new furnishings or simply enhancing a space with that one special piece, Parsons is ready to make your Holidays a great success. We have also added a line of fashion accessories at reasonable prices.

From all of us at Parsons Interiors, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Holiday Season!

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A Whole New Take on Wallpaper

Imagine as if the whole world was one colour, one texture, or just one pattern. What a nightmare right? We as humans are wired to be around variety and differences otherwise the world would be dull and boring. That’s what wallpaper is for. It gives you the ability to express your creative side and add some spice to any space. Some people automatically cringe at the thought of wallpaper.  The installation, the removal, it all seems like a horror story. However wallpaper has come a long way and all those long and painful hours you’ve spent removing wallpaper, are long gone.

It all comes down to the lining at the back of the wallpaper. The difference seems minimal yet it makes a world of a difference when removing the wallpaper, which is the number one thing people complain about. One thing to remember, if it’s made of paper, move on. The problem with paper-lined wallpapers is that it makes the removal process much harder.

If you ever removed paper-lined wallpaper, the image below looks familiar to you


That’s why interior decorator Jackie Connolly from Parsons Interiors recommends wallpapers with nonwoven fabric lining. Not only are they incredibly easy to install, they can be removed totally dry and with no wall damage. The nonwoven wallpapers are the latest trend in decorating. Therefore, whether you hire a professional, or do-it-yourself, you cannot go wrong using the nonwoven wallpapers.

Here are a few examples of the magic of wallpaper and how they can add “life” to any room in your home

The beauty of wallpaper is that you can choose from hundreds of patterns, colors, and design. Furthermore, since nonwoven wallpaper is so easy to install and remove, you have the freedom to change your wallpaper as often as you want without having to worry about wall damage.

So now that you have all the latest scoop on wallpapers, come into Parsons Interiors and let Jackie Connolly change your ordinary looking space into something extraordinary with the power of wallpaper!







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A decorating and design professional is qualified by education and experience to develop and enhance the function and quality of interior (and exterior) spaces. A professional analyzes the client’s needs and formulates design concepts that are aesthetic, appropriately appointed and functional.

When planning to decorate or design a space, a decorating professional will save you time and money. Services can be as limited as a consultation offering advice on choosing a colour scheme, hiring a contractor or buying a product. Or you may wish to hire a professional to help you with full design services for redecorating, redesigning or renovating, purchasing products and arranging installations.

Decorating and design professionals may specialize in a particular design area, for instance, residential and/or commercial design

By choosing a CDECA Member you are guaranteed that you will be working with a qualified professional. CDECA Members are graduates of recognized academic institutions in the field of interior decorating and design and/or have established professional decorating portfolios. They are also committed to ongoing education through CDECA professional development training. CDECA Members ensure that you have access to the most current trends and innovations so when you are decorating, renovating, buying or building, choosing a CDECA designated professional to assist you will result in professional results.

Jackie Connolly CDECA RESA
Parsons Interiors

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The Mississauga Networking along with,

Jackie Connolly Founder & Interior Decorator is Hosting…

An open networking event: Everyone is welcome members and non-members.

Come out to our evening Mix, Mingle and Network.

Great opportunity to meet potential clients and referral partners while enjoying the evening atmosphere.

In order for the restaurant to service us better, we need to let them know how many people will be attending ahead.


Monday, Nov 18th 2013

Staring Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

Were: Ten Restaurant & Wine Bar

Address: 139 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 1E5

Fees includes admission ONLY

Appetizers & Bar is Happy Hour prices for our Mix & Mingle

Cost: $10 in advance for members of MN

$10 in advance, or online

At the door (if available) $15

Click here to order tickets


* P.S No refunds or transfers



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The Mississauga Networking Group along with Jackie Connolly Founder & Interior Decorator is hosting

An Open Networking Dinner, Holiday Party – Everyone welcome Members and Non-Members!!

Come out to DINNER, MIX, MINGLE and NETWORK on

Wednesday December 18 th, 2013 at

 Ten Restaurant & Wine Bar

  139 Lakeshore Road East,


Starting at 6:30 PM

Click here to order

or pay me in person and save event fees 

No payment at the door 

Early Bird Fee is $40 per person until Nov 18 The price will go up to $50 .

 per person includes private room up stairs

Three course Dinner Taxes + Gratuities


Great opportunity to meet potential clients while enjoying the evening atmosphere!!


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Mississauga networking group is inviting Mississauga-based business owners and solo professionals to join us in building a business networking group. If you have experience with other local groups, forget all about it because we’re different! Read on.

 Membership Fees
While other groups charge up to $500 or more every year.
Members will be required to pay a small annual contribution toward covering the cost of $150.00 for the year for hosting, domain registration and maintenance of the group and group’s blog site.

Strong Online Presence
While other organizations have fancy corporate websites, which promote the organizations, but not individual groups and/or members, we have our own blog site, and each member can add articles and other content to promote and drive traffic to their own websites or blogs.

Exclusive and Non-exclusive Categories
Each individual member controls the exclusivity of their category, not some corporation…

If this is something you might be interested in, come out and meet us, the only cost is $17.00 for meeting room, food, and drinks ($20.00 for visitors).

We meet every other Friday at Parsons Interiors  25-2861 Sherwood Heights Dr
Oakville, ON L6J 7K1

Please take a look at our Members Directory to see if your business category is open. If your business category is open, or you know somebody who is looking to join a group, please come to our next meeting.

Please share the link to our homepage:

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Fashion and Décor go hand in hand. …Trends for 2013


The fashion world and interior decorating have a lot in common! The colours and styles that people wear often reflect what is trending in home decorating as well. This past spring the hot colors were gray and rich, purple plums. Fashion stylists encouraged lots of layering with scarves and necklaces. In the decor we saw lots of pillows in many sizes and throws. These colours are being seen in Home Decor as well!


The new pop colour  for 2013 is emerald green! Decorators are using this colour is as a neutral. For more info on this topic see my new blog coming soon


They are also showing white on white with grey.

Grey is still the new neutral. Even in paint colours, many colours are being “grayed” down.  Benjamin Moore says that one of their most popular colours is “revere grey.”


Many clients want to have an eco-friendly effect and are looking to find products that are environmentally friendly. When working with wood, we are seeing weathered wood in grey with silver. Re-claimed wood is being used, a lot is being shown on walls and unique places in your home to give a one of a kind effect!


In table setting centerpieces, we are seeing lots of natural products from the outdoors, such as banana leaves, bark, and birch branches. Get creative! Bring the outdoors indoor to make your home truly one of an eco-friendly-kind.

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Designing French Style

As an interior designer/ decorator in Oakville / Mississauga, Jackie Connolly of Parsons Interiors gets the opportunity to attend some really interesting home furnishing events put on by local suppliers, manufacturing and retail businesses in Oakville, Mississauga, and Burlington.

Within the next few years, we will be seeing a lot of the French Style theme blowing up the trends. The French country theme will likely become very popular.  Parsons Interiors has already been incorporating the beautiful French style décor in many homes especially, homes in Oakville and Mississauga. Parsons Interiors have added a more modern look to the old French country, Jackie calls it  French shabby chic. Lots of new merchandise will be showcased at Parsons Interiors from Jackie’s last buying trip to Las Vegas. See my next months blog on regarding my Las Vegas Gift & Furniture Show experience.
A view of a typical French themed kitchen above. Complete with pastels and rustic looking pots and pans.

The French country theme includes rustic looking furniture with slightly faded or worn fabrics. Mixing and matching dark and white furniture also goes well with the theme.  Pastel yellows, greens, blues, black and white accessories are the perfect accents when decorating any room. Accessories such as French ceramics can be placed throughout your living room on the mantel, side tables, and cabinets.

A typical French themed is ceramic roosters and lemons on the kitchen counter very popular in French décor.

Sunflowers are also very favored in the French culture as seen below.

A typical French country themed living room with lots of pillows and lots of textures.  Parsons Interiors would recommend a little less would give it a new French twist and less clutter.

Back in the 16th and 17th century, the Louise Kings of France had their own style of furniture that differentiated from the others, however, the tradition of the chairs remained fairly similar with minor changes.

The image below is Louis XIII styled chair. This pair is from the 19th century with newly updated upholstery early Louis XIII straight back, curved arms and turned legs.

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Feng Shui and Travel

When booking a hotel room consider Feng Shui and the flow of chi when making your requests:

– try to avoid rooms that have the door facing down a long corridor or hallway
– avoid the room right beside the elevator or hotel-restaurant

Once in the room check to see where the mirrors are located.  If there is one facing the bottom of the bed, then you can drape a scarf or pillowcase over it, for a better sleep.  If you have a room with 2 beds you can take the bed farthest from any mirrored closet doors that are facing the bed.

Look for a hotel that is not right on the highway, however, if it is, then book a room at the back of the hotel where it is quieter. 

When away for longer periods of time, bring things that remind you of your home and family.  Usually smaller objects are easy to pack and you can place them on the dresser or table in the room. 

In the morning or at night, take a few minutes to appreciate your surroundings and show your gratitude by saying ”thank you” to the universe for insuring your safe travels!

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