Interior Decorating


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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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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New Trends and Styles From High Point


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

I had the opperunaty to attend a few this month, here is few outlines on what’s hot in the next few years.

Two of my semners were with one of the  top designers, Jane Lockhart, who’s well known and extremely talented.  She presented some spring design tips and her new line Jane by Jane Lockhart which will be available at some retail stores and designers. Some of the design tips shared were that we will be seeing a lot of colour and pattern. She talked about graphics, geometric, and the all time favourite stripes. You will also see a lot of furniture with the nail head treatment and tufting and contrast piping, a very Coco Chanel look  and once again yellow metal is showing up as in brass and copper. If you haven’t watched mad man, please do it. The decor, the clothes, and lets not forget the hair, are all coming back. The only think thats not is the smoking. As for colour, there is an abundance with Pantonne’s Colour of the Year being Emerald Green leading the way, you will also be seeing lots of oranges, yellows and blues being shown as colours for 2013 and 2014.  One can start small with the accessories to add colour to our neutral larger pieces, as you get brave you can move to larger pieces.


We also see mirrored case goods and star bust mirrors which really help to expand a space and add some great bling to the design, it’s all about the bling this trend. Parsons Interiors is showcasing some beautiful lamps with diamond studs, come in for a visit.

We at  Parsons Interiors selected mostly grey and light neutral pieces, which I am personally fond of, but there is a myriad of colourful and patterned fabrics available to have smaller custom pieces created to work with your neutrals. If you are ready to go full out of your comfort zone the pieces below are in our showroom can definitely be fabricated in a bright and colourful pattern!

Lots of nailhead trim and tufting as seen below… The colour we are hearing about will be seen in accessories for many people.


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Christmas Decoration Ideas  For Your Mantel

This winter seasons the power of  sliver is in. We all want to make our home stunning for Christmas.

The fire place is where we hang our stocking for Santa to stock our presents in. The fire place should be one of the main focal points in the room at Christmas time. One marvellous look this year is decorating with Christmas balls adding lots of drama and sparkle, and it’s so easy and inexpanceive.

First off , I would like you to go beyond the green and red pallet you see everywhere, every year. One example is I arranged a delightful fairy tale look with some white and silver Christmas ornaments with some silver pine cones in glass vases of varying heights. This kind of look gives out the cheerfulness fresh  new look to see in this Christmas season.  Beside the glass vases I have put down a chic mirrored Christmas trees with a sister reindeer with same designs from the Christmas trees accessories. Keep in mind colours and patterns should always have a relationship with something else in the room and in this case on our mantel.

For our second addition to my mantel is I added some white candle holders that are very classic looking with cream coloured round candles of different heights resting on the candle holders for when they are lit, you get the astonishing warm pleasurable feel in your home.

Lastly I have placed two metal silver urns on ether side of my fire place; I have decorated them with the same colour pallet I used on the mantel, silvers and whites. I have added some oomph  by using sparkly sequences large decorative balls little birds on my silver glittery twigs.

Changing your house info home, Have a Merry Christmas from Parsons Interiors

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Thank you so very much for attending our Grand Opening of our decorating studio, on Friday, September 28 th.

I can’t express how much it meant to celebrate with you all.

On behalf of the Parsons Interiors, staff and Jackie Connolly, we loved seeing you and can’t wait to see with you at the studio again.

You are be able to enjoy photos from the Grand Opening and video done by John Goldstein see if you can see your self and friends that attended.

Please go to on our Face Book Page and like us

Pick up the South Mississauga Snap and the West magazine in Nov and see who you may know in the crowed.



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 Time to Fall in Love…Colour Trends and  Decorating for Fall 2012  continue

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Spring showers bring summer flowers. I’m so looking forward to flowers breaking through the ground and seeing the buds on the trees. A little tip while waiting for the flowers to come through is… some inexpressive silk flowers and put them in the soil. This will give you instant colour till the flowers bloom.

The summer I was getting married it rained all summer with having a back yard wedding; I had come up with this idea.

If you are putting a water fountain in your yard, make sure the water is running towards your home and not away from your home. Water represents the flow of money with Feng Shui and you don’t want the flow of money going away from you. Also, don’t let the water get stagnant. Keep it clean and fresh.

If you are putting pathways in your yard/garden, they should be curved and not straight.

Keep hedges and tree branches trimmed back and not overcrowding windows, doorways or pathways. This is not only a good design reason but a security one as well.

Land or property that slopes down in the back of the house should be anchored with hedges. The best grading is to have it a little higher in the back of the house and slowly running downward toward the front of the house and street.

It’s all about you…your desires….your dreams…we make them come true.

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There are many television shows today that focus on home staging.
They all say the same thing: do not even consider putting your house on the
market until you have taken a close look at its condition. Experienced
sales people know that you only have one shot at impressing potential buyers, so take some time
to prepare your home for showings. You will be rewarded with a faster sale and a higher offer.

Start with the Basics
Start by having a garage sale and eliminate clutter any unused item that you will not be taking to your new home.
Everything from floors to windows must be spotless, including the garage and don’t forget the basment.
Remember to clean the oven and other major appliances.

Outside Tasks
Clean the drain gutters. Buyers almost always comment if gutters are full of leaves and it
makes them question other maintenance issues.
Store or organize items that make the yard look messy.
Make your front entry inviting. Decorate it, paint the door or buy a new door. It’s the first look
at your house, so make it a good one.

Tips for Vacant Homes
Vacant homes often have a stale or mildew-laden smell in the air.
As soon as buyers smell mildew or unpleasant orders, they are out the door. Deal with the mildew and orders before you list the house.

Leaving the heat or air conditioning running while a home is on the market it reduces odors
and makes the house more inviting. We can talk about this is more details if this occurs.
Keep the lawn and landscaping tidy, even if you have to hire someone to do it.

Don’t Take it Personally
The first step is to separate yourself from any personal feelings you may have about your home.
It’s not your home now; it’s a commodity you intend to market. As the seller, you must trust
your own instincts. Try to evaluate your house as if you are seeing it for the first time.

If you were a home buyer, what would you think about the house?

What changes would make immediate improvements?

What are the home’s best features and how can you show them off?

How about a look that says “comfort” warm and inviting.

Create a Mood
Is there a mood that you’d like to create? If you’re near water, how about breezy
fabrics and blue-green colors that remind us of the beach?
Study the house, brainstorm, and speak to me we can make the ideas possible.

Pack It Up
Pack away most of the things you are taking with you any ways, after all you are moving.
I will gave you ideas on what should stay and what should be packet up. Buyers should be able to imagine their own possessions in the home. When home buyers start deciding how their furniture will fit into your rooms, you’re on your way to having a sold sign on your lawn.

Make It More Spacious
Remove excess furniture to make rooms appear more spacious, this is what we can go over in a consultation.
Clean and organize the closets.

Store boxes in an out of the way location or rent a temporary storage unit so you can de-clutter every part of the house.

Expose Desirable Features
Some times we may have to remove rugs if they’re covering up nice hardwood floors.
Remove heavy drapes that keep out natural light, especially if there’s a great view out the windows.

Add Some Life
Plants go hand-in-hand with nearly any home staging theme.

Freshen Up
How about a coat of fresh paint? Are walls in the house dingy? Are the colours dated?
Once Jackie Connolly picks the right colour for the house, we can move forward.
Jackie has experienced trade painters that work with her. This will make your live a lot easier.

Create a Mood
Bake bread during showings, or place a fresh loaf in a basket on the counter to create a warm and homey atmosphere. Have a bowl of apples or lemons in the kitchen.

Classical music playing softly in the background is nice, but choose something that enhances the mood you are trying to create. Light some candles that are in a glass jar make sure that they are not left unattended.

Essential Curb Appeal

Having some urns with seasonal flower arrangements is inviting, this is some thing that Jackie
makes for my clients you then can take them with you to your new home. This is a service that
she offer my clients. The urns can be changed seasonal.

In addition to keeping the lawn nicely trimmed, there are other elements you can add to grab
a buyer’s attention before they walk in the door: Use outdoor lighting.

It does wonders in the evenings when many homebuyers drive-bys your property.
Buy an attractive doorknob set.
Sweep the driveway; pressure wash the house or sidewalks if necessary, in enhance the landscaping.

A great overall first impression is often enough to make a buyer fall in love with your house as soon as they see it from the street.

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Grey is back in full swing
Sound dull and dreary? It is the perfect backdrop to just about any color palette you chose to go with it. Don’t forget there are many shades and tints of grey.
• You see it everywhere: bedding upholstery, walls and of course fashion.
• Gray remains sophisticated, classy and rich feeling.
• Works well in masculine and feminine settings.
• Fits with traditional and contemporary genres.
• Conservative in uncertain times when you can’t afford to make a mistake.
• Takes on the look of surrounding hues.
• Perfect with vivid colors and pastels.
• Considered the new beige.
• Looks organic (think driftwood, sea shells, stones in a brook).
• Works well with stainless steel appliances.
• Looks great with brushed nickel.
• Considered now the “in” color for bridesmaids.
• Even goes with beige and looks fabulous with dark chocolate.
• Many shades available but know in advance whether your gray is warm or cool. If warm, mix with warm colors. If cool, mix with cool colors.
• As always, test before.
• And of course you can always call me for advice.
Colour consultation is one of the services that I offer.

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