SIMPLE ELEGANCE - This large master bathroom in a Parkland Builders Group Limited show home in Laredo shows that simple colours with the right accents can make a space come alive.

Thoughts on Trump’s decor, painting and building community

Whether you love or despise Donald Trump you have to admit he creates conversation and opinions wherever he appears. His presence has become so enormous that some call him a game-changer and others call him the devil. It is what marketing experts call the ability to fascinate and the new president has definitely figured out how to captivate and fascinate!

I don’t know if they have just hired the same decorator over the years or if his homes are simply a trademark style or an attempt to be as ostentatious as possible, but Trump has a style. Opulence and gold, lots of gold.

Columns and large sculptures to rival the Vatican abound, all adorned in pure gold. There is more marble in his home than in most church alters in the world and Mr. Trump certainly loves to make his statements big and bold.

The photos I have seen are visually full and I can only imagine what a visual overload it would be seeing it in person. After too much time in a decorated space with every inch crammed full it can be natural to want a visual break from all the stimulation.

I think glamour is about what is not stated more than what is being shouted in your ear. I’m not sure what control the President has over the decorating and design of the White House but if history has any bearing on his decorating choices, keep watch for those iconic pillars outside the White House to soon be gilded in gold!

Paint night is all the rage

While I have never been (after two failed attempts to go), I have seen many invites across my social media and email in box. Women everywhere are excited to go and relax in a local pub, have a few beverages and to paint like Picasso.

It seems like the perfect girls’ night out yet it fills me with fear as I have never been able to draw or paint anything artistic my entire life. I propose a paint night at my house.

Snacks will be provided as well as plenty of wine once we have prepped and painted my guest bathroom (the next project I am working on).

Doesn’t that sound wonderful? It sure does to me as I will get my bathroom painted in one short evening and get to spend time with people that I love.

Building community

It is the time to get by with a little help from our friends and to be bold and humble in asking for help. We all have a handful of wonderful people in our lives and it is time to start to trust that people have our best interests at heart. Let’s all give of our times and talents to make people’s lives a little easier.

My circle of friends and I have joked for years about living in a community where one does the cleaning and one does cooking and so forth – right down to the childbearing!

From decorating to discovering who has what you need and asking for their help, you can create a functional and fun community around you of people who fit your needs like a puzzle piece (and vice versa).

With that community-minded message being thrown at you; who is coming to my paint night?

You won’t walk away with your own canvas but will have the satisfaction of helping out and the glow of a really good girls’ night.

Kim Wyse is a Central Alberta designer. Find her on facebook at ‘Ask a Designer/Ask a Realtor’.

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