Tip Tuesday

Oct 1, 2018

Sturdy Design Co. is on the move!

What we tend to love so much about our job is the opportunity to be part of change. It seems to be innate that the heart of an interior design firm can always see new possibility and craves new spaces to explore. Usually we live through our clients creating spaces that offer them fresh ways to live and experience their surroundings. (Dream job…we know!)

This time the urge for ‘new’ got to us.

We are thrilled to announce that we are moving into the Essential Living Design Trade Centre.

The idea of our suppliers bringing in the latest wall papers, rugs, custom furniture and lighting right under our noses seemed to honestly be too good to be true. And working even more closely with our community of suppliers, vendors and fellow designers will allow us to continue to pass on the best service and products to you our clients.

Not only will we be fuelling our creative minds and staying on the leading edge of what is trending we will also have the opportunity to work smarter not just harder. Making the client experience that much smoother. And oh how we love smooth!

This is the beginning of our new chapter and we can’t wait to write you into our story!

Sep 20, 2018


Being in the business for 11 years, our team has had the opportunity to build relationships with some of the top suppliers in the city. CDL Floor Centre is one of our favorite partners because of their commitment to their clients and their vast selection of tile, hardwood, carpet, area rugs and more.

Who knew you could get so excited about carpet and hardwood flooring?! The team at CDL is super passionate about what they do and it shows when they work with all of our clients. Their focus has always been to provide the best service for their customers through their vast product knowledge and being able to make recommendations that best suit the client’s lifestyle. Similar to SDC, they really do want their clients to feel happy and inspired in their spaces.

CDL is a family owned business now being run by the second generation and the value they put on those relationships comes out in the way they respect each and every one of their customers. They would never recommend a product for a customer that they wouldn’t be confident and proud to install in their own homes.

We love having CDL as our flooring partner and always look forward to working with them on all our client projects.

Learn more about CDL @cdlcalgary or www.carpetandflooring.com

Better Homes & Gardens Decorating Book

Jun 19, 2018

As designers today, our resource libraries no longer consist of design books and subscriptions to decorating magazines. We have access to a number of great online tools including design sites, blogs and instagram accounts that we turn to for inspiration.

And while we don’t claim to be book critics, we couldn’t resist sharing this amazing find with all of you. Jeannie first found this book at the Costco in Palm Springs. It is a re-release of the original 1960’s decorating classic, which back in the day was considered the “bible” for injecting style in to American homes. We love the mid-century theme of the book, a look that still remains a classic today. And while a few of the tips involve matching patterned wallpaper and fabrics in a living room or quirky naval and cowboy themed wallpaper, most of the decorating rules outlined in this book still hold true today. Some of our favorite tips include:

“What’s your family’s style preference?”

The writers of the book offer you two choices - Traditional or Contemporary. Today there are many more decorating styles to choose from and while we encourage our clients to not get hung up on a particular “style”, we agree that it is important to think about the look or feel you want to incorporate in to your own space. We also love that they make it a question for the whole family – at Sturdy Design, we strongly believe that a home should tell a story about all the people living in it.

“Area rugs define space with colour”

Area rugs can still be used to separate one area from another and are the perfect way to add warmth and colour to a room. We particularly like how the rug in this photo is sized appropriately to allow all the furniture pieces to sit on it.

“When and where to use accessories”

These are three rules we still use when recommending and sourcing accessories for our own clients and particularly like the reference to using accessories to inject personality in to a space and make it “truly yours”!

If you’re a design and decorating enthusiast or just want a fun book for your coffee table, we encourage you to get a copy of your own. We have copies available for sale at our studio – email us to reserve one today!

Our Design Community

Apr 1, 2018

When we’re not busy with client meetings, site visits and working on projects, we love the opportunity to get out and visit with some of our supplier partners.
Interiors to Inspire

Jennifer & Melissa – the perfect example of when a friendship becomes a thriving and successful business! Both artists, they came up with the idea for ITI after spending time working alongside Jennifer’s mom in Spokane where she ran a studio and hosted classes. Their plan was do the same here in Calgary, but once their work became known they were called upon to create finishes for designers, restaurants and retail spaces in the city.

The process by which these beautiful treatments are created is particularly awe-inspiring. Typically clients will bring pictures or samples of wallpaper of a look that they like and from there a finish is created. Sample boards are done up for clients– but its once the material starts going up on the wall that’s when the magic happens. It never ends up looking like that original wallpaper swatch – the finished product is a one of a kind stunning piece of art.

At SDC we feel that every home should tell the story of the people living in it. And what better way to customize your space and inject some of your own personality then with a beautiful finish from the talented team at ITI.

Check them out @interiorstoinspire or www.interiorstoinspire.com

Jun 6, 2017

Area Rugs 101

Area rugs can be one of the most difficult items to select when designing a space. The right one can be the perfect finishing touch to a room while the wrong one can make that same room feel awkward or incomplete. Through the years we've learned a great deal about selecting the perfect rug and have narrowed it down to three key elements.


Before thinking about size and material, colour has to be the starting point. If you already have a lot of colour and pattern going on in the furniture and fabrics in the room, it is best to stick with a single colour rug, whether neutral or in a shade that complements your existing furnishings. If you are set on a patterned rug with lots of colour, we advise you to choose it first and then add furniture and accessories afterwards.


This is an often overlooked yet important aspect when choosing a rug! A combination of textures adds warmth and richness to a room and the easiest way to achieve that is by paying attention to the rug. If your seating is in a soft fabric like velvet or microfibre, a rug with a very low pile like sisal is a great complement. In contrast, a sleek leather sofa looks best paired with something with a lush deep pile.


This is the part in the rug-choosing game where there are rules and it is best to follow them.

A rug should fit the size of your seating area and be as large as possible within it. While we like seeing all the furniture on the rug in a living or family room, front legs only is a good compromise. In a dining room, size is particularly important as you want to be able to pull the chairs back and still have them sitting on the rug, otherwise you'll always be struggling to lift the chairs on and off. We also love rugs in bedrooms, particularly those with hard flooring surfaces. This is a great way to warm up a room and feels cozy under foot. A rug pulled halfway under the bed as shown here is the ideal installation for a bedroom.

Rug shopping can be challenging especially when you are looking for something specific for your space. Our go-to retailers for area rugs include CDL Flooring and Boft Fine Rugs. CDL carries a beautiful selection of designer rugs including Kate Spade and can do custom rugs for those hard to size rooms. For a more luxurious option, Boft specializes in Persian and Oriental rugs and has a number of options from traditional to modern.

Happy shopping!

The Sturdy Design Co. team