If you are thinking of giving your bedroom a make-over, there is no need to start from scratch, simply add or change up your accent pillows!  Easy to do, and won’t break the bank!

Some people love the look of tons of pillows, others prefer a more minimalist approach. There are no rules – you do you!  Here are some examples of how we used accent pillows from past projects.

pillow-talk-corea-sotropa-interior-design-image-3This client loved the look of multiple accent pillows, so we used four different shapes and styles on the bed to create a layered look.  This particular bed and headboard is large enough to handle this many pillows without looking over done.


Sometimes, less is more!  These clients did not want to deal with too many pillows at the end of each day and liked a sleeker look.  A single body pillow is a great way to introduce an accent colour – and easy to replace when you crave a change!


These clients loved the look of a mixture of fun textures and patterns.  Taking our cue from the shape of the headboard, we still layered the pillow shapes and sizes, but the overall height of the pillows is much lower.  We often add a bench at the end of the bed for clients to store the pillows overnight.


These clients wanted a soft, neutral colour for their bedroom, so pillows and accessories were the simplest way to inject colour and personality into the room.

Whether you choose a simple or layered pillow look, it’s a low commitment but high impact transformation!

The Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for their sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!




And now for something completely different!

We were so thrilled when a family we worked with previously in Calgary asked us to help create a cozy and comfortable mountain retreat in their newly purchased Canmore get-away.  The clients were looking for a complete departure from the aesthetic of their primary Calgary residence and wanted a casual yet elegant space without relying too heavily on a clichéd “alpine” look.  We were up for the challenge!

The existing space was builder grade, completely neutral, but had no personality – it was like starting with a blank canvas!  We wanted to create a bold visual backdrop behind the furniture, so custom drapery in a vivid pattern was installed throughout the living room and dining nook.  We chose to carry the line of the nook drapery across the window wall in the living room, only draping the bottom portion of the wall.  This gives our clients privacy, but allows tons of natural light to flood their space.

We think you’ll agree, the results are stunning:


Wanting to incorporate little touches of a traditional rustic ski chalet, we switched the existing nook chandelier with a resin antler fixture.  We chose black ladder back chairs to contrast the large amount of natural wood in the space.


The walls were painted a creamy white –  Benjamin Moore “Hemp Seed” –  keeping the area bright and open, and allowing contrasting colours of furniture and accessories, like the armoire below, to not only “pop” but to practically explode!

canmore-chalet-corea-sotropa-interior-design-image-3A cozy place to curl up après ski was essential.  We added this supple brown leather chair and ottoman and anchored it in the corner of the living room with a small gallery wall of original paintings.


The finished product is a comfortable, warm and casual retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.  We loved flexing our design muscle out in Canmore and are so happy with the results!

The Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for their sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!



The humble nightstand. It’s meant to give us a place to hold all the things we need to reach from the comfort of bed, but it often becomes covered in books, loose change and alarm clocks that can be far from pretty –  ultimately morphing into a “catch all” of clutter.

The good news is – it’s an easy fix!  Spending just a bit of time and money styling a nightstand can make a huge difference in a bedroom.  The first and last thing you see in your day deserves to be pleasing, uncluttered, and a reflection of your taste.

Here are some examples of nightstands we’ve styled over the years:


One of the most important details when styling a nightstand is to ensure proper lighting. This pretty bedroom boasts a gorgeous winged headboard, so we chose a sconce with an adjustable arm to accommodate the depth of the headboard.  We love the look of layered accessories – signature Corea Sotropa detailing!


This bedroom is from our Woodbine project that we featured on the blog a few weeks ago. We had the nightstands custom built narrower than average to accommodate the smallish space.  We added a scalloped backplate to give the illusion of a larger table.


Closed storage by the bed is essential for keeping necessary bedtime knik-knaks out of sight. This table has multiple, deep drawers which can even serve for clothing storage. Because the bedroom is meant to be an intimate sanctuary, the nightstand is an ideal place to display your most cherished mementos and photographs.


We’re in love with this hand-distressed nightstand!  It provides a bold pop of colour into this master suite, and proves that all the furniture in a room does not have to be perfectly matched to work well in a space.

We hope this post gives you some inspiration for your own bedroom sanctuary!

The Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for their sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!

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