History of Design Series: The Bauhaus School

Design series | Floorscapes

So much about how design works can be learned from the past, which is why we decided to study up on our history with this series of blogs. We’ve already covered the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movement. The next movement to pave the way to Modern design was the Bauhaus Movement which started in 1919 in Germany.

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3 Simple Ways to Warm Up Your Space

Simple Ways to Warm Up Your Space

But with the cold enveloping the building, trying to creep into the window, sometimes you need to bring in the reinforcements and make your space feel even warmer for the winter. So, courtesy of our in-house interior designer Kayla Osborne, here are 3 simple ways to warm your space: plants, cushions and throws, and area rugs. 

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Hardwood or Carpet Stairs?


If you’re putting new floors in your Calgary home and you have a stairway, you might have a dilemma on your hands. Should you put carpet or hardwood on the stairs? Sometimes the choice isn’t obvious. If you have carpet upstairs and hardwood on the main floor you can go with either.

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Art Nouveau


Contemporary design is built on a historical foundation. It uses many tried and tested principles from the past— balancing form and function, exploring the effects of colour, combining objects from the past and present and using images and symbols to create meaning. Read up on the Art Nouveau movement and how it has influenced contemporary design.

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Arts & Crafts

Art and crafts

So much about how design works can be learned from the past, which is why we decided to study up on our history and pay homage to the history of design with this series of blogs. Let’s begin with the first movement to pave the way to Modern design, the Arts & Crafts movement of the mid 1800s.

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Biophilic Design

Biophilic Design

In the world of flooring, nothing compares to the grace of natural materials: Hardwood, Stone Tile, Cork and Wool Carpet. Most would agree that they make a space feel more warm, inviting and even peaceful. The interesting thing, is that this isn’t just a feeling you get… it is a biological response. More and more evidence is surfacing that reveals the way in which Nature’s presence in human-made spaces positively affects the body and brain.

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3 Design Tips from Tommy Smythe

Design tips

At this year’s Calgary Fall Home Show, we at Floorscapes got the chance to learn a few tips from Designer-guru, Tommy Smythe. During his presentation at the Fall Home Show, he talked about combining contemporary and traditional decor, designing a unique space for yourself, being courageous and most importantly, seeking out specialists. If you’re planning a renovation or simply want to redecorate, here are some very useful tips straight from the horse’s mouth.

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Sarah Richardson: 3 Simple Design Principles

Living room interior

She confessed to her Calgary audience that she sticks to some pretty simple principles. Thankfully, she was happy to disclose those in the name of her encouraging homeowners to “live in style and love their homes”. Here are three of our favorites and how flooring fits into the picture.

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What is Foothills Style?

Beautiful scene

At Floorscapes we identify with the Calgary Foothills, and we know there is a unique Foothills’ style in Alberta. But, what is it exactly?… We envision a mix of history and Modern design.

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The Official Comeback of Wallpaper


A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of blist.

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