March 30, 2011

Modern Family

OK, So it’s Wednesday and that means Modern Family is on tonight.  If you are like me you notice the set design of your favourite TV shows and movies, and so I thought you might appreciate a walk through Phil and Claire’s house.  The set directors for Modern Family describe the house as a Pottery […]

March 28, 2011

Ojai Ranch – Two Looks

I read that Reese Witherspoon got married this weekend. She’s cute enough, although I wouldnt say I’m necessarily a fan. But the news of her nuptials, and particularly the location, did trigger a memory in my mind, and that is that Reese bought the house/estate that Kathryn Ireland remodeled for her book “Creating a Home” in Ojai California. […]

March 27, 2011

Book Brag

I got a new book!! (Thank you Kelly!!) Undecorate is a new book celebrating the style and design sense of “regular”people.  It challenges the idea of designers coming into spaces and creating rooms for clients to move into, and instead highlights some well chosen interiors created by people with guts and a sense of personal […]

March 25, 2011

Bedroom by Numbers

Ive been away for a few days dealing with renovation appointments and house guests.  In the meantime there have been lots of changes at this big old house, changes I am excited to share with you in the weeks to come.  An easy fix (and spring pick me up) is a re-do of my bedding & pillows.  I’ve […]

March 21, 2011

Open A Window

This weekend the sun shone on the west coast in a way that it hasn’t for months and I officially welcomed Spring!  Seeing this open window in a series of pictures from House Beautiful evoked a strong desire in me to air everything out and eagerly await the warmer weather. The symbolism, beyond the promise of […]

March 18, 2011

Robshaw and Lucky Brand

I don’t normally post on fashion, since I’m one of those reclusive nerdy types who goes out once a month. But….a few weeks ago I introduced you to one of my favourite textile designers, John Robshaw, and today I’m showing you the Spring 2011 line from Lucky Brand Jeans that he collaborated on. Nice! Makes even […]

March 16, 2011

Kelim Scene

Kelim or Kilim rugs are flat weave rugs or prayer mats that originate in central Asia and date back thousands of years. I am currently shopping for a Kelim rug and I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned and, of course, some pretty pictures. These historical textiles are immensely popular today and although many […]

March 16, 2011

Ikea and the Island

When doing a home renovation project one learns the vitrue of patience and the hard lesson that you cannot control everything.  As a researcher and design buff I assure you that I researched my kitchen options thoroughly and no combination of sales or products at island stores can beat the prices at Ikea for kitchen […]

March 14, 2011

Kool Kid Art

I’ve spent some time recently researching Art pieces for baby and childrens rooms and I have to say…. YAWN. Most everything is s0000o predictable and really not that inspiring.  Decals seeem to still be a  hot trend, but I’m not really feeling it so  I’ve found a few pieces I think would rock a kid/baby space so here […]

March 13, 2011

Strength & Courage for Japan

My thoughts are with everyone affceted by the horrible earthquake, tsunami and related disasters in Japan.

March 11, 2011

Anthropological Research

Did you hear? About the new concept store from Anthropologie opening on March 24th? The idea is a workshop space to inspire creativity and spending !  For those of us who don’t live in the states an interactive decorator shop is also opening on their website on March 17th so don’t be sad peeps. Looks like a cool […]

March 10, 2011

Designer Garage Sale

The new Vancouver Island Chapter of the Interior Designers Institute of BC (IDIBC) is organizing a Designer Garage Sale to raise funds for their team participating in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer this June. Designers, manufacturers, and suppliers have been asked to clean out their workrooms, warehouses, showroom , storage lockers, offices and homes for the […]

March 9, 2011

Entry Hall – My Take

As promised, I am going to share some posts over the next few weeks demonstrating how to achieve my casual eclectic style in Victoria.  I have put together a mood board to show you how I might interpret an entry hall in my style using items that are available from Victoria retailers, or online.  The entryway […]

March 8, 2011

Halibut Heaven

My weekend was well spent.  I helped a good friend find an awesome dress and was rewarded with an amazing Halibut burger from Ferris Oyster Bar and Grill downtown. Thank YOU Thank You Thank You Sandy! Ive been teasing my husband with tales of its delectability so I expect to go back with him…. hmmm….. […]

March 7, 2011

Hang Ups & Gallery Walls

One of my “to do” list items after the dust from our reno settles is to create a gallery wall.  Many people shy away from creating a gallery wall because they are unsure about the spacing, measuring etc. Fear not, there are some simple solutions to the logistical questions (see steps below) and the good news […]

March 4, 2011

Island Food Tasting

    Culinaire is your chance to experience the best restaurants and purveyors of fine food and beverage our region has to offer. Presenters from Victoria, The Cowichan Valley, and Saltspring Island will be serving their inspired creations and signature dishes for you to try. You will discover new restaurants and specialty items, sample from […]

March 3, 2011

Say it Right

You’ve been reading your magazines and researching your favourites but how the heck do you pronounce some of those names?  Are you a little shy to speak the words in a store or showroom?  I’ve heard a few pronounciations that I was sure were off, but who am I to say, right?  Well you and […]

March 2, 2011

Reveling in John Robshaw

Uh oh, I know I know not another fabric post! but I can’t help it. My heart beats faster I fall in love with these textiles and I feel like it’s my duty to share them with you and to convince my husband that more pillows and duvet covers are needed because…. While I work on […]

March 1, 2011

Woman Who Works It!

I recently discovered a wood worker and artist near my home on Vancouver Island who does amazing cabinetry and custom wood pieces. Her name is Sheryl and I enjoyed talking to her so much on the phone that I can hardly wait to finish my current weekend projects so I can go spend some time […]