April 29, 2011

Peaceful Bedroom – My Take

A couple months ago I promised a virtual house tour with local shopping tips so here is the second instalment…a bedroom.  This bedroom seems so peaceful and the bed so welcoming that I thought it deserved to be recreated. There are a couple things about this room that make it special. First it has carpet whereas […]

April 28, 2011

Yard Sale iPhone App

Of course there’s an app for that!  I spent some time last week gathering  information (old school) on local flea markets and sales to compile a comprehensive page on the website…but of course…sigh…. there’s an app for that called Yard Sale Mapper, and it’s free!! The app uses craigslist and other forms of adverstising to locate the sales […]

April 27, 2011

“N”eat Console Table

In my ongoing quest for personal and unusual design and decor elements I stumbled across this beauty on the qerat blog. It’s a little too contemporary for my house right now….but someday how cool would that be?  These quirky and individual pieces are what make a space extra special..I hope you find some! Contact me […]

April 26, 2011

Fireplace Facelift

Within weeks of moving in I wanted to re-do the fireplace, but these things take time…Here is the before shot – forgive the paint samples… First thing to do was remove the old tiles. Not difficult they were glued on, and not very well I might add! Check out my drywall repair job..sweet. Next we […]

April 21, 2011

Where Have You Been?

I love these old transit style posters and I found a store on etsy that will customize them for you. So for example you could list all the places you have lived, or the places you want to viist…very cool. Check him out! (The pic is the link as usual) Contact me if you want […]

April 20, 2011

Faux Pass

My Fire Place will be completed this weekend! And I thought I would take a little time to explain the process for any of you do it yourselfers out there. First I researched the materials. There are a number of faux stone products available through your local big box stores but I ordered a sample from […]

April 18, 2011

Trad Home is Here

I told you about this magazine a couple months ago and here it is.

April 15, 2011

Flea Markets

I created a new page up at the top to keep a handy record of local flea markets. I will add some dedicated farmers markets as well once we get further into the season.  Hope these are helpful!   Flea Fact:   Did you know that you would call a flea market a “trash and treasure market” […]

April 15, 2011

Second Chances

Who doesn’t want a second chance?  These old and sometimes damaged rugs are getting a second chance from Rug dealers who over dye, or sew together remnants to make what is old…new again. Check out these funky examples of recycling, or “up-cycling” antique carpets. I like this!  The rugs below are called “second life” rugs […]

April 13, 2011

Oh Suzani

So what is a Suzani? It is an elaborate embroidered textile, usually cotton or silk that was traditionally used as a dowry gift to the groom on his wedding day. The Suzani tradition grew out of the ancient silk road textile trade and continues to represent popular themes of home, love and kinship through its designs. […]

April 11, 2011

Creative Art

As I decorate and furnish this big old house I am always searching for inexpensive ideas and design solutions.  My most recent online hunt involved some art/photography or anything creative that was somewhat related to our life past/present/future.  I started with the obvious (Beautiful BC), and to be honest I didn’t range far from this […]

April 8, 2011


Today is my husband’s birthday, Happy Birthday Babe!  He sure puts up with a lot and it got me thinking about all the funny things that men (husbands of clients) say about deisgn and decor.  Sometimes they have an opinion, sometimes not. So let’s have a chuckle and re-visit some pure gold designer wife and […]

April 7, 2011

Day Tripping

I spent yesterday in Vancouver running some errands and picking up my favourite Indian Food along the way.  I checked out a fantastic home decor fabric store called Arlene’s.  Really nice, you should go ! My Canine companion and I enjoyed the sunny day and some down time as we waited for the ferry in […]

April 6, 2011

Mad About Uzbek

Textiles from Uzbekistan are still one of the hottest trends and I confess that yes,  I’m a dedicated follower.  I like to think I’m immune to trendy “of the moment” fads, but I’m feeling this one big time!  You don’t have to look far for Ikat designs these days, but what are they and how do […]

April 5, 2011

Instagram for iPhone

  You have to get this one! It’s a photo share app, It’s free and it’s awesome. I love that you can take a picture with your iPhone and add any number of filters – I like the aged looking ones and then send to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr – It’s photo sharing, reinvented.  Check it […]

April 4, 2011

Sweet Seat

Craigslist Rocks, that’s all I can say. And if you have the skills to bargain and the means to get an item home…all the better! I recently hauled two heavy wood chairs home for a steal and when I got them home K-Man was quite interested in the new smells. Yuck, who knows what was on […]

April 3, 2011

Totem-ally Awesome

Ive been eyeing these totem cups for awhile and Ive seen them in many stores, both here and on the mainland,… most recently in Rebel Rebel on Johnson.  If you know me, you know that my historical research interests are in Canadian First Nation history and culture, so these are a natural fit for me.  They’re made […]

April 2, 2011

Foto Frame Up

Even for those of us who are confident about our design abilities the assembly of a gallery wall can be intimidating…You know it could be cool, or a total mess.  I posted awhile back on the technique and here is my first attempt this weekend.  Note** that I had several other pieces set aside for this project […]