Archive for September, 2011


Written by on 26th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

It’s fall, and the not the fall I love where my hair stays straight and I walk around in the cool sunny weather wearing corduroy and sweaters. Noooo this is the pouring rain wet dog smell in the car, no chance of straight hair weather that most west coasters dread, but accept.

Acceptance….In the fall I usually make a wreath for the front door, it’s part decoration and part procrastination because I know there’s lots of other things I could be doing around the house to get ready for winter…but it can wait till next weekend.  I’m inspired by a few cute wreath ideas from DIY diva’s around the net.

like this one made from the pages of books, but could easily be made form wrapping paper, scrapbook paper etc.

And this one which looks like felt..pretty.

Of course I also have my old stand-by’s made of  natural elements, a bit chunky and earthy. That’s how I like’em.

This is the one I made the other day, I embraced the feather trend and incorporated a few. She is called Awreatha or Urethra depending on who you ask in the house:)

All the brown balls etc are two potpourri sets I bought at Superstore for $2 on clearance.  I placed each one and glued them onto a willow wreath…and bonus…it smells good when you walk in…that is until the wet dog smell hits you:)   Happy Fall Season!


Don’t forget to click flyerland  to get your michaels coupon. Don’t leave home without it.

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GIANT deal

Written by on 24th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I visited the new kitchen of friends in Victoria this week and had to tell you about the amazing deal they got on their cabinetry.  If you follow me, you know I recently updated part of my old kitchen using Ikea cabinets and let me tell you, I’m a bit jealous.  Not only were these cabinets they bought solid wood but they were delivered to Canada ON TIME.  Like Ikea, you assemble the boxes yourself, but that’s no big deal for decorating junkies like us right!  The only drawback that I can see is that the style selection favours traditional and country style doors…but let’s face it most kitchens are traditional.  Check it out and see for yourself…I’m actually thinking that these cabinets  might work great in a bathroom renovation I have on the radar.  Think outside the box…built in home office…entertainment centre…at these prices  you can afford it.

  • Bets prices I have seen for quality cabinetry
  • Fast Shipping to Canada
  • Excellent customer ratings (my friends are also raving about them)
  • Easy to Assemble
  • Look really great!


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Pic Chick

Written by on 22nd September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Lately Ive been photographing jobs for my portfolio on the new website.  This is a recent bedroom look I did…a little boho /casual.  The website is coming along and I’m looking forward to launching it this fall!

Lamps random score!; Accessories: Winners; Pillow Fabric, Chintz & Co; Pillow made by moi.

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Sham Wow

Written by on 19th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

I spent my Sunday morning lazily drinking coffee and sewing a pillow sample for my online shop.  I haven’t made an announcement yet….but I am planning on migrating this blog to my website (which I am working on) in a few months so that I can focus on my decorating business and incorporate my blogging into the overall website.  The pillows are a logical step because I already get asked to make them for clients, I am a total fabric whore and I actually like sewing …. so it’s a win win.  I have made trips to all my favorite local fabric haunts here and in Vancouver to scout some great fabrics I think all you decor hounds on the island will like.  Here’s the first one I made today. I’ll keep you posted on the progress of my website launch and of course share the fruits of my labour  from the pillow factory in my sewing room:) Have a great week.

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IDSWest 2011

Written by on 10th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Has it been a year already?  I’ll be attending Saturday.

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Fab Fabrics

Written by on 8th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

You can always look to my sidebar on the right for fabric retailers and manufacturers I like, but I read about this one ( in a magazine at the dentist today (blech!… I know) and decided to check them out.  I like some of their stuff, and while the site is beyond plain, they make up for it in a really decent selection and great prices….Oh and of course, they are Canadian.  Here’s my faves from their current selection…(Pics are the links as usual)

Casual Stripes:




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West Elm – FINALLY!

Written by on 6th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

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Written by on 5th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I was a bit of a weekend warrior the last few days…. getting a little sun in my backyard workshop and adding to my freckle collection while using power tools…what could be better!!  I tackled my pottery barn inspired bar this weekend. Here’s how it turned out.

First I lightly sanded it and wiped it down with a tack cloth. Next, I sprayed it with a gray primer coat (always use gray when painting anything red) and then about three coats of Benjamin Moore Bonaparte in a semi gloss finish.  Once I had pretty good coverage with the red I sanded the whole piece roughly and paid special attention to the corners and edges and finished by wiping it down with a tack cloth again.  I wiped minwax Jacobean stain on and off making sure to get the sanded pieces and let is set up overnight.  I finished the bar by coating it with about 6 or 7 coats of satin finish polyurethane (spray – otherwise I’d be crazy right now). And Voila.


Here’s the Inspiration Pic from Pottery Barn….

Here’s how mine turned out…..


Here are the steps in photo’s:

Take a look at some of my other projects below where I have re-invented furniture with paint and a little ingenuity…Let me know if you need some help with your project(s).

Contact me if you would like some help making the place you live a place you love!




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