Archive for August, 2012

Kid Stuff

Written by on 31st August 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

One of my most exciting projects at the moment is the re-decoration of a newborn baby boys room and that of  his toddler sister.  As often happens, Baby Mamma and I started out talking about the boys room ,looking at some options and then we added the girls room to the project too. I love that!

Today I ordered some art from and Etsy which are invaluable sources when working with out of town clients. Using sites like these I can show exactly what I like for their room and they can choose yay or nay.  I also like them for the affordability because in a baby’s room you are realistically choosing pieces that are likely to change in the next couple years.

You can click below to see how the boys room started with a request for an Orange and Brown scheme and then morphed into something a little less Orange and Brown :)

Here’s a couple other favourite things that I will run by Baby Mamma soon and see what she thinks

 One of these Candy Lamps I found at

Or this Flokati Rug from IKEA that would make floor time more cushy.

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Million Dollar Listing LA Starts Thursday Aug 30th

Written by on 30th August 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

Don’t miss a second of the drama this season on Million Dollar Listing LA.  Oh Madison, Josh and the other Josh provide no end to the entertainment.


Love it!!!! Starts Tonight…Yay the shows are back the shows are back!!!!

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Closet Case

Written by on 30th August 2012 in Blog POSTS with 4 Comments

I don’t bill myself as an organizer per se, but I am a hungry designer looking for chances and challenges. So I’ll take that closet case and make it fan-frickin-tastic!

hmmm…. where to start, cuz it doesn’t look like this folks! (seriously who has this?)

Closets By Design


It is actually pretty modest, but this helps keep the wardrobe in check right?!  Red mark ups show where the existing hanging racks are located. Pretty Basic. (Pics to come soon)

So, I’m going to do what anyone would do…scour the earth for pretty pictures of closets that I like, figure out the commonality and then bring that design board to life!  I found a couple already…


Uh huh, OK, liking the white so far, and oooh the colour coordination. I dig it.



OK the centre island is a bit much but I’m liking the open feeling, and again with the white! I’m taking notes….this is going to be fun!

More on this closet case as it goes… What’s the deal with your closet? Is it a showpiece or shameful? Or somewhere in between?

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Comfort Zone

Written by on 28th August 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Doing some art shopping for clients online tonight…saw this…kind of fitting for me at the moment!

Hope you are having a great day at the end of your comfort zone:)

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Written by on 28th August 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week I found an Inukshuk carving that would be a great accessory for anyone’s bookshelf.  Soapstone carvings by Inuit artists are usually very expensive. But this one, from a little known artist, is totally reasonable. Check it! (Pic is the link as usual)

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Future Fabric Watch – 2013

Written by on 27th August 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

As the New York International Gift Fair NYIGF wrapped up last week I had to check out the winners in the textile categories, ….you know…being the fabric fanatic that I am.  So what does the future look like according to NYC taste makers and people in the know? THE PAST.  Don’t be discouraged the fabrics are stylish and comforting nonetheless.  As fall is creeping in I kind of love these images and what they represent for the upcoming season. Here are my three faves from the winners circle in the categories 1. overall, 2. bedding and 3. Home Decor.

In the Home Decor category, US based Hedgehouse has come up with this comfy cushion called a Throw Bed for use inside or out.

What is a Throw Bed? Its a down and fiber filled cushion that’s the same size as a twin bed, 40″x70″ yet weighs only 4lbs. The cushion is covered in a removable and washable linen or cotton cover. It comes to you rolled up in a matching bag with a shoulder strap. Its completely portable and very versatile.

I like any company that encourages napping in the future.


I am also totally smitten with Peacock Alley, one of the Bedding category runner ups. Love this slightly masculine Duvet.


And last, but not least, the overall winner, and winner in in the bath category, is Alpaca wizard Alicia Adams.  Her fashions and home decor offerings are heavenly. I’m actually thinking about getting an Alpaca after surfing her site.  Look at these throws!


So there it is. The future is looking like the past. Familiar & friendly, natural colours and textures… not so bad right?

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Crib Crush – Eclectic Bloom

Written by on 24th August 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

Allison Bloom, of Dehn Bloom Design designed her home with flea market finds, classic white elements and clean modern lines.  Photos from California Home via

I am such a fan of the High / Low mix that I just have to share interiors that do it well.  This space is a lesson in editing…I need to study it!! Enjoy.

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I’m a Guest at Amanda Forrest Design Group

Written by on 23rd August 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Hi peeps.  I’m so happy to direct you to a new post (hopefully a series) on the Amanda Forrest Design Group Blog!  I’m taking incredible interiors and sourcing all the goodies here in Victoria and Vancouver just for you! Well, and me too. Hop over and show some love so maybe I can stick around for awhile!

 Amanda Forrest Design Group is a Victoria based design firm providing outstanding Interior Design, Staging, Event Planning and Styling to clients in BC and across Canada. Her star is on the rise…and if she looks familiar it’s because you’ve seen her on the Marilyn Denis Show and all the promos are on right now for the new season. Check her out!


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Shameless Self Promotion

Written by on 22nd August 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

My new office is featured on Emily Clark’s Blog today. Tell me I’m not excited :) Click the banner to go see!

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Luv Letters

Written by on 22nd August 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I’m still loving me some Industrial letters from my post last week on Industrial Eclectic.

Source – Apartment Therapy


Remember…not too many!  One will usually do the trick.  Complete your eclectic (ever so slightly industrial) interior with one of these lovelies…These ones below are from Watson & Co via fab.

Locally, I have found them at Trade Roots on Herald St. in Victoria  too! Check them out.

Some More Letter Love…

Diane Keaton Loves them – Architectural Digest

Desire to Inspire

Don’t forget Etsy as a great source for Vintage Letter Inspiration!

If you Love it Buy It!

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