November 29, 2012

Book It

If someone on your list is obsessed with Interior design like me (and probably like you too) here’s a couple books that have recently come out that are sure to please. Nate / Thom / Steven / Eric / Salvage Secrets / Rough Luxe

November 28, 2012

For the Love of Tea

Here are some more great gift ideas from local Tea Companies! Who wouldn’t love one of these! Click around onto the pictures I’ve linked everything up for your viewing pleasure!

November 27, 2012


This week I’m playing a waiting game with my Used Victoria selection to see if this little fella is still available next weekend. Maybe I’ll go to Duncan and get him. I’m digging the feet & legs, the price and the fact that it’s a little bit of a project….but not too hard. What do […]

November 26, 2012

Take a Coffee Break – Local Coffee Gift Ideas

I love everything on this post today, the only thing it needs is some vanilla sugar and it’s darn near perfect! How’s your shopping going? I hope these local lists are helping you get creative and SHOP LOCAL:) Sources mugs / tamper / Salt Spring Coffee / knockbox / Breville /

November 25, 2012

Picking Pictures

My two worlds collided recently when one of my clients inquired about historical photos and whether we could find some for her place. (you may or may not know that I am both a professional historical researcher AND interior decorator extraordinaire) I said “Uhhh YEAH!”   So, I have been spending a little more time in […]

November 23, 2012

Pillow Contest Winner!

There were 25 entries including multiples….Thanks everybody! and Congrats to Angela S! Your submission naming the pillow “500 hundred miles” was the winner! Send me a private message on Facebook with your address and I’ll mail it to you! Cool back story… Angela used to live next door to me when we were little…way back […]

November 21, 2012

What to Buy for the Beer Guy

I know a few guys that love Beer. What better way to say Happy Holiday than a cold case of craft beer and a salty homemade snack! Sources 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 /

November 20, 2012


This tUSEDay I spotted a designer light for sale on Used Victoria. It’s a beauty by Designer Tom Dixon. If you’re looking for a light for your entryway, a powder room etc. This would be a great choice. It does retail for $641 + tax locally so it is a bargain if it is in […]

November 19, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies

Wow! It’s full on Christmas in the stores…. it makes me feel a little panicky that I haven’t done a thing in terms of gifts for friends and family.  So as I plot and plan my holiday line up..I’ll share some of my ideas and my favourites with you too. Of course, I love shopping […]

November 15, 2012

Industrial Christmas – Holiday Decorating Tips

Industrial and Christmas don’t really go together in most people’s minds. But I love to decorate with a little edge and the trend toward oversize and industrial pieces is not slowing down so I think it will be useful to try to incorporate what we’ve got in boxes in the crawl space with what is […]

November 14, 2012

Subway Sign DIY

If you were one of the lucky peeps who joined us down at the Trade Roots Store in October to make Subway Signs…it was soooo nice to meet you! I had a blast and since my sample signs got hi-jacked by the store (just kidding – I let them have’em) I had to make another […]

November 13, 2012

NicName – The Pillow Fight You Can Win!

I hope you had a great long weekend and that you’re ready for my first ever free pillow giveaway contest! I’m calling it NicName…and here’s why.  If you’ve ever visited my Etsy pillow shop you may have noticed that all my pillows are named after an 80’s hit song that played on the radio while […]

November 12, 2012

Use What You Got – A Decorator’s Holiday Tips

Decorators Tip #1 – FIND it and FILL it The holiday decorating season is upon us and since I help other people with their residential decorating I have to be on the ‘ornamental ball’ in my own place! My first holiday decorating tip is to USE WHAT YOU GOT, shop your own house for real!  […]

November 9, 2012


Remembrance – By Andy Everson

November 7, 2012

My Chintz Wish List

I have a serious crush on a few pieces at Chintz & Co right now.  Which reminds me,  did you know about the insane sale happening there right now? Walk don’t run peeps! serious! Check out these lovelies …. the tall dark and handsome Meurice Lamp and the Madison Console where I could mix up […]

November 7, 2012

Flipping Out – New Season

Jeff Lewis is Back! I’ve waited patiently and filled the void with other nonsense TV shows. But this one’s the real deal. Season 6 starts in Canada Thursday Nov 8th at 6 PM PT on Slice. I heard he ‘s threatning to fire Zoila! (Pic is the link as usual)

November 6, 2012


If you’re new…each Tuesday is USED day here on the blog. I track down the best deals for you on Used Victoria…and sometimes I even buy them myself. It’s a sickness. Who’s looking for a mid century weekend project? If you want some help with fabric selections you know you can ask me right?  I […]

November 5, 2012


My pillow repertoire just expanded with the arrival of my Missoni fabric this weekend! Stay tuned for the fabulousness. Oh, and welcome to November, Movember daylight savings and the like…it kind of sprung up on me! This month I’ll do a pillow giveaway here on the blog…more on that later in the week…we must all […]

November 3, 2012

CANDY tray

This weekend I dumped most of the Halloween Candy into my fancy new tray (There is still an obscene amount that didn’t fit…but I didn’t want the neighbors to get the wrong idea about me…so I’ll keep it discretely tucked away under my bed in the cupboard.) If any of my personal trainers past/or present […]

November 2, 2012

Quick Fix

In decorating, like in fashion, there are certain pieces that you cannot go wrong with. A white shirt, black dress or a gold tray.  Pier1 sent out a nice little coupon today and featured this Gold tray that I think is a winner. I’m gonna pick one up and it’ll be my quick fix for […]

November 1, 2012

American Beauty

Oooh a new book by one of my favourite interior designers, Thom Filicia,  is coming out Nov 13th.   This book covers the decoration of his house at Finger Lakes, NY and captures his modern and classic American style beautifully. CANT WAIT!   This might be an early holiday gift for myself.  Are you getting […]