Archive for December, 2012

2012 – Year in Review

Written by on 31st December 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

Happy New Year Peeps! I’m ready to get the new year started and I’m so excited to share some new interior design client projects with you and some great plans for my own house too. Stay with me…it’s going to be a great year!
Refresh your memory, or check me out, by clicking any of the grid months highlighted below.

Fireplace remodel, One Room Challenge Master Bedroom, Kelowna Living and Dining Room, My first article on a local store called Trade Roots, One Room Challenge My Design Studio, My Etsy Pillow Launch, My Subway Sign DIY Workshop, My Subway Sign DIY, Beni Ourain DIY rug project.

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Lights Out – See you in a few days

Written by on 22nd December 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

rejuvination cranbrerry


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New Thrift Store in Victoria

Written by on 19th December 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Photo 2012-12-19 10 09 01 AMOK, if you know me you know that  I’m a hound for a deal…lucky for me my good friends suffer from the same affliction and this week my amazing girlfriend Sandy escorted me to a newish thrift store downtown on Blanshard and Fisgard. It was pouring rain like nobody’s business….and since the world is busy buying last minute xmas gifts we had the whole crazy packed and eclectic place all to ourselves!

” The Right Price” opened about 3 months ago and carries a seriously eclectic selection of Asian, Indian, South American and western furniture and decor.  They are currently working on getting a website up so on days like today when you can’t bear to leave the house…you can still get your shop on. My favourite piece of the day was this coffee table…

Photo 2012-12-19 10 31 56 AM

I took some more hopeless iphone shots in my latte fueled excitement…

right price masghIt was a great store. I bought some apothecary jars and I will definitely bring clients here when we are looking for bargains, DIY projects and ethnic treasures. There are many!  The store will be open Boxing day and they are planning a sale so keep it in mind if you are a die hard vintage freak like me!

Have you been to this place? What did you think? What did you buy?

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Written by on 18th December 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

Holy Bar Cart! Pic is the link as usual


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BC Wine Selections – Local Love

Written by on 17th December 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week I asked my good friend Tracey, who is incidentally a Sommelier in training in the Okanagan, to hook us up with some great BC wines to carry us through the holidays and New Years!  Wine is a great hostess gift and a virtual necessity at dinner and appy parties so take a sec and read through her suggestions.  I appreciate her thoughtful approach to wine… and I thought you would too…I hope these options help you out during this holiday season!

wine story

Isn’t she fantastic! Here are the links to her selections and some approximate prices. Email any questions for Tracey to me and I’ll put you in touch with her.


1. Summerhill Cipes Ariel 1998 – $85

2. Covert Farms Family Estate ‘Odie’ – $29

Pinot Noir

3. Calona Vineyards Artist Series Pinot Noir 2011 – $16

4. Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010 – $25


5. Lang Vineyards Farm Reserve Riesling 2011 – $18

6. Wild Goose Vineyards Stoney Slope Riesling 2011 – $20

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Trying Tribal – DIY Rug Idea

Written by on 12th December 2012 in Blog POSTS, Design & History with 6 Comments

Like most design enthusiasts I have a mad crush on Moroccan everything and in particular a style of rug that originates from the Middle Atlas Mountains in Morocco; the Beni Ouarain. These wool carpets are named after the Beni Ouarain Berber tribe who make this distinctive diamond and geometric pattern on natural ivory sheep’s wool. There are many Berber tribes who pass down traditional carpet weaving traditions, but this particular style has gained super star status in western design owing to its simplicity and endorsement from some of the biggest names in design. I love it too.

Take a look at the rug I just finished for my guest room, and how I made it.

I used black thread for this project although it takes on a navy blue look which is just fine by me :) Here’s an example of a beautiful hand made Beni Ouarain rug form Morocco. Props to the amazing women who still craft these rugs by hand, but this was a quick budget friendly fix that’ll hold me over until the rug budget gets an infusion of cash.































 What d’ya say? Think you might try it?

I’m going to make a couple more for some nursery projects I’m working on.

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Written by on 11th December 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment


This week on Used Victoria I spotted a marble top table that could easily find a home next to a chair or a bed or a…

Marble is very expensive…consider this one peeps!

The price is insane.

Pic is the Link as usual.

Race ya!

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Sneak Peek – 2013 Pillows

Written by on 10th December 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Did you know an exclusive line of my decorator pillows is available at Trade Roots in the Design District?  Give the gift of style this year with designer fabrics you wont find anywhere else…all my pillows are made, by yours truly, in my Victoria BC studio and are stuffed with feather inserts for that satisfying high end look and feeling of quality. See in store for my three exclusive lines 1. Stella (not pictured), 2. Yuma and 3. Numbers.

My first batch of pillows in the new year is a whole-hearted tribute to chevron. My prediction is that classic interpretations of this ancient pattern are not going anywhere in 2013. Check back, or contact me if you are interested in reserving yours.



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DIY Xmas Decor

Written by on 7th December 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I have two words for you. TARGET & CLEARANCE.  These chunky funky trees were painted red and green but I could see the potential and scooped them up right away. Originally, I painted them black…meh too boring … so yesterday I got out the metallic craft paints and went to town. I used antique gold, light gold and a bronze which is really more copper looking but it all works.

Decorator tip. Don’t crowd a collection. I prefer a cleaner look so even though I actually have 4 trees, it was too much on the little table I chose …so remember it is ok to break it up…display your collection in two or more places if you have enough pieces, or simply pack it away for next year. Here’s how I did it.

Like all good crafters I did thin light coats and dry brushed the paint so there were no brush strokes…the results were great. And hey, if next year my decor is purple I can do it all over again. sooo easy.

How’s your decorating shaping up?

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Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Written by on 6th December 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Check out these great gift ideas for the gardener on your list.

Bogs /Lee Valley Gift Card / Garden Therapy E-book

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