Archive for January, 2013

Office Stools

Written by on 30th January 2013 in Blog POSTS with 3 Comments

This week I’m sourcing some adjustable stools for some amazingly hard working ladies in a medical office.  They are going to be handling test results in style with one of these options very soon :)


If you need help sourcing the best piece for your home or office at the best price, contact me…I can help!

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Written by on 29th January 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I’m a little obsessed with rugs these days. kman small

In fact, at the moment my house is an eccentric…and I admit not all that attractive…. patchwork of various rugs and runners to aid our old man dog as he surveys his territory.  Tell me you wouldn’t do anything for this face!?! I’m a slave to that smile.

So here’s something that caught my eye on Used Victoria this week…a beauty for sure! You like?



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What in the World!

Written by on 28th January 2013 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

This weekend I finished two awesome pillows with some special fabric that arrived in the mail last week.  Check out these world map covers. They are Euro size (approx 24×24) and I wrapped the map around the side so there is no cut or seam through the map….so far they have had rave reviews. Now I just need to sell’em. I have two available on my Etsy store. Check it!

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On Target for More Shopping

Written by on 25th January 2013 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

just nate

Unless you’ve been under a rock lately, you know that  Target stores across Canada are getting ready to open their doors and with that some big announcements were made this week to create even more anticipation among the masses. Target’s marketing is no joke, I mean who can forget the Jason Wu collaboration or the Missoni frenzy from a year ago…they love them some buzz and they’re good at it!

Hey…I’m not above any of it…and I admit I was happy to hear the news that Target Canada will be selling the home decor line assembled by cutie pie dream boat / celebrity Interior Designer Nate Berkus! It wont be long until we can go shopping here in Victoria with the Tillicum location set to open this spring  and the Hillside location is expected to open in Spring 2014.  If you live elsewhere in Canada, here’s a list of the store openings and their expected dates.

I’m looking forward to checking it out. Target has some great affordable options for the home and you can bet the bargain hunter and the decorator in me are ready to go. Start the Car!…contact me, we’ll go shopping:) Pics are the links as usual



Nate Berkus Collection for Target


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Written by on 22nd January 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

OK, technically it’s Wednesday  but I was out of town yesterday and just had to bring you a bargain for the week. How about this pretty little tub chair for $60. At this price maybe getting it re-covered wouldn’t be so bad? Pic is the link as usual


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Scientific Discovery

Written by on 22nd January 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I just discovered the most amazing table, called the molecule table by casamidy…have you ever?


casamindy gold


So new, and cool and different I had to share…




If you want to visit their site. Check it out

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Neutral Ground

Written by on 21st January 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

My wonderful clients said “arrivederci” red and “nice to see you” neutral this past week and their basement is starting to take shape. New paint, rug, sectional and end table are in place and ready for some great reclaimed furniture pieces.  We are decorating the  room with artifacts and photos from their travels and I should have an update next week on the progress of this room…

Getting There

The Paint is Benjamin Moore Litchfield Gray HC-78 and Benjamin Moore Whitall Brown HC – 69

This project is a great example of how to showcase your colourful ethnic art pieces and photos to their best advantage by using a neutral background. This room is about to get much more colourful :)   Here’s my design concept for this project:

gloria Bright and ethnic inspiration - fOR wEBSITE

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Cloche Encounters of the Design Kind

Written by on 17th January 2013 in Blog POSTS, Design & History with 2 Comments


I picked one up last summer…a cloche, that is.

I Didn’t know what to really do with the thing and since I’m not exactly the gardening type it sat pretty on a shelf until this past Christmas when I filled it with lights like this.

Not too terribly creative…but hey I was busy. So now the lights are packed away until next year and I am left asking..what do I do with this thing?    As with all conundrums I asked the internet and here’s what it told me…

cloche /klōSH/ Noun 1. A small translucent cover for protecting or forcing outdoor plants. Or 2. A woman’s close-fitting, bell-shaped hat.

As I suspected, it has its origins in science, botany to be exact, and I admit that there were a couple heated discussions around our holiday table this year as to whether it was a terrarium, or not, and what the hell its purpose was…mystery solved.


…The internet also showed me that you can put one thing in, or allot…(note how I am totally ignoring plant material as an option.)

cloche book
They are well suited to seasonal applications…
cloche valentine

And, incidentally I just saw a medium and large cloche at the vintage store on Goldstream near the cinema. I think they were $6 and $8 bucks if you’re in the market.  My pal Sheila wrote a great post on Cloche’s too. Check her out.

I loved the way the cloche looked  illuminated at Christmas so I think that is the direction for me. I should note though that without some venting you should not use regular light bulbs as it heats up quickly and would likely explode…so be smart if you’re DIY’ing it peeps. I’m totally smitten with some amazing examples of vintage cloche lamps and design darling cb2 has a lamp out now too!

cloche lighy
When I mentioned to my husband tonight that I was thinking about transforming it into a lamp he said two things….”so you’re basically thinking about building a bomb” and second….”in this instance, I think you should go buy one”
He’s on the record!
Do you have one? What’s in it? I’d love to know!:)
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The Lamp Post

Written by on 16th January 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

As it happens I have three projects that require a floor lamp…and since each space is completely different you would think I’d be looking at very different specimens…not so. In fact, I’m suggesting a really similar set of options to the Glam Downtown Apartment, the Eclectic Living Dining Room and the travel inspired Media Room. Who knew!

Here’s a look at the versatile lamps that I’m loving lately…And of course, I have to mention that I am a deal Hunter…if you hire me I won’t stop till I find the best piece at the best price. I promise:)

Lots of warm metals and similar styling…at least I’m consistent right!?!

Lamps Post


What do you think of this pharmacy style lighting?

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tUSEDay Victoria

Written by on 15th January 2013 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

It happens now and then…I’m thinking about an item and then BAM there it is. Sometimes it’s on usedvictoria and sometimes in a store. But man do I love it when it happens.  Today is one of those days peeps, and although my West Elm wanderings were delayed by Mother Nature toying with Vancouver-ites (tee hee), I’m not the least bit sad because I found this…..

Ta Freakin Da!


And, let me just say that I’m sorry I couldn’t share this one with you as a piece that is available to purchase… because… well… I’m buying it for a client and I’m gonna go pick it up this weekend. I know you’ll understand, and hate me a little because it’s awesome. It’s ok. I can put those negative feelings in one of the 45 drawers until you love me again.

Later this spring I’ll show you how I’m using it in the re-design of the home office of a card collector. Couldn’t be more perfect!

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