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August 15, 2016

White Thief – It happened

OK I’m a documentary addict and ever since VICE started with these short and sweet documentaries called viceland I can’t stop watching. Last week I saw a cool one about China stealing trade secrets in the US and what was interesting was that, among other things, they were trying to steal the colour white.  Who […]

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August 5, 2016

BC Children’s Hospital Design Challenge

Oh yeah, I’m always down for a little healthy competition. So when At Home Victoria Magazine asked if I could help raise some money for BC’s Children’s Hospital while making the world more beautiful. I said …..”uhh yeah!!”  My amazing and talented Friend, and designer, Amy McGeachy, and my amazing and talented design assistant Kelly […]

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July 11, 2016

Living Room with a modern edge

Once in awhile I work with clients who have bold taste and are willing to try things that others just won’t. This couple was pretty fearless and let me steer them toward a mis matched seating arrangement and an ecclectic mix of furniture that make this is a living room with a modern edge. I […]

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July 6, 2016

Fireplace and Bench Design – Concept to Reality

One of my recent renovation projects required some creative ideas for a Fireplace and Bench Design concept.  I got to stretch my sketching muscles and translate what was in my head onto paper and then we hired talented trades to take my sketched drawings from concept to reality. This project is a Nicole Scott Designs […]

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July 4, 2016

Laundry Room in Langford

This laundry room in Langford might actually make you enjoy doing the wash.  A poorly designed original space made way for a dog shower, better machines and a large folding surface for piling – Oops I mean folding! the clothes and then promptly putting them away. We moved the door location and changed the layout […]

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July 2, 2016

Little Girls Room

I recently decorated a Little Girls Room for two sisters. I helped their mom create an upbeat & sweet room that will take them through the renovation days ahead.  This room will be painted later with the rest of the house. So, until then they have a cute little corner they call their own and […]

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June 10, 2016

Improved E-Design Service

I’m re-launching my improved E-Design Service and there could be something in it for you!  I’m always super sad about turning away potential clients because of my limited availability for in-home work so I’m ramping up my e-design services so I can turn those “sorry I’m booked” conversations into…”Hey, have you considered my e-design option […]

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May 22, 2016

Pillows – New In Store

This current crop of cushion fabrics I am loving are ALL Vintage.  I spent some time sewing this long weekend and here’s what I have to show for it. Shop Pillows: These beauties have all been added to my Etsy store. Check them out if you are looking for a little authenticity in your interior […]

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April 17, 2016

Dining Room Design Ideas

One of my favourite rooms to create these days is a dining room.  I thought I’d share a recent interior design concept I worked on for clients in Victoria BC and let you see where my design head is at these days.  How would I describe this look? As David Brent would say…”this one is […]

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February 28, 2016

Wallpaper Winning

I have set my sights on a powder room with bare walls and somehow….some way ….my client and I are going to choose from all the amazing wallpaper options available. This is not your grandma’s wall paper – the design and selection are outrageously beautiful and I want to paper everything! Check out this round […]

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November 22, 2015

Collected Cool – Oak Bay Living Room

Another recent project just wrapped! This time it was an Oak Bay living room with clients who have traveled extensively and collected some great mementos from their adventures. Needless to say I was stoked to decorate with all their stuff.  They were a dream to work with and the results are awesome. Check it out […]

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November 16, 2015

Modern Country Living Room in Langford

I just wrapped up a modern country living room project with some super star clients who purchased Barbie’s Dream House in May. It was Pink on pink on pink but full of potential so I was on board from the start.  These guys loved that I shop on Used Victoria and man did we score […]

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November 9, 2015

Local Love for Arostegui Studio

Don’t you love how Victoria is such a small town? Your chances of running into someone special are very high and last week I ran into one of my favourite local craftsmen; Cristian Arostegui G.  Cristian is gearing up for the holidays with some outstanding Charcuterie boards that… well, ummm …TOTALLY got my attention.  If […]

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November 1, 2015

He was Everything

You might have noticed that I dropped outa sight for awhile recently.  The reason is simple, I have a broken heart. I had to say good-bye forever to my lovely boy, and constant companion of more than 12 years.  He was so smart, strong and handsome and he taught me everything I know about being […]

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October 12, 2015

Picot – A Great Find in Fernwood

It has been awhile since I gushed over a store in Victoria so when a client recently mentioned a new spot in Fernwood that she thought I would like I jumped at the chance to check it out! I made it in last week … let me tell you what I found… First, the owner. […]

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September 14, 2015

Blue Master Bedroom

I recently finished up a blue master bedroom project with some amazing clients in Langford and their room is a reflection of the original plan, my sourcing skills and their hard work. With a moderate budget my clients and I worked together as a team to completely redecorate this room. The only thing that stayed […]

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September 5, 2015

Schoolhouse Style

Back to school season is here, and there is a welcome slow down to the frantic pace of summer renovations!  When I think of school I think about schoolhouse style and although some of these enduring elements have been with us for awhile, they are still high on my list when decorating eclectic interior spaces […]

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September 3, 2015

Autumn Inspired Interior Design

Warm up your interiors with some fall friendly design elements…This is a collection of some autumn inspired interior design ideas that I’m crushing on lately…some classic and some on trend. You decide! It’s important to distinguish between seasonal decor and inspired design…these elements are intended to be subtle and stylish so you will notice there […]

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August 27, 2015

Design TV Guide

It’s that time of year again when I start dreaming about boots, blazers and awesome design TV shows for those rainy winter nights here on the west coast. Let’s get right into it…My top picks! My absolute fave is on right now on Thursdays on HGTV, and I hate that Flipping Out and summertime end […]

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August 21, 2015

New Pillows in the Shop!!

I listed a whole new crop of pillows in the Etsy shop this week.  There is a whole whack of vintage and vibrant colours.  Click any pillow and check out what we have in store! If you want some help making the place you live a place you love…contact me, I can help!

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August 16, 2015

Modern Style – Moderate Budget

Now and then I get a request to do a design plan or shop list for long distance clients and they are so fun!  This weekend I pulled some of my most loved pieces from Bryght one of my fave Canadian furniture sites in order to develop a moody and mod furniture foundation for an […]

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August 13, 2015

Tile News Worth Celebrating

No, I’m not celebrating my client’s bathroom tile just yet…although it’s pretty good! I’m telling you that a new pentagon has been discovered by the math genius world and it has implications for “designerds” like myself.  Here’s the skinny.  The concept of the plane is that if you can cover a flat surface using only […]

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August 9, 2015

Vintage Indigo Pillows

It’s kind of strange to admit that I’m passionate about pillows…but I am. I love’em. Big ones, little ones … you name it. I’m not content with just any old pillow fabric so I scour the internet looking for interesting and beautiful textiles to sew with.  I recently acquired some vintage indigo with embroidered motifs […]

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August 1, 2015

MCM Chair Compare – One for Every Budget

Sourcing chairs for a mid century modern (MCM) kitchen dining area this week and had to share some of my best finds! A little healthy competition among these sweet seats is a good good thing for you and me!  In this case I’m shopping for new reproductions – but don’t forget to check out the […]

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July 24, 2015

Langford BC Living Room

Who says that the suburbs have to be boring?  This builder home layout is repeated throughout the clients westshore development but changing up its tired palette and predictable layout has made this house totally unique.  I switched around the location of the living and dining areas and had an electrician add a junction box for […]

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July 21, 2015

Wallpaper Virgin

Well, not exactly a virgin. I mean, I had a client years ago who picked out the wallpaper that she knew she wanted….but since then I have not had to use it, and while some clients dabble in the amazing books from time to time. It just hasn’t happened for me.  Now, you see it’s […]

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July 1, 2015

Filling a Family Home Part1

Even when it’s hot, I have to be on my game. So, when some awesome new clients purchased a big ‘ol house in Langford this past May, I had to kick it into gear to help them find some budget & kid friendly furniture ASAP.  Once they got possession we started the Paint and flooring […]

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June 20, 2015

Modern Dining Chairs

At the moment I’m shopping for modern dining chairs for an amazing mid century house and my awesome client and I agree that different coloured chairs would be really fun. So, her expensive taste settled right down on a $1600 Saarinen chair like this one… ….we had a chuckle over how ridiculous it would be […]

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June 20, 2015

Boys Room – Paper to Reality

I get asked all the time about my process, how I work for people, and I’m happy to share.  After I get to know you and your wish list for a space I develop a plan within your budget that includes a mash up of product images I have carefully selected to fit within all […]

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June 9, 2015

Going Forward

I’m experiencing some growing pains this spring and summer that have resulted in a few overwhelming moments but also some exciting changes at the ol’ head office.  The lovely and talented “Kelly” has joined me in the office two days a week now, and I am certain that this will enable me to serve better […]

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May 31, 2015

Prints – Charming

Most of us want original, or at least unique, art and items to decorate our spaces and show a bit of our personality…but the budget often demands creativity and resourcefulness so I have cultivated several go-to websites where I buy art prints for myself, and for you!  And, since I like to share… here’s my […]

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May 20, 2015

At Home Victoria – HeroWork Apartment

My first ever magazine feature is in this month’s At Home Victoria Magazine. You can see it online in ISSUU or check it out below… Click on the pictures to enlarge. A little background: This apartment was a volunteer design project for the local HeroWork Program in Victoria. HeroWork helps charities and non-profits with their […]

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May 10, 2015

A week of Etsy

You may be aware that I’m working hard developing creative and beautiful spaces around town for a crew of amazing and diverse clients. I almost always infuse colour & quirky into my work and this is usually achieved through art. Some of my clients have amazing collections that make it easy and others are just […]

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May 1, 2015

What I’m Do’in These Days

The new crop of clients this Spring is Ahhmazing and I’m more inspired and excited than ever to scour the earth looking for great pieces.  I have some really great stuff happening like a backyard art studio, iddy biddy boy/girl twin bedrooms (Yay!), some great master suites and living rooms that I’m really excited about […]

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April 15, 2015

Everything I Didn’t Know About Cork Flooring

I was at a consultation the other day and I was asked if Cork floors were an ethical product choice….Hmm you know we’ve all heard these stories about how the world is running out of cork so the wine industry has adopted the screw cap right?…Well it got me thinking because I didn’t know the […]

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April 11, 2015

Condo before and after

I promised to share some condo before and after shots and details from my recent project. So here you have it… my global hi/lo condo on a budget. A global inspiration mixing High and Low items… The entire place was green. I painted it Benjamin Moore Pale Oak in order to create a nice backdrop […]

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April 8, 2015

Blue Crush Bedroom Ideas

My clients don’t have to worry about making a mistake because I walk them through the process step by step and make sure they are comfortable with the choices we make along the way.  I’m working with some past clients on their master bedroom now and step 1 was finding a great headboard.  The wish […]

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April 2, 2015

Global Inspired Decor

I recently finished a condo project for an out of town client who likes classical design styles but also appreciates my love for mixing high/low …..so this is what I came up with. He travels allot, and I’ve never met him so I had to make some leaps of design faith and I sure hope […]

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March 20, 2015

Curved Wood Floors

The straight goods – Curved floor boards are beautiful. I’m researching them for a project and as usual I like to share.  Check out these Bolefloor curved wood floors… They are hardwood planks with naturally curved lengths that follow a tree’s natural growth. Each curvy board is as individual as the tree it came from, […]

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March 17, 2015

Fireplace Wall Design

Wow Victoria, there is a real reno and real estate buzz in the air right now, and thanks to you my email and phone are busier than ever!  I’ve been getting allot of casual inquiries lately asking about how I work with clients, and for all of you who are on the fence and don’t […]

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March 8, 2015

Interior Design Victoria BC

Every year around this time the world of Interior Design in Victoria BC gets a little crazy.  I have several interior design projects lined up in Spring 2015 … but I am careful to keep the number of projects I take on in check so I can deliver great service to everyone. I don’t have […]

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February 13, 2015

The Union Building Victoria, BC

I recently completed another job for out-of-town clients who purchased a condo in the Union Building in Victoria.  This little 732 sq ft condo in the historic Union building had some challenges but I used creative solutions like a murphy bed, built in bench seat with storage and a custom mounted wall lamp above the […]

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February 1, 2015

Masculine Master Bedroom

A new masculine master bedroom concept for a client. Global, masculine, moody and sophisticated. If you want some help making the place you live a place you love….contact me, I can help.

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January 27, 2015

Website Under Construction

You may notice some changes over the next couple weeks as I transition from this web format to a new style of website.  Same URL and still me…just a fresh look.  Sorry for the inconvenience.   If you want some help making the place you live  a place you love…contact me, I can help!

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January 8, 2015

Indigo Pillow Covers – Hemp

Last year I ordered this cool vintage hemp fabric and I finally got around to making it into some lumbar style indigo pillow covers.  Such a beautiful blue is achieved through this indigo dye process and a cool geometric relief pattern too.  These will be in my shop by the end of the week but […]

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January 7, 2015

Finding the Right Carpet

It’s a big purchase and it can stress some people out, so I often get the call to help Victoria area families in finding the right carpet for their home.  This week I have the great pleasure of finding a few carpets for a cool mid century reno of an older house in Oaklands.  I […]

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December 2, 2014

Two is better than One – Coffee Tables

When it comes to coffee tables and small spaces I really believe two is better than one. I’ve been wanting to do tandem coffee tables  for awhile…some of my past client’s reading this might even recall my valiant attempts to sway them:) Recently one of my client’s agreed and two little square glass lovelies arrived […]

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November 23, 2014

Holiday Decorating Tip #3 – Songza

My tip this week is to select some great tunes to get you in the mood to decorate. I’m obsessed with Songza (a free Music site) on my computer and my iPhone and I can tell you that the xmas playlists they have ARE the soundtrack to my holiday season! If you’re like me you […]

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November 16, 2014

Holiday Decoration Tip #2 – One Thing You Love

No matter what your style, and no matter which holiday traditions you celebrate, there are items that we cherish during special times of the year.  Sometimes it’s a new shiny thing you fell in love with in a shop, and sometimes it’s an heirloom piece that you have loved forever. Either way, my holiday decoration […]

November 1, 2014

Holiday Decoration Ideas – Tip #1 Berries

Every holiday season I get lots of requests for holiday decoration ideas and I simply LOVE helping clients decorate their homes for the holidays.  Did you know that I can help with everything from tree placement and colour choices to arranging beautiful vignettes using your existing decorations?  In addition to my in home design and […]