Moss St. Basement Suite – Before and After

Written by on 7th August 2014 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I’m happy to report that my project on Moss St. is almost finished.  This basement suite was a complete gut job and I was hired to make it comfortable, casual and durable enough to work as a rental property.


When I first saw it , it looked like this…

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I knew I needed to lighten up the wall colour and I was inspired by all the beautiful green outside.

livThe kitchen eating area is tiny but functional. In my usual way, I sourced an awesome bench seat on Used Victoria for 50 bucks. The cushion for it is still in progress, but this little dining space has all you could need complete with a star chart to gaze at over your morning coffee.


94dfe2f6-4c68-468a-88fe-ef7e09ee252d_zpsca152f59As with many of my projects, I made the throw pillows using a mix of African inspired prints.

f8278cbb-646d-49bb-8865-dd2943d25cab_zps661db023A vintage poster in shades of green was my inspiration and as luck would have it, I found great Green bottles all over this summer. They have a cool vintage quality that I love.

143a9dd2-29e6-4905-9e9b-6f03a34d1a68_zpsb5b50e2eExtra storage is found in a wooden Box used as a side table, and the fantastic Glass lamp was a score from Target.

7382dbf2-00b5-4f57-9f9e-90b06bb68e3a_zpsb0425effThe Murphy Bed is expertly made and installed by my friends at Murphy Wall Beds of Canada. A perfect fit in an imperfect old house…Love those guys!

721b50f7-5d63-4c09-8833-b7d9e02a4297_zps15a6d633The exposed brick is a great feature of this little suite. I highlighted the vintage feel with a retro inspired transit blind that I custom made with Victoria neighborhoods.

aa627abb-d315-48b2-986c-834a5760f7b3_zps86723d0fI love infusing West Coast First Nations Art into all of my projects. This black and white Clinton Work Print was a splurge, the others are art cards that I framed.

4807e3e6-dc55-4843-891a-15348fa43ee5_zps2731cbe2This is the vintage poster that inspired the whole concept of the room.

47cba904-b0bb-45ac-8b6a-4d6d7323b60f_zps0a991db4And here was my client proposal a few months ago…

Living Room with markups

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If you can help…please do

Written by on 27th July 2014 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

You may have heard that I am planning the renovation of an apartment in Victoria for the Threshold Housing Society in partnership with the Herowork Program. This 2 bedroom unit will be a safe place for some young people in need and I am committed to making it into a home. This is where I need your help…If you have a chair, or a table or anything else on my list that you think I could use send me a pic in an email and we will figure it out :) . If you follow me you already know that I love to up-cycle and score great deals so this project is right up my alley!  I will update the list as I collect what I need. My email address is

I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from my friends and clients but we have a way to go yet…take a look… can you help?  If you would like to donate funds so we can buy some of what we need that can also be arranged with tax receipts etc. And if all you can do is spread the word and share these posts believe me…Every gesture is appreciated!!

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How to Make A Bed – Cute

Written by on 23rd July 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

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And a Hero Come’s Along – Herowork in Victoria

Written by on 16th July 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I have a really exciting announcement about a new project I’m involved with! herowork logohomelessIn addition to servicing my amazing group of clients in Victoria I am also taking on a very special project this fall through the Herowork Program. I will be decorating one of four apartments along side three other designers that will be used by the Threshold Housing Society of Victoria.  This tremendous organization is committed to providing safe housing for local youth at risk of homelessness and this project will be a great help.  Some amazing benefactors have come forward to help jump start this renovation and even more amazing local businesses are stepping up to donate time, expertise, supplies and funds to this very worthy cause.  I’m really lucky to be a part of it and I hope you will follow along and even participate if you can. A call for Herowork volunteers in Victoria will be coming soon!



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Eclectic Living Room in the Gorge

Written by on 23rd June 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

It’s not an urban legend…it does happen from time to time….YES! you can decorate a space without shopping! I recently styled this eclectic living room using only my clients existing accessories and art. Now, of course, these clients have allot of treasures collected over the years so that made it easy to create a warm and layered look using their stuff. A new couch and console table under the TV were introduced and the rest was all there in storage and in other rooms of the house.  It didn’t hurt that I share their affinity for West Coast First Nations art and boldly mixing antiques with more modern pieces ….so it all came together rather quickly one sunny Victoria afternoon.

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Here’s how the place looked when we started…

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And here it is today…

DSC_0380 resizedI love leaning frames and creating interest with objects at varying heights. This fireplace and mantel are huge and required a few large pieces but I kept a common theme in terms of content and colours so that although there are many pieces up there – it is interesting instead of visually chaotic.

c1ed5b14-e155-499a-9120-13d6251fb55b_zpsd0f2a82eAs usual, I am a sucker for a vintage Persian rug mixed with both modern and antique pieces. I knew I liked these guys as soon as I saw their rug:)

DSC_0393 resizedStyling this console was fun. Strategically placed books and frames can hide the mess of cords.

Simple, Stylish, Comfortable and Personal. Just Right.

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Do You Tulu?

Written by on 10th June 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

The original shag carpet from the middle east , known as a Tulu,  fits perfectly into the urban bohemian interiors that so many of my clients are loving right now. This picture from ABC carpet and home featuring rooftop Tulu rugs captures the bohemian girl trend perfectly.


Antique Tulu carpets are known for their funky colour combinations and irregular shapes. Think of them this way… Fuzzy Fraggle meets Kilim rug.

tulu kilim dotcomThe weaving technique is characterized by the tufts of wool that are left out to insulate against cold temperatures.

tulu 3There are some neutral examples of Tulu rugs too. These two black and white beauties could work almost anywhere..Rugs from

tulu 5If you want some help making the place you live a place you love…contact me, I can help!

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My Pillows are Back

Written by on 18th May 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

My client work has kept me so busy lately that I haven’t had time to photograph and upload any pillows. I got up early Saturday morning and set up my photo booth in my backyard so I could snap about 25 specimens.  I estimate I have about 10 more to do. Phew!  I’ll share a few this week in no particular order. Check out my Etsy store if you want to see them all.

indigo frontVintage Indigo Dyed Hemp fabric from Thailand, Hmong Tribal pattern 20×20

joanne blue frontBlue and White Ikat Waves

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tUSEDay VICTORIA – Used Victoria Pick of the Week

Written by on 29th April 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Every week I scour looking for stylish bargains. It’s not difficult:)  Sometimes my picks are for you and this week the search was for one of my design projects where I need a dresser. This handsome highboy is a great option. Pic is the link


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Star Chart Goodness

Written by on 18th April 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

My Constellation Star Chart is up and looking marvelous.  Don’t overlook maps and charts as art. They’re graphic, usually inexpensive and best of all…BIG!

DSC_0081[1] RESIZEDIf you want some help making the place you live a place you love….contact me, I can help!

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Used Victoria – Twitter Party

Written by on 17th April 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

ReUsedRevampedTwitterParty-1Join me and the other guests  for the  monthly Twitter party with on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 p.m. PT. We’ll be exploring the endless upcycling opportunities for the home.

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