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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.

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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 Kilim.com

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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 UsedVictoria.com 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!

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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 UsedVictoria.com on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 p.m. PT. We’ll be exploring the endless upcycling opportunities for the home.

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tUSEDay VICTORIA – Pick of the Week

Written by on 15th April 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week on Used Victoria the Bar is Open! The warm weather has everyone clearing house and there are a million great things on UsedVictoria.com right now.  It was hard for me to choose a pick of the week but I settled on this groovy bar cart! Check out its twin sister styled real pretty in this photo so you can see just how awesome it could be. Styled Bar cart photo source.

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Art for the Guys Home Office

Written by on 9th April 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I’m working on a guys home office. He loves his dog, music, gaming and cycling….pretty well rounded activities that I can draw inspiration from…Sorry ladies he’s married:) I found these rock art posters while researching another project and I knew I had to get them for his space! Etsy never fails to inspire and impress me and these are from a shop in England called Standard Designs. Pic is the link.

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tUSEDay VICTORIA – Used Victoria Pick of the Week

Written by on 8th April 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week on Used Victoria I spotted a crazy good deal on a little brass and glass table with wheels. If you are trying to achieve a glam look on a budget these are the kinds of pieces you need to find. I have shown two good examples of how a versatile piece like this can be put to work at home. Pic is the link as usual.  Beautiful photos from Lonny Magazine

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tUSEDay VICTORIA

Written by on 1st April 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week I have some custom and DIY projects on the brain. I need some reclaimed fir and voila!! UsedVictoria.com to the rescue.

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

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