Urban Secrets and Hidden Treasures

Written by on 30th March 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I bought a little happy birthday to me gift a few weeks ago and I just got it framed.  This awesome and gritty photo of  three Buffalo Gals will grace a wall of my new home office (if I find the time to move in!) and I could not be happier with the way they turned out.  The unsigned mural was exposed in the 1970′s when a building was torn down in downtown Iowa City… and it became a hidden treasure once again when the new building was erected. Cool hey? Once I’m moved in, come by and see them for yourself. Thanks to the great peeps at Opus Victoria  for their great service as always.

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American Dream Builders – Sunday

Written by on 22nd March 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I have been looking forward to this new show and this weekend is the premiere. It’s called American Dream Builders, on NBC.

This new reality series showcases the talents of the most accomplished designers and home builders in America by pitting 12 worthy contestants against one another in a high-stakes competition designed to push everyone’s creative reach. The show will celebrate creativity and style while revealing magazine-worthy home transformations.

With each weekly episode, two teams will take on a brand new project and be asked to redesign and renovate the space from the inside out – all in a matter of days. From Spanish to Tudor to midcentury modern, the designers will be expected to produce sweeping home renovations that bring a fresh, modern sensibility while remaining true to the home’s innate charm and design characteristics.


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Another Design Plan – Nailed It

Written by on 20th March 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Every time I meet with a new client I am so excited to get my ideas down and share them ASAP.  You can imagine me at the consultation…arms waving around…heart pumping…I really do LOVE my job!  And it’s so amazingly rewarding when I hear back from clients that they loved it.  I recently met with a couple and did this board for them and they sent me such a super nice note saying I absolutely “nailed it”. As if that didn’t make my week. Their style is rustic modern with lots of ethnic influences and I tailor each of my plans to every individual taste and lifestyle. I can do the same for you,…what’s your style?

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tUSEDay VICTORIA – Used Victoria Pick of the Week

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

This week on I spotted another modern marvel for my tUSEDay VICTORIA Pick of the week. I like this vintage teak desk as a bedside table because it’s only 29 3/4″ high. A simple basket below, or may a dog bed?  depending on the size of your best friend of course. Pic is the link

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Traditional Townhouse – Before and After

Written by on 14th March 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Well, it’s done, this colourful , book filled townhouse I’ve been working on for months is complete… and wouldn’t you know it…it’s for sale!  I thought I’d share a little Before and After action this weekend. Everybody loves that! This one is pretty dramatic.

002 600PIXThe amazing interior painting in this home was done by Aaron Banks from A. B Painting Services. Thank you Aaron!


The amazing finish trim work and build out on these IKEA bookshelves was by Carpenter Scott Bacani. Thanks Scott!

I also recently engaged the help of The Housse in Victoria to help me stage the home for sale. Thank you Josée and Murray!

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Artist Wes Lang

Written by on 13th March 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I don’t exactly have my finger on the pulse of the art scene in New York and LA, but I sure wish I did because I would have found Wes Lang allot sooner. I actually have a Grateful Dead T shirt that I love with this first image on it and I didn’t know who the artist was.  My bad.  His bleak and iconic images are stirring and controversial to some, and for others simply and honestly pay homage to unresolved historical issues and his affection for the Grateful Dead. Either way, I was completely drawn into his interesting body of work this week and thought I’d share a couple and the link for his book here.  Love his work…Check him out! All photos sourced to Wes Lang’s blog, pics are the link



the mind of pure devotion

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Industrial Console Table by Trade Roots

Written by on 6th March 2014 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I don’t often get to work on my own place but when I do I’m a pretty happy camper! A few months ago I started to discuss an idea for a long (6ft) industrial wood and steel console table for under our TV. Christos is one of the owners of Trade Roots and he helped me translate what was in my head into a proper drawing.  Next , we shopped for the wood (I blogged about it here) and in a few months I had this beauty. Stained maple and treated steel Industrial Console Table…we all agreed it was badass!

1016381_687617507956423_296082914_nSo, when I got this bad boy home I got busy buying a new TV and getting it mounted. My husband was in total agreement with my design plan for a change ;) Funny how that works. Once the TV was installed it was time to start shopping the house for lots and lots of stuff to fill it with. If you don’t know me, well…I like a full look. I like big hair, big sweaters and full shelves.front 1I didn’t have to shop for anything…it wasn’t hard to find things I loved around the house so I just played around until I found a combination I liked. I assure you this arrangement will change frequently but I love having some of my cool things on display. I used my fallen branches from Mill Hill Park, some of my collections like my carved bears and globes.

close 1You can really see the cool effect that the treated black steel takes on. I don’t know what those metal magicians did over there but the results are rough and industrial and butchy and awesome. Love it.  The combination of this Cajun style metal with the smooth appearance and rich stain of the wood is really terrific. It’s the tension that makes it sing!

closeBIG Big thanks to Christos and Christian at Trade Roots for making this totally stunning console exactly to my specs. We love it. If you want one, or have an idea you should contact them and let them make it a reality!

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


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Rustic Modern Bedroom Concept

Written by on 5th March 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I’ve been working hard on several exciting new projects lately.

This rustic modern master bedroom concept is one of them.

shar whiet bedroom mashIf you want some help making the place you live a place you love…contact me, I can help!

Did you know I create plans like this design board complete with paint colours and a shop list for client’s who want to do it themselves?! Yep, but if you want my help to implement the plan I’ll stick with you through the whole process, you know…..cause I’m nice like that.

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tUSEDay VICTORIA – pick of the week on Used Victoria

Written by on 4th March 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week my Used Victoria pick was going to be a purchase for my own house. I found a cool mid-century desk and was all set to go get it on Sunday but the seller changed her mind before I could come see it. Lame – but that’s how the cookie crumbles.  So, my plan B pick of the week is wooden wine cubes for storage. I have a client with a large amount of wine and these are an inexpensive and stylish way to display your bottles.  It’s best to have them secured to each other and the wall…and you can’t beat the price! Pic is the link


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Written by on 28th February 2014 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

It’s been awhile since I had the time to make pillows. Sure, Ive taken some custom jobs here and there but those were for other people. I make pillows like my little pets and I love them and take care of them until they are adopted by a nice family:)  So, I’m happy to announce that the fabric is here and the sewing will commence this weekend so that I will have some new pillows…Finally!  Some of them will be spoken for immediately for client spaces but I am committed to staying on top of my sewing to keep some inventory on hand this year.  If you have any requests be sure to send me an email. Big thanks to Donna, Danisha and Matthew at the Design District Studio Inc for hooking me up with all this loveliness!

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