July 22, 2013

Another Weekend Flew By!

I’ve been so busy I hardly have any time to blog! This weekend I continued Rug hunting, attended a cool Vintage sale in a beautiful garden location and painted an en suite bathroom (walls and ceilings) applause :).  Next step is decor and lighting. What did you get up to this weekend? If you want […]

July 17, 2013

Vintage Event this Weekend!

Last Summer I wrangled up 5 friends and clients and visited the first ever Island Mavins Vintage Sale at Point Ellice House in Victoria.  The gardens were filled with vintage vendors and shabby chic artists who laid out all their best stuff for you to buy!  The good news is that it’s happening again next […]

July 15, 2013


This week I could hardly believe my eyes on Used Victoria – Check out this mid century beauty! Pic is the Link As Usual  

July 5, 2013

Gone Custom

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

July 3, 2013

Rejuvenation at West Elm Vancouver

A few months ago some of my blogger friends in the states paired up with Rejuvenation to promote their amazing selection of lights &  I’ve been trying to get one in a client’s home ever since.  Yesterday I stumbled across a little known fact that might make this easier for me, and for you too!  […]

July 1, 2013

Weekend Update

Happy Canada Day!! It’s still holiday time in Canada land and although I made time for a few margarita’s it has been a busy working weekend:) Here’s what I’ve been up to… 1st. A Bench slipcover for Josee and Murray from the Housse 2nd. Sunday morning Swap n Shop in Langford to snag this great […]

June 29, 2013

Stinking Fish Artist and Studio Tour 2013

Have you checked out his homegrown – right in our backyard – artist tour yet? Strange Name…Great Idea. Click the pic for the details.

June 28, 2013

Chair-y On Top

As the plans for my living room slowly develop I like to imagine the mister and I sitting and swiveling  while enjoying the view out our window in style…I just know that two of these chairs from Muse and Merchant would work ANYWHERE and I do love them so.  In reality he would be attempting […]

June 26, 2013

Inspired by Pillows

Sometimes the world out there is a little harsh…take it easy out there peeps…treat others as you would like to be treated!! I am so glad I have all my fluffy welcoming pillows to come home to at the end of the day:) Lately I’ve been plotting my fall pillow lineup and was totally inspired […]

June 25, 2013

Paris Sign Workshop – July 2013

For this workshop my partner is French Vanilla a popular french inspired Home, Garden and Gift store located in Oak Bay. We will be making Subway inspired signs using the streets, districts and popular attractions found in, and around, Paris.  Participants can choose between two fonts and the colour combo White on Black (shown) or […]

June 24, 2013


Ummm OK,  I found this chair on Used Victoria and I am really struggling and thinking…what would Emily Henderson do?  help! Pic is the link as usual If you want to make the place you live a place you love…contact me, I can help!

June 22, 2013

Local Love – The Frugals

  Ever looked at the shipping rates for IKEA from Vancouver? Ouch!  I discovered a local business last year that makes living and shopping on Vancouver Island a breeze. You can order IKEA, Pottery Barn, West Elm etc through them and boy will they deliver.  For someone like me, who shops for others…this is an […]

June 20, 2013

Designer TV Update

This past week has been a big one for Design TV….And where have I been?  Sewing in my studio oblivious to all the goodness that has somehow taken over HGTV Canada.  It was once the worst channel of all….you know,  filled with nothing but House Hunters and Holmes on Everything…but it seems those days are […]

June 19, 2013

Girl Room No. 2 – Projects and Products

Here’s a breakdown of the products and projects for the Girls Room No. 2.

June 18, 2013


This week I didn’t find too much on Used Victoria, although right at the the last minute this morning I spotted this..Recovered in a great fabric or Leather it would an amazing vintage piece. I’m dreaming in shades of green…maybe If you want some help making the place you live a place you love…contact me. […]

June 15, 2013

Little Big Girls Room No. 2

This is the room for the older of the sisters…her colour palette is a little more bright  than pastel…but she’s still girly.  In this room we painted the thrifted bed and desk with chalk paint, used a vintage window, Chinese lanterns and some random frames and a wooden box to create some interest on the […]

June 11, 2013


Ooops I did it again…I found another totally awesome coffee table on Used Victoria. You won’t even believe the price! Pic is the link as usual If you want some help finding something on Used Victoria, or if you just want to make the place you live a place you love…contact me I can help!

June 10, 2013

Sweet Seats

I’ve been working on a few dining room / dining area plans lately and thought I’d share some sweet seat options that I’ve been recommending to clients. These options are good looking, easy to wipe down, durable and budget savvy – just what the families I work with are looking for. First, classic Tabouret french […]

June 6, 2013

Kind of Blue

I’m not blue, but my new pillows are. Pop over to my Etsy store for some bright pillow covers perfect for recovering some old inserts and perking up your patio… If you want some help making the place you live a place you love…contact me…I can help!

June 5, 2013

Great Cause – Beautiful Beads!

Please visit my Pal Mary Ann’s website Classic Casual Home this week to enter to win a beautiful beaded bracelet and learn about a great group called ROWAN helping African orphans and widows! This is a short and totally uplifting video. Check it out and then pop over to Mary Ann’s to enter to win […]

June 4, 2013

Girls Room – Product Guide

Here’s some of the decorating projects and products used in this room… Products: Annie Sloan Chalk Paints from French Vanilla and French Touch on Oak Bay Ave;  Stool – IKEA; Pillow Inserts and Duvet – IKEA; Fabrics – contact me if you would like a colour story of fabrics developed for your project; Large clothes […]

June 4, 2013


This week on Used Victoria I spotted a huge rug with a small price…and they’re taking offers.  Negotiate a bit and get it cleaned – what a score! Pic is the link as usual

June 3, 2013

Go to Your Happy Place / Room

Kids are Cool.  This weekend I had the pleasure of using my decorating skills to make a little girl very happy and guess what…it made me happy too! If you’ve been following along there is a second room too. But I’m not finished yet – so I’ll reveal that one in a week or so.  […]

May 29, 2013

One Plus One

This week I’m shopping for entryway lighting and I’m still enamored with the great options over at Rejuvenation. So imagine my surprise when 2 of my fave pendants morphed into this beauty from Home Depot. Not too shabby If you want some help making the place you live a place you love…contact me, I can […]

May 27, 2013


Hmmm Can you say potential? Used Victoria has Lots of great stuff this week. What are you shopping for? Pic is the link as usual

May 27, 2013

Too Cute Travel Posters

Artist and Etsy seller Karen Young has created the most adorable city skyline representations you’ll find on the web!  I can hardly choose which one(s) I want because they are all so amazing:) Check her out, I bet your favourite city or destination is in the mix!

May 24, 2013

Distance Design – Use What You’ve Got

This week I am continuing to work  with a client in sunny southern California who has a big leather couch, some thrifted wing back chairs and a desire for a cool change (Little River Band is, and always has been, the soundtrack in my head in case you were wondering). Here is my second scheme […]

May 22, 2013

King Kong Says ‘Sign Up Now’

OK Peeps, Last Chance to register for my Subway Sign class this Saturday at Trade Roots. Come join us and check out all the cool new things in the store! All the details here. Some of our participants are using street names from foreign countries they have visited, and some are using a meaningful mix […]

May 22, 2013

Design from a Distance

This week I’m working on a new distance client project way down in sunny San Diego! She’s a doll and her kiddos are cuties!  So far it’s going great…I’m full of ideas for re-using and thrifting where possible…and best part is she’s down for anything! Here’s my first stab at an eclectic living dining room […]

May 21, 2013


This week the pickins were a little slim on Used Victoria.  I posted this little cabinet out of desperation…it could make a cute night stand and needs a  paint job. Maybe next week I’ll have better luck! Hope you all had a great long weekend and have a super week ahead!

May 16, 2013

Kool Kitchen

I’m obsessed with a ‘new to me’ blog called Domaine…this feature of fashion designer Kaelen Haworth’s kitchen stopped me in my tracks. Very cool! Pic is the link as usual Such great architectural features,…and the light! Beauty!

May 14, 2013


This week on USED VICTORIA a pretty persian runner caught my eye.  I would definitely negotiate…but I think it’s lovely. Pic is the link as usual If you want some help making the place you live a place you love…contact me. I can help!

May 13, 2013

Home Sweet Home

Home isn’t always just an abode, a structure or specific location where we live…for Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield home is planet earth and he is scheduled to come home tonight. This remarkable astronaut has had an amazing 5 month tour commanding the international space station all the while making YouTube videos, interactive events like his […]

May 9, 2013

May 25th – Subway Sign Workshop

Join me and the gang at Trade Roots on Herald Street downtown on Saturday May 25th 5-8pm for our Subway Sign Workshop. This is a pic of one that I hung gallery style…I love the local flare – Next week I’ll post pics of a couple signs I made for two kids rooms. Really fun! […]

May 8, 2013

Boho Love

Ever see a room that makes you crazy! I’m Crazy in love…I know it’s further than most of us can toward boho chic…but I want to see how close I can get before my husband…or the suburbs reel me in. See the story on this remarkable space here Want to create a space like this? […]

May 7, 2013


This week on Used Victoria I spotted these 4 chairs. Pic is the link as usual They remind me of a favorite round dining room table and leather chair combo by designer Chris Barret If you want some help making the place you live a place you love…contact me. I can help!

May 6, 2013

Pillow Puzzle for a Friend

A month ago one of my best blogging friends asked for some help with pillows for her living room. Her room was being featured because of a new light fixture she installed from Rejuvenation.  The challenge was to make everything around the new light look fab too.  I used her amazingly cool vintage poster art […]

May 5, 2013

Inuit Art – Auction Monday May 6th

My love for Canadian First Nations and Inuit art goes on … and on Monday night an auction of the most significant Inuit graphics prints ever, The Cape Dorset Collection, goes on the block. The whole set is close to 80 prints and it is estimated at around 400 000k or more. Let me tell […]

May 4, 2013

New Project – Boys Room

Lately I’ve started a new project for a Boys room. I love the cool blues and relaxed feeling we are going to create by using casual industrial style pieces with art and accessories that are a nod to his interests. Stay tuned for updates on this project! Sources: 1. locker, 2. Painting, 3. Lamp, 4. […]

April 30, 2013

Making an Entrance

Here’s an example of an entryway proposal I am working on for a young family this week … As usual a healthy blend of affordable choices, durable materials and some cool DIY art projects which will make it one of a kind.  I could be doing one for you too! If you want some help […]

April 30, 2013


This week on USED VICTORIA I spotted this hutch …it has LOADS of potential..and the price…shut up!! Pic is the link as usual

April 29, 2013

Chalk Paint Adventure – Girls Rooms

This weekend my client and I sanded the chalk painted furniture for the girls rooms that we painted last weekend. It was a messy business but when you have a small budget you gotta be prepared to work your butt off…and let me tell you this lady is a work horse! The whole process has […]

April 25, 2013

Desk Chairs – Girls Rooms

If you’re following along with my progress on the kids rooms I can happily say that we had some great weather this past week and my client and I have been busy painting the beds and the desks with chalk paint. An update with pics on that soon!  In the meantime the fabric has arrived […]

April 24, 2013

Bryk House on HGTV

I’m totally loving a new show on HGTV Canada called Bryk House (for my American cousins it is A Bryk At A Time on DIY/HGTV US). The show follows new designer and mom, Danielle Nicholas Bryk through the trials and triumphs of running her own design business. She’s adorable and talented and I’m hooked! Here’s […]

April 23, 2013


This week my Used Victoria inspiration was backwards.  You see, I’ve seen this little stool on Used Victoria for A LONG time…I thought it was interesting and resembled the pieces by famed designer John Dickenson…. but it was so short and not at all table height so I passed. And then this week….this pic from […]

April 22, 2013

Local Etsy Shops – Another Fave

This week I’m bringing you another LOCAL Victoria Etsy seller who showcases vintage industrial finds.  The shop is called Larch Trading Company and you can find it here.  Check out some of the cool pieces and accessorize your space with some vintage gems like these!   I get questions from time to time from clients […]

April 18, 2013

Local Etsy Shopping – fave shop No. 1

Lately I’ve been seeing some fantastic shops on Etsy that are located right here in Victoria, BC. So, I figured I would dedicate a few posts in the next week or so to showing you some of my favourite local Etsy shops and maybe you’ll see something you like too?! My first favourite is called […]

April 17, 2013

Little Girl Room No. 2

So I have finished my concepts for the two rooms and my fabric order has been placed. yay! One room is a little more bright, and the other a little more pink.  To save money I have used some of the same fabrics in both spaces, and we are using the same chalk paint but […]

April 15, 2013


This week on Used Victoria I’ve got my eye on a danish modern chair.  I just don’t have a place for it :/ Pic is the link as usual In other Used Victoria news…I bought a bed frame and 2 desks this week from some lovely folks around town. I’ll be painting these pieces and […]

April 12, 2013

Girls Room – One Down, One to Go

If you’re following along with my design of two girls rooms, I have an update.  Progress is being made on furniture purchases (Thank you Used Victoria!!) and we now have two wood frame beds, two french inspired desks and plans to paint them with chalk paint in the next couple weeks (Come On Sunshine!! We […]