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August 26, 2013

tUSEDay VICTORIA – Vintage Dresser

I’m too busy to post much this week, but I’m never too busy to shop online with Used Victoria! This week I found this handsome blue/green vintage dresser. I’m going to go meet him in person today and see if he wants to be part of a great bedroom I’m decorating in Victoria. Here’s a […]

August 22, 2013

DIY Wood Block Art

I was at the lumber yard the other day and as I wandered around waiting for my cuts I saw a scene similar to this and thought “how cool does that look!” These stacks are like art! and they reminded me of a great DIY project using spindles to create a cool piece of wood […]

August 20, 2013

tUSEDay VICTORIA

This week I was really drawn to this old wood coffee table…and the fact it is on Salt Spring may have something to do with it. You see, if I decide to go get it…maybe I can take a few days off and enjoy the island! Genius! Pic is the Link as Usual

August 19, 2013

Weekend Update

My weekends lately are filled with design appointments and shopping – pretty much a design nerds dream.  But it is starting to catch up to me a little..I’m pooped! Let’s see….I bought a rug at ecarpetgallery– the prices and selection are insane.  Ive been getting clients to buy rugs here for months and finally treated […]

August 16, 2013

Bathroom Betterment

A quick  facelift for my en suite bathroom is underway and the vintage soap label I ordered from eBay arrived last week. I framed and matted it with some black behind it because it is a teeny weeny little thing. Looks very cool though and begs you to lean in and check it out.  More […]

August 13, 2013

Fab Finds in the Northern Wilderness of BC

I just got back from a super relaxing vacation in Northern BC. Getting there by car is no joke. A cool 1500+ km (or 932 miles) – Each Way –  is enough to make most of us shudder, but it is beautiful country and hey, who could pass up days on end without Starbucks stuffed […]

August 12, 2013

IDS West 2013

Every year I look forward to the Vancouver Interior Design Show and 2013 is no exception!  I have found amazing artists and talented furniture makers by visiting the show and my clients benefit from me knowing who’s doing what and of course what’s hot and trending. Favourite speakers like Tommy Smythe and local interior designer […]

August 2, 2013

Time to Un-plug

See you back here in a week!! Time to un-plug for a bit. C ya!

July 31, 2013

Crazy for Carpets

While carpet shopping recently I came upon an online seller that is really worth mentioning cause you know I like to share the good stuff when I find it.  I don’t have any relationship with them at all, but I am truly impressed with some of the beautiful rugs I’m seeing, and for my clients, […]

July 30, 2013

tUSEDay VICTORIA

This week, I can’t take the credit. One of my new clients spotted this one on Used Victoria because I suggested this chair in black for their dining room. Authentic vintage! Great price and no tax….this is a deal for the real Carl Hansen. I wish I had a spot for them. Pic is the […]

July 29, 2013

Better Bathroom

I started working with clients in Qualicum Beach a little while ago and now that the summer guests have all gone home we are tackling the kids/guest bathroom. First priority was a paint update (BUT not white!) and then a design concept inspired by the striped West Elm shower curtain. LOVE  I am making the […]

July 26, 2013

Bathroom Wall Art

I’ve been working on my master bathroom …and just like you, I labour over decisions and slowly make choices for the shower curtain, lights, fixtures etc.  I spent some time on eBay and Etsy this week and wanted to share my picks for vintage wall art that is more than suitable for the often small […]

July 25, 2013

Paris Sign Workshop at French Vanilla

What a great summer night at French Vanilla in Oak Bay with some lovely ladies and a little paint.  Last night we created subway style signs inspired by the city of lights and although the similar theme runs through each sign they are totally unique in the end! Everybody got to work right away… very […]

July 24, 2013

Want to go shopping? Yes, I WOOD!

If you have been following along, I’m having a custom piece of furniture made…oooh la la! And because this is my first time, it’s pretty big, and I just knew that all of you out there wanted the details too because it’s not every day that you get something made Just For You!  To re-cap, […]

July 23, 2013

tUSEDay VICTORIA

This week on Used Victoria I spotted a unique item….one worth seeing…even if it is out of the average thrifter / upcycler’s budget. The seller says they bought it in Morocco…Click the Pic for the Link it is pretty awesome!

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

tUSEDay VICTORIA

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

tUSEDay VICTORIA

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

tUSEDay VICTORIA

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

tUSEDay VICTORIA

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

tUSEDay VICTORIA

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

tUSEDay VICTORIA

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

tUSEDay VICTORIA

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

tUSEDay VICTORIA

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? […]