December 16, 2013

Billy Loves Books

A few days ago my clients books were finally released form their cardboard prisons and found a new home in this enormous new book shelf.  This particular project is still a work in progress with some final painting and library style lighting to do… but as I slow down a bit for my Christmas break […]

December 9, 2013

Pepper Mill Party Post

Is there anything more fun than painting and drinking wine at the same time?  This weekend I had a few new friends and some old friends over to my studio to make some personalized gifts for Christmas in the form of custom painted pepper mills. Now,… I won’t tell you who’s who’s just in case […]

December 4, 2013

Wicked West Coast Style

It’s pretty cool to find something new and exciting right in your own backyard.  The Autonomous Furniture Collective is doing some great things with local reclaimed woods and acrylic that I thought you should see. I love this modern twist on west coast style. Check them out. Pic is the Link as Usual.

November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love this modern and rustic – totally casual and inviting table set for a feast with friends.  I hope wherever you are, and whatever your holiday leanings you have a safe, stylish and happy long weekend! All the best! via apartment therapy

November 25, 2013


This week on Used Victoria I spotted these two tub chairs. Everything’s better in pairs and I have a sort of Emily Henderson dream living room in mind that requires two chairs. I would re-upholster them of course – ….unless you beat me to it:)  Here’s the link If you want some help making the […]

November 23, 2013

Holiday Decorating

It sneaks up on you..Holiday Decorating that is. I just put out this little mercury glass orb and I realized that it has officially begun….bring on the holidays I’m ready to decorate. Over the next couple weekends I’ll make it happen. When you are you going to get down to it? I’m still in love […]

November 21, 2013

Custom Colour Ball Ornaments

A couple of years ago I decorated a Christmas tree for a charity auction and I hand flocked a bunch of balls in order to get just the right colours.  Now that you have some background on just how far I will go to make a great tree you won’t be surprised to see that […]

November 20, 2013

Blue Printing Weekend Fun

Beautiful Blue Print Posters hanging to dry…these were made by our workshop participants Last weekend a collection of brave souls joined Carla (from Trade Roots) and myself  in a Blue Printing Workshop. Everyone made a killer blue printed poster and learned the method so they could make their own at home.  I promised to share […]

November 13, 2013

Vintage Eclectic in Victoria

I’m super excited to share the new pics of a finished project in Victoria, BC.  This one is full of vintage treasures and has a modern eclectic vibe  that suits the young family who lives here perfectly.  I loved working on this place.  Many thanks to my amazing clients who totally got what I was […]

November 10, 2013

Choose a Picture and Join Us – Blue Printing November 17th

Next Sunday, November 17th, Trade Roots and I are hosting a fun Blue Printing Workshop.  Choose a picture (8×10) and if you need help sizing it just email me the picture by Friday and I’ll do it for you.  Once the picture is the correct size I turn it into a negative of itself and […]

November 6, 2013

Blue Print Workshop Nov 17th

Join me and the gang from Trade Roots on November 17, from 12-2pm we are making super cool blue 8×10 posters using a blue printing method.  Use your own pic, or one of ours and come learn the process and meet some crafty peeps. Everything provided..and refreshments too!  Click Here to Register. Here’s a pic […]

October 31, 2013

Wall Panel Effect Without The Price Tag

One of my projects is getting near completion and after a site visit yesterday I can hardly contain myself…. It is looking soooo good. There is allot to share on this one – but for today I wanted to show you an inexpensive and easy way to add some architectural interest to your home with […]

October 29, 2013

Blue Printing

Had some fun yesterday with my pal Carla. We tried a blue printing project that uses the sun to develop the print …the result is the most incredible Prussian / Indigo Blue.  So what if my hands are kinda blue?!… it’s almost Halloween…is it still cool to be an Avatar character this year??

October 22, 2013

Custom Console Table – Progress Report

If you missed it, I’m having a custom console table made for my living room. It’s 6 feet long and it’s being crafted by the good people at Trade Roots in Victoria, BC.  I brought them a photo and dimensions a couple months ago and they are turning my idea into beautiful reclaimed/industrial reality. If […]

October 20, 2013

Fun Facts – Antimacassar

Sunday I put together an IKEA recliner chair for a client and commented on how old fashioned it was that they include arm covers and a little doily to rest your head on in the packaging. Of course, my clients are all very wise… (I mean, they hired me after all:) and she knowingly responded […]

October 17, 2013

Hammer Time

When I started my design business a few years ago I never could have imagined how quickly it would grow or how different it would be from how I imagined. I guess I dreamed about fabric and lights, couches and chairs…rugs and refinement…. not really paying attention to all that has to come before the […]

October 6, 2013

Bathroom – Weekend Update

A few weeks ago I set out to paint one of my bathrooms over the weekend. It was the builder peach/beige since we moved in and I couldn’t take it anymore.  I knew white was right and chose BM Snowfall White OC-118 for the walls and although I didn’t have the budget to swap the […]

October 3, 2013

Original Art – The Skating Party

If you have been following along with my design of an adorable bedroom for twin girls I have an absolutely charming little update! Amidst the drywall dust and tools tonight we agreed on this small – but full of character – painting from the Etsy store The Litus Gallery.  Some people immediately assume that original […]

September 30, 2013

Wonderful Washroom

This week I made a trip up island to visit a client who had a sad dark kids/guest bathroom.  The goal was to add some light and vitality to the space by painting it and then simply decorating with some vintage and retro bathroom accessories and pillows (made by yours truly).  I even made the […]

September 25, 2013

Living Room Love

I wrapped up another project in Victoria recently which involved a living room for a young family.  I absolutely loved working with them… and because they were so willing to take my ideas and make them happen – the whole thing was done in no time at all!  You can see that bookcases were added […]

September 23, 2013


This week on Used Victoria I spotted a solid wood french style dresser that was perfect for a little girls room I am working on.  I think I will have it sprayed.  I didn’t post a link to this one – cause I bought it …..But don’t despair there is no end to the great […]

September 22, 2013

One Room Challenge is Happening Again!

If you love following along with the One Room Challenge then you’re in luck cause Linda is gearing up to do it again! …And, if you’ve always wanted to be a participant in the One Room Challenge – well then this is really your lucky day! She’s opened it up to everybody! It all starts […]

September 21, 2013

Some French Elements

I recently started a bedroom and playroom design project for twin girls….I know! Lucky right!  The scheme is a light and pretty french inspired look with lots of soft colours, painted furniture and a generous amount of linen.  My approach to this room incorporated the need for excellent beds that the girls can grow into […]

September 14, 2013

Fireplace Facelift

This weekend I started working on a satisfying fireplace facelift for one of my clients.  This ugly little fireplace in a new townhouse HAD TO GO! I designed a new one flanked by bookshelves ….sure to make any book lovers heart sing. I searched on Used Victoria for a fireplace mantel with character and I […]

September 10, 2013


This week on tUSEDay VICTORIA I found a console with great proportions and loads of potential. Click the Pic for link If you want some help making the place you live a place you love, contact me…I can help!

September 5, 2013

Bedroom Shop List

I love finding deals, but it’s not easy and requires allot of shopping combined with good instincts. I knew what I wanted for a recent bedroom design so I set out locally to find a few great pieces – and just cause I’m nice like that… here’s my bedroom shop list and sources so you […]

September 3, 2013

Bedroom Before and After

I finished a bedroom design project yesterday in Victoria, BC  that turned out really great.  I was on a budget and had an existing Persian Rug to work with. My client and I picked the wall colour, Benjamin Moore Waterbury green HC 136, by using online photos of the rug. That was a little risky […]

September 1, 2013

White Hot! Another New Project – It’s White

I’m so lucky to be working with another great family on a White Hot new design project combining contemporary sophistication with some traditional touches. Working on a monochromatic white / Off-white interior is harder than it looks so I am proceeding carefully with each choice. Here’s some of my ideas beginning to take shape. You […]

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


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


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


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


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.