Beam Me Up

Written by on 15th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

My most recent project has been a home where the hardwood floors were replaced and we painted the entire house. (pics of that to come soon).  The fireplace was in need of an update and the client chose a charcoal coloured slate to replace the old multi-coloured slate tile.

My client also had a beam in her garage…yes a big (giant even) piece of wood…you know just hanging out in her garage. Cool client huh? So of course we had to make it into the mantle… despite the rather obvious bow in it.

I sanded that bad boy with a rented belt sander from Home Depot and had a BLAST! It revealed a really beautiful piece of wood underneath and I had help installing it from my buddy Shawn.

The drywall was patched by a pro and the painting of the house went on all around me as I painted the niches in Benjamin Moore Silver Fox and the shelves and feature wall in Benjamin Moore Black Tar in Pearl finish.

I stained the beam in one coat so as to keep it on the lighter side. it turned out amazing. I used Minwax Jacobean coloured stain ans sealed it with a polyurethane.

This project captured allot of  my design philosophy…that is, re-using and reclaiming materials and vintage pieces. Using the clients objects in a new way rather than buying everything new, and most of all ensuring that the client gets exactly what they want…even if they didn’t know what that was when we started.


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Take ‘er Easy

Written by on 12th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Ive been getting messages from friends and the universe that I need to take it easy.  In all things…that is take it easy on myself and stop being so hard on me…take it easy with the hot yoga and just generally slow down. And so in my Eddie Bauer addicted mind that means a leather jacket.  Lets call it part late New Years early birthday present and part necessity cause after all I do live in Canada and a girl needs a coat. Take Care of you Peeps!

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Handy Work

Written by on 10th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

These hands are anything but idle. Check out these hard working objects that look good doing it. (pics are the links as usual)

Handy Bowl – The Cross

Handy Book Ends – Urban Barn

Handy Hooks – Chintz & Co

Handy Business Card Holder or iPhone Charger – Unknown


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Rugs on Time

Written by on 8th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

On time is a big thing for me…I like to be on time (even early) and I certainly appreciate it from others. So when I recently had clients order their large Persian rug from Rugs On Time I crossed my fingers and toes. It worked! These folks have great (Canadian) Pricing, free shipping and free no hassle returns if you don’t like what you see.  You can’t do much better than that, and for peeps who live in remote locations without great rug shops the shipping and excellent online photos on a website like this are a terrific option.

A couple that caught my eye recently were this handsome Mashad….

His chic city cousin the contemporary hand knotted…

And this little fella would be great in a kids playroom or bedroom

So check them out… they might have something for you.  I can say my clients had a great experience and as a result I’ll use them again.

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Dropbox App

Written by on 5th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

My most used App for design projects last year…and definitely this year is Dropbox!!  As I move around from job sites and projects I am always eager to document each step of the way in photos.  I simply use my iPhone to take pictures when I’m on the go and drop my pics into Dropbox when I get home to my computer. Super Easy Super Smart!

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Bet on Blue

Written by on 3rd January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment













Choosing a rug for a modern country interior is so fun.. You can go literal country and incorporate some red and green but for the house I’m shopping for I think Blue is the Best Bet.  These rugs are from the Dash and Albert Rug Company which I am happy to report ships to Canada!  All of them would be great options!!


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Mirror Image

Written by on 28th December 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Ever covet the Pottery Barn Eagan Mirror?












Chintz & Co has a comparable mirror…on sale of course :)











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Size Doesn’t Matter

Written by on 19th December 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Artist Adam Noonan


The Christmas Small Art Exhibition is on now until Jan 2, 2012 at the Victoria Massey Gallery. Over 60 artists are displayed and the original pieces sell for between $100 to $150 dollars.  Find a Unique Local Christmas gift and support the arts!


I adore using small pieces to create a gallery wall of treasured items. Why not try one in your place? Here’s some examples of gallery walls I have assembled lately.

Gallery Wall I         Gallery Wall II


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Coastal Coasters

Written by on 15th December 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This Holiday Season I’ve been searching for just the perfect gift  for clients… Something practical, beautiful, natural, local, one of a kind and priced reasonably.  Is that too much to ask?   Well I finally found it!  Yay!!

Now don’t get too excited because this is going to be a gift for future clients because I don’t have enough yet to share, but I met a great lady (Char Manning) at the Last Chance Craft show in Sidney this weekend who makes these spoon rests that I immediately saw as coasters.

Get it? They will  protect all the beautiful tables I am helping clients purchase and install in their spaces.

I love the rustic west coast flavour of these pieces… the watery colours… the imperfect glaze and the one of a kind impression they give when you see them …

A few rubber stickies on the bottom and you’re golden!!  There are amazing potters all over the island; support one near you!

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Are you Up For It?

Written by on 13th December 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

The Pantone Colour of 2012 is….Tangerine Tango

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