Puppy Love

Written by on 21st January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

If you know me, you know that K-man is the center of my universe. We don’t have kids so he’s everything…and I mean everything to my husband and I!  It doesn’t hurt that he’s a handsome devil too.










So now that you’ve seen what a cutie I have to contend with maybe you’ll understand my ongoing obsession with making his life as good as it gets. Food, medicine, walks, whispering…whatever he needs he’s gonna get it, and what I need is to provide all the bells and whistles in a stylish and affordable way.  I am fully on board with the natural wood trend, and LOVE to use rough turned bowls as decor items in the rooms I decorate… so it is natural that I was drawn to these cool natural wood raised food dishes.  If you know someone handy with a Lathe then butter them up and see if you’re pooch can be dining in cool eclectic style on some reclaimed wood!! Or find some dishes online like these ones below.





















I had to include this one pic too, how cute would this be  in a country style interior. Fun DIY project too!


Oh, and P.S. When the husband saw this pic he said they looked like toilet chairs and you can probably guess his thoughts on me making a set for my sisters dog in her country style home’s  mudroom. Geesh. But I guess they do kinda look like potties now that I see them in that light. :(

Never mind………..

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Week 1 – Inspiration & Intention

Written by on 18th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 8 Comments

Inspiration…it comes in many forms. For this master bedroom I’m inspired by masculine greys and khakis. I saw this pic of one of Eric Cohler’s bedrooms awhile back and it stuck with me. I love the moody grey combined with modern and traditional art pieces.

Eric Cohler


I also love this gray grass cloth wallpaper and the mix of modern and traditional pieces again… from the blog a perfect gray but source unknown.


Intention….is not always realized, but my intention for this master bedroom is to create a layered, eclectic and sophisticated retreat.  I will be using some vintage, some new pieces, some DIY projects and lots of love. From the Bed Skirt to the Light Fixture….I’m changing it all!!

My design board looks like this so far…

Next Wednesday I’ll post some before shots and an update on my Projects.

Check out the other Challengers by clicking their button below.

Nicole   Master Bedroom

Tiffany  Master Bedroom

Sharon  Master Bedroom

Janet      Master Bedroom

Linda    Dining Room

Jadyn    Dining Room

Lisa       Dining Room

Jen      Office

Kelly   Office

Danylle  Girl's Room

Emily      Boys Room

Suzanne Girl's Room

Kim          Living Room

Taylor     Living Room

Jennifer  Laundry Room

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One Room Challenge

Written by on 17th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

So guess what I’m doing the next few weeks? A one room challenge with 14 other talented Design bloggers from around North America! So fun…can’t wait….so much to do!…so little time!  I hope you can check in every Wednesday for the next 6 weeks to see my progress and check in on the other bloggers rooms too! The Challenge starts tomorrow!

There is a button on my on it for links to all the lovely ladies and their projects!

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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.


Contact me if you would like some help making the place you live a place you love.

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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 :)











Contact me if you want some help making the place you live a place you love.

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