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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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!

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

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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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12 Days till Christmas!!

Written by on 12th December 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

12 Things I love about the Holidays…

1. Decorating

2. Baking

3. Making Wreaths4. Getting Cards

5. Using Candles

6. Fireplace Time

7. Favourite Movies

8. Finding neat gifts to give

9. Wine and Cheese

10. Lights

11. Christmas Jazz

12. And most of all a much needed break and time spent with my family and friends! Happy Holidays! (This is a pic of my tree that I turned into an oil painting on my tablet.)

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Written by on 9th December 2011 in Blog POSTS with 4 Comments

Last week I was watching an episode of Nate Berkus and he plugged the name of the bedding he used in a room design.  “Mary who?”  I said…wishing I was watching the downstairs TV with the DVR and rewind feature.  Well not to worry peeps here it is!!!  Not Mary, but Marimekko a hot new thing among the interior design set. I have to admit the colours and patterns are pretty fabulous…and eh hem…did I mention free shipping in Canada!?!   There are some great holiday gift ideas here…Shop online here or in person here.

They have everything from Kitchen stuff…Bags, clothes and accessories you will love…Not to mention their Fabrics by the meter in bold graphic shapes and colors…

Who wouldn’t want a pillow..or two?Even wallpaper for those who aren’t faint of heart…

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

I also make custom pillows, so if there is a fabric you like, contact me and I can make it happen.

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