Sham Wow

Written by on 19th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

I spent my Sunday morning lazily drinking coffee and sewing a pillow sample for my online shop.  I haven’t made an announcement yet….but I am planning on migrating this blog to my website (which I am working on) in a few months so that I can focus on my decorating business and incorporate my blogging into the overall website.  The pillows are a logical step because I already get asked to make them for clients, I am a total fabric whore and I actually like sewing …. so it’s a win win.  I have made trips to all my favorite local fabric haunts here and in Vancouver to scout some great fabrics I think all you decor hounds on the island will like.  Here’s the first one I made today. I’ll keep you posted on the progress of my website launch and of course share the fruits of my labour  from the pillow factory in my sewing room:) Have a great week.

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IDSWest 2011

Written by on 10th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Has it been a year already?  I’ll be attending Saturday.

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Fab Fabrics

Written by on 8th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

You can always look to my sidebar on the right for fabric retailers and manufacturers I like, but I read about this one ( in a magazine at the dentist today (blech!… I know) and decided to check them out.  I like some of their stuff, and while the site is beyond plain, they make up for it in a really decent selection and great prices….Oh and of course, they are Canadian.  Here’s my faves from their current selection…(Pics are the links as usual)

Casual Stripes:




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West Elm – FINALLY!

Written by on 6th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

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Written by on 5th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I was a bit of a weekend warrior the last few days…. getting a little sun in my backyard workshop and adding to my freckle collection while using power tools…what could be better!!  I tackled my pottery barn inspired bar this weekend. Here’s how it turned out.

First I lightly sanded it and wiped it down with a tack cloth. Next, I sprayed it with a gray primer coat (always use gray when painting anything red) and then about three coats of Benjamin Moore Bonaparte in a semi gloss finish.  Once I had pretty good coverage with the red I sanded the whole piece roughly and paid special attention to the corners and edges and finished by wiping it down with a tack cloth again.  I wiped minwax Jacobean stain on and off making sure to get the sanded pieces and let is set up overnight.  I finished the bar by coating it with about 6 or 7 coats of satin finish polyurethane (spray – otherwise I’d be crazy right now). And Voila.


Here’s the Inspiration Pic from Pottery Barn….

Here’s how mine turned out…..


Here are the steps in photo’s:

Take a look at some of my other projects below where I have re-invented furniture with paint and a little ingenuity…Let me know if you need some help with your project(s).

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Heading for Nowhere

Written by on 31st August 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

This song has haunted me ever since I moved to Victoria two years ago. Jets Overhead are an amazing local band who are making it big!! I only just watched this video for the first time yesterday, I always pictured them at the greyhound station downtown when I listened to it….but this video and the song itself have served as yet another musical inspiration for deisgn, see if you can spot the video locations around town. Have a great long weekend!

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Stack Attack

Written by on 30th August 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Saw these unusual drawer pieces at nood.  You can buy them individually and stack’em. Something a little different.


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Chair Compare

Written by on 12th August 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

You may need to sit down for this…

The hunt for one of my favourites has begun…the eternally cool Barcelona Chair.  If you follow me, you might have guessed that shopping for a deal is one thing I am GREAT at. I am never satisfied to go to one store and buy the first thing I see, BUT I should qualify that I don’t consider myself cheap…I’m looking for quality and value.  Anyway…. I think a chair this divine deserves a little research…. and so I have set off to do what I do best.

Cast your gaze upon this sweet seat…As Martyn Lawrence Bullard would say…”Delicious”

Compare the prices below for the real deal by Knoll and the reproduction:

$699  or $499 without ottoman (I have ordered leather samples in 3 brown tones)

$5068 The real Knoll deal in a variety of colours


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Written by on 11th August 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I haven’t had my summer holiday yet and the Halloween stuff is already starting to creep into (pardon the pun) my field of vision. This year, instead of disposable decorations why not try decor? These spooky gems would make quite a statement. Pics are the links as usual


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Under Foot

Written by on 8th August 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week I’m looking for a casual rug, flat weave, indoor/outdoor possibilities and about 8×10 in size.  I found a few options so far…if you’re interested take a look at what could be under foot. I am partial to a good old stripe…. but the chevron is a classic I cannot resist.

Popttery Barn

Dwell Studios


West Elm


If you need advice or help with your shopping contact me! I can help you make the place you live a place you love.

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