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Moss St. Basement Suite – Before and After

Written by on 7th August 2014 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I’m happy to report that my project on Moss St. is almost finished.  This basement suite was a complete gut job and I was hired to make it comfortable, casual and durable enough to work as a rental property.


When I first saw it , it looked like this…

before living

I knew I needed to lighten up the wall colour and I was inspired by all the beautiful green outside.

livThe kitchen eating area is tiny but functional. In my usual way, I sourced an awesome bench seat on Used Victoria for 50 bucks. The cushion for it is still in progress, but this little dining space has all you could need complete with a star chart to gaze at over your morning coffee.


94dfe2f6-4c68-468a-88fe-ef7e09ee252d_zpsca152f59As with many of my projects, I made the throw pillows using a mix of African inspired prints.

f8278cbb-646d-49bb-8865-dd2943d25cab_zps661db023A vintage poster in shades of green was my inspiration and as luck would have it, I found great Green bottles all over this summer. They have a cool vintage quality that I love.

143a9dd2-29e6-4905-9e9b-6f03a34d1a68_zpsb5b50e2eExtra storage is found in a wooden Box used as a side table, and the fantastic Glass lamp was a score from Target.

7382dbf2-00b5-4f57-9f9e-90b06bb68e3a_zpsb0425effThe Murphy Bed is expertly made and installed by my friends at Murphy Wall Beds of Canada. A perfect fit in an imperfect old house…Love those guys!

721b50f7-5d63-4c09-8833-b7d9e02a4297_zps15a6d633The exposed brick is a great feature of this little suite. I highlighted the vintage feel with a retro inspired transit blind that I custom made with Victoria neighborhoods.

aa627abb-d315-48b2-986c-834a5760f7b3_zps86723d0fI love infusing West Coast First Nations Art into all of my projects. This black and white Clinton Work Print was a splurge, the others are art cards that I framed.

4807e3e6-dc55-4843-891a-15348fa43ee5_zps2731cbe2This is the vintage poster that inspired the whole concept of the room.

47cba904-b0bb-45ac-8b6a-4d6d7323b60f_zps0a991db4And here was my client proposal a few months ago…

Living Room with markups

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Star Chart Goodness

Written by on 18th April 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

My Constellation Star Chart is up and looking marvelous.  Don’t overlook maps and charts as art. They’re graphic, usually inexpensive and best of all…BIG!

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Art for the Guys Home Office

Written by on 9th April 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I’m working on a guys home office. He loves his dog, music, gaming and cycling….pretty well rounded activities that I can draw inspiration from…Sorry ladies he’s married:) I found these rock art posters while researching another project and I knew I had to get them for his space! Etsy never fails to inspire and impress me and these are from a shop in England called Standard Designs. Pic is the link.

chris office 2

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Artist Wes Lang

Written by on 13th March 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I don’t exactly have my finger on the pulse of the art scene in New York and LA, but I sure wish I did because I would have found Wes Lang allot sooner. I actually have a Grateful Dead T shirt that I love with this first image on it and I didn’t know who the artist was.  My bad.  His bleak and iconic images are stirring and controversial to some, and for others simply and honestly pay homage to unresolved historical issues and his affection for the Grateful Dead. Either way, I was completely drawn into his interesting body of work this week and thought I’d share a couple and the link for his book here.  Love his work…Check him out! All photos sourced to Wes Lang’s blog, pics are the link



the mind of pure devotion

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tUSEDay VICTORIA – Pick of the Week from Used Victoria

Written by on 24th February 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week on Used Victoria an oil painting caught my eye. I’m not an art aficionado – but I like what I like and and I liked this one.  It’s called Chilko Lake. Check back next week and see what else I can’t live without from Usedvictoria.comPic is the link

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Custom Colour Ball Ornaments

Written by on 21st November 2013 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

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 I just custom painted a whole whack of glass balls for a client’s gum drop themed Christmas tree.  I got the idea from the super creative Krista from the Happy Housie blog.  She lives up island and makes everything pretty with paint….just like me! I loved Krista’s idea so much I had to try it… and as luck would have I have a client that wanted a gum drop tree this year……here’s a pic of Krista’s Blue themed Christmas decorations…totally inspiring right!

kristavia The Happy Housie

So, first I went to Michaels with my coupon in hand and bought a few sizes of clear glass ball ornaments, I took off the metal hangers and ….wait for it…..squirted some craft paint inside.  GASP! That’s it. I know you thought it would be harder.

I put my thumb over the hole and shook each one until it had good coverage and let them dry – shaking occasionally in case any paint settled in one spot. I chose these bright happy colours from my craft paints and Im pretty sure my clients will have the cutest xmas tree on the westshore.  You should try it!

ballsHere’s what mine looked like while drying – I’ll share a pic of the tree once it is up!

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Blue Printing Weekend Fun

Written by on 20th November 2013 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

cropped blue printsBeautiful 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 the details and the steps here on the blog…so here it is.

You will need:

  • Photographers Formulary Cyanotype Kit 07-0090 or the pre-mixed liquids. (I bought it on amazon.com)
  • Water Colour Paper (the paper will be submerged in a water bath)
  • Paint brush or foam brush
  • Freezer paper to line your work surface and a board to work on
  • Gloves, Apron and no fancy shoes
  • Sink or basins to rinse your picture
  • Sunny Day (or at least a break in a rainy day:)


Steps to make an 8×10 poster:

  1. Select an image you want to re-create in blue print.  Size the image to 8×10 (the size of transparency sheets) and then change the image to black and white ….once it is B/W then invert the image so the black and white parts are reversed. I used paint.net but there are lots of free programs online that will help you do this. print the inverted image onto a transparency sheet.
  2. Secure water colour paper to the frezer paper lined surface. (You will be taking your project outside so be sure it is a portable board or tray – we used cardboard lined with freezer paper)
  3. Mix your cyanotype solution in a dark room per the directions and brush it onto the water colour paper in a cross hatch pattern. Cover it well, but don’t use too much liquid – no pooling. It should appear moist and yellow with no REALLY wet spots.  Once covered let it dry.  Once dry repeat this step. This is done in a dark room.
  4. Once your paper is dry place your transparency on top and secure it. You can use tape or place a piece of clean plexi glass or glass on top.
  5. Take your project outside into the sun and place it quickly and keep it still. More direct sun the better, but on a cloudy day it will work…just stay outside a little longer. On a moderately sunny day it takes about 5 minutes. The paper will turn dark green or blue as it exposes.
  6. Remove the glass and the transparency and submerge your project into a bath of water, you can give it a good wash until it runs mostly clear. The last dunk should be in a bath of water and peroxide.  This appears to deepen the blue.
  7. Hang to dry.

042This poster by participant Ryan turned out particularly well. great job everybody!


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

Written by on 10th November 2013 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

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 print it on transparency paper and That’s it! Everything is provided…and refreshments too!

We have a cool selection of images you can use if you’re stumped or don’t have time…here’s a sample of some images I provided. One of the keys to success is having an image with high contrast and not too much fine detail or text which can have a tendency to turn out blurry. (These ones have already been turned into negatives as described above…so imagine for these pics when we are done the parts that are black will be light and and what is white will be blue) Click Here to Register - Hurry Space is Limited.

blue print samplesIn the End your project can look like this…cool right?


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Blue Printing

Written by on 29th October 2013 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

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??

Blue Printing

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Original Art – The Skating Party

Written by on 3rd October 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

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 art is very expensive – but Etsy has so much talent and such great prices that is simply not true!  I prefer to mix original paintings with photography and other mediums if I can and this time it looks like I’ll get my wish!  I have some inexpensive photography and prints lined up to compliment this little painting.

As a designer it’s not easy to pick artwork for clients…it’s a very personal decision so when I am given the task I always work hard to find the right pieces. I had been searching for a couple weeks when last weekend I saw my clients at Thrifty Foods right after their skating lessons…”Aha”, I thought…Skating! And shortly after that my searches zeroed in on this little gem.

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