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October 6, 2014

The Hero Work Program – 2014 is Complete

It’s not really possible to communicate how much satisfaction you get from doing something for someone else…a total stranger that you will probably never meet. But knowing that every thoughtful detail, decision and sacrifice will make a difference for a youth that is at risk makes all the hard work worth it.  If you’ve been […]

March 22, 2014

American Dream Builders – Sunday

I have been looking forward to this new show and this weekend is the premiere. It’s called American Dream Builders, on NBC. This new reality series showcases the talents of the most accomplished designers and home builders in America by pitting 12 worthy contestants against one another in a high-stakes competition designed to push everyone’s […]

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March 13, 2014

Artist Wes Lang

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 […]

December 9, 2013

Pepper Mill Party Post

Is there anything more fun than painting and drinking wine at the same time?  This weekend I had a few new friends and some old friends over to my studio to make some personalized gifts for Christmas in the form of custom painted pepper mills. Now,… I won’t tell you who’s who’s just in case […]

December 4, 2013

Wicked West Coast Style

It’s pretty cool to find something new and exciting right in your own backyard.  The Autonomous Furniture Collective is doing some great things with local reclaimed woods and acrylic that I thought you should see. I love this modern twist on west coast style. Check them out. Pic is the Link as Usual.

November 10, 2013

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

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 […]

October 31, 2013

Wall Panel Effect Without The Price Tag

One of my projects is getting near completion and after a site visit yesterday I can hardly contain myself…. It is looking soooo good. There is allot to share on this one – but for today I wanted to show you an inexpensive and easy way to add some architectural interest to your home with […]

October 29, 2013

Blue Printing

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??

September 22, 2013

One Room Challenge is Happening Again!

If you love following along with the One Room Challenge then you’re in luck cause Linda is gearing up to do it again! …And, if you’ve always wanted to be a participant in the One Room Challenge – well then this is really your lucky day! She’s opened it up to everybody! It all starts […]

August 13, 2013

Fab Finds in the Northern Wilderness of BC

I just got back from a super relaxing vacation in Northern BC. Getting there by car is no joke. A cool 1500+ km (or 932 miles) – Each Way –  is enough to make most of us shudder, but it is beautiful country and hey, who could pass up days on end without Starbucks stuffed […]

July 3, 2013

Rejuvenation at West Elm Vancouver

A few months ago some of my blogger friends in the states paired up with Rejuvenation to promote their amazing selection of lights &  I’ve been trying to get one in a client’s home ever since.  Yesterday I stumbled across a little known fact that might make this easier for me, and for you too!  […]

June 29, 2013

Stinking Fish Artist and Studio Tour 2013

Have you checked out his homegrown – right in our backyard – artist tour yet? Strange Name…Great Idea. Click the pic for the details.

June 22, 2013

Local Love – The Frugals

  Ever looked at the shipping rates for IKEA from Vancouver? Ouch!  I discovered a local business last year that makes living and shopping on Vancouver Island a breeze. You can order IKEA, Pottery Barn, West Elm etc through them and boy will they deliver.  For someone like me, who shops for others…this is an […]

June 20, 2013

Designer TV Update

This past week has been a big one for Design TV….And where have I been?  Sewing in my studio oblivious to all the goodness that has somehow taken over HGTV Canada.  It was once the worst channel of all….you know,  filled with nothing but House Hunters and Holmes on Everything…but it seems those days are […]

May 29, 2013

One Plus One

This week I’m shopping for entryway lighting and I’m still enamored with the great options over at Rejuvenation. So imagine my surprise when 2 of my fave pendants morphed into this beauty from Home Depot. Not too shabby If you want some help making the place you live a place you love…contact me, I can […]

May 16, 2013

Kool Kitchen

I’m obsessed with a ‘new to me’ blog called Domaine…this feature of fashion designer Kaelen Haworth’s kitchen stopped me in my tracks. Very cool! Pic is the link as usual Such great architectural features,…and the light! Beauty!

May 13, 2013

Home Sweet Home

Home isn’t always just an abode, a structure or specific location where we live…for Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield home is planet earth and he is scheduled to come home tonight. This remarkable astronaut has had an amazing 5 month tour commanding the international space station all the while making YouTube videos, interactive events like his […]

March 16, 2013

Wow! Wildlife

I am working on a gallery installation in my downstairs living room and so naturally I went looking for cool Buffalo art…as I do. (Buffalo has been my totem forever – it signifies abundance in my life) I was literally stopped in my tracks by a photo of a Bison the other day…it has totally […]

February 25, 2013

More Ikat for Spring

A new addition to my Etsy shop for Spring!    

February 18, 2013

Vintage Poster – Beaver Fever

I was browsing online this weekend and Emily A Clark featured a website that offers free Hi Res Vintage Posters. Yeah, you read it right!  Free!  I downloaded a couple cuz I’m thinking about re-jigging one of my gallery walls soon. You should check this out!  I think this ca 1918 WWI propaganda poster one […]

February 7, 2013

Furniture Designer to Watch – Oliver Scott

I want to introduce you to a new talent in the Victoria design community; his name is Oliver Scott (no relation) and he is a phenomenal wood worker and furniture designer with a new local company… Caledonia Silva.  His style is a fresh mix of Danish Modern and Arts and Crafts which you can see […]

February 5, 2013


This week on USED VICTORIA I was admiring my very own pillows (Shameless Self Promotion) that are for sale at my favourite local furniture and decor store TRADE ROOTS.  The store has an exclusive line of my  feather filled pillows that you won’t find on my Etsy store or anywhere else.  Check them out at […]

February 4, 2013

6 Week Makeover Coming Up!!

Announcement!!! I’m so excited because this is week No. 1 of a SIX week design challenge where I’ll tackle a client project and document the whole thing here on the blog (STARTS Wednesday FEB 6TH). It’s called the “One Room Challenge” and it’s the brainchild of my good friend Linda who writes the awesome blog […]

January 22, 2013

Scientific Discovery

I just discovered the most amazing table, called the molecule table by casamidy…have you ever?     So new, and cool and different I had to share…     If you want to visit their site. Check it out

December 19, 2012

New Thrift Store in Victoria

OK, if you know me you know that  I’m a hound for a deal…lucky for me my good friends suffer from the same affliction and this week my amazing girlfriend Sandy escorted me to a newish thrift store downtown on Blanshard and Fisgard. It was pouring rain like nobody’s business….and since the world is busy […]

November 2, 2012

Quick Fix

In decorating, like in fashion, there are certain pieces that you cannot go wrong with. A white shirt, black dress or a gold tray.  Pier1 sent out a nice little coupon today and featured this Gold tray that I think is a winner. I’m gonna pick one up and it’ll be my quick fix for […]

October 10, 2012

DIY Workshop at TRADE ROOTS Victoria

I’m happy to spread the word that I’ve teamed up with one of my favorite local stores TRADE ROOTS to bring you an interactive, hands on, vintage subway sign workshop on Sunday Oct 28th.  RSVP to carla@trade-roots.ca and save a spot today!

September 28, 2012

Hodge:Podge – I’m So Canadian Today

How sweet is this? The lovely Barbara (who I met during the One Room Challenge this summer) from the stylish Vancouver Blog Hodge:Podge invited me to join her esteemed list of Canadian bloggers and designers in a series she writes called ‘So Canadian, eh?’  I love reading this series about some of my favourite Canadians! […]

September 22, 2012

E is for Etsy

Whoa! Today is the day. I’ve filled and fluffed and karate chopped some pillows and now it’s time to push them out of the nest.  I finally listed some pillows  Wooo hoo!  Here is the link to the shop. And, from now on you will find that little orange “E” in the follow me section […]

August 22, 2012

Shameless Self Promotion

My new office is featured on Emily Clark’s Blog today. Tell me I’m not excited Click the banner to go see!

August 10, 2012


Cool image…I wonder what they’ll find?

August 1, 2012

One Room Challenge – Week 6 Final Reveal

If you’re reading this … then we made it! Another successful One Room Challenge under the old suspenders.  I’m proud (am I proud? yeah I guess I am) to introduce you to my new design studio / office.  In the past six weeks (thanks to Linda from My Crafty Home Life and the 18 other […]

June 26, 2012

Site I Like

  I recently came across a website called HomeSav that has a rotating selection of home decor deals and yes of course peeps they ship to Canada and you can shop in Canadian dollars.  I think I’m going to get this rad concert poster for a design project that I have coming up….More details on […]

May 24, 2012

Where’s my Keys?

These cute wall mounted Key wranglers are practical and make a style statement in any front entry! Check them out, they come with a little key you attach to your ring! Available at Dear Home Decor

April 27, 2012

Small Cool 2012

Don’t miss this years entries in the Small Cool Contest at Apartment Therapy…Which ones are you voting for??  

April 17, 2012

Home Show 2012

    Don’t miss Victoria’s biggest home and garden show April 20-22nd at the Juan De Fuca Rec Centre located at  1767 Island Highway. (Pic is the link as usual)  

April 9, 2012

Trade Roots – Victoria, BC

There is another great reason to head down to Victoria’s Design District! Trade Roots, is an industrial antique furniture and decor store located at 545 Herald Street featuring one of a kind pieces you are sure to love.  Local owners, Carla and Christos Koulas, are breaking through the existing French, English and mid-century antique market […]

April 3, 2012

Domino Magazine – April 17, 2012

April is a great month…it’s spring, it’s the birthday month of my better half and this particular April is special because Domino Magazine is once again hitting news stands. Watch for it April 17th!

March 29, 2012

Vintage & Retro Show and Sale April 8

Hi Peeps, I’ve been called away to do some work so haven’t had time to post.  But I wanted to tell you about an upcoming vintage fair that might be interesting. Pic is the link as usual

March 7, 2012

I’m Featured!!! West Elm – Front & Main

Check Out West Elm’s Front & Main Blog Today…You might recognize my room!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Click below for a link to their site!

March 1, 2012

Fabric Fanatics Rejoice

New John Robshaw fabrics for Duralee…check it out!

February 20, 2012

Canadian Home Builders Association Show – March 9th-11th

Wow, I can’t believe it has been a year.  Peeps if you are contemplating a renovation this year then you should make your way to the CHBA Show March 9-11th at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre.  I attended this show last year so I could scoop up deals on counters, tile and other building […]

February 2, 2012

“Best Buy” and “Must Have” of the week

You know I shop all the time…for me, for you, for anyone who asks me to really. And in my travels I come across some great stuff and some great deals. Best Buy – This week I thought that the insane sale over at nood was worthy of mention, and this bench, in particular, is […]

December 6, 2011

Shroom Swoon

I attended the Taste of Salt Spring Christmas Craft show this weekend and stumbled upon Untamed Feast a Vancouver Island based company producing wild, gourmet mushrooms. I bought some expecting to try out the recipes over the holidays…but I confess I couldn’t wait. I tried the Cheesy dip recipe inside this bag of smoked Chantrelles..wow […]

December 3, 2011

Eat In Envy

Today I had the pleasure of styling the mantle and display area in a sun filled eat in kitchen and it was soooo much fun. It turned out like this….. …But started out like this…I always ask my clients to put out all their stuff so we can play around… My amazing client Angela has […]

November 28, 2011

Jimmy Wright

My admiration for the work of artist Jimmy Wright brought me in touch with another private seller this week.  She has two small Polar Bear pieces one red and one navy blue. These could be a good deal, but need to be authenticated by a reputable gallery. I love these pieces and have suggested them […]

October 17, 2011

Watch for this…

Local Design Happenings! A new show.   Design District Trailer from Kevin Scromeda on Vimeo.

September 24, 2011

GIANT deal

I visited the new kitchen of friends in Victoria this week and had to tell you about the amazing deal they got on their cabinetry.  If you follow me, you know I recently updated part of my old kitchen using Ikea cabinets and let me tell you, I’m a bit jealous.  Not only were these […]


September 5, 2011


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 […]

July 29, 2011

Stroke of Genius

Last spring I challenged my husband to select a piece of art from 20×200 because I didnt want to dominate our walls with my own selections.  One of his choices was this one by artist Jorge Colombo, but the intersting part is that he painted it on his iphone using the Brushes App. The great […]