Tag Archives: Client Design Boards

Masculine Master Bedroom

Written by on 1st February 2015 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

A new masculine master bedroom concept for a client. Global, masculine, moody and sophisticated.

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Finding the Right Carpet

Written by on 7th January 2015 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

It’s a big purchase and it can stress some people out, so I often get the call to help Victoria area families in finding the right carpet for their home.  This week I have the great pleasure of finding a few carpets for a cool mid century reno of an older house in Oaklands.  I thought you might like to see how it evolves from the beginning to clicking OK on a major purchase.

First, I need to see your space so I can understand your furniture that will have to play nice with the rug, and of course get a measurement or two.  In this case the raw space is perfection, white walls, hardwood floors, restored fireplace and a gray mid century sofa kind of like this one. Yay!

younger-sofa-mid-century-modernSo, next step is to find out what you like. In this case my clients like the idea of Persian carpet and an eclectic mix of styles – but they’re not 100% sure.  So I collect a few pics to help illustrate the look in the context of their room and their furniture.  Like these pics with a busy Heriz, or a fun and brightly coloured Kilim….

redbrightA surprising fave was the combination of neutral carpets in the same scheme, like this example…

bethany nauert eclectic living room design tufted sofa persian rug metal trunk coffee table cococozy

Next step is a selection of rugs that I think they’ll like… I admit there is not much selection of rugs where I’m living….. Lots of machine made horror stories, but not much with a soul, so I shop online with a few trusted sources and proposed these beauties earlier this week. I found a good selection and here are a few that I chose…

rugs 600pixStay tuned for what they choose. It’s going to be a fun room to decorate!

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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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Another Design Plan – Nailed It

Written by on 20th March 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Every time I meet with a new client I am so excited to get my ideas down and share them ASAP.  You can imagine me at the consultation…arms waving around…heart pumping…I really do LOVE my job!  And it’s so amazingly rewarding when I hear back from clients that they loved it.  I recently met with a couple and did this board for them and they sent me such a super nice note saying I absolutely “nailed it”. As if that didn’t make my week. Their style is rustic modern with lots of ethnic influences and I tailor each of my plans to every individual taste and lifestyle. I can do the same for you,…what’s your style?

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Billy Loves Books

Written by on 16th December 2013 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

A few days ago my clients books were finally released form their cardboard prisons and found a new home in this enormous new book shelf.  This particular project is still a work in progress with some final painting and library style lighting to do… but as I slow down a bit for my Christmas break I really enjoyed looking back at just how far this ugly little fireplace has come …

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Those are Billy Bookcases from IKEA btw, Yep Billy Loves Books!  I can’t wait to finish the paint and lighting and get some stunning shots for Carpenter Scott and Painter Aaron who really did an amazing job bringing the vision to life!

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Wonderful Washroom

Written by on 30th September 2013 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week I made a trip up island to visit a client who had a sad dark kids/guest bathroom.  The goal was to add some light and vitality to the space by painting it and then simply decorating with some vintage and retro bathroom accessories and pillows (made by yours truly).  I even made the red piped seat cushion which currently holds the record for largest cushion I’ve ever made – it’s just over 7 feet long.  What a great spot for mom while the kids have their bath!

We chose this terrific dusty navy shower curtain from West Elm – …I loved it so much I got one for myself too….

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 The vintage french soap sign was a great deal through an online poster dealer…


 I made the colourful  pillows to brighten up the room.


 Here’s How it looked before……

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Some French Elements

Written by on 21st September 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I recently started a bedroom and playroom design project for twin girls….I know! Lucky right!  The scheme is a light and pretty french inspired look with lots of soft colours, painted furniture and a generous amount of linen.  My approach to this room incorporated the need for excellent beds that the girls can grow into and so mom and I chose a linen covered bed from Pottery Barn kids to start things off.  The paint colour is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and I have been busy sourcing all the elements of this room that will give it that effortless french style.  Here’s my design board incorporating some french elements.

Stay tuned for updates in October when this one should all come together…

elementsRugs  -   Glass Drop Light  -  curtains (custom) – ArtAntique PrintsCrystal Flush MountBeddingBed – Dresser (vintage) - knobs

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Bedroom Before and After

Written by on 3rd September 2013 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

I finished a bedroom design project yesterday in Victoria, BC  that turned out really great.  I was on a budget and had an existing Persian Rug to work with. My client and I picked the wall colour, Benjamin Moore Waterbury green HC 136, by using online photos of the rug. That was a little risky – but I like to live on the edge:)  Check out this bedroom before and after & I’ll post a shop list tomorrow!

afterThis was the Mash Up I used to guide my purchases. I wanted a bench, a pedestal table and a small handsome desk with a cubby on top. check check check!

mash up indigo curtainI don’t mind saying that I sorta nailed it this time! Before I came on board this room was a peach and pistachio dream with a granny tulip chandelier. Check it out.

bedroom before and afterI love a good Before and After post! Tomorrow I’ll share my shopping spots – super deals and sources for the items I used in this bedroom. And if you want some help making the place you live  a place you love…contact me, I can help!

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White Hot! Another New Project – It’s White

Written by on 1st September 2013 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I’m so lucky to be working with another great family on a White Hot new design project combining contemporary sophistication with some traditional touches. Working on a monochromatic white / Off-white interior is harder than it looks so I am proceeding carefully with each choice. Here’s some of my ideas beginning to take shape. You will notice some references in the art (from 1001 treasures) to the ocean view of this beautiful home along with panel details on the walls and some pops of blue here and there….what’s not to love?!

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tUSEDay VICTORIA – Vintage Dresser

Written by on 26th August 2013 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I’m too busy to post much this week, but I’m never too busy to shop online with Used Victoria! This week I found this handsome blue/green vintage dresser. I’m going to go meet him in person today and see if he wants to be part of a great bedroom I’m decorating in Victoria. Here’s a sneak peek at my design board.

mash used vic

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