July 27, 2014

If you can help…please do

You may have heard that I am planning the renovation of an apartment in Victoria for the Threshold Housing Society in partnership with the Herowork Program. This 2 bedroom unit will be a safe place for some young people in need and I am committed to making it into a home. This is where I […]

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 […]

November 21, 2013

Custom Colour Ball Ornaments

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 […]

November 20, 2013

Blue Printing Weekend Fun

Beautiful 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 […]

November 13, 2013

Vintage Eclectic in Victoria

I’m super excited to share the new pics of a finished project in Victoria, BC.  This one is full of vintage treasures and has a modern eclectic vibe  that suits the young family who lives here perfectly.  I loved working on this place.  Many thanks to my amazing clients who totally got what I was […]

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 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??

August 22, 2013

DIY Wood Block Art

I was at the lumber yard the other day and as I wandered around waiting for my cuts I saw a scene similar to this and thought “how cool does that look!” These stacks are like art! and they reminded me of a great DIY project using spindles to create a cool piece of wood […]

July 25, 2013

Paris Sign Workshop at French Vanilla

What a great summer night at French Vanilla in Oak Bay with some lovely ladies and a little paint.  Last night we created subway style signs inspired by the city of lights and although the similar theme runs through each sign they are totally unique in the end! Everybody got to work right away… very […]

June 25, 2013

Paris Sign Workshop – July 2013

For this workshop my partner is French Vanilla a popular french inspired Home, Garden and Gift store located in Oak Bay. We will be making Subway inspired signs using the streets, districts and popular attractions found in, and around, Paris.  Participants can choose between two fonts and the colour combo White on Black (shown) or […]

June 19, 2013

Girl Room No. 2 – Projects and Products

Here’s a breakdown of the products and projects for the Girls Room No. 2.

June 15, 2013

Little Big Girls Room No. 2

This is the room for the older of the sisters…her colour palette is a little more bright  than pastel…but she’s still girly.  In this room we painted the thrifted bed and desk with chalk paint, used a vintage window, Chinese lanterns and some random frames and a wooden box to create some interest on the […]

June 4, 2013

Girls Room – Product Guide

Here’s some of the decorating projects and products used in this room… Products: Annie Sloan Chalk Paints from French Vanilla and French Touch on Oak Bay Ave;  Stool – IKEA; Pillow Inserts and Duvet – IKEA; Fabrics – contact me if you would like a colour story of fabrics developed for your project; Large clothes […]

June 3, 2013

Go to Your Happy Place / Room

Kids are Cool.  This weekend I had the pleasure of using my decorating skills to make a little girl very happy and guess what…it made me happy too! If you’ve been following along there is a second room too. But I’m not finished yet – so I’ll reveal that one in a week or so.  […]

May 24, 2013

Distance Design – Use What You’ve Got

This week I am continuing to work  with a client in sunny southern California who has a big leather couch, some thrifted wing back chairs and a desire for a cool change (Little River Band is, and always has been, the soundtrack in my head in case you were wondering). Here is my second scheme […]

May 22, 2013

King Kong Says ‘Sign Up Now’

OK Peeps, Last Chance to register for my Subway Sign class this Saturday at Trade Roots. Come join us and check out all the cool new things in the store! All the details here. Some of our participants are using street names from foreign countries they have visited, and some are using a meaningful mix […]

May 9, 2013

May 25th – Subway Sign Workshop

Join me and the gang at Trade Roots on Herald Street downtown on Saturday May 25th 5-8pm for our Subway Sign Workshop. This is a pic of one that I hung gallery style…I love the local flare – Next week I’ll post pics of a couple signs I made for two kids rooms. Really fun! […]

April 30, 2013


This week on USED VICTORIA I spotted this hutch …it has LOADS of potential..and the price…shut up!! Pic is the link as usual

April 29, 2013

Chalk Paint Adventure – Girls Rooms

This weekend my client and I sanded the chalk painted furniture for the girls rooms that we painted last weekend. It was a messy business but when you have a small budget you gotta be prepared to work your butt off…and let me tell you this lady is a work horse! The whole process has […]

April 17, 2013

Little Girl Room No. 2

So I have finished my concepts for the two rooms and my fabric order has been placed. yay! One room is a little more bright, and the other a little more pink.  To save money I have used some of the same fabrics in both spaces, and we are using the same chalk paint but […]

April 2, 2013

Victoria Home Show April 19-21, 2013

It’s April…that means it’s time for the Victoria Home Show. Here’s all the details. (Pic is the link as usual)   If you want some help making the place you live a place you love, Contact me…I can help.  Let’s go to the show together!

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March 29, 2013

Benjamin Moore – Back Then

  I’m gonna get down to a little painting and gardening this weekend. Maybe even another re-upholstery task. What Can I say….The sun is shining and I’m motivated. What are you up To? Here’s a cool vintage poster (undated) from Benjamin Moore…You see! Peeps have doing this DIY thing forever!

March 6, 2013

One Room Challenge – Dresser DIY

Hi again, so glad you came over to check out my progress in the One Room Challenge! What is it? It’s 20 design bloggers finishing a room start to finish in 6 weeks. You can catch up on my posts here. Holy Cow! It’s getting close to finished. The Girl Glam Apartment is totally coming […]

February 27, 2013

One Room Challenge – Coffee Table Transformed

Thanks for coming back to check out my progress in the one room challenge! If this is your first visit (I’m so glad you stopped by)  click here to see the first three weeks of my girl glam apartment project.  This past week I tackled a coffee table that my client inherited from her parents […]

February 26, 2013


This week I’m engaged in a search for headboards…If I’m the one to recover and tuft them I’ll be sure to share the process on my blog.  This one is a double,…a great candidate for a tween girls room…Pic is the link as usual

February 20, 2013

One Room Challenge – Tufted Bench

Welcome back to week 3 of the One Room Challenge! 20 Bloggers, 20 Rooms and tonnes of creativity & fun!  This week I’m crossing the tufted bench off my list.  My client found it for $120 on Used Victoria and we selected a teal Chenille from Chintz & Co. to re-cover the damaged black velvet.  […]

February 19, 2013


I have a new project, a home office, so I’ve been trolling Used Victoria allot lately.  I saw this and had a flashback of making my pottery barn knockoff desk a couple years ago.  I can’t use it in my job…but maybe you can?  This one is really similar to what I used and since […]

February 13, 2013

One Room Challenge – Not Sew Easy

Hi Peeps thanks for coming back to check out my ORC project! I’m working on a girl glam apartment… This week the dining room is done, and I’m moving on to some other DIY projects in the living room. Here’s how it looked Saturday morning after I styled it a little…cute right!!! When the quote […]

December 12, 2012

Trying Tribal – DIY Rug Idea

Like most design enthusiasts I have a mad crush on Moroccan everything and in particular a style of rug that originates from the Middle Atlas Mountains in Morocco; the Beni Ouarain. These wool carpets are named after the Beni Ouarain Berber tribe who make this distinctive diamond and geometric pattern on natural ivory sheep’s wool. […]

December 7, 2012

DIY Xmas Decor

I have two words for you. TARGET & CLEARANCE.  These chunky funky trees were painted red and green but I could see the potential and scooped them up right away. Originally, I painted them black…meh too boring … so yesterday I got out the metallic craft paints and went to town. I used antique gold, […]

December 2, 2012

West Coast Weekend Update

Yesterday I was busy visiting clients and giving advice on holiday decorations all over town…it was a dream!  One of my stops was in Sooke to start the decoration of a cottage by the sea. It is so adorable it’s crazy…more on the cottage later. I needed to simply and tastefully decorate for xmas, choose […]

November 25, 2012

Picking Pictures

My two worlds collided recently when one of my clients inquired about historical photos and whether we could find some for her place. (you may or may not know that I am both a professional historical researcher AND interior decorator extraordinaire) I said “Uhhh YEAH!”   So, I have been spending a little more time in […]

November 15, 2012

Industrial Christmas – Holiday Decorating Tips

Industrial and Christmas don’t really go together in most people’s minds. But I love to decorate with a little edge and the trend toward oversize and industrial pieces is not slowing down so I think it will be useful to try to incorporate what we’ve got in boxes in the crawl space with what is […]

November 14, 2012

Subway Sign DIY

If you were one of the lucky peeps who joined us down at the Trade Roots Store in October to make Subway Signs…it was soooo nice to meet you! I had a blast and since my sample signs got hi-jacked by the store (just kidding – I let them have’em) I had to make another […]

November 5, 2012


My pillow repertoire just expanded with the arrival of my Missoni fabric this weekend! Stay tuned for the fabulousness. Oh, and welcome to November, Movember daylight savings and the like…it kind of sprung up on me! This month I’ll do a pillow giveaway here on the blog…more on that later in the week…we must all […]

October 29, 2012

DIY Sunday Night

Let me tell you how much fun I had with a bunch of peeps last night down at the Trade Roots Store on Herald Street! The owners of Trade Roots, Carla and Christos,  and I hosted a fantastic and fun workshop where we all made DIY subway style signs using local street names and neighbourhoods.  […]

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 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 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 […]

July 11, 2012

One Room Challenge – Week 3

Hi! And thanks for coming back to check in on my progress in the One Room Challenge (ORC).  (ORC is 6 weeks, 20 bloggers/20 rooms and Lots of action!!) If this is your first glimpse of my project you can check out weeks One and Two right here.  This past week I made my requisite […]

February 1, 2012

Week 3 – One step forward…

This week I worked on my bedside tables…I feel like I busted out of the gates ready to get’er done and now it’s like I’m a bit stalled with this painting project.  As you all know things rarely go as you think they will and so I improvised with the painting and distressing, giving up […]

January 18, 2012

Week 1 – Inspiration & Intention

Inspiration…it comes in many forms. For this master bedroom I’m inspired by masculine greys and khakis. I saw this pic of one of Eric Cohler’s bedrooms awhile back and it stuck with me. I love the moody grey combined with modern and traditional art pieces.   I also love this gray grass cloth wallpaper and […]

November 29, 2011

Porte Française

Ever want to put in a french door instead of your basic builder door? Ever think “oh they are probably really expensive” and give up on the idea? Well I’ve been doing research….like I do…and thought I would share my Victoria French Door results…cause I’m nice like that.  These prices don’t include milling (which just […]

November 27, 2011

Mercury Retrograde

Retrograde…moving in the opposite direction.  My weekend DIY that never was… Christmas decorating is upon us and one of the hottest trends this season is mercury glass.  As an ardent DIY’er I sought out tutorials online and found several on how to create the look for less. Yay!!! The trick is to buy a special […]

November 24, 2011

Simple Wreath Idea

I found this oversized gray painted willow wreath at winners the other day. I painted on a little glue here and there and sprinkled some glitter on it.  I took three large rusty metal bells I had left over from a country style wreath I did last year for the coffee shop and dry brushed […]

November 17, 2011

Bedroom Make-Over

If you’re like me you’re always thinking about how things could be improved…tweaked or re-arranged.  I am usually happy with my creative results in terms of decorating…. but I am also always thinking and learning and being inspired by the world around me and the result is that I mess around with my own house […]

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 19, 2011

Sham Wow

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 […]


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 5, 2011

Heart of Gold

Neil Young’s Heart of Gold. It’s a favourite!! This weekend I took a sad looking large size canvas I bought on discount at Winners (Good tip: there’s no way you could get such a large canvas for so cheap at the art supply store) and decided to re-invent it.  I used mod podge all over it to […]