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July 24, 2015

Langford BC Living Room

Who says that the suburbs have to be boring?  This builder home layout is repeated throughout the clients westshore development but changing up its tired palette and predictable layout has made this house totally unique.  I switched around the location of the living and dining areas and had an electrician add a junction box for […]

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April 15, 2015

Everything I Didn’t Know About Cork Flooring

I was at a consultation the other day and I was asked if Cork floors were an ethical product choice….Hmm you know we’ve all heard these stories about how the world is running out of cork so the wine industry has adopted the screw cap right?…Well it got me thinking because I didn’t know the […]

January 31, 2014

Pipe and Board Shelving

It’s no secret that I have a design crush on Trade Roots on Herald Street. I love them cause they make awesome custom pieces at an affordable price.  For instance, right now I have a client wanting pipe and board shelving in the living room. So of course, I think of them to build it […]

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.  […]

January 16, 2013

The Lamp Post

As it happens I have three projects that require a floor lamp…and since each space is completely different you would think I’d be looking at very different specimens…not so. In fact, I’m suggesting a really similar set of options to the Glam Downtown Apartment, the Eclectic Living Dining Room and the travel inspired Media Room. […]

December 31, 2012

2012 – Year in Review

Happy New Year Peeps! I’m ready to get the new year started and I’m so excited to share some new interior design client projects with you and some great plans for my own house too. Stay with me…it’s going to be a great year! Refresh your memory, or check me out, by clicking any of […]

November 7, 2012

My Chintz Wish List

I have a serious crush on a few pieces at Chintz & Co right now.  Which reminds me,  did you know about the insane sale happening there right now? Walk don’t run peeps! serious! Check out these lovelies …. the tall dark and handsome Meurice Lamp and the Madison Console where I could mix up […]

August 23, 2012

I’m a Guest at Amanda Forrest Design Group

Hi peeps.  I’m so happy to direct you to a new post (hopefully a series) on the Amanda Forrest Design Group Blog!  I’m taking incredible interiors and sourcing all the goodies here in Victoria and Vancouver just for you! Well, and me too. Hop over and show some love so maybe I can stick around […]

August 21, 2012

Nursery – Take II

Baby Mamma wants a little less Brown and Orange and a little more of the colour mix from the folded blankets pictured below.   Just goes to show you that inspiration comes from anywhere! Requirement for this little dude’s room is still soft and  mellow…we are gettin there!  

August 15, 2012

Variations of Eclectic

I have found that many folks appreciate eclectic style decor but once we start talking about it I realize that we have very different ideas of what it means..Indeed, there is a broad meaning to the term, and similarly a great deal of styles that are genuinely eclectic.  So why not take some time and […]

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 […]

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!

January 26, 2012

Layered for Less

The Layered look is my favourite. A mix of styles and a layering of texture and memories are what makes rooms personal and in my opinion successful.  I often I see people wheeling around home stores with a cart FULL of items that appear to be for the same room.  This approach is rarely successful […]

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 […]

January 15, 2012

Beam Me Up

My most recent project has been a home where the hardwood floors were replaced and we painted the entire house. (pics of that to come soon).  The fireplace was in need of an update and the client chose a charcoal coloured slate to replace the old multi-coloured slate tile. My client also had a beam […]

January 3, 2012

Bet on Blue

                        Choosing a rug for a modern country interior is so fun.. You can go literal country and incorporate some red and green but for the house I’m shopping for I think Blue is the Best Bet.  These rugs are from the Dash and […]

September 22, 2011

Pic Chick

Lately Ive been photographing jobs for my portfolio on the new website.  This is a recent bedroom look I did…a little boho /casual.  The website is coming along and I’m looking forward to launching it this fall! Lamps random score!; Accessories: Winners; Pillow Fabric, Chintz & Co; Pillow made by moi.

July 27, 2011

Console @ Work & Play

Thanks to Jenn’s question, Ive expanded on my console table post to include some great ideas for the use of console tables in your space. A console behind the couch is a pretty traditional use … but these examples are a little left of traditional and so they made the cut… Ever thought of putting one […]

May 11, 2011

My Cool – Six Pack

I often get asked what I like and although it changes I assembled six things or ideas here that I am really drawn to….or saving up for…at the moment. To me, these items or themes are current and cool but also represent good value as investments and timeless style that can be re-used in other areas of […]

May 9, 2011

Play Room Perfection

This fabulous playroom was deigned by Jeff Andrews and featured in the premiere issue of Trad Home in April. I immediately sent it to my clients and friends with kids and have done a mood board and shoplist for anyone who would like to re-create a room using it as inspiration.  Of course you can always […]

May 4, 2011

Kitchen – My Take

Here is another room in my series showing you how to achieve my eclectic style using resources on Vancouver Island.  Some of you may recall that I’ve been re-decorating my kitchen over the past couple months and was inspired by a Los Angeles kitchen featured in my March Crib Crush.  I wanted a slightly retro vibe, but […]

April 29, 2011

Peaceful Bedroom – My Take

A couple months ago I promised a virtual house tour with local shopping tips so here is the second instalment…a bedroom.  This bedroom seems so peaceful and the bed so welcoming that I thought it deserved to be recreated. There are a couple things about this room that make it special. First it has carpet whereas […]

March 25, 2011

Bedroom by Numbers

Ive been away for a few days dealing with renovation appointments and house guests.  In the meantime there have been lots of changes at this big old house, changes I am excited to share with you in the weeks to come.  An easy fix (and spring pick me up) is a re-do of my bedding & pillows.  I’ve […]

March 21, 2011

Open A Window

This weekend the sun shone on the west coast in a way that it hasn’t for months and I officially welcomed Spring!  Seeing this open window in a series of pictures from House Beautiful evoked a strong desire in me to air everything out and eagerly await the warmer weather. The symbolism, beyond the promise of […]

March 9, 2011

Entry Hall – My Take

As promised, I am going to share some posts over the next few weeks demonstrating how to achieve my casual eclectic style in Victoria.  I have put together a mood board to show you how I might interpret an entry hall in my style using items that are available from Victoria retailers, or online.  The entryway […]

February 27, 2011

Baby Talk

My favourite baby is little miss Ellie and I can’t wait to see her on our visit this week! She has been referred to as the little giraffe because she’s so long and as a result the giraffe theme really took off! I am hopelessly unqualified to blog about all the necessary gear that the baby needs, […]

February 16, 2011

Score! – Pendant Light

This has been a great week for sourcing lighting. My decorating is in full swing and on the weekend I found an outstanding and unique leaded glass pendant light for my kitchen.  The kitchen is tiny so one light over the sink is all I have room for…  This is alot of pressure for one little […]

February 5, 2011

Eye Candy

Choosing tile for my kitchen back splash is such a treat after all the hard renovation work Ive been putting in. There are so many beautiful colors shapes and textures to choose from that I had to share.  I’m leaning in the direction of green (materials and actual glaze colour) and Ive included some eye […]

January 10, 2011

Flipping Out

If you know me, you know I love Reality TV AND Design shows so when I found Bravo’s “Flipping Out” three years ago it was my instant fave. I thought I’d share some great shots of Ryan Brown’s LA Home from the LA Times. Jeff Lewis is the star of Flipping Out and Ryan is his […]

January 9, 2011

Updated – Ask Me

Hooray for Kaelynn! She took my advice and here is the compromise that she and her husband have made. Excellent choice! He got the TV and she got the entertainement unit. Well done!  See the ‘Ask Me’ section of this blog for her question and my shopping advice!

January 8, 2011

TEXTing

Im obsessed with Text as Art…It’s not a new trend but I’m still loving it. Lots to choose from and a great DIY Project too.  Dont be surprised if I try it!!  The anthropologie chair below DID inspire a DIY chair project that I will tackle in February. Update on Jan 8th – if anyone is interested I just […]

December 21, 2010

Cedar Bough How-to

A house in my hood was recently torn down along with all the lovely old trees:(  Soo, the other day I collected some cedar boughs from the fallen branches and did some arranging for the holidays. TIP: Mantles are not very deep and the branches tend to slide right off. Use clear packing tape to […]

December 6, 2010

Tree Time

Decorating the tree in shades of brown, gold, and copper but the PINE CONES are the show stopper.  Here’a a pic of my tree. Number of Days in the house. 2  Number of times it has fallen down. 1

December 5, 2010

Light Sprite

Last night I had a question from one of my boot-camp colleagues shopping for a specific type of light.  I hope these are what you’re looking for Meaghan!…Happy shopping!  (…oh and these are all websites that ship to Canada)