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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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Pipe and Board Shelving

Written by on 31st January 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

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 and then my thoughts turn to Kyle Schuneman’s awesome living room (BELOW) utilizing this DIY shelf goodness for inspiration. It’s one thing to build it, but another to fill it properly. And that’s where I come in!


I think it’s tres importantay to make sure your shelves are spaced to show off your things in a balanced and collected/cool sort of way.  It’s easy to do it wrong, so I figured I would show you some examples of filling this style of shelves to their best advantage. Think about shape, colour, size left to eight and back to front. Utilize the whole shelf. It’s totally finE to have some accessories from HomeSense tossed into your mix but it shouldn’t all be new stuff especially with this sort of vintage industrial look – You will probably have to hit the Vintage stores cause mixing is Key!

pipes mashI like a fuller look, so I want to see books and stuff, and YOU when I take a browse over by your bookshelf. So represent yourself well and display all the weird and wonderful things that make you unique. Measure some of your tallest books’n things to make sure they’re gonna fit.

suspipeYou can consider painting the wall behind your pipe and board too. This black backdrop looks great and adds to the industrial feel.

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Hammer Time

Written by on 17th October 2013 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

When I started my design business a few years ago I never could have imagined how quickly it would grow or how different it would be from how I imagined. I guess I dreamed about fabric and lights, couches and chairs…rugs and refinement…. not really paying attention to all that has to come before the pretty.

At the moment I have several projects in various stages of construction and planning which does not leave much time, or canonroom, for pillows and pretty things. Nope, it’s “hammer time” and project management time and budget time. Not sexy.  The good news is that once these work sites are cleared up there will be time for glorious decorious implementus (aka – Nicole get’s to make it pretty!!)  Another bright spot amidst the drywall dust and paint fumes is that I’m gearing up for my first professional photo shoot in a couple weeks to document a finished project in Oak Bay. Can’t wait for that!!

Patience Grasshopper. Your time to decorate will come.

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Bathroom – Weekend Update

Written by on 6th October 2013 in Blog POSTS with 3 Comments

A few weeks ago I set out to paint one of my bathrooms over the weekend. It was the builder peach/beige since we moved in and I couldn’t take it anymore.  I knew white was right and chose BM Snowfall White OC-118 for the walls and although I didn’t have the budget to swap the counter top – I changed the hardware on the cabinets. I added some accessories from Homesense and on the white walls hung an  industrial welcome sign, a vintage eBay soap label and a sign I made with a funny and famous quote from Austin Powers. I mean…let’s not take things too seriously right!?

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Here’s how it looked before…

Bath mashPaint and Homesense are both wonderful things!

DSC04255I bought this new shower curtain from West Elm. I recently used the same one in a client bathroom too. I must have had this cool metal welcome sign for almost a year and finally found a good spot for it!

industrial sign This sign makes us smile all the time. I love that it’s not too serious around here. Everyone keeps telling me I should make more and sell them on Etsy. If I only had the time!

DSC04278I painted this little bathroom in one weekend and the mister helped with the skylight part. It’s both high and confined….not great for me but he did an awesome job considering this was supposed to be “my” project.

DSC04281A little paint and elbow grease and I have a whole new bathroom. Easiest thing I’ll do all year I bet!

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Living Room Love

Written by on 25th September 2013 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

I wrapped up another project in Victoria recently which involved a living room for a young family.  I absolutely loved working with them… and because they were so willing to take my ideas and make them happen – the whole thing was done in no time at all!  You can see that bookcases were added to each side of the fireplace for storage and style.  The large Persian rug was a deal from ecarpetgallery and the over-sized leather couch makes an inviting and casual statement.

ddedc337-74bd-4f66-9f75-0d4c95798653_zpsb32c2810Some of the tips and tricks for personalizing this space involved collecting some of the homeowners things in one place and then deciding what would be good for the walls and shelves.  Once we knew how to use the existing items they loved I knew what we might need to fill in a few gaps and make it feel finished.

004-600My clients built the shelves on either side of the fireplace themselves! Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about!

002-600We agreed that the green tile was dated, but instead of changing it we chose to put bits of awesome in every other place in the room so it’s not the focus – and to be honest – you don’t even notice it.

005-600I added lots of colour to this room to make it bright and light.  I used the carpet as an inspiration and convinced them to go with the primary palette for accessories because I didn’t want them to take it too seriously. They’re young and fun and their home should reflect that.

008-600They did the gallery wall themselves and I could not be more proud! Bravo you guys! I couldn’t have done it better!

015-600The furniture in this room is a mix of one of a kind custom pieces and thrifted scores..that’s my favourite kind of space.

024-600We really played with a mix of furniture styles in this room too…. Bridging the Mid-Century teak and vintage Persian rug with colourful accents…

023-600As usual I’m happy it’s done, and sad at the same time:(  I always miss my projects when they’re done.  Thankfully we are also finishing the dining room – Pics of that someday soon.

Check out how it looked before:

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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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Bathroom Wall Art

Written by on 26th July 2013 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

I’ve been working on my master bathroom …and just like you, I labour over decisions and slowly make choices for the shower curtain, lights, fixtures etc.  I spent some time on eBay and Etsy this week and wanted to share my picks for vintage wall art that is more than suitable for the often small wall spaces we have in our bathrooms.

I’m a little obsessed with soap advertising and LOVED these…what’s not to love. The colours, the graphic nature of the whole thing and the fact that it is vintage soap…Perfect.


I actually pulled the trigger on this Japanese label…


And I am sorta drawn to the cologne label too…


I love this vintage advertising too. I’m thinking the basement bathroom might need to get an overhaul next…


So there it is, some vintage label art for the bathroom. Big pops of colour against my newly painted white walls is going to be fab. They are small and inexpensive so it’s easy to do a collection and not break the bank.

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Chair-y On Top

Written by on 28th June 2013 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

As the plans for my living room slowly develop I like to imagine the mister and I sitting and swiveling  while enjoying the view out our window in style…I just know that two of these chairs from Muse and Merchant would work ANYWHERE and I do love them so.  In reality he would be attempting to break a spinning/swiveling record and I’d be nagging him to knock it off and to use a coaster…Dreams are nice.

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Distance Design – Use What You’ve Got

Written by on 24th May 2013 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

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 to add more colour and re-purpose her existing pieces. The only new adds are the dining chairs, pillows and fabrics, rug and vintage art.  Everything else is there and will be transformed with a little creativity and hard work.

I can do the same for you…Design from a distance is a great way to get a professional’s eye for space planning achieving the style you want and using colour appropriately while getting a plan in place that you can implement yourself.

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Design from a Distance

Written by on 22nd May 2013 in Blog POSTS with 3 Comments

This week I’m working on a new distance client project way down in sunny San Diego! She’s a doll and her kiddos are cuties!  So far it’s going great…I’m full of ideas for re-using and thrifting where possible…and best part is she’s down for anything! Here’s my first stab at an eclectic living dining room combo that incorporates mom’s love of quirky and the pip squeaks affection for barbie cars and spider man. This space does it all.


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