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July 1, 2015

Filling a Family Home Part1

Even when it’s hot, I have to be on my game. So, when some awesome new clients purchased a big ‘ol house in Langford this past May, I had to kick it into gear to help them find some budget & kid friendly furniture ASAP.  Once they got possession we started the Paint and flooring […]

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June 20, 2015

Modern Dining Chairs

At the moment I’m shopping for modern dining chairs for an amazing mid century house and my awesome client and I agree that different coloured chairs would be really fun. So, her expensive taste settled right down on a $1600 Saarinen chair like this one… ….we had a chuckle over how ridiculous it would be […]

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May 31, 2015

Prints – Charming

Most of us want original, or at least unique, art and items to decorate our spaces and show a bit of our personality…but the budget often demands creativity and resourcefulness so I have cultivated several go-to websites where I buy art prints for myself, and for you!  And, since I like to share… here’s my […]

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May 10, 2015

A week of Etsy

You may be aware that I’m working hard developing creative and beautiful spaces around town for a crew of amazing and diverse clients. I almost always infuse colour & quirky into my work and this is usually achieved through art. Some of my clients have amazing collections that make it easy and others are just […]

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January 7, 2015

Finding the Right Carpet

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 […]

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January 30, 2014

Need a Desk? Use a Table

I did it, and so can you!  Just google “office desk” and see how uninspired some desks can be.  Then cast your gaze on these great examples of tables turned desks and you’ll be a believer too. I love this one, a little modern and a little glam! Danish Designer Malene Birger. love!  And a […]

January 7, 2014

Obsessed With Layered Rugs

It’s dangerous when I have lots of work to do and all I REALLY want to do is look at rugs online.  It’s true I am obsessed and this  time it is with layered rugs.  Over the holidays I spotted a little design goodness in the form of layering rugs…that is, laying out two similar […]

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.

October 22, 2013

Custom Console Table – Progress Report

If you missed it, I’m having a custom console table made for my living room. It’s 6 feet long and it’s being crafted by the good people at Trade Roots in Victoria, BC.  I brought them a photo and dimensions a couple months ago and they are turning my idea into beautiful reclaimed/industrial reality. If […]

September 5, 2013

Bedroom Shop List

I love finding deals, but it’s not easy and requires allot of shopping combined with good instincts. I knew what I wanted for a recent bedroom design so I set out locally to find a few great pieces – and just cause I’m nice like that… here’s my bedroom shop list and sources so you […]

July 5, 2013

Gone Custom

If you want some help making the place you live a place you love…Contact me, I can help!

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 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 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 10, 2013

Sweet Seats

I’ve been working on a few dining room / dining area plans lately and thought I’d share some sweet seat options that I’ve been recommending to clients. These options are good looking, easy to wipe down, durable and budget savvy – just what the families I work with are looking for. First, classic Tabouret french […]

May 4, 2013

New Project – Boys Room

Lately I’ve started a new project for a Boys room. I love the cool blues and relaxed feeling we are going to create by using casual industrial style pieces with art and accessories that are a nod to his interests. Stay tuned for updates on this project! Sources: 1. locker, 2. Painting, 3. Lamp, 4. […]

April 25, 2013

Desk Chairs – Girls Rooms

If you’re following along with my progress on the kids rooms I can happily say that we had some great weather this past week and my client and I have been busy painting the beds and the desks with chalk paint. An update with pics on that soon!  In the meantime the fabric has arrived […]

April 18, 2013

Local Etsy Shopping – fave shop No. 1

Lately I’ve been seeing some fantastic shops on Etsy that are located right here in Victoria, BC. So, I figured I would dedicate a few posts in the next week or so to showing you some of my favourite local Etsy shops and maybe you’ll see something you like too?! My first favourite is called […]

April 2, 2013

Bargain Hunter Blues

One of the most frustrating things about my commitment to bargain hunting for my projects is the fact that I encounter limited quantities and discontinued items all the time.  Sure, I tell you about my awesome scores and highlights.  But truth is, since I shop in the clearance and sale sections allot, I tend to […]

March 27, 2013

Get the Look Local

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So here’s a shop list for those of you #yyj mid century loving decoristas who want to create this Em Henderson look locally for…ehem…ALLOT less. See below for the thrifty shop list (cause that’s how I roll) and a single shot of the inspiration pic again cause it’s […]

March 19, 2013

tUSEDay VICTORIA

Classic and Cool. You gotta love the Tolix Chair. Read here about the history of this chair…and click here to get one for yourself! Pic is the link too

March 11, 2013

I Spy – April 2013 Style at Home High / Low

I just flipped through my April 2013 issue of Style at Home Magazine and spotted an expensive designer pillow that I also sell in my Etsy store…for ALLOT less. Now, I only have one left because some other smart and stylish diva’s have already snapped them up. But here’s the photo evidence. Visit my Etsy […]

March 8, 2013

Schoolhouse Style – Classic & Cool

Picture a set of these around the dining room table. Is it possible to love a chair too much?  Pic is the link as usual It reminded me of one of my favourite eat in kitchens by Designer Chris Barret

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 12, 2013

tUSEDay VICTORIA

This week I’m looking for sideboards…and hey I found an awesome one….This handsome  fella has great lines, respectable hardware and a decent price. What do you think? (Pic is the link as usual)

February 5, 2013

tUSEDay VICTORIA

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 […]

January 30, 2013

Office Stools

This week I’m sourcing some adjustable stools for some amazingly hard working ladies in a medical office.  They are going to be handling test results in style with one of these options very soon If you need help sourcing the best piece for your home or office at the best price, contact me…I can help!

January 25, 2013

On Target for More Shopping

Unless you’ve been under a rock lately, you know that  Target stores across Canada are getting ready to open their doors and with that some big announcements were made this week to create even more anticipation among the masses. Target’s marketing is no joke, I mean who can forget the Jason Wu collaboration or the […]

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 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 […]

December 17, 2012

BC Wine Selections – Local Love

This week I asked my good friend Tracey, who is incidentally a Sommelier in training in the Okanagan, to hook us up with some great BC wines to carry us through the holidays and New Years!  Wine is a great hostess gift and a virtual necessity at dinner and appy parties so take a sec […]

December 10, 2012

Sneak Peek – 2013 Pillows

Did you know an exclusive line of my decorator pillows is available at Trade Roots in the Design District?  Give the gift of style this year with designer fabrics you wont find anywhere else…all my pillows are made, by yours truly, in my Victoria BC studio and are stuffed with feather inserts for that satisfying […]

December 6, 2012

Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Check out these great gift ideas for the gardener on your list. Bogs /Lee Valley Gift Card / Garden Therapy E-book

December 4, 2012

Pop Up Shop – Industrial Treasures

My dear readers, I know you’re wondering where’s tUSEDay VICTORIA? It’s here, just a little ways down,  mixed into all this vintage industrial chic. Stay with me. It’s cool. You’ve all heard about Pop-Up shops right? It’s a temporary shop that pops up to sell a discrete collection of goods for a short period of […]

November 29, 2012

Book It

If someone on your list is obsessed with Interior design like me (and probably like you too) here’s a couple books that have recently come out that are sure to please. Nate / Thom / Steven / Eric / Salvage Secrets / Rough Luxe

November 28, 2012

For the Love of Tea

Here are some more great gift ideas from local Tea Companies! Who wouldn’t love one of these! Click around onto the pictures I’ve linked everything up for your viewing pleasure!

November 26, 2012

Take a Coffee Break – Local Coffee Gift Ideas

I love everything on this post today, the only thing it needs is some vanilla sugar and it’s darn near perfect! How’s your shopping going? I hope these local lists are helping you get creative and SHOP LOCAL:) Sources mugs / tamper / Salt Spring Coffee / knockbox / Breville /

November 21, 2012

What to Buy for the Beer Guy

I know a few guys that love Beer. What better way to say Happy Holiday than a cold case of craft beer and a salty homemade snack! Sources 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 /

November 19, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies

Wow! It’s full on Christmas in the stores…. it makes me feel a little panicky that I haven’t done a thing in terms of gifts for friends and family.  So as I plot and plan my holiday line up..I’ll share some of my ideas and my favourites with you too. Of course, I love shopping […]

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 […]

October 10, 2012

Pillow Whisperer

I don’t do ‘Pillow Talk’, I’m a pillow whisperer. So, last week when a reader emailed me a question about her pillows I knew just what to do.  She wanted to incorporate one of my pillows into the mix (smart girl!) and she needed help with sizes, colours and patterns. She told me she wasn’t […]

September 10, 2012

Tuft Love

If you’re looking for a little something extra for your living room this fall and winter why not consider a tufted ottoman? A tufted upholstered piece adds texture and warmth to any space and has a timeless quality whether found on a modern or traditional form. Check out these local lovelies… Sources: Cube persimmon, Square […]

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 14, 2012

tUSEDay VICTORIA

Every Tuesday I feature a great piece for sale on USED VICTORIA. My pick this week is a versatile brass and glass coffee table that would work in many interiors. The price is sure right. Pic is the Link

July 26, 2012

Missoni Homewear

This Miss – Oni Need One of these to be over the moon happy!! Check them out from Provide in Vancouver     Did you know that Missoni’s first fashion collection appeared in Milan in 1958?   In 1981 Missoni collaborated on their first textile and home collection which was the beginnings of the Missoni […]

June 29, 2012

Vintage Market July 15th

Vancouver Island Mavins Handmade and Vintage Sale is July 15th! If you love vintage furniture, decor, and one of a kind accessories you should check it out! July 15th 10am – 4pm – Point Ellice House & Gardens 2616 Pleasant Street, Victoria BC $5 Entry or $3 with non-perishable donation to the food bank (pic […]

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 […]

June 1, 2012

Shop Local Week June 1-10th

Mayor Dean Fortin has declared June 1-10 Shop Local Week in Victoria. Support local business owners and Victoria’s economy by choosing homegrown shops over the big boxes! Let me know if you find any gems out there that we should know about.   Have a great weekend!

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 […]

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 […]