November 23, 2014

Holiday Decorating Tip #3 – Songza

My tip this week is to select some great tunes to get you in the mood to decorate. I’m obsessed with Songza (a free Music site) on my computer and my iPhone and I can tell you that the xmas playlists they have ARE the soundtrack to my holiday season! If you’re like me you […]

November 16, 2014

Holiday Decoration Tip #2 – One Thing You Love

No matter what your style, and no matter which holiday traditions you celebrate, there are items that we cherish during special times of the year.  Sometimes it’s a new shiny thing you fell in love with in a shop, and sometimes it’s an heirloom piece that you have loved forever. Either way, my holiday decoration […]

November 1, 2014

Holiday Decoration Ideas – Tip #1 Berries

Every holiday season I get lots of requests for holiday decoration ideas and I simply LOVE helping clients decorate their homes for the holidays.  Did you know that I can help with everything from tree placement and colour choices to arranging beautiful vignettes using your existing decorations?  In addition to my in home design and […]

November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love this modern and rustic – totally casual and inviting table set for a feast with friends.  I hope wherever you are, and whatever your holiday leanings you have a safe, stylish and happy long weekend! All the best! via apartment therapy

November 23, 2013

Holiday Decorating

It sneaks up on you..Holiday Decorating that is. I just put out this little mercury glass orb and I realized that it has officially begun….bring on the holidays I’m ready to decorate. Over the next couple weekends I’ll make it happen. When you are you going to get down to it? I’m still in love […]

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 […]

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 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 12, 2012

Use What You Got – A Decorator’s Holiday Tips

Decorators Tip #1 – FIND it and FILL it The holiday decorating season is upon us and since I help other people with their residential decorating I have to be on the ‘ornamental ball’ in my own place! My first holiday decorating tip is to — USE WHAT YOU GOT, shop your own house for […]

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 […]

August 11, 2011


I haven’t had my summer holiday yet and the Halloween stuff is already starting to creep into (pardon the pun) my field of vision. This year, instead of disposable decorations why not try decor? These spooky gems would make quite a statement. Pics are the links as usual   Contact me if you would like some help making […]

December 22, 2010


Wishing you all Peace and Joy for the Holidays!

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 7, 2010

Table decor idea

Looks like I’m not the only fan of the Pine Cone this season – here’s a pretty picture and great use of cranberries from Nate Berkus’ website. Click image for link.

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 2, 2010

Christmas Countdown

OK, I’m in it!! The Christmas spirit that is…… This month visit often for Christmas decorating inspiration and tips.  Today’s Christmas tree inspiration is from Traditional Home – my absolute favourite Magazine!  And those who know me understand that the super cute dog in the photo tipped the scales in helping me choose this room (same […]

November 17, 2010

Final Fantasy Tree – My Guy

My ‘final fantasy’ tree is a nod to one of Chris’ favourite video games and draws to a close my journey through a couple fantasy trees.  I have to get busy and put up the real thing!  Love you Chris…this one’s for you! xoxo Sasquatch, bikes, cheese, x-box, keifer, sushi, coke zero +whiskey, bike parts, […]

November 5, 2010

Fantasy Tree – Nature

Some folks do fantasy hockey teams, baseball etc etc. Me, I do Christmas.  My dear friend Amber does not know that she is my first subject – but the kind, beautiful and natural  way that she moves through this earth makes me think her Tree would be full of animals and love.  As an aspiring designer I […]