March 22, 2014

American Dream Builders – Sunday

I have been looking forward to this new show and this weekend is the premiere. It’s called American Dream Builders, on NBC. This new reality series showcases the talents of the most accomplished designers and home builders in America by pitting 12 worthy contestants against one another in a high-stakes competition designed to push everyone’s […]

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.  […]

April 24, 2013

Bryk House on HGTV

I’m totally loving a new show on HGTV Canada called Bryk House (for my American cousins it is A Bryk At A Time on DIY/HGTV US). The show follows new designer and mom, Danielle Nicholas Bryk through the trials and triumphs of running her own design business. She’s adorable and talented and I’m hooked! Here’s […]

January 22, 2013

Scientific Discovery

I just discovered the most amazing table, called the molecule table by casamidy…have you ever?     So new, and cool and different I had to share…     If you want to visit their site. Check it out

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

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 […]

March 9, 2012

Design District Studio – Open House

Last night I did something I’ve wanted to do for awhile, I went to the Design District Studio at 1826 Government Street. I wanted to check it out but I admit I wasn’t quite sure what to expect ….so I went with an open heart and the first smiling face I encountered was that of […]

February 20, 2012

Canadian Home Builders Association Show – March 9th-11th

Wow, I can’t believe it has been a year.  Peeps if you are contemplating a renovation this year then you should make your way to the CHBA Show March 9-11th at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre.  I attended this show last year so I could scoop up deals on counters, tile and other building […]

December 13, 2011

Are you Up For It?

The Pantone Colour of 2012 is….Tangerine Tango

November 25, 2011

Pattern Parlance Part II

Here’s a few more explanations of fabric Parlance. Some of my custom pillows make use of these beauties…now you’ll know what I’m talking about when they are for sale.   Ikat is a tribal patterned textile that is achieved by dipping the weaving threads into dye before the textile is woven on the loom.   […]

October 31, 2011

Pattern Parlance Part I

I’m knee deep in fabric and carpet research and I thought I’d share some of the pattern names with you.  Before I began really immersing myself in design I would just wing it in the stores when describing what it was I wanted.  “You know that squiggly line sorta thing intersected by the thing and […]

October 17, 2011

Watch for this…

Local Design Happenings! A new show.   Design District Trailer from Kevin Scromeda on Vimeo.

October 5, 2011

First Furniture

Last weekend I commented that was disappointed that I didn’t see any First Nations exhibitors at the Interior Design Show.  I saw a display by Sabina Hill, a Vancouver based designer who is inspired by First Nation motifs…and I certainly noticed this stunning chair… …but I didn’t write about it because I’d rather write about […]

July 21, 2011

New Zine

I like this one! It’s not all frilly and frou frou like some of the others. I don’t always LOVE modern decor, BUT I am totally into GUTS! Take a peek…it wont take long   Open publication – Free publishing – More blog

July 19, 2011

What’s the Difference?

When discussing design choices with clients I often encounter confusion between the styles of furniture they are looking for. Most of the misconceptions centre around contemporary vs modern furniture styles so I thought I would highlight a few examples of the various styles that are likely to stay with you as you shop and discuss […]

May 19, 2011

Roll With It

Recently Ive been looking for a bar for a client (and secretly for myself too). You know, a cool and preferably movable creature with a slight edge in terms of its design.  Enter the wheels, cranks and other odd industrial materials…these ones IMHO are worthy of a look. (Pictures are the links as usual) Some other coolios on rollios:   Contact […]

May 17, 2011

Moody Spanish

This house has been on my radar for awhile. I love Spanish style architecture and the contemporary decorating achieves the right amount of tension to create an eclectic interior (which I love) in an overall look I would call moody Spanish. Enjoy. Home by Ownby Design

May 6, 2011

Design District Event

I’m headed to this one next weekend. Are you going to go? (Image is the link as usual)

April 18, 2011

Trad Home is Here

I told you about this magazine a couple months ago and here it is.

February 14, 2011

Fall into Bed/Love

Whether you need comfort and soft place to fall after a long day…Or you have other uses for it….there is no denying the beds importance is paramount.  The textiles in these rooms evoke an aged and travelled feeling, and when paired with neutrals… a perfect combination.   Happy Valentine’s Day.   Love from Nicole

February 14, 2011

Victoria Home Show

The Victoria Home Builders Association Trade show is taking place this weekend at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre. The event (Feb 18th to 20th) includes seminars for new homebuyers and  presentations by award winning designers and garden experts. Admission is $8 and $6 for seniors or $15.50 for a weekend pass (CASH ONLY) Some of the design […]

February 13, 2011

LOVE – Dining Rooms

I hope that you are getting a sense of my personal style preferences, and that you like what you see!  This post covers dining rooms and while I am known to occassionally catch a bite in the car as I run around town, I am also terribly fond of my own dining table and the […]

February 12, 2011

LOVE – Living Spaces

Comfort, warmth stylish and personal. These are my goals when pulling together a living space.  I am inspired by the following rooms and modelling my own home decor around some of the common threads. Walls and large furnishings are neutral Wood Floors and area rugs (red tones) Dark woodtone furniture Hits of Red, lots of Accesories, books […]

February 11, 2011

LOVE – Bedrooms

I recently got some great advice to stay focused on the things I love about design and decor…By staying on track my personal style will show through my choices of subjects and pictures AND my blog will become more cohesive for you, my readers. So, in this month of LOVE and Romance what better time could there […]

February 8, 2011

New Traditional

It’s no secret that I am a Traditional Home Magazine junkie and the fast approaching publication debut of their new online magazine Trad Home is scheduled for Spring 2011 …April to be exact.  I can’t wait!!! The Magazine will be co-edited by Lonny cofounders Michelle Adams and Patrick Cline and the hope is that the […]

February 3, 2011

New online Mag

High Gloss Magazine had their official launch February 1st and it looks terrific! Well done ladies Check them out!!

January 26, 2011

The Right Light

My latest decorating challenge is finding the right light for my dining room, and as my husband has grown tired of looking at photos and hearing about the difference between chrome and brushed nickel I’ve turned to the blog to express myself once again….:) I want something different, something cool and something that will strike the […]

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 8, 2011


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 […]

January 7, 2011

Seeing Red

My inspiration(s) are constantly changing. This week I want to bring red back into the sitting room. I love this Atlanta home’s use of red accessories without looking obvious.  Watch for updated photos of my sitting room where my husband and I just finished the floors and I am inspired to add red…hope it looks as cool […]

December 18, 2010

Copy Cat Chic

This girl has a site and a facebook page where you post an expensive designer item you love and the community of super shoppers (not unlike like myself) give you less expensive comparables. SWEET! Wish I had thought of it:) Check her out!!!

December 12, 2010

Less is More

Shopping √  Decorating √  Cards Sent √      Cooking and Baking is all that I have left on my Holiday to do list.  Soo This weekend I went through boxes in my storage room and looked waaayyy back to the back of my closet and dug out some treasures to send to consignment.  This is part […]

October 31, 2010

My Top 5 Design Styles

Here are my favourite design styles…  What are yours? Old World Modern Country Hampton Chic   West Coast Modern Transitional