July 21, 2015

Wallpaper Virgin

Well, not exactly a virgin. I mean, I had a client years ago who picked out the wallpaper that she knew she wanted….but since then I have not had to use it, and while some clients dabble in the amazing books from time to time. It just hasn’t happened for me.  Now, you see it’s […]

October 3, 2013

Original Art – The Skating Party

If you have been following along with my design of an adorable bedroom for twin girls I have an absolutely charming little update! Amidst the drywall dust and tools tonight we agreed on this small – but full of character – painting from the Etsy store The Litus Gallery.  Some people immediately assume that original […]

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 […]

August 13, 2013

Fab Finds in the Northern Wilderness of BC

I just got back from a super relaxing vacation in Northern BC. Getting there by car is no joke. A cool 1500+ km (or 932 miles) – Each Way –  is enough to make most of us shudder, but it is beautiful country and hey, who could pass up days on end without Starbucks stuffed […]

July 22, 2013

Another Weekend Flew By!

I’ve been so busy I hardly have any time to blog! This weekend I continued Rug hunting, attended a cool Vintage sale in a beautiful garden location and painted an en suite bathroom (walls and ceilings) applause :).  Next step is decor and lighting. What did you get up to this weekend? If you want […]

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 […]

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 13, 2013

One Room Challenge – Finishing Touches

Is it really almost over? Yep, the most recent One Room Challenge Spring 2013 edition is almost complete.  What is it? The One Room Challenge is 20 rooms & 20 Design Bloggers kicking butt and taking names in 6 short weeks. This is week six so I’m showing you the final touches on the Girl […]

February 28, 2013

Bling it On!

I’m supposed to be writing… but I had to take a break to source some lights for a pretty Paris inspired  home office project I’m working on. Undaunted by a tight budget I knew overstock.com would come through…and boy did they. Check out these lovelies dancing around the $200 limit.  Sometimes I soooo wish I […]

February 16, 2013

Style Spotting – McLaren

I’ve been looking for two light fixtures for my basement and got totally distracted by these glamorous Harlow beauties at local lighting mecca McLaren Lighting… I don’t have the ceiling height down there for the chandeliers but the sconces are definitely going to be part of the design. LOVE [Pics are the links as usual] […]

February 10, 2013

Obsessed with Overstock

It’s a glorious long weekend in British Columbia…The first annual “Family Day” to be exact.  And to celebrate I spent a great deal of time with family on Overstock.com developing an unhealthy obsession.  Here’s the result of an hour wasted of research. See you Tuesday…  

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 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

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. […]

January 14, 2013

Monday Mash Up

Here’s how my day is supposed to shape up in a nutshell. But we all know how plans can go ;)How was yours? Update: I KNEW IT!! Freezing rain and snow in Vancouver today…the sea planes can’t go.

September 13, 2012

Do you Groupon?

Do you Groupon?  A couple years ago when I started this blog I had just moved to a new city and I went hog wild purchasing groupons to explore new food and entertainment possibilities around Victoria. It was great.  Cut to a few years later and I have more than a few unused groupons….like the […]

June 21, 2012

Weekend Reconnaissance

Looking forward to a weekend of relaxation and a little shop shop in Seattle.  If I find any of these beauties I’ll be a happy lucky girl.

May 18, 2012

Muse & Merchant – Grand Opening

I’m going to check out the new Muse & Merchant furniture store at Millstream in Langford, BC this weekend.  Maybe I’ll see you there? Update: I checked it out. They have some nice things, large scale pieces and an industrial edge. I liked it and the prices were not bad. I ran into an old […]

April 23, 2012

IKEA Richmond – Re-Opening

  If you’ve been wondering why IKEA Richmond hasn’t had your favourite items in stock lately, it’s because they’ve been under construction and getting ready for an expansion & re-opening beginning April 25th.  I noticed this morning that they are having scavenger hunts around Vancouver for coupons in amounts up to $1000 … click here […]

April 9, 2012

Trade Roots – Victoria, BC

There is another great reason to head down to Victoria’s Design District! Trade Roots, is an industrial antique furniture and decor store located at 545 Herald Street featuring one of a kind pieces you are sure to love.  Local owners, Carla and Christos Koulas, are breaking through the existing French, English and mid-century antique market […]

April 2, 2012

Sagers Outlet Store

I was in one of my favourite local stores, Sagers Home Living,  this weekend and noticed advertisements for a clearance outlet location. Hellooo!! They are located at 2809 Quesnel Street and open Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm.  The Outlet carries showroom samples and discontinued items.  Guess where I’ll be on Saturday? I have to check it […]

January 12, 2012

Take ‘er Easy

Ive been getting messages from friends and the universe that I need to take it easy.  In all things…that is take it easy on myself and stop being so hard on me…take it easy with the hot yoga and just generally slow down. And so in my Eddie Bauer addicted mind that means a leather […]

December 9, 2011


Last week I was watching an episode of Nate Berkus and he plugged the name of the bedding he used in a room design.  “Mary who?”  I said…wishing I was watching the downstairs TV with the DVR and rewind feature.  Well not to worry peeps here it is!!!  Not Mary, but Marimekko a hot new […]

October 13, 2011

Flea Market Finds

Example No. 2. Japanese Glass Float I picked up this Japanese float at the Langford Flea Market on Goldstream and Veterans for $15. It is in perfect condition and has the original rope netting affixed to it. I knew these collectables were gaining popularity last winter when I saw them on Nate Berkus’ show used […]

October 11, 2011

Flea Market Finds

With Market season winding down I am reflecting on some of the items I picked up over the summer.  If you have a good eye you can really find some great stuff at a fraction of the price in popular decor stores. Some of my friends and family have also made some great buys with […]

August 30, 2011

Stack Attack

Saw these unusual drawer pieces at nood.  You can buy them individually and stack’em. Something a little different.  

May 31, 2011

Crossing the Line

I headed down to Seattle and the premium outlets in Tulalip last week for a little shopping. I didn’t intend this to be a design inspired trip…I was on a mission for clothes…but I did see some cool stuff in my travels… At the premium outlets there is a restoration Hardware outlet that should be visited […]

May 25, 2011

Seattle Bound

I’ll be away this week. Have a good one!

May 18, 2011

Bangle Wrangle

If there was ever any doubt that fashion and interiors draw inspiration from one another….. Check out these lovelies from Cassis   Contact me if you would like help making the place you live a place you love! nicole@scottdesigns.ca

April 15, 2011

Flea Markets

I created a new page up at the top to keep a handy record of local flea markets. I will add some dedicated farmers markets as well once we get further into the season.  Hope these are helpful!   Flea Fact:   Did you know that you would call a flea market a “trash and treasure market” […]

April 7, 2011

Day Tripping

I spent yesterday in Vancouver running some errands and picking up my favourite Indian Food along the way.  I checked out a fantastic home decor fabric store called Arlene’s.  Really nice, you should go ! My Canine companion and I enjoyed the sunny day and some down time as we waited for the ferry in […]

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 18, 2011

Robshaw and Lucky Brand

I don’t normally post on fashion, since I’m one of those reclusive nerdy types who goes out once a month. But….a few weeks ago I introduced you to one of my favourite textile designers, John Robshaw, and today I’m showing you the Spring 2011 line from Lucky Brand Jeans that he collaborated on. Nice! Makes even […]

March 11, 2011

Anthropological Research

Did you hear? About the new concept store from Anthropologie opening on March 24th? The idea is a workshop space to inspire creativity and spending !  For those of us who don’t live in the states an interactive decorator shop is also opening on their website on March 17th so don’t be sad peeps. Looks like a cool […]

February 22, 2011

Vintage Victoria

Mixing old and new is the best way to achieve a comfortable, casual and interesting interior.  Why not check out the Vintageous Fair this weekend and dig around for the perfect “something old” for your space? Show highlights include vintage fashion jewellery and home decor.

February 15, 2011

Accessoire – D’oreiller

I’m practicing my french and narrowing down the all important accessory choices for my fabulous family room beginning with the humble throw pillow.  You may have noticed from recent posts that I am working on a look that is sorta cool, looks effortless and has a worldly feeling minus the spoon collection. In my search I […]

February 1, 2011


Lucky girls (and boys) who are planning their wedding’s will have some truly unique choices after Valentines Day 2011.  A new brand called BHLDN is being launched (Feb 14th) by Urban Outfitters Inc. which operates specialty and lifestyle stores like Anthropologie. BHLDN’s first collection debuts through its online boutique, www.bhldn.com; consisting of heirloom quality wedding […]

January 29, 2011

The Dish on Bowls

When decorating your home or office don’t overlook the dog beds and dishes that are usually in plain sight.  These items are WELL used in our home and they look it. My dog is a big guy and he has a little bench with bowls in our front entry which is functional but a little sad looking. Same […]

January 19, 2011

Comparison Shopping

A few people have commented and asked about the nickel pendant lights I chose for my sister’s coffee shop.  I found them at Rona. Check out this comparison the Rona light is $78 the other is from lampsplus.com and is $299.  Can you tell which is which?

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 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)

November 1, 2010

Shopping in the Stix

Do you live in the boonies? Does your town lack home decor and furniture stores?  Well thank Goodness for the internet!  Check out the following links for decor and shopping options that really deliver! Of Course I advocate for supporting local businesses whenever possible – the following are some national retail options that are easily accessible to […]