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Biophilic Design and its impact on your mental health

Biophilic Design and its impact on your mental health

Biophilia – it’s better than it sounds So many people relate interior design to just making an interior look pretty.  But interior design is so much more.  It’s “the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building to achieve a healthier and more 

Coastal Cottage Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Coastal Cottage Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Being the Mum of three wonderful sons, I feel truly blessed to share a coastal cottage with my boys, their friends and cousins. With this experience in mind, I’ve curated this Coastal Cottage Mother’s Day Gift Guide, knowing what kind of presents I would appreciate 

Organizing the Mudroom

Organizing the Mudroom

While we’re all physically distancing and socially isolating, I’m getting a little antzy.  Which means either something gets painted, rearranged or organized.  Here are my steps for organizing the mud room, or the “boot room” for those of you who are more posh.   With the 

Chalk painting furniture

Chalk painting furniture

Who else is going stir-crazy while we all keep our distance during Covid-19?  And who is also tired of their furniture and want a refresh? Raise your hands people! Well when I need a refresh it usually involves a bit of paint.  And in this 

Space Planning

Space Planning

Has there been a change in your house such as a new baby?  Or perhaps you have an elderly parent moving in? Or you want to reconfigure your unused dining room for a new home office? Let me help you address these challenges with space planning. 

How to set up a home office

How to set up a home office

With the Covid-19 virus, many of us are now working from home in hastily set up home offices.  Often times, this is actually the dining room table.  Having a great set up will lead to better productivity, even when the fridge keeps calling your name.  

Dog friendly interior decor

Dog friendly interior decor

So this sweet little chocolate brown labrador retriever, whom we’ve named River, has joined our family.  While I love her to pieces, I don’t want all her utilitarian “stuff” taking over our home. Why does pet equipment have to look so ugly?  Creating a dog 

How to choose leather furniture

How to choose leather furniture

How do I prevent bum prints on my sofa? This was the exact question that a neighbour asked me.  You know what we’re talking about right?  You get up and you can see exactly where you sat?  And over time it just gets worse and 

Home staging in seven steps

Home staging in seven steps

In this world of HGTV and instagram, your home HAS to make a good first impression when viewed online.  Or else no one will come to view it which makes it pretty darn hard to sell.  Staging does what it says, it sets the stage 

What is eDesign?

What is eDesign?

Have you heard this term and aren’t quite sure what is eDesign?  Simply, it’s working with an interior designer online rather than in person. Here are the typical steps of working with an e-designer step one: pick a package You’ll be asked to pick a 

Coastal Influenced Valentines Decor

Coastal Influenced Valentines Decor

I’m one of those people who decorate for just about every holiday and season.  Although, I’m not a big fan of green so I tend to skip St. Patrick’s Day which is shameful given my Irish heritage. I fancy myself a crafty person, so easily 

How to outfit your short term rental

How to outfit your short term rental

As the saying goes, it is truly the small details that matter when it comes to outfitting your property for short term rental.  Ensuring that there are two plates for every guest, hooks on the back’s of the doors to hang a robe or a 

2019 Cottage Gift Guide

2019 Cottage Gift Guide

If you’re lucky enough to own a cottage or know someone who regularly invites you to theirs, this 2019 Cottage Gift Guide should give you some great inspiration!  1. Stemless Wine Cup Take it from someone who has an earned reputation for knocking over wine 

Do you know what a bunkie is?

Do you know what a bunkie is?

It seems that the term “bunkie” is more widely used in Eastern Canada rather than out here west of the Rockies.  Essentially, it is a bunk house used for overflow sleeping at the cottage or cabin.  Historically, it was used to house working cowboys on 

Coastal Autumn Decor

Coastal Autumn Decor

Autumn is my very favourite time of year.  Warm days, cool nights, sweaters, pumpkins, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin patches…. do you sense a theme?  And then the coast is my very favourite place to be so combining them together into Coastal Autumn Decor results in setting 

How to make a burlap TV cord cover in a snap

How to make a burlap TV cord cover in a snap

With our clean white shiplap walls, I hated the various electrical cords hanging down from our wall mounted TV at the cottage.  Pottery Barn has a great burlap cord cover listed for $34 on their website but I am five hours away from the closest 

Designing for short term rental

Designing for short term rental

The cost of owning a vacation home is significant.  Property taxes, utilities, insurance and maintenance all add up to a hefty price tag.  While we love our vacation home, we can’t use it all the time so thought we could cover some of the costs 

Installing a new septic system at the cottage

Installing a new septic system at the cottage

We bought “the cabbage” three summers ago.  Like all diligent home purchasers, we had the septic inspected.  But in hindsight, it was actually the sellers who paid for the inspection and the small repair that needed to be done so we never did receive a 

How to curate your own coastal style

How to curate your own coastal style

It seems that every retailer and magazine is on the “coastal look” bandwagon.  From Serena and Lily, to Pottery Barn, to Crate and Barrel, they are all featuring a coastal vibe.  Of course, it is that time of year but it truly is a year 

Factors that go into choosing a paint colour

Factors that go into choosing a paint colour

Have you ever picked a paint colour to find that it didn’t turn out to be anything like you expected, once it was on your walls?  It can be difficult just knowing where to start when choosing a colour palette for your home.  It’s quite