Home decor

How to craft an Oyster Shell Garland

How to craft an Oyster Shell Garland

I first saw the idea for this craft project in a store and (being cheap) thought that I could easily make it. Living on a beach on Vancouver Island, I have access to an abundance of oyster shells.  The seagulls are constantly dropping them to […]

Contemporary Kitchen Remodel – Before and After

Contemporary Kitchen Remodel – Before and After

The kitchen was dark, north facing and cramped. The layout was choppy and non-functional. For this family who love to entertain, it wasn’t cutting the mustard.  They brought me in to help them realize their vision of a bright, sleek and highly organized contemporary kitchen. […]

Forget the winter blues and go for winter whites

Forget the winter blues and go for winter whites

How to decorate post Christmas I love to decorate for every season.  It started off when my children were young as they got so much enjoyment from it.  But now I do it for myself with the sophistication level stepping up more than a notch. […]

How to create a coastal inspired wreath

How to create a coastal inspired wreath

For years and years, I’ve been hosting wreath making workshops for friends.  It’s been a fun way to kick off the holiday season without too much work on my part.  By hosting a brunch, people can get to other holiday parties during this extremely busy […]

DIY Glass Fishing Floats

DIY Glass Fishing Floats

The driveway to our beach house is hard to spot in the pitch black darkness of the night.  And sometimes even in daylight!  I have ugly markers with red reflectors that I bought at the local hardware store.  The markers do the job but I […]

Turning a dark log cabin into “the beach chalet”

Turning a dark log cabin into “the beach chalet”

I NEVER wanted a log house.  Ever.  I find them too dark.  But when the ideal property at the right price turned up during our search for a beach home, we snapped it up.  After all, the old adage of buying the crappiest house on […]

Getting Hygge at the cottage

Getting Hygge at the cottage

Pronounced “hoo-guh”, there is no direct English translation for the Danish word hygge but cozy comes close. The concept is about finding contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.  The word may have its origins in the 1560’s word “hugge” which is […]

How to choose a colour palette for your cottage in nine steps

How to choose a colour palette for your cottage in nine steps

Step One: Inspiration So while out on a bike ride near my cottage, I came across this barn with the most amazing colours in its roof.  Quite the random patchwork but they seem to work together so well.  (Excuse the quality of the photo as […]

The last days of autumn at the cottage

The last days of autumn at the cottage

I absolutely love this time of year.  Words are not possible to describe that perfect autumn scent of falling leaves mixed with wisps of smoke.  If only I could bottle that. Early October at the lake is always awesome.  Cool nights make for early morning […]

Furnishing our first cottage

Furnishing our first cottage

I love home decorating.  I mean I LOVE home decorating.  So when it came time to furnish the cottage I was in heaven.  But I had to keep reminding myself that this is a cottage and not our city home.  We live in a city […]