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…

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…

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…

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 results in me being I’m in 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…

What to expect when working with me on a full renovation

What to expect when working with me on a full renovation

If you thought interior design was just about picking paint colours and fabrics, think again.  Here I walk through what you can expect working with me, as an interior designer in the Comox Valley, on a full renovation, with examples from a real client.   Stage…

Beach Style painted furniture makeovers

Beach Style painted furniture makeovers

My first victim There’s an expression in my house: you better not sit still too long in one spot or you’ll get painted.  Moving into a temporary home, we didn’t want to invest money in new furniture but our old furniture didn’t suit the beach…

How to craft an Oyster Shell Garland

How to craft an Oyster Shell Garland

The inspiration I first saw the idea for this craft project in a store and (being cheap) thought that I could easily make it.  As it turns out, I was right!  As it was such a simple project, I’m sharing how to craft an oyster…

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.…

Winter White Decor

Winter White Decor

Decorating away the post-Christmas blues The house feels so empty once all the Christmas decorations come down.  To combat those post-Christmas blues, I decorate with winter white decor.  As with New Year’s resolutions, white feels like a fresh new start to the year in anticipation…

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 allowed me to hone my wreath making skills as I’ve taught countless others to make theirs.  I’m now also hosting workshops at the local garden centre.  Taking it one step further, I…

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…

Transforming a dark log cabin into “the beach chalet”

Transforming 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…

Hygge at the cottage

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.  I love how the blues evoke the…