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Decor Resolutions – A new look for a new year

Decor Resolutions – A new look for a new year

With 2020 solidly in the rear view mirror, I felt that it’s time to focus on 2021 and what small simple changes in the home can have a dramatic effect on improving mental wellness.  So these are my Decor Resolutions – a new look for 

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 

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 

How to outfit your vacation rental

How to outfit your vacation rental

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

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 

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 mixture of real 

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