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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 

Painting a fireplace

Painting a fireplace

We are so lucky and fortunate to have two homes.  One is a vacation lakefront cottage I have previously posted about and one is a dark and dreary log “chalet” on the ocean.  We hope one day to remove the log home, repurpose it somewhere 

How to avoid our mistakes opening the cottage

How to avoid our mistakes opening the cottage

I remember the first time that we opened up our cottage as newbies.  We were so excited to arrive for the May Long Weekend and check out the property in the spring.  Would there be wild flowers?  How about fawns and other little baby wildlife? 

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 

Christmas Gift Guide for the Cottager

Christmas Gift Guide for the Cottager

Want to ensure that you keep getting invited back to the cottage?  Here are some gift suggestions for that special cottage owner in your life. 1.  Game Camera This is the one that we have.  I don’t know if it’s the best but it does 

Winter cottage activities

Winter cottage activities

In the first year of cottage ownership, one of my brothers suggested that we all head up for the week leading up to New Year’s.  I thought he was crazy as, at the time, it was an unwinterized, uninsulated plywood cabin and for the first 

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 

Did you know that shiplap isn’t actually shiplap?

Did you know that shiplap isn’t actually shiplap?

So I admit that I am addicted to HGTV.  And what seems to be most popular?  Shiplap.  For those of you who don’t have the same addiction, here’s what it looks like: Shiplap is the horizontal wood covering on the walls in place of drywall. 

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 

Renovating a cottage bathroom in only four days

Renovating a cottage bathroom in only four days

At the cottage we relax our city standards.  One bathroom?  No problem for 10 people to share.  Plus there is always the second bathroom, aka the outhouse, if things get desperate.  Rules are put in place such as: 1) Please ask if anyone needs the 

Renovating the cottage, version 2.0

Renovating the cottage, version 2.0

We bought our second cottage last summer after selling one that we’d owned for 12 years.  And which we renovated over 12 long years.  So for this new cottage, we were hoping to speed up renovations significantly which would mean that we could enjoy our