My good friend, Jenna Scanlan, approached me and expressed that her Pretty In Pink Studio needed a makeover. Being an aesthetics shop, this was a usual procedure for her. Located in Hamilton's quaint Westdale Village, Jenna wanted to create an environment that was cozy, contemporary and welcoming for all her clients. She explained that this was a place not only for women to enjoy her aesthetic services but also men. Like many entrepreneurs, we had a budget in mind, which allowed us to be more creative with the existing surroundings and how to improve them. With the help of her dad, the owner of Scanlan Contracting, brothers, fiance and her own hands, the team transformed this studio space into a fresh, funky and artisanal atmosphere.
Happy thanksgiving to all of those south of the border from me. Some of you may be wondering why I am writing a thankful post during American Thanksgiving instead of the Canadian holiday. To be honest, it's was lack of time. I was at a fabulous wedding weekend away in Montreal that allowed me to miss the plethora of feasts that usually occurs each year during Canadian thanksgiving. So instead, here I am giving thanks regardless of who is celebrating what. We should always be thankful, right?
The month of Movember is here and actually more than half way over. Ladies can now sigh with relief. Personally, it doesn't phase me either way. Maybe it is because my father sports his moustache all year long. Actually, it's been my entire life. It's normal for me, or perhaps he is hiding the fact he has no upper lip? Coincidentally, my fiance also enjoys playing with different styles of facial hair all year long. It doesn't have to be a certain month for him to rock a moustache, full beard or god knows what. My point is, I think that facial hair is a fun accessory for men. Movember is a month where they can take themselves less seriously (and perhaps fund raise for a good cause while they are at it!).
Here is my dad with his 30 year + moustache. This was taken about 5 years ago. Mind the selfie angle.
With the onset of winter approaching, it was appropriate for my family to head south for a few days to not only enjoy some togetherness but also the warm weather. The essence of the island living gives me nostalgia of days past when I spent months chasing the sun around the world, from Canada to Australia. What a brilliant year that was. I digress...
Many moons ago, my first visit to the Sydney Opera House on Australia Day.
Do not feel defeated by the title of this post. It's not meant to frustrate you or to make you think there is no light at the end of the tunnel if you are in the midst of a renovation. Instead, it's a reminder that there is always room to improve, grow or evolve with your designs. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to write another article for Hamilton's Interiors magazine. I feel blessed to be a part of this community of inspired, ambitious and like-minded people. This article was titled, Design Is Never Done and is based on my experience after moving into my renovation.
If you have a moment for a read, click on the photo (or HERE) below to connect you to the article. And a big shout out to One Kings Lane for the inspiring words that helped in the brain storming for this piece.
I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Did anyone else notice how ol' man winter knocking at the door? In my mind, Halloween is the bench mark for the seasonal change from winter to fall. Remember as kids, we use to have to wear our winter coats or thousands of layers under our costumes? That was the pits and usually the first time we had to break out the winter gear. And this year will likely be no exception.
On that note, let's try to welcome this up and coming winter season with some motivation. I like to try to have some "to-dos" to keep me inspired and focused during the cold months while we are somewhat house bound. Here are things on my list to get me excited for this winter season.
1. Basement clean out! Yes. Finally we are tackling the dreaded basement; the place where belongings go to die. Right now, it looks like this...