27 May 2015

Apartment Therapy Feature

To me, there is few things more satisfying that a good "before and after" photo comparison.  This would be right up there with cocktails by the beach, sleeping in or indulging in any sort of bad food I know I shouldn't be eating. I have had to drill it into my head to always take photos even if I think it's not worthy. More often than not, I end up back at the beginning of a project and swoon over how far a project has come since its beginning.

This week, I was able to have some office down time and submitted a project to the ever so popular design blog, Apartment Therapy. It was a mission of mine, when I set out on my design journey, to make on to the pages (or, um, feeds) of blogs and magazines such as these and alas, my mission has been accomplished. Apartment Therapy featured a project that I am in the midst of finishing up. One day, I casually snapped the "after" photo, as noticed how the sun and lighting made the room glow at that particular moment. I think it speaks of exactly how the room feels.

For the full blog post from Apartment Therapy, please click HERE.

19 May 2015

Our Backyard: Phase 2

I hope everyone had a great long weekend. I sure did. I was oddly productive and I am kind of proud of myself for it. Traditionally, a long weekend means escaping from the city and connecting with the outdoors, but lately, I seem to be happy at home with no plans. My way of connecting with nature this weekend was being in my yard.

I can't believe it has been two years since I wrote about our yard. For a refresher, you can find it HERE. Man, time flies! This first phase took so much time, effort and man power that we were so pleased once it was finished. At least, this part of the project. 

2013 Yard Reveal 

06 May 2015

A Renovation with Ashton Kutcher & Houzz

Houzz has taken the design world by storm, allowing homeowners to dream big and see their visions come to life. I am so delighted that this type of app was created as it makes my job easier, expands my creativity and allows me to show examples to my clients of what I am envisioning. What I also love about Houzz is that they did this sweet renovation with Ashton Kutcher to show the power of the use of the site. Well done, Houzz! And while we are at it, check out my Houzz profile :)

For all 4 episodes, click HERE!

28 April 2015

Powder Room: Industrial Chic

I have decided, since most of my personal reno projects are still on hold/aren't completed/not photo worthy yet, it's time to talk about what's been going on with my client projects. These projects are always so much fun and I get to be really creative, so I figured, why not? After all, that's what this blog is all about....

Currently, I am working with a young family on renovating their entire home. They want to get rid of the '70s style, gut the entire place and start from scratch. Demo is scheduled for mid May so I have been designing my butt off, trying to get my head wrapped around the style and approach to the new spaces. I have been redesigning and selecting everything  for a few weeks now, so I am starting to see how the place is going to come together. 

First, I want to focus on the powder room because I am REALLY excited about it. My clients haven't seen my concept yet, but I am too excited to keep this design to me-self.

This is what we are starting with...

23 April 2015

Throwback Thursday: My Childhood Living Room

In honour of Throwback Thursdays (aka #tbt), I thought I would share a photo from one of my childhood homes, circa the '80s. For those who don't know what #tbt is, it's a social media thing. People post old photos from the past, and usually it's to laugh at themselves. Similarly, I laughed at this photo when I came across it. 

My childhood home's living room, circa 1985.

11 April 2015

If Betty Draper Had An Office...

I am not much of a TV buff, but since my husband and I got Netflix, game over! We now understand the whole notion of binge watching, which I can't decide if this is a good or bad thing. Our first experience with this was Mad Men. I find this series so intriguing. It transports us into a time that we didn't experience and can barely comprehend. The series takes place in the 50's, 60's and 70's and candidly portrays the female role, the way business was conducted, and how excessive drinking and smoking use to be. We got really caught up in the characters, clothing and of course, the decor. So when Chairish asked me to do a post for their Mad Men series, I was delighted! And, in case you didn't know, Chairish is a great resource for Mid-Century Modern furniture. You can find their entire line, HERE.


06 April 2015

Coloured Doors with Light Trim

As I mentioned on my Instagram over the weekend, I have started to notice a trend in my designs; painting interior doors. And not just the back side of the front doors, as I commented on a few years ago in THIS post, but all the doors in the space.

12 March 2015

Sunbrella: Not Just Outdoor Fabrics Anymore

Sunbrella been around since the 60's and has been changing the textile industry since their beginning. Sunbrella's fabrics would be described as performance fabric. What do I mean by that? Let this video be an example what Sunbrella performance fabric can do. You may be shocked when you see the video takes place indoors. This innovative company has branched out from their outdoor fabric line and created an overall product that is suitable for both interiors and exteriors. These fabrics are so beautifully crafted that you would never know that they were almost bullet proof...