Saturday, November 12, 2011


I just realized it's been a while since I've posted any pics of my work. (Well, yes, it's been a while since I've posted anything at all, I know.) This is a duplex showhome I did earlier this year. It's kind of sparkly and glam - what with the sequined pillows, crystal light fixtures, zebra prints and what have you. Not necessarily my personal style, but it was fun. Decent photos too, right? Yeah, that's because I didn't take them. They are the professional photos that were shot for the company's website.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Oh Ikea, why do you torture me this way?

I need counter stools. And I want red ones. So when I stumbled upon these red Ikea stools while surfing the net I was so excited. They would be perfect. Except there's no sign of them on the Ikea website. I'm pretty sure they've stopped carrying them. I might cry.

Monday, August 15, 2011

There is progress!

Okay, so I finally have some pics to show of my place. (Sorry about the quality. Too much coffee = jittery hands = slightly blurry photos.) But look! Pretty decent, right? In case you've forgotten what it looked like before I bought it, here's a reminder:

So what have I done? Had the walls repainted, replaced the appliances, painted the cabinets and bought new cabinet hardware. Painted the countertops (with melamine paint that is holding up not too badly. This was really meant to be a temporary fix until I can afford new counters.) I covered the chipped white backsplash tiles with mosaic Smart Tiles. So easy - just cut, peel & stick! Other than the appliances, I didn't spend much money. Some paint, inexpensive cabinet hardware from Ikea, Smart Tiles from Home Depot, and a few inexpensive plates on the wall to add a bit of color. (Really inexpensive - the red & white one was $2 at Home Sense.) Has my fresh new kitchen inspired me to cook more? One step at a time people, one step at a time.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Of course I squeezed in some shopping!

There wasn't a lot of time to shop on the trip, but I did manage to pick up this amazing cushion cover in Budapest. There was this lovely little shop called Folkart Craftsman's House that sells original Hungarian handicraft products. This felt piece is embroidered with a traditional applique design. I'm rather in love with it.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Vacation Photos!!!

So I'm back from my trip to Hungary! I didn't mention before that I was going cuz it's probably not the best idea to advertise on the internet that your home's going to be empty for a while... It was a family vacation - my sister, brother-in-law and I took my Dad to see the country his family came from. It's been a lifelong dream of his to see where his parents grew up, and I'm so glad we were finally able to make it happen. This also happened to be my first trip to Europe! It kind of blew my mind a little ;) The pics above were all taken in Budapest. Such a beautiful city with so much history. I was taking pictures like a crazy person. Here are a few. I'm still trying to organize them so I'll share more later.

P.S. Jet lag sucks.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mothers' Day

My Mom & Me - 1977

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Work has been beyond busy and I just haven't had the time. With Mothers' Day coming up this Sunday, I did want to take a moment to pay tribute to my amazing mother I lost seven months ago. My wonderful sister beat me to it with a lovely tribute on her new blog. She expressed everything I wanted to say so beautifully that I decided to link to her post instead. If you are fortunate enough to have a great mom who is still with us this Mothers' Day, be thankful. And TELL her you're thankful! Go call your mom, peeps.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tea Time

image via Anthropologie

I was checking out the Anthropologie website the other day and came across these Six Sister Spoons. This colorful set of six teaspoons are made from laser-cut acrylic. Aren't they just so pretty? I think they'd look really cute mounted in a shadow box-type frame -- wall art for the kitchen or dining room. Just a thought.

Monday, April 11, 2011


I saw these India Mahdavi stools in a Ralph Pucci add in Elle Decor. Aren't they just glorious? That's really about all I have to say.

Monday, April 4, 2011

My New "Dresser"

The doors before

I drilled holes in the middle and added cabinet knobs. Then I used contact cement to attach ceiling medallions and added a bead of caulking around the edges to fill in any gaps. (The knobs and ceiling medallions I got at Home Depot.)

The finished product

My bedroom isn't really what you would call spacious. I like to think of it as cozy. I needed a dresser, but placing one in front of my baseboard heaters would take up too much space. I found these wall cabinets at Ikea and mounted two of them above the baseboards. The doors needed a little something, so I added cabinet knobs and attached ceiling medallions to dress them up. Now I just need to tweak what's going on above the cabinets. I think I might repaint the mirror again. I just need to decide on a color...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Now that is one heck of a DIY.

image via Remodelista

I came across this pic on Remodelista the other day. The house, designed by architects Anderson Anderson, was first featured in Dwell. Check out the chandelier. It's "made from tree branches wrapped with crystals and light strands." Amazing, right? Wonder if it was inspired by this...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring has sprung... well, indoors it has anyway.

The weather here has been sucking. Gray and snowy. Boo. So it was nice to come across some spring-like color when running errands at Superstore today. They had these fun bath accessories in such great colors. Towels, bath mats, and rubber-finish bath accessories. And did you notice the prices? Along with the bath stuff there were sheet sets, too. I know the mirrors aren't colorful, but I couldn't resist snapping a pick. I thought they were a pretty good find for $49.00.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pretty Pretty Rugs

Find all images here

Randall Gallant over at Shaun Ford Design was good enough to let me know about this fantastic product line they are carrying from Belgium called Limited Edition. SFD has some pics on their Facebook page, but you really need to check out the website, too. How beautiful are these rugs? I'm not sure how I'd feel about hiding any of the gorgeousness under furniture. (Oh, and SFD has an authentic refurbished Turkish rug - and samples - in their showroom.) Randall also sent me a link to EDITION Magazine. I haven't really read any of it yet cuz I was too busy looking at the great photos. Us designers, so easily distracted by pretty pictures :)

Thanks for the tip Randall!

Friday, March 18, 2011

I sooooooo need to get one of these!

image via Gizmine

I saw these fantastic humidifiers on the Nate Berkus show. They so don't look like humidifiers! They're stylish! And they come in pretty colors! How great is this? Especially for a designer living in crazy dry Calgary who gave away her humidifier because it was ugly? (That would be me.)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Yes, Yes, Yes.

image via Lonny

I was just looking at the most recent issue of Lonny and came across this pic. The grasscloth wallpaper is a lot like the stuff I put in my bedroom, and the plan has been to get an upholstered headboard as soon as finances allow. This is one for the inspiration file...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Condo Update

So here's a little preview of how the condo's coming along. The table is from Ikea. It extends to seat four people. There are three other chairs. The seats on the chairs used to be brown, but the wrong brown to match the table. (Oh and the table is the same color as the pantry you see in the background.) I was planning to paint the chair seats and I maybe still will. Eventually. The thing is, the melamine paint I planned to use really stinks, and it's a tad cold out to open windows. So... I kinda cheated. I painted the edges with white acrylic paint and covered the tops with white contact paper. I may end up painting the green knick knack thingies too, but I haven't picked a color yet. The teapot painting (which I did a while ago for my old place) is covering up the ugly old intercom that doesn't work anymore. Notice the red 'S'? Yes, it's this one I blogged about. Turns out having a blog is a great way of inadvertently giving your friends Christmas gift suggestions ;)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Shiny, Happy Colors

The Style at Home/Home Hardware/Home Furniture Booth

The Style at Home Booth - wall mural by Alanna Cavanagh

Modern Weave Rugs

New Caribbean Design Guyana

Planters at the Urban Mode Booth

It was warm here today. It's supposed to be warm for the next several days, actually. Things are thawing. Stuff's melting. I know winter isn't over, but it's a little reminder that spring will arrive eventually. Which has me thinking about bright, cheery colors. There were some great pops of color on display at IDS. No, I'm not done milking it yet. There was a lot of stuff there, okay?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Not a gig for the claustrophobic.

There was a model in here, but she snuck out the back.

Cambria quartz had a rather creative display idea at their IDS booth - designed by Ramsin Khachi. They had four little room "exhibits" behind glass, complete with live models. It was kind of like interior design show meets natural history museum. Sorry the pics are so crappy. Combine my mad-dashing with zero photography skills and reflective glass, and well...