When Retail Isn’t Therapy – It’s time for a design expert

When Retail Isn’t Therapy –  It’s time for a design expert

After we have finished a design project I always share the before photos with my clients to show them how far we have come. Inevitably, I know many of them will flat out deny that the before photos were of their home. Yes, this is done with a sense of humour but it’s also because now that they are living in their ideal home it’s hard for them to believe they waited, stressed, and often mulled it over a few years or worse half did it...

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Spiced Just Right

Spiced Just Right

Renovated Kitchen & Family Room in Oakville The kitchen was opened up to the family room resulting in an exotic yet modern combination of design elements. A gourmet delight with extensive storage and zones for everyone including the family pets. The modern fireplace with custom glass surround and TV above is fully visible when large groups gather or simply everyday family time. Room for a growing art collection was also a consideration....

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Scotch & Sofa in Millcroft

Scotch & Sofa in Millcroft

These suburban sophisticates have rewritten the style rules in Burlington’s Golf Community. This metropolitan club inspired interior design exudes the client’s confidence with urban chic, comfort and sumptuous luxury. This project really has an eclectic appeal that belies it’s heritage. We selected nine fabrics, two paint colours, three metal finishes, area rugs, various cabinets, numerous tables, chairs, lighting, artwork, accessories...

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Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

This clean modern south Oakville remodel proves you don’t need to move to a condo to completely update your surroundings. These Oakville empty nesters with an active social life aren’t interested in “fuddy-duddy” decor. On the contrary, they are interested in the latest design trends, as well as the most current audio/visual components. The original stone fireplace was updated with a custom designed mantle and a new gas insert. The...

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A Family Values Lifestyle

A Family Values Lifestyle

A FAMILY VALUES LIFESTYLE DOESN’T = GIVING UP LUXURY OR STYLE Growing up I know many of us were kept away from the good furniture unless we were dressed up for a special occasion and even then little hands were carefully watched. I know some families went to the far extreme of covering furniture in thick plastic, extra blankets and even banning their kids completely from entering certain formal rooms at all. I know my clients don’t...

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Trendsetting Interior Design

Trendsetting Interior Design

The recent Pantone view Colour Planner is called – “Reveal: An Exploration of Real and Unreal Color. It contains 8 trend palettes as well as key seasonal color direction.” I want to show you how we have already interpreted these 8 colour palettes in our recent client projects. As a Trend Setter, I know through my professional design experience and ongoing ‘exploration’ about interior design trends, how to create them and...

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The #1 Designer ‘Must Have’ Ability is Creativity

The #1 Designer ‘Must Have’ Ability is Creativity

I have read many expert explanations of how to define interior design and decoration and frankly most of them are technical and not at all useful for most consumers who want to hire someone to help them update their home. Yes, architectural changes or construction may occur and should be done in a lawful way but there are many trades who can provide these services as part of a designers team. The unique ability the designer must provide,...

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Virtue of Design on a River Cruise Ship!

Virtue of Design on a River Cruise Ship!

Like many of you my husband and I love to travel but we don’t like the packing and unpacking that traditional touring involves. Needless to say that when we read about European River Cruises we wanted to sign up. We looked at a variety of providers but selected Scenic Cruises for a number of reasons. One of the key reasons we selected Scenic Cruise Lines was because of their attention to the design details of their ships and in particular...

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Setting the Stage — Valleyhigh Mudroom

Setting the Stage — Valleyhigh Mudroom

Squeezing by the washer and dryer at the start and end of each day, my clients could not help but be reminded of an endless chore — laundry! Relocating the laundry facilities and designing a proper mudroom allows for a smoother, stress-free transition when the family enters and exits their home. “Impressively and pleasantly hive-like” is how I described this family’s household in my previous post featuring their redesigned master...

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Rise and Shine — Valleyhigh Master Bath

Rise and Shine — Valleyhigh Master Bath

Bringing order to chaos is what the lady of the house, a busy executive and mother of three, does on a daily basis, and she needed her master bath redesign to do the same. To be fair her husband a school vice principal shares in these family tasks – they have a good balance. The trim, tranquil space provides for a regimented morning routine as well as a welcoming, rewarding retreat to come home to, complete with the understated luxuries of...

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