Living room Re-do: Before & After

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A few before and after’s of a living room I did this year.  The house wasn’t in great repair, the floors were badly scuffed and worn down, the electrical had to be re-done which meant all new lighting, and the room needed to be painted.  To save money I opted to paint the original floors black and I used rugs …

BEFORE & AFTER: a kitchen gets a new look

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This kitchen has undergone a fairly dramatic transformation. The renovation consisted of a new layout of the space; as well as new flooring, cabinetry, appliances, counters, backsplash, lighting, sink and faucet, etc. I like how the new look came together, adding white cabinetry and butcher block counters creates a great vibe. The touch of black on the hardware and faucet …



In much of my own personal decor I like to stick with neutral colours on walls and large furnishings. I’ve always preferred layered neutrals and adding in pops of colour in accents like rugs, artwork and pillows. In an entry area a bright runner can be all you need.

Holiday decorating

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It’s that time of year when the holiday decorating happens.  I like a classic holiday look incorporating lots of natural elements like boughs and branches.  Here are a few snaps of some of my own holiday decor!

Creating an office nook

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At home I always create a spot with a desk to use as a small office.  In this very small space of mine, the ‘office’ was a tiny corner with a desk and bookcase.  I kept my printer here (although it’s not in this shot) and would use the bookcase on the right to hold paperwork and bills, etc.  If …

Before & After: fireplace – no hook up required

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Since it’s officially the first day of fall, it’s a great time to dream about a fireplace.  If you’re keen on a fireplace but don’t want the hassle or expense of adding gas, electrical, etc. –  here is an option to consider.  In the living room above I added an eco-friendly fireplace burner by Eco Smart fireplace.  This is an …

Before & After: Painted kitchen cabinets

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I’ve been a fan of painting kitchen cabinets for many years.  I first painted an entire kitchen for a design segment on CBC back many years ago.  Since then I’ve painted a few of my own kitchens too. In the kitchen above, I bought store bought cabinets in a brown wooden finish and I painted them dark grey.  It was one …

Easy to make drapery – no sew

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In my living room shown above I was in a pinch for drapery so I made the panels.  A lot of people asked about the window treatments when it appeared in House & Home magazine. There were two large windows on either side of the sofa that I wanted to frame with full length panels. It was a quick & easy …

My top 3 favourite entry rugs: durable & stylish

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I have 3 types of rugs that I always recommend for clients in an entry – and use in my own home. 1.  Antique kilim – this rug (shown above in my entry) has really stood the test of time.  I’ve had it for the last 8 years and it’s been used in my entry area in many homes.  The …

How to pick a backsplash for your kitchen

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I’ve been thinking a lot about backsplashes these days because I need to choose one for my own kitchen, which you can see above.  Typically my rule of thumb is to go with a fairly simple and quiet backsplash, but of course it completely depends on your counter material.  I normally go with a solid tile type of back splash …