Give + Get + Share + Empower = Flourish

Prepare to be inspired readers – A wee bit of insider intel as to what transpired behind the beautiful walls of the Le Meurice hotel in Paris, France …. in July! I’m not sure where to even begin as there is so much fabulousness to talk about. Seriously, I literally have goose bumps at the anticipation of sharing it with all of you. It’s difficult to formulate the experience into the written word as there is just so much greatness that transpired!  As always I shall try my best to … [Read more...]

10 Things To Know and Understand Before Beginning a Renovation

“Assumption is the mother of screw-up.”  - Angelo Rafael Donghia - 10 Things To Know and Understand Before Beginning a Renovation Read below to find out how to choose the right person for the right job and how to negotiate your terms so that everyone is accountable and happy with the end result. #1 KNOW WHAT YOU WANT Before you bring in trades and service providers to see the space to be renovated and assess the scope of work to be done, it is important to have a well thought out, … [Read more...]

FLOORING – FROM A-Z

“The essence of taste is suitability.”  - Edith Wharton - FLOORING – FROM A-Z Floors are the foundation of every room! We put so many demands on our floors that we have high expectations when it comes to selecting quality products . While strength and durability are essential, floors must be comfortable and safe to walk on and of course they must be esthetically pleasing, Flooring is always a substantial investment so planning and getting it right the first time is a must. Always … [Read more...]

BUILDING A HOME FROM SCRATCH

“The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.”  - Joan Miro - BUILDING A HOME FROM SCRATCH I write this article with a twinge of pain still felt from open wounds. I  spent 14 months planning, designing and then custom building our  home.  I can tell you with complete certainty that Building-From-Scratch is not for the faint of heart! The stress involved in making decisions about your new home 24 hours a day while simultaneously maintaining … [Read more...]

Interior Design 101 For “Couples”: Merging Your Styles In Perfect Harmony

“A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone thinks they have the bigger piece.”  - Ludwig Erhard - Design 101 For “Couples”: Merging Your Styles In Perfect Harmony You’re moving in together and have found the perfect place – congratulations and let the fun begin! As the furniture is unloaded and the boxes unpacked, it dawns on you how very different your two decorating styles truly are.  Can you blend them together to create a finished look for your … [Read more...]

Finding Inspiration

“The details are not the details. They are the design.”  - Charles Eames -   FINDING INSPIRATION… Where can you find inspiration? Begin your search for the perfect pieces by identifying the things you cherish most. Inspiration for decorating your home may come from something you already have: a cherished piece of artwork or some beautiful china. Perhaps a favorite piece of upholstery fabric can reveal your colour palette preferences as well as your taste for either formal or … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving a day for Gratitude

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. Irv Kupcinet Thanksgiving Gratitude Obviously we should never wait for the holidays to detail all things we are grateful for; however this reminder has spurred my imagination. I am thankful for so many things. Here are just a few....... My Family- Who loves and supports me. My clients- Who embark on a daily journey of faith, building &/or remodeling their homes My friends- My Cheerleaders, who encourage me … [Read more...]

Out with the old in with the new

“I want a house that has got over all its troubles; I don’t want to spend the rest of my life bringing up a young inexperienced house.”  - Jerome K Jerome -   Novelist/Playwright Planning your Renovation Sometimes the idea of “out with the old and in with the new” is simply not the best way to begin, especially as it relates to your house. This can be particularly true if you are fortunate enough to be established in an older home. While the idea of ‘starting fresh’ with a new … [Read more...]

Skinny on Rugs

“Details are not the details. They make the design.”   - Charles Eames - The Skinny on Rugs! The rules, the facts and the options….. Where to begin?  The first step is to assess what fiber best suits your needs.  If the rug is meant for a high traffic area that is at risk for spills and stains, then you will require a low maintenance, easy clean option.  Once this is determined, the world is your oyster. See below for the skinny on all things rugs….. The rules: Rule … [Read more...]

Lighting Last But Not Least

“Design is defined by light and shade, and appropriate lighting is enormously important.”             - Albert Hadley - Lighting Last But Not Least In almost every situation, lighting is THE defining element that can make or break a space. Lighting is used to make a welcoming entrance. It is an essential part of the bathroom vanity. It even includes the holiday lights on exterior trees. Lighting is not only extremely practical, but we rely on lighting for safety, efficiency and … [Read more...]