Embrace Paris

…. In a word Nourishing – Quite literally food for my soul It’s absolutely amazing to me after having just spent the last eleven days in Paris , sitting on an airplane en route back to Canada, that I am filled with nothing but smiles, sighs and a boatload of Gratitude. I am grateful for sooooooooo many things at this particular junket, but one of my dearest friends the fabulous Lisa Ferguson (StrengthsMentor) who put me forward as a social media speaker - in addition to this … [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...]

Thanksgiving enjoy your get together!

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. Erma Bombeck Decorate - Look Festive enjoy the moment! Keep the meaning close to your heart. Ensure the table setting, equates to your menu. (ie, if soup ensure there are bowls and soup spoons ) Enjoy your moments together, being thankful as a family Determine your place setting style formal and or informal   Most … [Read more...]


“I believe that the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more of yourself.”  - Oprah Winfrey GOALS Greatness Organized thoughts Achievement Love Sucess I have always been a bit of a dreamer.  I come from humble hardworking parents.  Good, honest Polish stalk and although goal setting was never something they directly instilled in me it none the less found its way into my psyche. I believe their gentle (and sometimes not … [Read more...]

1 month until Canadian Thanksgiving-Plan your dinner party!

A stellar table setting and combo! Another Setting-So beyond gorgeous! OK-Who knew? Fabulously Cheep and Cheerful! Thanksgiving decor! I love the feel of fall! Pears and leaves -That simple yet amazing!!! Martha Stweart you put me to shame! Great table cloth idea! Perfect for the kiddies! Mini pumpkin pies -DANGEROUS! I could eat 100!!! Another simple centerpiece -Baskets -Candles-Nuts and a Card! Various squash and gourds -Simple centerpiece Welcome Friends -Marker on pumpkins tres … [Read more...]

120 days until the New Year!

“Home is the heart of life ….. Home is where we feel at ease, where we belong, where we can create surroundings that reflect our tastes and pleasures ….making a home is a form of creativity open to everyone.” - Terence Conran  -  Designer/Author/Restaurateur 120 days until the New Year! Plan next year’s Reno by following these simple tips. Since fall is upon us, and school is about to commence I thought it would be fitting to address a topic for those homeowners thinking about … [Read more...]

Terrific Tuesday-Expect the Unexpected

“A person with flair is a gambler at heart.”  - Billy Baldwin   Expect the Unexpected I truly become giddy with delight when I witness the birth of a fabulous new design. Like most of us in the industry, I am not a fan of cookie cutter design. My work is ultimately at its finest, when clients are willing to embrace a unique concept. When you plan a space, dare to dream, and then include a bit of originality and a little of the unexpected. I am the first to admit that … [Read more...]

Thank You Teachers!

A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.  ~Author Unknown Teachers… To teach: Can be defined as a few things… to show or help (a person) to learn (how) to do something to give lessons to (a student, pupil, or class); guide the studies to give lessons in (a subject) to someone; help someone to develop (a skill or trait) to provide (a person) with knowledge, insight, … [Read more...]

Preparing for back to school!

"An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life."-Unknown I know, I know, I know Back to School? Mom's are screaming YIPPEE! Kids are counting down the days..... Are you prepared?? 10 days and counting until the 2012 school year begins! Here are a few images to inspire Excitement, Brilliance, and Organization! The Countdown Only a little bit more time to grab your supplies! If working on the … [Read more...]

There are no words….

“How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.”  - George Elliston There are no words.... Well maybe a few! I couldn’t achieve a wordless post if my life depended on it. There is far too much to say. First and foremost, a huge shout out, to everyone involved, for a fabulous “Yellow Brick House” Fundraiser! Team JBD Thank you to the community of Markham, for attending and sharing your enthusiasm and generously donating to help design the new Markham shelter for … [Read more...]