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...]

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...]

Creating a space that is reflective of you!

“When we are authentic, when we keep our spaces simple, simply beautiful living takes place.”   - Alexandra Stoddard - Creating a space that is reflective of you! I contribute to a monthly column that responds to design dilemmas sent in by readers. Recently, I received a question that I thought deserved a thoughtful and thorough answer. How to know where to best disburse your design funds if your style is undefined? How do you determine your style and incorporate it into the design … [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...]

Practical benefits of a fabulous design!

“If you spend most of your decorating money on a Chippendale table or a Chinese lacquer screen, don’t fill the gaps with mediocrity. Forget the gaps for a while; just have a simple slipcover in one pretty colour. Then as you can, acquire other good pieces that are compatible in one pretty colour. Let the room grow slowly to maturity.”  - Billy Baldwin Practical – Benefits – of a Fabulous Design I can’t help it.  I’m a practical girl.  I believe that if what you are doing is of … [Read more...]

Terrific Tuesday- Tribute to Tobi Fairley

As you know, Teriffic Tuesdays are generally about paying tribute to  Fab-Industry Pro’s! We all love the occasional pat on the back for a job well done. So I am posting today to promote, share the passion!  Share the love!  Embrace the efforts of projects gone fabulous!! Today I couldn’t help but begin my first official Tuesday Tribute to the Amazing Tobi Fairley! A little Rock Superstar! She needs little introduction. You likely have seen this design powerhouse on the cover of … [Read more...]