June 2013 archive

Hello Summer!

  Well, school’s out and in the words of my 5 year old soon-to-be first grader, that means summer has officially started!  We’ve started a “Summer Ideas” list on the bulletin board in our kitchen to keep track of all the fun stuff we want to do this summer. I may not be able to […]

Design Crush: I’m Dreaming of a White Kitchen

I’ve mentioned before that I am lusting after white kitchen cabinets. One of our current home’s best features is the kitchen – it’s huge, with lots of storage, a massive centre island and a walk-in pantry. The floors are a classic medium brown oak. Unfortunately, the cabinets are almost the same wood tone. It’s wood […]

Homes We Love: Taking a Peek On Echo Drive

Anyone who has run, walked or driven down Queen Elizabeth Driveway in Ottawa has probably seen the “cube”. Once a neglected Victorian is now a re-invented “vertical loft” thanks to Kariouk Associates. When it was being built a few years ago I was trying to peer up from the canal to see what was going […]

Saturday Shopping: Fabulous Fabric Delivered To Your Door

I mentioned Tonic Living in last week’s living room makeover post and yesterday’s pillow post, and I know Mere loves them just as much as I do, so I thought I’d showcase a few of my favourite fabrics from their site for this week’s Saturday Shopping post. If you live in Ottawa, you’ve probably bemoaned the lack of […]

A Pillow For All Seasons

  Confession:  I have so many extra decorating accessories that I need a shelving unit in my basement storage area to house them all.  If I feel like mixing things up or need a certain something to complete a room, the first place I “shop” is in my own home. Excessive?  Maybe. Genius? Definitely! A […]

Design Crush: There’s No Place Like (Emerald Green for the) Home

Every year, colour company Pantone acclaims a new “colour of the year”. It does a remarkably good job at identifying this colour trend in advance and then we watch it sparkle into fashion, housewares, design and cosmetics. For the past six months, everywhere I’ve been shopping has hints of the Emerald City (fewer munchkins though, […]

Homes We Love: Designer Irene Langlois

Today’s eye candy comes from Ottawa designer Irene Langlois. She marries history and mystery to create homes with a comfortable and glamorous “new traditional” style. The history part of her décor comes from items like tightly-upholstered wingback chairs or flea market chairs with a make-over. The mystery comes with her ability to hide Ikea items […]

Get This Look: Family Friendly Living Room with a Modern Vibe

This spring I tackled another course towards my Diploma in Residential Décor at Algonquin College. The course was “Colour in Décor”, and most of our assignments involved mixing paint to create our own paint chips to match the colour scheme from a magazine photo. Harder than it sounds, I tell you! It was frustrating and time consuming, […]

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