August 2014 archive

Stay in Style Destination: Ottawa

Sue and I are admittedly shameless when it comes to wanting to take a peek inside all kinds of houses. My latest window peeking comes from the fine folks hosting their houses on Airbnb. Heard of it? It’s another site meant to provide visitors with a place to lay their heads in a spot other […]

Design Crush: Not Your Grandma’s Traditional

Traditional Living Room by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design   When I give a design seminar, I start by doing a little quiz with the attendees to help them pinpoint their decorating style. It’s definitely not very scientific but it’s a fun way to kick off the session. There are […]

Is a Furniture Deal Too Good to be True?

When Sue and I were having lunch the other week, we of course HAD to stop in the market to check out some cool shops (see what we liked on Instagram). While we were chatting Sue dropped such an interesting nugget of advice on buying fabric furniture and accessories that I couldn’t help but share. […]

Chez Newb: Adding Curb Appeal with Stain

When we bought our house five years ago, we bought it for the potential and location, not for the exact state it was in at the time. It definitely had appeal to me, but not necessarily the curb appeal I really wanted. Very slowly throughout the years we’ve changed, renovated, added and upgraded so much […]

Design Lesson: Picking A Paint Palette

Mere and I met for a “working” lunch on an absolutely gorgeous summer day last week. Sitting on the patio at Mamma Grazzi’s in the Market, we sipped San Pellegrino, enjoyed sinfully delicious pasta, and brainstormed new ideas for the blog. As we chatted, I mentioned that I had just come from a colour consultation appointment. […]

Chez Nous: The Waiting Game

The life of a decorator is full of waiting. I haven’t always been the most patient person, but I’m getting better (out of necessity!) I wish I could wave a magic wand and have all the beautiful design elements I’ve selected for my clients instantly appear in their homes, but the reality is that custom […]