Month: May 2012

diy … dining chair makeover

I spent yesterday afternoon reupholstering our dining room chairs and wanted to share this super easy project with you. This is a great DIY project for anyone looking for an instant update to your room. It can be done at very little cost (I covered 8 chairs for less than $30), and the project can be completed within a day.  I was pleasantly surprised at how fun this was to do. Before starting the project I highly recommend that you take a look at this step by step tutorial “Upholstery Basics: Dining Chair Do-Over” on So, we’re currently in the process of redoing our entire dining room, and our current chairs no longer fit into the new design plan.  The chairs were in great condition, but were slightly off in colour, so they needed a little tweaking from box store beige to a warm graphite grey. I chose a neutral, inexpensive, WASHABLE fabric that I found in the clearance bin at a local fabric store.  I chose this fabric because with preschoolers around, I …

diy project … creating a focal wall

Creating a focal wall in a space is more than just throwing a dramatic paint colour on a single wall and calling it an accent wall.  It’s about creating a centre of interest when we enter that space and balancing the design around that focal point. Quite often the focal point occurs naturally in the architecture of the room.  It may be a fireplace, intricate moulding or a window.  So it’s important to let the architecture be your guide.  In the case of a fireplace you may want to enhance the mantel with a large piece of art or mirror so when you entre the room your eyes are immediately drawn to the mantel and not overwhelmed by everything else in the room. source: Here printed drapery panels allow the bay window to be the focal point of the room.  Your eye sees everything else in the room later. source: Focal walls can be created with paint, wallpaper, artwork, picture frames, furniture, absolutely anything.  It’s important to note that not every wall deserves …

finds … hello birdie

I’ll admit, today’s blog entry started out as a tribute to Mother’s Day.  With flowers being the number one gift for Mom, my intent was to share some ideas for outdoor planters.  While searching I came across these incredible little birdhouses.  I just had to share them with you. In addition to their design aesthetics the variety of materials used to construct the houses caught my attention.  These are great examples on how to add texture and personality to your outdoor living space with wood, ceramic and concrete. Plus, they do make great Mother’s Day gifts.  Happy Mother’s Day! a. Scan Birdhouse SECOND, PigeonToeCeramics, Portland, Oregon ( b. Modern Birdhouse – Walnut ‘Canopy’ series, StudioLiscious, Caledon, Ontario( c. Concrete Birdhouse, fmcdesign, Montreal, Quebec ( d. Woodland Acorn Birdhouse, CattailsWoodwork, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island ( e. Bird House Trailer – Tear Drop birdhouse -Blue/White, birdhouse20, Grants Pass, Oregon( Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased these products, I’m looking forward to incorporating them into my future design projects.  

diy project … clawfoot colour

Three years ago we bought our 1920’s house for many reasons, but mostly for it’s character which included an original clawfoot tub.  I immediately fell in love with this  tub and bathroom, and was already imagining my little kiddo splashing in the bubbles before the house was even purchased.  It was a beautiful tub, as long as you could look past the fact that the exterior was painted a deep forest green with a gold sponge effect on it (I wish I had pictures to show you). One of the first things on my to-do list was to paint that tub, and I did.  I put colour on the bathroom wall and painted the tub a nice neutral charcoal grey.  I loved it at the time… but now I am feeling inspired to be a little more adventurous.  I think it’s time to PAINT THE TUB!  This is what is inspiring me at the moment. What do you think?  Should a bathtub be white?        

color vineyard

color … vineyard kitchen

Inspiration for a room design can come from anywhere.  A piece of artwork, a photograph, textiles… a vacation? I recently completed a kitchen design plan that was inspired by my client’s tour of a Kelowna Vineyard.  With this design the client wanted to recapture the warm, earthy, traditional feeling of the vineyards with a touch of spice! Working with the existing countertops, Abingdon Putty (HC-99) was selected for refinishing the kitchen cabinets, Olive Branch (2143-30) for the walls, and Spanish Red (CC-92) as an accent colour.  To tie it all together this oversized ‘Suzani’ type print, ‘Varenna, Harvest’ ( chosen for window treatments.Paint: