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Simplicity in Design

  Simplicity isn’t simplistic. In fact, simplicity in design, is very complex. It is stripped down, clean lined, exposed, deconstructed. The planning of it requires us to work backwards – to know exactly where the end point is, so that we know where the starting point has to be. There can be no “ish” in […]

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Growing a Home

So many of us become discouraged about the state of our homes and how unfinished they feel.  We want to cross the finish line, fast forward to the part where our homes are completed, decorated perfectly, and a reflection of ourselves.  But if I truly want my home to reflect myself, then I have to […]

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Hygge

In the process of building my own house, a rather annoying limitation of interior design was highlighted for me:  the principles of design can create a beautiful, functional house, but that’s as far as they can take you.  Interior Design can only achieve Step 1. There’s a Danish buzz word going around these days…”Hygge”. Have […]

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Jord Wood Watches

The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time. -Jord Wood Watches If you haven’t yet heard of Jord Wood Watches, I might […]

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How to Make a Mural Work In Your Space

I wish I was a fearless trendsetter in design, but the fact is that it usually takes me quite a while to warm up to new trends – forget about setting any. I love the classics, and I use them liberally in the foundation of any design. It is only once the bones have been […]

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Succulent DIY

 I’ve been trying out these mini cheesecake desserts by President’s Choice:) I love the presentation of them, and have accumulated quite a few of the little glass ramekins that they come in.  I’ve been waiting to see how I can reuse them –  one can only have so many tea light holders. At the same […]

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St. Jacobs Style

Thanks to the overdose of paperwork that I forced upon myself on Monday, I had a little spare time on Tuesday to plan out the design of two empty bedrooms in my own house.  Plus, I needed a distraction from the wet and dreary weather! I have been in love with Aerin Lauder’s Aspen Ski […]

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Garlic Scapes

The first time I saw a garlic scape was two years ago, when my Mom brought a bushel of them to the cottage.  They looked strange and I was skeptical of whether they were edible at all, let alone tasty.  You see, my Mom has a history of experimenting with unconventional ingredients and we’ve been […]

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Project Winding Wood

When I first met Lisa and her family in October of 2012, it was to do work on her family room.  We completed that, then moved on to her son’s bedroom, then a powder room –  all the while her kitchen was screaming at us for attention.  Cabinet doors were literally dropping off one by […]

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Dunmora Estate

It’s not every weekend that I get an opportunity to tour a home like this.  Built in the 1920’s, this classic English Tudor revival style home stands proud, overlooking the shores of Vancouver Island.  It’s hard for me to describe this estate, without sounding as though I’m rattling off a realtor’s check list.  It’s true, […]

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