August 2016

Designer: Dorothy Draper and Hollywood Regency style

When I was very little I would occasionally spend a Saturday night at my grandmother Elsie’s two-story, impeccably styled home. Among the vivid memories I have of this…

British design

When I think of interior design, I think of design in a wider context than a period style, line of case goods, colour theme or how a room…

Staging: Moving forward

After propping up an aging 1920s city home solo for several years, I threw in the towel. I had upgraded and installed a new heating and AC system, a…

Designer: The imagination of Klaus Haapaniemi

The first time I came across Klaus Haapaniemi’s stylized mystical imagery I stopped dead in my tracks. Something about this artist’s work seemed very familiar yet elusive, like a…

Budget is not a four letter word

Before the fun stuff, some necessary infrastructure needs to be dealt with. Every project should have a budget spreadsheet because a realistic budget is essential if you want…

Colour makes all the difference

One of the most critical choices to make when creating a new space or giving an old one a facelift, is the selection of a colour palette. As with design…

Those sneaky trends

I’m a trend skeptic. Although I applaud the concept of expanding our exploration of new palettes, the nanosecond Pantone announces next season’s colours, I begin to flip through fabric…

Wow, a new kitchen!

You are innocently browsing a home trade show and the sexy profile of a huge stone topped island catches your eye. And that’s how it all begins. Who…