August 2016

Memories of my grand mother's Dorothy Draper chest.

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…

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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…

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Staging on a dime or two

After a dozen years propping up an aging 1920s city home solo, I threw in the towel. I had upgraded and bought new the heating and AC, roof…

Klaus Haapaniemi ice flower wallpaper design.

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…

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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…

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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…

Classic black and white.

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…

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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…