Designer Iris Apfel and style

If you are looking for divine design inspiration, look no further than design maven Iris Apfel. At 96, she has influenced interior design, textile design and fashion for…

Kitchen Savvy – part II

Countertops usually have us thinking about look, but practicality and economy are of equal importance. There was a time that laminate was the only real choice, but today…

Kitchen savvy – part I

One of the most expensive and complex room renovations you can undertake is a kitchen remodel. It tops the list of upgrades that we are told sells homes…

Transforming with colour

A simple change in colour scheme can dramatically change a space, creating an environment that is experienced in a completely different way. In a recent Architectural Digest story…

Best seat in the house

It all begins with the idea of a comfy single reading chaise and a great cup of tea.  It ends with a personalized, just-for-you, favourite place to sit…

Stylin’

Styling vignettes is an important layer in carrying through a design theme. A finishing touch that adds interest and personality, changing out keepsakes and interesting art, objects that fascinate, candles…

Lessons we learn from art

When we think about the balance of a room-scape, the ways in which colour rolls over a space in a coherent storyline, it is very much like admiring…

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…