Just because something has utility does not mean it can’t be beautiful. Why can’t functional things be beautiful? Switches, dimmers and wall plates land in this category for me. [Read more…]
The Calgary Home + Garden Show is starting next week and this year I’ll be participating in the Ask an Expert series.
You can come down and meet with me for a free consultation between 2 and 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 27.
Bring me your ideas, your questions and your interior design troubles. We can work out the solutions together.
See you there!
Lighting is such an overlooked way to transform the feeling in a space. If the budget isn’t large, I always know I can can get maximum impact from swapping out the fixtures, or adding some new ones.
The sparkle of this mini-pendant by Fredrick Raymond would be the perfect touch to give a small room a touch of glamour and elevate things from ordinary to special.
Just before the holiday break I shared a sneak peak of a project I completed a while ago, but finally had photographed. I promised a few more shots in the new year and today I was able to get them ready to go up on the blog.
The homeowner prefers a traditional look and wanted to update her space to suit her family. We looked at creating a furniture arrangement for her living room that offers better traffic flow and access to the adjacent kitchen. We also worked with many of her existing pieces, like the sofa and tables. She had a pair of wingback chairs that were originally covered in different fabrics and used in other spaces in the home. We recovered them as a matched pair and brought them together in the living room.
An oversize, upholstered ottoman was designed for stashing toys and to function as a place to put up your feel and relax. It’s soft, so no hard corners for the children to get hurt on. It becomes a coffee table by placing a large tray on top when guests come to visit.
One of the challenges we needed to solve with the design of the entryway was how to create a contained landing zone in an open area. This beautiful burled wood console provides a place to set keys, change and paperwork. Inside, it is working hard housing a collection of mittens, scarves, tiny shoes and other accessories for her children.
What I like about the approach here is that the homeowner was not afraid to maintain her style, but she did think creatively about using the furniture to meet her families needs. She now has a home with a cohesive look that functions for her family.
What do you like best in the space?
I wanted to share this wool rug from West Elm because it’s the final piece we’ve selected for a condo project that I’ve been working on for the past month. I love that it’s wool. The pattern is large, but will provide the perfect ground for the room it is anchoring.