Lake living is such a peaceful existence, this year our family vacation will be on a lake in Maine and I find it is truly a time to connect with my family and nature. The crisp morning air, warm sunny days kayaking and beautiful surroundings set the scene for the perfect vacation. Today I am sharing some lake house love from the fabulous Muskoka Living, a design center dedicated to help you live a passionate lifestyle Muskoka style. In a region known for its exquisite natural beauty this lake house is a real gem. Read more
One of the design dilemmas that consistently comes up is what finish should kitchen cabinets be, white or a wood finish. There are so many factors that can drive the decision; does the kitchen open up into another room, amount of natural light, style of the home, current trends, but the most significant factor is simply, what do you like best? Today our House Tour features a kitchen with a stained wood finish on the cabinets verses the ever popular painted white kitchens that I design so often. Designer Heather Garret brings a fresh perspective to the interiors she creates, from French Modern to Southern Traditional and this renovation demonstrates how a wood finish can seamlessly integrate into a home and still feel light and airy. Read more
Today’s house tour is straight from Highbury, London; an eclectic area rich with history and character. Highbury Barn life in the 1700s was referred to as a ‘cakes and ale’ resort, an escape from the noise of the inner city. Today it remains an idyllic village in the city providing green space, unique shops and restaurants. Read more
This week we are talking all about accessories; how to use them, where to find them, why we need them and how to style them. Today I wanted to take you on a House Tour that demonstrates what a well styled home looks like and how simple decisions can help you select and place your accessories. I just adore the open plan concept and this condo sets the stage for chic styling. Starting out in the seating area; an area rug defines and grounds the seating arrangement, fabulous throw pillows add a subtle pop of color and pattern while a simple coffee table arrangement finishes the look. Read more
Valentines Day is right around the corner; inspired by hearts and falling in love I realized this truly is the season for PINK, one of the most fabulously feminine colors a girl ever knew and “the color of love”. Today I want to share some inspiration to infuse a touch or a bunch of PINK into your decor, from inspiration to interiors. This runway inspired color palette is just what this bright sitting area needed. Combining crisp white with a bold shade of pink and a touch of black resulting in perfect balance.
Solving design dilemmas in Just Ask is one of my favorite parts of the blog. This week I received a record number of questions, so if you’re waiting for a response no worries its on the way. I answer every question I receive giving each question my undivided attention and I select a topic that several readers asked about. Today we are talking “L” shaped rooms and how to layout the furniture.
Q. We live in a cape cod that has an “L” shaped living room dining room combination. There is a fireplace and beautiful windows, but I have no idea how to decorate it. Joan
Part of being an interior designer is helping my clients get organized. It is such an important step for our mental well being especially when starting a project. I can come into your home and design a beautiful space but unless we take time to purge and organize the contents it will go right back to where it was. I came across this workspace from Real Simple and fell in love with the simplicity of the design and the creative organization. Removing the doors opened up the closet so you have easy and full access. Read more
Every Wednesday I help readers solve design dilemmas in my Just Ask category, one of my favorite categories on the blog. I woke up to over a hundred design questions from readers, wow. I was inspired by this question to share ideas for designing on a budget using lower price furniture and re-purposed yard sale pieces. Ikea came right to mind; great design, in stock and well priced. This table can be found at Ikea, The Docksta Dining Table ($199.00). Combine it with dining chairs found at yard sales or re-purposed chairs from Grandma’s old dining set for a chic eclectic look. Read more
Q. Can you suggest some ways to incorporate wine storage into a kitchen I am re-doing so the look is decorative as well as functional? Alana
A. What an exciting time it is designing your dream kitchen. I love the idea of wine storage at your fingertips when cooking and entertaining. There are several ways you can incorporate wine storage into the space starting out with cubbies for bottles stacked as high as you desire. Read more
I had a super fun Wednesday getting back to everyone about their design dilemmas and project questions this week in my Just Ask category. The topic most people were interested in was organization, in particular mud rooms as we approach coat and boot season. I have designed hundreds of them so I am happy to share some inspiration.
Q. As the holidays and winter months approach I need to finally design my mud room. I have the space for built ins but wanted to also see what you can recommend if I just did a long bench with some storage. Barb L.