GRACE FARMS, NEW CANAAN, CT
October 30, 2016 I’m sitting on a plane on my way home from New York where I attended my nephew’s picture-perfect wedding in Central Park. While I was on the north eastern seaboard I decided to pay a visit to one of my dearest and long-term friends, Rose. Rose is as lovely as her namesake and is truly a beautiful soul – inside and out. Although we no longer live in the same town as she has been in Connecticut for the past 16+ years, we have always remained friends and have tried to visit with one and other as much as our busy lives will allow.  I’m feeling inspired to tell my story now, especially after our lovely visit to a place called Grace Farms which is literally a hop, skip and a jump from Rose’s home in New Canaan.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Grace Farms, and I would imagine that is most of you unless you live in the area, it is an architectural delight unlike like anything I’ve seen before. Pictures don’t do it justice even. It was designed by 2 Japanese architects named Sanaa – Kazuyo Najima and Ryue Nishizawa.  From an […]
30 Oct 2016 in Architecture, by
PRINCESS MARGARET SHOWHOME 2016
September 19, 2016  Once again I had the pleasure of touring the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Welcome Home Lottery Show Home.  This year I’ll keep it short and sweet though in the essence of time (which I don’t seem to have much of for writing these days unfortunately)! A few highlights of this year’s Oakville show home once again designed and decorated by Brian Gluckstein and his team were: The 2-sided fireplace that faced the outdoor courtyard on the outside and the front hall on the inside. The outdoor lap pool – first show home to have one!  Happy they finally added one. The kitchen pantry – I loved how it was open this year however backed by frosted window panes painted black. The basement had a music theme to it this year.  I enjoyed some of the decor like the guitars hung in the hallway and the framed album picture wall.  However I wasn’t a fan of the tv being hung in the hall with a built in bench across from it.  I can’t see anyone sitting comfortably there watching it.  Not enough space in my opiniop between the large t.v and the bench.  And in the sitting room […]
OAKVILLE ART SOCIETY’S ART IN THE PARK
August 2, 2016  One of my favourite summer events in my local town of Oakville is Art in the Park.  I hadn’t been in a few years but one of my friends, Laurel Best was exhibiting this year and I wanted to go to support her.  Am I ever glad I did because not only was it a spectacular day, but there was an amazing array of talent on display!  Here are just a few that caught my eye. First and foremost, my friend Laurel Best – Artist and Art Teacher.  I very much enjoyed seeing her booth.  She has been busy adding lots of new artwork to her collection.  Unfortunately her most recent paintings of Kinky Boots were already sold but I was able to buy some birthday cards with the images on it along with some funky shoe ones.  See below for a brief description from Laurel’s website.     Laurel Best is a professional artist who loves to capture nature in her photography and paintings. As a young person she attended the University of Waterloo. She earned a Bachelor of Math and worked for a number of years as a computer programmer and business analyst, but creating […]
05 Aug 2016 in Artwork, by
5 STUNNING WAYS TO SPICE UP YOUR OUTDOOR DECOR
June 16, 2016   Here in Canada we don’t get enough of those days where you just want to sit outside and admire your patio. With warmer temperatures and bright blue skies only lasting for a few months, I got inspired to put together my favourite outdoor decor looks. These looks are perfect if you’re planning to eat, entertain or just lounge and get into a good book. It is all about how to turn bland into chic this summer! Lets get started. 1. To start off simple, lets’ begin with adding some colour. Adding colour to the outdoors is just what your patio may need, a pop of colour makes for a vibrant and bold terrace. To accomplish this try adding colours like tangerine or fuchsia and modern prints like ikat, stripes and eye popping florals. See below! 2. Another great style to tone it down from the pop of colour, is what I call ‘lounge style.’ This is a lot more relaxed and easy to accomplish. By adding a few items to your porch like plotted plants, a day bed, Chinese lanterns or string lights, you will accomplish a comfortable and stylish space. If you’re on a budget an old […]
AMAZING SCULPTURES AND BEAUTIFUL DESIGN AT THE EXCELLENCE PLAYA MUJERES
February 22, 2016   I’ve recently returned from a wonderful resort just north of Cancun called the Excellence Playa Mujeres.  I normally wouldn’t blog about a Caribbean vacation, however this place was so special in so many ways, I felt I needed to write about it.  The attention to detail that filled this entire resort from the whimsical garden sculptures and incredible interior design to the fresh flowers, burning incense and pillow menu in the guest rooms are only the beginning of what impressed me. The fresh smell of spearmint that wafted throughout the lobby and main areas of the resort – not to mention the 9 gourmet restaurants, 7 pools, amazing spa and superb service and food also added to my wonderful experience.  But alas, this is not a Trip Advisor review – so this is not what I’m going to be highlighting in this blog.  As you can see from the first set of outdoor pics, there was a sense of whimsy throughout the gardens with these amazing sculptures and statues that were created by various artists.  These are just some of the many that were scattered throughout the extremely manicured grounds.  The second set of pics are […]
24 Feb 2016 in Interior Design, by
2016 INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW
January 24, 2016  This year’s IDS marked the 14th consecutive show that I’ve attended and once again I was inspired by more great new ideas.  I was really impressed this year by some of the furniture designers.  What amazing talent! One Canadian furniture designer in particular, Dean Jackson blew my what I thought was a “creative” mind until I met him! with his latest addition of Aeropods – a rare collection of 49 special cabinets.  These pictures don’t do his work justice at all so feel free to check out his website at www.deanjacksondesigns.com  He has been designing furniture since 1982 creating tailor made furniture and architectural woodwork with his company Custom Wood Designs while completing a Canadian Fine Arts degree.  He is also an accomplished oil painter.  His Aeropod concept which is what was on display at this year’s IDS is where Art Deco enters the Space Age to create an alluring classic that captures imaginations for your home, office or yacht.  Available designs are: The Timeless Pod – for the collector of fine watches.  The Vintages Pod – a new way of presenting your evening’s wine selections.  The Aficianado Pod – for the exquisite tobacco enthusiast.  The Diamond Pod […]
EXPERT TOUCH INTERIORS OWN HOME USED IN COMMERCIAL SHOOT
November 18, 2015   It’s been a while since I’ve written anything and again it’s because business has been booming! I can’t complain but of course, it doesn’t allow me much time to write my blog these days. In any case, I wanted to share a really cool experience we had back in August and the final outcome is pictured below as well as links. We were contacted by a media company shooting an interactive commercial for Ferrero Rocher’s website. They loved the “bones” and ambience of our home so we were selected out of many homes to have the commercial shot here. (This was the second time this year as we were also selected back in February to have a Chevy commercial shot here as well!). The set up took 12 hours with a crew of about 40 and the actual filming and clean-up took another 17 hours over a weekend, but it was all worth it when you see the outcome of the commercial. I refreshed my kitchen earlier this year and the producers loved the white cupboards, marble backsplash and grey and white Caesarstone countertops as a backdrop for their gold wrapped chocolates. They covered all of […]
KING EAST DESIGN DISTRICT LIFE.STYLE.FAIR
September 30, 2015 I recently attended the KEDD Life.Style.Fair which is Toronto’s largest public festival celebrating contemporary design, benefiting Habitat for Humanity GTA. For one day only, installations curated by local designers and pop-up street activations spanned the neighbourhood. I was invited by Cambria Canada and had been meaning to get to their showroom to see their newest designs – “Ella” and “Brittanica” anyway so it was a good excuse to go. It was wonderful to see such large samples in person. I always recommend my clients visit the showroom if possible so they can see the slabs in person before ordering them for their own applications since it’s very difficult to tell from smaller samples. Here they are.  Beautiful additions to their collection!                       Here I am with Kirstin Kucy and 2 other lovely ladies from Cambria                       I was delighted to meet 2 very talented artists there also. Gina Godfrey, whose work I greatly admire is in the first two pics below. Her works are found all over the world, including a permanent exhibit in Shanghai. Gina began […]
01 Oct 2015 in Interior Design, by
PRINCESS MARGARET SHOW HOME 2015
August 26, 2015 Since I’m a big supporter of the Princess Margaret Hospital, I’ve once again just come back from the newest show home in Oakville.  Below I’ll share with you some of my favourite finds throughout this beautiful home.                           I loved the rounded palladian windows this year throughout the home which are evident in both the front entrance and grand living room.                                                     What I found unique about the living room is how Brian Gluckstein extended the seating area with the addition of an extra plexiglass table flanked by 2 chairs. Tons of seating for many guests in this large room.     Here is the great room which is wallpapered in a brown grasscloth wallpaper. In fact there was lots of grasscloth going on in various rooms throughout the home in different colours. This is a great way to texturize the walls and add depth and warmth to them.     Although not really to my taste, this very modern, […]
MY LOVE OF ALL THINGS ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN AND DECOR ABROAD
July 8, 2015   I recently returned from one of the most wonderful trips I have taken to Europe…Barcelona, the French Riviera (or the Cote D’Azur as it’s also referred to), Provence and Paris – not only were the beautiful beaches, the serene countryside, the flavourful food, of course the rose wine and overall vibe of the south of Spain and France incredible, but the architecture, design and decor was awe-inspiring. In this post, I will share some of my favourite sights that are architectural, design and decor related. I’m sure you’ll be just as inspired as I was! I really didn’t want to come back this time! The first series of pics are from the first leg of our vacation – beautiful Barcelona.  For those of you who are architect buffs, you’ll recognize these buildings (including the famous Sagrada Familia church) as the works of Architect Antoni Gaudi who was a Spanish Catalan architect and the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí’s works reflect an individualized and distinctive style.  Sagrada Familia speaks for itslef with its ornate style.  Was really something to see both inside and out!  The building that looks like something from the “Flinstones” era is called […]