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 […]
KITCHEN FACELIFT
May 4, 2015  I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, but I have a good reason.  Not only have I been blessed by being so busy with my client work, but I’ve been going through my own kitchen facelift as well.  And I’m soooooo excited to say that it’s done and it turned out exactly how I envisioned it!  Although there were some glitches along the way (which is common with any renovation), it finally all came together and I can’t wait to show you the before and afters. Before kitchen reno: although my kitchen was done in 2006 and the layout was fine, the cabinet finish was a dated antique cream with a brown glaze and there was just too much detailing on the moulding for my liking.  The granite was also very busy and I’m sure when the kitchen was first done by the previous homeowner, it looked great, however I knew one day I would change it as it was always too ornate for my taste. The light fixtures – also very ornate – and pulls in a bronze finish were also not to my taste. And finally, the faucet and backsplash worked with the […]
04 May 2015 in Kitchens, by
MY AWESOME DAY AT THE FURNITURE BANK
February 24, 2015  If you are anything like me, you take certain things for granted.  As I sit here right now on my comfy sofa with my feet up on my ottoman and my laptop on my lap, sipping my cup of afternoon tea, I’m not really even thinking about my surroundings.  Instead I’m concentrating on the task at hand which is writing my blog today. However, as I saw yesterday first hand, there are many people who don’t have the luxury of sitting on furniture or typing on their laptops because they don’t even own these things.  Yesterday I, along with some of my fellow decorators volunteered my time at Furniture Bank in Etobicoke. www.furniturebank.org. and I must admit, it was an eye opening experience. Founded in 1998 by Sister Anne Schenck, Furniture Bank has been tackling issues surrounding poverty and homelessness by ensuring those who transition out of homelessness are given the best possible chance to succeed in their life off the street.  The clients who are referred to them are individuals and families who have overcome homelessness or were at risk of being homeless and now have a place to call their own.  By transferring gently used […]
24 Feb 2015 in Repurposing, by
WHY HIRE AN INTERIOR DECORATOR
February 18, 2015 Here’s a great article I’d like to share with all of you. I couldn’t agree more. Hopefully it will help you understand the value of hiring an Interior Decorator or Designer. 10 Things Decorators Want You to Know About What They Do About Felicia… Felicia Gimza is an award-winning Interior Decorator offering custom interior decorating and design in her home town of Oakville and surrounding areas of Mississauga, Burlington and the west end of the GTA. Felicia prides herself in creating rooms for her clients that are not only eye-catching, comfortable and functional, but are completely customized to suit their own styles.
18 Feb 2015 in Decorating, by
2015 INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW
January 26, 2015  This year’s IDS marked the 13th consecutive show that I’ve attended and I was inspired by lots of great new ideas!  I can’t show them all here as I’d need a lot more time and space, but here are a few of my favourites: The IKEA displays this year were awesomely inspiring!  They were showcasing their new “Sektion” kitchen system which has been designed to give you more freedom, flow and fun at IKEA prices.  I was most impressed by the ability to combine drawers and cabinets to make the most of your space.  Check out this example for instance.  I love how it looks like just one cabinet when closed but when you pull open the cabinet, you have 3 pull out drawers inside and an additional shelf on the bottom.                                         Also very cool was the fact that they combined hard surfaces and cabinets all in one island – look at how these 2 different cabinet styles are topped with both a soapstone (on the more rustic cabinetry side where the bread may be cut or […]
26 Jan 2015 in Repurposing, by
REPURPOSING AT ITS BEST!
January 12, 2015  I’m a very big believer in repurposing, recycling and restyling. Not only does it help keep our earth beautiful while limiting the amount of “stuff” that goes into our landfills, but it allows our creativity to shine through! We were given this very cool multi-votive candle holder over the holidays from good friends of ours who own a winery called “Burning Kiln” www.burningkilnwinery.ca.  At first I thought, oh how lovely and so kind of them to think of us. When I heard that the candle holder was actually made from an old oak barrel though, I was so impressed by what a great idea this was! You can still see the red wine stains around the bottom part of the candle holder where the wine was being stored. This really is a perfect example of repurposing at its best! If you have any repurposing stories or ideas of your own, I’d love to hear them. Feel free to leave a comment below with any ideas you’ve had or things you’ve created! About Felicia… Felicia Gimza is an award-winning Interior Decorator offering custom interior decorating and design in her home town of Oakville and surrounding areas of Mississauga, […]
12 Jan 2015 in Repurposing, by
HOLIDAY /NEW YEARS TABLESCAPES
  December 23, 2014  Setting the table for Christmas and New Year’s dinners has to be one of my favourite things to do. It allows me to use my creativity and imagination while being festive and it’s always fun to see the finished product and wait for my guest’s reactions! Somehow dinner always tastes better too when the table is so nicely set. I was getting tired of the usual red and gold decor ideas so I decided to change things up last year by transforming my more traditional colour scheme to a beautiful shade of turquoise with silver details. My inspiration were these beautiful turquoise beaded Christmas trees and candle holders. Adding lots of crystal candlesticks and votives, along with a silver table runner, white and silver napkins and turquoise and silver ornaments also helped tie in the decor scheme. I decided to change my gold charger plates and name card holders to silver as well by spray painting them. If I tire of this scheme, I can easily find another can of spray paint and voila, I will have a new colour scheme again. That’s the beauty of spray paint! Finally I always add some fresh cedar to […]
EASY BUT UNIQUE CHRISTMAS DECORATING IDEAS
November 21, 2014  As I look outside and see the snow falling, I am reminded that there are only 35 more days until Christmas! In my world, it means it’s time to start decorating! And this season is definitely my favourite to decorate for. My designs have been added to over 10,000 idea books on the popular and well-known, Houzz.com. And one of my table settings (stay tuned to my next post) has now been published in a national publication for the National Kitchen and Bath Association. I think what makes them so popular is that they are unique, colourful, always work well with the room’s decor, but most of all are easy to do. So here are some of my most well-received ideas. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them! This was placed on an entrance hall console table.  I combined silver ornaments with fresh cedar in a silver bowl.  How simple, but it certainly makes a statement in the front hall and against the backdrop of the black console table. Here is an idea for a kitchen island.  The focal point is 2 tall goblets filled with black, silver and grey tiny […]
FALL DECORATING IDEAS
October 13, 2014 Fall is definitely one of my favourite times of the year and every season I like to try something new in creating Fall Decorating Ideas.  Here is a pic of my latest kitchen island decor.  I’m all about using things I have readily available in my home (fall scented candle, ceramic pine cone, fall corns and gourds) as well as what I can find outside in my garden.  This year my hydrangeas turned a particularly beautiful rose colour so I decided to work these into my decor scheme too.      For my kitchen table this year, I used orange candles and wrapped the candlesticks with sprays of orange and green beads.  Then I decorated with my orange and brown glassware, yellow napkins and turned my every day napkin rings into fall themed ones by adding faux leaves purchased at the dollar store.  Fall decorating doesn’t have to be an expensive or time consuming endeavour – lots of creativity will go a long way!   Here are more examples of fall and Thanksgiving decor from last year’s tables.  In the picture above, I used some tall glass decanters and filled them with small orange pumpkins and gourds. […]
PRINCESS MARGARET SHOW HOME
October 6, 2014   I’ve always been a big supporter of the Princess Margaret Hospital Lottery and the Princess Margaret Show Home and I’ve just come back from the newest show home in Oakville.  I must say this is my favourite one yet (and I have been through them all!). I was inspired by so many elements in this home, but if I had to pick 2 favourites, they would definitely be the bright and open conservatory and the grand staircase…       Shown in the next two pics is the conservatory  which is a beautiful, wide-open space filled with natural light and floor to ceiling windows. The designers planted a live tree right in the floor which took a bit of planning and used up a little space from the basement, but it’s definitely worth it because the reflection in the adjacent mirrored wall is breathtaking. The skylight above and all of the natural light coming in will definitely help this tree remain in its current natural state of beauty and health. If I win this home, I’m most certainly setting up my office here! I am also in love with the grand staircase surrounded by floor to […]
06 Oct 2014 in Interior Design, by