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BUILDING PERMIT IS HERE…AND WE ARE IN BUSINESS!
February 4, 2018 So the building permit for our new home addition finally arrived last week and we are now in business!  It’s been a long winter waiting for it but it’s here and the destruction of the old finishes has begun. David from Glen Abbey Contractors http://www.glenabbeycontractors.com and his team have already worked very hard at getting it to where it is now but we are more than ready to get started on building!  The destruction was a huge undertaking and virtually every wall, ceiling and floor has been removed on the main floor and similar things are going on on the second floor and even basement now. In the process we donated our kitchen to Habitat For Humanity so we felt good about that as it was still in good condition and we were happy someone else could  re-purpose it in their home or cottage. In order to get started on our framing, a very important part of the home building process had to be taken care of.  A 30 steel foot beam weighing approximately 2,500 pounds needed to be delivered to our home through a window since we had too many trees in the area for it to […]
WE ARE ON THE MOVE…AGAIN!
January 29, 2018 We are on the move again! Anyone that knows us understands we usually get the “7 year itch” when it comes to owning the same home.  So after 8 years at our previous house, we knew we were overdue and it was time to start our search for a new place to call home again.  We did just about everything we could do as far as renovations in our previous home too so we were up for a new challenge!  After an exhaustive search for a couple of months over the summer and fall, we finally ended up finding a beautiful property in one of our favourite areas of south Burlington (we were looking to be near the lake) that we knew had a ton of potential.  So we signed the deal, moved from our Oakville home just before Christmas and we are now renting while our complete renovation takes place. As you can see from some of the pics below, the house had character, but is not to our taste and the finishes are a bit outdated.  We are looking to make this home a very light and bright home and we are doing everything we […]
FROM SILK SARIS TO AMAZING AREA RUGS – WHAT A TRANSFORMATION
July 10, 2017 I recently enjoyed helping a client and good friend of many years select a beautiful carpet for their newly decorated Toronto condominium. After creating a floor plan and decorating the space with modern furniture pieces in dark wood tones and soft white and gold accents, we agreed the carpet choice should match the airy, modern vibe yet timeless appeal of the room.   My client and her husband live busy lives, toggling between several residences, and their home in the Shangri La residence is surrounded by some of Toronto’s most iconic buildings like Roy Thompson Hall and the CN Tower. The luxurious setting is nestled in the rich nuances of city living and provides a quiet place for them to unwind after a busy day or entertain guests.   To find the perfect carpet, I sought the assistance of ELTE area rug/carpeting consultant Linda Payton. ELTE offers a wide selection of furniture and related home accessories sourced from around the world. I shared my purpose with Linda: to find a spectacular rug that would add a welcome splash of color to my client’s minimalist design scheme. Carpets make a huge difference in the way a room feels. […]
10 Jul 2017 in Decorating, by
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 […]