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 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 […]
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
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
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
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  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 […]