May 16, 2018    I’ve had good intentions of updating this blog more regularly with regard to our new home build however it’s been a very busy few months getting the house designed and built.  We are at the home stretch now and are at the point of flooring being installed and trim is about to start.  We are doing some extensive trimwork everywhere in the house so this will take awhile.  But all good things are worth waiting for! Some highlights over the winter and spring months: All ceilings have been raised to 9, 10 and even 12 feet in the new addition.  We’ve been able to do some really cool features because of this.  From coffered ceilings in the dining room, hallway and even laundry/mud room: To sloped ceilings with skylights in the kitchen:   And vaulted ceilings in the family room (they will be lined in ship lap soon!). If you’re wondering why the insulation is green, it’s been spray foamed and is a more efficient way of insulating your home.  It’s more expensive than the pink fibreglass one, but down the road, it will pay for itself because it has a much better insulating value.   […]
17 May 2018 in Architecture, by
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
September 15, 2014   Don’t you just love when a beautifully designed building has a great story behind it? I know I do. I wasn’t disappointed on recent trips to Charleston, SC and Williamsburg VA, both areas have Southern Charm   How exciting to start out with a horse-drawn carriage tour of Charleston.   You won’t find the extent of Classic Georgia, Federal, Adamesque, Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian homes  anywhere else in North America. Downtown Charleston however, features block after block of glorious examples.   Imagine a young southern gentleman building this home to impress and convince a young lady to marry him. Unfortunately, he took seven years to complete it. By the time it was ready, she’d already married someone else.     This popular Bed and Breakfast was originally built by a man whose daughter had moved to Paris. He built this beauty with a mini arc de triomphe outside one window to try and woo her back home. But she’d already fallen in love with Paris (and a certain young man there) and refused to come home.  Having been fortunate enough to visit Paris myself and loving every aspect of it, I think I can understand […]
15 Sep 2014 in Architecture, by