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As you can see from some of the pics below, the house had character, but is not to our taste and the finishes are a bit outdated.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 […]
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 opinion between the large t.v and the bench. And in the sitting room […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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
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 […]
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