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Styling 101: Bookshelves

When I first delved into the world of interiors – professionally – I struggled with what to call myself.  I hesitated to call myself a designer as I’m not formally trained and decorator didn’t quite feel right. It’s only been in the last few months that I’ve come up a title – Stylist. I style spaces. From finishes to furnishing to accessories, I style.  I’m an interior stylist.

A Parisian Brunch

a parisian brunch

There are only a few things I love more than brunch – my family and friends, design, travel … but then, it’s definitely brunch.  I’ve often joked that if I do ever get married, I’ll serve brunch at the reception!

Why the intense love for Brunch? It always feels a bit classy and special – the bubbles probably have something to do with that 😉 The food options are literally doubled – breakfast and lunch to choose from, depending on the mood. And it usually lingers into the early afternoon. Rarely is anyone ever in a hurry to leave.

Styling 101: Coffee Tables

coffee table style

My favourite part of the design process is when all the major pieces – surfaces, furnishings and textiles are in and I get to style the space for the client reveal or a photo shoot. It’s when the whole vision comes together – little elements that on their own may appear insignificant brought together to tell a story.  Because, design after all is in the details.

Office Reveal

This post has been on the back burner for the last six months! I meant to share it shortly after my living room reveal. But every time I thought about posting it something else came up. So a couple months ago, I cut myself some slack and decided the new year would be the perfect time to share. Since it’s a time when many of us are committing to our goals, things like working better, staying focused, and nurturing creativity, all while staying more organized. I thought my office reveal would be perfect for January and perhaps inspire you to create a little creative sanctuary of your own.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2018

Every year in December, Pantone, the world-wide authority on colour announces the next years colour of the year. And every year it’s met with mixed reactions. The pantone colour of the year 2018 was no different – Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple, was met with surprise, excitement and in some cases passionate disapproval.

2018 Interior Design Trends

2018 interior design trends

Happy New Year Friends!

I’m not sure why, but it seems that with the flip of the calendar, comes a whole new set of trends. Trends in fashion, food and of course home decor. While I’m not one to follow design trends, favoring instead to create spaces that are classic and timeless – the kind that allow my clients to grow and adapt.  More often than not, what looks best in your home is what feels best to your soul.  It is hard not to be curious about what’s trending.  After all trends are a great way to see what’s new and perhaps discover something you didn’t know existed. So here are some of my favorite 2018 Interior Design Trends.

Bar Cart Styling 101

bar cart styling 101

The festive season is upon us – cue the jubilation and glee!  Without sounding too cliche, it really is the most wonderful time of year. And even though the snow has disappeared in Calgary (for the time being), I’m not going to let that dampen my spirit.  The decorations are out, the Pentatonix Christmas album is on repeat and I’ve baked my first batch of Christmas cookies!

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

I realize the actual line is ‘magic mirror on the wall ….’ but it didn’t have the same effect as the title for this post.  So, mirror, mirror on the wall it is.  Now that I’ve cleared that up, any guesses what today’s post is about? 😉 That’s right – mirrors!  They are one of the most used tools in a designers toolbox.  Mirrors can help create the illusion of more space, brighten a room, and add impact and interest for a fraction of the cost of art.

Colour Crush: Terracotta and Navy

colour crush: terracotta and navy

Thanksgiving has come and gone here in Canada and while most of the country nurses a turkey and pie hangover, I’m back at it with a fall inspired colour crush: terracotta and navy.

If you read my post on transitioning your space for fall, you know that I am not one to decorate with traditional colours like red, yellow and orange.  Favouring instead textures and layers to create a cozy space to welcome cooler temps.