Saturday, September 22, 2012

Model Home Furniture Auction

So, here is a really cool idea in which Hot 89.9 (local radio station) and Tartan Homes are coming together to support a great cause, the D.I.F.D. Campaign.  On September 30th, you are invited to bid on different rooms in some of Tartan Homes beautiful show homes.  It's a great opportunity to purchase a designer room and help raise money at the same time.  There are over 200 brand new items including dining room sets, sofas and chairs, beds, art, decorations and more!  Here are the details:

When: Sunday, Sept. 30, Noon - 3pm
Where: Findlay Creek Village, Tartan Homes Sales Centre, 600 Willowmere Way

Here is a link to all the information that you'll need:

Take a look at a few rooms that have some interesting pieces:

I am currently searching for an upholstered headboard.  I'm not sure this is the right colour for my master bedroom but, maybe it could be a piece that I could have reupholstered.

Such a cute girl's bedroom. 

I love that piece of art above the sofa in the living room as well as those table lamps. 

A very fun piece that I would use in a kid's room. 

This cream leather sofa has tufted and buttoned cushions for a classic, tailored look.
Let me know if you are lucky enough to snatch up some great deals.  And if you would like any help incorporating any pieces into your home, contact me.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Glebe House Tour

It was a perfect afternoon to tour the Glebe.  The sun was shining and the neighbourhood was buzzing with people.  I managed to get to four of the six houses included in this year's lineup.  And they all showed off some stunning designs  There was a mix of modern and traditional elements in the houses.  Designs were done professionally but, also by some of the homeowners.  If I could sum it all up, the looks had a definite electic mix.  A good lesson for design today, don't take it too seriously, add elements to a room that you love.  Whether it's a favourite family photo or small artifacts from your travels around the world.  Those are the things that tell the story of your life and our homes should reflect your story.  All that being said, I was not allowed to take any photographs of these homes.  :(  There are so many things that I wanted to capture.  I made sure to take a lot of good notes after the tour.  I will show a few photos from my favourite house.  (Source: The Ottawa Citizen  and Desire to Inspire)

I loved the front entrance of this house. The stonework set the stage for this house. 

 Although this house did not have a formal entrance, I immediately got a warm and welcoming feeling.  


A curved wall was created to hide a support beam between the main hallway and the dining room/kitchen.  I love how the owners used it to create a chalkboard.

For the backsplash in the kitchen, marble bubble mosaic was used.  So much fun!

There were so many things to love in this house but, this had to be my favourite!...A garage door in the living room that opens up to the patio.  So amazing.  You'll also notice the wood panel sliding doors in the background.  These are made with reclaimed wood from the walls that were taken down in the house.  An amazing way to keep a little bit of the old. 


Love this colourful wallpaper used in the main floor bathroom.
There was a definite retro feel in this work area and bathroom.  Love the turquoise and orange colour combination!
Rumour has it that this table and chairs were found on kijiji! 

 Now to the second floor....Here are the bedrooms of two lucky kids!


In both kids' rooms the closets are IKEA's Pax wardrobes.  This was customized to accomodate the sloped ceiling. 

Love this hit of colour in the media room (I have a room very similar to this in my house) and the artwork in the wall.

Even the exterior was given as much attention as the rest inside.  Every bit of space was used to create a beautiful, modern living area. 


Sorry I didn't get to show you more but, you can see lots more of photos of this and another house on the tour over at Desire to Inspire. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

2012 Annual Glebe House Tour

This weekend I am headed to the 12th Annual Glebe House Tour.  It's a chance to explore six fabulous homes in the Glebe (a neighbourhood in Ottawa).  I can't wait to show you some great ideas and designs.  Here are the houses that are a part of this year's event:

Arts and Crafts Gem

Designed for Life

Fusing Old and New

Mid-Century Retreat

One Planet Reno

Social Spaces

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Home Tour

I wanted to share with you some of my own design work.  Our last house was a custom built house by Infinity Architectural Inc. in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  It was an amazing process to go through and here are the results.

My Living Room

What I loved most about this room was the 15ft cathedral ceilings with skylights.  There was always so much light in this room.  Becuase of the height of the ceiling, I definitely wanted to light fixture that could make a statment.  The light fixture is by Origina Lighting

I created a gallery wall surrounding the TV with black and white family photos.  The TV alone on that wall looked bare, and the placement of the frames helped to incorporate the TV into the whole look.  Frames were purchased at IKEA and Michaels

I was definitely going for softer colours on the walls throughout the whole house.  For the living / dining room and the main spaces throughout the house, I used Benjamin Moore, Thousand Islands.

For the wall opposite the TV, I had to balance it with a large piece.  So, I chose this clock from Sears.

I chose a navy blue leather sofa and loveseat.  They were definitely compromise pieces for me.  I originally wanted a fully tufted sofa but, you can guess who ruled that out ;)  But, I am definitely happy with the choices made.  The sofa and loveseat are form Palliser

The wing chair was from Homesense.  Again, you'll see in the next photo, the tufted back on this piece, which relates to the sofa and loveseat without using the same fabric. 

This photo looks into the dining room.  You'll see another large light fixture.  I definitely didn't want the same fixtures in both rooms and I think I came up with ones that work well with each other. 

More rooms to come soon! 

If you would need help designing your home, contact me.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The IT Colour: Bordeaux

Fall 2012's 'IT colour' is Bordeaux.  A rich, luxurious colour that is a classic and easy to wear (and with any reference to wine, I'm in!)

Fashion and interior design have never been so closely related, as they are right now.  Anytime you 're looking for inspiration to decorate a room, your closet is a good starting point, especially this Fall.  

The best way to incorporate fashion trends into your wardrobe, can be done by adding a few key pieces.  As for interiors, the same holds true.   Here are a few ideas that will help you get started:

Dino Vase, Kosta Boda

Talisman Kilim Rug, West Elm