Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I still love my bedroom!

I recently received an email from former clients telling me how much they still enjoyed their "spa-like" master bedroom. One of the comments " I still get so much pleasure when I come into our master bedroom, even after 5 yrs! Thanks so much for creating our dream bedroom".

Several years ago, in 2007, I was working on a commercial project, renovating and adding an addition for the offices of a company that manufactures portable and prefab buildings.  The owner asked if I also did home designs and renovations. Of course I said yes!

His wife called and explained that they had not redecorated in 27 years and that they were really ready for a change.  As their business had grown and they got to travel a lot, they found that they loved the hotel rooms they were staying in and asked me to redesign the layout of the bedroom and bathroom and create the custom "lux hotel" look they were after. 

After many meetings, many changes, many drawings and hand done renderings, this photograph shows the final concept of what I came up with. I found the circle fabric in a clearance centre and it became the jumping off point from which I pulled the rest of the fabric and color inspiration.  A total of 5 different fabrics were used and I think the effect was fabulous. 

Despite all the patterns, the room is restful and welcoming, truly a refuge after a long day.

Who do you know who could use a change in their decor, please refer them to us. Our business has been built on our happy clients referrals. Plus, we get a real kick out of seeing our clients happy! ♥

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Ultimate Color Specialist

I grew up in Northern Ontario, where in the fall, Mother Nature teaches us all about what a Color Specialist she is. 
Where else can you find the perfect combinations of colors: Peaches and rusts with yellow and dark greens, purples and grays with orange and yellow skies.

Sandy Falls, near Sturgeon Falls, Ontario - Pic by Nat Michaud

Lake Nipissing, Sturgeon Falls, Ontario-pic by B.Cockburn
This is where I grew up, where I learned to love everything about nature, where I would spend hours and hours, canoeing, in contemplation, in reading, in sketching. It was my piece of heaven. Sandy Falls near Sturgeon falls, Ontario.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Flowers for yours truly?

Saturday I attended the all day BlogPodium conference at the Hyatt on king st, in Toronto. I didn't know what to expect, this being the first conference of this kind which I have attended.  Well...I sure learned a lot! 

The main keynote speaker was Sarah Richardson. I was afraid that I would be disappointed but what you see on TV is what you get. She is genuine and unpretentious, humorous.  She shared her journey with us on how she was an overnight success.....after 20 yrs!!!  She has a great sense of humour and spoke sincerely about the hard work she has had to do. She gained a loyal fan in me.

Another notable designer who shared her blogging success with us was Meredith Heron. She gave us detailed information to follow, in order to be successful with our blogs. It was just the kind of information we all needed and wanted. Thank you Meredith.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Once upon a time....

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, a lady wanted to get her bathroom redone. She called the contractor, who told her to call the cabinet maker, who told her to call an interior designer.

Yes, that's right!  When you are planning on redecorating, or renovating or redesigning, call your interior designer first! Your designer can then help you plan your new look and she/he can help you choose your fixtures, finishes and colour choices. She can help you set a budget, and help you and your contractor stick to that budget. When everything is planned out, a renovation becomes a pleasure.
Your contractor is happy, your cabinet maker is happy, your interior designer is happy and last but definitely not least, YOU WILL BE HAPPY!

This bathroom proposal is for two teenage boys, brothers who both wanted some red in their bathroom as an accent. We were all so pleased that they wanted the same thing.
 Mom & Dad are happy because the finishes are timeless and attractive without being too trendy.  In a few short years, when the boys leave to go to university, Mom wants to repaint the bathroom a softer shade of grey, Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. A simple update, planned well ahead.

This bathroom remodel also has the number one request by Mom......A SELF-CLOSING and FLUSHING toilet!
What's not to love!! Wish I had had this when my sons were growing up.

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