Rustic Dreams

Rustic Dreams: Renovation Journey

When I first started working with the family that owns this home, it was made clear that through this process, the first step and wish was to get a plan in place first.  They goal was to save money for the renovation and start the renovation when they were financially ready.  When you think of it, it’s pretty smart as we…

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Exterior Colours: You need to know why they HAVE to relate!

This past week I’ve been a bit out of commission and not feeling like myself.  You see, I have a bit of a pinched nerve in my upper back that has me with a tingling right arm and hand (my dominant hand at that).  So, it’s left me a bit cranky as this was certainly not ‘scheduled’ into my already…

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Decorating vs Designing

The idea for this post, Decorating vs Designing, originally came from a conversation I recently had with clients. I had just officially wrapped up a project with a final photo shoot and was talking with my client at the end of the shoot. Somewhere in the conversation, the topic of renovations came up and I had said that I much prefer the designing…

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A House Transformation from Cool to Warm Colours

When I first met my clients back in December of 2016, I was informed that they had recently purchased a home that had just been renovated however it was decorated in a way that was not appealing to them.  Their new home had an open floor plan which was going to be perfect for entertaining family and friends however the…

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Kitchen Faucet Love: My favourite kitchen faucet of all time!

For the past two weeks I have been helping clients pick out the pretty to go with their design of their kitchen.  When I take my clients to the showroom, The Ensuite, I love to show them choices, but I also love to show them my favourite kitchen faucet. Please note, this is by no way, shape, or form a…

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7 Tips to House Viewing Etiquette: Viewing a Home

It’s not often that I have a guest blog on my site as blogging is something I love to do.  This week however, is a guest blog post by my good friend Maria Doll with Leadership Matters.  Maria is an etiquette expert and she’s sharing with us her 7 tips when viewing a home to potentially purchase it!  Enjoy. Purchasing…

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My 3 Pieces of advice for handling trades: How fussy should I be?

This past week I was called to a client’s home to give my opinion on work that was being done by a specific trade.  I wish to point out right away that the trade in question is not one of my trades that I use.  My clients are managing their own renovation and they have a guy that is working on…

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3 things you should know about managing your own renovation!

When I work with clients to design a space and help them choose all the pretty to go with the design, I also offer project management.  What that means is that I will bring in my trades that I know and trust and take that paper design and turn it into reality.  For some clients, they are extremely happy to…

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renovation costs

Renovation Costs: What’s It Going to Cost Me?

When I meet potential clients for the first time to discuss an upcoming renovation, I typically get asked about renovation costs.  I get the following question:  “So what is this going to cost me?”   While I would love to just toss out a number, there are so many variables and factors that it simple isn’t as easy to just…

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entire home renovation

Preparing for an entire home renovation

Well – the time has come!  I have been working with a lovely family for just over a year in preparing for an entire home renovation project.  When I met with my clients, we discussed their wants, wishes and dreams.  Throughout this entire process, we have looked at a lot of different scenarios and design plans.  We have looked at actually…

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