Fixer Upper: The Path to Successful Flipping

This past week I read a blog article that a fixer upper had posted about their own personal journey on renovating a home.  The blog is titled, “Why Chip and Joanna are BIG, FAT, LIARS (But we should all be watching their show anyway…)”.  It’s actually quite a funny read (as I do love the writer’s tone and language she uses telling us her true…

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Honey Oak Staircase Makeover: What are my options?

As you may know, I am currently working in two homes that are full of honey oak.  One project I’ve called ‘Warm and Cosy‘ and the other one I’ve called ‘Honey I’m Gone‘.  Both of these homes are undergoing a complete transformations, both will have a cream foundation pallet, and both currently have a massive honey oak staircases. Honey I’m Gone This…

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You’re Baeumler Approved: So what?

My very good friend and colleague in Burlington Ontario, Claire Jefford with Creating Contrasting Designs introduce me to the Baeumler Approved program.  So what does it really mean for me to be Baeumler Approved. Baeumler Approved: Who is Bryan Baeumler? In Canada, Bryan is a pretty big television personality.  His shows on HGTV include: Home to Win House of Bryan Leave it…

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A Renovation Secret: Conceptual Designs Will Save You Money!

Psst…..I want to share something with you.  You see, I have a little secret.  This little secret of mine has been a game-changer for my business as it has allowed me to work with clients to move their renovation from a dream to a reality.  So what it the secret?  Creating conceptual designs for the renovation project. Conceptual Designs: The Discovery…

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The Olympic Bathroom Renovation Choices

When I start working with clients, I like to always try my very best to give them two options for their space.  I have recently started to work with a lovely couple who are looking to renovate their master bathroom and refresh their main bathroom.  I brought in a plumber right away to know exactly how much plumbing could be…

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A DIY Renovation Design Plan

Over the past couple of months, I’ve had a number of DIY (Do It Yourself) renovators looking to have a renovation design plan created.  While I did have a client who called me after a load bearing wall was removed (as they didn’t know it was a load bearing wall and this was a major mistake), the majority of my…

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My Cream Colour Paint A-ha Moment

This past week I  had an ‘A ha’ moment.  I have been working in two homes that are both full of honey oak.  One home I’ve been working in has their renovation project happening in phases.  Last week Phase 2 officially started.  The current phase that I’m working on is the kitchen and part of the adjoining family room.  This entire home project…

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Honey Oak Kitchen Transformation

I’ve been working in a Honey Oak home for a bit now and we are officially on to Phase 2.  Here are all of the phases for this home: Main bath and Powder Room – Complete Kitchen/Family Room Refresh – in progress Master Bathroom – on deck Staircase, Flooring and Paint for rest of home – next year. This home is…

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Renovation Timeline

When I start working with clients, there are typically 2 questions I get asked: How much money is this going to cost me? How long is the renovation going to take? Fair questions, right?  Here’s how I go over my renovation timeline with my clients. Renovation Timeline: The Process Renovation Timeline: Design Phase The first thing that gets done for…

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What happens during a Design Work Session

Ever wonder what goes into a Design Work Session with an Interior Design Professional?   I was recently called to a past client’s home to help with figuring out how to set up an area for homework while still having an area to play (one daughter starting grade three in the fall and the son starting kindergarten).  Here is the process…

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