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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3 pitfalls in a renovation: Don’t make these mistakes!

I am working with a number of clients who are in, what I like to call, the ‘Discovery Stage.’.  These are clients who have reached out to me to start the discussion of an upcoming renovation.  They are in the process of thinking of doing something in their home, but really don’t know where to start.  In most cases, these…

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Planning Your Shower Renovation

This past week I was very fortunate to attend a Kohler educational event hosted by Robinson Bath and Lighting on spa inspired shower solutions. Please note, this is not a sponsored post.  The opinions in the blog are my own thoughts from this learning event.  I have been specifying Kohler faucets, bathtubs, toilets, etc. since I stared in this business and was pleasantly…

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Rustic acreage design plan

For the past couple of months, I’ve been working with a wonderful family that is getting their entire design plan in place before their renovation begins.  This family is going to be taking on the renovation project themselves (so a DIY for most things) so it’s super important that everything is thought of so there are no decisions to be made…

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Pulling a Design Plan Together

I’m super excited as I’ve been pulling together a design plan for an upcoming renovation that will be taking place this summer. Pulling a Design Plan Together: Step 1 Kitchen Design – Function First The first step that was worked on for these clients was a new kitchen design plan.  Although there is going to be a lot that is…

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Taking Out Walls during a renovation: What you need to know!

Taking out walls to open up a space is something I get asked about a lot!  Especially in older homes where there may be a separate room for the family room, another room for the kitchen, and another room for the eating area.  Wanting an open concept is very popular but one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  Nothing worse than…

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Is my neutral beige really neutral?

This past week I had a couple of consultations that involved the discussion of neutral beige.  My clients were either looking at a new ‘neutral ‘ carpet or were looking at wall colour to go with their existing beige carpet. When I carry out a consultation, I try my best to educate my clients along the way.  In both instances,…

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