Managing Your Renovation: 5 Advantages

This summer is shaping up to be my busiest summer ever and for the most part, I am managing the renovations to go along with the design.  This past weekend I shared a scenario I ran into with a great group of designers.  I love having a design group to bounce ideas off of and

Home Refresh Project: Getting a Plan Put Together

This past week I was delighted to be referred to a new client.  When I received the phone call, the lovely lady on the other end was in a bit of a quandary. You see, she already had a designer in her home to help her chose a new cabinet colour.  The result?  A hot

Kitchen Design Options

I am currently working on a number of kitchen designs and I thought I would share one particular home where I am providing two kitchen design options. Kitchen Design Options When I meet with clients to discuss a new kitchen design, I like to learn as much as I can from them.  I typically ask:

Designing an Office Space: How I’m Pulling Together This Space

I have the pleasure of designing an office space for a retail store here in Calgary called Bratopia.  The words sleek, sexy and hip are all adjectives that I’m working with to pull this design together. Designing an Office Space Inspiration When I first visited the office space it was honestly, quite ugly.  And by ugly, I

An unexpected renovation delay

This past week I received some disappointing news regarding an unexpected renovation delay.  I want to state right off the bat, this post is not a ‘blame-game’ post.  What this post is about is letting you know about this entire scenario, what options were given, and what my advice to my clients was.  You just never know

Women Build: A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out

One of my favourite days of the year is Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Day.  This initiative started in 1991 and is a great opportunity to get involved.  The Women Build Week is held over three weekends here in Calgary.  This event invites women to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing. “Any

When There’s a Delay in the Renovation Timeline

When I am asked by my clients to manage the renovation for them, I create a construction calendar to ensure a renovation timeline is set and shared with all trades as well as my clients.  Last week, I posted a live Facebook video about a renovation curveball that was thrown my way. Renovation Timeline A Little Background Information

Full Service Interior Design: What does that mean?

Every week I attend breakfast meeting with myself and 30 plus other business owners get together to help grow each other’s business by passing referrals.  Every week, we also get the opportunity educate our group, as well as all of the guests, as to what we do.  A couple of weeks ago, we were all

My Love Hate Relationship with IKEA Kitchen Cabinets

I am currently working with property investors renovating an entire bungalow.  If you’ve been following my business Facebook you will have seen some updates on this property.  One of the many decisions that were made for this property was to use IKEA kitchen cabinets and then customize them.  By customizing, the following will be added:

Timeless or Trendy? The Great Subway Tile Debate

It wasn’t too long ago that I had a conversation with some property investors about subway tile. I was directed to not use subway tile as I was told it was too trendy and they’re sick of it.  Well if you have followed my blog you will know that I am a huge fan of subway tile!