Colour Trends for 2017: My Personal Thoughts

This past week I was treated to an evening with Sherwin Williams to hear all about their colour trends for 2017.  While my design style tends to be more ‘timeless’, it was interesting to hear about the 4 trends and form my opinion. Colour Trend: Noir Noir means night, and just as you may think, the

Light Bulb Guide: Before you change to LED’s

Recently in Alberta, our Provincial government announced a new energy program called The Residential No-Charge Energy Savings Program.  If you sign up for this program, the government will send an Energy Efficiency Alberta installer to your home.  They will visit your home and conduct a walkthrough to identify potential opportunities for energy-efficient upgrades at no charge. While

Curbless Shower: What You Need to Know

This past week I posted the following picture on my Facebook account with the words: “More and more of my clients seem to be requesting a curbless shower. One that has no step up into it. Would you be requesting one for your bathroom? “ Image source It was very interesting the feedback that I

The Link Most Investors Miss: Hiring An Interior Designer

I was recently forwarded an article by property investor Kristal Heise, who owns Mahalo Properties.  Kristal sent me an article that she thought would be an interesting read for me. The article was titled: 7 Things We Wish We Knew Before We Started Flipping Houses.  While the article hit many great points, as I read through it

Conquering Exterior Colour Choices: Making Confident Choices

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from Jody Roberts who is the General Manager of SIS Supply and Install Exterior Renovations Specialist.  SIS is looking to add value for their clients in having a designer assist their clients in choosing confident exterior colour choices.  I had previously worked with SIS on a

Space Planning: How We’re Getting It Right The First Time

I am currently working on a project where my clients are going to be moving into a new house in the summer.  The new house is gorgeous and has been fully renovated.  So why did my clients hire me?  As the house sits, the design is very industrial and has quite a cold feeling to it.  My clients

Keeping track during a renovation : A Sneak Peak at my Lists

This past weekend I went on a shopping trip with clients to solidify items for their renovation project.  I don’t typically work on the weekends however this project falls in the ‘special’ category.  What makes this project ‘special’?  This project is on a tight timeline as it is an investment property.  The quicker this property

All I want for Christmas Santa: Kitchen Renovation Timeline

On October 17, 2106, I met my client to discuss a potential kitchen renovation.  One of the questions she asked me is, “Can I have a new kitchen before Christmas?”   As I’m a backwards planner I took a look at my calendar and quickly worked through a kitchen renovation timeline and thought:  It’s totally do-able,