Decorating Advice

The Key to Great Design is Contrast

Kelly Wearstler Surf Boards

I still laugh to myself when I think about the fact that I blogged for an entire year before I figured out exactly what 'my look' was. I started my blog in October 2008 and even wrote a post in March 2009 about what my Interior Design Style was but it wasn't until months later that I figured it out. Continue reading

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My Newest Bed Obsession

Wrought Iron Bed

This is what I see when I walk by my guest room every day. I picked up this print at HomeSense years ago and seeing the big flowers just make me happy. The vintage dresser is Terreeia's. The wall colour is SW 6422 Shagreen. I love the two small pieces of art on the middle of the wall on the… Continue reading

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I'm an Interior Decorator NOT an Interior Designer

I'm an Interior Decorator NOT an Interior Designer

Let's just be clear, I believe a room can be totally transformed with exactly the right throw pillows. In fact, a dated room that looks tired and sad, can also be completely brought to life with the right updated pillow. I do it with my clients all the time and there's nothing more fun. In fact, I get so many… Continue reading

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Is Cognac Leather Furniture as Neutral as Denim? Yay or Nay

Cognac + Purple

I'm so happy that camel coats and cognac leather furniture are on trend. Although last week I bought a camel coat from Nordstrom and when it arrived it looked like a sack on me so back it went. Sigh. I guess it was a little too late in the season to have any kind of selection.   {Click on images… Continue reading

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What every Lighting Obsessed Gal (or Guy) Should Know

Lighting

 Starry Lights I know, I'm completely obsessed with lighting. It's hard to escape from a consult with me, without getting suggestions for at least 4 lamps. The other day, I had spent 1 hour and 45 minutes with a client in an on-line consultation. We had chosen colours, furniture, area rugs, lighting, coffee tables and accessories and she said "Okay,… Continue reading

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Are your Accessories Dated?

Are your Accessories Dated?

A client once told me she had so many accessories, she couldn't possibly use them all and she needed help with styling and editing. But what she really owned were accessories that were purchased 15 years ago and the rest were an accumulation of one-off candle holders and random gifts from familly and friends. She was surprised when I told… Continue reading

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Why your Paint Colour is Kinda Boring

Why your Paint Colour is Kinda Boring

Recently, I received this email from one of my on-line clients: Thank you for your consultation about half a year ago. We finally had a chance to re-paint the dining room. This color looked fabulous in the hallway, however there is something wrong how it feels with this color in the dining room. Something just doesn't feel right and I… Continue reading

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Decorating your Mantle and Fireplace Surround

Decorating Mantles and Fireplace Surrounds

Is it time to freshen up your mantle?  A well styled mantle is so pretty and at the same time, we might as well talk about your surround and what it should look like. I love that I have two mantles in my new house to decorate! It's so festive at Christmas to be able to drape garland around them.… Continue reading

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Happy Outdoor Living: Before & After

Happy Outdoor Living: Before & After

  My sister Elizabeth called to tell me her husband had found a sectional for a great price for their patio. "We need pillows" she said, "And I'm worried that it's the wrong size for the space. Before "That's because it's right up against the house" I said. So after I moved it away from the walls, we went shopping.… Continue reading

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10 Styling Lessons from Jeffrey Bilhuber

10 Styling Lessons from Jeffrey Bilhuber

When I first started blogging (almost 4 1/2 years ago) I had no idea what a tablescape was even though I considered myself to be a pretty good stylist back then. Since then, I've come a looooong way that's for sure! When I opened up June's Elle Decor and arrived at this living room, I immediately recognized it as a… Continue reading

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