The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip)


via Pinterest Since it seems like EVERYONE has a pod coffee machine because it's the latest and greatest convenience, I thought I'd show you how I styled them last week AFTER a photo shoot. Not to be confused with the image I created for Pinterest and Instagram ;) ;) First, here is what my clients butlers pantry looked like before it was styled for the… Continue reading


Ask Maria: Is My Living Room Too Beachy?


Jeffrey Bilhuber  When I saw this Ask Maria question, I immediately thought of Jeffrey Bilhuber's recent spread in House Beautiful Magazine. The answer to your question today lovely reader, is inspired by my favourite decorator. Here's the question: I recently moved with my husband into our first house!  I have been so excited to make it our own, but I… Continue reading


Refresh your Dining Room with Upholstered Chairs: Before & After


When I decorated my client Barbara's dining room, she had too many chairs already and didn't need anything more than new chair covers, an area rug and custom drapery.

But when I found this upholstered chair from Pier 1 (below) that would make her dining room feel much more collected and less 'matchy-matchy', she bought them right away. Continue reading


Indigo & Turquoise Summer House in the Fraser Valley: Before & After

coffee table vignette

As promised, here are the photos from the guest house with a pool that my clients built beside their home on Promontory Hill. They don't have to drive when they go away for the weekend! Here she is looking so pretty in her navy dress on photo shoot day! The main house is on the left side (not shown).  Loungers ready… Continue reading


Aimee's Happy Home Makeover: Before & After

Ottoman Vignette

This weekend Irene's sister, Aimee experienced a makeover so big that by the end of the day Saturday, she said to Irene "I never understood the term 'eye candy' until this happened to my house. Now, everywhere I look, there's something pretty to look at."
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Where I'm Styling & Decorating this Weekend

Port Alberni

Thanks to all of my generous readers, we raised over $12,000 for Irene's sister Aimee and her 5 children, read the full story in this post.

All the furniture arrived a few weeks ago and I'm hopping a ferry to Port Alberni (above) today where I'll be hanging pictures and styling the house for the rest of the day and Saturday!

I picked all the colours on-line and they turned out amazing (So this means I can keep my day job, haha) I'll post photos next week so stay tuned!

Aimee has no idea how she's about to feel in her house by end of day Saturday, I can't wait!!

In the meantime, here are some of my favourite tablescapes and vignettes for inspiration: Continue reading


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


Happy New Years Vignette

Happy New Years Vignette

I took all the holiday decor down yesterday. It was a rare, beautiful, sunny day and it took most of the day. This side of my family room has looked the same for months so I took everything off the table and started again. My best friend Tami gave me these fabulous orange bowls for Christmas so I puttered around… Continue reading


Tablescape Tray Giveaway

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    When Tara Wilson contacted me about doing a giveaway on her designs I thought this would be a great way to revisit tablescapes again! I had no idea that there was a design term for a tablescape until I started reading blogs six months before I started mine back in November 2008. source So here's what you need:… Continue reading


A Friday Tablescape for a Special Friend


My mom's friend Pirkko has been a family friend since I was born. I had the good fortune of being her neighbour years ago when I was married to my first husband. She patiently listened to many of my stories back then of all the trials and tribulations of young married life as we went for walks around a nearby… Continue reading


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