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


How to Create a Child-Proof Tablescape


This was the view from the kitchen and into the living room at my sister Elizabeth's house. The ottoman covered a pile of wires that stuck out out of the wall from the last owners' stereo system. The flat screen is mounted above the fireplace on the right (not shown). When I found this small entertainment cabinet (all of this–except… Continue reading


Sneak Peek: Decorating Progress in West Vancouver

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Don't you just love this fabulous textured, African-inspired lamp? It is truly a piece of art! It arrived this Monday along with the sofa and two chairs in pale green linen I had custom made for this client. Ignore the pillow, it was just floating around and I stuck it on the chair. The real toss cushions which pick up the… Continue reading


How to Decorate underneath a Console

credit There comes a time when one gets tired of the constant rain in Vancouver. Tired of waiting for Spring. When looking at my undecorated console just gets old. So I took matters into my own hands today and this is what I came up with: Photos by Maria Killam Don't forget the tablescape for the top A few white… Continue reading


Stunning Front Entry

Tablescapes are on my mind now that I'm decorating my new place. I want to buy a fabulous table for my entry and make it just as inviting as this one! All you need is a lamp (for instant atmosphere), some coffee table books, beautiful art and some flowers. I saved this image and can't remember where I got it… Continue reading


A Pink Tablescape with Sarah Richardson

I saw this table setting in a recent Style at Home Magazine and in the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I thought I'd post it. I'm always drawn to creatively styled tables and I loved the way the napkins were simply folded underneath each bowl of sliced pink grapefruit!  And as you can see by the copy on the… Continue reading


Tablescape Thursday with Barbara Barry

This tablescape is actually one she did for House Beautiful for their April 2008 issue. (I ONLY discard design magazines when they are over 10 years old, so I have quite the collection of them, piles everywhere, strategically placed in my living room).Anyway, I love anything Barbara Barry so when I saw this in the magazine, I thought it would… Continue reading


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