Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Design Dilemma in the Lounge @ #projecthillview

 I guess this isn't so much a dilemma, it's more like,  it just didn't go as planned & now I am back at the drawing board. Everything looked great on paper & I could visualize it all complete in my head.
Here is where we started.

We opened up the existing kitchen, dining room & living room to make one large open space
& relocated the kitchen to the front. The back wall was outfitted with a window wall of bi-folding doors.

All looks good right?  Technically yes, but once we placed the dining table & chairs in front of the fireplace. Visually it was all too tight looking & I really didn't like the look of all of the flat surfaces lined up, counter top, island top & the table top. So, we simply flipped the spaces.

Here is how things look now - I was playing around with the layout.
The 2 chairs are from the dining table, the 2 Barcelona's & the coffee table will be relocated to the family room in the basement.

I'm using these 2 vintage chairs I had re upholstered in a black crinkled leather.

A daybed / chaise is going to float in the space to create separation & is going to be upholstered in something bold. I'm thinking along these lines.

Cobalt velvet


Or, I may use one of my own hand painted fabrics.

I designed a sculptural custom coffee table base to use with a glass top to keep thinks open & airy.
 I plan on creating a gallery wall. I love the simplicity of this one in the office of Pam of Pixel Impress & how she used marble paper.

 I also like this area rug from Ikea.

This one from Rugs USA is also a possibility.


We also need a floor lamp & I'm liking these so far.




What fabric, rug & floor lamp would you choose?

Monday, 8 February 2016

Tech devices make my brain hurt - A mini Rant

Have you watched any of the new Chelsea Does... show on Netflix yet?

I've watched all four & Chelsea Does... and Silicon Valley was like watching myself.

It's not working.

It's broken.

It never does what it's supposed to.

Isn't this supposed to make things easier?

I follow the instructions & can't get what I want to happen to happen.
In walks the Mr. & boom he's got it.
It. Drives. Me. Crazy. It ranks up there with hearing people chew.

So, fast forward to this morning & just to give you a little background. 
This blog was created on blogger almost 3 years ago - love it & it's been super easy for me aka = the least technologically able person on the planet. Things were going along swimmingly, so naturally I had to throw a wrench in it.
2 years ago I thought "hey I need a website, because in order to increase business & have to showcase my work & so all my "stuff" can be in one place, blog, design services, profolio, shop etc".  I had one created that I was assured would be easy peasy for me to update myself yada yada yada. Well peeps 2 years later I'm still on blogger. I can not figure this shit out. I try but then get so frustrated I forget about it & move on.  
Finally this morning I thought. I'm going to try & update my portfolio, remove & add pillows to the shop & all going well write a blog post. How hard can uploading 20 photos be......3 hours later we still have no photos & I'm ready to thrown my mac book into the half frozen pool.

That is all.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Not your Mothers Macrame - My DIY wallhanging

I was looking for a piece of art or something a little different to hang over our bed. I knew I did not want a piece of framed art or a canvas. Reason being, we have a large painting in there already & the wall opposite the bed is going to be taken up by mounting the TV & an enormous gallery wall.
So, I got my yarn on!

Off to The Home Depot I went to get my copper pipe. I was going to work with the lengths they has in stock. I chose to use a 1" diameter 4 ft length & a pair of copper end caps.

 Next I stopped by my local craft store & bought some beautiful soft hued wool from the new Isaac Mizrahi Craft Collection. I love how the colours in the yarn pull the warm tone in from my headboard & it looks great against the copper too.

Here's what you need to get started

1" copper pipe
1 pair of copper pipe end caps for 1" pipe
3 rolls of wool or yarn

Step 1
Cut your pipe to the length you want & put the end caps on.
I chose to use a 4ft piece of pipe.

Step 2
Cut the yarn double the length you want it to be
(ex. If you want a finished length of 20"l cut 40l pieces)

Step 3
Using a Lark's Head knot, create a pattern if you want using various length of yarn.
I used 36"l & 46"l pieces to create a  wave on the bottom edge.

Step 4
Cut a remaining piece of yarn for the hanger, tie on to the pipe & hang!

Easy as 1-2-3-4!
The cost for this project was around $30 depending on the cost of tour yards & about 2 hours of time.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Hello, Thank you & #projectspruce

Hello friends! 
My last post was the reveal of my first one room challenge. All the comments & messages I received about this space were so positive & I thank you all so very much for the sweet words. It was fun & I will most defiantly be linking up for the spring round. 

If you follow me on Instagram & Facebook then you know that we finally moved in to #projecthillview in mid November. I have been keeping busy with projects around the house, but more on that later in the week. I have also been working on a few client projects & over the next few weeks I will fill you in on those spaces too.

#projectspruce began back in July & since then we have completed the main floor, the master (which you can read about here) & the kids bedrooms. I am hoping to have the house photographed in the next month or two, so professional photos are on the agenda but for now you will have to deal with my amateur pics from my iPhone!

After the master was underway we began working on the living room. My client had furniture but she wanted to start fresh with this space, so everything went with the exception of 2 pieces of artwork that we picked from her existing collection. She was looking for a space where her & the kids to hang out read, play games & entertain, oh & no TV.
Here is the layout I came up with.

My client suggested we go to La-Z-Boy to look for the new furniture pieces. I know what your thinking because I thought the exact same thing, very large & bulky leather recliners. But much to my surprise they had some great pieces. Let me preface by saying I NEVER buy everything from the same store but in this case we got lucky. One & a half hours later we had ordered up 2 sofas, a pair of chairs, a sideboard, coffee table, 2 lamps & 2 side tables.

Here are the final fabric selections. We chose navy chenille for the 2 sofas & the 2 swivel chairs were going in a watercolour inspired floral from the La-Z-Boy collection of fabrics. I then built the rest of the fabric story for the 2 leather cubes, drapery & pillows.

We chose a broadloom & had it cut to size & added a leather banding.

Here's a look at the new space.

What do you think of this space?

Thursday, 12 November 2015

One Room Challenge - The Reveal of the Jack n'Jill

Well today is the day we have all been waiting for. It's reveal day for everyone who has hopped onboard as a guest participant on the One Room Challenge crazy train.

If you are just joining us, the One Room Challenge is the brain child of Linda from Calling it Home. In a nutshell, designers & design bloggers are challenged to complete a room in 6 very short & fast weeks, all the while documenting the process and sharing the many ups & downs of the creative & physical process.

This is my ORC debut, hopefully the first of many & I chose to complete my kids Jack n'Jill bath.
 We purchased a home & have been completing an extensive renovation since mid June & a few months ago this space didn't even exist. If you want to get caught up on the past 5 weeks here you are,
 week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4 & week 5.

So with out further ado here is the completed bathroom.

My goal was to create a space that was suitable for both my 7 year old twins, Oakley & Bronte.
 Wanting to keep this space neutral, I used lots of white, texture, shapes, accents of black & natural wood tones. To bring in a hit of colour, I looked to the flow print by Laura Berger & settled on the colour orange from the swimmers bathing suits. Over time we will swap out the accents with any other colour in some of the artwork in the space.

I am thrilled with how this space has come together & I can't wait to do this again!
Thank you to every single person who contributed to making this space a reality.

wall paintfloor tile / vanity / faucet / mirror / B & O cups / high noon print / soap dispenser / pendants /faceted light bulbs / shower stool / shower fixtures / flamingo print / toilet / flow print /
 the world is your oyster print / you look great print / beach scene print / get naked print

Please make sure you check out the reveals of my fellow One Room Challenger's.

Photography by Michelle Peek

Thursday, 5 November 2015

One Room Challenge - A Jack n' Jill - Week 5

Welcome to week 5 of the One Room Challenge, a super fun & motivation inducing design challenge that was conceived by Linda from Calling it Home, to completely transform a room in just 6 weeks. 
The main 20, as I like to referred to them, report on their progress Wednesdays & us 150+  guest participants share our stories from the week on Thursdays. It's all completely worth it because at the end of the 6 weeks, fingers crossed & all going according to plan, you will have an amazing space to show for it! 

We are at the very tail end of a MAJOR renovation of our home & I chose to complete my kids Jack n' Jill bathroom for my first ever One Room Challenge. If you want to catch up on the first 4 weeks here:

This past week was all about finalizing & framing the art & hanging the pendants lights & to style this bad boy up for my photo shoot of the space that is happening today! 

My electrician came over the other night to hang a bunch of the decorative lighting for the house & by the time we got to the Jack n' Jill it was dark out, but he prevailed with the assistance of an i phone flash light & they look great!

The remaining pieces of art were selected, to work along side go the Flow print below. They all got framed up & hung.

That's all I am sharing with you today, so make sure you check back next Thursday for the final reveal & I will also be providing a detailed list all of my sources. Please make sure take some time to see what my fellow ORC'rs got up to this week too!