Thursday, 8 October 2015

One Room Challenge: A Jack n' Jill Week One

I am so excited to be apart of this years One Room Challenge as a linking participant. Thank you to Linda from Calling it Home for coming up with this bi-annual event where we design bloggers are given just 6 weeks, yes you read that correctly to complete a room. I must be cray cray, but so are all of the other amazing people who are going to stress themselves to the max! Sounds like fun right?!

Here's a little back ground info on me. Design is my second career. In my first life I was a make up artist, & now I design, handpaint fabric, make pillows & custom drapery. I remember as a kid constantly re arranging my bedroom furniture. Not much has changed, only now I have more rooms!!! I began my blog 2 1/2 years ago & have always loved following along with the One Room Challenge & with my own major renovation happening #projecthillview, I thought it would be fun to join in.

Back in June we bought a new house, a Mid Century Modern bungalow built in 1968. So far we have removed ceilings, walls, added new walls, filled in little windows & added an entire window wall of bi-folding doors & the list goes on & on. With all of this renovation we decided to add a Jack n" Jill bath between the kids bedrooms & that's the space I have chosen to complete in just 6 very short weeks.

This is the original plan of the house we bought.

The new Jack n' Jill bath is where Bedroom 2 was & the den was made bigger for my daughter's bedroom.

A few months ago I came up with this plan for their bathroom. I still like it but,

after seeing this amazing hex tile from Equipe Tile, I switched gears.

And redesigned the space & this is where it's headed.

This is what the bathroom looks like today, a complete blank slate, so we've got a lot of work to do - inert scared face here.

Here's the list of what needs to happen in the next six weeks in order to put Humpty back together:
tile shower walls
tile shower floor
tile floors
purchase vanity
install lighting
select & frame art
select & install bathroom accessories
install new toilet & plumbing fixtures
figure out the mirror situation

Make sure you check back in next Thursday to see the progress & click here to see what my fellow ORC-ers are up to.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The Chair Affair: I need your vote!

Oh my, I just sat down to edit my post before uploading it & realized that I accidentally published it yesterday- spelling errors & all - Oops. Anyhow....

I am very honoured to be taking part in this years Chair Affair Event to benefit Furniture Bank.
Several designers in the GTA have reimagined chairs & various pieces of furniture & you have until the main event on October 30th to vote on you favourite piece. The top 10 with the most votes are guaranteed move on to the live auction. THIS IS MY GOAL. To be in the top 10!!!

Here's a little background on Furniture Bank. Furniture bank was create to help individuals & families who a struggling financally or needing to start over for various reasons. They are able to choose what they need to furnish their home. All of this is done at little to no cost to those on the receiving end. So the next time you are wanting to get rid of any furniture or household items that are gently used consider donating them to Furniture Bank.

I went to Furniture Bank back in July & picked out my chair.
I was drawn to this chair for it's shape. The seat height, depth of the seat & the angle of the back/arm rest were all spot on. Perfect in my mind.

I knew that I was going to use one of my hand painted fabrics (Intertwine) & on a slightly more traditional chair would pair well together. I opted for a very small delicate black piping to give the curvy shape of the chair definition without being too chunky. For the skirt I loved the idea of it remaining all white so we did just that & had a 2" gross grain black ribbon added in the centre. To top it off I used one of my Black Bold hand painted fabric pillows in the opposite colour way with an exposed side zipper in rose gold.

I couldn't be happier with the results. Enormous thank you's go out to JF Fabrics for donating the fabric for me to paint on & to Designer Upholstery for the impeccable reupholstery. I'm thinking the new house will need a pair in the lounge.

Click here to see all of the other chairs & vote for the one you want to see advance to the live auction.
 Better yet come to Chair Affair event on October 30th! You can buy tickets here!

You can vote everyday!!!!

Monday, 5 October 2015

A new project intro: #projectspruce

With fall comes cozy sweaters, boots, Pumpkin Spices Latte's & as the temps continue to dip, were spending more time inside. So what better reason to spruce things up in your home! 

I began working with a new client a few months ago & we are going ahead full force. Nothing structural just prettying things up with furniture, art, rugs, pillows, drapery, reupholstery... ya know! 

We chose to begin with the master bedroom. My goal for this Mom of 2 was a soft, light & airy space where she can relax & recharge. The walls were freshly painted in a beautiful shade of light blue grey & there was new bedding in white with various shades of purple. I used these as my starting point.

Here's the design board I presented & with a few minor tweaks we were off to the races.

I went to my favourite showroom, Kravet & we ended up with some pretty fabrics from Calvin Klein, Barbra Barry & Jeffrey Allan Marks

We purchased a pair of these bedside lamps from West Elm.

This piece of photography titled Afterglow by Lindsay Ferraris is for over the dresser. We had it framed & matted in white, along with this amazing custom coloured brushstrokes lamp from Jana Bek.

Grandma's rocking chair went from this

 to this!

The area rug from Rugs USA came in to ground this very large space along with the custom bench I had made for the end of the bed.

We still need to hang these water colour originals that we had commissioned by an artist friend. A series of 8 f them were framed in acrylic boxes & will hang over the bed.

The drapery fabric has been on the longest back order ever, but I know its going to be completely amazing & totally worth the wait on the 4 large windows in the room. Professional pics to come!

Have a wonderful Monday.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

New Project Introduction #projectwalden

I want to intoduce you to my latest project that will be lovingly referred to as 

My client recently moved from a very large custom home that she poured her entire heart & soul into & is now in a much smaller townhouse. My challenge is to turn her townhouse into a home. All of the major renovations have been completed, so I'm focusing all my efforts on the furniture, art & accessories & a bit of wallpaper. Today I'm going to show you the living / dining space.

Here are the before images.

My client loves wood, stone & metal so I am rolling with that. 
She is also not a fan of too much fabric, so I am focusing on using more leather vs. fabric.
The desk, dining table, 4 cane back chairs & tall wood framed mirror are staying.

Here is my proposed design plan for the living room area.

The first pieces I found were these exposed metal framed wing chairs from Black Rooster & the leather Restoration Hardware sofa with chaise. I loved the whimsy of the chain lamps & who can resist the Plantar chair with stump side table. I pulled colours from the Group of Seven painting for the pillows, but these can be easily switched out for any of the other gorgeous hues in this piece of classic Canadain art.

And this is the dining room space.

I kept the clients antique dining table & paired it with a custom leather upholstered leather dining bench & a painting by Emily Jeffords. They already have 4 cane back chairs that I would love to see the seats upholstered in the same leather as the sofa. As for the lighting I couldn't decide, between this beaded one & the lantern.

That's it for today - next time I'll share the master & foyer!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

I jumped on the bandwagon, well actually the swan.

I may have bought this irresistibly adorable inflatable swan last night! I can see myself lounging on said swan sipping something bubbly - whether that actually happens is a different story completely but a girl can dream.

Have a wonderful Tuesday. 
I'll be back tomorrow with an introduction to #projectwalden

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

What I'm liking - Scallops

I'm starting a new monthly post called.

And it's going to be just that a collection of things that I'm liking & today it's everything scalloped.

A scallop edge is soft, feminine & very simple whether it be in a solid material or slightly more detailed in a lace, this series of curved projections is always welcome.

Here is a collection of various scallops that have caught my eye as of late.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

#Projecthillview - The Plans & B's bedroom design

Good Morning Friends!
It's been a while, but I am back after the move & with demo having started on #projecthillview I have lots to share. While I was making kitchen & bathroom decisions, tiles, windows, hardwood & appliances selections, a valuable member of my team turned my hand sketches into CAD.

Here is the before plan.

We had 2 different plans created. The first was to keep all 3 bedrooms on the main floor. The second was to have a master suite & den on the main floor & the kids bedrooms in the basement.
After looking at the options & thinking long term living & at resale, it made the most sense to us to keep the kids upstairs. Trading off slightly smaller bedrooms with a very large family living space in the basement. 

The bedroom side of the house has been demoed & by Friday the entire main floor will be ceiling & studs.

Over the weekend I finalized B's bedroom, her's is bedroom #2. Other than having a built in daybed & closet, like below I knew that I wanted her to have a whimsical wallpaper but not too kid like.
B knew she wanted a disco ball, of all things!!!

Knowing that I had just ordered this Lee Jofa woven rug for her room - for a steal I might add.

I gave her these 3 wallpaper options.

Cole & Son Flamingos

Birds & Butterflies by Schumacher

Can you guess which one she picked?

The millwork, ceiling & trim is going Benjamin Moore Oxford White - my go to white! The
Issac brass ball Schoohouse Electric wall sconces will be a perfect fit on either end of the bed. I gave her a disco ball like she asked for, along with this amazing pendant from Black Rooster & low & behold she LOVES the BR one! This will cast beautiful shadows on the wall.

Well that all she wrote for today.