Friday, 5 September 2014

Blog Podium Bound

I am looking forward to next Saturday, it's Blog Podium!
For those of you who don't know what BP is, I'll fill you in on the skinny. Blog Podium is a one day conference where Canadian bloggers  come together to not only network but to learn about different ways to make your blog stand out, how to pair with brands, really the list can go on & on.

This will be second year attending & I am looking forward to putting new Twitter handles to faces & reconnecting with fellow bloggers.

I'm also very interested to hear what these 4 have to say!

I'm sure Scott McGillivray best known as the host of Income Property, Monika Hibbs the voice behind the blog The Doctors Closet & Blog Podium co-founder & the writer of Rambling Renovators Jennifer Flores will wow the crowd with not only what it really takes to be an entrepreneur, but how to be a successful one! They didn't get to where they are overnight.  As an entrepreneur myself, I am very interested in hearing their pieces of advice, I'm sure a lot of blood, sweat, tears, trial & errors got them to where they are. Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault of Hue LaLa is no slouch either. As a regular on City Line & a self proclaimed DIY Ninja, L-A will be moderating this Keynote Panel discussion.

You can read more about Scott, Monika, Jennifer & Leigh-Ann here.

A few tickets are still on sale if your interested click here.

Have a wicked weekend!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Working It - Lots Gett'in Did & A Thank You

I am so grateful & happy to do what I do.
I began blogging at the encouragement of my bestie, husband & mother. The whole painting fabric gig just kinda happened one day & so I married my custom drapery business with the painting & Voila!, I found a niche & it's working! If you asked me 2 years ago if I would be hand painting fabric at my kitchen table I would have said to you your were eff'ing nuts, but this has become my life & I absolutely love i!

I get to create spaces & items that amazing people get to enjoy in their homes. 
I have been on the crazy train lately, lots of painting & drapery / pillow making happening over here.
I share some projects but not all, so today I thought I might share some images of my drapery skills that have been sent along by their new owners. 

 Before I start, I just want to give a shout out to one of my biggest fans Christine. Thank you for all of the support & trust you give me with your projects.

I painstakingly hand painted 18 yards & I manufactured wall to wall drapery & it was totally worth it!

This beautiful botanical fabric was purchased from Tonic Living & I created drapery & a pillow for one of Christine's clients & they went all the way to Norway.

These 3 cool stools hand some hand painted fabric in a beautiful teal blue, as specified by Christine.

I was so excited when I opened the October 2014 issue of Style @ Home & saw my hand painted silk drapery that I made for Christine's Stunner Down Under. If you haven't seen it yet, go get your issue now! This is the second time in as many months that I've had a mention in S@H.

This is just one of the many areas that received drapery in high end clothing store, Gary Waters. Hopefully I will be there to snap a few more photos of the space. They are very luxurious.

My clients at #projectindianroad are getting a pair of these "Coming to Mind" pillows for the sofa & the dining room is going to have wall to wall drapery in my signature Intertwine pattern in a lovely shade of tealy- blue. I can not wait to see these!

These chairs are also for #projectindianroad. Paint it Like New did the refinishing & painting & Switch Studio did a wonderful job at the upholstery. They are exactly as I envisioned them to be.
All they need is a little KW action in the pillow department!

A little experiment turned into a great thing. This scribble graffiti pattern will become a pair of killer pillows with black & gold exposed zippers.

This antique chez lounge got a real makeover for #projectmapleavenue with a blackstain, black nickel nailheads & black ostrich leather.

If your looking for that something special for your space don't hesitate, leave me comment & I'll be in touch.

Make sure you come back tomorrow I've got a little BlogPodium info action happening!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Wednesday Wants - Patterned Area Rugs

I am in desperate need of a new area rug. Ok, maybe not in desperate need of a new one but this one in in rough shape!
I love the IKEA black & white one I currently have but after 3+ years, 2 kids, 2 cleanings & taking advantage that it is reversible, it has seen better days & it must be replaced.

I have discovered over time that I like pattern injected into a room 3 ways. Pillows, art & area rugs, leaving everything else solid & textured.

Here are the contenders.

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

A New Project Intro...#projectgirlydream

Let me introduce you to a new project, which will be known as #projectgirlydream

My instructions were specific & sparse.
"I love what you did for your daughters bedroom, do something like that"
Just to recap, here's my daughters room - she's 5

So with that being my main direction, along with keeping the budget in check, I began my design, but was focusing on the tween/ teen age group.

Here's the before's of the room in question.

My thoughts were, to keep the colour scheme simple & bring the colour in through the art & the pillows on the bed & the main drapery. I wanted to keep the walls white & the hardwood was already a charcoal grey. So, we settled on a scheme of black, grey, white & pink.

There you have it!

In fact, we have already purchased may of the pieces.
The desk, 2 bedside table & the desk lamp all were picked up for a mere $42 at the local Salvation Army. My client already has a similar headboard & picked up an amazing pouf at a garage sale. We also have a lovely antique hutch that will also get painted white & I'm hoping to insert some antique glass on the doors.

Let's see if we can get this room completed with in a month.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wednesday Wants - Anything Megan Hess!

Welcome to another Wednesday's Wants!

If you haven't seen the amazing  fashion illustrations by Megan Hess yet, then you are in for a real treat!
I have been following Megan on Instagram for a while now, but it wasn't until I was at Chapters the other day that I discovered that she has a book. Well a few actually, but this is the one that caught my eye.

Megan also has her talents placed on cushions,


& this vase, which I will be adding to my Christmas Wish List!

To see all of what is available chick here.

Lovely & fun right?!