Posts for September 2013

September 29 2013

The Evolving Home

After taking a break over the summer holiday, we’re back at our Waterloo project making sure all the final details for this home are ordered, installed and styled. I always enjoy seeing how a project evolves and wanted to share with you a few more pictures.werni 13Mini etchings framed and hung.werni 9My client mounted her wood carvings collection in IKEA shadow frames.

werni 8 One of my favourite wallpapers by Schumacher. Perfect for my client’s powder room. werni 7Stacking antique suitcases on top of this hand-painted Chinese cabinet gives the great room a world travelled look from by-gone days.werni 6   weni 15 My client has been collecting antique wood boxes since we started working together almost 10 years ago. It’s so rewarding to see them beautifully displayed all together. #Waterloo

September 23 2013

Do What You Love, Love What You Do

do what you love, love what you doI ordered a pillow for a client on Etsy and it came wrapped in craft paper stamped “do what you love, love what you do”. It was a good reminder for me. I often feel a sense of dread on Sunday evenings when the weekend is coming to an end. Especially tonight after a fantastic weekend spent in Toronto with my inspiring friend Meredith Heron at Blog Podium and later, hanging out with my daughter watching You Got Mail, snuggled in her apartment for the night. It’s hard to anticipate a crazy week ahead when I’ve had a weekend like this. But honestly, I can’t complain; I’m my own boss, running a creative, successful design business trying to make a difference. This is what I dreamed about when I was young. Doing what I love and loving what I’m doing is nothing to take for granted although, I still wish it was Friday night…

September 13 2013

Commercial Break

image_1image_12image_6image_2 image_3 image_4 image_5  image_7 image_8image_9image_11It is not our primary work, but sometimes we are asked to design a commercial space; whether an IT company, boutique or hip cafe, it is a refreshing change from residential design.  This particular project in Toronto is part of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which ensures the building is environmentally compatible and provides a healthy work environment.  This doesn’t mean boring. After working closely with the facilities and operations manager…okay maybe that sounds boring…we decided to keep the walls white with hits of bright colours reinforcing the corporate branding. Every inch was considered from the new polished concrete floor to the ergonomic furniture from Global. Ultimately, it had to be functional and affordable, but we made sure it would be energizing and inspiring too. I’ll post finished pictures on my new website (coming soon)!