Posts for November 2014

November 21 2014

What I’m Working On: Ensuite Luxe Details

There’s a lot of work and planning to achieve a luxurious bathroom in a limited space. The key is, making sure every detail visually interesting. Plus, designing cabinetry and choosing fixtures in the appropriate scale is vital, and I always try to design a smaller space so sight lines aren’t blocked. For this ensuite, we opened up segragated water closet and added a frosted glass panel for a bit of privacy. The shower has as much glass as possible to maximize  the natural light. And, not wanting to interrupt the beautiful marble slabs in the shower with shelving, we added a half wall with a storage niche.  To make it seamless looking, we also cladded the wall and niche entirely with marble. Luxurious! I won’t show you the whole room now since it isn’t completely finished. I still have to layer it with art, accessories and fluffy towels. In the meantime, here are a few close ups with some of the details that make this ensuite special. IMG_1308We had a tiled, flush shower drain installed. It looks perfect with the zero threshold shower floor. DSC_0334Marble niche and slab marble wallsDSC_0322Custom  bevelled mirror.DSC_0324Custom vanity with polished nickel hardware.DSC_0325Beautiful tub filler, and I love the marble wall – very hotel chic.DSC_0326And of course a soaker tub to die for!

November 20 2014

Interior Design Master Class – Success!

I had the honour being a part of a panel of experts for Interior Design Master Class yesterday in Toronto. It was a jammed-packed day of design business advice and money making tips for designers and decorators who are newer in the business. It ran from 8am-5pm with short breaks in between, so you can just imagine the information the attendees went home with. My friend Meredith Heron was the keynote speaker and I was part of a panel along with Meredith and Jonathan Legate, a friend and designer based in Halifax.  Wendy Hicken from Juice Marketing Group and the founder of Interior Design Master Class had amazing marketing tips to share, along with other experts and gorgeous product line representatives. There was so much to offer!

Here’s an Instagram picture from one of the attendees. It made my day to hear she thought it was the best design discussion ever! Success.IMG_1428

November 12 2014

What I’m Working On: In Between Spaces

Foyers, large upstairs landings, niches and tucked away corners are areas in a home that I call “in-between spaces.”  Often people don’t know how to decorate these areas because the function of them isn’t clearly defined. I actually love designing these areas for clients because they gain a bonus living space.

Below is a home I’m decorating and my job is to give the public areas a wow factor for when they entertain, and give the more intimate areas a finished, family friendly feel. I thought I would feature a few of these in-between areas.

(Trying to do too many things at once, I dropped my iPhone and unfortunately my photos are blurry).

FoyerIMG_1349Window niches


Upper landing area and large blank wallIMG_1365

Here’s the inspiration…

I love how this antique, French settee is contrasted with the  contemporary Franz Kline art. I’ll suggest a similar arrangement in the foyer; especially since the opposite wall has room for a beautiful cabinet where daily mail and keys can be dropped.6993cfad09f2e81d73f67c0e76440c52

Credit: Designer unknown

Window niches can be a cosy reading nook for the kids, or a place to perch when spying on your neighbours. I love the repetition of these window seats in the inspiration photo and in my client’s home. I want to maximize this space by adding upholstered cushions in each niche, flanked by art for added interest. The best thing for my clients is they have three kids, so they each get to claim their own seat!

609b02a20db8935526434efa1cfb1930Anne Decker Architects

I love this image too.10003458_808136022575817_6981970550690468078_nStylist Denis Bjerregaard

An expansive upper landing can be used for an intimate family area. Here’s where they can gather in their pyjamas before going to bed or heading out for the day. I love the idea of two chaise lounges or a tête-à-tête lounge in the seating area, with an area rug to define the space from the hallway. I would even layer an upholstered screen behind the grouping instead of art on the wall.10392308_808136035909149_4079795094428216638_nDesigner Hanna Wessman

A creative, family gallery on the adjacent wall would add a personal touch; but nothing overly contrived, so more pictures can be added over the years.

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