Posts for January 2015

January 31 2015

Vegas Moments

I’m home from Las Vegas Blog Tour and after a week, I’m finally feeling back to normal! 15 plus hour days, jet lag and not being 20 yrs old any more took it’s toll! Here are a just few of my off-duty moments in Vegas that made this trip special.

Flying in to Vegas for the first time. I’m embarrassed to say, I thought this might have been the Grand Canyon below. It wasn’t.IMG_1936Having a glass of champagne with one of my new blog tour friends, Regina Sturrock. We were representing Canadian Design!
IMG_1959This is Regina on the left. Super talented and beautiful.IMG_1977NKBA Bash…crazy fun night!IMG_2899NKBA bar…umm, it’s Vegas.
IMG_2902This was our usual form of transportation. It may look glamorous, but I have to say, each one of these talented designers are super hard working people and deserve a little pampering. I miss this crew.IMG_3014This little guy was too cute not to photograph at the airport!IMG_3293My flight home with Vegas shining bright below. Nothing like the red-eye to get you ready for a busy work week. Sigh.
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January 15 2015

Please Vote For My Design!

As a designer and blogger, I’m asked to do some pretty exciting things. In just a few days I’ll be in Las Vegas to be part of #BlogTourVegas to learn and promote the latest and greatest in kitchen and bathroom design projects at KBIS2015 I’ll be sharing some amazing projects and experience as I go along. Make sure you click on my social media icons here on my blog to follow along in real time!

Here’s a contest I entered featuring a Perlick under counter refrigerator that fits in a space with a depth of only 18″! I’ll be visiting them to see it in person (an drool) when I’m at KBIS 2015. I think it’s perfect for my studio space beverage area, don’t you think? Please CLICK HERE vote for my design! The contest ends tomorrow!Perlick Featuring Habermehl Design Group

January 8 2015

What I’m Working On: Restoring Manor Park Mansion

25ManorParkCrescentBefore the fire exterior image via City Of Guelph 

One stormy night in March, lightning struck my client’s 1850’s historical landmark home. What started as a roof fire, quickly engulfed the entire building. Since the fire, I’ve been asked to help with the design and restoration of my client’s condo. In the ’90’s the mansion was divided into three luxury condos and my client’s home is located in the former maid quarters. My initial walk-through to see the scope of damage was difficult to take in. I felt sad for my client who quickly reassured me that nobody was hurt during the fire; so there’s so much to be thankful for. Her great attitude makes her a pleasure to work for.

I’m excited to bring her home back to it’s original glory and give her a fresh start. We’ll meet all the historical details required, but also give the condo new, beautiful upgrades my client wasn’t inclined to do before the fire.

fireImage via Guelph Today

The process of restoring a historical home takes a long time. Waiting for the different levels of insurance companies and committees to gather all the info needed before the restoration can even start is tedious. It’s a tricky project to schedule too; here I am back in the summer measuring, and half a year later, we’re just starting the design phase.

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 11.18.18 AMWe created an inspiration board for this project on our Pinterest board called #ManorPark. Here are a few of my favourite inspiration pics. I’ll keep you posted as this project progresses.

Manorpark1Mick de Guilio Kitchen Design

manorpark2Photo by Mike Mroz of Michael Robert Constructionmanorpark3Designer Darryl Cartermanorpark4Photographer: Leona Mozes Designer: Scott Yetman