Pinterest Fave’s

I’m a very visual person, a picture is a quick and easy way for me to explain my vision to a client. I spend a lot of time on Pinterest and I’ve built a pretty good collection of images that I can use as a reference point for my clients. I thought I’d start a new series highlighting some of the great people on Pinterest that inspire me.

A word to the wise, if you’re new to Pinterest; when you click on a profile of a Pinner you have the option to follow an individual board. You do not have to hit follow all at the top, this way you can pick and choose what interests you and you won’t be clogging your feed. Also watch for boards that have the multiple Pinners icon (3 little heads).  Although some of these boards have great content they often have thousands of pins on them  and sometimes aren’t relevant to the topic. I recommend that you click through the board to ensure that it’s not just the one image that caught your eye but there are other images that reflect your personal interest.

Marnie Fuchs Martin - A colour consultant in TX. This is the most comprehensive collection that I've come across. I love the way she has laid out all her boards by both style, room and colour.

Marnie Fuchs Martin – A colour consultant in TX. This is the most comprehensive collection that I’ve come across. I love the way she has laid out all her boards by both style, room and colour.

Jennifer O'Brien - Profiles her City Farmhouse. She has a great collection of inspiring design boards and vintage ideas.

Jennifer O’Brien – Profiles her City Farmhouse. She has a great collection of inspiring design boards and vintage ideas.

Better Homes & Gardens Magazine. They continually post feel good interiors, exteriors and entertaining imagery. Love them!

Better Homes & Gardens Magazine. They continually post feel good interiors, exteriors and entertaining imagery. Love them!

Amber - Snippets Design. A wonderful collection of entertaining, cottage chic, garden and style. I like the way Amber has broken her boards into style categories.

Amber – Snippets Design. A wonderful collection of entertaining, cottage chic, garden and style. I like the way Amber has broken her boards into style categories.

Shanna Nicole - Design Lifestyle. If you're looking for inspiring event ideas or entertaining and high style glam then you'll love the depth of her boards.

Shanna Nicole – Design Lifestyle. If you’re looking for inspiring event ideas or entertaining and high style glam then you’ll love the depth of her boards.

Erin Olson - House of Turquoise. How I love these boards! Filled with fun colourful interiors and exteriors that will make you smile. Pinterest Happiness.

Erin Olson – House of Turquoise. How I love these boards! Filled with fun colourful interiors and exteriors that will make you smile. Pinterest Happiness.

And there you have it, this weeks Hit List. Do you have a board that you would recommend? Share it in the comments section, I’d love to hear from you. Happy Pinning :)

Cottage Chic

When I approach a new project I always take into consideration the location. This little house situated on a half acre of property with lovely views of the Gatineau Hills seemed like the perfect fit for a modern cottage feel.

Chelsea QC

Chelsea QC

When working with open living areas I find using a soft colour that can flow throughout, the best way to provide an open airy feeling. Benjamin Moore’s Iceberg provided a calm backdrop to the main living areas and BM’s Silver Marlin created a master bath with a spa like atmosphere.

Paint is definitely the quickest way to unify and brighten a space. The kitchen was given a new life by painting the existing maple cabinets a bright glossy white, it’s like teeth whitening it took years off it’s life! The biggest challenge is always to convince the husband in the house that painting wood is a good idea…I have no idea why men are so protective of wood, it’s like they milled it themselves and they are laying down in front of the bulldozer! Those are always tense moments but once I get a grudging acceptance the remarkable results usually win them over :)

 

 

A Colour Story…What kind of planner are you?

Colour Theory. Photo courtesy of Sherwin Williams

Colour Theory. Photo courtesy of Sherwin Williams

Okay so we’re heading into the weekend and many of you are thinking about tackling a simple painting project that you can start & complete by Sunday. In my experience as a designer many of you fall into 3 categories;  The Artful planner, The Visual Planner & The Confident Non-Planner

Artful Planners drag samples home and examine from every angle, make vision boards, have stacks of magazines and don’t even think of making a purchase or painting a wall until they have weighed all options, consulted family, friends, colleagues and the neighbour across the street.

The Visual Planner has painted the room a million times in her mind, created inspiration boards on Pinterst and imagined transporting the look into her home. She sits at the dinner table and squints trying to visualize that citrus wall they saw at Pottery Barn.

The Confident Non-Planner decides while at Home Depot trolling the aisles with herr hubby for plumbing parts that today is the day to paint the foyer! Woo hoo something for me she thinks and strolls over to the wall of paint chips, surveys the options and picks something there and then has it mixed up and heads home brimming with excitement.

Closet planning board via Olioboard

Closet planning board via Olioboard

Vision Board via Olioboard

Vision Board via Olioboard

So there are certainly people & projects that fall somewhere in between but they’re no fun to talk about! I have a few tips that I can recommend to help you avoid some pitfalls.

1. Think of your house as a whole. If you’re just painting one room you have to imagine how will flow with the rest of your house.

2. Bring paint swatches or better yet a fan deck home. You need to see how a colour reacts with your light, both natural light & ambient light fixtures. A southern exposure can intensify even the lightest of colours and a room with no window will need less intensity to feel dramatic.

3. If you have more projects to undertake than just painting a solitary room, consider creating a vision board. It can be as simple as tearing pictures from magazines, swatches of fabrics and a few paint chips. This will become your guiding vision as you make purchases and select paint colours. It gives you a touch point to refer to, you can ask yourself  “how would this colour or sofa fit with this look?” In the long run it will save you time and money and more importantly frustration!

4. Just do it! Many of us are spending hours creating “future projects” boards on Pinterest. Now I’m as much of an addict as the next serial decorator but at some point you just have to jump in. We all make mistakes but nothing is worse than living in a house full of potential but never attempting to reach it.

Colour Story Inspiration. Photos courtesy of Sherwin Williams & BHG

Colour Story Inspiration. Photos courtesy of Sherwin Williams & BHG

So good luck to my weekend warrior friends, who bless their hearts are getting dirty and digging in instead of just squinting, thinking and asking for approval from the dog. However on Sunday night at midnight if you’re half done, 2 bottles of wine down and trying to decide whether the colour looks more like baby vomit or dishwater think of me :) (In a nice way like, Gee I bet Jenn could help me fix this because she’s awesome)…I’ll be happy to hear from you with no judgement, hey I’m proud of you for giving it a go. On that note I’ll be happier to hear from you at a reasonable hour Monday morning.  I know who you are!

Just Shelf It…

As winter continues to hold on tight here I continue to look for ways to add life, vitality and a touch of spring to my clients spaces. I will win against winter eventually!

Here are a few quick ways to take shelves or shelving unit from functional to fantastic. What are you waiting for?

Photos courtesy of BHG & my fellow Pinterest friends. For more details & images visit my Pinterest board 

Farewell to February

As the days get longer and I start to see Easter candy and spring clothes arriving into the stores invariably I am filled with the anticipation for spring. Ok so we’re getting another snow storm and the grass is yet again buried that doesn’t mean we can’t start living the dream inside. The following are a few of my favourite ways to protect against the winter blues.

If you have neutral furniture now is the time to add in bright toss pillows. I feel happier already! Photo courtesy of BHG

If you have neutral furniture now is the time to add in bright toss pillows. I feel happier already! Photo courtesy of BHG

By now your Christmas decorations are long gone  and only remnants of Valentine roses remain. Fresh flowers are a quick and easy hit of spring. Pretty much anything pink makes me smile right now. Courtesy of Style at Home

By now your Christmas decorations are long gone and only remnants of Valentine roses remain. Fresh flowers are a quick and easy hit of spring. Pretty much anything pink makes me smile right now. Photo courtesy of Style at Home

Nothing feels better than a little order. For a quick fix hang shelves upside down and the brackets become separators. Brilliant, thanks MarthaStewart.com
Nothing feels better than a little order. For a quick fix hang shelves upside down and the brackets become separators. Brilliant, thanks MarthaStewart.com

Is there anything better than fresh sheets? This airy palette helps you begin & end your day in a blissful happy state. Pottery Barn bedding
Is there anything better than fresh sheets? This airy palette helps you begin & end your day in a blissful happy state. Pottery Barn bedding

Cottage Dreaming

Happy Moments happen here.

Happy Moments happen here.

Today as the snow continues to fly I think about better days ahead…Long lazy days at the cottage with nothing to do but sit on the dock judging kids diving competitions. If you are a cottager you might be starting to think about renovations you want to start or furniture that you want to add. So in this inaugural post I dedicate it to inspiring the cottager in you. Whether you own one or just love the feeling that cottage style evokes. Cheers

Knitted chair cover

I’d learn to knit just to make this. Via Cantos Ecantos

Wild for Gingham

I love the hit of red in this otherwise white space. Designer unknown

Coastal palette

A calming combination of colours that remind me of sea grass. Courtesy of BHG

The orange stools are just so delicious, I want to sit here with a strawberry dacquri & shell peas.

The orange stools are just so delicious, I want to sit here with a strawberry daiquiri and shell peas.