Interior Decorating Finalist – CHBA Awards

We’re thrilled to be a 2017 co-finalist with Armco Capital for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s National Award for Housing Excellence. We were named along with five other companies across Canada in the Interior Decorating category for our work at the Indigo Shores Information Center.  The Indigo Shores Model Home’s is the hub of the Indigo Shores development, Halifax’s premier lakefront community.

This modern urban cottage home is a beautiful mix of casual modern furniture, natural wood pieces, nautical inspired artwork and accessories, blue accent colours, and natural elements. From an oar mounted on the wall in the great room, nautical striped vases, glass float balls, nautically striped throws, custom made linen pillows with ‘lakeside living’ quotes,  natural wood carvings of schools of fish and a canoe, driftwood balls, natural jute rugs, accessories bearing natural rope elements, no detail was overlooked.

The theme carries throughout the home, with nautically striped bedding in the master,  adjoining walk-in closet with white linen attire nautically striped hand bag for the sailing family, to nautically striped hand towels in the master bath to coordinating bathrooms. Not one room is out of theme to create a feeling of a modern urban cottage living at its best.

To see more photos of this model home click here.

The overall winner will be announced May 12th during their annual conference. To learn more visit: CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence.

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Making a zippered pillow

Sometimes I get frustrated with the limited variety of pillows available within Halifax. Sure, you can go into HomeSense and find three to four rows of pillows on any given day. But the reality is there is still little selection! I’ve seen the same pillow in HomeSense a thousand times. Sometimes I can’t even find the colour, let alone the tone or texture I’m looking for. Two hundred grey pillows to choose from, and not one yellow pillow, or teal pillow in your selection today HomeSense? Even blue can be hard to find most days.

Then I have other pillows that I will never use again that are stock piled separately. These ones are colours or patterns that I really don’t like. Given that the cheapest pillow you can find is often $39 I like to up-cycle these ones.

I look in my inventory and yes, I have over a hundred pillows sitting there looking at me saying “take me”, “use me”. But honestly for one of my projects this week, even with all these pillows batting their eyes at me I still need one more to complete one of my projects this week. It’s a yellow geometric pillow that I want and I have the material that I found in a remnants bin at the fabric store.

I couldn’t for the life of me remember how to do the zipper, even though it had only been about 3 weeks since my last one. It might have been that it was 9:30 at night and I was just tired. I contemplated just forgetting about it for the night and going to bed. But I needed the pillow and it was tonight or tomorrow night. Scratching my head, and really not having a clue, I stared at the material for a bit but honestly I couldn’t for the life of me remember! I considered asking Suri, but decided to use my laptop instead. Setting up my sewing machine, back to back on my desk with my laptop I grabbed another chair for the other side of my desk.

Googling it I found the same tutorial I used the first time on Heytherehome.com. Skimming quickly I remembered right away. I have to admit, I wasn’t up to reading it again…I just needed to see the image for the zipper placement again quickly.

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Twenty minutes or so later, ta da, my yellow geometric zippered pillow!

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It’s really not that hard, and it’s a great way to reuse old pillows and save money. Check the remnants bins at your local fabric store, or wait for a sale on fabric. Oh, you will need a zipper as well, they will run you around $4.00 each, but again you can wait for a sale.
Here’s a link to the full tutorial is you’re up to trying it yourself: Zippered Pillow tutorial
I promise, it’s really not that hard!

Transforming a Vintage Side Table

So many people have a piece that was handed down to them from a relative that they don’t use as part of their decor. They don’t want to part with it, but they don’t want to use it either – so it gets tucked away in storage or a corner of the house somewhere out of site. That was the case with my clients beautiful side table. It has been passed down from my client’s grandmother and wasn’t being used or displayed. I don’t necessarily blame them, I’m not a big fan of it in it’s original condition.

However…some Annie Sloan Chalk paint and some clear and dark wax…and well, we have an amazing transformation!

My clients have purchased a new home that is undergoing a big transformation as well – walls have been removed to create an open concept throughout the main living areas, bathrooms and the kitchen are getting a complete makeover. This side table, previously tucked away in their old house is now going to be positioned in the entry way and will be the the first piece that you see when you enter their home!

Please excuse the after photos, I still need to get some good photos of this piece! This piece was painted with a custom colour, I started with Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey but wanted it darker so I customized it. The top was refinished to a darker colour and I used clear and dark wax on the base to give it an antiqued look. Quite the transformation if I do say so myself! 🙂

Before:

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After:
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Vintage desk makeover

I wasn’t a lover of this antique desk before it’s makeover, however, I have a new found love for it now.   It’s finished with a two-layer colour distressing process (coal and ash fusion mineral paint), finished with subtle light off-white waxing to add to it’s aged look. I couldn’t help but decorate it with my beautiful steamer trunk that I obtained over the holidays! 😉

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Here’s what it looked like before the transformation
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And I love this steamer trunk I recently acquired…love it!
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Decorating, yes we do that too!

Interior design services HalifaxI’m often asked “do you also do decorating?”, and the answer is yes, we also do decorating!  Many decorating, or interior design projects actually come from past home staging clients. One of the greatest compliments I can get from a home staging client is, “I don’t want to move now’, or if it’s a vacant property “I want to move back in!”

You don’t have to wait until you’re listing your home to have your home look amazing. Everyone should love their home while they’re living in it…make it ‘home’ while it’s yours! A place you can’t wait to get back to at the end of the day. Many clients wonder why they didn’t make the changes years ago.

Perhaps it’s just a room or two you want help with decorating, or you’re looking to make some updates and need help more interior design services in selecting products, colours, fixtures, flooring, etc.  Maybe you’re moving into a new home and doing renovations, or just need some help pulling the space together. I believe in utilizing what you have when at all possible and keeping costs to a minimum.

I’d love to help you love your home…now.  Contact me for more information or if you’d like to book a consultation.