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Spring Has Sprung

The last month has been unbelievably busy and I have been having a heck of a time keeping up with blogging and updating my site!

Both Kamloops and Revelstoke are keeping me busy with projects and I have been meeting so many great people creating beautiful spaces. Here are a few snap shots and words from the last little while…………….

Far & Wide FREE Consult Day

Saturday March 2nd I was in store at Far & Wide, Kamloop’s most awesome, well curated shop located at 167 4th Street. I offered pre-booked FREE design consults, met with any walk in’s who had design questions, served up some Cocoa Dot Cupcakes and Prosecco. YUM! The ladies & owner/operators Callie and Brianne also revealed new retail space and some amazing new products. I encourage you to visit their website too, to sign up for their wellness series or any host of great events they host at the store. Their brand and everything they bring to the table in terms of customer service & care is NEXT LEVEL!

We had an amazing day, here are a few shots from the day!

Shop Far & Wide Online HERE

Order your custom Cake or Cupcakes HERE

Play by Play of my Day to Day

Usually things tend to slow down over the holidays and new year, but just like the rest of 2018- this year was unpredictably busy! I had high hopes of coming home from a fabulous vacation and having December and January to business plan, take some courses and quite frankly kick back a bit after a super busy season. Didn’t happen! Here is a little bit of just what the heck it is I get up to, there is no typical day in Interior Design- some days I am zipping around to sites, scouring local sources to pull samples, visiting clients for initial consultations, meeting with trades, scheming up design elements to set my clients home apart, budget reviewing, styling decor and usually a bit of actual design time.

There is A LOT of behind the scene’s work to grow my business and ensure that I don’t miss the mark in providing service that people need. Read the captions for a play by play on my day to day!

More than a Kitchen

More than a Kitchen

I get to meet amazing people doing what I do, and this past summer I was so fortunate to have Shirley recommended to me- (Thanks Lisa!) Not only did we have a successful collaboration but I have gained a friend for life.

I met with Shirley after she had already met with her great contractor Jason from Sagestone Construction and they had a general layout decided on as well as the cabinetry & appliances sourced from Ikea. I was instantly impressed with the clear communication and detail provided by Jason….let me tell you in this industry it can be a tricky thing- imagine literal trades people and airy fairy creatives such as myself LOL our paperwork sometimes is lacking- anyhoo NOT in this case…. Along the way I consulted with Shirley to select the perfect backsplash, sink, cabinet hardware, lighting and finishing touches for her kitchen. The reno involved taking out a wall to open up her large living space and to place the island for maximum entertaining use and for her to enjoy her river view.

Once the kitchen was underway we gave her dining room a refresh. Shirley has traveled to many amazing places, including India so we wanted to put some of her treasures on display as well as keep the history of the space. She is lucky enough to have some stunning antiques and pieces that have been in her family for decades, so the decor approach was to highlight these pieces by adding a new mirror, creating the start of a gallery space & moving some furniture around- namely adding the mirror to reflect her great view!

The marriage of new and old can really be felt in her welcoming home- click thru the gallery for more information. I think the best part of this whole collaboration was hearing that Shirley enjoyed the process- yes enjoyed a renovation!- and is hosting her family and guests more than ever! Cheers to 2019 !

Family Fun

Family Fun

This was a fun project for my friend’s the Doherty’s! They have a newer home in Aberdeen with a huge rec space downstairs that just wasn’t being utilized, and now that they are about to add a new bundle of joy, it was time to get the space cozied up!

The basics: The room has amazing wallpaper! Obvi that had to be kept- and it formed a great basis of color to pull from for the room. We decided to tie in greys,whites and warm wood tones. This is always a good strategy in a room that might not get the most light- it keeps things chic but adds a bit of life since wood tones read as “natural”

We kept the existing media hutch but added 2 wall mounted Ikea Besta units and wall mounted the TV. Cords still need to be hidden-!Since the couch is large, and dark, adding some pillows in a variety of textures and patterns was important, we tied in a large PLAY sign, from the great folks at Ginger and the Huth from Esty, added a cubby shelf for storage and popped in 6 HUDDA baskets from Ikea- perfect for a little dude who loves cars!

The coffee table is a great fit for the space- the wood top has a nice warmth to it and the black open design keeps it nice and light while showing off the great area rug! We have a great kid friendly pouf too…with alphabet letters but it ended up being back ordered soooooo it is not pictured here.

Mom and Dad should have easy access to the wine fridge so we moved it to the far side of the room- creating a little adult section AND creating a space where things can be hidden from view should the toddlers get a little cray down there! Mom received the handmade “to the moon” art work and instead of hiding it away we mounted it on the media wall next to the cozy corner fireplace.

This room came together nicely and with a keen eye to keep the budget friendly to allow for a luxe nursery update. We also did a quick entry way update too you will see in the pics. Thanks for having me Doherty’s, and to Fynn for the big hug!

Recent Staging Project!

Recent Staging Project!

This was such a fun project! This house was completely renovated by the sellers and they did an AM-azing job! The home is located on 4.7 acres and has 5 bedrooms & 2 baths, so LOTS of room for a family if needed. The one minor drawback was a somewhat small eating area…or should I say a perceived small eating area.

My job was to select furniture that would:

  1. Enhance the SIZE of the space
  2. Not block much of the amazing view
  3. Enhance the well chosen renovations

Take peak! Read the captions to find out the tipsntricks I used.

If you are interested in buying this home contact Jody Johnston at Remax Kamloops 250-374-3331. Photos by the awesome Lorrie Jane Photography

And a Thank you to my sister for being my assistant this day- we had a hoot!

Fire it Up

Fire it Up

It might seem kooky to do a blog on fireplaces RIGHT when everyone is turning them off-finally! and we hit our hot months, but a lot of you are making the best of the weather for your renovations or it’s GO time for new construction. So with that said I have been planning and scheming for a few clients these past few weeks on fireplaces so I thought I would share my inspo’s and what is trending.

Traditionally the fireplace served as the heart of the home, after all it was the main source of heat for most folks! Currently most homes have gas or electric making the design aspect much more fun! The fireplace serves as heat yes, but as a focal point, ambiance setter, and as art in today’s modern homes.

If you are shopping for a new gas fireplace make sure you:

#1. Buy one that is rated excellent by the EnerGuide- that way you won’t be stressing over your gas bill and can feel ok about having it on as much as you want

#2. Ask for/Buy a remote control. Nothing sends me over the edge more than having to switch the fireplace on or off from the front plate of the fireplace. Especially if you are a couch napper or blanket co-cooner everytime you have to leave your nest this will irk you too!

#3 Always us a professional for adding a gas fireplace in your home

#4 The BTU # is the number tha

t will tell you how much heat your place’ will kick out in your space. So if you have a larger room to heat make sure you get a fireplace with enough juice to the the job done.

Take a peak at what is trending………and read my notes on why and what is working:)

S C A L E

S C A L E

Finally a scale we need not be afraid of! teehee. This is the second of my 7 part “Principal of Design” blogs to help you create your own inspired space.

Scale or proportion in design is the relationship between objects with respect to size, number and relation between parts of a whole.

Experience designers will tell you that this principal of design is THE most important. The Roman’s and many great civilizations built their masterpieces around the scale of 1.618. There is something in human DNA that prefers this scale- CRAZY! So to say your too small side table or oversize plant just bothers you…..is science people!!

Here are my tips to keep your eyes on the proportions in your home:)

Principles of Design

Principles of Design

Part of my mission statement with The Edit is to help you create a home you love and help you to be inspired to play around, try things and change it up as you need and to help you do that by sharing tips and knowledge on exactly HOW to do that.

There are 7 Principles of Design: Contrast, Emphasis, Pattern, Balance, Proportion or Scale, Harmony and Rhythm/Movement.

This week’s blog is about Contrast. Contrast is the juxtaposition of different elements of design such as rough and smooth textures, dark and light- in order to highlight their differences to create visual interest or a focal point.

A picture really is worth a 1000 words so peek through at examples of designing with contrast in mind…. take a look!

Pattern Positive!

Pattern Positive!

Most of us learned about patterns in elementary school! Long before we had to worry about owning or renting our own home and introducing pattern to make our  home look #fantastic.

The 2  B I G G E S T misconceptions about pattern is that 1.)it is impractical and will go out of style fast or 2.) It is too bold or too much of statement. To this I say hellnah!

Pattern Positives: 

  1. They create visual interest & are a great way to introduce color schemes into your design.
  2. If you vary the scale(size) of your patterns you can make the space feel bigger or smaller or more formal or relaxed
  3. You can create distinct “areas” in your home if you have an open floor plan

TIPS:

1.Make sure the patterns you select are different from each other. Ie not small dots and big dots

2.Ensure that your patterns have a least 1-2 colors in common

3. Choose patterns in proportion to your room. Ie Big room=Big prints!

4. Keep an eye on texture Ie: a satin pillow next to a rattan one might make your room feel a little cray! If you really can’t step out of your comfort zone focus more on the texture of the patterns and keep the colors solid.

Money Saver: If buying throw pillows make sure the cases are removable. Best for cleaning and when you want to update the fabric you don’t need to replace the whole pillow. Even better yet look for fabric sales and sew your own! Or in my case kindly ask family members to sew them for you!

Inserting link here to this amazing Canadian company for fabric. Ordering custom fabrics can be cost effective it is not just for rich folks!memo fabrics

I am adding photos here of pattern mixing done right and some patterns that are on the up and up for 2018.