My holiday survival guide

December is upon us. For many of us, that means we are in the midst of holiday prep. This is our first Christmas with the kids in Alberta. We are excited about celebrating the holidays with the grandparents here at our acreage. (I’m crossing my fingers for a white Christmas)


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Moving on……

FullSizeRender 2A month ago this past weekend, my husband and I arrived in Sundre, Alberta. We traveled from Nova Scotia to Alberta in four days and we haven’t stopped for a breath since we arrived.

Being entrepreneurs, it was imperative that one of us got our businesses up and running as soon as possible. My husband is a registered Acupuncturist and has been the primary income earner. I am happy to announce that  he is just a couple of weeks away from opening his new clinic space right here on the acreage. I will post more about the design of his clinic once it is completed.

When we decided to move, I wasn’t sure how or what my business would like in this new place. In the ten years of living in Nova Scotia, my business grew to what it was by word of mouth. Primarily, I have always been at home with our two children and I am solely responsible for home educating them. The question I asked myself did I have the heart to start over?

After a lot of soul searching, I’ve decided for now, my main focus will be our children as they enter their tween/teen years. This move has also been a huge transition for them and they are my number 1 priority.

However, I am at my best when I am creating whether that be a DIY project or designing a client space. Before I was a professional Interior Decorator, I was an adult educator. I’ve decided to go back to my roots and beginning in the spring, I will teach DIY workshops at my studio space that will also be here at the acreage.


I will continue to offer my e-design service as I will always love my design work. You can click the link to learn more about how my e-design can work for you.

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To keep abreast of what will be happening at Bear Hill Studio, I encourage you to follow along via Instagram or Facebook.

My dream living room

In my  home, I am all about comfort, cosy and function with a hit of style. I tend to gravitate towards clean lines and classic pieces.  Throughout my home, you will find neutral wall colors paired with neutral furniture pieces.

It may come as a surprise that when I pulled together pieces for my dream living room that I combined some high end with some lower end items. Because even in my dreams, this girl has a budget.  Continue reading

Thank you

IMG_6730This small business of mine has grown simply by word of mouth over the past few years. When I first started out, I was a Stay at Home mom with two littles trying to run a small decorating business. In the beginning, my projects were small as I couldn’t take on anything that was going to be time and/or labor extensive.

As the business grew, I met a wonderful contractor, Kevin from Dramatic Change Renovations, that is a dream to work with. He takes my ideas and turns them into reality for the client. Working with him allowed me to commit to bigger projects.

This year has been unbelievable so far, more than I could have hoped for and it’s just February! This morning I checked my email, as I always do before settling in with the kids to home school for the morning. In my inbox was an email from Point2Homes informing me that they listed my company as one of Top 20 interior design companies within Halifax. I am nothing but grateful for this recognition and to be mentioned along side many other designers that I admire and respect.

Head on over to check it out here.


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Merry Christmas


I wish to express my sincere gratitude to all my clients over the past year for inviting me into your homes and for the opportunity to work with you in decorating your spaces.

I hope you find joy during this holiday season and a moment to reflect and set your intentions for the year ahead. I look forward to working with you in the new year as well as meeting some new faces.

It gives me great pleasure to know that I have, if even in a small way, helped you enjoy your home a little bit more.

All the best,

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