Cottage Style


This weekend is Victoria Day weekend and it is the unofficial kick off to summer. For many it’s the first weekend of camping, opening up the cottage for the year, taking the RV out to that favourite campsite. What better time to talk about one of my favourite design styles- Cottage Style.

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Five simple tips to style your bookcase


Bookcases. Most of us have at least one. How to style them so they not only function storage wise but also look pretty can stump the best of us.

The one piece of advice I can give you is to not overthink it. When tackling a bookcase, I like to empty it off all its contents first.  Then I sort the items by category on the floor.

I like to mix in accessories with my books to break things up and to prevent the overall piece from looking too heavy.

  1. Colour Scheme

Choose a colour scheme. The easiest combination is to keep things neutral with the addition of one or two colours that tie in with your room.

Decor Ideas: Plants, candles, framed prints, plates.



2. Less is MORE

EDIT EDIT EDIT. Go for less but use bigger items rather than filling up your shelf with a ton of smaller items which can lend itself to a cluttered look.

Decor Ideas: Large vases, baskets and large old books.



3. Vary your height

Create an arrangement by varying the height of your objects. Place books horizontally as well as vertically.


4. Balance

Arrange decor in odd numbers. If something is large on one side, you need to repeat that on the other. For example on the shelf below,  you have books stacked vertically to the left on one shelf and the shelf below, the books are vertically stacked on the right.



5. Personalize

Last but not least, don’t go out and buy a bunch of random things to fill in your bookcase but rather use items that you have collected over time that mean something to you and  your family. You want to tell a story when accessorizing.



There you have it, styling your bookcase in five simple steps. I would love for you to share photos of your bookcases and shelves with me over on my Facbook page.


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Interior designer and what it means to me


Interior Design is such a broad field and these two words conjure so many feelings. For years, I hesitantly referred to myself as a designer/decorator. Heck, many times when asked I would say I was a stay at home mom and avoid the designer/decorator conversation all together. It wasn’t dishonest, I’ve been a stay-at-home-mom for nearly thirteen years and I wouldn’t change a thing. I also know it’s the most important and hardest job I will ever have. Being responsible for the maintenance and development of two humans is not a project to take lightly and I for one have taken it very seriously.

But if I’m honest with myself, I’m proud to be a designer. I took a huge leap of faith in my late 20’s when on the cusp of getting married and starting a family to pursue a career change. Before that I was immersed in the tech world doing corporate sales and marketing. I share this tidbit with people today and they are quite shocked as I am a maker, a creative at the very centre of my being. Continue reading

Whole Home Colour Palette

If it’s been a couple of years since your home has been painted it’s probably time for a refresh.

Paint is one of the most cost effective ways you can update your home’s aesthetic.

When tackling such a project, you want to ensure your home’s overall look is cohesive. So zoom out and look at your home as a whole rather than room by room which can result in a disjointed look, lacking flow and choppy from a visual perspective. With spaces that flow into one another you don’t want the eye to stop from space to space but rather you want the eye to flow from one space to another.

You also don’t want your paint colours to take center stage and detract from architectural elements, focal points, furniture, art, great window views, etc but rather your chosen paint colour should act as a backdrop to all these things instead. Continue reading

Common decorating mistakes that make your home look cheap

This post is in no way meant to bash anyone’s home. Our design style is very personal. At the end of the day, I always say do you, do what you love. There is no right and wrong way when it comes to decorating the spaces within our homes. It doesn’t mean you have to execute the latest decor trends or even follow them for that matter.

I hear all the time how cozy our home feels. I often get asked, “how can I make my home look finished and cozy?” Well avoiding the things below will definitely help! Bonus- your home will look and feel like YOU and also far from cheap and basic!

I must say that I do see lots of home that break some of these rules and are gorgeous but if you like my design style and you are looking for a place to start, then I hope this guide helps you. Continue reading