Small Space Design on a Budget

Two years ago my boyfriend moved into a 500 square foot apartment after selling his four-bedroom house. It was meant to be a temporary stopping point for a year to re-think his next steps. The only thing he took from the house was a double bed and mattress and a bunch of bins and boxes … Read more

Design Inspiration from a Toilet Roll Holder

Yes, it’s true. Really.  I am finishing up a project with a client who asked me if I could design their powder room around a toilet roll holder.  Now that’s a first and perhaps a last.  However, there is nothing I enjoy more than an unusual challenge. As you can see, said “inspiration” piece is … Read more

3 Things You Must Do Before Starting a Kitchen Renovation

I have worked on dozens of kitchen renovations over the last ten years. Some involved a complete demo and replace and some just a “refresh”. With a couple of smaller kitchen projects just completed and a couple of larger ones about to begin, it seems to me like a good time to share a few … Read more

You Kept Whaaaa..t for the Last 30 Years?

I am quite sure, like me, you know someone or many people who have kept everything that has come into their life for years and years and years.  The cycle of collecting and discarding “stuff” has always fascinated me. We humans seem to be wired to collect things. All sorts of things. Things like: Those … Read more

Organization Should Inform Design

This blog post was inspired by a conversation I had with a client a few days ago.  She and her husband have been working on a DIY reno of their house for months and months and months . . . However, they did hire a cabinet company to design and install their kitchen. Good news. … Read more

Looking Back to Move Forward

What a year it has been.  I don’t know about you, but never in my lifetime did I think I would see anything like a worldwide pandemic.  It has turned all of our lives upside down in one way or another.  We have had to adapt and change everything from the way we do business … Read more

5 Last Minute Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas

Like the Grinch you can try to stop Christmas from coming but I doubt you’ll be successful.  I’m quite sure you don’t really want to cancel the holidays; you just think you do because Christmas is only a week away and despite the small gathering you will be having this year, you still have so … Read more

Home Edit Reality Check

Last week I was at Tim Horton’s for a quick washroom break and I happened to catch a conversation where a lady is saying to her friend, “you have to read this book and watch the series on Netflix” and she passes her a copy of The Home Edit.  I immediately thought to myself, geesh, … Read more

Car Show Leads to Playroom Inspiration

I’ve always loved a car show and I had the chance to attend one during my trip to PEI this September.  Mark it in your calendar for next year. Labour Day weekend 2021 you must go to the Brackley Drive-In Theatre ( https://drivein.ca/ ) for their annual car show. Unless, of course, you go there … Read more

A History Lesson at Charlottetown’s Sydney Boutique Inn & Suites

The historic Sydney Boutique Inn & Suites in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is probably the most elegant, thoughtfully designed hotel I have ever stayed in.  From the moment you arrive to the time you leave; you feel the positive energy of the building and those who have taken care of it over the years. I … Read more

Interested in Being Part of Season 3 – “The Big Downsize”?

As you may know, we have filmed two seasons of “The Big Downsize” documentary series for Vision TV and are about to film Season 3. If you know anyone who would be a good candidate for the show, they’ll receive organizing, decluttering and decorating services absolutely free of charge in return for being featured on … Read more

Nova Scotia – Stay Strong!

I have just returned from a week of much-needed vacation.  It seemed slightly indulgent to take a vacation when I have only been working at about half capacity since the pandemic hit. It has been absolutely exhausting for so many of us that a break from all of the everyday challenges associated with it seemed … Read more

Shopping Tips for Changing Times

Whether you have embraced a minimalist lifestyle or not, you still need to go shopping for essentials like groceries, a new toilet seat to replace the one that broke, or a new pillow to replace the one you’ve had for way too long. The world of shopping has certainly changed over the last few months. … Read more

Wallpaper Envy

A newsletter arrived in my inbox last week from Prime Walls featuring gorgeous mural wallpapers from Elle Belz that I immediately posted on Instagram and Facebook because I was so inspired. Naturally, that led me to do a little more research today to see what else is new in the wallpaper market.  And now . … Read more

A Kitchen Stuffed to the Brim

The Friday before last I spent the entire day with a close family member helping him declutter his kitchen.  It was long overdue. We gave the kitchen a “refresh” a few years ago with new countertops, sink, faucet, backsplash and paint color. It made such a huge difference. At the time I distinctly remember asking … Read more