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

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

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 Place for Everything

I am guessing that if you haven’t read the book, you know someone who has. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo has been on the best seller list for some time.  I think there is life changing magic in the most basic of organizing principles.  It’s known as “a place for everything”.  Since I started … Read more

Home Organizing with Universal Design

You may have heard of Universal Design. This method employs barrier free design principles for intergenerational use of any space.  Universal Design evolved from Accessible Design, which is a process that addresses the needs of people with disabilities.   Universal Design addresses the needs of all people.   There are some great ideas for employing Universal Design when organizing your home. Some … Read more

Creative Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

All the talk about the necessity for creative storage solutions in tiny houses is totally true. I have had to use some creative thinking for a challenging storage project I’m working on with a friend.  She has a small house of about 700 square feet.  Her house has tiny rooms and the only storage is a four-foot-wide closet … Read more

The Tangled Mess Beneath Your Desk

I can organize pretty much anything. The exception are cords and cables for electronic and computer devices. It’s as though I have some sort of mental block when it comes to turning that tangled mess into neat and tidy.  Usually, when I see a mess, I can’t wait to dig in and sort, purge and set up … Read more

Art: Original vs Mass Produced

I recently attended an excellent presentation with Andrea Smith, Executive Director of Teichert Gallery in Halifax.  Andrea spoke to members of the Nova Scotia Interior Decorators Association as part of our Annual General Meeting and Professional Development Day. Andrea shared her knowledge of how we can introduce original art into our lives, general rules for … Read more

Furnishing Tiny Spaces

Although I absolutely love working with small spaces to maximize storage and function, finding the right furniture pieces to fit are often a challenge. I’ve been on the hunt for several weeks for a 12-inch-wide bedside table with a drawer and shelf on the bottom.  It’s amazing how much time a person can spend looking for … Read more

The Satisfaction of Small Organizing Projects

Of all the big organizing jobs I’ve worked on over the years, and of all the more significant spaces I’ve designed and renovated, sometimes the smallest project can be the most satisfying, especially when you have a client who is super excited about her new closet. Who would have thought that a six foot closet … Read more