William made me this birthday card. Which room is the happiest? Here I am, dressed for my Birthday dinner: The two Snowflowering trees in my backyard are so special because they ALWAYS bloom on my birthday and the blooms are very short. Two weeks and it’s over! They started blooming… Continue Reading →
Should you install recessed lighting in your next renovation or new build? I’m suggesting you skip recessed lighting altogether. Lighting at eye level is always way more flattering than harsh lighting coming from the ceiling in can or pot lights. Read on to find out more. Last week on my… Continue Reading →
I am always fielding questions about how lighting affects your room. And, I continue to be amazed at what can be done with new LED technologies in lighting. Whether you prefer warm, cool or daylight lighting in your kitchen, here’s a new option that I had to share with you…. Continue Reading →
Wouldn’t it be great if we loved everything in our homes? If all the finishes, all the furnishings and decor were just what we wanted? Everyone has a home wish list. We all have finishes we would like to update and place holder furnishings. But this doesn’t mean we should wait… Continue Reading →
I love to spread my interior design talent around, so while visiting some of my family’s homes in Finland I noticed very few lamps – and I made sure to fix that! Today I’m sharing 3 ways to add more light to your home, along with a few photos from… Continue Reading →
Tired of wondering why your home is not selling? Here are 5 reasons your paint colour could be turning buyers away. Choosing wall colours to stage your home to sell means understanding which colours and neutrals are current and also make each room look its best! Keep reading to find… Continue Reading →
Tricia Firmaniuk, my senior colour designer was in Los Angeles with me last weekend along with Irene Hill my senior copywriter. I was presenting my system to a large corporation and they were so great to have as resources in the room. I am so lucky to work with both… Continue Reading →
How to Make Your Husband Cry Have you listened to my Ballard podcast yet? I was so honoured to be a part of the amazing group of creatives that appear on their podcast! We taped the podcast in Atlanta last Fall after Caroline, Taryn and Karen spent Day 1 in… Continue Reading →
Today we have another guest post from Tricia Firmaniuk. How lucky I was to find a virtual assistant with the same aesthetic as me! And she’s an artist so she sees undertones from miles away. And in my experience, it is indeed rare for an artist to be able to… Continue Reading →
image source I had two client visits yesterday. The first client had a great room with a fireplace. In her interior, the best place to install the TV will be above the fireplace, so we talked about installing wing chairs to flank the fireplace. She mentioned that no one would sit there because… Continue Reading →
BHG Hasn’t everyone bought one of those “fill-in-the-blank for Dummies” books when you really don’t know something and you’re thinking “Talk to me like I’m 5 years old?”. I certainly have. Years ago I dated a guy who was into philosophy and I just felt stupid every time he started talking about it, so… Continue Reading →
via pinterest The other day I was on the phone with my friend Penelope. She is a very busy woman. In addition to running her business, she also home schools her two boys. Whenever I get her on the phone (which is not often), I always try to be as interesting as possible so… Continue Reading →
I used to think I could get away with using my little instant camera when taking photos of my work. A year of lessons has shown me what’s really possible when we take professional photography seriously, even in so-called uninspiring spaces like boardrooms and offices. Come on in for a peek at some photos I took of my own photography instructor’s new space.
Today’s post is about decorating with charcoal, really important to know since it’s such a popular neutral right now!
If you have a charcoal sofa (just like during the brown trend, when most neutral-loving shoppers purchased a brown one) it’s time for me to help you bring this colour to life.
In a few weeks, there will be magic happening at Aimee’s house in Port Alberni thanks to all of you! Irene will arrive with a team of 10 volunteers to assemble IKEA furniture and then the following weekend I’ll be there with my car full of accessories and lamps to hang artwork and… Continue Reading →