Where I’m Styling & Decorating this Weekend

Thanks to all of my generous readers, we raised over $12,000 for Irene’s sister Aimee and her 5 children, read the full story in this post.

Port Alberni Port Alberni

All the furniture arrived a few weeks ago and I’m hopping a ferry to Port Alberni (above) today where I’ll be hanging pictures and styling the house for the rest of the day and Saturday!

I picked all the colours on-line and they turned out amazing (So this means I can keep my day job, ; ) ; ) I’ll post photos next week so stay tuned!

Aimee has no idea how she’s about to feel in her house by end of the day Saturday, I can’t wait!!

In the meantime, here are some of my favourite tablescapes and vignettes for inspiration:


Okay, the lighting in this kitchen is a bit wild for me but it does suit this space. I think this kitchen is styled to perfection!


There was no room in the budget for coffee table books so I’m bringing some magazines I can stack for tablescapes!


No self-respecting vignette should be without books. Add a tray, candles and some flowers, done.

Pop of Green


Green goes anywhere. Because it’s the colour of nature. Even if your space feels dull and too earthy you can bring in pops of fresh green.


I so loved this vignette when I found it, I spent a blissful Saturday morning finding all the pieces on-line so it could be copied.

By someone. Maybe that someone could be you?


You know when you get a grocery store bouquet of flowers and they have 2 or 3 dorky ferns in it? Pull them out and put them in a little vase all by themselves. So much better! This is the time of year where it’s easy to clip greens outside to make any vignette come to life!


Rustic vignette

It’s rare that you can make an console look this good without a lamp.


Look at how much visual space a single wall sconce bracket and urn can take up!


Love this arrangement of cylinder vases with leaves.

Who has seen Maleficent with Angelina Jolie! Loved it so much! I don’t often feel compelled to talk about movies on this blog but that was such a great one!

Have a great weekend everyone! xo Maria

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  1. Good post Maria, I am always inspired by your insight! Can’t wait to see your finishing touches on your next post!

  2. Thanks for the inspiration pictures Maria.
    You are truly a treasure. Aimee and her
    family will have a nurturing home, can’t wait
    to see the final result!

  3. Love every one of the vignettes with green, especially the cylinders with leaves. I’m sitting here looking at my own foyer table and thinking the bowl with green “balls” and other stuff is too dark and I need to brighten it up. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Aimee and her brood are very lucky to have your dedication and designing help, and there must be a very special feeling of satisfaction for you to carry out this creative project. Eager for the final “reveal” next week.

  4. The dining room with the mirrored wall and glass table top is wonderful! Love this post, thanks so much for sharing.

  5. I can’t wait to see the photos of Aimee’s freshly redesigned new place! So excited for her and the family—how amazing to have you do this for them.

  6. I hope the family feels great in the new space. And I hope you give us a peak into how the budget was spent.

  7. How lucky Aimee and her family is to have you come
    over and style for them. Port Alberni looks like a
    beautiful town according to your picture!
    LOVE MALEFICENT!!!! Esp the land that lived in……….I
    guess it was all computer graphics but what a visual
    delight!! I want to see it again……….Oh and the headpiece
    with the horns that Angelina J. wore was STUNNING I
    Looking forward to the pictures of Aimee’s place
    when your done………hope you have “before and afters!”

  8. Cylinder vases with leaves looks fantastic, in fact I liked all of them 🙂
    Wishes for Aimee and her family and kudos to you for raising that amount. The effort is admirable.