Saturday March 2nd I was in store at Far & Wide, Kamloop’s most awesome, well curated shop located at 167 4th Street. I offered pre-booked FREE design consults, met with any walk in’s who had design questions, served up some Cocoa Dot Cupcakes and Prosecco. YUM! The ladies & owner/operators Callie and Brianne also revealed new retail space and some amazing new products. I encourage you to visit their website too, to sign up for their wellness series or any host of great events they host at the store. Their brand and everything they bring to the table in terms of customer service & care is NEXT LEVEL!
We had an amazing day, here are a few shots from the day!
Shop Far & Wide Online HERE
Order your custom Cake or Cupcakes HERE
The NEW space- HECK YEAH!
Self care products are a must!
I like to do a few FREE give aways to meet people, help those who might not have the budget but need a professional opinion to start their ideas flowing!
Pillow and Dresser DREAMS
Air plants- even I can’t kill these lovely living things!
PS those blankets are perfect for summer nights, boats or picnics- they dryfast but still provide warmth
Gold drinkware serves as a plant pot
FRESH BC grown figs and ficus line the windows
Ok, this came home with me! For my outdoor yoga space!
LOVE these poster papers, buy a frame in the size of your liking and frame them, make a fabulous wrapping paper, OR line some fabulous drawers
Get the GLO UP!
Insense, brass candles and scrunchie= recipe for a sunday!
Candle Perfection with beautiful gold details!
Arn’t these great- give a gift of a plant in these or the larger ones work great for giving baked goods to a lovely hostess!
I mean, this plant is genetically perfect!
Yahoo, Collabing with only the BEST
My Lil Shop Canada makes the cutest, loveliest pottery!
This entry way shelf and mirror is perfectly burnished and just the rights size, and price!
My branding and a few giveaways
Usually things tend to slow down over the holidays and new year, but just like the rest of 2018- this year was unpredictably busy! I had high hopes of coming home from a fabulous vacation and having December and January to business plan, take some courses and quite frankly kick back a bit after a super busy season. Didn’t happen! Here is a little bit of just what the heck it is I get up to, there is no typical day in Interior Design- some days I am zipping around to sites, scouring local sources to pull samples, visiting clients for initial consultations, meeting with trades, scheming up design elements to set my clients home apart, budget reviewing, styling decor and usually a bit of actual design time.
There is A LOT of behind the scene’s work to grow my business and ensure that I don’t miss the mark in providing service that people need. Read the captions for a play by play on my day to day!
In November my husband Roman and I went to Greece. This was an unbelievable trip that really reawakened my desire to travel to all the great spots of historical importance.
After a client consult for a laundry room reno, I short list their needs,wants and design goals. Then I take my specs to the awesome Carmen and Living Kitchen and she does up 2D and 3 D plans and a quote for us. In the mean time our handy guy is working on gutting the current space, ensuring we are ready for final measure and me and the home owner finalize selections such as countertops
Being self employed means I am MY brand. So I need to have materials the represent the work I do and what I bring to the table. I am constantly working on this kind of stuff to be prepared, to show off my style and to get The Edit name out to the people!
I design look books based on products selected for clients to help them imagine how their new home will come together. Also I have coffee with the architech who designed this/their home. Again always working on growing my business. PS brick is a classic trend- my fave
Again with the look books, I also met with these awesome clients to go over some design details as their new home build begins. We discuss the feel of the home and things they should start thinking about such as kitchen must haves, a first look at a draft budget and oh ya they brought their 1 week old little baby boy:)
After a staging consult I provide my clients who want to do some updates before relisting with my suggestions to appeal the most likely buyers for their high end home. We dont’ want to kill the budget but we need to do smart investments that will get them big ROI! Return on Investment
After an amazing consult with tea AND cookies I sent my client an outline of what to look for when shopping for updates for her home. Not everyone likes to online shop so if they have an idea of what to look for it helps them and I am always available by text or email if they are in store shoppin’
Another consult for a stylish client who wants to fall in love with her home again. Now that her kids are older she is starting to plan ( my faveorite kind of people) to what her eventual renovations and furniture will look like. After a detailed report I include some look books.
I plan an upcoming event involving WINE CUPCAKES and a GIVEAWAY at one of my fave stores in town Far and Wide. See always marketing!
Budget Friendly shopping for a client who needs a welcoming entry way
Looking for inspo- and finding out about this wood treatement Shu Shuig Wood. Probably spelled that wrong but learning about techniques and not spelling is where my heart lies.
Decided to sign up for an interior design business course too….. doing a lot of reading and thinking about how I can best serve my clients and community. I can’t just roll out of bed and have people throw buckets of money at me, can I??
oooh two of my favorite projects are coming along and I meet with both clients to touch base on furniture needs, how progress is going and just to make sure they are happy so far. These are my favorite days and I LOOOOVE what I do.
3 days of consults, site checks and some FREE giveaway appointments at my Revelstoke office. Managed to squeeze in a few cocktails too- much needed!
Shopping for staging furniture for two show homes in Kamloops….. shop shop shop
Again with the business stuff, preparing packets for builders, architects and realtors. I try to be ahead of the curve and meet and listen to fellow industry peeps so I can tailor my service to THEM. This is how a small business will survive, relationships! I try very hard to think of my customers and what they need so that I can bring that to the table before my need to tell people their style sucks and need a whole house revamp LOL
I get to meet amazing people doing what I do, and this past summer I was so fortunate to have Shirley recommended to me- (Thanks Lisa!) Not only did we have a successful collaboration but I have gained a friend for life.
I met with Shirley after she had already met with her great contractor Jason from Sagestone Construction and they had a general layout decided on as well as the cabinetry & appliances sourced from Ikea. I was instantly impressed with the clear communication and detail provided by Jason….let me tell you in this industry it can be a tricky thing- imagine literal trades people and airy fairy creatives such as myself LOL our paperwork sometimes is lacking- anyhoo NOT in this case…. Along the way I consulted with Shirley to select the perfect backsplash, sink, cabinet hardware, lighting and finishing touches for her kitchen. The reno involved taking out a wall to open up her large living space and to place the island for maximum entertaining use and for her to enjoy her river view.
Once the kitchen was underway we gave her dining room a refresh. Shirley has traveled to many amazing places, including India so we wanted to put some of her treasures on display as well as keep the history of the space. She is lucky enough to have some stunning antiques and pieces that have been in her family for decades, so the decor approach was to highlight these pieces by adding a new mirror, creating the start of a gallery space & moving some furniture around- namely adding the mirror to reflect her great view!
The marriage of new and old can really be felt in her welcoming home- click thru the gallery for more information. I think the best part of this whole collaboration was hearing that Shirley enjoyed the process- yes enjoyed a renovation!- and is hosting her family and guests more than ever! Cheers to 2019 !
The original floors really shine with all white cabinetry and new pot lighting. The perfect DVI shaded pendant was a find from The Lampost in Kamloops and mirrors the shape of the matte black cabinet pulls
Ikea wall oven does the trick located on this long wall of storage
The layout of this island included an over hang for stools on the end as well as the side to ensure you can sit and enjoy the view easily while enjoying a cup of tea…or wine. The stools are from Ikea as well!
The backsplash is a narrow subway tile in a soft grey and was taken all the way up the wall for a modern but classic look
The LG Aria countertops are fantastic quality and a real show stoppers!
Shirley walks by her dining room daily on the way to her master bedroom so we wanted to ensure she could see her beloved memories. Living well is having items in your home that spark joy- and this is a perfect example.
Stunning wood antiques are paired with a new mirror from Urban Barn
Micheals custom framed her elephant tapestry as well as two painted silk pieces, we left room for new memories to be added
The beading and sequin on the pillows pairs with the textile to create some lovely sparkle in the day light
This was a fun project for my friend’s the Doherty’s! They have a newer home in Aberdeen with a huge rec space downstairs that just wasn’t being utilized, and now that they are about to add a new bundle of joy, it was time to get the space cozied up!
The basics: The room has amazing wallpaper! Obvi that had to be kept- and it formed a great basis of color to pull from for the room. We decided to tie in greys,whites and warm wood tones. This is always a good strategy in a room that might not get the most light- it keeps things chic but adds a bit of life since wood tones read as “natural”
We kept the existing media hutch but added 2 wall mounted Ikea Besta units and wall mounted the TV. Cords still need to be hidden-!Since the couch is large, and dark, adding some pillows in a variety of textures and patterns was important, we tied in a large PLAY sign, from the great folks at Ginger and the Huth from Esty, added a cubby shelf for storage and popped in 6 HUDDA baskets from Ikea- perfect for a little dude who loves cars!
The coffee table is a great fit for the space- the wood top has a nice warmth to it and the black open design keeps it nice and light while showing off the great area rug! We have a great kid friendly pouf too…with alphabet letters but it ended up being back ordered soooooo it is not pictured here.
Mom and Dad should have easy access to the wine fridge so we moved it to the far side of the room- creating a little adult section AND creating a space where things can be hidden from view should the toddlers get a little cray down there! Mom received the handmade “to the moon” art work and instead of hiding it away we mounted it on the media wall next to the cozy corner fireplace.
This room came together nicely and with a keen eye to keep the budget friendly to allow for a luxe nursery update. We also did a quick entry way update too you will see in the pics. Thanks for having me Doherty’s, and to Fynn for the big hug!
This rug is easy to keep clean and was found at Wayfair, same with the coffee table!
The D sign was a wedding gift but we reframed it in a black and white mat/frame combo so it wasn’t hidden away. The play sign is awesome and from Etsy shop Ginger and the Huth
Dad really wanted us to keep the map- so we did! For a family full of adventure it works even if the colors aren’t 100%- Fynn already had the tent and his gorilla, we just moved it here and added a birch wood black and white toy box from Simons. The Cube shelf is from Wayfair and the grey felt baskets are kid friendly, sturdy and add a nice pop of texture. Hudda baskets from Ikea
If you are parents … you need a well stoked bar fridge like this one! Mom found this perfect sign at Home Sense and the his and hers wine glasses were only 9$
A mix of natural and synthetic fibers on furniture and textiles brings life to a basement space
These are the handy besta units, wall mounted, sturdy and sleek
This little nook houses a cozy fire place for cold winter nightts, more toy storage,and the media unit is a nice place to display seasonal items or latest favorites like Fynn’s personalized hockey book:) Leatherlike Elephant mom found at home sense! X’s and O game from Walmart and the Moon was a hand crafted piece from son to mom-THE sweetest!
We added some nice style to the front entry as well. The Ikea show cabinet is mounted to the wall so it won’t fall on little feet and holds up to 10 adult sized pairs of shoes.
These dowel hooks are a great alternative to coat racks….which sorry but I really dislike! These are oak with white painted tips, they are mounted securely and fit nicely between 2 doors, which is often where you will find coat storage if you don’t have a closet!
Mom found this perfect rug and the pouf at homesense!
We had to contend with a set of light switches and an alarm pad but wanted to add a mirror, so we styled around it and added another custom piece that sadly my camera cut off! My fancy camera died this day:(
Mom is a fashion blogger so this light up hashtag, was the perfect accessorie!
This was such a fun project! This house was completely renovated by the sellers and they did an AM-azing job! The home is located on 4.7 acres and has 5 bedrooms & 2 baths, so LOTS of room for a family if needed. The one minor drawback was a somewhat small eating area…or should I say a perceived small eating area.
My job was to select furniture that would:
- Enhance the SIZE of the space
- Not block much of the amazing view
- Enhance the well chosen renovations
Take peak! Read the captions to find out the tipsntricks I used.
If you are interested in buying this home contact Jody Johnston at Remax Kamloops 250-374-3331. Photos by the awesome Lorrie Jane Photography
And a Thank you to my sister for being my assistant this day- we had a hoot!
So much natural light in the master- choosing a palatte that kept things light and bright was the way to go!
Could this room be more cozy? NO.
A 5 ft island calls for bar stools that tuck in under the countertop
Space saving seating and a tray that brings over the blue from the accent wall.
A sofa and love seat were selected to show that there is a TON of space for seating and this placement does not detract from the VIEW! So gorgeous.
We chose a 6 seater bar height table! Fresh and modern enough to appeal to hipsters but the size shows what is possible for the space. The home owner selected this perfect dining lamp that works beautifully with the space. I balanced the heavy table with a blue water print on the opposite wall creating visual balance
I brought in pieces that highlighted the color palette while keeping neutral enough to appeal to all buyers
On the main level is a large room perfect for a home office or large enough to be a 2nd master. A gorgeous rug warms the room up
Master furniture was selected in a slight rustic design, and of large scale to show off the square footage. Soft prints and just the right amount of accessories bring the room to life
You CAN fit a coffee table here but for photography on MLS I decided a rug would be better- we are selling the space not the furniture so when staging I try to pare back where I can.
It might seem kooky to do a blog on fireplaces RIGHT when everyone is turning them off-finally! and we hit our hot months, but a lot of you are making the best of the weather for your renovations or it’s GO time for new construction. So with that said I have been planning and scheming for a few clients these past few weeks on fireplaces so I thought I would share my inspo’s and what is trending.
Traditionally the fireplace served as the heart of the home, after all it was the main source of heat for most folks! Currently most homes have gas or electric making the design aspect much more fun! The fireplace serves as heat yes, but as a focal point, ambiance setter, and as art in today’s modern homes.
If you are shopping for a new gas fireplace make sure you:
#1. Buy one that is rated excellent by the EnerGuide- that way you won’t be stressing over your gas bill and can feel ok about having it on as much as you want
#2. Ask for/Buy a remote control. Nothing sends me over the edge more than having to switch the fireplace on or off from the front plate of the fireplace. Especially if you are a couch napper or blanket co-cooner everytime you have to leave your nest this will irk you too!
#3 Always us a professional for adding a gas fireplace in your home
#4 The BTU # is the number tha
What better to lead to an outdoor area than this rustic inspired fireplace. The barnwood boards framed with the rustic beams screams Italian Villla! You can add rustic details to your home withOUT going farmhouse. Pair with modern furniture, glass accents, grennery and modern textured rugs to make it happen
Lots going on here BUT it works. We have a shiplap wall, a wood mantel, traditional framing of the fireplace and a herringbone tile accent. Everything is in good scale and the colors are all warm so it isn’t too busy
Most of my clients are liking this look these days- TV OFF the fireplalce wall and to the side and then some sort of built in shelf detail. After years of wall mounting fireplaces and people watching LESS tv look for this as the new standard
If I were a fireplace this would be me. A splash of modern, sleek finishing, Wood burning and a mantle the perfect size for display:)
Seeing alot of this too- smaller fireplaces with a panel wall accent. Very chic, very upscale, very 1970’s meets 1950’s
Outdoor fireplaces. If you can-DO
I am currently about to embark on this look in a new build. It will be a venetian plaster treatment in stucco to look like concrete! Can’t wait to share it with you
With a bit of planning ahead this is easy to achieve- drywall a box for your electric fireplace and a “cubby” for your logs…awesome mountian/mod look. Shout out to the feature ceiling treatment that ties in the wood logs.
Think low and long if you can’t go high
Also have this happening at a spec- we are going to stain the wood mantle the same as the floor to tie it in.Simple and Chic
Full disclosure— I don’t like herringbone food floors. I find it takes over a room too much. I LOVE it on a bathroom floor, as backsplash OR as a fireplace though. This looks fantastic and is a great way to make a serious design choice that you won’t tire of
Classic brick and wood mantle balanced by a light bright palette on the walls= modern classics
Pattern on the fireplace works well in a sitting room or a dining area
Tile again on the fireplace and again, TV mounted off centre.
Built ins and floating shelves on either side is a classic look because it works! Looks great and functions well especially for families!
t will tell you how much heat your place’ will kick out in your space. So if you have a larger room to heat make sure you get a fireplace with enough juice to the the job done.
Take a peak at what is trending………and read my notes on why and what is working:)
Finally a scale we need not be afraid of! teehee. This is the second of my 7 part “Principal of Design” blogs to help you create your own inspired space.
Scale or proportion in design is the relationship between objects with respect to size, number and relation between parts of a whole.
Experience designers will tell you that this principal of design is THE most important. The Roman’s and many great civilizations built their masterpieces around the scale of 1.618. There is something in human DNA that prefers this scale- CRAZY! So to say your too small side table or oversize plant just bothers you…..is science people!!
Here are my tips to keep your eyes on the proportions in your home:)
This is an example of bad scale use. The cupboards are relatively short compared to the ceiling height and the track lighting is the wrong length for the room. The cock is too small and placed too high
In this living room the furniture is too small and the window coverings are hung in groupings that are too thin
This room is close to perfect but the light fixture is too large
This room is on the smaller size but the large scale size of the bookshelf and window make it feel larger. The large table suits this room
The scale of this large table and mirror are balanced with the chair and ottoman seat height. If taller chairs were used the room would feel too full of furniture
This room has great proportions. The sofa mirrors the long line of the fireplace and coffee table is perfectly accessorized with a pair of vases and floral to add height. There are also 5 books on the table grouped in 3 and 2. When grouping accessories 3,5, and 7 are ideal together.
These window coverings are too BIG for this room
This room is close….. the tall plant mirrors the scale of the window and treatments. The rug and the floor lamp on the left are too small though
This low wide scale of the furniture works in this room with high celings. If you don’t want to go high in scale a wide low approach can work too as it will visually fill the space
This room is balanced by the oversize mirror and art on adjacent walls
This small kitchen has small accents that mirror the size of the room. Also the square backsplash tile work well here instead of a longer rectangular tile as it does not overwhelm the small space
The vase is too big and the curtain swag too small for this room
Perfect balance in this room of furniture, rug, lighting and art and decor placement
Contemporary Living room perfectly balance
Part of my mission statement with The Edit is to help you create a home you love and help you to be inspired to play around, try things and change it up as you need and to help you do that by sharing tips and knowledge on exactly HOW to do that.
There are 7 Principles of Design: Contrast, Emphasis, Pattern, Balance, Proportion or Scale, Harmony and Rhythm/Movement.
This week’s blog is about Contrast. Contrast is the juxtaposition of different elements of design such as rough and smooth textures, dark and light- in order to highlight their differences to create visual interest or a focal point.
A picture really is worth a 1000 words so peek through at examples of designing with contrast in mind…. take a look!
Warm brown flooring, contrasting white seating and a rich blue wall in this room create impact. The room is made to feel longer with the anchor color of blue and the start white highlights the flooring.
A bold pattern rug contrasts with the rough wood on the feature wall. The 2 equally balanced chairs add the perfect contrast of style to make this room feel pulled together not a mish mash of styles
Simple Black and White mirrors and hard ware contrast the soft grey and whites in this bathroom.
The matte finish of the wall color and the plush velvet blanked add contrast in texture.
What would be a cold modern room with concrete is made to feel natural with the greenery paneled walls and potted plants
This contemporary living room has a contrast in scale- a large sectional, small legs on the long low table and an Eames style chair from a different era- it works because each item is in a neutral color. Contrast in scale vs contrast in colors.
Simple piping on this table cloth elevates what could be a simple tablecloth to an elegant textile.
Black and White- always a classic, here it is brought to the sink and window frames too.
A smooth sleek tile on the wall is contrasted with a shaggy rug on the floor, making this room welcoming and warm
Aged exposed brick meets a plush groovy velvet sofa adding real style to this room. Brick walls with velvet thrown around a room is always a great mix
Color and pattern contrast!
Most of us learned about patterns in elementary school! Long before we had to worry about owning or renting our own home and introducing pattern to make our home look #fantastic.
The 2 B I G G E S T misconceptions about pattern is that 1.)it is impractical and will go out of style fast or 2.) It is too bold or too much of statement. To this I say hellnah!
- They create visual interest & are a great way to introduce color schemes into your design.
- If you vary the scale(size) of your patterns you can make the space feel bigger or smaller or more formal or relaxed
- You can create distinct “areas” in your home if you have an open floor plan
1.Make sure the patterns you select are different from each other. Ie not small dots and big dots
2.Ensure that your patterns have a least 1-2 colors in common
3. Choose patterns in proportion to your room. Ie Big room=Big prints!
4. Keep an eye on texture Ie: a satin pillow next to a rattan one might make your room feel a little cray! If you really can’t step out of your comfort zone focus more on the texture of the patterns and keep the colors solid.
Money Saver: If buying throw pillows make sure the cases are removable. Best for cleaning and when you want to update the fabric you don’t need to replace the whole pillow. Even better yet look for fabric sales and sew your own! Or in my case kindly ask family members to sew them for you!
Inserting link here to this amazing Canadian company for fabric. Ordering custom fabrics can be cost effective it is not just for rich folks!memo fabrics
I am adding photos here of pattern mixing done right and some patterns that are on the up and up for 2018.
So you know you need some help deciding what to do with your space and you have reached out to a designer you know or have been referred to by someone OR you like their vibe on social media. Cool! Here are my tips on what to expect and how to prepare for your consult!
- Make yourself a short list of the area(s) in your home that are top priority so you don’t forget to mention them during the appointment
- If you have a pinterest board of inspiration started, or something similar in terms of ideas of what you like-let the designer know ahead of time
- Don’t not mention something because you think it is too expensive! It is the designer’s JOB to come up with alternative options for you.
- Don’t expect HGTV schematics and 4D options unless you are ready to pay significant dollars! TV makes this look simple and fast but it is not.
During your consult:
1.When I arrive I will confirm with you what you want my services for in terms of the space(s) in your home
2. We will tour the space and talk about how you live or how you WANT to live and the things that you like!
3. I will take photos and measurements- in most cases
4. After the consult I will send you a scope of work, inspiration/materials/color selection for your design to serve as your jump off point and any other included items if you have booked a package other wise I will let you know the “next” steps as it were if you need help implementing all or some of your project and corresponding fees and an estimate for your project. If you are undertaking a massive renovation we will have formal 3D floor plans done up when you are ready and have consulted with a contractor.
Lastly, it is fun to create an inspired space! So don’t worry about the budget at this point, just think of what you like and how you are one step closer to creating your perfect nest!
Hi! That’s me, I love what I do and don’t worry, we will have a hoot creating your space
Choose a designer that gets back to you timely, keeps appointments, can clearly explain things to you and is always available to answer your questions.