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Updated: 2018-03-12T04:57:38.343-06:00


Best Mantel Colour for Red Brick...


This was my clients fireplace the day I measured for her new furniture… nice, pleasant to look at… the art is nice over the mantel… but the fireplaces overall look could be better…

Bless my clients heart, she did not mind me suggesting a new colour for the mantel… as I always do,  I mention to cover it in black paper or black painted cardboard… she used black garbage bags to see what it would look like painted black, whatever works I say…

She said she thought, yes that does look better... time to paint...
Benjamin Moore Onyx 2133-10  its just the nicest black for mantels, doors, windows …
Well this is it… the mantel painted... it looks amazing !

My client loves it, the black just balanced the top with the dark grey black tiles... look how much better the art looks !
Amazing what a quart of Benjamin Moore Onyx 2133-10 can do!

How to Purchase the Right Scaled Art...


Have you ever wondered how an interior designer shops for art ?She or he works out the floor plan first, knows where the art is going and over what ? (sofa, console, dining wall, fireplace mantel)with this measurement they look for a piece that will go, not the right size they move on,looking for the right size and look,but most important the right size...We shop with the measurements all worked out, when your shopping and see an amazing piece.. your heart skips a beat ... stop and get out your measurements, is it the size you are looking for ?  Is it in the right measurement range? Yes, you are having a good day... No, not in the width range...put it down walk away, do not think about it...just walk will never make you happy over your sofa !!!so this is the RECIPEwidth or height (of item) divided by 5 = answeranswer  x 3 = width or height  your looking forSo the sofa width is 80" 80 divided by 5 = 1616 x 3 = 48your measurement you are looking for is 48" to 50"this art is very nice... but to small, the sofa wall will never look just rightnow it works for the height of the artwork tooHeight of the wall, 96" (most homes, but make sure to measure just in case its taller)Height of the sofa, Laurel in the picture 39" tall 96 - 39 = 57this leaves 57" above the sofa for the height of the art57 divided by 5 = 11.4"11.4 x 3 =34.2Now the height of the artwork needs to be 34 to 36" highits an easy calculation to work out the art sizeout shopping for this room above48 to 50" wide X 34 to 36" highand it is placed 5" above the back of the sofa, centered over the sofa and your, foot note to this rule... if you are looking for more than one piece of art... have all your measurements worked out so if the heart stopping piece you find doesn't work over the sofa, it just might be just the thing for another wall... if you have your list of sizes worked out you will be bringing home the one you fell in love with, a totally lucky day !Have fun shopping with your measurements in your pocket or purse... working it out in advance will make your day if you find the perfect piece, I promise !!![...]

Sunday Share....


Amazing place to cook, open for guests to watch and talk to the cook.
Looking to the back of the condo, the living room looks like an wonderful space to hang out with a coffee & read or visit with guests...

could move right into this condo
Firm: Selldork Architects  - site NoHo  Photo by Bartek Sherman

Client: 232


Another pleased client... needed a new look & a new colour... no more brown ...

Surprize ! there's no place for a mirror... oh yes there is !


Did you ever buy a house only to notice on move in day
 the space above the sink for an amazing mirror
 is a window, surprize
well these pictures will change that problem for you...

they fix the problem, open the light for sure...

and give your bath or powder room a totally special look...
Your the lucky one, enjoy !

Client: 231


Client wanted a soft look using ivory and purple...

waiting on the counter top….


The kitchen is in… our plumber installed a temporary counter top & installed the sink… the measurement for the counter tops has been done and we have been given a 1 month timeline until its in Calgary from Quebec… after that I will be bringing home back splash tiles (subway tiles) this gives me time to find the ones I think will work… I want to see the whole counter top design before I order the tiles…hoping it is not to busy for the tiles I like, fingers crossed, it hard to imagine the look from a 12” sample… we have amazing drawers for pots, no more digging out pots on my hands and knees… cute hidden place for the dish brushes… check out the coreguard inside cupboard, we will never never have mold under the sink again !!! ever ! And it just looks great ! drawers on this side too ! heaven ! we are loving this pull out pantry… such a good use of space ! ------------- our plumber reattached the old sink, taps and counter top to the bathroom vanity… this mirror and light will be going too…  I am having a custom mirror made to be between the 2 new lamps I ordered yesterday…. this is it, The Kent Sconce from Restoration Hardware… is this beautiful or what, one on each side of the mirror, heaven ! next … looking for a new floor for the kitchen, wish me luck I find the right colour of grey… they all seem to have a purple undertone… [...]

a hotel stay that changes your home…


What happens when you go to a hotel for 4 days because your kitchen is having its mold removed ?  You fall in love with the floor tiles and wall tiles in the hotel room bath…. We were not planning on changing the tiles around the tub… just the vanity and the floor, ok a new counter top with a cool sink and faucet…  but nothing else for now … ya sure ! Then we stayed at the Fairmount Palliser Hotel this is our favourite hotel in Calgary …   this is the nicest (old CP hotel) hotel ever… so this is the floor tile…24” x 24” … amazing, right? this is the wall tile… makes my heart skip a beat… large 23” wide x 12” high tiles, just amazing ! Loving this tap configuration, still looking for this ! if anyone has seen this anywhere please let me know…x   nice sink, we have picked this sink and tap for our vanity top…. we are both in love with this sink…. our counter top will be a formica  180 fx a copy of calacatta marble same as the kitchen…   Well when you fall in love with a tile from a hotel what do you do?  you Google tiles, hotel design and after a few hours you find a new company in your town, a nice website so you click on their Facebook page and scowl down… and guess what you find ? you find pictures of the tiles used and bathroom pictures of the Palliser Hotel, my heart stopped, I could not believe my luck ! I found my tiles !!!  click here : Porcelanosa we ordered the tiles a few days ago, they will be in Calgary in a few days… The other tiles I am still looking for are copies of the back splash tiles in the Starbucks attached to the hotel basement… I will find them ! I now I will… totally love these tiles for our Kitchen backsplash, its only time until I find them too ! Want to see what your living room looks like when it’s full of Kraftmaid kitchen boxes?  well it looks like this … Fun, living in this for 2 weeks while we fixed mold and had the floor tiles removed… I will keep you in the loop with pictures of the install… soon ! [...]

New Kitchen & Bathroom…happy, happy, joy joy !


this is what our kitchen looked like when we moved in a few years ago…. Left side…. Right side…. you might think, it looks ok… and that is what I thought when we bought the condo… I always new we would do something special with it, new doors maybe…well the doors are all over painted with drips etc… not well done at all, counters are old Formica painted over… and under the sink has mold… waters been off for 5 months, not something I recommend… lol We have put up with it all for 6 years now, time for a new kitchen… ------ so we did it, we when to Home Depot and worked with a Kitchen designer… and ordered a New Kitchen !   It is Kraftmaid, Black onyx…… these are the drawings Left Side, to the ceiling ! with a set of 3 drawers on the left   Right side, up to ceiling with special pull out food closet ! and another set of 3 drawers on the stove side too ! ------------------- After ordering, we have 8 weeks to get ready, we started with painting the ceiling… blue, I have always wanted a blue ceiling… this is the back wall with shelving and artwork… so we covered it all, why I’m not sure but we did.   our cat coco must inspect all our work   she loves to check out everything we do… blue on the ceiling did not have to go to the far left because the new cupboards are going to the ceiling   right side done Colour Benjamin Moore, 2138-60 Gray Cashmere   Next was the floor, I have always told clients….. never live or design around someone else's tiles, flooring, wall to wall carpet etc. that you do not like.  You will never truly love your new room if you do that, never ! so people the floor just had to go…… Before… with the taped up moldy under sink cupboard…. bye, bye bad tiles and grout… After, down to concrete….   Now the tile started at the front door, into the bathroom and kitchen… Entrance hallway, before After, all tiles gone… we are back to concrete ! now we did have one other problem with the kitchen… mold under the sink… so we left the condo for 4 days (staying at a hotel) and had a special company take out the whole cupboard on the bottom sink left side of the kitchen… then had an electrician redo all the weird bits of switches… a plumber redo the water lines that were just pulled off by the mold cleaning company….leaving them a mess… and then we had it covered in new blue gypsum   Bathroom floor Before… After… now as you can see above the vanity in the bathroom is original to the condo… so it is going too…  to be replaced by a match to the kitchen… again happy dance for sure, right ? ----------------   this was to be the vanity but they could not do drawers on one side so it will be 2 doors … that's all for now, I will keep you in the loop and let you know how things are going in the next few days [...]

Seeing Black Trending in 2014… I love it !


Starting with the Kitchen, totally in love with the lightingThe Living room with black carpeting, shades of grey sofa’s   The tiffany blue works so nicely with the blackLoving the ivory white and black look in this roomThis is the best trend of 2014 ! Black Tub, yes yes yesShades of grey Black and ivory white…[...]

10 Millon gets you want in Calgary….?


Look what’s for sale in Alberta, Canadian… Looks a little cowboy ? Right you are, this is Calgary… If you have a need for a penthouse in downtown Calgary, here’s the link to at Get party house Loving the hide sided chairs Best party kitchen Cooking with a view of the foothills   I’m betting this is the longest table in the city (that’s all one piece of tree, no extensions)   Not sure I could get alot of work done without drapery beside that view…   Day time view of downtown view of Stampede Grounds View to the foothills This is the time of day I would really love the view and this condo… If you have 10 million, give the a call, and if you are view in person I would love to go with you for a closer look. [...]

Stars… for little people


I found the most interesting lights on Restoration Hardware,

Baby & Child   click here 


Good or what!  This room stopped me, and it takes alot for that to happen….so loving this room…






What do you think?  A little costly for sure but I would totally do this for my kids if they were still little and lived with us….

Friday night funny….



I am pointlessly talented…lol

Friday room



Camping anyone…


Now I know that it is going to snow this weekend… at least in Calgary anyway but I just needed to share this amazing camping room…


I would camp here anytime…

Wednesday room of the day



Eatons 9th floor Montreal, Quebec, Canada

This was my favourite restaurant years ago… wish it was still in operation… x

Dear Paul, thanks for the music


Ordered my copy today from

Coming out Nov 15, 2013, should see my copy by Nov 22…


so looking forward to my copy of NEW… from Paul McCartney xxx

Hope you like this estate… it’s for sale after 74 years


This home is amazing, set up for sale, pictures show it could have been designed today, built in 1939… by Bob Hope It’s listed at 27.5 million, it will be interesting to see who purchases it… The eight bedroom, eight bath estate spans 14,876 square feet, and sits on more than five acres.  According to the LA Times, Richard Nixon’s helicopter once landed on the back lawn so the president could play a round at the nearby Lakeside Golf Club, and Lucille Ball and Jack Benny drank and gossiped at the holiday parties in the living room. Hope left the home to his wife, Dolores, when he passed away in 2003, two months after his 100th birthday. When Mrs. Hope passed away in 2011, it passed to their family members under the Dolores Hope Trust. According to the listing, the original English Traditional main house was designed by architect Robert Finkelhor, & then remodelled in the 1950′s by architect John Elgin Woolf. It comes with a guest house, staff quarters, indoor pool and spa, billiard room, bar, and chef’s kitchen. The master suite includes his and hers bedrooms, baths, closets and a shared study. The grounds include an outdoor pool, sprawling lawns, a golf course and pristine gardens. [...]

Picture of the Year!!!



Congratulations to the Madison Mounted Police for being such caring horse lovers ! That they let a hospitalized policeman’s horse pay him a hospital visit………

Baby Decor…


After the wonderful baby news across the pond today, I thought I would play with baby decor for a change… Crib with bedding Leaf over crib, more bedding   Artwork over the crib for colour and fun.   Mobile… looks easy enough to make myself… Modern rug for the floor under crib Night light lamp Dresser Another mobile over the change table, pad for change table   Change table, holds clothing and diapers Colourful table and chairs… View Full Album Colourful toys on table and bookshelf   more fun toys, colourful blanket A place for mom and baby to rock… after a bath wearing this fun towel… that was fun, comments anyone… [...]

Quote of the year…. so true…



Some days this is exactly how I feel… lol…

Playing with ideas again


New fabrics and area rugs for new condo… LOOK # 1 Lighter Look for room Grey for Talbot Loveseat with circle fabric pillows D 107428 Pillow Fabric 2 options for Leo Ottoman as coffee table (top flips to wood top) Pale Green fabric for Impulse Recliners +++ LOOK #2 Dark Look for room Medium Blue with abstract flowers for pillows G 969079 Pillow fabric 2 options for Leo Ottoman as coffee table (top flips to wood top)   Medium/Dark Grey for Impulse recliners New Idea for television… Use a entertainment console with crystal fireplace insert, all DVD's etc behind glass (dust free living) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ and if they are not liked, a more traditional look H 114288 Pillow fabric Leo Ottoman in B 108026 to match loveseat fabric Impulse recliner in C 993756 fabric 3 different looks, 1 room… [...]

Client look see… before presentation day…


  Starting with the floor plan no 1 With this floor plan the television is over the loveseat as an art piece giving clients full view from the 2 recliners. There is full access to the family room area from both sides of the island, remember… the dining area is on the top right of this floor plan. This space plan also works for having guests over, hanging out with the person or persons cooking in the kitchen. With a new kitchen this is important in my mind… To be added to this floor plan are two small 18”x18” coffee table type pieces in front of the loveseat. I have a piece from the company Canadel I use for this, that you will really like.  Everyone needs a place to put down a drink. (it can also be used as an extra seat at the kitchen or dining table when needed) ++++ Now on to floor plan no 2 in this floor plan I have used all the same pieces, faced the 2 recliners towards the long wall, using the hall table as a console for the vcr, dvd etc. That being said we could also change this piece out for an entertainment console below the television on the wall. The opening is very narrow towards the dining area, which means you would always have to walk through the kitchen to get to the dining table.  Not something I would think my clients would enjoy.  I personally think this floor plan is not very welcoming for visiting guests, but we all wanted to try this space plan to see how it would work and feel. In this plan I would add only one small 18”x18” coffee table piece in front of the loveseat. (the same piece in the picture above) ++++ Well that is what I have come up with, space planning helps a great deal, this gives us all a to-scale (1/4”=1’0”) look at how the furniture is going to fit and how the room is going to feel. ++++ These pictures are reminders of amazing pieces that will be part of your new room and I used them as inspiration…     Now this is where I am with the fabrics and area rug…   This is the Talbot Loveseat in the fabric we found together the other day. This is the Isabelle Narrow Rectangle table with shelf I have used beside the loveseat. Finish to be worked out later. This table would have your lamp on it. This is the Impulse Recliner that you sat on the other day, done up in the fabric you picked. This is the Isabelle Wedge table I have used between the 2 recliners, not sure what finish yet, we can work that out later. I do not have a picture of the hall table/console/entertainment piece to insert here, I do have a pdf sheet at my office that we will go through together, and decide which piece works for you and your new room.   This is the area rug I found that works so well with both fabrics. I laid out all the samples so you can see them together, I played with a few new paint colours  using your kitchen sample paint colour (just wanted to see if I could find something interesting), will show you them and any others I find over the weekend on presentation day. ++++ So have a good look and read of all the above, email me at my home email over the weekend and let me know what you think of everything so far…   (I do not have a way into my office email from home) Regards, Carol Anne [...]

New Buffet added to the dining area / Client:Presentation- Tuesday, June 18 2013


Using my blog today to help my clients daughters see the presentation I am giving my client, they are out of town but I wanted them to be part of the presentation day if possible… Starting with the floor plan I have done 2 for this client using all the same pieces. I love to do this when the I can. This will give the client two different ways to set up the room or a summer look facing the window and a winter look facing the fireplace. To me this is just fun to be able to change the feel of the room any time the client wants. ++++++ Floor Plan 1, sofa facing the fireplace, chairs beside, TV to the right side of the fireplace (not a focal point) the room totally open to the dining area, very welcoming space plan. (yellow dots are lamps) (this space planning is using the idea of the cable TV cord can be moved through the heater behind the fireplace or the cable run up and over the mantel and down again, tacked down)  Floor Plan 2, sofa facing the windows, chairs across the room for great conversations, TV in the corner (not a focal point) tucked in beside the fireplace. (yellow dots are lamps) I will start with a piece of art the client had me photograph as inspiration for her new room. Talbot Sofa in the grey fabric client likes on the show room floor. Pillow story on the sofa Stripe pillow w/ fringe trim         Pattern pillow w/ cord trim    Talbot chair X 2   Wedge TB in Antique White finish, between the two chairs (floor plan 2) or to one side (floor plan 1) Floor lamp with chairs                                               End Table beside sofa Lamp on End Table Grey ceramic bowl for the top of coffee table or top of the dining table. (the picture shows it as a gold but it is a soft grey) added a few glass balls in the colours out of the area rug. Oval Coffee Table, glass insert, no shelf so you can see through the table to the area rug below. 8’-0” square area rug This hall table used to hold the clients TV, finished as the other tables in Antique White finish. (seen on each side of the fireplace in the floor plans) Matching lamp on the clients sofa table in the dining area. Client decided after a few days to rethink this piece for the dining area.  I found a new piece to go in it’s place to blend in with the new table and chairs… This is the new piece, a simple buffet with 3 doors with 1 inside shelf and 2 drawers, this will house the clients dishware etc and use the same foot print as the open sofa table, all in all a wonderful call on the clients part.  This piece I moved to the wall beside the window. Silver candlesticks for the fireplace mantel to go with and a bit in front of the clients artwork. Dining Area of the condo… Dining Table 42 x 68 with one leaf 42 x 88 I used a table with a pedestal base to give more space to the room, this table will come with a self storing leaf, helps save space in the condo. Used the 16M finish that the client and her daughter liked in the room the day I was ther[...]

In the beginning….Sarah Richardson


I was going through my many saved pictures this weekend… thought you all would enjoy the first article on Canada’s Sarah Richardson, from Style at Home Magazine… November 1998. It was in the Living with Style part of the November issue, By Trisse Loxley    *      Photographed by Ted Yarwood. [...]