Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

I am lucky that my work is also my passion and hobby. My mind never stops thinking about how to make decor updates and changes in my own home, especially when the seasons change. With spring around the corner, I am changing it again. This time I decided to play with one of my favourite colours: turquoise. My inspiration was a Bitossi piece I bought at an antique store.




I love brining spring inside. Tip: repot the plants, no yellow or pink liners needed, keep it simple.


It started with a couple of candlesticks. Tip: buy things in pairs or threes.


For Easter I inserted the turquoise here and there…






My dog Gus watches me as I work. 

A few cherished items grouped together.

turquoise-16Buddha gets a backdrop of mountains. Tip: Layer things on your bookshelf.


Yellow tulips lasts the longest, that’s what my mom said anyway.



Two glass bottles found in my bedroom got a new spot on the living room book shelf. Tip: use dried flowers instead of fake or real, these hydrangeas are from my garden last fall.


I needed some art to layer on my book-case and printed up personal photos in the right colour tones. Tip: Ikea frames have great mats, order your prints to fit in these frames.


Old books look great stacked. Tip: remember to have your books at the edge of the shelf, not pushed in. turquoise-21

Tip: group old with old, worn with wornturquoise-22


turquoise-29And here my treasures come to life.


Tip: repeat colours, patterns and textures.

Lighting is very important. Tip: a good reading lamp is a must have in every living room.

The spring refresh is done.




I can help you with yours.


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The recently launched Crave Calgary book – The Urban Girl’s Manifesto is a great resource for any Calgarian looking for unique services offered by more then 100 female entrepreneurs right here in our city. As described on the back of the book, “Crave Calgary is a celebration of women entrepreneurs that showcases some of the most creative, interesting and gutsy proprietors throughout our area.

“Let us introduce you to a fabulous new designer, to a miracle-worker masseuse, to a confectionery queen, to the amazing women around town who will help satisfy your next craving.”

These are the pages I am featured on. Included in the book are some great talented women that I had the pleasure of meeting the book launch party at DaDe art gallery in Inglewood. One of these women is Ellinor Stenroos, a talented jewellery designer that I admire, among many others.

The books are available for purchase at $19.95 at local bookstores and a variety of retailers or from anyone featured in the book, including me.

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Seasons Greetings

Tonight is Christmas eve, a special time to for many families around the world. For me it’s a time to be grateful for what I have and all the wonderful Christmas memories I have from Finland as a child, and more recent memories from my life in Canada. As the year 2011 comes to a close I look back and realize (how few blog posts I have written…ha) what a great year I have had; meeting so many new wonderful clients, colleagues and people in the industry. With this post I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your support and friendship.

Have a happy and safe holiday season. Wishing you the greatest year 2012.


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It’s been busy the last two days setting up the IKEA design competition booth. My colleague/friend Marie Kanwischer and her friend Rae worked hard to set up the teenage bedroom. We had a $2000 budget to spend at IKEA. There are three other bedrooms in the competition and visitors can vote for their favorite room as well as win the contents of it.

The inspiration for our space was from the colours in a small carpet, which became the headboard of the bed and a cushion on the sofa. Despite a few out of stock items (like the sleeper sofa) the install went pretty well. The folks in charge of the show were very helpful and so was IKEA.

The timelaps was created by Philippe Clairo, a great photographer who also provided the light house photograph in our room.

The pre-desing

The sitting area

Sleeping quarters

The Scandinavian Team

If you are reading this prior to September 25, 2011… hurry up and go to the show to vote.

Look at these fabulous 360 visuals. And one more created by Philippe Photography.

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Ask me anything http://formspring.me/Roomrefiner1

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It was only a week ago that my sister and I roamed the streets of Paris. Ooh good old Paris. It was not my first visit, but it has been a long time since I stayed longer than a few days (flight attendant days). My last long stay was 1982 working as a nanny. Last week’s trip was only a seven days so we really had to plan our time to be able to see the things we wanted to see. But there has to be days when you simply just walk around and happen on great stores. One of those was the British Conran store with locations in the US, Japan, France etc. The Paris store happened to be on the same street as our little apartment: Rue du Bac.

Hope you don’t have to assemble this lamp yourself…

A big wall is required for this Kartell Book Worm Book case.

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Love my pink tulips. Thanks P.

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