Posts Tagged ‘calgary interior decorator’

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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It’s been a while since I updated the house project. I had planned to blog about the progress but to be honest, the project took over my life and I often felt overwhelmed with all the issues. Every day there was something to deal with, and often issues that were not uplifting and fun to write about. It started with asbestos discovered in the existing house, and when the house was removed eventually the soil was potentially too soft. After testing it, and several hundred dollars later, the soil was fine. Then the foundation was poured too high, or the hole was not deep enough, the framers went on holidays because we were delayed. On and on it went, but I have realized this is just the way it goes in this industry. Looking back, there are were many many negative things that happened (everyday was a new challenge) but now that I could sit down and write about it, I feel I don’t want to bring up the past where the memories are sometimes painful. I would rather focus on the fact that I live in my dream home and am so grateful for it.

The trades I hired to do the interior (I was not in charge of the build up until drywall) were great. They worked sometimes on top of each other, and even if many don’t like this, they put up with it. And I am grateful, because it meant we could move in sooner.

With all the issues, I can say we actually made it in here on a good schedule. We started digging in June 2012 and moved in April 5, 2013.

Today our house was featured in the April 2014 issue of Avenue Magazine, Calgary’s monthly lifestyle magazine. They did a wonderful job. I will create a link to the on-line version once it becomes available.

Until then… here are a few moments from the build…

Demolition June 28

Demolition June 28

July 18

July 18

August 8

August 8

September 8

September 8

September 5

September 5

Helpers Gus and Oliver

Helpers Gus and Oliver

Upper floor

Upper floor


Stairs up


Bath goes upstairs

Kitchen in boxes



Finally! It was worth the effort!

More photos here…

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