Friday, April 27, 2012

Interior Design and Your Carpets

Floor in a particular space is a very important thing. It says a lot about how functional and clean is this room. So, what we can do to make the space beautiful, worth living in and elegant?

Most of us don't pay so much attention in what trend the room was designed. Usually our first look goes to the floor. It is not a very strange thing cause we are taking our shoes of and the floor catches our attention.

In many places, especially hotels, campuses and public places the choice goes to carpet. We usually also choose the carpet to our homes. That is why it seems that choosing the right color and design of the carpet might be so important.

Carpet installation is not always an easy task. We have to measure the room, make sure that it won't be a problem for door opening and also be sure that it will match the room with all the important elements.

One of the elements that we have to consider (and mostly forget about) is room humidity. If the floor seems to be a bit too wet it might be a big problem cause the carpet won't stick to the floor. Next element might be the temperature that is in the room when we install the carpet.

Deciding on the carpet in our homes we should also carefully choose the company that would make the installation - from the tools and their experience might depend the look of your floor for many next years.

If we can't make a good decision of choosing the carpet and company we can decide on having rugs, door mats and other small mats. We can match the color of them and with our home design. We also spend less money and make a bigger change in the rooms.

Tips Involving Interior Design and Decorating

Home decorating ideas are basic common sense use of a particular theme. This can be in your home, apartment, shared home, or your office. It is fascinating to use a particular theme in your business also. Integrating themes into your home decor ideas are easy with simple steps. Use your chess set as a model to make the theme blend. Work at your own pace and keep your theme goal in mind as you make changes to your decor.

First step is to find out who you are. Understand your likes and dislikes, discover your personality. Use the following words to loosely discover your personality: Imaginative, Magnetic, Contented. This article discusses the first three personalities of twelve. Learn to blend your favorite theme chess pieces and boards with these personality traits and color combinations.

Imaginative - This personality trait has an imagination not based on fact, a visionary with an emotional attraction to heroism, adventure and the mysterious. The 1865 roots for the French word romantic fits in this category for someone who entertains remote idealism, a dreamer. Find chess sets that fit this character and blend them into your home decor ideas. You would want a chess set that fits this description for you: quaint, captivating, picturesque, fascinating, exotic and even strange.
Colors: In your home decor color theme use colors to finish the drama theme effect using intense hot pink or fuchsia. Peaceful themes of this same drama theme use soft tints of rose. Neutral colors add a personal touch with contrasting romantic pink and red colors.

Magnetic - Charming personality traits have an attractive and appealing nature. This personality is charismatic. The word charming was commonly used in 1634. The chess sets in this theme would fit characteristics like intriguing, darling, delightful, pleasant, gripping, absorbing, glamorous, appealing, attractive, fascinating, captivating and definitely magnetic.
Colors: Your home decor will feature and inspire a lively and festive mood with country fields and cottage gardens. Bring outdoor colors inside for a cheerful effect. While yellows and lavender, blue and pink are included, the main theme color is a variety of garden greens. Choose a variety of green for a good effect in this theme personality.

Contented - A personality trait that is definitely comfortable and easygoing. Characteristics that fit this definition are satisfied, peaceful, resting, undisturbed, laid back and contented. The Scandinavian roots go back to 1709 when the word cozy was used commonly. This definition could be stretched from enjoying to providing physical comfort. When you find your chess set that makes you feel comfortable, peaceful and contented or if the chess set makes your home feel hospitable, pleasant, restful, soft and inviting you know you have found the perfect theme chess set.
Colors: Use home decor ideas that reflect the soothing autumn colors of soft gold and cinnamon; country colors of almond, linen white, Terra Cotta and country green; or colors that are soothing for the senses with hues of lavender and denim blue. Whatever theme you use, let your chess theme pieces blend into the decor or stand up to be noticed as a showpiece.

Basic point: You will buy from your preferences which have roots in your character. There are so many personality traits that make it great fun to pick the perfect chess set, whether it is for your home, your office, your business or a gift. Cultures, past experiences and interests all add to the concept of developing your personality.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me Giveaway!

I’m usually not one to shout from the rafters that it’s my birthday. In fact, I don’t think I mentioned my birthday on the blog the past three years.  But this year, I had a change of heart.   So -  it’s my birthday!  Let’s celebrate (good times, come on!) (Remember that song? yeah, you’re probably too young.)

I really do believe it’s better to give than to receive so with that in mind, I have an amazing giveaway for you today!

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Not one…

Not two…

But three amazing items to be won!

1) First up is this gorgeous tea towel by Avril Loreti.

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Remember I framed one of Avril’s tea towels in my daughter’s room here?

2) Next up, is a print of your choosing from photographer extraordinaire, Tania Fitzpatrick.

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I met Tania at this year’s One of a Kind Show and thought that she was so smart to have her prints fit into a square Ikea frame.  No expensive framing required!

3) Last, but not least is a copy of Domino, Quick Fixes which you can read about here.  I received a copy for my birthday but already have one, so if you weren’t able to get your hands on one, you still have a chance!

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There has been some controversy about these special edition issues but I still think that it’s worth a read, especially if you weren’t a subscriber to the magazine when it was in print.

To enter:

1) Become a follower of my blog by clicking on the “Join this Site” button in the sidebar and leave a comment. If you are already following, just leave a comment.  If you don’t have a blog, i.e. I would have no idea where to reach you, leave your email address.

2) Tweet this giveaway mentioning @vanessajfrancis. (additional entry)

3) Blog, FB etc. for additional entries.

Giveaway open to North American readers only. I will draw a winner on May 4th.  Good luck!

Well, I have to run. I’m heading out to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Yard Sale for the Cure Media Challenge in a few minutes!  You can read my teammate Christine’s post about it here.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Basic Concepts of Interior Design and Decorating

Home decorating ideas are fun to work around. The first step is finding out who you are and what you like doing. The next steps involve the situation you are in and how you can make themes fit you. An individual, a family, a business or an office situation will reveal character. It is an entirely fascinating and rewarding subject. It is well worth the time it takes to develop themes that fit you. It will make your life well worth living. Do not make the mistake of thinking decorations are only for parties, only for the rich, and only if you have money. Home decorating ideas are for children to develop their personalities; they are for students and for any season of life. Your life can be visualized in what is around you and is a great idea for motivating you through life. Why not motivate you and those around you for the best?

First step is to find out who you are. Understand your likes and dislikes, in other words what kind of personality you are. The basic personalities are introvert and extrovert with as many combinations as there are people. Cultures, past experiences and interests all add to the concept of who you are. Basic point: you will buy from your preferences which have roots in your character.

Another step involves analyzing the situation you are in. The life style you live will of course affect your home decoration ideas. When you are home all the time, you need to make sure that your home decor is practical and useful according to your tastes. Careers take time and therefore the home needs to reflect who you are but also needs to be more maintenance and care free. Offices and businesses will reflect to other people who you are and you need to be comfortable with that.

The next step is to take into consideration where you are. Whether you own your own home or rent; travel in your own RV or travel and live in other temporary housing, take your decorating talents with you. Changing jobs frequently can be challenging or you can turn it into a great adventure. You change your likes and dislikes, but never who you really are. The important part of this concept is to find one theme that enhances who you are and make it fit where you are now.

One more step to understand the purpose of the home decorating ideas. This world is a life of stress and conflict, and your home needs to be a place of refuge for you. Ideally, home should be free from stress, but practically your home should motivate you to be the best you can be. Stress is not the issue, motivation for character is.

The last step is using home decorating ideas for motivation. Home decorating should reflect who you are and show your character. The projects, hobbies, activities you do should blend into your decor and give you the freedom to express yourself. Office decorating should reflect who you are and motivate your business to reflect the character of your business.

In other words, whatever you want to use your home or office decor for will show who you are. Enjoy the experience of becoming better than you are now. Every time you wake up, every time you enter a room, you should be comfortable. Be creative, support those who are involved in your life, and make your life count.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Design Inspiration…CWB Architects

One of the benefits of sites like Pinterest is that you discover talented designers and architects.  That’s what happened when I pinned this beautiful bathroom and was lead to the work of CWB Architects based in Brooklyn, New York.

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Those floor tiles and the marble wall tiles are…well no words, really.

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Their facades and outdoor spaces are beautiful in their simplicity:
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What did I tell you? Their attention to detail, use of space and restraint is remarkable. Oh, and I love the lighting fixtures. This is what they said on their profile page: "Our frequent need to manipulate limited square footage has taught us that spaces can be equally simple and complex, elegant and modest, luxurious and understated." Love that!

Have a wonderful weekend!

If you require design advice, please contact me at vanessa(at)vanessafrancis.com

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wednesday Wandering…

(not to be confused with my Monday Meandering posts where I share whatever is going on, links etc. – you know, the catch-all post! :) )

The last two days have been out of the ordinary to say the least. On Sunday, my 10 year old daughter fell off her bike and broke a few bones in her wrist so is sporting a cast from knuckles to elbow.  Poor thing! She has been a real trooper though and getting used to doing everything with her left hand as the cast will be on for six weeks.

Then on Monday I attended Oprah’s Life Class in Toronto. It was a birthday gift from my sisters and I to our Mom who I thought was Oprah’s biggest fan until the 6500 other people in attendance proved me wrong.  (There was also an earlier show with another 6500 in attendance.)

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The topic of the Class which aired on OWN that night was on Forgiveness so I’m hoping my sisters, Mom and Jen can forgive me for changing the meet-up time to slightly later than intended.  Had we been there even an hour earlier, we would have secured a better spot in the line up and had much better seats. 
Yes, that’s how far from the stage we were – Oprah was a little, tiny green speck. But it didn’t matter, as we were all on a Oprah high! (well, it matters a little as Mom was a bit disappointed that we were so far back and we weren’t even in the “cheap seats.” I promise to make it right by taking her to Graceland one day – the next thing on her bucket list!)

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Oprah talks about the event with CityLine’s Tracy Moore here.

Anyway, back to decorating!  I consulted with a client recently to provide decorating advice for her bedroom.  While there,  I was able to see the updates she had made to her family room after my visit there about two years prior.

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I was happy to see that she took my decorating advice to heart!  My go-to, inexpensive solution to fill large expanses of wall (in this case, a double height ceiling) is black and white photos in Ikea frames. I know you are probably tired of me saying this, but you have to admit that it looks great, right?   Much less expensive than a large piece of original art which would be the next best thing.  (This photo is not styled. This is how it looked on the day I arrived to consult about her bedroom and I quickly snapped a photo.)

She also painted it a beautiful grey-blue colour, bought an ottoman, an area rug the appropriate size for the room, white drapes and bamboo blinds based on my recommendations.  Great job Rosalind!

Here’s how it looked before:

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Bye bye boring beige, tiny area rug, clutter and paper blinds!

I kept seeing the photo wall out of the corner of my eye while we were talking and couldn’t believe how it completely transformed her space. She also said “I’m so glad I listened to you and used black frames and not the silver ones I wanted.”  Music to my ears!

Hope you are all  having a wonderful week!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Lulu DK | Child for Schumacher

I’m loving the colourful and playful collection of children’s fabrics that Lulu deKwiatkowski, founder and designer of Lulu DK Fabrics, has created for Schumacher.

From the Schumacher site:

”LuLu DK | Child features eight prints and six embroideries on cotton grounds, including an embroidered tape. The color palette mixes pastels and brights, which are well suited to the enchanting array of animals, butterflies, small patterns, and overscaled motifs. The collection provides diverse options for girl’s and boy’s rooms, from infants to teen.” 

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Aren’t they fresh, whimsical and not too child-like? I would love to have the butterfly fabric somewhere in my home and not necessarily my daughter’s room! I think it would look great stretched on canvas and hung as art.

You can see the entire collection here
Have a wonderful weekend!

If you need help decorating your child’s room or any room in your home, please contact me at vanessa(at)vanessafrancis.com.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Interior Design Seasonal Decor Tips

It is a lot of fun to change your decor with the seasons. Most of us have a special decorating scheme for the holidays so why not for the seasons of the year?

For spring and summer think in terms of cooling the room down. Glass objects, lustrous vases and reflective mirrors bring a cool shimmering touch to the room. Think about removing the area rugs or using ones with lighter or brighter colors. You can find great indoor/outdoor rugs that would add the feel of a summer cottage to your space.

If you like to keep a throw on your bed or sofa for snuggling, use a lighter weight one in the warmer seasons. Look for a loose knit throw in a color that will brighten the room.

A bouquet of fresh flowers bring a visual as well as fragrant touch to the room. Challenge yourself to find a way to add a bit of floral or greenery to each room. It can be as simple as clipping branches of leaves and filling a pretty container.

As the temperature begins to drop it is time to redress the house. It does not take long to make the change. Set the tone for the room by using a richly colored area rug as the foundation for the space. Replace some of the glass objects with decorative pieces made of warm natural materials such as wood or stone. Bring your outdoor plants inside and use them to cozy up empty spaces in the room. Pay attention to the planter they are in to make sure it fits the decor of the room.

A thick warm throw in a muted color will look and feel great tossed on the sofa or bed. Who says you only can have one throw on the couch? Choose two that co-ordinate in color or have contrasting textures and fold them both over the back of your seating. Complete the look with a few pillows and you have created an interesting seating area.

Have you ever thought about having a second set of lamp shades that allows you to change the room to a warm and cozy place in the winter? Make sure you have good reading lamps but add to this one or two low light lamps that can be used alone.

Our noses tire of scents and we are no longer aware of them. Keep things fresh by changing your home fragrance to reflect the time of year. Try out a scent such as melon or tropical coconut that are available for warm weather. If you can not be at the beach at least you can trick the senses into thinking it is close by. When the days get shorter, warm your home with spicy scents such as pumpkin pie, eucalyptus or cinnamon. I like to tuck reed oil diffusers that smell like gourmet coffee into hidden spots in the homes of java addicts. They can enjoy the scent of freshly brewed coffee throughout the day.

Seasonal details can keep your home fresh and pleasing year round. Enjoy!

Karim Rashid for BoConcept

As a blogger, there are many invites to attend Media Previews for retailers etc. which I can’t always attend. When I received one recently to hear Karim Rashid speak about his new dining collection for BoConcept, I couldn’t pass it up.  Karim is a legend in the world of design with over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and working in over 35 countries. He was raised in Canada, and is now based in New York with an office in Amsterdam.

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The Ottawa collection is named as an homage to his Ottawa roots – he obtained his undergrad from Carleton U.  The dining chairs are a quirky leaf shape and the table can easily expand to seat 10. Modern, sleek and fun!

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The undulating waves acting as drawer handles give the sideboard presence and fits with Karim’s description of the collection as sensual and human.

The collection includes a few accessories including these coffee cups and saucers with painted images. One of them sports the same symbols that Karim has tattooed on his body – his own personal language!

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You can see the entire collection and view short video clips of Karim talking about the creation of the pieces here.

Although I detest getting my photo taken (really, truly), here are a few snaps from the event (in which I look OK!):

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Have a wonderful week!

(If you require design/decorating advice, please contact me at vanessa(at)vanessafrancis(dot)com.)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Famous Interior Designers and Their Styles in Interior Design - Part 4

Celebrity Interior Designers

Rachel Ashwell

Rachel Ashwell is popularly recognized as the owner and founder of Shabby Chic and also the host of the TV program of the same name. 'Shabby Chic' is a term that reflects Ashwell's interior design tendencies. This includes providing the home with anything from antique furnishings to new tables, sofas, rugs and lamps. She gives importance to the cosy feel and also to flowers. Ashwell always goes for a combination of creams and whites; and light pinks, sea-foam greens and blues. Several top names in the celebrity business have benefited from Ashwell's exceptional designing talents, including singer Jennifer Lopez. Madonna, Anthony Hopkins and Julia Roberts are her other star status devotees.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

The celebrity designer, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, became a house hold name in the UK after appearing in the BBC television interior design and decorating programs 'Changing Rooms' in 1996 and Home Front in 1999. In addition to his celebrity status he is also a respected interior designer whose services have been sought for design projects including work at Buckingham Palace and The Royal Albert Hall. He as also written many popular books on the subject of design and has written for the Saturday and Sunday Express on a regular bases.

Linda Barker

Linda Barker shot to fame in the UK TV series 'Changing Rooms' following her previous carrer as a set designer. She is well known for her simplistic designs which are intended to suit the tastes of a wide range of clients. She also wroth articles for populsr interior design magazines and for the weekend supplement of the Daily Express., as well as publisjhing main mainstream books on the subject.

Nina Campbell

Nina Camble started her own design business at a relatively early age and quickly gained notoriety for providing luxurious and practical décor utilizing a rich palette of colors, making her one of the most respected interior designers in the world. Campbell has gained international acclaim for her designs enabling her to work on impressive projects for The Savoy, The Queen of Denmark, and a number of private homes of the rich and famous around the world. Her work has gained her a number of prestigious awards. She is also the author of three books on the subject.

Tara Bernard

Tara Bernard is probably best known as a celebrity interior designer after first appearing on the design program 'Wow Factor' for UKTV Style, but she has proven to be a capable and award winning designer in her own right. Her approach involves the clients heavily in the design process, even to the extent that she is accompanied by her clients on shopping trips to find the necessary furniture and accessories for the project. She is a partner in an interior design consultancy called 'Target Living' along with architect Thomas Griem.

The other three articles in this series - covering 16 other famous interior decorators and designers - can be accessed via the 'Article Source' link directly below this article.

Low Cost Interior Design and Decorating

Some people often experience confusion when they are going to add or buy complementary accessories in the room, this common problem occurs, and this usually occurs because of the confusion of two things: taste and budget. If the room needs your favorite accessories, of course it requires high budget, while if we choose tight budget accessories, the selection of the interior accessories could be unsatisfactory.

Relax. Here I will write some tips that might be useful for you. how much budget you prepare is not an important thing, it's more important to think how you will spend the budget. Here are some tips that may help you..

1. The Right Price.

Most people are too focused at accessories with high-priced material. Although the type of accessories is a little more influenced by the quality of materials, but there are things that are actually more important than the type and quality of materials.

2. Decorative Art.

You can produce a unique decoration at relatively low budget. Let's try to make a wall display of pictures or your own work. If you have a collection of magazines, tabloid newspapers, drawing, painting, pattern or form that you can emulate the design and modification. If you still have trouble, try to browse the Internet. There are many types of images you can find. Next, plot the images, then combine them with the frame. To form the frame, you can make your favorite shapes and sizes of frames. Of course this is not an easy thing, but it is also not difficult if you work a little effort. With a little willpower and imagination, you make accessories that will not drain the budget and would look awesome, right?

3. Do not 'blindly' follow the trend.

We should not necessarily follow extreme interior design, it's not necessary to follow modern minimalist, modern contemporary, or even modern art deco, They are just trends which were created by someone else, and a trend will definitely change over time. Why don't you create your own trend? You could decorate your home as well as you like.

4. Recycle and reuse of Materials.

You can also use the remaining ingredients available to enhance the appearance of your furniture. if your couch is starting to look worn and dull, you do not need to replace the new couch.. Used old fabrics from curtains or covers to make a slipcover or table skirts. Next, you can use a slipcover to change the appearance of a sofa and table skirt to cover your table to look different than before. But make sure to think about the color selection, try to adjust the color of materials slipcover and table skirts with matching color of interior elements, such as the wall color.

5. Note the dimensions and size factor.

One thing that should be considered if you plan to buy furniture or interior accessories is the dimension and size of the furniture. If you want the furniture, fixtures, furniture or accessories of interior looks luxurious or elegant, do not buy too much furniture. Use the concept of less is more, buy and use appliances with small amounts.

6. Collecting Information.

Buyers must collect a lot of information about the items before they buy. In addition to information about the goods, you may also need information about any item you should buy, and for this you may need advice from an interior decorator.

7. Change Color of the Walls.

One fairly effective way to change the interior look of the room is re-coloring or painting your walls. If you are bored with the color of your wall space for this, you can change the color of the walls with new colors.

8. Upgrade Old Furniture and Accessories.

Try to make a list of how much room furniture or accessories you wish to purchase, then grouped them in categories of furniture list wishlist. In many instances, someone wishes not to buy furniture because there are no furniture types available which they like, but maybe they were bored with the furniture that already exists.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter weekend!

I’m sure by now your Easter egg hunt is done and the kids are giddy from all of the chocolate and treats.  (Actually, I have had my fair share this morning as well!)

If you do celebrate Easter, hope your day is happy and spent with family and/or good friends.

I know these images have been all over the web but they are just too pretty not to post. This is my idea of a table setting – simple and pretty atop a rustic table.  Nothing overdone  - just flowers, candles and beautiful dishware.

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That Gwyneth – gotta love her!  Read the article here.

Enjoy the rest of this weekend!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Catching Up With…Samantha Pynn

Did you catch the premiere back-to-back episodes of the second season of  Summer Home with Samantha Pynn last night? I was so looking forward to watching and it didn’t disappoint.
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Samantha, her darling contractor and her talented design team work their magic on dated cottages that have seen better days.  The end results are spaces that are casual, inviting and family friendly.

Whether you own a cottage or not, you will be sure to learn from Samantha’s fresh and simple design tips.
In the premiere episode, Sam and her team tackle a Muskoka cottage that has become too small for the family who have owned it for over 13 years.  This is the Before of the cottage: 

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And this is the After:

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Paint, new flooring and lighting, slipcovered furniture and a stone fireplace transform the dark and dated space.  Moving the wall in the living area back into the bedroom makes the small space feel large. This is classic Samantha – fresh, not fussy, simple and pretty!

For those of you who don’t know Samantha, she is a decorator, stylist, former host of Pure Design,  former contributing design editor for Style at Home, a columnist for the National Post, a regular guest expert on CityLine and Chatelaine’s new design expert.  She can also be seen on the HGTV.ca web series The Switch and the Mix.  Phew, that’s quite the schedule!

Sam did manage to fit in some time to answer these questions. 

1) Tell us a bit about your background and education. When/how did you begin your career in design and/or TV?
I have an English Specialist degree from UofT (I considered being an Eng. Prof.) I worked as a location scout for music videos and commercials while taking magazine journalism at Ryerson, but I was hired at Style at Home magazine and didn’t finish at Ryerson. I was originally on the writing side of Style at Home, but the design department was so lean that within a day I had been transferred. I loved it and stayed. My training ground was really at Style at Home for 8 years. Probably during my second year, a CityLine producer asked me to come on the show with Marilyn Denis (I think she is the most amazing woman in broadcasting) and from there my television career began.

2) Who has been your greatest mentor in your career and what did you learn from them?
There are so many. David Overholt is my design mentor. He taught me how to design a space from scratch. In fact, one of his columns in Style at Home was called From Scratch. Margot Austin formerly the senior design editor at Style at Home taught me how to pull together a story. Gail Johnston Habs my editor in chief at Style at Home taught me to keep a cool head about work even when you feel passionately about something and you want to explode. And of course my parents, my dad is a real motivator – everything is achievable in his eyes- and my mom puts her heart into everything she does.

3) Name one thing about yourself that readers may be surprised to learn?
Behind the scenes, I don’t have an edit button. People know what I am thinking. You don’t ever have to guess. Mostly, it’s a good thing because I’m a happy person.


4) How would you describe your decorating style?
My personal style is fresh, bright, and feminine. But when I’m working for others I really channel their style.

5) What is the most common mistake people make when decorating?
People don’t follow their heart. They don’t look at their inspiration pictures closely enough to see the recurring themes. And sometimes when they do, they don’t execute what makes them happy because they are worried it will make too much of a statement.
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6) What does every room need?
To make a statement. The statement can be I love stripes, or colour, or I like to keep everything beige and cream, but it’s still a statement.

7) What are three simple changes someone can make to their home right now for maximum impact?
Paint the walls or paint the furniture to unify colour and finishes.

8) What are your favourite shops/markets for unique decorating finds?
Teatro Verde, South Hill Home, Elegant Garage Sale and Boj Décor

9) Having watched the premier of Summer Home, it looks like you were having the time of your life filming and that there were definite benefits! What were some of the challenges of working on the series? Will you be doing another season?
I would love to do another season. It was so much fun and the fun you see on camera is real. The only challenge is that I’m a family girl and I only get 48 hours in the city every week and 16 of those are supposed to be spent sleeping!

10) What are you currently working on? What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on my column for the National Post, stories for Chatelaine magazine, appearances on CityLine and a loft and a kitchen.

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Thanks Sam and congrats on your new role as a design expert with Chatelaine!
Be sure to tune in to HGTV Canada Monday nights at 8 pm EST for two episodes of Summer Home.  If you have a cottage that needs an update, Summer home is looking for homes to decorate/renovate this summer.  Read all the details here.

What did you think? Did you watch?