Have you noticed that “back-to-school” marketing appears earlier and earlier each year. Mid-July seems appropriate for some retailers to start planting the seeds of fall (for some families, this is barely two weeks into summer), and by now, it is full-throttle! That’s the retailers’ agenda, but is it yours? I spend from early January throughContinue reading “Resist”
Although the end of the restrictions for COVID 19 seem to be in sight, we are still mostly in a work from home situation and probably like most people, the spaces we are living and working in are getting a bit stale. There is a flurry of updating taking place which is quite understandable. However,Continue reading “Reduce, Reuse, Refresh”
Helping people improve their homes is a real pleasure for me. Sometimes, the process is quite simple, requiring a few tweaks and a re-think of what goes where and why. This post illustrates a recent transformation… The above photos show an under-utilized living room. Nothing wrong with the furnishings or art work, just not thoughtfullyContinue reading “Before & After”
Part of what makes a house a home are the personal touches… photographs, objects we acquire from travel or even more personal items, such as collections. They reflect our interests, and they reveal part of us. The growth of a collection and the tandem stories that go along with it tell a part of yourContinue reading “Collections”
Interior styling, in its purist form, is the art of arranging things. This involves not only what should go where, but also what to take away. It is the art of assembling a composition, whether this be the contents of a house, a room, or a bookcase. It applies to any type of style – modern, traditional, eclectic, whatever you are into – just arranged and curated in the most thoughtful way. It creates the mood of your home, and when done thoughtfully, it tells your story.
When I hear people talking about preparing for winter and “cozying” up their homes, faux fur throws and fireplaces are not the first things that come to mind. For me cozy equates to comfort, and as I see it, there are two kinds of comfort. One is the obvious comfy couch kind of comfort. TheContinue reading “Getting Cozy”
I always see transitions in life as opportunities – a chance to start something new, make changes, revise plans, routines, etc. The “back to school” transition in September has stayed with me my whole life as the best timing for this, even though it has been a long time since I was at school. ThisContinue reading ““Back to School””
Chances are if you started off working from home when the pandemic hit, you are still working from home. What is truly remarkable, is how well people and companies have adapted to this model of working. Still a work in progress like most things, but working pretty well nonetheless.
What is also evolving, is the desire to stay at home, once things go back to “normal” – whatever that looks like! This may mean a permanent, at home work life for some. But for others, going into the office has real benefits, and the plan is to return…but for a lot of people, not five days a week.
We all have clutter to deal with – and other people’s clutter too! Some of us are on top of our situation – this takes a daily commitment to maintaining the established order in your home (ie the salt and pepper always go in “this ” spot, and the bread gets put away in “that”Continue reading “Clutter”
While there are so many strange, stressful, and sad things going on for people all over the world, I can’t help but feel I have fallen into the “lucky bucket”. I have experienced so many silver linings during this time of COVID. One of them has been the time I have had to spend inContinue reading “Silver linings”