I’m back! My apologies for falling off the blog wagon before the holidays. I had big plans on sharing all of my Christmas ‘hall decking’, but got swept away in the actual doing and, despite my best laid plans, it was like Silent Night on my blog!
So in the spirit of the New Year, it’s time to get back on track. 2017 is here and all the talk is about creating change in all the different areas of our lives that supposedly require transformation. It’s time to transform your body, your bank account, your career, your love life…and the list goes on! In our pressure-filled quest for “perfect” sometimes all we need is a little pick-me-up to create a turnaround. Read More
The countdown to Christmas is on and there’s lots to do to prepare for the holidays. Haul out the outdoor lights, find the tree decorations, hit the stores with that ever-growing shopping list, start planning your baking schedule and oh ya, company’s coming and the guest room looks like the place where all the old mix-matched furniture went to die! Yikes!
Relax. You still have the time to transform that guest bedroom easily; using all the existing old furniture that you already have on hand. Overnight guests aren’t expecting a hotel suite, but you should strive to make the space as welcoming and comfortable as possible…a little bit more than just a place to hang their hat. Here’s an easy checklist of guest room must-haves, sure to transform your accommodations for your family and friends en route to your place this Christmas.
I’ve been doing a lot of interior design talk for a while now. I want to switch gears; change hats if you will and chat a bit about real estate home staging. You may or may not know this about me, but I am both an interior stylist and real estate stager. Some may think these skills sets go hand-in-hand, and there is some truth to that. Some truth. Having been educated and working in both fields, I can tell you the role and skill set of a home stager is quite different than the role and skill set of an interior stylist or decorator. By popular opinion, home staging is thought to be a lighter or fluffier, unnecessary or frivolous means to an end. Whereas, interior styling typically comes with more respect and even a prestige of sorts; that somehow it’s reserved only for the affluent. Both thoughts are completely untrue…but, I digress…let me dial things back and share a recent story with you. Read More
Thank you to all of my fellow Home Lovers out there who sent entries this past month. I had a great time going through all your pictures and hearing your wish lists and ideas for your spaces. It was actually quite difficult to select a winner, but I’m thrilled to announce Laura Ganchou as our September Home Lovers Room Makeover Contest Winner!
Laura sent pictures of a room that is currently under utilized in her home, looking to transform it into a cozy, quite retreat just for her! Laura juggles her busy life working full-time and raising 2 young boys with her husband. She’s more than deserving of little ‘escape room’ to relax and rejuvenate at the end of a full day! We all need a space that helps us recharge, so I’m excited to inspire Laura with a room concept just for her! Read More
A few weeks ago I had Thanksgiving inspiration on my mind. This week, I’m skipping right over Halloween and moving straight to Christmas! Now, the only reason I’m talking Christmas while the calendar just flipped to October is because of the conversations I’ve had with some of my clients lately. Also, I’ve been known to be a bit of a planner when it comes to my interior decor plans for Christmas, so I’m hoping to get your wheels turning ahead of time as well.
Just like my ‘almost famous’ tablescapes, my Christmas decorating schemes could also easily become my claim to fame! That said, I guess my enthusiasm for festive planning is rubbing off on my clients…they are also chomping at the bit to get a Christmas plan underway early in the game. So, it got me thinking, why not offer some Christmas Home-Do’s to all my Home Lovers out there?
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. For me, the pressure is on to come up with an awesome tablescape for the big family dinner! I don’t cook a lick (that job is reserved from my sister Deb), but I can set a mean table, so that’s where I focus all my energy and creativity. I’m almost famous for my table tops, so read on to see what I’ve come up with this year.
I love houses. I especially love turning a house into a home. Over the years, and having owned and recreated several homes, there are a few things that keep popping up on my ‘must have’ list that, for me, turn a house into a home. You can probably relate, and if you give it some thought, I bet you can come up with your Top 10 most loved elements for your dream home too.
You’ve seen it done, but only ever dreamed of doing it in your own home. You probably even have random frames in a drawer and treasured pictures ready for framing in a shoebox somewhere, but never taken the plunge. I’m talking about creating the ever daunting, forever coveted gallery wall! Anyone who has ever attempted a DIY gallery wall could attest to the fact that it’s not easy. It’s nothing to shy away from, but it is a time consuming process and one where your organizational skills and patience will be tested. That said, I’ve done a few in my day and I think I have it nailed so it’s time to spill some tried and true Amaryllis tips and tricks to the perfect gallery wall. Read More
This is likely not the first time you’ve heard that a touch of black in a room is a design “do.” Black will help ground a space, draw the eye to an important element, create some drama and, conversely, keep things super rustic and casual. I often joke that a lot of my design inspiration comes from the colour combinations I see in my Cocker Spaniel, Murphy! But seriously, give me black with gorgeous shades of grey and camel with a hint of buff and I can whip up one fantastic room…all thanks to Murph! But outside of adding a black puppy to every room in your home, there are many ways to introduce black throughout your space; sure to pack a punch, revive and refresh and not break the bank.