Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Couples Lakeside Escape.......In the making

Over a year ago I started work on a new build cottage on the banks of the beautiful  Centennial Lake in Calabogie. It has been a work in progress that has been one of the longest projects I have worked on. 
As you can imagine this job was not an easy one to take on. It is located about 1 1/2 hours from my office so the drive back and forth would not be easy and would be expensive for my client. This means the amount of time I would usually spend with on site visits would have to cut in two....or truthfully probably more like quartered. 

I was working with a Contractor my client had already hired on and communication has been difficult at t50es. The pace has been a little slow but is coming together. I did however get a chance to get my contractor on site to lay the beams, doors and do all the gorgeous trim work....this was a must!

Anyways it is coming together......and not without it's problems...but coming together just the same. I have decided to take you on the journey with me as I try to get this place ready to be the hideaway this couple has dreamed of.

Here we Go!

Just to show you were the job was at here are few of my original photo's

The Pictures Below are the kitchen area

So this is where I come in folks....So much to do!

below is the kitchen part way....keep chugging along boys!

Below the finished kitchen....well still some "Decorating" to do but the kitchen install is now complete
 NOTE: Please pay no attention to the island stools...yes I do realize they are too short.....they are hand me downs and a temporary solution until we shop for new one......ahh shop, such a lovely word.....

 I designed the kitchen with part shaker style cabinetry with bead board inlay and mixed with flat panel cabinetry with a small beading around the edges. The main set of cabinets are painted in Providence Olive HC-98 and the island is finished in Gloucester Sage HC-100. I chose a dark granite counter and a gorgeous mosaic back splash. The tiles are in shades of cream, tan and olive that is part polished for some "bling" and part unpolished. The floors are a wide planked rustic Engineered hardwood. Chandelier over the table and island lights are Murray Feiss from Marchand Electric in Ottawa.

Next we will look into the main floor bath and Laundry room....Stay tooned folks!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Birthday Wishes...from across the Hall

Last month, I posted a bedroom that I did for a young girl who had requested "Sonya Kinkade Design" makeover her room as a Birthday gift. This young girl has a teenage brother who while I was making over her room kept strolling by the door all day trying to get a peek inside.
The night it was finished, while his parents were relaxing the young man asked if he could speak to them for a moment. He had a request.....a Birthday request......can you see where this is going?
I got the phone call the next day asking if I could makeover his room too. I finished his room this week. As with his sisters room, nothing major was done to the space other than a few new pieces of furniture, artwork, bedding and fabrics and furniture layout. The room is tiny, but I got everything in I wanted. The end result..."He Loves it" Happy Birthday!!

Here is the "BEFORE" pictures of the room

Here is the "FINISHED" room

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


 Well, it's finally here...Ottawa at Home's October issue. And to my surprise I made the cover!! it makes all of my anxiety and stress about this day so worth while.

In this business, you really pour your heart and soul into every project. And when you finish a job a piece of you is left behind and to be recognized for what I do daily that usually go unrecognized is such an Honour to me. I worked with the very talented editor and chief of Ottawa at Home magazine Mary Taggart...who I like to call Miss Mary because she is such a kindred spirit. And I can not go without saying that everything looks so beautiful because of the incredibly talented photographer Mark Holleron who shot the photo's for both My Designer st Home shoot and the Home Reno shoot of the cottage I designed.

They were both incredible days and an experience I will not soon forget. Thank you to you both for all your kind words and support.....and most of all for thinking I was worth it

In the early spring I took the "Business of Design" seminar given by a very well known Designer who I am proud to say I know Kimberley Seldon. In this seminar we were to make a "Bucket List" of what we would like to accomplish........this was TOP of my list. Thank you Kimberley for all your advice and encouragement.

Below are some pics from the "Ottawa at Home" features. To see the full articles go to

Ottawa at Home -  "Designer at Home" feature

photography by mark holleron

Ottawa at Home - Home Renovation feature

Outside "before"


Kitchen Before

Master Bedroom Before

Daugthers bedroom Before

Bathroom Before

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