interior design show west…

I visited the Interior Design Show West in Vancouver’s new Convention Centre on Friday. There were lots of fabulous products on hand and I spent the whole time saying to myself, “Yes, yes, yes. I’m going to redo the living room, no wait, the kitchen…er…the bathroom…nope…the front door has to go!”

Who doesn’t love IKEA? This was their show-stopping display with over-sized daisy light fixtures. Fantastic!

Barker Manufacturing from Victoria produces the most amazing solid wood interior/exterior doors. Many of the surfaces are chiseled with an adz for a stunning effect. My photos just don’t do them justice.

Bloom Furniture Studio carries this sexy little number. It would look perfect in a front entrance or home office!

This little piece of Italian-designed heaven called to me from across the crowded showroom floor. I am in looooove. Apparently Calligaris Vancouver carries them in bar stools as well. If you check out the Calligaris website, you’ll see all their colors and styles (it’s available in orange too).

This is another Calligaris chair.


Liberty’s rockstar bar cart was stunning. So sexy, so sophistimicated, so should be mine!!!!!

lights, camera…

Here’s a sneak peak at our location home for the Nicole Jane Home Christmas photo shoot. It’s a home of my friend, Sara, who graciously agreed to let us take over her lovely abode for a few hours in a couple of weeks. She’s a neat freak, so I didn’t mention that we’ll be trucking in boxes and boxes of props and products, lighting and camera equipment…oops.

Sara has a great sense of style! She picked up the FABULOUS silk drapery panels at Pottery Barn, the ebony table from Liberty, and the gorgeous lucite chairs at IKEA. (How come I NEVER find good stuff at IKEA? I must be blind as a bat ’cause all my friends get great stuff there!) She has beautiful, unique light fixtures throughout the house, and the lantern over the dining room table was my favorite. Sara’s also artistically-gifted…see the hot pink canvas behind the table? She’s working on a feature piece that will be mounted in her living room. I can’t tell you what it is yet, but I’m hoping she’ll have it done in time for the shoot.

The whole house is subtle shades of gray, white, and black, but she let loose on the powder room with a gorgeous shade of hot pink. My i-phone camera doesn’t do the room justice.

I could happily spend the day luxuriating in her soaker tub. The cathedral ceiling made the room feel spacious, light and airy. Just lovely.

The kitchen countertops are made of gorgeous black granite salvaged from an old school house in Bellingham, Washington.

Can’t wait to get my hands on her house and create some beautiful shots for the website. Thanks, Sara!!!

clutter madness…

Now that it’s Spring I’m noticing everything that lay hidden in Winter’s shadows (not the least of which is the grimy film on the living room windows…yikes). My latest pet peeve (I’m riddled with them) is electronic clutter. I detest it. TV’s, computers, earphones, telephones, stereos…anything with a cable! I’m considering “accidentally” vacuuming them up–I did it to Lego and I can do it again!

My hubbie, Mark, is a doll. Love him. Admire him. Respect him. Will divorce him if he puts one more electronic cable where I can SEE it!!! He grew up on a farm and everything had a purpose, not a style!

My desk is really well equipped with laptop, stationery screen & keyboard, phone, lights, fax, printer, scanner and about 2 million cables all intertwined under my desk.

My lovely, bright bedroom with romantic turret and fireplace is scarred by the existence of a big black flat screen TV on top of the white mantle. It’s not the TV itself that disturbs me (’cause I have to confess that I love a TV in my bedroom), it’s all the acoutrements that are plunked right up there with it: the DVD player, the surround sound speakers, and the miles of cable snaking arcoss the mantle that drives me absolutely nuts! I suggested a professional installation, but apparently that went over about as well as suggesting that we stop and ask for directions at a firehall (hey…don’t judge me…firemen are hunky).

So, it’s time to take things into my own hands. Here are some things that might work. If anyone out there has any suggestions, I’m begging you…please save my marriage!

Style at Home’s blog posted a great little article on camouflaging your electronics. I think the collage is a great idea.

photo courtesy Style At Home magazine

This is a really great idea. It’s the Muro Media Storage frame from Design Within Reach. It comes unfinished and you can paint it or wallpaper it to match your wall. It’s a load-baring frame that allows you to hide all the wires between the frame and the wall.

photo courtesy Design Within Reach

photo courtesy Design Within Reach

photo courtesy Design Within Reach

This is such a adorable little charging station designed by Kikkerland (available at Organize.com). It hides cords and keeps all your gadgets neetly stored in one place (until your kids enter your office and “borrow” stuff that never returns–it’s impossible to keep Scotch tape anywhere in my office).

photo courtesy Organize.com

And then there’s the master of organization…IKEA. This is a great little cable organizer, and I’m going to hop in my Swedish Volvo and whip over to the land of Swiss innovation and pick one up (don’t mind their cinnamon buns either).

photo courtesy IKEA

photo courtesy IKEA

Another clever camouflage idea by Style At Home. That is fabulous wallpaper, and definitely a bold statement.

photo courtesy Style At Home

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