One Room Challenge – Week 4 – Sewing/Craft room

Well this week has been a bit of a challenge! To recap, I’m a guest participant in the One Room Challenge,  hosted by Linda at Calling It Home. Bloggers link up and share the challenge of completing their one room transformations in a mere six weeks. You can follow the featured designers here and my fellow linkers here, as they share their inspirations, challenges and of course, the results.


For the previous weeks’ post click the link below.

Week 1

Week 2 

Week 3 

I’ve actually been away in Florida for the past week, hence the challenge. So I am scrambling a little to catch up.

I am planning to start my bookcase makeover, this week and it will entail some paint and wallpaper. Yes, this is where I’m using the Quilt wallpaper from Hygge & West.

Before: bookcase 2121-10 Gray Hygge & West, quilt_cayenne_roll_web

And yes, that is Milo’s tail in the corner of the pic. He loves to photobomb.

I also had some fun getting the light fixture, when I went to order it from my regular lighting supplier, it was discontinued….what? and they didn’t have any in their warehouse….sob. So after a little more sourcing I found a very similar one at Zone in the market and luckily they had one in stock. I was off like a shot to pick it up.  I just have to pick up the proper bulbs and get hubby to install it for me and that can be checked off the list.

Octo pendant

So this week’s objectives, paint the bookcase, light fixture installed and get the drapes finished. Wish me luck!

Thanks again to Linda for organizing and House Beautiful for partnering up.




One Room Challenge – Week 2 – Sewing/Craft room

So, it’s already Week 2 of the ORC and to recap, I’m a guest participant in the One Room Challenge , which was started a few years ago by Linda at Calling It Home. Bloggers link up and share their one room transformations that they are attempting to do in a mere six weeks. You can follow along the featured designers here and my fellow linkers here, as they share their inspirations, challenges and of course, the results.


For last week’s post click the link below.

Week 1

I’m sharing my mood board for my sewing/craft room this week and a few other updates as well. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen some of what I’ve been up to this week.

craft-sewing-room-mood board

Sources:  Fabric | Pottery Barn; Light fixture | Dainolite/Marchand Electric; Paint | Benjamin Moore – HC-146 Wedgewood Gray; Wallpaper | Quilt – Hygge & West; Drawer unit | Ikea; Clock | All Modern; Chair | Ikea; Fabric | Tonic Living; Sconce | Ikea

So this is a little design lesson in my choice of fabric and the inspiration it provided for the room.  Starting with the paisley fabric, which by the way was actually a duvet cover I found in the clearance section of Toronto’s Pottery Barn last fall.  It was exactly what I was looking for, a fabric with a fun pattern that had the orangey, rusts in it to coordinate with the existing orangey wood tables that I had.

Because I wanted a warm/cool mix in the room, it was easy for me to pull the turquoise out of the fabric to use as a wall colour.

The turquoise office chair was a totally serendipitious find at Ikea yesterday. It was labeled “last chance” on Ikea’s display wall and when I went to the furniture pick up aisle, it was the last one! And it is exactly one shade darker than the wall colour. Totally meant to be!

The Ikea drawer unit in grey repeats the grey in the fabric and the light fixtures in black complement the fabric and a little bit of black in every room is a must! The Quilt wallpaper in cayenne from Hygge & West is the perfect graphic print to contrast the paisley fabric. You’ll just have to keep visiting to see where it will be used. The last little pop of pattern is a cheery little turquoise and white chevron fabric from Tonic Living to add a dash of colour in an unexpected place….teaser 🙂

I love the gold wall clock that I’ve shown here, but unfortunately it’s out of stock at All Modern, until June….sob. So if anyone knows of a similar one, please let me know. And why did I choose gold for the clock, well it repeats the bit of gold in the two light fixtures and the golden yellow in the drapery fabric. See there is a reason why every item is selected.

I also picked up a few storage items at Ikea yesterday, which I’ll share next week. And my luck was still holding, when my painter called on Monday to say that because of a delayed job, he was available to start this week. Woot! So this is happening now!

Benjamin Moore - HC-146 Wedgewood grey

Till next week!


A new welcoming

So now that Spring has finally sprung here in Ontario, it’s all about updating and freshening up.  This past week I was helping a client do just that by giving her entry a new feel.

Doucette Entry_2-001

Some fresh graphic wallpaper is the key piece and it will help make a grand statement to all who arrive.  The new dark hardwood floor and dark mirror will ground the space and complement the soft grey walls.  A hint of silvery metal in the pendant, tray, coat rack and hardware will give a little sparkle.  Texture comes in from the paper, baskets, and mens-wear grey inspired fabric on the ottoman. A classic console and an octagon shaped mirror make a great match and the blue vase and flowers are a little finishing touch to pull in the blues in an adjoining room.

I can’t wait to see it completed!



Wallpaper Murals – would you or wouldn’t you?

The trend of oversized patterns and murals on interior walls, is still on it’s way up! If you were like me, when you hear “wallpaper mural” you think of the 70’s versions of forested and jungled rooms.  Well, not to fear these are not your 70’s murals. And there are no variegated moss green shag carpets either….shiver.  Did I ever tell you we removed exactly this type of carpet from our first home, along with some green palm frond wallpaper?  Yup, we did …but I digress.

Today’s murals, from Prime Walls are nothing like that.  They are pure gorgeousness.


I think this one above is my favourite.  I’d love to put it in a bedroom at the cottage.  The panels are 18″w x 110″h (and come in 4 panel packages) so they are great for rooms with high ceilings.


Can you tell what this one is? Red, rusting metal. Fabulous in an office lobby, or as shown here, a boardroom.  Perfectly appropriate in an engineers office or metal company.


This one is cork.  So neat, I kind of see pencil shavings in this one.


This would be so great in a living room with some very sleek, white and soft neutral furniture and a splash of red.


Of course, concrete is so popular right now.  I can see this around a gas fireplace insert, instead of a traditional surround for a modern contemporary feel.  It would also be great as a backsplash in a kitchen with glossy cabinetry.  The contrast would be amazing!


Probably my second favourite. If you had a cottage or country home that didn’t have wood walls inside, this would be the perfect solution to bring in some of that warmth.


Now, this one I would put in an elegant spa, a powder room or a women’s boutique.  Beautiful and oh so classy!

So which one would you use and where?

*All photos courtesy of Prime Walls



Wallpaper – yes or no?

I’ve been doing a lot of sourcing for wallpaper lately and I’d say it’s definitely back with a bang!

And if you are cringing now and seeing visions of your grandmother’s house with it’s faded chintz floral paper in pinks and yellows or yikes..the dreaded fruit bowl wallpaper border, think again, just like us,wallpaper has evolved. It can be serene, sophisticated, dramatic, wild or even whimsical.

The pattern and palette you choose will make a statement and convey the feel of the room immediately.  It has a ton of impact and in today’s interiors with solid upholstered pieces, it will give you that hit of pattern and texture.  And not to fear, today’s papers are easier to install, though a professional will always make this painless and perfect, without the need for a marriage counsellor. When and if  you grown tired of it, they are easily strippable,  leaving you a fresh wall to begin again.

Some inspiration (click on the photos to be brought to the corresponding webpage)

From Farrow and Ball –



These are calm and somewhat traditional but with a helping of modern due to the colour palette and the large scale patterns.

From Graham and Brown


I’m loving this large scale slightly abstract rose pattern in a soft and serene palette. Perfect for a feminine bedroom.



This one makes me smile, it’s a great little hit of whimsey for the Brit in your life or the Brit you’d like to have in your life.  I can picture this one in a classical white powder room with Blanco Carrera marble and white wainscotting on the bottom half of the wall.


Personally, my favourite places to use wallpaper are –

1. In a bedroom, on the wall behind the bed to further enhance this focal point;

2. in a powder room, on all walls or just a couple, this is the place to go BOLD;

3. in a foyer, let’s people coming in see your and your home’s personality immediately;

4. on a large wall where art would be dwarfed, wallpaper will bring some texture and colour into the space; and

5. behind the tv wall in the family room or living room, so that the tv does not jump off the wall.

From Prime Walls


One of my clients is getting this one installed as we speak. Can’t wait to see it IRL.


For the purple lovers in your life, most papers come in a few different colour waves.

From Bouclair – Did you know they recently started carrying wallpaper?  With a great price point!


Large scale graphic modern, fresh and lively, love it!


Same wall with a change of wallpaper and console style and accessories, evokes a totally different feeling.

More tips

A few hints for when you start looking for your perfect paper:

1. Think of the feeling you want to convey in the room.

2. Bring home the wallpaper book or order samples to look at in your own home, pattern scale can appear larger or smaller online and as we all know, colour can vary from screen to real life.

3. If you are doing a focal wall, take the paint colour for the remaining walls from the colours in the paper so that the room will feels quite seamless and not like you ran out of paper.

4. If there is no logical way to stop a wallpaper try framing out a large piece of it with mouldings. It will act like a large piece of art.

5. Try and see the paper on the wall, either in a photo online or in the wallpaper sample book. This is especially important if the paper has a large pattern repeat (like in fabric) as usually you can only see part of the entire pattern, it really helps to see it “in a room or on a wall”.

6. If you are putting paper up on a previously painted wall, keep in mind that it is best to paint the wall the background of the wallpaper before you put the paper up.  This eliminates any possible colour bleed through of the wall colour as some papers are quite sheer. This will also be a godsend if your seams shrink a little through the years, since the wall colour will match and your seams will still be invisible.

So what are you waiting for?

P.S. Maureen did a great post on choosing paint colours on the TBB blog. Click here to read.

And a little hint that I’m having a wonderful giveaway, which will be announced at the end of the week! Come back on Friday to find out what it is!