Our little cottage before we let the light in :). All dark and kinda dreary!
Our cottage after. We have spent very little money on this cottage to decorate other than gallons and gallons of white paint. We did install the propane heater in the corner though. Its the most amazing little sanctuary. We love it.
Staging: A lovely home owned by a lovely family… just needed a bit of colour. This little fresh staging helped sell this house.
Interior Decorating: My friend Vicky was looking for an inexpensive change to her room. For under $300 (without the new bed and tables from IKEA).
I changed out the lampshades; added some cute decorative items on the night stands; using wooden dowels and cuphooks from the ceiling, created a canopy affect with inexpensive sheers from IKEA. A simple white Matelassé; white sheets and some lovely decorative pillows finishes off the bed. At the foot of the bed (not shown) will be the black trunk that I refurbished (shown farther down on this page). Vicky wanted a soft, French country feel and she loves it
Staging: A cute little condo in Guelph that just need a little push to get it to the next level. I split up the -shaped sectional into two — this created a more open flow and hid the very obvious column.
Staging: This is the cutest little house — only had 6 pieces of furniture for me to work with. First time that I used air mattresses and pylons to create beds and it worked! I tried to create a light and airy feel in here :).
Interior Decorating: I did this re-design for my good friend Vicky — she wanted something fresh and vibrant using her two favourite colours … aqua and orange. So this is it. Her house is a rental, so furniture placement and wall colours are dictated by what’s there.
The cowhides are faux! LOVE them. I repurposed her sofas, lamps (with new shades) and made the bench with the most awesome fabric and her old coffee table. Vicky LOVES this new look and so does Patty the dog :).
Fresh white sheets, re-dressing the bed and using all of the other existing elements to provide a better look on a shoestring — a little painting and of course PILLOWS.
An old ‘not very pretty’ table was covered with a lovely print tablecloth and the two folding chairs left in the house were used to create a little dining space. A happy accident was the light fixture that matched everything!
The after shot of a living room — only furniture left in the house was the wicker settee; table and chairs; two fold up chairs and the bed in the bedroom.
My sister-in-law did a great job herself staging her home, but it’s not selling… I think because the living room was made into a dining room and the bed sitting room was looking like the only living area. Soooo I staged the ‘dining’ room as a living room by moving the futon from the bed sitting area.
New living room set up. :)
Old set up was great but I needed to use that futon….
This is the new sitting room using an air mattress and pylons underneath and a lovely piece of fabric and pillows to create the look of a couch.
after of the bench I made with the beautiful fabric and nail head trim.
Vicky’s bench before (with little Daisy to help me)
Before of the questionable chair that I found in the parking lot at work — I knew that it could be beautiful.
The after of my $5 trunk. I used glossy black tremclad and silver tremclad on the trim.
Now it’s beautiful with fabric from the cutest store — Friday’s Off — and the soft robin’s egg blue paint. It’s in our hallway at home.
BEFORE trunk — ugggglllyyyy
Interior Decorating: All of the following pics are the after shots of a basement recreation room re-design. Previously it was dated, cluttered and disconnected. The burnt orange colour was a preference by the homeowner — an unconventional choice perhaps in a basement, but I balanced it with the creamy white wainscoting and as much white as I could add elsewhere. The homeowners are not crazy about pillows — which was hard for me, because I am a self-proclaimed pillow-holic!