Apartment Makeover: DIY Ombre Dresser and Homeowner Reveal

DIY? Because I Gotta.

Apartment Makeover: DIY Ombre Dresser and Homeowner Reveal

When I arrived at Laura’s condo, it was beige and basic. Now, after adding just a few unique touches (and of course, a whole lot of paint), I’ve made it fresh and fabulous! Interiors become something special when they embody ‘one of a kind’ elements. So, when my good friend, Laura, asked me to transform her space, I was determined to add as much personality as possible through the use of some unique DIY projects. I created a high-impact gallery wall using some inexpensive, big box store frames and some watercolour paper and paint. You...

read more

Apartment Makeover: Top 10 Painting Tips

DIY? Because I Gotta.

Apartment Makeover: Top 10 Painting Tips

As an interior designer, I’ve painted my fair share of rooms. But if you’re not very experienced, taking on a painting project can be pretty intimidating. Not to worry! By simply following my Top 10 painting tips, you can achieve the same dramatic results in your space as I did in my friend Laura’s condo!     TOP 10 TIPS   1)    Prep, prep, prep! – I know it’s tempting to just start rolling paint on the walls, but if you don’t prepare, it won’t look professional. This means filling any holes, sanding...

read more

Apartment Makeover: Creating an Inspiration Board

DIY? Because I Gotta.

Apartment Makeover: Creating an Inspiration Board

Even the DIY-saavy and the décor keener can find decorating projects to be a little overwhelming. Fear not! I’m sharing my step-by-step process in a 3 part Apartment Makeover series to easily transform any space! My dear friend, Laura, asked me to take her space from boring and beige (seen below) to cohesive and cool (stay tuned for the big reveal!) – and I did just that with a few key pieces of new furniture, some fun DIY projects and naturally, a whole lot of paint. The best part? You can use these tips and tricks in your own...

read more

DIY: Hallowe’en Party Tablescape

DIY? Because I Gotta.

DIY: Hallowe’en Party Tablescape

You may be too old for trick-or-treating, but you’re NEVER too old to throw a fantastic Hallowe’en party! On an episode of Suite Living, I show how to pull together a fun and spooky, yet sophisticated, Hallowe’en party tablescape!   The Tablecloth To start off this look, I used a plain, white tablecloth. Now, of course, a plain white tablecloth doesn’t really scream “Hallowe’en”! But, wait – there’s more! I added strips of black tulle that I snipped and ripped in random places to give the surface of the...

read more

DIY: 3 Hallowe’en Candles

DIY? Because I Gotta.

DIY: 3 Hallowe’en Candles

They’re a lovely addition to any type of party, but when it comes to Hallowe’en décor, candles are essential! On an episode of Suite Living, I share three fun candle projects that will really set the mood for a spooky time! Many of the materials required for these projects are everyday things I already had at home – cheap and cheerful is the name of the game for these crafts!   Mason Jar Mummy This project is really quick and great to do with kids. All you need is a mason jar, some googly eyes, some white glue, some medical gauze and a...

read more

DIY: Hallowe’en, No-Carve Pumpkins

DIY? Because I Gotta.

DIY: Hallowe’en, No-Carve Pumpkins

When I think about decorating for Halloween, I can’t imagine doing it without pumpkins! But I’m not crazy about the hassle of hollowing them out, carving them and then cleaning up the mess. On an episode of Suite Living, I share three of my favourite no-carve pumpkin looks that are super easy and super chic! Unlike carving a pumpkin, these projects don’t require a knife so they are perfect for crafting with your little trick-or-treaters!   THE PROCESS For each of these projects, I chose to use cream coloured pumpkins. To create a...

read more

DIY: Thanksgiving Name Cards and Place Settings

DIY? Because I Gotta.

DIY: Thanksgiving Name Cards and Place Settings

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. As the hostess, you’ve undoubtedly made up your to-do list in preparation for the big day. Turkey? Check. Potatoes? Check. Cranberry? Double-check. Now, what about your place settings? On an episode of Suite Living, I demonstrate how to make adorable acorn place cards and raw wood chargers that will enhance your beautiful Thanksgiving table. Every hostess wants to impress her guests – putting a little effort into the place settings is bound to do just that!    THE PROCESS The Place Card Place...

read more

DIY: Thanksgiving Napkins and Rings

DIY? Because I Gotta.

DIY: Thanksgiving Napkins and Rings

It’s that time of year when the air is crisp and the leaves are turning from fresh greens to fiery reds and oranges! That’s right, it’s time to get ready for Thanksgiving – a gathering of family and friends and a celebration of the bounty of the harvest. And if you are hosting the event, you’ll want your Thanksgiving table to truly reflect the festive spirit of the occasion! On an episode of Suite Living, I demonstrate two easy DIY projects to give your Thanksgiving place settings a custom look! When it comes to entertaining, the...

read more

1 Blanket Styled 4 Ways

Uncategorized

1 Blanket Styled 4 Ways

Do you think that a throw can only be used as a blanket? Guess again! On an episode of Suite Living, I show how one blanket can easily be styled in four different ways. The fabulous throw that I used is available through one of my favourite companies, fashionABLE. It features gorgeous woven products that are handmade by women in Ethiopia, creating an ethical and sustainable business. The Throw Styled as a… Headboard This is a really clever way to get the look of a headboard, without the big expense. Simply install an inexpensive...

read more

DIY: 3 Fun Flower Vase Fillers

DIY? Because I Gotta.

DIY: 3 Fun Flower Vase Fillers

When styling a space – whether it be for a party, a dinner or just everyday living – I love to use gorgeous flower arrangements. Flowers have a way of making any room seem that much more special. However, I feel like vases are often afterthoughts. On an episode of Suite Living, I show three easy and inexpensive DIYs to customize your vases. After all, if you’re putting an effort into making a beautiful floral arrangement, it would be a shame to ignore the vase!   The key to this project is to use two vases that nest...

read more