Kawartha Lakes Cottage
This summer lake house — we call them cottages in this part of the world — is located on an island with a quiet cove, killer views and a magical wooded lot and is about 2 hours northeast of Toronto. The design brief was initially to design a kitchen and two bathrooms, furnish the dining porch and master bedroom all in about 6 weeks. After that initial push it became clear that the other spaces could also benefit from some style upgrades so we kept at it until the whole place was completely made over.
Sophisticated Girl's Suite
This is a decorating makeover project I designed for a 13-year-old girl who loves fashion, dance, travel and, if you can believe it — The Sex Pistols! The brief was to add more clothes storage, introduce a homework zone and dressing table as well as room for her to hang out with friends. I bought the look from Minty Nursery to Sophisticated Suite with touches of fashion flair.
Surf Preppy Whale Cottage, Prince Edward Island
Here's a video tour of our own cottage on the East Coast of Canada on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island. We call it Whale Cottage because it has a whale weather vane on a cupola on the roof. This project is a top-to-bottom decorating job that was done on a very tight budget and partially from a distance before we took possession of the place. The look marries classic coastal references with bright preppy colours and plenty of white for a relaxed beach house vibe.