Tag Archive | "Do It Yourself!"

Wake Up Your Creativity with Karen

Monday, February 17, 2014


At the Interior Design Show last month, I caught up with my friend, the supremely talented Karen Johnston (Mosaicworks). She'll be in Toronto this coming weekend to give a mosaic workshop at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street, Rm 107). The class runs Saturday (10 - 3:30 pm) and Sunday 10 - 12 pm) for $130 (cost includes supplies and use of tools but not lunch, there's a great little cafe on site). So if you've been itching to get crafty this is a great opportunity to wake up your creativity.

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Dirty Little Secrets

Sunday, August 4, 2013


I have a window IN my shower and you can imagine what years of water and rental neglect had done to the frame and sill. It was the most pressing home improvement I needed to make before I turn my apartment over to my visiting Home Exchangers and its been the most satisfying DIY I've tackled in a few years.My solution was boat-grade epoxy resin and polyurethane paint. I patched the worst of the holes with hardware store epoxy then build up two layers of resin, which leveled itself onto perfection. A light sanding and I was ready for the noxious, ultra-high gloss yacht paint that has me singing in the shower for the first time since I moved in!

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New Windows Not Necessarily Better

Friday, March 1, 2013


I'm contacted by publicists all the time with pitches about this or that product or designer. I rarely take the bait but I was intrigued by what Ottawa-based general contractor Paul Denys is doing on the restoration front, specifically his methods of reviving and restoring hundred-year-old windows to make them energy efficient and beautiful again. Denys is putting new technology at the service of old technology and saving the environment and his client's money in the process.

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New Gold Dream

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Some of you will assume that my upcoming trip to India is the inspiration for my new bedroom but in fact, the genesis of the decoration goes back several years to a bedroom ceiling I painted in Farrow & Ball's India Yellow; I loved lying in bed staring up at that deep, gold canopy. And since my new bedroom is a windowless pocket measuring just 8' x 10', I decided to wrap the entire room in the colour as a compliment to the shimmering blue-green saree I picked up for next to nothing at a consignment store close-out sale last year. Of course, it's the brass, fretwork pendant casting those exotic shadows that really makes the space.

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Why Just Black or White?

Sunday, June 17, 2012


In the latest issue of House Beautiful is a feature titled Repaint, Refinish, Recover about the decorating adventures of Zim Loy, editor of Kansas City Spaces magazine. Loy is a plucky, roll-up-her-sleeves kind of gal, who says, "I find old things in horrible condition at estate sales, but I know that if the shape and size is right, I can paint it black or white and it will work for me." Naturally, I applaud Loy's approach but I really have to ask, why just black or white? Why not blue or yellow?

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