Category Archives: PRESS

LEARNING TO COMMIT: MODERN WALLPAPER

My fried and colleague Meredith Heron asked me recently how my #canningreno is going. I responded, quite honestly, that I am the worst client ever. Like, the worst. Mainly because I keep changing my mind about finishes for my house ALL. THE. TIME.

Thankfully, we are approaching drywall stage so I am being forced to make a decision about things. But one thing that I have known I have wanted as the basis of the design of my house is this:

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Meet Audrey by Graham and Brown. She is pretty. So pretty. I like that she is a little bit classic, but slightly edgy. And there’s going to be a lot of her going on in my house.

I explain this to clients all the time- it’s important to start somewhere. Start with a fabric, or a rug choice, or even an amazing print on a dress that makes you feel like a million bucks when you wear it. Let something inform the design for a cohesive look.

In other news, big thanks to Jacklyn and Michelle who invited me to be a part of their media panel at the first #communique101 PR conference at the Spoke Club this week. It was a fabulous event chatting with new entrepreneurs.

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Like in design, when running a business you also have to commit- what is your value, what do you offer the market place that is unique and exciting?

I hope everyone has had a great week- and an even more fabulous weekend.

Photos courtesy of Graham and Brown and Jacklyn Denise

MOTHERHOOD AND FINANCES

Fun surprise on this sunny Saturday- I was recently interviewed by the lovely Melissa Leong of the National Post on the topic of motherhood and how it impacts finances. I may be somewhat biased but I think my kids are pretty darn sweet in it.

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As I say in the video, as an entrepreneur if you don’t work, you don’t get paid. So I have had to be pretty strategic in arranging maternity leaves for myself and planning for the future.

A big reason why I went into business for myself is because I wanted to be able to work around my kids- and build a career on my own timing. While it requires a heck load of strategy, it is so worth the freedom I feel. For insight on how being a mom has impacted our money, watch the video here!

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IDS14 HIGHLIGHTS

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A big big thanks to everyone who came and visited me at the National Bank Design Stop at the Interior Design Show this weekend. It was a great pleasure to meet with so many show goers to talk about their renovation and decorating projects. It was also a great to chat with a few design students about career direction and how to get started in this business. It was a great weekend all around. Here are a few things that stood out to me:
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This is Avani, a new line of kitchens by Aya Kitchens. 2 most fantastic things about this kitchen: the colour options (matches my pants!) and the counter moves- it shifts to create a larger island, or tucks away completely into the back millwork for more space. Love the sleek European lines and made in Canada quality.
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Tony Koukos, photographer and down right lovely person, showcased his wall coverings, rugs, and my new obsession- table tops. I have plans for a tabletop in my house in the near future.
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In the VIP lounge Roche Bobois provided the furnishings. Love this rug and sofa colour combination.
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Korhani, a rug line I have used in many of my television and client projects, installed this very creative, slightly psychedelic, fun installation where their rugs were fashioned into outfits on mannequins. This company has worked hard to position itself as a fashion forward rug maker- and installations like this certainly show its’ prowess.

For those of you that attended IDS14, what were your highlights from this design filled show?

IDS14: OPENING NIGHT

20140124-221316.jpg The Interior Design Show is here and I am so excited. As I mention in this awesome article by Sara Duck for Home Decor and Renovations, IDS is like home coming for the design community. And this year it was so glam!
20140124-221841.jpg Starting with this dressing room by Ikea. What I love about Ikea’s booth at IDS every year is that they show how (with an expert eye) high and low items can be combined for striking results. Amazing- and gold! Huge trend for 2014. Lots of gold to be seen at the show.
20140124-222142.jpg This Town and Country fireplace has been outfitted with their brand new (soon to be mandatory in 2014) safety screen. I love that it is seamless, blends in with the gorgeous brass frame, and provides an important layer to keep little hands safe.
20140124-222603.jpg I am booth neighbors with the always on trend Andrew Richard Designs. Love the product- and their booth is always so graphic, linear and glam. Another great one this year.

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And of course, so excited for my booth the National Bank Design Stop where I will be offering complimentary consultations on Saturday and Sunday. Bring your photos, fabrics, inspirations to the show and I will help you strategize and start your renovation or decor project off to a great start!

Thanks to Larry Arnal for the pics of the National Bank Design Stop!

INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW NEWS!

Hello and I hope you are all having a great week! I want to start by saying hi to a few new bloggers I have had the pleasure of reading and getting to know: hi Foggy Daydreams, Rarely Taken Seriously, and Love On Sunday. It’s been a joy to read your blogs and get inspired by your passions.

I am so passionate about good design and helping people live the best life possible. With this sentiment I am excited to be partnering with the National Bank at the Interior Design Show this year! At The National Bank’s Design Stop, a really fun outdoor inspired space right in the center of the show floor beside the main stage, I’ll be highlighting the top trends for 2014 and offering design consultations for a few lucky show attendees. Stay tuned for how you can be selected as one of those lucky attendees!

I was thrilled to work with the National Bank 2 years ago at IDS. Here are a couple of shots of that space (when I was pregnant with Leo!)- I am excited to be working with them again to bring you the latest and greatest in Interior Design!

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DECORATING YOUR MANTEL FOR THE HOLIDAYS ON GLOBAL NEWS

20131212-194910.jpg I had the pleasure of hanging out today with the gorgeous Rosey Edeh on Global news at noon to talk how to decorate your mantel for the holidays. We went through the recent images I styled of a beautiful Paloform fireplace for inspiration.
20131212-195912.jpg Big fan of using non traditional colours like teal at Christmas. I used the peacocks from Indigo and loving this pillow and throw from Elte.
20131212-194936.jpg I like investing in pieces that can be versatile like these gold and black accessories from Elte.
20131212-194947.jpg For a more minimal (and Scandinavian!) look, these pieces from EQ3 add character and warmth. I’d love to use these paper ornaments as gift tags.

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HOW TO DECORATE YOUR MANTEL FOR THE HOLIDAYS

I really cannot believe that Christmas will be here in less than a month. I am definitely not prepared (meant to follow Karen’s Christmas Pledge, that would have been helpful)!

While not prepared, I am definitely in the spirit, especially with the recent release of some holiday images I styled for modern fireplace masters PaloformLisa Canning Paloform
Thanks to Valerie Wilcox for snapping this picture while I was still pregnant with Rose!

I was invited to take one of Paloform’s modern mantels and style it three ways. Here are the looks I came up with:

Lisa Canning Paloform-Holiday1LUSH I love using unexpected colours at the holidays- like teal. The rug and pillows from Elte grounded the colour palette. Designer tip: I like using holiday decor you can repurpose so I used several spools of ribbon in place of greenery (which you can reuse!), and adorable peacock and bird themed ornaments from Indigo nestled within. Loving the graphic greek key stockings from Switch Studio– that Staci makes everything look glam.
Lisa Canning Paloform-Holiday2WARM I think this one is my favourite- I love how minimal it feels, but still festive with the glimmer & gold. Again some beautiful Switch Studio stockings, Elte accessories and lots of gold baubles and feathers and shimmery trinkets. Designer tip: Shop your house- we filled some simple black bowls with gold ornaments for an inexpensive, but luxe look.
Lisa Canning Paloform-Holiday3 SCANDINAVIAN I wanted to do something a bit traditional but with some whimsy- and white boas and handmade ornaments from EQ3 certainly do that. Designer tip: Fur makes everything amazing! This fur throw from Elte is paired with a really inexpensive red pillow- but you’d never know the pillow was $9.99 when put together on a wire mesh chair. 

Thanks to Paloform for inviting me to take part in this project and to Canadian Living and Brett Walther for a wonderful feature. Must implement some of these ideas on my own mantel.

Which look speaks to you? What are you doing to get your home ready for the holidays?

NESTING WITH ETSY

It’s been 5 glorious days getting to know our new baby girl Rose. She made her entry into the world on Sunday and we just can’t get enough of her sweetness. Our kids have embraced her with adorable joy (and lots of kisses)!

With being at home for a few days I’m in a bit of nesting mode, now noticing a lot of the unfinished projects and clutter that has built up. I am also craving some pretty- and of course turning to Etsy, my new favourite on-line shopping destination for unique finds. Love that I can shop with a newborn sleeping on my lap : )

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I need to find a spot for these somewhere.

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This simple watercolour piece could be the jumping off point to a gorgeous room colour scheme.Image

I am overflowing with winter coats in my front hall closet with 4 little ones now- this would provide some glam assistance!

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And more glam for me, for my table, and my night stand.

These are just a few of my favourites- so many more collected here!

In other news, very special thanks to Matthew Hague & the Globe and Mail for featuring me yesterday in this article on Black and White Decor. So flattered to be included!

Lastly, a big thank you to everyone for the wonderful messages and posts on our recent new arrival. I am overwhelmed by the support I have felt from you all and know that every tweet, post, message has been read with love and gratitude : )

COZY UP TO THE FIRE

As the temperature begins to dip in Toronto I know I am starting to think about making my house more cozy and do a seasonal switch of my pillows, throws, and other decor. How convenient that this weekend I was invited to style Paloform‘s holiday campaign at one of their beautiful client installations in Toronto.

I styled three different looks on this modern fireplace / mantle. Paloform, a homegrown Canadian company is known for their minimal, modern approach to indoor and outdoor fireplace installations. I’m such a fan!
I can’t give too much away but here’s a quick sneak peek of what we accomplished- it definitely got me inspired to being some warmth to my own home.
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Cozy accessories from Elte, EQ3, Indigo, Switch Studio and I remained cozy in Thyme‘s new maternity line Stork and Babe!

GARDENING IN HIGH HEELS RECAP

A big thanks to everyone who attended the lovely and lavish Gardening in High Heels event! That Tania Semper from efashonista certainly knows how to throw a good party!

I had a great time sharing my tips on outdoor and indoor condo decor featuring products from EDDO and Bouclair. I met some fabulously fashionable guests, got to visit with old friends and connected with great new brands. Here’s a sampling of the lovely photos from Verve Photo Co.

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