Posts by Evelyn M

Top 5 For Outdoor Living

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Top 5 For Outdoor Living

Through the course of my blogging for Island Woman, LocaLHomeSpot.com and Trendir, I come across an amazing array of interior, architectural and furniture designs, and with the incredible summer we’ve been having, I thought I would share with you the top five outdoor designs I have come across over the past year. Kartell Masters Chair First up is a chair that can be used indoors as well as outside due to its polypropylene construction, and weighing in at only 11 pounds, it can be moved about with great ease. What makes this chair so special is the unique triple silhouettes incorporated...

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Merging Old With New

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Merging Old With New

What do you do when both a husband and wife retire on the same day to begin second careers as consultants but with a home office that is poorly laid out without much storage? The answer is to call us for a complete update that does not include tearing everything out and starting fresh, but rather looking at what is already in existence and reinventing it into a more functional, more beautiful space. The original office consisted of plywood cabinetry painted white with wood-look laminate as the counter.  The walls were a bright optic pastel green that did not quite touch the ceiling. The...

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Bedrooms By Design

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Bedrooms By Design

Bill’s Complete Master Redo Redesigning Bill’s master bedroom was so much fun. He gave me a budget and the keys and said good bye as he left on a one month vacation. The only thing he said was “Wow me when I get home”. Then, from the airport he phoned and said “what was I thinking … I want new carpeting too so the budget needs to be bigger.  How much more will you need?”. The trust, you see, was already built in as this was the last room in his house for us to renovate, decorate and stage. With the budget we had, the only thing we kept was the furniture and the two bedside...

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Write & Sleep Dog Decor

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Write & Sleep Dog Decor

Since my oh so smart Golden Retriever has been writing her own blog (tee hee) since last August, I thought I would share some of her favourite decorative finds that fit into anyone’s budget starting with something you can really use, because functionality and cuteness is a paw-some combination. Canine Chalkboards With well over 100 different dog silhouettes – including two variations on the Golden Retriever, your fur-ever friend is sure to be represented. These chalkboards aren’t small; depending on the breed, they are approximately 22” long which is big enough for writing lists or...

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Awesome Outdoor Ideas

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Awesome Outdoor Ideas

Summer is just around the corner, the weather is warming, and dreams of afternoons spent outdoors enjoying the garden under the warmth of the sun’s rays are oh so appealing. With daydreams of such relaxing times ahead, I thought I would take a look at some of my favourite outdoor finds from 2013.  The following three are uniquely distinct, but could easily work together. Consider the relaxing sequence of taking an outdoor shower aesthetically tied into your landscape, then warming up in front of a sculptural fire on an excitingly artistic outdoor chair.  Enjoy! OboRain Showers Launched in...

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Be Still My Purple Heart

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Be Still My Purple Heart

Purple Heart is a very dense, water resistant wood that comes from the Peltogyne tree which is native to the tropical forests of Brazil, Guyana and Suriname in South America. Ranked as one of the hardest and stiffest of all woods, the graining is usually very straight with small pores. When cut, the wood quickly turns from a light brown to a rich purple colour, hence its name, but over time the vibrant purple will lesson to a more browny purple shade. Sanding will once again bring out the purple lustre, and clear coating with a UV protector will stop it from fading once again. Difficult to...

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Four Degrees of Separation

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Four Degrees of Separation

With my Interior Design life divided between working in homes within the Campbell River/Comox Valley regions during the day and writing about design around the world in the evenings, either for Chicago based Trendir or Campbell River based LocaLHomeSpot.com, I have a full and well rounded design exposure that sometimes leaves me shaking my head in wonder. That head shaking disbelief at how lil ol’ me plays a part in the international world of Design was in full play the other week when a chain of events that centred around my writing lead to the connection between an architect in the United...

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1980 to 2014 in a Single Splash

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Interior Design | 0 comments

1980 to 2014 in a Single Splash

Peggy’s bathroom was your standard condo layout, a longish counter meeting up with the toilet before arriving at the tub/shower, located at right angles to the counter. The counter had the sink offset to one side and had absolutely no storage due to a floor heater in the way. The layout was perfectly fine; the lack of storage under one end was not, and the finishes – well, the 80s are known for their improvement in mass production, not for the art of design – nuff said. After initially meeting with Peggy and discussing her likes and dislikes, as well as seeing what the rest of her...

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Holiday Décor

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Holiday Décor

With an annual budget for Christmas decorations, I set out every year to add a few special pieces to my selection of holiday décor. I started early this year when Bruce and I headed out to Merville to pick up a load of Douglas fir for a kitchen and bathroom refacing we are doing for one of our customers. Before we picked up the wood, we detoured a little further south down the Island Highway to check out what Art Knapp in Courtenay had in their annual winter wonderland and  lo and behold, there was exactly what I needed for either side of our living room TV. It has been an unfulfilled...

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DIY for the holidays

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Interior Design, Lifestyles | 2 comments

DIY for the holidays

I am lucky enough to have a fully functioning shop on my property, but all that is required to make these light weight Pine Band Saw Tree Decorations is paper, felt pen and scissors, wood scraps, a band saw, sandpaper, artist’s acrylics and a paint brush. I started out with an outline drawing that I drew on a scrap piece of paper, cut it out and then used it as a stencil on some pine wood scraps. The next step is the hardest, cutting the ornament shape out of the wood using a band saw – if you try this out, please be safe; nothing is worth loosing a finger over. When all the...

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… International Writer by Night

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Interior Design | 2 comments

… International Writer by Night

Interior Designer and artist by day – international writer by night … I am happy to announce that I have been hired to write for Chicago-based Trendir, an online design magazine. I love creativity used in art, furniture design and interior or exterior design. It’s a topic I am so passionate about that I started a Home and Garden blog and Facebook page through LocaLHomeSpot.com last November, and just a few months later started doing monthly posts here on Island Woman. What is so exciting for me is that my point of view and writing style caught the attention of the publisher at...

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Upcycling to Incredible Furniture

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Interior Design | 1 comment

Upcycling to Incredible Furniture

As an Interior Designer and avid recycler, it always excites me when I discover unique and innovative designs that stem from waste material. Some of the designs are not only eco-friendly but are stunningly beautiful, and I thought I would share with you my top five finds (in no particular order). Flip Flop Table is a Tip Top Table Who knew that the shores of Eastern Africa are constantly awash with lost and discarded flip-flops. Luckily Dutch designer Diederik Schneemann has found an innovative way of recreating this beach junk and with the help of locals, the flip-flops are found and...

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Designing For Dogs

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Designing For Dogs

Those of us who have discovered the joy of having dogs have to make a few design changes in the way we live our lives. For example, working at my desk means I (usually) have two dogs wrapped around my feet, so there must be space to accommodate them.  While writing this article, there was a third dog “Emma” whom I was babysitting. This means I need to be careful not to have my printer or electric cable positioned in such a way that if Xena or Dax jumps up when Dad gets home, they don’t accidentally wrap the cable around their chest, leg or head and drag my laptop to the front...

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Anatomy of a Kitchen Reno

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Anatomy of a Kitchen Reno

Kris was ready to gut her kitchen and couldn’t come to an agreement with her husband on the “Plan of Action”.  So, as with many other couples, the solution was simple – call me. As an Interior Designer, a large part of my job is “listening” to the needs and desires of homeowners and creating a solution that everyone using each space can feel comfortable in – and most importantly, feel like the space is a reflection of them. It is my job to interpret the wants and desires of my clients – it is not my job to impose my taste in their space. It is also my job to know what is...

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A Local Voice for Island Artists

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 in Interior Design | 0 comments

A Local Voice for Island Artists

Island Arts Magazine is a dynamic publication that has spent the past six years featuring artists, exhibitions, workshops and editorials with an Island focus. The story of the magazine When Susan Schaefer moved to Vancouver Island in 2007, she was looking for information on local artists and was surprised at the lack of a single outlet to source out artisans. The desire to create a singular forum for artists to share their work and interact with other like-minded people on the Island art scene was the catalyst for what would become a project of passion and purpose – the creation of...

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Painting Panache

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Painting Panache

X Marks the Headboard Wall An earthquake does not have to be the “big one” to cause damage and there are some things we should – or should not be doing to minimize that potential damage. One thing we should NOT be doing is hanging anything breakable above our beds. In an earthquake, it is very common for pictures to “jump” off their hooks and crash onto the floor. If the picture is above your bed, it will most likely come crashing down onto your forehead (OW) and then fall flat onto your face and break (BIGGER OW). A great alternative to hanging art or wallpapering is to paint...

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