Off-duty hero finds perfect coffee table at auction uptown

One of the most fantasized about designer tasks is their shopping on someone else’s dime. Can there be anything more wonderful than getting the ‘high’ of shopping beautiful things all the time and get paid for it on top of that?   But shopping, i.e., professional sourcing, is just so much more than that. Sometimes…

Three tips for spring cleaning to avoid a spring-long chore

Spring cleaning is one of those love/hate activities that you dread on one side, yet can’t wait for the after-effect. It does not compare to cleaning the mess of a filled to the brim sink. As much as that is intimidating and at first glance, much worst, it is actually a small task by comparison….

Shop ’till you drop for Christmas stocking stuffers and the like

Yep, like that’s going to happen… But please, don’t despair, always a way to get what you want. And what is it you want this year? Probably something to take your mind off the numerous, and likely lingering, limitations on vacation plans. With home as your 2020 universe, I say take the time to accessorize…

The mighty family of online shoppers

Are you part of it? The increasingly astute buyers navigating comfortably through millions of products, vendors and options, scrutinizing carefully listed criteria and making determined choices? It is the new “walking”. It is not the knowledge of the few but a necessity similar to knowing how to type or use a phone. The zesty, tingly…

Shopping season, getting the essentials and the ones you don’t need

When I shop for clients I never feel distracted. It is completely different when the buying becomes a part of a project. Professional buying applies a filter to browsing that confidently edits, reshuffles and combines the finds with all the other elements of the design, such as room wall colours, flooring finish lights and so forth, that I do not have with me when shopping.

The kids variable in renovations

I’ve had food on the ceiling and radiators pulled out from the wall – all because of toddlers… I had the kid-proof water from the cooler draining the floor when the kid outsmarted the machine. There is nothing that resists them. Kids, the force of curiosity and imagination. They are the blast that tests every…

Photographing the work…

First, if you get to photograph it that means it’s done ! Ready to be used, admired, broken in. There is nothing better than seeing a project a few years down the road when few nicks and cracks are showing, little wrinkles in design, only making it more beautiful. Today however… this is a first…