Saturday, May 28, 2011

Stairway to Heaven

The June issue of Elle Decor has an article on staircases which caught my eye & inspired me to compile my own list of some favourite steps.

I love these floating stairs - clean & contemporary & rustic all at the same time. I also have a soft spot for Audrey who always reminds me of my littlest sister, Leah {check out her blog here for tiddlybits of inspiration).

{ image found online through SZ Interiors }

More floating stairs:

{ concrete floating stairs }

I like the storage underneath these stairs. I have a soft spot for storage & organization products {bins & labels & files, you name it!}:

{ smart use of otherwise wasted space }

And these well-worn stairs leading to a secret garden perhaps??

{teapot-planters & stairs }

And while driftwood-coloured, weathered wood seems to be everywhere, the stairs in this loft don't seem of-the-moment, but rather perfectly old-world:

{ from }

And lastly, us on the stairs with our newest addition:

{ Craig, me & Hugo }

What about you? Do you have some favourite stairways to your own private heaven?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Room Consultations

While I was awaiting Hugo's arrival, I did a few smaller projects that kept me busy & my mind off waiting~for~baby.

Joanne's Family Room
Joanne is a long-time friend with elegance & energy to spare. She & her husband, Peter, have a family summer cabin right next to ours & I love it when we are up there together. We can spend hours drinking tea or wine {time-of-day dependent!} or going for long walks & chatting about life. We have such fun together & I enjoy her company immensely.

{ Joanne & Pete at daughter, Ashley's, wedding }

Joanne was feeling as though her existing family room needed a new look. She wanted to tweak it just a little but without spending a fortune. She asked me for some advice. {Now, let me be clear. Joanne has a great sense of style & is very design savvy so it was more of a conversation vs. me telling her what to do with no input from her.}

Here are some 'before' pictures {aren't these the nicest 'befores' you've ever seen!!!}:

{ Fireplace Wall ~ South Facing }

{ Window Wall - North Facing }

And here is the style board that I did to give her suggestions:
{ Joanne's Style Board }

Accompanying this style board is a furniture schedule which outlines where to purchase each item. This allowed Joanne to do the leg work herself when she had the time.

If you are interested in a similar type of design consultation, email me at or check me out online at Baker Hill Homes. Remote design consultations encouraged... we do not have to be in the same city for me to help you with your space. All budgets welcome!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Sebastian!

To my 9-year-old big boy who was a 4.5 pound preemie 9 years ago today....


I'm glad you started the mummy-ing journey for me. I didn't know I could love a little tiny person so much until you came along. You stopped life, as I had known it, in it's tracks. Thank you for being sensitive, hilarious, creative, athletic, single-minded, rambunctious YOU! I love you so much.

with big kisses & hugs to the moon & back forever,
your mummy