Dream it Here, Do it Here with CIL paint

Chances are when you're scrolling through Pinterest or looking at images of houses in magazines one of the first things that will pique your interest is colour. It might be the furniture in the space but usually it's the paint on the walls or the colour of the kitchen cabinets or some cool DIY treatment that somehow manages to use all the colours you love in an awesome way.

What I love about those images is the world of possibilities it opens up for your own space.  You start imagining what your living room would look like if you painted it a dark, inky blue.

Or if all your interior doors were a soft, muddy pink.

Could you make those old dining room chairs look new again by painting them white and dipping the legs in ombré shades of blue paint?

Dwell.com. Photo by Petra Bindel.

Dwell.com. Photo by Petra Bindel.

Oh and what if you painted all your cast iron radiators a bright yellow!

Paint is the easiest and fastest way to completely makeover your space. It can be done over a weekend and the results, as mentioned, are often pin-worthy. There's actually nothing like the sense of accomplishment you feel after taking one of theses projects on.

Over three days, I am taking part in a partnership with CIL paints to help you dream about the possibilities for your space. In celebration of the new CIL colour centre, exclusively available at The Home Depot, the CIL team has created a Dream it Here, Do It Here transformed shipping container designed by Yanic Simard that will tour parking lots of The Home Depot stores over the coming weeks. I'll be at the following locations from 9am-5pm each day to provide colour consultations and share my expertise on home decor.

  • May 29th - Missisauga (5975 Terry Fox Way)
  • June 4th - Richmond Hill (50 Red Maple Road)
  • June 5th - TBD

I hope you'll also stop by to see the DIY project I'm adding to the transformed shipping container. I'm going to paint wooden knobs available at The Home Depot with one of CIL's new inspired paint palettes (Romantic, Organic and Urbanite) exclusively available at The Home Depot. These knobs which I found on Etsy (and are no longer available) are what gave me the idea.

I'll have full DIY instructions next Monday so check back in to see the results. In the meantime, I hope you'll come by and see me and the Dream it Here, Do It Here transformed shipping container at The Home Depot on May 29th in Mississauga.















Maison & Objet Americas

Last week I hopped down to Miami to check out the Maison & Objet Americas trade show. I've read about the show in Paris for years so I was curious to see first hand what it was like. It didn't disappoint. The majority of the vendors were completely new to me and I came home with a list of new suppliers to investigate further. The interesting thing about the show was the wealth of suppliers from the South America. While we tend to look south to the United States for inspiration we often stop at the border and fail to see all the incredible things happening in the Latin American countries. Below are my top five picks from the show.


Wall vision is a Swedish wallpaper supplier that represents four lines - Eco wallpaper, Cole & Son, Mr. Perswall and Borastapeter. Eco wallpaper has just released a collection designed by Spanish designer of the year, Jaime Hayon. I obviously was drawn in by that enchanting, folkloric wallpaper they displayed on the back wall.


Ateliers Pinton is a French rug and tapestry supplier. Their rugs range from the abstract and textural to representations of 20th and 21st century artist's work (which look better than they sound). 

Contardi is an Italian light manufacturer with a showroom in Brooklyn, New York. I'm always on the lookout for new lights and this company had some really stunning options like these sconces that I hadn't seen before. They can custom make the finishes to whatever you like.


Munna is a Portuguese furniture manufacturer based in Porto. I was won over by all their absolutely beautiful velvet pieces in the perfect shades of rose pink, emerald green and pale greys. My wish list from this store is about a mile long.

Gan is the interiors section of a larger company know as Gandiablasco from Spain. Their rugs are extremely textural and often wrap themselves up from the floor on to low modular furniture. I recommend checking out some of the spaces they have designed.

If you're interested in more photos from my trip to Maison & Objet and Miami take a look at my Instagram feed.

Moodboard for my Daughter's Bedroom

Last year, I had the opportunity to visit the main headquarters of IKEA in Sweden. One of the highights of the trip was a chance to get a sneak peak of the upcoming lines for the 2016 and 2017 season. There were a couple of  product lines that personally really appealed to me. Ilse Crawford's Sinnerlig collection was one (it came out earlier this year) and the other is a range of products by Swedish glass and ceramic designer Ingegard Raman named Viktigt. This line is a limited edition and just hit the stores.

When I saw it for the second time, I knew it was the perfect jumping off point for my daughter's new bedroom. Rather than starting from a fabric or a rug, I began by pulling together some of my favourite pieces from this collection and building the idea of the room around it.

The Viktigt chair with its classic shape and woven seat was high on my list as was the pendant lamp shade which I will probably hang low over a side table. The storage baskets are perfect for all her toys.

Right after I settled on these pieces I came across this image on Apartment Therapy which helped me decide on an overall palette for the room.

My daughter has been asking for a pink or purple room so this combination of pastel colours mixed in with some natural textures and a grounding colour like charcoal grey or black seemed like a good place to settle.

The above items from IKEA including the Maryd tray table, the Fjalkinge storage units, Ingert curtains and Nesttun bed frame seemed like the perfect stylish and affordable piece to round out the look. I still have a few loose ends to figure out like what to put on the walls and whether or not I should include a rug but I think I'll start here and then see what I need to finish it off. Stay tuned.