what ever happened to Rachel McGarry?

As some of you know, I used to decorate and design alongside Rachel McGarry when we were known as 2 Great Gals. For many years we had a great run of making beautiful spaces together, having created some fun spaces on TV, pulling together some cool stage designs, and of course helping transform many lovely homes.

With Rachel moving out of the city to peaceful London, Ontario, she found the time and energy needed to pursue a long-time dream of hers to sing. And that she did! She now has her first album out and it’s beautiful!

To find out more, you can get in touch with Rachel directly at www.sanctuary.is. Let her send you a sample of her songs so you too can become addicted (like I am!) to her soothing voice and mellow songs.

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wallpaper anyone?

Does wallpaper intimidate you? Perhaps you feel like it’s too much of a commitment; or perhaps worrisome for removal? I say - let those fears go away!! Wallpaper is such a great way to express your personal style, much like a piece of art really. And if you compare it to the price of a new piece of art, I’d say it’s really quite inexpensive. Also good to note, the new wallpapers are nothing like the old ones, making it so easy to remove and repaint or better yet, re-wallpaper when you do tire of it.

I love my tried and true wallpaper supplier on Queen east - Primetime. You can go there in person, or find things online too. But I also just recently was introduced to this amazing new online wallpaper place with stunning wallpapers all the way from Berlin, Germany (where you know quality counts). Check out Wallpaper From the 70s! Easy delivery to Canada.

Below are some of my favourites right now. What do you think? Will you go for some wallpaper the next time you consider something fun for your foyer, bedroom, dining room, bedroom ceiling… ?


the mismatched bedroom

Remember a time when the matching bedroom set was the epitome of perfection and a sign that you made it? Think classic mahogany, sleigh beds, mirrored dressers and matching nightstands. Does anyone still strive for this matching 5-piece design anymore? I can’t say that I have encountered anyone needing my services that does. But am I wrong? What do you think is the perfect bedroom design?

Check out these deliberately mismatched bedrooms that, to me, say so much more about the person living there than the old matching sets might have.

is beige back?

Grey (gray). No matter how you spell it, grey has been the neutral of choice for over a decade now. Some have always stuck with beige, while others stayed somewhere in the middle with taupe. Yet as a trend, it was hard to get away from grey! But is that changing again? Are we seeing beige as the go-to neutral again? You tell me!

A few images that may make you sway back to beige… or am I not living in your reality yet?


unique window treatments

Anything can be a ‘window treatment’. Blinds, curtains and shutters probably come to mind as the most obvious. But anything you put in front of a window decoratively or for privacy is technically a window treatment. So let’s explore an array of options in these photos and let me know what you think!


maximal minimalism

An oxymoron for sure, but it’s an emerging style in the design world. Both on and off the runway, and into our homes, this style embraces a minimal aesthetic, with maximum impact of all the important things.

Here is the definition: Maximal and minimal elements. ... Zorn's lemma states that every partially ordered set for which every totally ordered subset has an upper bound contains at least one maximal element.

And here are some decorating examples. What do you think of this so called ‘new’ look? Does it make any sense after seeing these images? Yah, I’m not so sure either… but it’s a thing so I embrace it!


black kitchens

A white kitchen is always classic. Navy, dark green, other colours and also different woods and stains are all beautiful if you dare to stray from the classic. But what if you don’t dare to stray but do want something different? Is the black kitchen your thing then? I say yes!! Here are some gorgeous images of how the black kitchen, like the white kitchen, can feel classic and easy to work with too. Too dark for you? Or just right?