breaking the rules with colour

With colour on a major comeback in the interior design world, why not embrace it with something a little unique this time! Check out these spaces that add depth and interest, all with just a little bit of paint.

the black and white kitchen - will it always be a classic?

The white kitchen is a classic, right? I mean, it changes with the years from raised panel, to flat panel, from shiny, to matte... And it can be gorgeous to your eye... or down right ugly! Now let's add some black. Does it make you think of 80s style with the melamine flat panel doors? Perhaps. Or perhaps it says fun with unique cement tiles and shiny cabinets. Whatever your idea of what a black and white kitchen is, I dare you to say there isn't one that, perhaps, makes you smile and say 'stunning'!

Try these on for size and let me know what you think of the black and white kitchen... is it a classic?

decorating for your pets

For most people that have dogs, cats and  birds, their pets are their family, so why not make them as comfortable, and stylish, as the rest of us in our homes! Here are some great ideas for you to steal for your own little furry or feathered friends.

7 easy ways to spruce up your sunroom

Are you lucky enough to have a sunroom? These rooms were very popular through the 70s and 80s, with some being the stand in for a balcony. Other sunrooms are the ones added onto the front or back of a home for a three season space. Whatever your sunroom provides for you, it can always be just a bit more fun and functional. Check out these 7 great ideas for you to try on the weekend.

a semi-detached home in Leslieville gets transformed

Over the years I worked with a family in their sweet little semi in the Leslieville area of Toronto. When they first bought their home it had handyman fixes that needed updating badly.

It was not long before the kitchen was overhauled, and then the bathroom and bedrooms, and eventually even the basement, claiming much needed space for their growing family. I have thoroughly enjoyed giving them advice along the way for every stage of their lives.

Have a look at these befores and afters for a fun trip through the history of this home that they are now bidding adieu to for something just a tad larger. Check out a few more afters at the bottom as well. And FYI - yes, these photos were staged so there is a lack of their unique personal touches.