Art Work and Partnerships

For our most recent project we were very pleased to partner with local artist, Rebecca Ford. Rebecca’s triptych ads an excellent splash of colour to the room and complements the beautiful stained glass windows perfectly.

Rebecca began her visual art adventures as a child in her hometown of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Since 2004 she has employed her skills working as a visual designer for musicians and artists. Receiving a nod for her work in 2008, as the winner of the “People’s Voice” 8th Annual Independent Music Award for Best Poster. She does all design work by hand, working with textiles, stencils, cross-stitch, acrylics, photography and found art collages.

Since 2008 Rebecca has held 3 solo shows consisting of abstract acrylic, watercolour and mixed media paintings. More recently, she has added wax and fabric to her list of mediums. Her paintings establish through the use of colour and light, forms which will solicit affective experiences from the viewer. The works contain themes of social commentary; often emphasizing power, alienation, communication and environmental degradation, to name a few.

Rebecca is currently planning pieces which she hopes to show in Fall 2012.

Art Work and Partnerships

For our most recent project we were very pleased to partner with two local artists. These talented ladies were gracious enough to donate their art to the permanent collection of our clients. Their work added a wonderful visual dimension to the multipurpose room and added a lovely, personal touch.

The first artist to be featured is Lorna Mullen-Gaudet. Lorna is interior designer and visual artist living and working in P.E.I. She draws her inspiration from the natural beauty all around this gorgeous province, especially the north shore. Lorna summers in Savage Harbour where she spends many happy hours painting seascapes and beach scenes.

Lorna has a wonderful design blog you can find by clicking here, and you can follow her on Twitter @AAHDesignsPE.

Stay tuned for details on the lovely and talented Rebecca Ford.


For so many people, when faced with renovations, remodeling, or redesigning a space, they have no idea where to start.  And unfortunately, this feeling of not knowing leaves them paralyzed to the point that they give up in frustration and continue to live in (and accept) a space that deep down, they really don’t like.  So, what’s the cure for this design paralysis? It’s inspiration I say.

Inspiration (or a ‘jumping off point’) can be found in a multitude of places.  It can be found in a fabric swatch, in a favourite painting, in a photograph from a recent vacation, in a paint chip, or a piece of wallpaper, or just by looking out the window.  Inspiration can also be found on the internet.

In today’s day and age, there is a multitude of design websites and blogs out there to give you endless fodder.  Here’s a listing of some of my favourite places to go for design inspiration. We’d love for you to add your favourites to the list also.


The Marion House Book

The Marion House Book is one of the first design blogs that I really started to follow.  It was started in 2010 by a very talented designer in Toronto named Emma Reddington and has recently been named one of the 100 Best design blogs.  We were lucky enough to have the stairway from our previous home featured in her ‘Cast Your Vote’ series, and you can see the submission here.


Houzz is a leading destination site for home design enthusiasts– professionals and homeowners. The Houzz site feature over 250,000 interior and exterior photos, thousands of articles written by design experts, product recommendations and social tools to manage the remodeling and decorating process. I particularly like the fact that you can search photos by style, and by space.

Design Sponge

Design*Sponge is one of my ‘go to’ places for design inspiration. This site gives readers sneak peeks into beautiful homes and shows inspiring before-and-after shots of home improvement projects.


With a focus on interior design and architecture, Freshome is the ultimate website for the design enthusiast. This blog shows off amazing design ideas in a wide range of spaces – from Scandinavian flats to New York penthouses. Fresh Home has categories that include places within a house like the bedroom, kitchen and living room, so it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy is one of the most popular and influential design blogs out there.  It speaks to a wide, enthusiastic audience because of its inherent belief that “simplicity and luxury are not mutually exclusive.” You can come here to find interior design inspiration from real homes in major metropolitan cities and everywhere in between.

Desire to Inspire

Desire to Inspire has been called by Martha Stewart’s editors one of the Web’s leading lifestyle blogs. Visit Desire to Inspire to peek inside modern homes, get to know interior designers and decorators or to find a home decorating style that suits you the most.


To be honest with you, I only recently discovered Cococozy, and I’m loving it more and more every time I visit.  Come to Cococozy to see a mix of great styles, from modern to traditional; but mostly, visit Cococozy if you’re a fan of that fresh and clean feeling.

Our Heritage

People often fear heritage properties thinking they are money pits, will not increase in value or are overly difficult to take care of. Although there can be unique challenges associated within owning a heritage property, they aren’t insurmountable and people shouldn’t necessarily run screaming from them. This article featured in today’s Toronto Star offers an excellent analysis and a balanced view of owning a heritage home. Enjoy!


When designing a room, or a larger space like a house, consistency and flow are key. People often speak of consistency in paint colours and how a colour MUST flow from one room to the next. We aren’t subscribers to this school of thought as we believe this isn’t a must and that consistency and flow can be achieved in other ways. For example, flooring.

When we purchased our house the downstairs was a bit of a hodgepodge of flooring and although there was some consistency in what was used, there was no flow. One of the first projects we knew we would complete in this house was to add the necessary flow to the downstairs and that could only be achieved by continuing the hardwood floor down the hall; originally it stopped at a door half way down. As you can see from the before photos the tile floor started halfway down the hall and as a result created a visual break in the flow. It made the hall, and the downstairs, seem smaller and choppier than it actually is.

The other issue with the flow was the door in the hallway. We removed it entirely as we had no use for it and repaired the casing. The door also interrupted the flow. We had the installer remove the tile carefully so we could reuse them in the kitchen. The island that was once fixed to the chimney was removed and if you squint, you can see a yellow patch at the top of the first photo. That is the floor underneath the tile, where the island once was. So we reused the tile by being careful and worked with what we already had.

When laying the new hardwood floor we had to decide if we wanted it to go vertical or, to keep with the existing pattern, horizontal. The installer had rules for the way in which hardwood should go when being installed but we decided against the rule and for consistency, to lay it horizontal.  Had we been installing the hardwood entirely from scratch, that would have been a different story, but we weren’t and instead we worked with what we had and in the end, it looks great.