Thursday, May 6, 2010

It's Back.....and it's going to get to you!


Thats right..... wallpaper is back and in a big and better way than ever before. No more those dated designs of years past, today wallpaper has been re-invented and it is gorgeous. There are so many manufacturers out there it would make your head spin. Talk about making a statement - this is the way to go.  Go ahead and drool over a few I have selected.  If you are interested in any of these, just contact me at


Monday, May 3, 2010

Paint the Town!

Well now that spring has arrived with a woosh of warm air we all want to freshen up our homes, both inside and out.  What better way than with paint.  There are so many paint options these days with all of the large companies offering   NO VOC or Low VOC paint choices. 

I have attended a few seminars recently and if you are in the mood to paint just drop into your local paint store and get started. 

Here in Oakville I was at an event at the Painters Place which was actually focusing on "Home Staging', however paint was one of the vital aspects to preparing a home for sale.  Real Estate agent Jackie Peifer and Certified Staging professional, Diane Black offered many great tips to homeowners & decorators.  Of course we enjoyed a lovely assortment of treats and door prizes.  Stop by to see the wide selection of paint, papers & some decor items available.

I also attended an event at Speers Paint hosted by Sandra & Guido Di Nicolantonio and their wonderful staff where they welcomed decorators/designers/stagers to view their new expanded line of paint products.  Speers also carries an assortment of window coverings and wallpaper and some decor items.   Great hors d'oeuvres and deserts again and lots of door prizes.  Another great place to drop by to view their great selection

I really must stop eating at these events......... and remember the real reason is that I am going to Learn!

Roll up the Shades....Here comes Hunter Douglas

Well I seem to be going to and writing about many Design Events these days.  It is one of the nicest parts of my job.  You get to see all your colleagues which is important for those of us who work alone in our own business.   You really need that time to network and see what's happening out there and just talk!
There is usually some great refreshments offered at these events which may be just why my clothes are a little snug this spring!  I have no willpower when faced with great hors d'oeuvres and sweets.  Oh well I will just have to do more exercise.   

It has been joked that we just love to go to these events to eat, drink and have fun.  Well we do that, but it really is educational - what better way to keep up with with trends and find out what is "new" out there so we can pass on this information to our clients.

Last week I attended a wonderful event hosted by Hunter Douglas and co-ordinated by The Decorating Centre at the Casablanca Inn in Grimsby.  We were treated to dinner and as well as great desserts.  The presentation put on by Hunter Douglas was very informative and well done.  I believe we all walked away from this event with much more knowledge on window coverings and all the new enhancements made to the Hunter Douglas product lines.

Danny Tulino and Rui Bernardino from Hunter Douglas

Doug & Lin Munro from The Decorating Centre in Burlington, who along with their daughter, Tara offer decorators/designers a vast inventory of everything required to create beautiful spaces.  This wonderful
"One Stop" Design Industry Resource Centre is a must for anyone involved in Interior Decorating & Design! (more to come on TDCThe Decorating Centre

Here are photos I took of some of their many window treatments.  To view the many options available, including many with motorized features, visit Hunter Douglas at their site

Luminette Privacy Sheers & Modern Draperies
Beautiful Shades
Woven Wood Shades
Silhouette Shades