So you know how I got married 6 months ago? I FINALLY got my act together and have changed my website, and blog to reflect my new marital status.
So please join me on my new blog,
Thanks for all the support and see you on the other side!
Love Lisa C
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Yesterday I had a great interview over breakfast (a sandwhich recipe consisting of brie, chocolate chips and basil- yum!)with HGTV's Vanessa Grant. She's doing a profile on me and my space for HGTV's on-line blog, Style Sheet. So much fun.
Click below for a feature they did on my DIY headboard:
Happy decorating, Lisa
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
As promised, here are more photos of a set I just completed for Slice network- it's going to be a HUGE show for Fall 08 (and you're seeing the set here first!)
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
More to come, stay tuned.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Painted frames above desk
Make a fun graphic statement with inexpensive frames and a can of paint.
Step 1: Procure several frames. Mine were all from a neighbour who was having a garage sale and was going to throw them out (aka free!) Look for different shapes, interesting textures- they by no means have to to all be rectangular.
Step 2: Prime and paint. If I learned anything from this show, it is the value of primer. You might think no one sees it and it's an unnecessary cost, but trust me, it will make all your painting look better in the long run. We picked a complimentary colour to the red- a pale green. It was so nice to have some fun with colour in the basement.
Step 4: Arrange on wall. You can make your composition symmetrical or slightly more random as I have here. I used masking tape on the wall to plan it out and change my mind before adding the nails.
Step 5: Ta da! A fun and inexpensive way to fill a lonely void on a wall!
Vintage T-shirt Pillows
Pay tribute to your favourite bands with a comfy space to curl up.
Step 1: Shop for t-shirts (my favourite part!). I visited Black Market in Toronto. Because the basement is so saturated in colour already, I stuck with pillows with a lot of black and white.
Step 2: Cut the fabric for the pillow. Lay the t-shirt on a flat surface. Try to centre the graphic or image you want on your pillow. Using your pillow as a guide (filler pillows can be purchased inexpensively at Designer Fabrics or other fabric stores, or use one you already own) measure an extra inch for seam allowance. Cut through both pieces of fabric.
Step 3: Turn the t-shirt pieces over so the good sides are facing in. Sew along three edges of the square, insert pillow, and finish the rest by hand. If you are really fancy, you can add a Velcro or button or zipper closure.
Chimney flew side tables
An unusual use for a piece of building material becomes a funky end table configuration.
These low to the ground, stackable end tables were made by priming and painting chimney flews. These terra cotta rectangles are traditionally used to create the base of a chimney. I saw these used in a prayer service called Taize, and I thought they looked so nice with candles lit within.
Chimney flews can be purchased at select building supply centres and range from $7 - $15. It was great fun showing up to a building supply yard in my high heels! Should have got a picture of that : )
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
I just completed a web consultation with my first customer in Montreal! I sent her a big package with sketches and suggestions. It was fun as it allowed me to practice my graphic design abilities that I worked so hard on through four years of school.
One challenge she faced was her hallway and how to hang picture frames. She already owns a great collection of art pieces, and working within a budget, did not want to go out and buy all new pieces. But she was bored with her current configuration.
I suggested to hang the art in a random cluster, not being afraid to mix rectangles, squares, even ovals and circles in a pleasing combination. Aim for the centre of the composition to sit at around eye level (I always just use my eye as a guide, no need to bring out the measuring tape) and play with your existing frames until you are happy. Using masking tape on the wall in the shape of your frames as a test before you go poking holes (especially in wallpaper!) may be helpful.
Monday, January 28, 2008
I've just finished consulting with one of my first clients Jeff & Mira (check out the digital sketch I gave them as suggestions for starting off). Jeff & Mira just purchased their first home near Liberty Village. They have a lot of hopes and dreams for their first home together, but needed some help for their small (but beautiful!) master bedroom.
Here are some tips when working with a small bedroom:
- Be smart with storage. Mira and Jeff purchased a bed from SPACE, that has storage up the wazoo! Utilizing drawers under the bed allows you to keep the bedroom peaceful and clutter free- because we all know that at the end of a long day the last thing we want to look at is yesterday's laundry on the floor! If you have a spot for everything, clutter won't accumulate.
- Use colour carefully. Jeff and Mira love intense colour (their living room is a lovely bright red!) but intense may not exactly be the mood for snuggling and sleep. Instead, take the colour you love and go a few shades lighter on the same paint chip so the colour is less saturated. Also, I am a big believer in testing a colour on the wall to see if you love it as much in the day as you do at bedtime.
- Think about scale. Sometimes less really is more (although I usually end up with the mentality of more is more, especially when it comes to shoes and purses) but edit well in a small space so pieces become focal points.
What do you think? Love to know your small spaces solutions!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
I'm a Canning now- which means I'm Irish. Which also means that we had an Irish Caller at our wedding. Click above for a sample. I'm the girl dressed in white.
My friends were kind to post other videos from the ceremony:
Have a great day, Lisa