Monday, January 28, 2008

Jeff & Mira's bedroom

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 couldn't resist

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


Sunday, January 6, 2008

Lisa Canning Creative Consulting

Since HGTV's show Marriage Under Construction began airing on Monday nights, I've been very flattered and slightly overwhelmed by the e-mails and phone calls from viewers interested in my ideas for adding personality and fresh design to their home.

So in the coming weeks I'll be meeting with new clients, blogging about the process, launching my new website and discovering what it's like to be miss entrepreneur (or mrs. entrepreneur!). In the meantime, feel free to check out

Thank you so much for your e-mails and compliments. And for watching the marathon that aired while I was on honeymoon! It's kinda weird that I've now officially been part of a marathon- and to those who continue to watch, thank you!


Lisa and Josh Tied the Knot!

Happy New Year! I begin 2008 with many new additions: a new apartment and a new last name!

I am happy to announce that on December 8th, 2007 Josh and I were married at the Newman Centre Catholic Chapel. We dined in style at The Capitol Event Theatre and danced to the sounds of the Dick Felix jazz trio and live band Soular. We began our adventure as a married couple in sunny Costa Rica among monkeys, toucans and cups of the best coffee I have ever tasted.

So I begin 2008 as Lisa Canning.
My first mission: decorating 850 square feet of our 1930's midtown apartment. Sharing photos with you will be a veritable joy- can't wait until you see them!

Second mission: learn how to cook edible food...


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