(Not so new) redesign

Not so new because like most working artists I’m terrible at making the time to update examples of my work, so this redesign was done last fall (my bad). I’m also terrible at blogging at regular intervals (my badder). Something I’m not terrible at? Design awesome, functional, filled with (your) personality rooms. Here’s an example of that (which also happens to check off the for mentioned to-dos that keep me up at night).

I hear it a lot , “We moved in, did what needed to be taken care of, had a couple of kids….. years later we realized we never got around to decorating. This place is not us.” Karen and Jeremy wanted their place to reflect them. Right? Who doesn’t, but most of us rarely get to it. They have lived in there home for the better part of a decade with their two young daughters and cat Gatsby. They wanted to get to inspire and transform the main floor to start, so we tackled the three main areas of this typical East York semi- entry, living room and dinning room.

Pinterest Top Ten Home Trends for 2017

I think we can all admit 2016 really bit the big one over all. (#fuck2016). So lets look forward to 2017!! Starting with our homes we can build the foundation, our safe place, to show 2017 what we are made of, and that we are not going to take 2016 lay down.

Here are my favorite Pins and picks to go with each 2017 forecasted trend…..

What’s up with hygge anyway?!

Hard to explain and even harder to pronounce, the Danish word ‘hygge’ (pronounced “hoo-ga”, or hue-gah), this Danish expression has no direct English translation, but roughly means a sense of coziness and warmth—Candlelight is hygge (Danes burn more candles per head than anywhere in Europe, according to the European Candle Association). Bakeries are hygge. Dinner with friends is hygge. In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people, and is’s the biggest interiors trend of the new season.

Map of East Danforth Avenue in Toronto

East End love

I’m an East Yorker. I love it over here so much I’ve bought two houses here. My starter on Strathmore Blvd (you really do get used to the subway) and my now forever-until-we-cash-in-and move-to-the country-to-start-our-own-artisanial-gin-company home. You’re probably going to see a lot of east end love shouting out in this blog ’cause that’s how this hood is on the gentrification jugger knot. People who live here love it and we tell everyone we meet.

shoes in entryway by Cade Martin, Dawn Arlotta, USCDCP

Your entrance is always a good place to start

If you are like most people, the thought of updating your space can be daunting. It can be a lot of work too. Sorting, organizing, the just plain doing. So baby steps baby. When you choose your entrance to start with, you will find everything gets better. That “landing strip” you may have heard about sets you up to come home smoothly even if you’ve got take out in one hand, kids’ back packs in the other, and are being be-raided with a million questions all at the same time. In the chaos you will know where to set the mail, put your keys. The kids will be clear where the coats and shoes go (“The rocks stay outside please Poppy” for the hundredth time.) On the way out in the morning – cell phone, keys, umbrella – “Everybody out. Let’s roll.”

Uniquely beautiful + perfectly practical