For 22 years I have been developing my skills in creating and renovating gardens, interiors and construction projects from small and straightforward to large and complicated.  I have designed, sourced, researched, managed and physically worked on almost everything, from furniture and accessories to driveways and drainage.

I consider my approach to building, decorating and designing to be thrifty, practical, creative and, well, fairly inspired!  Since my whole education in this field was conducted on my personal budget and “hands-on”, I bring an acute consciousness of cost to every beautiful vision, and I am aware of the large differences in both cost and quality of work and materials.

My original house

I am not certified in interior design, garden design or architecture, but have acquired design skills through avid research and a passion for transforminghouses and gardens.  Lucky enough to have grown up in the awe-inspiring natural setting of the Canadian West Coast, as gardened, designed and decorated by my mother’s modern sensibility, I acquired an Honours certification in fashion merchandising at a local college.  Little did I know the extent

My house, revised

to which that short but intense programme would cause me to dissect every garden, house and interior that I encountered thereafter into a series of design principles!   By now, I am scarcely able to see any house or garden without going straight to its potential revisions in my mind:  I can’t help it!

In later years, although I practiced as a lawyer for some time and remain a member of the Ontario Bar, I began to renovate, decorate and garden with a passion that soon eclipsed many of my other pursuits.  I have renovated seven of my own houses and homes, from design, inside and out, to decor and garden leaving no stone unturned, have had strangers and friends seek my assistance based on my own projects.  I have been featured in, and on the cover of a home renovation magazine, have consulted on friends’ construction projects, and have designed several successful, low-maintenance gardens for others.

For the past five years, my friends and family have urged me to “hang out my shingle”, and I am responding with this website.  Please view the garden and home photos on this site, and “Contact Us” if I may be able to bring ideas to your home or garden.

56 Responses to About

  1. The transformation on your home is beautiful! It is amazing how much you can do with flowers and plants 🙂

  2. Grace says:

    We are in the process of building a new home. Your site can definitely provide inspiration for landscaping.

  3. You are correct that we have a lot in common! I LOVE your blog!!

  4. a strawberry patch says:

    Wow! Your home’s transformation is incredible! I am trying something along the same lines with my home, hope it turns out that well!

  5. Inspired and pretty says:

    What an interesting blog you have ! I’m glad you commented on my last post because I could discover your blog ! Have a lovely week-end !

  6. lvbaby says:

    Your house is beautiful & I look forward to reading more of your blog!

  7. Mnemosyne says:

    Hello just wanted to thank you for subscribing to my blog, postcardsanonymous.wordpress.com. Have a great day!

  8. I love learning how to make my home and garden more beautiful. Really enjoying your blog.

    • Thank you so much! I’m trying to get back to posting about indoor projects, decor and the like for the cooler months but I cannot extricate myself from the much-loved garden yet.
      Your blog is lovely also.

  9. thenightsyde says:

    Wow your house looks honestly amazing! I would love if my house could be transformed like that! 😀

  10. Thanks for stopping by my new(ish) blog! Look forward to following yours too.

  11. Thanks for stopping by at my blog. I am so excited by yours. I have similar interests have dabbled in interior decor and gardening at my own cost :). Look forward to reading your posts.

  12. Boomdeeadda says:

    All I can think of is WOW and OMG Gorgeous. But they’re so overused and doesn’t seem to give justice to your project. Congratulations, you’ve made a beautiful home.

    • How did I miss this lovely comment until now? Thank you so much. I definitely have the creative bug like a disease. Can’t seem to quit. That’s really why I started designing a few things for other people; I have to direct my ideas elsewhere as I have done about all that’s reasonable and more to my own place.

  13. Sylvie says:


    I`ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
    The details are on my website: http://sylviesfashionsecrets.com/2012/11/24/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
    Please check it out – and smile all day! 🙂

    Good Luck and All the Best,


    • Wow, I am so flattered and thrilled! Thank you so much for this wonderful surprise, which has resulted in a very active website over the weekend. I am presently beginning a post which will thank you for this and link back to your site, of course.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

  14. Hello,
    Thank you for liking my post “Christmas Craziness” and others. Seems you have many projects going on yourself! 😀

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  16. LyannV says:

    Thank you for being such an inspiration to me…I have nominated you for two awards: Blog of the Year 2012 and Very Inspiring Blogger. You can check out your link here http://mylatterhalf.wordpress.com/?p=1280&preview=true and I would be honored if you would accept the awards 🙂

  17. Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I hope you are enjoying the posts. I’m having a good click around here!

  18. Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award! I love your blog and I think that the photos you post are wonderful. To check out the details, click http://northleadstohome.com/2013/03/03/inspiring-blog-award/ x

  19. Lauren says:

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award! I love your blog and find it to be very inspirational! Check out more here…http://myskyisthelimit.wordpress.com/

    • Thank you so much! I am honoured by your nomination. I have drastically fallen behind in my blogging and I hope that I get a chance to pass on this award, since there are a number of wonderful blogs I’d like to give it to.

  20. Hi! I really enjoy your blog. I’ve added you to my blogroll.

  21. G'ma Becca says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog! Looks as though I have some fun ahead of me as I look at yours!

  22. Wow, I can definitely use this blog as inspiration for any upcoming home projects I have! You have done some beautiful things! Look forward to checking back here 🙂

  23. boozilla says:

    thank you so much for your visit! this is a wonderful and IMPRESSIVELY MIND BOGGLING blog- we do some of the same things on, er, a much more minute scale! i will be reading you- gardening hints are always needed. like christopher lloyd’s comment on how often one thinks of witty ripostes while weeding….

  24. Wow is right! That house transformation is amazing!

  25. Thank you for liking my post. It took me 3 hours to travel what normally takes 30 mins. I read about you and I believe we have some similar interests. I’ll be “liking” you. All the Best, A.

  26. Thanks for visiting Turquoise Compass! It’s never too late to dream a new dream.

  27. Thank you for liking one of my posts. I am always please when I have touched someone with my writing.

  28. Thank you for liking one of my posts. I find your site rather interesting, I must come back for visits.

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