Monday, June 23, 2014

Small Space Patio Decor on the Global Noon Show!

If you missed Jo's segment on Small Space Patio Décor on the Global Noon show no worries watch online:
 
Special Thanks to Home Depot for the products.  Have fun dressing you outdoor space this summer!
 
Until next time,
w&c designer girl!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Stylish Patio Makeover on a Budget!

During the warm summer months, we tend to spend a lot more time outside, so it’s time to design or re-design your area to create a cosy ambiance that will encourage you to spend more time in the great outdoors. So for those of you who are seeking inspiration to spruce up your small patio or balcony space, I have some fabulous design tips to help you get started. 
 BEFORE

 
First, how do you want to use your space, lounging with friends or dinner around a table with family? I opted for a living style hangout area, where I could sun on the sofa when time for relaxing was in need. Always keep in mind sizing, especially in a small space. I choose to go with small profile arms and lower backs so that I didn’t close in the space or make it seem cramped.
 

 When dealing with a balcony in the city, privacy is always an issue. I found this great white lattice at The Home Depot that I turned sideways and attached to the balcony railing and added greenery in front for an intimate and functional privacy screen.  The other thing I did was, add an umbrella, not to block the sun, but to block the view of the neighbours above me. Taking away that fish bowl feel and creating a relaxing room.

 Adding planters of different heights to any balcony helps to keep the space interesting and cozy, choose low maintenance plants so that you aren’t fussing with them all summer and the space always looks great.

 Bring the inside outside, by adding mirrors or decorative pieces, like The Home Depot’s outdoor shag rug, or their solar lanterns for ambiance at night. For that extra touch I added a fire ball for the coffee table, for a little bit of extra heat and mood lighting for night time entertaining. Plus it doesn’t take up much space and no need for firewood.  

In small spaces try to stay away from adding to many different colours with plants and décor, keep it simple so that it is easy on the eyes giving the illusion of a larger area.

For that extra touch, I added a water fountain to drown out the road traffic a bit and give the illusion of being near a lake, it is also a nice visual and conversational piece.  


I hope that these tips help to spark your creative juices. Remember your patio becomes an extension of your home make it flow from the inside out with a stylish design that everyone can enjoy! Happy Patio Season!
 
Until next time,
w&c designer girl!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Critical Listing - Mark and Michelle Episode

If you missed Critical Listing's Mark and Michelle Episode . . . watch it online http://www.hgtv.ca/criticallisting/video/season+1/michelle+and+marks+critical+listing/video.html?v=2447234502&p=1&s=dd#criticallisting/video

 
 
 
 
 Ewww Before!
 
 
Jo's wardrobes is from Jacob!
 
Until next time,
w&c designer girl!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Critical Listing - Kim and David Episode

Tune in every Monday night at 9pm on HGTV for a new episode of Critical Listing!

If you missed the Kim and David Episode don't worry you can watch it online:

Kim and David purchased their dream home in the subburbs, but now they're faced with renovations to offload their current home downtown:
http://www.hgtv.ca/criticallisting/video/season+1/kim+and+davids+critical+listing/video.html?v=2445858814&p=1&s=dd#criticallisting/video
 After
 Ewww Before

 After  Ewww Before



Until next time,
w&c designer girl!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Critical Listing - Chris and Lia Episode

Tune in every Monday night a 9pm on HGTV for a new episode of Critical Listing

Did you miss the Chris and Lia episode  . . . no worries watch online.

"New parents Lia and Chris have scored on a family home in the suburbs – it’s even got tennis courts and a Jacuzzi!  But their dream will go sour if they can’t sell their city home and end up stuck with two mortgages. Lisa, Carson and Jo have a $20,000 materials budget to redo the basement and fix a major plumbing issue plus reconfigure a sliver of a driveway to accommodate cars and baby carriages for their young family buyers."

http://www.hgtv.ca/criticallisting/video/season+1/lia+and+chris+critical+listing/video.html?v=2444259768&p=1&s=dd#criticallisting/video

Lia and Chris’ Critical Listing
Before . . .
After . . .
 
Jo's Outfits for this segment,
 
 
 Stripe Sweater, Cord Pants, Printed Sweater, Skinny Jeans, Blue Sweater and Jeans all from Jacob!








Monday, March 31, 2014

Trisha and Andre’s Episode on Critical Listing

Make sure to tune in every Monday night for a new episode of Critical Listing at 9pm on HGTV!

Did you miss the Trisha and Andre episode, no worries watch it on online:

"Trisha and Andre finally got it right – a family home in a family neighbourhood. But they’ve got to offload their university area house and are unsure of their market. "
http://www.hgtv.ca/criticallisting/video/season+1/trisha+and+andres+critical+listing/video.html?v=2442376516&p=1&s=dd#criticallisting/video

Photo Time:






for more photos of the entire space visit htt p://www.hgtv.ca/criticallisting/gallery/?gid=40fc59528e1b0e6b100200f17b10daaf#!/8

before . . .









Jo's Outfits for the segment:


 
Grey Blazer, Dark Blue Sweater, Red Pants, Printed Sweater and Jeans all from Jacob.
 
Until next time,
w&c designer girl!







Monday, March 24, 2014

Critical Listing - Episode Tracey and Steve

Make sure to tune in every Monday night to catch a NEW episode of Critical Listing on HGTV 9pm ET! And get caught up on re-runs throughout the week!
http://www.hgtv.ca/criticallisting/

Tracey and Steve's Reno: Full shopping guide online.
 AFTER


 AFTER

























More photos on http://www.hgtv.ca/criticallisting/photos/#!/0

Jo's outfits for that segment:
Green Dress, Grey Blazer, Green Jacket, Tan Sweater/Strip Shirt, Dress all from Jacob
 
Until next time,
 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Critical Listing Premieres Monday March 17 at 9pm ET|PT

http://www.hgtv.ca/criticallisting/

You’ve just bought your dream home and guess what? Your current home is worth way less than you think! You must now dig deeper into your pockets to prepare it to sell for what you thought it was worth. You need help making the right decisions, and fast!

Critical Listing comes to the rescue with hand-picked projects and ideas that help you sell your home for top dollar. Watch the Critical Listing team turn a homeowner’s small investment into upwards of $100,000 added value. Budget isn’t the only challenge; these homes must also sell as soon as possible. Can we do it? 

Property expert Lisa Colalillo, interior and exterior pros Jo Alcorn and Carson Arthur know they can! They choose projects that will make the most impact on buyers once the “for sale” sign goes up.  However, as with any home renovation large or small they often find more to fix than meets the eye. And this means coming up with last minute solutions at a time when money’s running out!

In spite of the challenges Critical Listing’s not all about work. Jo and Carson share a friendly rivalry as they grapple with their piece of the homeowners’ small budget. Lisa keeps them on track, but is also quick to join in on the fun with her infectious laughter. That is until she reassesses the home and we learn it can be sold for the price the owners need to seal the deal on their new home!

Friday, February 21, 2014

After being stuck in our houses this long long winter, we start to get antsy as spring slowly approaches. This is usually the time people start thinking of renovation projects within their homes as a way to cope with their winter blues! I know I am itching to do my bathroom!  So on my journey of research I discovered Cutler Kitchen and Bath and I have fallen in love! I couldn’t resist sharing a little inside info I received from them on a recent interview.

 When it comes to redoing a bathroom what would you say are the first steps people should do before starting a bathroom project? Design an efficient layout that will maximize the space.

 

What should people think about when purchasing a bathroom vanity? Design and quality - Ask yourself how long will it last as opposed to how much is it? Does it suite you and your style.

 

What storage solutions would you suggest to people who have a lack of space but need to hide all their family items? Wall hung linen towers that can be place on any bathroom wall can  help maximize floor space and allow for other forms of freestanding storage.  

 

What are the latest trends that you are seeing in bathrooms? Natural colors, light tones like soft blues, whites and tan. Freestanding bath tubs and wall hung vanities.

 

Purchasing from large box stores usual comes with a stigma regarding quality, what do you think? Cutler aims to change that stigma. It is our belief that consumers have sacrificed style over quality because stylish well made vanities came at a premium through the boutique retailers. Cutler supplies modern designed quality vanities to the big box at affordable prices.

 You can purchase these great Canadian made, European style product from retailers like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Home Hardware. For more information please visit http://www.cutlerkitchenandbath.com/


Until next time,
w&c design girl!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Interior Design Show Highlights if you Missed It!

Toronto's IDS show has come and gone, however if you missed it here are some highlights of what was there: unfortunately I can say there was anything crazy/ must see but overall it was a good show!





 


 
Had to stop by my friend!  Para Paint JoJo Whitewash PF17 another year and another hit!!

 
Until next time,
w&c design girl!

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