Monday, March 28, 2011

Meredith Heron!

We were graced with Meredith Heron's presences when she visited my students at Humber College North Campus last week! Well what can I say about the principle designer at Meredith Heron Design, the HGTV's Restaurant Makeover extraodinaire, spokes person for design and a mother of a newborn, well what can't I say!! This spit fire of a women is ready to talk and spill the nitty-gitty of the industry and she will make sure the truth is told! The well known red headed out spoken designer, made sure she didn't sugar coat any aspect of the business when talking to my students about the business end of the design world. She definitely opened their eyes to the not so glamorous part of any career, the business back end. She spoke to them about getting jobs and be respectful to those that you are working with and beware of those clients that are just out to get free stuff. The business part of the industry is just as important as the creative side, and you must have a good balance of both. It was very enjoyable and engaging and of course a true pleasure!

Thank you Meredith for sharing your lunch hour with us! Also I loved your comment that "we made for the perfect hair candy cane" !!

Until next time,

w&c designer girl!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Arren Williams!

Arren Williams is a true artistic gentleman! I had the pleasure of meeting Arren from Design Lab last week when he spoke to my students at Humber College North about the design industry! He is a lovely witty english chap! He's opening line was about how our industry is so not glamorous, like so many believe it to be! It was interesting to hear that he grew up in a very artistic hippy like atmosphere, which has really shaped his creative side within this world today. He spoke to us about how he got started and where he is today! How he went to school for fashion and couldn't find a job after so ended up doing prop styling on Commericals. His blatant honesty on styling and how to make a name for yourself was very enlightening. His accent was just too cute as well! I was a fan before but now I can definitely say I am an even bigger fan of his work after meeting him. He stands for being different and confident with who you are. Something that we all should be taking a look at!

Thank you again Arren for your fabulous speech!
until next time,
w&c designer girl!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Bedside tables!

Watch this episode online now As Seen on Steven and Chris!
Jo Alcorn shows us that changing the look of your bedroom can be as simple as changing your bedside tables!
We just love to see a gorgeous headboard and luxurious bedding! The neutral colour and classic feel of this set up suits so many different styles. For instance, if your taste is TRADITIONAL...These white side tables are ideal. They have tons of storage and the pull out shelf for extra counter space always comes in handy!There are few things more luxurious than being served breakfast in bed! A side table with a removable tray is the ultimate in double-duty furnishing. A steel and glass table such as this one is perfect for a modern space. Adjust the height and you can swing it over to use as a tray in bed!
Where To Get It
Field piece shot on location at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto,
Canada Headboard, all bedding: West Elm
White bedside tables: Pier One
Adjustable tables: Casa Life
Tray tables: Structube
Table lamps: all HomeSense
Until next time,
w&c designer girl!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Living Room Secret Storage

As seen Steven and Chris!

Regardless of the size of your home, many of us find storage to be an issue. Designer Jo Alcorn showed us some amazing "secret" storage pieces that would look great in any home!This bright, stylish living room not only looks great, it's got a wonderful little secret...heaps and heaps of storage! Our entire team fell in love with this sofa from Ikea. It's a pull-out bed and contains a TON of storage.These adorable pillows contain cozy little blankets. Perfect for cuddling up on the sofa.We love this coffee table from Structube... hidden media storage at your fingertips!This brilliant little side table can house anything, from brightly coloured blocks for kids to TV remotes - fill it up with ice for a party and use the top as a nifty little tray!These adorable Candy Pouffs from Calligaris are both stylish and functional and come in a variety of fun colour combinations!We just LOVE these Transit Mailboxes by designer Steven Hugo-Seinader for Centrifuge! In a grouping of three they provide both artistic appeal and 'hidden' storage in any stylish space.A sofa table or desk console is ideal such as this one provides drawer storage and room for baskets and boxes underneath.

Where To Get It
Sectional - Manstad, IKEA
Coffee Table - Modus, Structube
Side Table - Hatten, IKEA
Stools - Candy Storage Pouff, Calligaris
Table Lamp - Tube Top Table Lamp, Design Within Reach
Mailboxes - Transit Mailboxes, Centrifuge Design, Stephen Hugo Seinader
Pillows - Undercover Bear, Agent Oscar, NapSac Travel Blanket+Pillow Set, Lug
Until next time,
w&c designer girl!


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