The Naked Crepe Re-Design – Phase One

Five years ago, Nicole and Tom, came up with an awesome concept – to prepare and serve healthy, affordable, delicious crepes.  Their bistro, called The Naked Crepe, was such a success from the moment they opened their doors, they’ve barely had time to catch their breath. With their start-up budget quickly eaten up by necessities like equipment and electrical wiring, most of the restaurant was built hands-on, by Nicole, Tom and friends and family.  After five years of being filled to capacity most days, the restaurant was looking rather worn. Since the day The Naked Crepe opened, I’ve been imagining how I would decorate …

I haven't fallen off the face of the earth

Just been flat out busy – a house renovation and interior design, a restaurant re-design, two residential lighting designs, landscaping our own home and making sure I squeeze in time for family and friends….whew! What an amazing summer! But, I simply had to take a moment to share this elegant chandelier …

An Ad in The Grapevine

It’s been many years since I’ve paid for advertising in print form.  Back in my dog training days in Toronto, I used to advertise in doggie print media.  But once the internet came along, I didn’t see much need for it. Now I do.  I’m not sure if it’s just …

Lights, Scissors, Shampoo!

In a hair salon, perfect lighting is CRITICAL.  From the stylist’s perspective, every angle of their client’s head and face must be evenly lit with a quality of light that renders the client’s hair colour exactly as it will be seen in out in the real world.  From the client’s …

Well Done! Contemporary Lighting

If you were to ask me to summarize what makes me so passionate about lighting design, I would have to say, “It’s the satisfaction of creating beauty, harmony and functionality that positively affects the lives of my clients each and every day.” Here is a selection of images that recent …

Mod House Design – Canning NS.47

A snow day here in the Valley and an opportunity to briefly document the past six weeks that have taken us from moving in, to finishing touches, to holiday entertaining, to fixing glitches, and onward to settling in with big satisfied grins. As it turned out, we had five days …

Prefab Comeback

Prefab housing suffers from bad stigma but building homes from pre-made parts can save time and costs. Source: Prefab Comeback

Mod House Design – Canning NS.Open House Tour

​ We are excited to announce that our Mod House Design – Canning NS project has reached the move-in stage! And just before we do that, we would like to offer an opportunity to everyone who has played a part in the process and/or expressed enthusiasm, to come for a …

Mod House Design – Canning NS.46

We’ve seen big action this week.  Most of what we squeaked about has been attended to or is making good progress.  We’ll be doing a walk through with Matthew, our Project Manager on Monday and we’re waiting on Nova Scotia Power’s final OK and then our Occupancy Permit to follow …

Mod House Design – Canning NS.45

Squeak!  Squeak!  They say the squeaky mouse gets the cheese, so we squeaked (squawked really).  We finally have water and power.  Waiting for a final inspection from NS Power and then our Occupancy Permit.  Hoping to be in before family arrives on the 13th.  If not, we’ll have little elves to help with the unpacking. 🙂 Work is progressing inside and out.  We’ve both agreed that we don’t want to see the house now until it’s complete.  These are images from Matthew, our project manager. Electrician, Matt has installed the exterior lights on the road side of our house. This …