Interior/Exterior Design and Lighting Design :  Colourful Home in Pereau

New home construction - interior and exterior finishes, hardware, lighting, plumbing fixtures, furnishings, layout, cabinetry, mill-work, and colour for a young family in Pereau, Nova Scotia.   Please see below for this client's review of my design contributions to this relaxed modern farmhouse.

Home in Pereau - Deborah took our project on with great enthusiasm and was truly up for the challenge . We engaged Deborah with preliminary plans in hand with the hope that she would challenge us from the "status quo". Deborah was able to make suggestions regarding interior room placement and sizes, siding selections, window placements and sizes etc. From there she moved onto the finer interior details, trim selections, flooring and wall tiles, paint colors, fixture selections, lighting, furniture etc. The list of items and number of tasks seemed endless at times, but Deborah was up to the challenge and presented us with options within the appropriate timelines for each stage of our project, and most definitely challenged our status quo to enable us to design a home that is everything we could have dreamt of and then some! - Allan Melvin and Heather Galbraith

It was easy to be enthusiastic about your home build, Heather and Allan! You both had great ideas and were open to being challenged to take a few chances. You engaged me to help you design a harmonious and practical home that would accommodate your growing and changing needs over the years. You also wanted my help to nudge you outside of your comfort zone to create a cheery home with an injection of fun, and together, we succeeded. Yours is a happy home - perfect for you and your growing family! Your kind and thoughtful review means a great deal to me. Thank you!

Lighting Design :
French Shore - Lighting With Panache

With a flair for decor and a husband who builds, Gabrielle had most of her project well in hand.  What she and husband, Flav, needed was a lighting professional who could embrace their design goals and create functional solutions to the lighting challenges inherent in all homes with dark colours and high spaces.

We worked together via phone and email, due to distance and scheduling.  Yet, I was confident that, despite, not having seen their home, every light fixture would be the ideal size, type and style.

To my delight, when I visited the following summer I saw that Gabrielle and Flav had followed my plan to the letter!  Every fixture and recessed light was place precisely where I had specified on the plan.  Even when structure interfered with a location, Flav would create a work-around to ensure the light was right where it should be.

In lighting, even small deviations from the plan can have obvious negative consequences.  so, chapeau and merci beaucoup to Gabrielle and Flav for doing the light right!

Lighting Design :
Challenge at the House by the Falls

Build an all wood interior, put windows on only two sides, set it in the forest, raise the ceilings to 12 feet, and you've got a fabulous one of a kind home that would be extremely dark and gloomy if it weren't for professional lighting design.  

It takes a whole lot of light fixtures to provide enough light for the occupants to live comfortably in such home.  The fixtures must be up-scaled to the size and grandeur of the home.  And attention must be paid to blending types of light to enhance the architecture and illuminate activities in all the areas of this grand house by the falls.

Interior Decorating & Lighting Design :
Calming and Beautiful Wolfville Dentistry

Dental patients need a calming place. Here, colours set the tone for confidence and relaxation.  Inspired by the Fundy waters on a stormy fall day, these colours and textures make a visit to the dentist something to look forward to!

Interior Design :  Projects Underway

Getting back design project to take and assemble portfolio photos can be... well... a tad challenging.

Reasons?  Often, the project is being carried out one step at a time, and these steps can stretch out over quite a long while.  Sometimes, there is one last detail that need to be completed to make the place perfect.  And, I must admit, I get focused on current projects and portfolio work keeps sliding down my to-do list.

Here are some projects that I'm eager to share, so I'll include the Design Boards.  There are five projects here for five very different clients.

Of note, the final seven design boards are for the conversion of an historic home in Lunenburg into an upscale AirBnB/Bed and Breakfast.   I've planned for each suite to capture a different style and mood when remaining true to the architecture of the house.  While each suite is unique, furnishings can be moved freely from one suite to another, allowing adjoining suites to be opened up for larger groups.  In spite of serious time and budget constraints, I was able to create one-of-a-kind, whimsical and stylish suites that will draw guests from far and wide.

Proper portfolio photographs of these projects will follow....

... eventually.  🙂

Building Design, Interior Decorating and Lighting Design :
Mod Home Design, Canning Nova Scotia

Designing our home was a fine balance between green design, space saving, aesthetics, and economics.

Interior Decorating & Lighting Design :
Bistro maintains charm and lively vibe in new location

Decor Styling :
Marrying antiques, art collection and new finds

Design Goals:  Pull antiques and artworks out of storage.  Rejuvenate and blend them with new furnishings to create a cozy, friendly classic style home.

"The first thought I had when awakening this morning was that I needed to send you a message to express how pleased Shirley and I are with what you have done for us. The work with the furniture, designs, colors, carpets et al was terrific. Then what you were able to create with the prints and paintings we had to work with is like magic.
I always think that I have fairly accurate expectations about the results or predictions of how things will turn out.  However your initial work far exceeded my expectation.  Then, in as great as your work was, in my wildest imagination I couldn't have imagined what you could do with the paintings, prints and framed wall hangings. Further,  you did this work so seemingly effortlessly and with such reassuring confidence.  I was amazed.
Shirley and I keep telling each other how much we love what we see as we walk around the house during our normal activity.  Thank you."
- Danny & Shirley

Lighting Design :
Modern, graceful lighting

Design Goals:  After living in PMQs (private married quarters) most of their adult lives, this military couple wanted to ensure they would have the right kind of lighting in their new custom home.  For their solar powered home, efficiency, was a top priority.  By installing dimmers and the best type of lighting for specific uses, in the ideal locations, we ensured that we weren't over lighting or under lighting.

Interior Decorating :
A place where a scientist can be creative

Decor-Styling :
Design Boards - three looks for a TV room

Design Goal:  inviting, comfy, whimsical, yet sophisticated furnishings, colours and built-ins for an upscale Georgian-style home

"We would never have thought of these ideas on our own.  We love all it all!" - Julie

Colour Consulting :
Getting Unstuck

Facing a daunting scene of framing, electrical and plumbing runs, concrete floors, and scaffolding; the home owners had great colour ideas, but were at a loss as to how to work out the specifics.  They wanted to decorate their walls with a variety of colours, but didn't want a patchwork feel.  A warm, sunny mood in their north-facing great room was their goal, but they weren't certain how to achieve this.

I suggested Benjamin Moore Amulet.  A hint of yellow in this neutral tan makes it bright and warm - ideal for the north light in a large space.  Once that colour was agreed upon, the other choices began to flow.   Atmospheric proved to be an awesome pairing in the adjacent breakfast nook and the master suite, with Constellation looking fresh in the bathrooms and mudroom.

It was a leap of faith for my clients to try Weimaraner in the guest bedroom/study, but it works beautifully and both agree that, of all the beautiful colour, it's proved to be their favourite!

“ During our new build we were making 100’s of decisions and never certain they were correct, Our decision process slowed dramatically when it came to lighting choices (and placement) and paint colours to the point that we were holding up the work. In very short order Deborah helped us with paint and lighting choices that were exactly what was needed. Deborah helped us make the right decisions quickly with fantastic results” - Kelly and Daryl Fraser

Lighting Design :
Beachie and old world light up

Lighting Design :
Upscale Looks in a Small Budget Small Home

At 930 square feet this home design called for small scale fixtures with simple lines.  Not wanting to have uninspired, cheap looking lighting, I shopped for low cost alternatives with interesting forms.

Harmony is achieved throughout by repeating cone and globe shapes.  Reflective metal with clear and white glass keep the fixtures from over powering the small spaces.

Lighting is placed with function in mind as well as with an eye to bouncing light off ceilings and walls to make the spaces feel larger,  light and airy.

Creating layers of lighting by using well planned placement of different types of fixtures, in addition to employing dimmers, the home owners can adjust lighting to enhance the multi-functional aspects of each space in the home.