Saturday, February 28, 2015

Designing with Design Boards

When it comes to interior decorating my head is swimming with a million ideas but for others it may be difficult or perplexing getting started. To help you get started with the direction you want to go in I have created some DESIGN BOARDS. These give you several different options with regards to what style you lean towards, color schemes, furniture and artwork choices. Personally I like neutrals but am leaning towards color these days with coral being my favorite color at the moment.

Below are three of the many Design boards for you to peruse. You are sure to find something you like or lean towards in the other boards on the website here. Let me know which is your favorite and why.

See more samples of Design Boards on our website and if you are looking for direction or inspiration feel free to pick my brains and together we can come up with a happy solution.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fenwick Basement Build....the Servery, the Laundry Room, the Custom Bar and more

The basement is almost done and I had to stop barrelling forth in order to do some of the custom work. You can see first round of pics here. Updates on:

The Servery

This is in the Servery. I had to bump out this wall 4 inches in order to accommodate the furnace vent pipe, this allowed me to build these custom alcoves. Why three?? Why not two or four?? Three is a very popular number that has made it's way into every aspect of the world's culture from religion to design. The basic idea of the rule - information and objects that appear in three are more appealing. Think rule of thirds in photographs and paintings. Think three act plays. Think fairy tales - The Three Blind Mice, The Three Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Religious Triptychs - The Christian Holy Trinity, The Hindu Trimurti, The Three Jewels of Buddhism. Mottos - Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite. Veni, Vidi, Vici and of course, Wilde North's Design, Build, Decorate.

The recessed puck lights elevate the space and will serve to illuminate whatever the home owner chooses to display within.

In the Servery, I did not want a bank of cabinets as this is not going to be a full fledged kitchen, but a space to rinse a cup or two, and reheat food or make a microwave popcorn without having to leave what's on screen and go up a flight of stairs to the main kitchen. I suggested having only two cabinets, one at either end with and open space between them where bar stools will be placed. This makes the space multifunctional. At the far left resides a fridge and the adjacent cabinet will hide the microwave oven.

The Counter Top as well is custom. We used hardwood flooring strips that was left over from the home owner's main floor flooring project. The wood will be sanded to remove the coating, and then stained and lacquered.

The Main / TV Room

The space as it stands. The pillar visible in the first picture will be covered by a pillar kit. Pot lights line the ceiling and are spaced out to provide even illumination. The TV area is still to be worked on. I mentioned that I needed a creative solution for this space and I have a plan that I am working through. Stay tuned for more pictures on this space.

The Laundry Room

The laundry room was to be unfinished in the original plan. However the homeowner wanted no unfinished walls to remind her of the original space. The space was framed, insulated, drywalled and painted. We installed a new laundry sink. I also installed a full length cleat behind and to the right of the laundry pair. This was the support for the countertop. An extendible leg from Ikea provided the one support at the left of the pair. The corner was rounded to prevent damage to the countertop as well as to soft tissue that humans are made of. The countertop is essential in my view as this prevents stuff from falling behind the machines as well as a handy surface for folding clothes. I added the alcove as an afterthought to store laundry items. This one is purely practical. A simple wrap around shelving unit will complete the space.

The Custom Bar

And finally, what I believe will work out quite well, is the "Little Bar under the Stairs". I conceptualized this while getting a feel of the space. I wanted to do something unusual in a space that was rather challenging on account of the stairs. The wine bottle rack fills up an oft forgotten space, below which will stand a cabinet that will roll out to allow access to the crawl space beneath the stairs. Under the stairs will be shelves to hold glasses. I wish I could explain it properly, but it all resides in my head for now. A bar under the stairs....... Harry Potter would be so proud. Now that he's all growed up. If Ginny allowed him the occasional libation of course.

Stay tuned for final pictures in the upcoming weeks. This one is going to be good.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How To Decorate A Small Foyer

Our Semi has a tiny foyer and with a space this small it's best to go over the top with decor. We decided to paint the focal wall a happy turquoise blue and ordered these gorgeous filigree decals from Blik. The opulent Venetian mirror sits above a distressed bench and is the perfect pairing of contrasts. The mirror is from India found in a small mirror shop on the streets of Bandra - I spotted it from a moving taxi and went back for it (and now you know my super power!).

While strolling around our neighborhood in Dubai, we spotted an old discarded bed on the curb. We both loved the headboard design and so we carried it back home on our shoulders. Soon after D cut it up and turned it into a sweet bench. Here I have dressed it up with a faux fur rug just to soften all the wood.

I wanted somewhere to hang the hats and we got this pretty wrought iron rack at a garage sale here which I dressed up with some of my beaded necklaces. It goes perfectly with the filigree decals.

This is what I love about our home. It has pieces from all the countries we have lived in and each piece has a story. Really it doesn't have to cost a bomb to decorate a home. Vintage pieces, garage sale finds and re-purposing stuff can do the trick. You just need a little imagination and a lot of love ! 

Do you have any foyer concerns? Feel free to pick my brains on design solutions for small spaces.


If you are looking for solutions for your home, contact us about our design, build & decorate services.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Launch of Wilde North Interiors

If you've been a regular visitor to this blog, you've no doubt noticed the change to the header. No -  you've not happened upon some random blog instead of your usual haunt... (I live in hope, no need to burst my bubble)

For the longest time, I've wanted to go with a formal business name instead of my own. It needed to be different, yet personal. No Maple Leaf, Canadian, Ontario - those are done....... quite overdone actually.

When I was much younger, my father tried his had at animal husbandry. Pigs to be more specific. He set about naming this fledgling operation, Wilde Pigs. Wilde is a derivative of WILma, my mother and DEnzil, my father. I'm not exactly sure of what happened to the operation, but I do recall the letterheads quite clearly.

While brainstorming names, Wilde kept coming up over and over again. I did want to have Lynda involved more in my business with the interiors as well as a stand alone interior designer for my customers.

I thought about it a bit more and realised almost serendipitously that NOReen, her mother, and THOmas, her father, make up the word North. And that's how Wilde North came to be. But it's not just old wine in a new bottle. We now offer Design help and Interior Decorating services.

Hop on over to to learn more about our processes and see the gallery of work I've done over the last few years. Let me know what you think. I value your feedback.


Friday, February 6, 2015

Wilde North got legit !!

The new biz cards came in yesterday and it's definitely a first for me....having both our names on the same card. Actually its the second time......the first was our wedding card. Did some shots of them for all social media and here are some of the pics. I have realized that I do like photography and playing with my Canon T3i.

Photographed it on our vintage compass highlighting the NW sign - get it?!!

I do like photographing against vintage rusted elements like this antique fan

Thank you to everyone for their outpouring of love and support these last few weeks. I am excited to share the current LIVING ROOM REDECORATE that is nearly finished - just got to put up the curtains next week and will do the final reveal after.


If you are looking for solutions for your home, contact us about our design, build & decorate services.

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