My Portfolio

I am passionate about creating spaces in which people feel at home. What makes a space truly a home? Is it really buying a bunch of generic stuff from your local superstore? Filling your home up with more things we think are updated? Or is it finding contentment in what you have and what you love, finding creative solutions to your space’s problems and needs, repurposing things once loved by you and others? 

Here are just a few examples of how I can help you reclaim your space, and turn it into a home you love

Room Transformations

A Complete Transformation

This main living room/dining room project was a big one and included a complete transformation. We changed out flooring and light fixtures, added wall treatments,

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Nannie’s Basement Kitchenette

To get the look you want for a fraction of the cost of buying it new, try using the power of paint to transform a Kijiji or Marketplace purchase into something truly stunning and unique.

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A Basement Family Room Transformed!

To do a simple update that involves an easy DIY, consider adding moulding, trim, or paneling with fresh paint. The results are high impact and only beginner DIY skills are necessary!

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Staging Your Home: Living Spaces Edition

When staging your home, the goal is to make every room look as clean and neutral as possible so people can imagine themselves in your space. Doing an extreme edit (removing as many of your belongings as possible) is a way to achieve this goal without spending any money.

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A Lovely Deck Design

Adding twinkle lights is always a good idea! Light in the darkness makes a space cozy, magical, and welcoming. A string of cafe or twinkle lights is an easy, low-cost finishing touch that never disappoints!

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A Peaceful Main Bedroom Makeover

“Since we all change our styles and preferences over the years, it is so good to remember that rather than all new things every time this happens, we can look for small tweaks to existing furniture we already own to make these changes for almost no money.”

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Formal living room decor

Restyling a Formal Living Room

An area rug that complements your chosen colour scheme is an easy way to ground a space and give a sense of a truly finished room. Make sure your rug is big enough for the area it will be covering (most people go too small!), and choose a fabric and texture that works for your lifestyle.

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Craft Room Redesign

Craft Room Redesign

Make full use of vertical storage units to maximize your storage and display space! Displaying pretty or little-used items on the very top of your bookshelf is a way to keep your space organized and beautiful.

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My Girlie’s Bedroom

One of the joys of using what you already own and thrifting when possible is that then you can afford to splurge when it’s something really important to you. Because we bought a secondhand bed and used so many finishing touch items that were already in my stash, I could purchase Farrow and Ball paint without going over my budget!

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Finishing Touches

Don’t be afraid to use paint! I used a bold mustard coloured paint to transform a standard console table and tray into unique and eye-catching pieces that complemented the rest of this room’s decor beautifully, and you can do the same!

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The transformation of a blank room to a beautiful piano room

A Blank Box Becomes A Beautiful Piano Room/Office

Small spaces can still be functional and beautiful! Make proper use of niches, cut outs, and funny awkward corners to get the most out of the space you have available. By using minimal furniture and the niche on one end of this tiny little room, we were able to fit both a piano and a desk area in a natural and useful way.

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Two Homes Become One

Sometimes it’s really about what we take OUT of a room that matters more than what we add IN. By seriously editing my sister’s living room, we were able to completely transform the space by spending almost zero money.

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Virtual Styling

Necessity is the mother of invention! Try challenging yourself to redesign or restyle your space without spending a single dollar by just looking around at the things you already own and trying to see them in a different way. My pandemic virtual styling sessions are evidence that you CAN create a new space without leaving your house to visit a store.

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Living Room Makeover in Texas

Greenery is such a nice touch in any room, and brings life and colour without a lot of effort. Potted plants, foraged greenery, or even faux stems or plants will add a beautiful effect to your space.

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Jean’s TV Room Makeover

Updating the fireplace can make such a dramatic change to any cozy family room space! Whether you choose to paint or whitewash old stone or brick, choosing a light colour (white is always my go-to) will make your space feel more open and modern.

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Powder Room in Black, White, And Wood

Don’t be afraid to paint things! New paint is such an easy way to transform existing items without spending very much at all. In this room, we were able to spray paint both a light fixture and a toilet paper holder to make sure our colour scheme was modern and cohesive instead of purchasing brand new items in our colour of choice.

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An Outdoorsy Bedroom For a Little Boy

Don’t be afraid to go big when decorating a kid’s bedroom. By focusing most of our efforts on this gorgeous mountain feature wall, we could afford to do very little else except a few simple accessories and themed bedding to complete the look we wanted.

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Baby Nursery

A Nursery For a Sweet Baby

One way to make sure the artwork in your space is interesting and personal is to avoid buying generic prints at a home furnishing store. Etsy is a wonderful resource for custom creations such as quotes, and vendors often send downloadable files that you can have printed at Staples in whatever size you want. IKEA frames are an affordable finishing touch.

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Office Redesign

Use baskets or other storage containers to instantly take a space from messy and cluttered to clean and tidy! All sorts of things that float around without a home can be placed in a basket, bin, or box sitting on a shelf where they are still easily accessible but also out of sight.

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Christmas Special

This Christmas season Reclaiming Home Decorating is offering a unique gift opportunity: a gift certificate for an in-home consultation with a full Design Plan, or

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Tuning the Piano Room

Make sure you spend your redecorating budget where it makes the most impact to the space. By reusing and reimagining what you already own and spending money only when it really solves a problem, you will be happier with the end result. In this piano room, we recognized the problem to be solved was storage, so we happily spent the money to get the things we needed for papers and books, and finished the rest of the transformation with simple rearranging.

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Reclaiming the Feeling of Home

If you are unhappy with your space, stop and think before you buy all new things. What do you see in the room that you don’t need or don’t like? Remove it. What do you see that you know you love? Find a way to put it front and centre. The chances are that by elevating the things you love and removing those you don’t, you will be well on your way to loving the space you live in.

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living toom

Repeat Client

Remember that the only person whose opinion matters in regards to style decisions in your space is you! Lean into what really makes you happy and your space will feel really comfortable for you. Lisa knew she wanted the TV to be more prominent than the fireplace, and as a result she has a space that really reflects her family’s needs and habits.

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Redesign Using Only What You Have

One dramatic change you can affect in a room without spending a single cent is rearranging your furniture. Look for ways to open up floor space and make a grander entrance into a room. The simple act of moving one sofa made such a difference in this living room!

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A Place For Yaya

There is no reason a small space can’t be cozy and functional! No space for a big reading chair? Use a comfortable upholstered headboard so the bed can be used to read in. No formal entryway? Peg rails on one wall add so much storage space for coats and clothes. You get the idea! Be creative in your solutions and you will always find a way.

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Challenge Nursery

Sometimes there are things about our houses that we can’t change no matter how much we would like to. If you can’t change or remove something, hide it! By choosing a simple white fixture against a white ceiling, we were able to draw attention away from the awkward placement of the lighting in this nursery. This principle works almost anywhere, and I have also painted ugly cold air return grates in the middle of hallways the same colour as the wall and watched them fade into the background.

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A DIY Primary Bedroom Makeover

One of the simplest and most dramatic changes you can make in any space is changing the paint colours! White or other similarly bright colours will freshen up your room and makes it appear more modern and open.

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A Quick Guest Room Makeover

When decorating a small bedroom, think about how to maximize space by making furniture do double duty. We were able to use two medium sized dressers that doubled as nightstands instead of two small nightstands and a large dresser, which actually ended up providing MORE storage and putting LESS furniture in the room!

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Switching Bedrooms

When making over a small space, make a list of your must-haves and see if there is a way to combine two or more requirements into one space. By raising the bed and putting drawers underneath it instead of putting a separate dresser in for this small bedroom makeover, we saved SO much room and made this space feel wide open and happy.

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A Sweet Country Apartment

Just because you have a limited budget and aren’t a professional renovator doesn’t mean you can’t still make beautiful improvements to your space! These stairs are a perfect example. A little bit of paint and creativity turned this eyesore stairway into a thing of imperfect beauty. If you are able to turn a space into something you loved more than you did before, even if it isn’t perfect you have succeeded!

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Private Primary Bedroom

Be creative in how you save inches in a small room. By changing the closet doors from outward swing to sliding and choosing a bed with a recessed base, we were able to make a small space feel much bigger!

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Going Country

A very small change that makes a big impact in any bathroom is switching out towel bars for towel hooks. Especially if your bathroom is used by several people, hooks instead of a bar will mean far fewer towels ending up on the floor, plus they just look nicer, tidier, and more modern.

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A Makeover in Swift Current

People often think that creating art is only for proper artists, but this just isn’t so! Canvases can be purchased new for very little at the dollar store or found at garage sales (or in the piles of your kids’ discarded crafting supplies). Paint used canvases white again and get to work! You can stencil or freehand a favourite quote or copy a piece of abstract art that you really admire. This is a very affordable way to get something meaningful to hang on your walls!

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A Beautiful Bedroom for Beautiful Friends

I cannot stress enough the value of looking through the free section of Kijiji or taking a stroll through your neighborhood garage sales when you have the time. I have found so many treasures that either worked great the way came or just required a bit of love to make them perfect for my or my clients’ space. Ask yourself “what would this look like if I painted it white?” before you dismiss that dated $5.00 chandelier completely.

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wedding table decor

Weddings are a beautiful thing.

When decorating for big events on a budget, the answer is almost always twinkle lights. I was able to decorate an entire hall for a wedding reception for less than $200 by making twinkle lights the main attraction! They add warmth, ambience, and make everything feel exciting and special for very little money. The same goes for your church event, backyard barbecue, or any other event you can think of!

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