Pink and green visual display

I recently had the opportunity to make a visual display for a modern furniture store in Ottawa and I wanted to share the results. Using the furniture, props and accessories available, this little space was transformed into a fun and whimsical space that's very appropriate for spring. The mirrors reflect the lights and brightens the space. The branches add some dynamism to the portrait and the flowers and butterflies add some softness. I think it turned out pretty good.

Visual display

Visual display

Visual display


USB friendly tables by Jérôme Groove et Johann Aumaître



Style intern search... Time to vote!

Remember the paid internship opportunity of a lifetime? Three semi-finalists have now been selected and it's now time for you to vote for your favorite intern.

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Will it be Ryan Louis from Scarborough, ON? Marti Bogue from Ottawa, ON? Or Reiko Caron from Montreal, QC?

Check out their profile online. You have until May 22 to cast your vote.

Calling all Canadians! Vote for your favourite Summer Style Intern candidate

WHAT: Samsung Electronics Canada and House & Home Media — two of Canada’s most innovative companies — have selected three semi-finalists in their search for a Summer Style Intern. After receiving hundreds of applications, a judging panel consisting of House & Home Media and Samsung employees narrowed down the applications to three semi-finalists who exhibit a flare for media, design and technology.

Members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite applicant; one of the three people listed below will be offered a summer internship position with both companies. The intern will learn all facets of magazine publishing, lifestyle branding, marketing and advertising.

The successful applicant will also be put up in a fully-furnished, all expenses paid suite in a trendy Toronto neighbourhood, including an incredible line-up of Samsung products. The intern will be featured in a Canadian House & Home Magazine advertorial, which will highlight their intern experience, and share weekly blog posts at Houseandhome.com.

WHO: The three semi-finalists are:
Marti Bogue, a student at Mount Royal College in Calgary in the Applied Communications program in Public Relations.
Reiko Caron, a student at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto in the Industrial Design program.
Ryan Louis, a student at The University of Western Ontario in the Media, Information and Technoculture program.

WHEN: Voting is open to the public until May 22, 2009.

WHERE: View finalists’ submissions and vote online at www.houseandhome.com/innovate.


Magnetic Chalkboard wall

There it is! :) The magnetic chalkboard paint was heavier and darker than the Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint. Basically the magnetic chalkboard paint was applied on the first coat and the Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint was applied on the second coat. The first can has no indication as to how many coats of paint is required or what the coverage is. In this case one can was enough for one coat. But I think 2 coats would probably be better. The paints didn't smell much either, which is always a plus.

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First coat of magnetic blackboard paint
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Final result with the Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint
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A close up on a little butterfly magnet on the wall.
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After a couple days, the chalkboard wall is ready for use :) I love the contrast of the charcoal against the light wood tones of the floor and the wardrobe. It will look even better once the other walls are painted and the furniture and accessories are in place.


Transformer sofabeds: transform and roll out!


Okay, there are not robots, and they don’t roll, but these sofa/beds remind me of the Transformers. Made in Italy, these pieces of furniture show that you don’t have to sacrifice style for function in your home.

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Whether you are in need of extra sleeping quarters for your overnight guests or just because you’re a big fan of everything Transformers, this might be for you. The doc sofa/bunk bed (shown in orange) sell for almost $6,300 US, while the doc xl sofa/bunk bed (shown in grey) goes for a wee bit over $7,400 US at möbelform.