Who is Wu and McHugh?

There’s a new store in town and I can’t wait to tell you about it. I found it first on Instagram where I saw the most beautiful photos of Chinese antique furniture and decor. The photos on Instagram showed pieces that weren’t in pristine restored condition. Many had been repaired and rejigged. These were pieces that had a beautiful patina and were worn in all the right places….

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Why You Need to Visit this European Store at Christmas

If you’re looking for a store that is part home decor, part delicatessen, part German bakery, full of beautiful household items and every December, filled with authentic Christmas ornaments, then you’ve got to visit Calgary’s Edelweiss Imports. Located in the heart of northwest Calgary, visiting Edelweiss is like taking a mini trip to a European village. We heard about this wonderful store from our neighbour Vicki, who…

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You Have to See These Kitchen Before and After Photos to Believe Them

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that’s true, then I’m going to give you thousands of words about our kitchen renovation that we did this summer. After creating the design concept and doing the cabinet design, we worked very closely with our contractor to create this homeowner’s dream kitchen. The Before Take note of the honey oak cabinets, sunshine ceiling, awkward work space, petite island and…

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The Right Lighting in Your Home Will Actually Make You Feel Better

So often lighting gets ignored when decorating. In our experience, it’s one of the most over-looked design elements. Good lighting is imperative for being able to see and also to create the right mood in a space. We’ve been in many bathrooms that don’t have strong enough lighting to be able to apply makeup or tweeze a brow. Then there’s the problem of staring up into a…

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Day Trip to the Countryside to Choose Exterior Selections

Last week Debbie and I went on a day trip and had an amazing time. No it wasn’t the shopping-dining-sightseeing kind of trip you might expect. It was a drive out of Calgary to the beautiful Alberta countryside. We were going to view the progress of our client’s new home. Alberta doesn’t get called ‘Big Sky Country’ for nothing. For the entire two hour drive, there wasn’t a moment that…

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See this Design Solution for a Family Room

It’s always interesting when we get calls because a house doesn’t feel right anymore. The colours and finishes are dated and the homeowners need help to ‘make it pretty’. We certainly can do that, but we believe good design is more then looking beautiful. A space has to function well and solve problems. That’s why understanding the way our clients live is so important to us. When…

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Here’s A Trend That Everyone Should Follow

You probably can’t believe that I have a blog saying to follow a trend. My regular readers know that I usually recommend to NOT follow the trends, like I do in the Un-trendy List. But this is one trend that’s showing up everywhere this season and it’s really worth following. The trend is…drumroll please…Using Plaids and Tartans. Yes, suddenly the world is going mad for plaids. From…

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