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         “Designtime is where you connect with ideas to make your design projects happen”

 

Hi, I’m Bev, so glad you could stop by.  I have a little Miniature Schnauzer called Sofie who is my sidekick.  I chill out by reading and cooking.  My two favourite hobbies. When in the Caribbean I like pina coladas. (and getting caught in the rain)

Your living space should be an extension of yourself. It needs to tell your story and the story of the people you share it with. You want your space to be welcoming and reflective of your uniqueness.

When you walk in the front door and slip off your shoes you want to get that “It’s so good to be home” feeling. Your home is the place where you retreat from the world. This is where you connect with your family, unwind and recharge.

It doesn’t matter if you live in a loft apartment or a four bedroom home, you need your space to reflect your lifestyle. But with so many things vying for your attention, where do you even begin?

You can spend hours browsing through magazines and reading blog posts. This will spark ideas that interest you and ones you never knew existed. But you feel overwhelmed with the amount of information out there.

How do you sort it all out? Where will you even find the time to do the research? You need guidance to point you in the right direction. Don’t worry, Designtime has you covered.

My Journey

I studied interior design at Rhodec International (UK). Loved the History of Architecture unit. We all have our own history that we incorporate into the design of our homes. It could be that special photo, piece of artwork or memento you picked up from your last vacation. Everyone’s story is special. You need your home to reflect your unique history.

I also worked as a sales representative and colour coordinator for new home builders. Every day I would see the struggle so many people had with choosing finishes for their homes. I would assist them in selecting the right choice for them. This included cupboards, hardwood floors, tiles, countertops, hardware and paint.

I have had the opportunity to be a part of two brand new builds (vacation rentals). I managed the projects from foundation to completion. From staining pine trim to painting walls I was a part of the entire process. I put in a lot of sweat equity which gave me a great feeling of satisfaction and pride. The vacation rentals always give me new projects to work on.

I spend several months of the year in the Caribbean. While there I have had the opportunity to renovate parts of an old estate house. Renovating a bedroom, I discovered a beautiful old stone wall (circa 1680’s) covered with plaster. This was a great find, exposing the stone added a beautiful signature wall to the room.

Designtime turns design dreams into reality

Sometimes we don’t have days or weeks to spend on a project. A fresh look when you walk into a room, wouldn’t that be nice? Tweaking what you have and knowing what to add can completely change a room. This is where Designtime will help you.

  • Incorporating helpful tips that you can use right away.
  • Mini projects finished in a weekend or sometimes a few hours.
  • Decorating on a budget, where to look for great finds and quality materials. Budget does not necessary mean lesser quality.
  • One room projects (concentrate on one room at a time).
  • The “Correct” way to: hang drapes, display artwork, use texture, choose paint.
  • This Weeks Takeaway: (always measure at least 3 times before buying). Underestimating waste time and money.
  • The latest trends and why you should use or ignore them.

You don’t have to take out a second mortgage for you to achieve a unique design of your space. You need to know how to work within your existing environment, with a fresh approach. Implementing a few changes can make a huge difference.

Are you trying to convince your hubby to paint the hallway three times? Not a good idea. This could send you straight to divorce court. All because you had no idea what undertones in paint meant.

Everything matters in design. From how high you hang your pictures and art work to what size coffee table you need. Everything is proportional to your room. The finish is in the details.

Your Journey, Your Story

There is no cookie cutter design fix. We are all very different unique individuals. We all have our own stories, reflecting who we are should resonate in our spaces. What works for one will not work for the other.

Imagine walking in the door and kicking off your shoes. Go ahead, imagine yourself pouring a glass of wine, admiring your beautiful home. You can imagine that “It’s so good to be home” feeling you have created.

This will be your journey, finding the balance you need to make your space reflective of who you are. You will then have your own story to tell.

I invite you to join me as I tweak, rework and start new projects. Everyday is about learning something new. I want to share these new ideas with you. I want to be a part of your journey. Subscribe to Designtime now and let’s get your project started.

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