Saturday, November 28, 2009

great big job (tale #3)

Here is the latest update on the “great big job, great client” (see blog from October 8th). Lots has been happening in the last 2 weeks since my last mini-update.

As you can see, the house is now roof-tight! Check out the pics that show the front and back of the house…doors, windows and of course, the roof are all in. These guys work f-a-s-t.

The inside is looking great, too. There were a couple of surprises – but all good ones (phew!). A more opened stairwell and an extra window were the biggest. All good, because they offer much more light and openness in an area that can
be a challenge. Just a surprise as neither were reflected on the house plan.

And the addition of a rounded archway between the living and dining rooms was also a surprise. The request was to make it clean and square, but a rounded archway was put in instead. A lucky mistake, because it is actually quite nice and is in keeping with the clean lines of the house, so that is going to stay.

This week saw visits from the electrician, the cabinet installers, and the phone and cable wiring – all on the same day, at the same exact time. This is where being uber-prepared really pays off.

The key lessons here are to make sure you are prepared in all areas in advance, and to visit your build often because things happen quickly. Mistakes and surprises do happen. If you are not on top of it, they may not all be positive ones that you want to live with.

The client is doing an incredible job in this regard, not to mention really great project management skills!

At this point, rouge is doing very little on the project…just adding moral support and an opinion now and again.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more tales…

Saturday, November 21, 2009

h1n1, las vegas style

This is where I’m supposed to share fabulous and outrageous design and decor from my visit to The Strip. Well, if you’ll indulge me a just a’s a blog of a different sort.

I got on the plane and starting feeling bad somewhere between Toronto and Las Vegas. Really bad. Then, really, really bad. If I could have gotten off the plane, I would have. Thumbs up and special thanks to the lovely flight attendant who let me sit in the jump seat near the bathroom for most of the flight, handed me a refreshed & cold facecloth and small doses of ginger ale.

By the time I landed in Las Vegas, I was somewhat delirious with fever, was probably swaying on my feet and was soaked with the cold sweats. Thumbs down to the hotel shuttle driver who wouldn’t take me to my hotel because “it was too close to the MGM and it’s fight night. Too busy”. Thankfully, the cabbie next your shuttle service was more than happy to take me...and the giant tip.

So, rouge readers, that’s the beginning of the sad tale that was my trip to Las Vegas. Sparing you all the gory details, I will say that I had a raging fever for 4+ days, every part of my body ached, I had/ have a terrible cough, and was barely able to leave the hotel room. It was a pig.

When I did muster up the strength, it was disastrous...think throwing up in the Grand Canyon and then again on the sidewalk in front of Target when out trying to buy another pair of pjs!

And how was dinner at TAO -- the hottest place on the Strip frequented by the superstar elite? I don't know, couldn't join my party there on Monday night even though it tooks months to get the reservation.

How was Switch? The crazy/ famous new steakhouse that literally switches it's decor every hour via electronice panels, ceiling...etc? I don't know, couldn't go there either.

Jubiee!? Sorry, showgirls, I didn't see you and what I can only imagine were your fantastically elaborate costumes. I had a ticket, but it went to waste because I was too sick to get there on show night.

You get the point.

I suffered through it as best as I could and went to my scheduled conference sessions later in the week (the real reason I was in Las Vegas) and then straight back to bed. Overall the trip was a bust. Not at all how I hoped to spend my week, that’s for sure!

The pics you see here are random shots that I was able take in my limited time out of the hotel room. Check out the beautiful chandeliers in the Paris Hotel lobby – they were massive and there were LOTS of them, the ceiling at the Bellagio Hotel – all hand blown glass. Incredible. And the standard “Strip at Night” photo.

Sorry to disappoint my readers this week. Trust me, I’m disappointed too.

Friday, November 13, 2009

random thoughts (v.2)

Greetings, just a little rouge readers!

Here are a few random thoughts from this week...

fabrics...this month’s Home Stagers Atlantic meeting was held at Bellissimo! (& Abby’s Fabrics). These gals are very knowledgeable and can tell you anything you ever wanted to know about fabrics. And that’s good for the do-it-yourself type looking for fabric and/or some direction & advice. They also offer full services for the do-it-for-me type – everything from seamstress services, measurement checks and installation. For everything in fabric window treatments/drapery, bedding, and re-upholstery, it can be your one stop shop.

The latest trends they see happening in fabrics include an increase in options/styles available in:

• performance fabrics (indoor / outdoor fabrics, fire retardant fabrics {required in hospitality venues and many other uses})
• many more eco-friendly fabrics (organically grown, natural fibres, recycled fabrics, biodegradable ingredients, sustainable ingredients)
• lower cost designer lines offered by top fabric designers
• trending away from patterns, a move towards more natural and earth tone colors, luxury fabrics (velvets, silks, metallics)

update...I dropped in on my “big job, great client” building site on Wednesday to check out the progress. Believe it or not, it’s all framed! Part of the roof might even be on by now. It was great to see what the rooms are actually going to be like, to check out the view from all windows, to start to gauge how much light each room will get, and to be able to measure for a couch (a bit pre-mature maybe, but totally fun to do!) week’s blog will only be posted on Saturday. I’m headed to Las Vegas and will be sure to bring back lots of pictures of design and decor from The Strip (yikes!!).

See you next week,
xx rouge.

Friday, November 6, 2009

picture frame makeover

Ever find yourself getting ready to go out the door, finally decide on that last minute accessory only to realize you can’t find it? Or that it’s in a big tangle with your other accessories? Or you can only find one of the earrings you’ve just got to wear??

Happens to me all the time. Actually, it USED to happen to me all the time. But not anymore, thanks to this little easy project.

I bought an antique picture frame with no glass or backing that I liked because of its unique round shape (I did not like the fake gold gilding), and turned it into a great jewelry hanger/sorter/organizer. It was so easy…and I really like the added drama it gives to the space above the upcycled armoire in my walk-in closet.

Here are the steps to this makeover project:

1. thorough clean with a damp cloth, wipe dry
2. place on a large drop cloth, in a well ventilated area (outside is best)
3. spray paint one coat of high black gloss paint (let dry for 24 hours)
4. roll out screen (available at any home improvement store) and place frame on it
5. measure, mark and cut screen to match the shape of the inside of the screen (be sure to leave ½ inch extra on all sides
6. Use hot glue gun to affix screen to indie, back lip of the frame (let dry 2-3 hours)
7. Trim off access screen for a nice, clean finish on the back
8. Hang on wall, just like a regular picture frame
9. Poke earrings through the screen to hang together for safe keeping
10. Use ornament hooks to hold bracelets, necklaces and other accessories

Here is the budget breakdown of this project:
* antique picture frame (Antiques Plus) -$30
* paint – left over from past painting projects - $0
* screen – lots left over! (Canadian Tire) - $7
* ornament hooks (The Dollar Store) - $1

Be creative…you could do this with any type of frame, with any type of finish. Hang it in the bathroom, your bedroom, or in your closet. Even on the back of a door. Wherever works best for you!

Take this project and make it unique to you.

xx rouge.