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I had a fantastic time catching up with my friend Cameron MacNeil (of House & Home fame) last night at Tommaso’s on Eastern Avenue where he caught me up on the exciting new adventures headed his way.

It got me thinking about all of the amazing spaces Cameron, that talented design genius, has created over the years and I wanted to share them with you here.  Cameron has been a designer at House & Home for over 10 years now and he has a serious portfolio to show for it.

 

Cameron – you’re the best.

Cameron’s famous Ask A Designer page in House & Home Magazine

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Okay another week, another Sarah 101 episode!  I know you’ve all been glued to HGTV on Tuesday’s to see what design adventures Sarah’s team has been up to.  This week featured a black, white and beeswax candle yellow kitchen and a smokey, sophisticated master bedroom.

Now, I knew this day would come since I knew something disastrous happened to me while working on Carlene’s kitchen.  So when the episode aired, my friend Kristin texted me at the store to fill me in.  Here’s an exact transcript of said texts:

Kristin: Ohmygosh today’s Sarah 101 you locked your keys in the car?!!  Bahaha

Michael:  Oh brother!  I don’t wanna see it!

Kristin:  Don’t worry…it’s fleeting, but funny!

Michael:  Ugh.

When I got home and watched it on PVR I cringed.  And smiled.  But mostly cringed.  Luckily Sara had fallen asleep and hasn’t seen it…yet.  But back to the show – here’s Carlene’s lacklustre kitchen BEFORE

And AFTER some design magic!

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Sarah Richardson Design Inc

Sarah Richardson Design Inc

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With a mixture of black and white Ikea cabinets, stone counters, architectural salvage and some ebony/ivory looking knobs, this kitchen has tons of personality.  I was especially proud of the brass topped canisters I found for this one and the vintage yellow tea towels from my friends at Found.  Click on the Found link and you can by the very same ones Sarah and Tommy did!  And the long mirror above was the topic of much discussion one late evening (same day I locked the keys in the car) but I think it looks fantastic here!

Now, here’s Jaime and Rob’s classic but boring bedroom BEFORE:

And here it is AFTER some gorgeous smokey paint has been applied, some charming romans, an amazing headboard, and KILLER lamps that remind me very much of Bunny Williams lamps, even though these ones are vintage.  Good find Tommy and Sarah!

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Moody and romantic, patterned and glossy, this bedroom has it all.  It certainly lives up to the potential of this house and just might be my favourite room so far in this season of Sarah 101.  But what do you think?

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Sorry for the silence so far today!  It’s been one wild and crazy day at Penney & CompanyChatelaine Magazine came in for a photo shoot!

The Chatelaine Magazine Crew outside Penney & Co

 

If you’re someone who thinks magazines just come in and take a few pretty pictures, LET. ME. TELL. YOU!  That’s not how it is at all!  Luckily I’m used to the drill but I think some of my Penney & Company customers today were shocked at the upheaval a little photo shoot can produce.  Let’s just say it takes a lot of mess to make all that pretty.  Chatelaine Home Editors Virginie Martocq and Julia Black were wonderful to work with, as was the whole team.  Can’t wait to see my little shop in the glossy pages of one of Canada’s most read magazines!
Thanks Chatelaine!!

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Whitby Harbour

Here’s just another reason why I love my hometown.  The Whitby Harbour is such a lovely spot for a sunset stroll, just like the one Sara and I took recently.  I took a few snaps, and then put the camera away to just enjoy the moment (the perils of being a blogger!).  The breeze was beautiful, the sound of the waves lapping, the scent of the old fashion roses planted everywhere…pretty blissful.  Yesterday I spent the day in downtown Toronto and got my fast-paced, go-go-go fix – but to be honest, I’m so glad I have this to come home to.

Whitby Harbour in June

 

Whitby Harbour in June

 

Whitby (home of the marigold!) overlooking Lake Ontario

 

Whitby Harbour in June

 

The foot bridge smothered in roses at Whitby Harbour

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I’ve always loved Martha Stewart’s East Hampton house.  It’s called Lilly Pond Lane and features her signature teal/green painted trim mixed with weathered cedar shakes.  It also has a porch covered in climbing roses.  Heaven if you ask me.

Martha posted some pictures of Lily Pond Lane this spring and I am more than jealous. Okay let’s call it inspired…

 

 

Oh Martha! This one’s an oldie!

 

And you can see how much I’ve always loved this house in some of my work…do these colours look familiar?

Michael Penney for Chatelaine Magazine

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Tuesday’s newest episodes of Sarah 101 were a real treat to watch – I was so proud of the work we’d done on these two spaces!  Nicole’s bland condo got a serious style upgrade and I was especially excited about the use of mint green and emerald.  If you’re not into these colours yet, just you wait – they’re definitely a big trend.

Alex’s mishmash of a bedroom looks like many subdivision rooms lacking in inspiration and detail.  Sarah, Tommy and the team transformed it with moulding, multipurpose furniture and lots of colour and pattern.  All things I love! It spoke to Alex’s interests without being too theme-y if you know what I mean.  I hope these  were fun and inspiring episodes for you to watch!  Here’s the recap…

Nicole’s bllllaaaaand bachelorette condo downtown…

And AFTER with a dash of mint and emerald!

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And then there’s young Alex’s bedroom before…

And the dramatic AFTER!

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A slight difference right???

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Sarah Richardson Design Inc

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Oh and you may have noticed lots of cameos from me in these two episodes and all I can say is…

Can someone get me some less-saggy jeans?!  Oh and yes – I do love stripes – ask anyone.

To see Nicole’s condo transformation, click here.

To see Alex’s bedroom go from zero to hero, click here.

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As fascinating as George McLaughlin’s 1880 stone house is from the outside, I knew you’d want to see and appreciate it from the inside too!  Looks like it’s been tinkered with over the years but it has so many charming features including gorgeous wooden floors, the pointed arch front door, dormers and a gracious stairway.

Check it out  – looks like the plan is to demolish all of this.  Along with Katherine, Rosemary McConkey is fighting to save the stone house.  Hopefully, under their leadership we can make a difference.

George McLaughlin’s 1880 Stone House, Oshawa

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