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Happy Kitchen Project: So Fresh & So Clean

Day 3: The Happy Kitchen Project: How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean A clean kitchen is the foundation of a happy kitchen. Believe it or not, it really does affect your mood and your ability to really get the creative cooking juices flowing!Check out what Mandi of Chewsy Lovers has to say about keeping your kitchen So Fresh & So Clean!Tomorrow, the Happy Kitchen Project will be back here at Designers Collective. We have a DIY on how to make your...

Happy Kitchen Project: Colour

Day 2 Happy Kitchen Project: ColourCreating a kitchen that reflects who you are begins with color. Anyone who has had to pick colors knows this is easier said than done. Colors have hues and degrees of saturation. Fabrics are equally confusing as they come in endless colors and patterns.So how does one find inspiration and pick a colour scheme for a kitchen you want to love and never want to leave?Finding Inspiration:There are many ways to finding inspiration when selecting...

Summer Fresh In A Jar: DIY Bug Repellent Luminaries

Summer Fresh In A Jar:  DIY Bug Repellent LuminariesSummer time is bug time.  Instead of using citronella oil, this all natural recipe, from A Little Claireification, uses fresh rosemary and citrus in a mason jar with essential oils. No chemicals in these luminaries! Thanks Claire for this recipe!We love that these can help to ward off the bugs and they are just so beautiful as well!So here is what you need to do to make these gorgeous, beautiful smelling designer table luminaries.Supplies you will need:3 or 4 Mason...

Friday Finds: Garden Crawl in Southlands

Friday Finds: Garden Crawl in Southlands Last Week was Heritage Vancouver’s 4th Annual Garden Tour. My husband Graham and I spent 2 days touring the unique and beautiful gardens that were part of this wonderful design tour. What a privilege to see the range of gardens that Vancouverites’ have designed and developed in their yards. Some are large and some are very small but each one tells a story about the homeowner. For today's Friday Finds, we are going to explore a large garden in Southlands,...

Designers Collective’s Annual Los Angeles Design Crawl

We just returned from our First Designers Collective's Annual Los Angeles Design Crawl and it totally exceeded our expectations!We toured Los Angeles’ coolest new modern homes, dined al fresco by the pool in West Hollywood and visited some of the most iconic architecture Los Angeles has to offer. This was interlaced with shopping in some beautifully designed shops along Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Melrose Place and Robertson.Our goal from the outset was to balance a healthy dose of design education with...

Friday Finds: Flea Market Fun

For today's Friday Finds, we are going to have some Flea Market Fun!I recently did a reconnaissance visit to Los Angeles for our upcoming Design Crawl, happening the last weekend in May. While driving around the hot spots we have planned for our visit, my daughter and I came across the Melrose Trading Post at Fairfax High School. Seeing the activity and tents we decided to stop and see what it was about. What a treat!   Most of the open...

Recipe: Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

My cousin, Ramina, posted this recipe for Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls on her Facebook wall, catching my attention.  My mother made the most amazing cabbage rolls when I was young. I remember loving them so much, and I requested them regularly, but I knew they were a lot of work to prepare. So, when this recipe called 'Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls' came up on my Facebook feed I knew I had to try them out. I was not disappointed, nor was my...

DIY: Planting Bulbs

DIY: Planting Bulbs  It’s the end of April and the sun is shining more regularly now. There is a definite warmth to the air and shadows are getting shorter and the days are longer. The garden has been hibernating for the winter but is now starting to burst forth with new leaves and Spring colour. So how can you prepare for the gardening season ahead?Now is the time to plant summer bulbs-Ranunculus, Lilies and Gladiolas will offer beautiful summer display.Bulbs...

Spring Garden Planter Design Workshop

Our Spring Garden Planter Design Workshop last week was a total success! It was creative, hands-on, informative and everyone had a great time putting their own planters together.Our beautiful studio was the perfect setting for special guest Diane Bridges, of DB Gardens, to share her expertise and design ideas. Everyone had a chance to get in touch with their creativity while enjoying good company, conversation, and wine.Our swag bags included of course gardening gloves, a Garden Iris bulb to plant...

Women in Business: Designers Collective is Interviewed

Women in Business: Designers Collective is Interviewed by Michelle Smid of Just An Ordinary Family. Read all about us HERE "Here at Just An Ordinary Family we love to highlight some extraordinary Women In Business. Today's ladies are no exception. Tina and Brooke are the founders of Designers Collective. With backgrounds in architecture and interior design they have all skills needed to help you with your designing needs.I had the pleasure of chatting with Tina and Brooke about what brought them to opening their own business and combining forces into one dynamic...