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HAPPY KITCHEN PROJECT

The Happy Kitchen Project! Welcome! We are so excited to announce a special collaboration between Designers Collective, from Vancouver Canada, and Chewsy Lovers from Fort Lauderdale Florida, that you are going to LOVE!Join us for a 30 day challenge to fall in love with your kitchen again. With our design ideas, tips, inspirations, and cooking hacks, you will create your own 'Happy Kitchen'. By the end of the month we hope your kitchen will become the most favorite room in your...

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...

Placemaking For Your Backyard BBQs

Placemaking For Your Backyard BBQsSo often our backyard BBQ placement is an afterthought. We put money and energy into designing our interior space and even our garden, but summer comes along and we then remember the BBQ. So what can you do to make your outdoor BBQ more of a feature and a more useful space than just putting a freestanding BBQ on your back deck or patio?This image below is a perfect example of a very thought out...

Local Love: Karen Carmichael of Jai Style

Local Love-Karen Carmichael of Jai StyleWe had the pleasure of interviewing Karen Carmichael about her Jai Style company here in Vancouver. We love what she had to say about her company! Read on to find our more about Karen.Please share with us how it is you came to start your company.When I moved to Vancouver from SE Asia four years ago, I had brought several of the ceramic pieces with me in my personal collection. When friends would come to...

Wednesday Recipe: Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Wednesday Recipe: Chicken Lettuce WrapsRecipes seem to go through trends and right now Lettuce Wraps seem to be on trend. You will find them on many menus in hip restaurants these days. So I went online and found this great recipe and thought I would try it out for you. It is tested on my fussy teenager. I got an actual, “Wow! These are really good!” from him. High acclaim from my quiet boy!First things first, I always collect all...

Inspirations for Backyard Heating

Backyard HeatingSo far we have discussed backyard entertaining, so today we thought we would talk about backyard heating. As dusk settles in in Vancouver it can tend to get a little chilly. So what are our options if we want to extend our hours of outdoor entertaining? Patio or deck heaters used to be just for restaurants but now they are found in residential use. You can find ones that are portable and are run by propane but there are...

5 Design Tips –from Wallpaper to Being Bold!

5 Design Tips –from Wallpaper to Being Bold!Here are a few design tips we have pulled together for you.1) Use a large patterned wallpaper to strengthen a space and an un-patterned wallpaper to lighten a space.A large pattern infuses a space with energy especially if it has colour but even if the colours are quiet a large pattern on the walls will make the room feel more dynamic. To just add texture to a space a grasscloth wallpaper...

Create An Oasis With Water Features

Create An Oasis With Water FeaturesWater features are a great way to make your backyard into an oasis. In our city environments, traffic and urban noises can be masked by the sound of running water. There are so many variations-from a very simple container fountain to something much more complex.Check out these images to give you some inspiration!Vancouver Zen Garden by Joost Bakker Architect.Contemporary Patio by Berkeley Architects & Building Designers WA Design ArchitectsContemporary Landscape by Newport Beach Landscape...

Why Do These Rooms Work?

Why Do These Rooms Work?Rather than point out why a room is not working, this time around we thought we would do a little photo analysis to determine what actually makes a room work? If you can look at an image closely and imagine yourself in the space then you can find out what will work for you. Pictures can be used for more than just eye candy-we can use them to help us understand how a space works in...

Design Tips: Curtain Design Part 3, Creating Mood

Design tips: Curtain Design Part 3Today is the last installment of our curtains blog. There is just so much to talk about with curtains we needed to divide it up into a few installments. So today lets talk about the mood you want to create with your curtains.Victorian Living Room by London Photographers Paul Craig Photography If you are a traditionalist you may opt for something a little more formal. So how do you get that? There are a few ways...