From tired old turntable stand to stunning, magenta scrapbooking centre.  See this transformation and more at this weekend’s Fall Home Show in Toronto!

At the show, you’ll find the latest products, finishes and expert insights for your home and garden. I’m thrilled to be joining a fabulous lineup of Celebrity Experts including Kimberly Seldon, Tracey Moore, Frank Ferragine, and more.

I’ll be sharing Savvy Strategies for Small Space Living.  Having recently downsized myself, I’ll share personal insights to create comfortable, if cozy, quarters.

Friday, September 23 – 4 pm
Sunday, September 25 – 3 pm

I’d love you to be my guests.  If you’re one of the first 12 people to email me with “Home Show Tickets” in the title, I’ll reserve you two free tickets to the show. Tickets can be picked up at the show.

Thanks to Neatfreak for sponsoring my talks.  Neatfreak is a Canadian-based global company creating home organizing solutions that really work.


Upcycle Challenge

While at the show, check out the creativity in the Upcycle Challenge. Viewers get to vote for their favourite piece, all of which will be sold and proceeds given to Habitat for Humanity.

For the challenge participants are invited to choose a piece from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. This year’s theme, Storage Solutions!  I had so much fun the last time I participated, how could I refuse?

I visited my local ReStore and spotted this small table. Small was important to me as I’d be responsible for getting it around.  The table was solid wood, perhaps walnut, and looked to be very well made.

Upcycle Challenge piece - Before

Upcycle Challenge piece – Before

The top was finished in a warm but worn leather and the back was completely gone.  One of the internal dividers was missing leaving an empty groove in the middle of the piece.


Interior damage and missing back, plus tired leather top.

Drawn by the size, shape and quality of the piece, I began envisioning it brighter and emphasizing the beautiful curves in the wood.

Rather than replacing the worn leather, I chose to change it to wallpaper finished with an inset piece of glass. I thought it was a simple scraping off of the old leather. I read that wrong. The space for the glass had to be routered out.  This was definitely a job for the talented team from Johnny’s Finishing Shop.

I have to thank these burly guys

Johnny and his team!

Johnny (far right) and his team!

for producing this pretty piece:


Interior of the Scrapbooking Station

Interior of the Scrapbooking Centre

I selected Benjamin Moore’s vibrant, warm Magenta and metallic gold spray paint from Rustoleum to brighten the hardware and play up the elegant lines.  An ivory geometric wallpaper from Lowes lines the drawer and elegantly brightens the space under the custom glass insert.

Don’t forget to write if you’d like tickets.  Hope to see you there!