where to start?   there's just so much on pinterest and everywhere else.. here are just a few of my favourite inspirations and where and how they were implemented 


this is genius.. find a color you adore and paint the back of the door, haven't done this yet, I will in the cliff house


volcanic or lava rock from hawaii.. love this.. when I needed to repaint the beach house master bedroom fireplace surround (huge mouthful), this is what inspired me to use browns and greys (and it was a beach house)


oh man, there's just so much about this image I love.. let's start with the chrome pedestal table, built-in bench seating, relaxed styling of the wicker and painted shiplap walls.. it just works.. this picture inspired me to design a banquette seat in the cliff house

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this little 50's era house in west vancouver, BC inspired the beach house.. my parents built this house which still stands today.. I just love the high contrast of the dark chocolate brown and white (I also love chocolate, so) it's all just so perfect I recreated it!

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these pillows (and the french loveseat) are so great together, so different but so beautiful.. I just have to find this fabric for my office at the cliff house

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these garage doors are so amazing.. now I just have to find them in a product that stands up to canadian winters 

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these donuts were so inspiring that not only did I buy a donut, but volunteered at our local community living centre for people with disabilities.. I bring the donuts / cupcakes / cookies and all the trimmings and we just ice, decorate and of course eat.. so much fun.. such a rewarding way to spend a couple of hours in the evening.. if I run out of time on class-day I will just run into a bakery and buy some!

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I was so moved by this wall lattice that I bought a garden lattice from home depot and had a carpenter attach it to each side of our deck then back it with cedar for a little privacy.. you can check out how it looks on the beach house deck here

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I was completely taken with the fencing around the race track in the movie sea biscuit.. I just love this french? look.. have a look at where I did it