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It has been a crazy last few weeks in the world of Lisa Canning Interiors- having just wrapped Season 5 of For Rent in my gig as the production designer plus the usual load of client work and my work over at Dabble Magazine. But now (sigh of relief) life is getting back to a more relaxed pace and I can (finally) get back to my love of blogging.

I am going to play a bit of catch up starting with the fantastic experience that was the Jergens Overnight Fix (read a bit of the background here). This 24-hour makeover for a Toronto YWCA was an amazing experience to be a part of, mainly because of the dedication, enthusiasm and tireless efforts of the 30+ volunteers who worked in shifts around the clock. There was a great camaraderie and sense of purpose among the team of mostly female, non-renovation experienced volunteers (even at 3am when delirium started to sink in for some!).

I described it to the media who attended in the morning as a labour of love- and that is so much what it was. The reveal reminded me why I love my job and my philosophy behind designing great spaces- to improve the quality of life of the people who use it.

Special thanks again to Arren Williams for connecting me to this project, Apex PR for their support and innovation towards PR, Jergens for donating the funds to make this happen, and to my partner in overnight crime contractor Christian Pavey. And much thanks to all the media who attended the breakfast and for their great posts on the event including Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators, Alex from Chick Advisor, Caitlin Kenny of Flare, & Elaine Song from Style At Home. Here’s a look at how it happened:

Here’s the beginning of our Allure flooring installation from The Home Depot. Christian and the volunteers adhered a contrast white strip to create some detail on the floor. This vinyl product is easy to clean and maintain, perfect for this high traffic space.

Storage became a bit of an issue while we laid the floors- here’s a peek at the hallways and the cube van outside the YWCA.

Here with Christian, still smiling at 1am.

And on to the reveal (photos courtesy of Jen from Rambling Renovators)…

And here we are at 9am, after our CP24 feature:

And a little Pure Design reunion with a visit by Julia Black of Chatelaine!

And for those of your who are curious where everything came from in this 24 Hour makeover, here is my source guide. It is amazing what can be accomplished with hard work and a lot of love in an Overnight Fix! I feel truly blessed to have been involved in this project.

Vinyl plank flooring- Allure available at the Home Depot

Wallpaper- Putkinotko by Marimekko available at Newwall

Framed purple floral images- Home Outfitters

White bi-cast leather chairs- Structube

White lattice cut side chairs- Home Outfitters

Purple ottomans- Home Outfitters

White round side tables & coffee table- IKEA

Silver vases & faux flowers- Bouclair Home

Pillows- Bouclair Home

Custom pillow fabric from Designer Fabrics

Commercial Flip Top tables from Triad Office Interiors

White dining chairs- IKEA


It’s live! Click on the photo above to take a peek at the transformation of my home from pretty ugly (and full of A LOT of crap) to what I now call my hip family home. This makeover was a pretty insane whirlwind. With the early arrival of my daughter Evelyn, I was left to complete this makeover with a needy fussy newborn and an incredibly mischievous toddler in tow. How I finished three rooms in roughly three weeks while recovering from labour is nothing short of a miracle. But now I love my home and feel very house proud. My home is still very much a work in progress, but the peace I feel in having completed rooms is so good. I hope you enjoy!


I have hinted that over the last few months some major changes have been happening in my home. Finally it’s time to share them with you- over the next week or two I’ll share each of the projects I’ve undertook in my home and all the great resources I’ve acquired in the process, plus share the video that Style At Home shot covering the transformation. I’m currently busy prepping my segment for The Marilyn Dennis Show and getting excited for IDS events- busy times but exciting times.


Yes, this is my house. Note the attractive maroon accent wall. Also note my sarcasm. When people find out that I design interiors for a living it is often met with a similar, wide eyed exclamation: “YOUR HOUSE MUST BE AMAZING!!!!”

Well my design savvy friends, I can assure you, it is not. Why you might ask? After moving into my bungalow, having two kids under two (all within the span of 18 months), while juggling my business designing LOTS for other people- let’s just say designing for myself was not a top of mind priority. Nay my friends, it was at the bottom of the list.

Well all of this is about to change- over the last few weeks (after giving birth to my daughter Evelyn) I have been busy. And you’re coming along for the ride. The team over at StyleAtHome.com has been in and out of my house filming the process of making my house my own (finally!). So excited to share it with you. (You can also watch how I helped Natalie, Style At Home’s senior web editor, make her condo her own here).

In the meantime, here are more hideous photos of how ugly my house was:

This is going to be my son’s new room. Above, it looks like an episode from Hoarders. Also, note the coral lacy drapes.

This will be my new home office. Note again, the lacy drapes.And lastly, my very beige living room. That’s my son protesting against the beige.

One last thing- thanks to everyone who entered my One Of A Kind Show ticket giveaway. After entering the numerous comments and tweets into random.org the winners of a pair of tickets are:

Winners, expect an email from me with how to get your tickets. Congrats and thanks to all who entered!

Magazine styling demystified with Margot Austin

The other day (before the whirlwind of having my second child!) I had the pleasure of running into Margot Austin (Senior Design Editor of Style At Home magazine) on Queen Street W. She was shopping for ribbon at Mokuba, I was buying chairs for a client at Design Republic. As I was getting ready to style two spaces for photoshoots the next day, I had to pick this editor’s brain on the science that goes into styling a space for print. (And there is a science).

What she shared with me was gold: use a mix of textures, a bit of old and new, and don’t overdue it. She empathized that sometimes it’s a scramble on shoot day for the perfect accessory, and reminded me that everything looks different through a camera lens.

For more of her insights on styling for magazines, check out her post on the Style At Home blog. It’s a good one.

Style At Home Webisode is live!

This project was such a joy to work on. I worked with Natalie Bahadur, Senior Web Editor at Style At Home magazine to transform her condo from very blah to totally glam. I made a new friend in the process and discovered some pretty fantastic resources along the way. Here is our shopping list and enjoy the video!

Couch and chair- Goodwin collection (discontinued) West Elm
Pillows- HomeSense $14.99
Branch occasional tables- West Elm
Shagrila Rug (x2)- The Home Depot $129
Book / storage shelves- Walmart $99
Clear lamps with silver shades- Walmart $39
Montclair Mirrors- Canadian Tire $49.99
Wallpaper- Marimekko Lumimarja from New Wall
Drapery- Ready Made by InVu Drapery Co.
Solid Onyx Bamboo Flooring- Tarkett
George Media unit- Walmart, $199.96
Black branches and vase- Walmart
Custom encaustic art piece above TV- RLS Studios, custom pricing
White frames- Walmart, $14.99 – $19.99
Cabinet spraying- Beresford Inc., custom pricing
Amerock Cabinet pulls- The Home Depot, $3.99
Writing Desk- The Shopping Channel, $239.98
Ghost chair- Design Republic, $125
Black chandelier- The Shopping Channel
White light fixtures- Debbie Travis, Canadian Tire
Blue vases- Debbie Travis, Canadian Tire

Lisa’s outfit- Mexx maternity

Photos by Tanja Tiziana


Meet Tim Welsby. He is the brains (and brawn) behind Beresford Inc. While I was picking up paint for the gables in Natalie’s condo today, I asked if I could get a tour and see why it is SO worth it to hire a professional to spray your furniture for you. This is where the magic happens. This silver area is where furniture goes to get new life. The area is outfitted with a HUGE overhead vent- that he demonstrated for me. I was worried about Tim’s lungs but I think I’m more worried about his ears- this thing is LOUD! But it keeps the over spray contained and allows him to work on huge projects (a few antique armoires and reclaimed doors were waiting to be sprayed while I was on site).

Once upon a time I pondered if I could spray my kitchen cabinets myself. It can’t be that hard, right? Rent a sprayer, get some lacquer, throw down some tarps? When I asked Tim if anyone could spray, he politely shook his head no.

It takes a patient hand, technique, the proper space and equipment to do the job properly. Even the smallest of projects, like giving new life to a lamp or to a decorative accessory, requires proper technique. “When spraying small projects at home many people will try and get as much coverage as possible out of the spray can on the first go,” Tim says. “It is all about small, even bursts and light coats so you avoid drips and splotches.”

It was an interesting sneak peek at how furniture goes from drab to fab. His studio is an incredible chasm of furniture waiting for new life. I find it completely fascinating that a piece of furniture can go from tired and worn to sparkly and new with the hands of a pro. You can see Tim’s handywork in Natalie’s condo (reveal date in 7 days and counting!) or visit his website for more information. Here are a few images from his Toronto shop:

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As a fashion lover at heart (I love it when Carrie says in SATC2 that she’s been cheating on fashion with furniture- sometimes I feel that way too) it’s textiles and patterns that get this designer giddy. A fantastic pattern can enliven a room with more simple furniture elements, or add texture to a neutral colour palette.

This is the approach we are taking in Natalie’s condo. Grey sofa, white rug, white accessories (take a look at the design direction here) could look really boring or sterile without variety of pattern and texture.

So we’ve injected this (progress shot!):

I was introduced to this Marimekko wallpaper by the lovely Maria at New Wall. We installed it ourselves- which I normally leave to the pros but since the pattern match was pretty easy we decided to give it a go ourselves- big props to my assistant Kristelle Pabon.

New Wall has got some pretty incredible offerings. Maria was kind enough to give me an in-home preview of wallpaper launching in the fall (I am told I was the first to crack the spine on the NEW Marimekko collection, which features from pretty whimsical cow papers in lime and fuchsia). Take a look at some of the yummy offerings, or visit their website for more info:

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If you have been following my posts you will know I am working on a fun project with Style At Home magazine. You can read about it here, here and here.

Well since I reviewed the original design with Natalie (pictured here) we’ve made some changes:

Natalie felt grey couches would be a better option for her lifestyle. So instead of white we have selected the Goodwin Sofa from West Elm (#1). I found it at an incredible price (and in nearly new condition) on Craigslist (what what!). I love it for the colour & modern angular lines. I’m excited about (#2) these mirrors from Moveline Liquidators. Gently used from a hotel suite it has also helped keep us on budget. For a bit of softness against the lines of the sofa we’re going with a pair of these tables (#3) again from West Elm. We may spray them different colour- I’ll decide when they are in the space. And again, to add some softness, I am in love with (#4) this Marimekko wallpaper from Newwall. Maria from Newwall helped convince me this deserves an entire wall in the space. Cannot wait!

Keep reading about the process on Natalie’s blog and stay tuned for the final reveal.


Exciting news- I’ve been invited by web editor Natalie Bahadur to help out on a webisode series Style At Home is producing. For before pictures and a peek at the design take a look below. It’s going to be fresh, feminine and keeping with the theme of “livable luxury.” Excited.