Thursday, September 18, 2014

Beach House & Pinterest

My new infatuation:

After 12 years, two daughters growing up with summers waterskiing, tubing, wake-boarding, camping, swimming and marshmallow roasts, we've decided to put our woodsy cottage up for sale. The girls have grown up and now we find ourselves on the brink of empty-nesting. I turn my attentions to our future and where we can grow into our golden years a little less ruggedly. Enter the Beach House idea! My Pinterest addition is facilitating this new infatuation, so I'll only give you a taste of it here
JoAnn Barwick Interiors


Friday, August 8, 2014

Carrothers and Associates Architects - Reno

A Carrothers & Associates project was selected as a finalist in this year’s 2014 OHBA Awards of Distinction held in Ottawa. (Most Outstanding Home Renovation Category $250,000 – $500,000)
Check out the before! WOW!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Styling Part 2

Imagine this photo without the greenery and flowers. Now take away the chair by the fireplace. Mmm, now it's lacking, right? The chair, while breaking up the symmetry, adds its own interest to the room and how inviting a spot to sit! The palms and flowers gives this otherwise straight-laced living room, an almost tropical feel, but more safari...worldly.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Styling Tips from Houzz

To continue on my quest for great house photos, and as promised, here are the styling tips I found on Houzz (various articles). I tried them out on my kitchen, after hiding almost EVERYTHING!!! See what you think...oh, and these tips go for all rooms.


  • Put the lid down (yes, that is what they Bathrooms.
  • Hide everything - my kitchen is never this sparse.
  • Put shiny, new, lidded pot on the stove - check.
  • Use flowers - the more dramatic, the better. I didn't have dramatic, but I did have cute Oxalis aka shamrock.
  • Play with tablescape arrangements.
  • Tell a story - now, I feel that if I replaced the bowl of fruit with a wooden cutting board, lots of colourful peppers and a bottle of balsamic vinegar, that would have told a story, a yummy one. 

  • Declutter.
  • Go for symmetry.
  • Simple dining settings (I have a hideous old antique table which I'm saving to replace, so I saved you from that sight)
  • Pull out chairs at a workspace.
  • Place a tray with books and bowl or vase on ottoman.
  • As previous mentioned, use natural and artificial light, but no flash. Unfortunately, I got on the phone with my sister and missed the morning light, but you can see that shot here, along with the progress shots.
  • AND use rule of third (don't point camera so corner is at the centre of photo).
Happy Saturday!

Joanne xox