Ottawa Home and Garden Show

Check out the most recent CTV MORNING LIVE segment, which aired Friday March 7th, for ideas on GUEST BEDROOMS:

Here are the essentials:

  1. At least 2 sets of pillows for each sleeper so they can use them to sit up and read in bed or use one as a body pillow.  Don't overdo the decorative pillows (1 max)!
  2. A headboard that is upholstered to lean against is comfortable for sitting and reading in bed.
  3. Bedside tables - I like to use chests with drawers in them for vistors that may want to store a few items.
  4. Lamps - The bottom of lamp shades should be located at shoulder level when seated in bed.  It's important to get the scale right typically at least 30" high from a standard bedside table.
  5. Drapery that blocks out the light is ideal for a restful sleep.
  6. Include some reading material like a few recent bestsellers or magazines or a notepad for guests to jot down any creative ideas they have or notes.
  7. Think in layers so guests can regulate temperature when they sleep - flat sheet, blanket, duvet plus another blanket if required.  These layers allow you to play with colors and patterns.
  8. Hotel style or white waffle weave duvet covers make a room feel fresh and clean.  Both are easily laundered as white can be bleached.  White is a great foil for other colours and patterns in your bedding.
  9. In lieu of a luggage rack, a bench at the foot of your bed or an upholstered chair if space permits, feels more luxurious, even if only to lay clothes or bags on.


Spring must be around the corner at this time of year!  I will be on the main stage at the Ottawa Home and Garden Show on Thursday, March 20th at 6pm and Saturday, March 22nd at 2pm presenting "BE INSPIRED BY THE ARTFUL MIX".  A Q&A session will follow (so bring your design questions)!  I will be showcasing a new collection of chairs by local furniture designer, Christopher Solar ( and explaining how you could incorporate them into your home.  He received numerous accolades after presenting his work at the Interior Design Show in Toronto last month.  The show should provide a wealth of ideas and sources for  those about to embark on their own projects.  For information on show details and tickets, visit the link below: