Sunday, May 1, 2011

Big Blue... An old window becomes new

So Carrie from the Passionate Home and me are up to our old tricks again and came up with this beautiful new piece. The inspiration and starting point for this project was again centred around a beautiful old worn out window. I picked up the window from Carrie's store ( and brought it straight to my shop where I spent the next few hours designing a piece that would compliment the over all look and feel of the window as well as designing a piece that would be functional and of course look amazing.

What I came up with was this pretty cool looking unit that has a ton of character and function to boot. I decided to paint it a "Robins egg blue" a colour I felt would just PoP in any space and draw ones attention to it immediately.

As you can also see I spent a fair bit of time distressing the unit to give it that old and worn look, kinda makes it look like it could have been pulled out of an old barn and brought back to life after years of wear and tear.

So if you like what you see and would like to take this beautiful one of a kind piece home then you have to pay Carrie a visit at The Passionate Home in Langley before this beauty is gone. Or if you have a project in mind that you would love to have built then contact me at: for more inforation on how we can build something special for you!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Old can be new again.

I approached Carrie from The Passionate Home a while back to see about possibly building some furniture for her store.
She came up with a brilliant idea to build furniture from old and reclaimed pieces.

Our first piece is based off an old window that Carrie was able to find. As soon as I saw the window I knew I was going to have fun creating something around it.
I was able to design and build a very functional cabinet around the window that not only looks good but also looks like it could have been around for the last 50 years. I painted the piece cloud white with light black rub through on all the edges.

I was able to build this unit entirely out of scrap and off cuts out of my shop
making this piece truly sustainable and one of a kind. The inside of the piece is stained a beautiful warm brown colour which works well to contrast with the white outside. I kept the original handle on the window to keep everything as unique as possible, plus the weathered handle looks so cool with the many coats of chipped paint around it.

This project has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of taking something that otherwise has come to the end of its life and turning it into something that will live on for many years to come

So if you are looking for something truly unique and a piece that will be the center of any conversation check out and get your hands on this beautiful piece before its gone.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Black is back.

As you can see by the lack of any new content,I have been crazy busy for the last 4 months. So its a new year and as with everything else there is always new design trends to follow. One of the trends this year is in my opinion not really very new but to some it may seem like a pretty bold and dramatic move.

I am talking about the colour black, well its not really a colour but we wont get into the details. Using black as a colour in small doses has always been the rule of thumb for any interior designer and for a very good reason. Black as Lynda Reveevs puts it " is the eyebrow on your face, the dot at the end of a sentence, the frame on a photo, the knob on a door". black has the ability to cut through, punctuate and define a space. One designer trick is to place a single black standing lamp in a room, this helps to anchor and define the space. So use a little bit of black to help define your space, got it. But wait. This years trend goes above and beyond that. Think black dishes, black lamps, black mirror frames, off-black floors and of course black furniture.
Most furniture manufactures have expanded their furniture line to include black as a finish option. Ethan Allen, Restoration hardware and even Ikea all offer a line of black furniture and furnishings.

As with any good design moderation is key. Using black is all about layers, it is an essential colour to throw into your decorating mix but don't make it the be all end all. The great thing about black is that it goes with anything. Its like that little black dress, its the chameleon colour. Do you have an old piece of furniture that you think just has to go? Paint it black, add some new hardware and you will be amazed at the results.

Black has an amazing power to visually pull together a room, it can be edgy or it can be elegant either way when all else fails this year why don't you try black.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Teri Conrad stops by the shop

Teri Conrad from Redbarn Group came by the shop last week and shot this little diddy.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Styles and Finishes

Alot of people ask me what style of furniture I build. The truth is I don't typically stick to one particular style or look. The great thing about working with individual clients is that I get to build a variety of styles, looks and designs. I always take into account the existing furniture in each clients home as well as the overall space. By taking the time to sit down with each client I am able to design a piece of furniture that suits their individual needs. So it might be modern, contemporary or shabby chic either way each piece is built with care and attention to detail. At Out Of Line Designs we take pride in being able to build our clients the perfect piece of furniture to fit perfectly in their homes.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Let the Blog begin

Well this is my first Blog, it has been a long time coming. I thought it would be fitting to let you know a little bit more about me and what has led to starting my own business. I have always loved creating, building and designing. Ever since I was a kid I loved to use my hands to build things and soon grew to love woodworking. After graduating High school I enrolled in a Joinery apprenticeship program at B.C.I.T and earned my Red Seal Ticket in Joinery and Millwork. I worked for several cabinet and furniture companies for the next few years and grew increasingly aware of my love for design. After several years in the woodworking industry I decided to further my education and enrolled in the Interior Design program at B.C.I.T.

I now have my diploma in Interior Design to add to my technical and hands on skills. Starting Out Of Line Designs has given me the opportunity to develop my skills as both a designer and builder. I love meeting with clients to design a piece that compliments the rest of their home, then taking those designs back to my shop to build and bring to reality. Nothing brings me more pleasure than being able to take a simple drawing or sketch and turn it into an amazing piece of furniture. I love going to work every day... To Create - Build - Inspire It's what I do.