HOW TO NAVIGATE THROUGH LIFE AS A WORKING MOM

HOW TO NAVIGATE THROUGH LIFE AS A WORKING MOM

Hello my friends! I feel like it's been a while since I have shared what is going on in my family, so today I am sharing an update on what it is like to be a working mom of 6, and share a tool that has been really helpful in navigating through life as a mom on the go...

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HOW TO CREATE A DEPENDABLE LAUNDRY ROOM

HOW TO CREATE A DEPENDABLE LAUNDRY ROOM

As a mom, a lot of people depend on us. And this couldn't be more true for Alison, a firefighter and mom of 5-year old Gwen, who I recently had the pleasure of working with to totally overhaul her laundry room. At work, people depend on Alison to help...

TIME MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR BUSY MOMS

TIME MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR BUSY MOMS

A few weeks ago, I was so fortunate to speak at The BabyTime Show (now called The Baby and Toddler Show) here in Toronto. It was so much fun. I had an amazing weekend where I partnered with a few brands for my booth / live stage presentation, and I connected with...

HOW TO BE A GREAT MOM AND FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS

HOW TO BE A GREAT MOM AND FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS

The juggle, that is motherhood, is real. Between laundry, dishes, diapers and nap times, how do you fit in a date night, exercise, or anything else without losing your mind?!? We as moms juggle so much! But what I have learned in almost 11 years of business, and seven...

LEASIDE FAMILY HOME

LEASIDE FAMILY HOME

LEASIDE FAMILY HOME A custom sofa and pillows keep the aesthetic of this Leaside family home polished and serene. The addition of a window bench adds necessary storage for this growing family.

AURORA FAMILY HOME

AURORA FAMILY HOME

AURORA FAMILY HOME A builder basic home gets a serious style upgrade via refaced cabinets, crown moulding and a whole lot of bling.

MODERN HOME GYM

MODERN HOME GYM

MODERN HOME GYM I transformed my home gym as part of the One Room Challenge from a dark and dingy storage room to a bright and modern home gym. Read about the 6-week process here.

SMALL SPACE BATHROOM

SMALL SPACE BATHROOM

SMALL SPACE BATHROOM Compact square footage calls for a sleek vanity and use of wall storage. A monochromatic colour palette ensures the space feels spacious. As featured in the #CILPremiumBeauty Challenge.

HOME DECOR & RENOVATIONS

HOME DECOR & RENOVATIONS

As the cold weather sets in and the days get shorter and shorter, ensuring our bedrooms feel like sanctuaries becomes so much more important.

HOW TO NAVIGATE THROUGH LIFE AS A WORKING MOM

HOW TO NAVIGATE THROUGH LIFE AS A WORKING MOM

Hello my friends! I feel like it's been a while since I have shared what is going on in my family, so today I am sharing an update on what it is like to be a working mom of 6, and share a tool that has been really helpful in navigating through life as a mom on the go...

CHANGES COMING SOON!

CHANGES COMING SOON!

Very excited to announce new changes coming to the website- while I will continue to offer select interior design services, I am changing things around here to reflect my love of helping moms unvcover and experience their most authentic life. Stay tuned for more! To...

WHAT NEW MOMS REALLY NEED TO KNOW

WHAT NEW MOMS REALLY NEED TO KNOW

She's here! She's here!  I am so excited to share with you all that 2 weeks ago, we had our 7th baby, Phoebe Margaret! She is incredibly sweet, and so far the adjustment has been pretty amazing. The older kids have been champion helpers and my little...

HOW TO CREATE A MODERN PLAYROOM- MY FULL BASEMENT TOUR

HOW TO CREATE A MODERN PLAYROOM- MY FULL BASEMENT TOUR

My friends, I did it! It's done! This is the third home tour in a series I did of my #canningcabin, a new home for my family that I have spent the last 4 months renovating and decorating (all while pregnant with our 7th child LOL). You can check out my main floor...

HOW TO CREATE A LUXE BEDROOM WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

HOW TO CREATE A LUXE BEDROOM WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

I don't know about you, but in all the houses I have lived in, I have always left decorating my bedroom for last. I'm not alone, right? I find its pretty common that people spend lots of energy, effort and funds decorating more public spaces, or...

HOW TO INCORPORATE A HOME OFFICE IN A MASTER BEDROOM

HOW TO INCORPORATE A HOME OFFICE IN A MASTER BEDROOM

When you are an entrepreneur, work happens everywhere- in the car, at the kitchen table, even in your bed! But there eventually comes a point when it is time to create a dedicated office space for everyone's sanity and productivity- and that is exactly what I did...

WHAT I WISH ALL MOMS KNEW

WHAT I WISH ALL MOMS KNEW

It's Mother's Day, and I have been reflecting a lot on my journey as a mom. Oh my word, it has been a journey full of ups, downs, pivots, spins. There are so many things that I know now, after 9 years of experience, and almost 7 babies later, that I wish every...

GUILT FREE ME-TIME FOR MOMS

GUILT FREE ME-TIME FOR MOMS

As a busy working mom of 6 (soon to be 7!) children, time out times are really important to me. Taking moments to myself (even if they are just a moment) are so important to me as they allow me to recharge, and provide the attention and energy necessary to give to my...

MEET ME AT THE BABYTIME SHOW!

MEET ME AT THE BABYTIME SHOW!

If you've been following along on my Instagram, you know I've been talking quite a bit about coaching and life design lately. In fact, I am kind of obsessed! I am obsessed with the concept of moms designing their lives around what matters most, and helping...

TOP RELAXING SPOTS FOR TIRED MOMS IN TORONTO

TOP RELAXING SPOTS FOR TIRED MOMS IN TORONTO

Self-care has been big time on my mind as we have been recovering from moving houses- and I am soaking it in in all forms! As a mom of a bunch of small kids (and pregnant on top of it) I must say I need to sit down at least ten times a day!  In my pursuit of my...

HOW TO SURVIVE A MOVE WITH KIDS AND NOT LOSE YOUR MIND

HOW TO SURVIVE A MOVE WITH KIDS AND NOT LOSE YOUR MIND

I recently moved my family of 6 kids from our 2000 square foot home that we lovingly renovated from top to bottom, to a 6000 square foot cabin in the woods (but steps from a Starbucks just ten minutes north of where I was before at the north end of Toronto,...

CREATING THE ULTIMATE CRAFT ROOM

CREATING THE ULTIMATE CRAFT ROOM

I wouldn't exactly call me a crafter (my lifestyle of 6 children and a business means I am more of a DIFM than a DIY-er), but I might change my ways after creating this space for my most recent sponsored makeover! I partnered with some incredible brands to...

6 WAYS TO COPE WHEN YOUR SPOUSE HAS DEPRESSION

6 WAYS TO COPE WHEN YOUR SPOUSE HAS DEPRESSION

#BellLetsTalk is this week here in Canada, and this event, which brings awareness and raises funds for mental health initiatives in Canada, was what first got me talking about my husband's struggle with depression and anxiety (you can read my previous blog posts here...

DAY IN LIFE: BALANCING WORK AND BABY

DAY IN LIFE: BALANCING WORK AND BABY

My life as an entrepreneur takes me to all kinds of interesting places, and can put interesting demands on my time. And with 6 kids at home, fitting everything in can be a logistical exercise to say the least! So today on the blog, I thought I would share with you how...

WHY EVERY BEDROOM NEEDS A FIREPLACE

WHY EVERY BEDROOM NEEDS A FIREPLACE

Where I live in Toronto, Canada, we have had an incredibly cold winter. Like minus 30, freeze your toes, can't feel your face cold. And these cold temperatures have got me craving everything spring! But until then, it's cozy scarves, fur blankets, and doing...

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017

A very happy new year dear readers!!! I hope the holidays were restful, meaningful, and full of joy. As I sit down to write this blog post, I am surrounded by boxes as we prepare to move our family into our brand new home! 2017 was a year of adventure and change, and...

HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR LAUNDRY ROOM

HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR LAUNDRY ROOM

Laundry rooms are on of my favourite spaces to design. I'm not sure if it's because they are often dark and dingy neglected spaces where storage items go to die (anyone remember what my laundry room used to look like?!), or if it's because it's an area where so much...

HOW TO SIMPLIFY HOME AND AUTO INSURANCE

HOW TO SIMPLIFY HOME AND AUTO INSURANCE

When I was a child, I dreamed of what my life would look like as a grown up. I dreamed up what kind of a house I would have (a red brick house with a white picket fence), the kind of car I would drive (my dream car when I was 12 was a pink convertible), and of course...

DO YOU NEED A BREAKTHROUGH?

DO YOU NEED A BREAKTHROUGH?

Hello!!!!! First of all, big time apologies for the lack of blogging over the last little while. As I have shared over on Instagram, my family is going through a brand new transition, and that has occupied quite a bit of my time. We are moving. And our decision to...

HOW TO FIND YOUR FAMILY’S UNIQUE INTERIOR DESIGN STYLE

HOW TO FIND YOUR FAMILY’S UNIQUE INTERIOR DESIGN STYLE

Interior design to me is so much more than beautiful things. If you've been following my adventures on YouTube, you know how passionately I feel about families thriving at home, and how your home sets the stage for lasting memories. But how do you actually do that?...

TRANSITIONAL KITCHEN REVEAL: A TALE OF TWO HOUSES

TRANSITIONAL KITCHEN REVEAL: A TALE OF TWO HOUSES

If you have been following me for a while you know I have taken part a few times in Calling It Home's One Room Challenge. I have completed my home gym, and my laundry room in this mad dash challenge, and just this past spring I completed this amazing modern...

WHY EVERYONE NEEDS A MENTOR

WHY EVERYONE NEEDS A MENTOR

I've been running my own business for the last ten years. (Sidenote: I honestly cannot believe it has been ten years. I feel like I have literally blinked and it happened). In the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing, Literally no idea. I just kept chugging...

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING GUIDE

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING GUIDE

My friends, I did it. As I shared recently on the blog, I was really determined to not leave back-to-school shopping to the very last minute. In years past, I was the mom staring at empty racks of school uniform clothing, going to multiple stores to try and find Bento...

IS A CRUISE RIGHT FOR YOU?

IS A CRUISE RIGHT FOR YOU?

We recently returned from a week long Caribbean adventure on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. The ship was spectacular and my children had a pretty epic adventure. In my son John's words, "it was literally the best thing ever!" My husband and I, while we enjoyed...

BACK-TO-SCHOOL WITH PLAY-DOH

BACK-TO-SCHOOL WITH PLAY-DOH

I literally cannot believe I just typed the words back-to-school [SUMMER DO NOT LEAVE ME], but if I am really honest, this is the year I finally learn from previous years mistakes and actually buy back to school stuff EARLY. [Side note: don't try to buy school...

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO SURVIVE A ROAD TRIP WITH KIDS

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO SURVIVE A ROAD TRIP WITH KIDS

You guys- we did it again. My husband Josh and packed our six kids into our van and drove 1,946 km to Southwest Florida from our home in Toronto, Canada. You can read about our past trips to Ave Maria and Naples, Florida here, and read my family travel tips here! Like...

PLAYING TOURIST IN MY CITY WITH MY SIX KIDS

PLAYING TOURIST IN MY CITY WITH MY SIX KIDS

With summer upon us one of my favourite things to do with my family is to play tourist in my own city. A tool that helps me do that, with my six kids with ease is my new Bugaboo Bee⁵- a customizable, compact stroller, perfect for urban city strolls. I...

HOW A MELTDOWN IN MY MINIVAN CHANGE MY LIFE

HOW A MELTDOWN IN MY MINIVAN CHANGE MY LIFE

I'll never forget the day- it was a brisk November morning. I was sitting in my minivan, staring out at a thin dusting of snow that had just blanketed the city. I was parked in front of a residential construction project I was working on, with my head on the steering...

How to navigate through life as a working mom

How to navigate through life as a working mom

Hello my friends! I feel like it's been a while since I have shared what is going on in my family, so today I am sharing an update on what it is like to be a working mom of 6, and share a tool that has been really helpful in navigating through life as a...

How to spring clean your house like a pro

How to spring clean your house like a pro

Spring is FINALLY here and I swear all I want to do is throw all the doors and windows open, diffuse some essential oils and sing Alleluia [cause the Canadian winters are so GOSH DARN LONG]. But the amount of clutter that has accumulated in my house while...

ORC WEEK SIX: MODERN KITCHEN REVEAL

ORC WEEK SIX: MODERN KITCHEN REVEAL

It's reveal time!!!! I am so excited to share with you this labour of love.  For the last six weeks, I've been participating in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling It Home. It's a friendly competition of sorts [we're all winners...

How to survive a renovation

How to survive a renovation

Renovating is hard, yo! It is gruelling. It's costly. It can be the most exciting thing for a family, and the most challenging thing for a family. It is week five of the One Room Challenge, a fun blog challenge put on by Calling It Home. I am...

ORC WEEK FOUR: CREATING UNIQUE SPACES FOR FAMILIES TO THRIVE

ORC WEEK FOUR: CREATING UNIQUE SPACES FOR FAMILIES TO THRIVE

Welcome back- I am so excited to be taking part in the One Room Challenge, where Linda from Calling It Home challenges designers, decor enthusiasts, and DIYers to complete a room in six short weeks. I have done this a few times. Check out my home gym and my...

ORC WEEK THREE: MILLWORK AND WHICH ONE WILL FINISH FIRST?

ORC WEEK THREE: MILLWORK AND WHICH ONE WILL FINISH FIRST?

Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! I've got some fun progress to share. I'm excited to be taking part in the One Room Challenge, a really fun six-week blogging experience where designers and design enthusiasts "compete" so to speak to the finish...

ORC WEEK TWO: 2 NEIGHBOURS, 2 STYLES, 1 DESIGNER

ORC WEEK TWO: 2 NEIGHBOURS, 2 STYLES, 1 DESIGNER

Welcome back to another round of the ORC- the One Room Challenge, where designers / bloggers / design enthusiasts are challenged by Linda at Calling It Home to complete a space in six short weeks! You can see past rooms I have completed as part of this challenge...

ORC WEEK ONE: A TALE OF TWO HOUSES

ORC WEEK ONE: A TALE OF TWO HOUSES

Hello hello and welcome. If you are new here, very happy to have you on my corner of the internet. My name is Lisa Canning, I'm a mom of six and I have worked for the last ten years both in front of the camera and behind the scenes on design television shows like...

How to save time and do what matters most

How to save time and do what matters most

While I love designing homes, I really love to design my life- with six small kids and a business, I have to design it very strategically! So I thought this week over on my YouTube channel I would talk about the important topic of designing your ideal week....

How to make your bathroom look like a spa

How to make your bathroom look like a spa

If you've been following my blog and my social channels lately, you'll know that self care has been on my mind! So when the photos of this bathroom project I recently completed came into my inbox, the timing was kinda perfect. Who doesn't love a long soak...

How to make more time for yourself

How to make more time for yourself

As a mom of 6 little kids and a business owner, time management is basically a necessary survival strategy! Without it I perish! OK, that's a little dramatic but I definitely have had to increase my ability to manage my time as my family size, and business...

How to get over a bad day

How to get over a bad day

Bad days- we all have them. There are days when I get out of bed and everything seems to be against me from the start. I am sure you know what I mean- I'm talking about the kinds of days where things don't seem to go your way, where disappointment and...

The best books I read in 2016

The best books I read in 2016

The best productivity hack I discovered in 2016 was audiobooks. The ability to consume information while cleaning the house, driving, and running errands has been a total game changer for me! Last year, I consumed a few books that really challenged me- here they are...

It’s a boy! Welcome baby James

It’s a boy! Welcome baby James

We are thrilled to share the news that just before Christmas we welcomed baby James, our 6th baby, into the world! It has been a whirlwind of an adjustment period- so much joy, so much chaos, so many children home from school (!!!) and so many cuddles with this...

HOW TO MAKE 2017 YOUR BEST YEAR EVER

HOW TO MAKE 2017 YOUR BEST YEAR EVER

If you've been following my blog for a while you know I love to plan. When you have almost 6 children, ages 7 and under, and you're an entrepreneur, it's not really possible to get through life successfully without a little planning. But don't think I...

Last Minute Stress-Free Holiday Guide

Last Minute Stress-Free Holiday Guide

Are you overwhelmed and feeling behind with holiday prep this year? Do you have a Christmas shopping list so long you don't know where to begin? Are you feeling the pressure of time as Christmas gets closer and closer?   Well I have your back! I have created a...

How to keep it simple and stress free this Christmas

How to keep it simple and stress free this Christmas

This year we are keeping things really simple for Christmas. Mainly, it is out of necessity as I am incredibly pregnant with baby #6 (36 weeks!!!). But it is also out of principle. I just want to enjoy the holidays, and not be stressed in the preparations for...

Why You Should Write Your Own Obituary

Why You Should Write Your Own Obituary

I can remember the day clearly. I was sitting on my living room couch, reading Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkevy's newest book Living Forward on my iPhone. I had just finished writing one of the exercises in the book and I could not believe the words I was...

How to pick the best appliances for your family

How to pick the best appliances for your family

Renovating is hard. Part of the reason renovating is so hard is the sheer number of decisions that need to be made - many of them costly ones. So to help you navigate one part of the decision making process and hopefully make renovating a little easier...

How to make Halloween fun and stress free

How to make Halloween fun and stress free

I love Pinterest. I use it all the time for inspiration- however, my schedule doesn't allow me to do many of the labour intensive DIY projects that come up around the holidays. And in truth, even if I attempted them, I can guarantee that many of them would be an...

How to keep going when you have run out of steam

How to keep going when you have run out of steam

When you tackle a big project- like renovating a house, or creating a new product- you know you are going to face opposition. Regardless of how great your team is, or how strategic your plans are- it can still be really tough. Life can have a way of putting up...

How to create the coziest bedroom ever

How to create the coziest bedroom ever

The transition from Summer to Fall is probably my favourite- I just love how crisp the air gets and the changing colours of the leaves. It also presents my favourite time to swap out decor- when the furs, knits and cozy textiles come out. If you're craving a...

Saying goodbye to summer

Saying goodbye to summer

It is hard to believe the summer has come to an end. For my family, it was summer of being stretched- I stretched my design muscles by redoing our backyard,  we were stretched to trust in God when our third child was in hospital for 5 days with a stomach...

4 ways to be a better wife and mother

4 ways to be a better wife and mother

After the summer we have had (which included a sick child in hospital, a car breaking down on our way to Florida, altered vacation plans, increased expenses, and a general necessity to rely on God and be flexible), I've been reflecting a lot on what it means to be...

How to make a small living room feel large

How to make a small living room feel large

Let me tell you how I live- I live in 1290 square feet on my main floor with 5 kids, one husband, and a baby coming in January! It is small- so if you live small too I FEEL YOU. And fear not, your living room can feel super large with a few strategies. Here are a few...

5 EASY WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN

5 EASY WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN

We all strive to be healthy... right? If you're anything like me, you put working out and eating well on the goals list, eat healthy for a period and then it's right back to old habits again (poutine is my kryptonite).  After working with...

How to decorate your room on a budget

How to decorate your room on a budget

I started my career designing a house on HGTV for a whopping $30,000 for the ENTIRE house including the kitchen. It was intense. I dove into dumpsters and flexed some serious DIY. Fast forward almost 10 years and it's not difficult for me to spend $30,000 on a single...

How to plan the best family vacation

How to plan the best family vacation

As I have mentioned on the blog before, I love traveling with my family. It's not always easy (I would not call 24 hours of driving in a car with small kids "easy" by any means), but the results are so worth it. If you're itching to go somewhere with the remaining...

4 podcasts that will change your life

4 podcasts that will change your life

My work takes me all kinds of places- which means I spend a lot of time in my car. While I love singing along to some Bruno or some Taylor when it comes on the radio, I honestly spend most my time in the car listening to podcasts or books on tape.  If the summer...

Super Easy Ways to Make Family Road Trips Amazing

Super Easy Ways to Make Family Road Trips Amazing

I love to travel- and when I became a parent a part of me thought my traveling days were done. How do you pack for a baby? What if you forget something at home? Forget one baby, how on earth will I manage traveling with multiple babies?!?! Fast forward 7 years...

How to plan your outdoor renovation like a pro

How to plan your outdoor renovation like a pro

My backyard! It is done! And I cannot wait to share the full reveal with you right here.  I approached my backyard in a similar way to how I design my interiors- with strategic and practical solutions customized to my family's unique values and...

Why you should care about interior mouldings

Why you should care about interior mouldings

Special thanks to Metrie for partnering with me on this post.  When I was just starting out as a young designer, I did not understand interior mouldings. Crown mouldings, baseboards, trim, chair rail- it was all very confusing to me. The vast number of options...

Essential Backyard Gadgets That Your Family Will Love You For

Essential Backyard Gadgets That Your Family Will Love You For

Exciting news! After living with a backyard that was essentially a mosquito haven and where you could barely distinguish the grass from the weeds, we are embarking on a fun outdoor renovation- and of course I am going to share it all with you here. In anticipation for...

How to reduce overwhelm when you are a new parent

How to reduce overwhelm when you are a new parent

Today's post topic makes me laugh out loud because I really need to be reminded of this advice. If you follow me on instagram (or you heard it from my mother) you might know we are expecting baby Canning #6! New life in our house is a really exciting thing- I...

4 essential questions to help you focus on what matters

4 essential questions to help you focus on what matters

At the end of 2014 I experienced a really low point in my personal life. My career was on a crazy high- I was earning money, I was feeling fulfilled, but the trade-offs were taking their toll. I was leaving the house before my children would wake up, coming home...

How to create a gallery wall as unique as you

How to create a gallery wall as unique as you

I love a good gallery wall. They can tell a really compelling story, and for this reason I love putting them in the homes of families I work with. But creating a gallery wall can be difficult- what goes in one? What colours do you use? Or do you do them all black...

REVEAL: COTTAGE KITCHEN IN 6 WEEKS

REVEAL: COTTAGE KITCHEN IN 6 WEEKS

Well 6 weeks certainly flew by! So excited to share this little cottage kitchen project I have been working on for the 6 week #oneroomchallenge hosted by Calling It Home. I had so much fun working on my home gym, and my laundry room in past challenges, I thought...

How to dramatically improve a dated kitchen: ORC Week 4

How to dramatically improve a dated kitchen: ORC Week 4

I love designing kitchens- they are like a fun puzzle, especially when you get to start from scratch like I did in this recent kitchen above (photographed by the lovely Valerie Wilcox for Style At Home). But it's not always necessary to start from scratch....

Why stopping social media was the best thing ever

Why stopping social media was the best thing ever

For the last 30 days I have been without social media. And I survived. When my husband challenged me to the concept of a sabbatical that included zero social media for 30 days I knew it was going to be hard. And it was really hard.  For the first 2 days I had...

What happened to renovations being easy? ORC WEEK 3

What happened to renovations being easy? ORC WEEK 3

Every time I have renovated some kind of drama has ensued. Sometimes, it's happy drama, like how emotional I got when my new window was installed in my living room. (I cried, you can watch the waterworks here). Other times, it is dramatic drama, like how...

ORC WEEK 2: BUILDING A DESIGN SCHEME

ORC WEEK 2: BUILDING A DESIGN SCHEME

As I mentioned last week, I am taking part in the One Room Challenge, a really fun design experience where designers and bloggers create a space in 6-weeks and capture all the antics week by week. The whole thing is put together by the lovely Linda at Calling It...

ORC Week 1: How to renovate a cottage kitchen

ORC Week 1: How to renovate a cottage kitchen

If you've been following my blog over the past few weeks you know I just recently took a full month sabbatical from work and social media. You can read why I did it here. It's great fun to return back to the land of the internet with another round of the One...

Video: my basement and home office renovation

Video: my basement and home office renovation

My basement was covered in paneling and cedar shingles. Seriously- who decided putting roofing on a wall was a good idea?!? You can catch the third instalment of a video partnership I have with Style At Home, my basement and home office makeover here. The before and...

VIDEO: MY MASTER BEDROOM AND BATHROOM

VIDEO: MY MASTER BEDROOM AND BATHROOM

Wow wow wow I have to start this post with a great big thank you for the love and warm wishes on my video collaboration with Style At Home. If you're just joining me, I recently completed a renovation of my Toronto semi-detached home which took so long I had not...

Why I suddenly checked my relationship with social media

Why I suddenly checked my relationship with social media

For the next 4 weeks I am doing something I have never done before- I am taking a sabbatical.  For 4 weeks I am taking a planned sabbatical not just from my work- I am also removing all social media accounts from my phone.  If you know me well, you will know...

Video: My living room and kitchen

Video: My living room and kitchen

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know we embarked on a pretty ambitious renovation of our Toronto semi-detached home in 2015. We started it when we were a family of just 3 kids- and finished it as a family of 5! You read that right- designing and...

5 ESSENTIALS TO A MODERN HOME GYM

5 ESSENTIALS TO A MODERN HOME GYM

Physical fitness has recently become a big time priority to me, as I revealed in a blog post last week. So much so, that for the last One Room Challenge, I decided to makeover my home gym. If you're going to exercise, which let's face it, is hard...

How to balance work around a busy family life

How to balance work around a busy family life

I posted this article to my Facebook wall that garnered some great discussion- the topic was balance, and if it exists.  The article argues that of these 5 things: family, sleep, work, friendships and exercise- you can only do 3 well. The other 2 will suffer....

WHY IT’S WORTH IT TO TIDY UP

WHY IT’S WORTH IT TO TIDY UP

I used to think I would always live in chaos. Hello- I have 5 children. But then I discovered what happens when you tidy up. Don't worry, this isn't another blog post applauding the KonMari method (although don't get me wrong, I am kinda obsessed with her tidy folded...

WHY MY HUSBAND’S DEPRESSION IS A HUGE GIFT

WHY MY HUSBAND’S DEPRESSION IS A HUGE GIFT

When I met depression first hand in my husband for the first time in 2012, I did not think it was a gift. We had 2 small kids, I was pregnant with our third, money was incredibly tight, I was hustling like crazy to build my business. And then depression...

5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOME DECORATING MORE AUTHENTIC

5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOME DECORATING MORE AUTHENTIC

Last week I shared about my struggles to be authentic both online and off, and shared a concrete tool you can use if you'd like to meet your authetnic self. It's been quite the week, as I sat with the cotnent and actually did the Post-it note exercise...

HOW TO BE AUTHENTIC ONLINE

HOW TO BE AUTHENTIC ONLINE

A friend of mine shared this article to Facebook and it really rocked me- 17 Successful People Show How to Become Unmistakable. Particularly, this quote by Jon Acuff really challenged me: “I think to be unmistakable is to live out who you are in all your...

3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF TO MAKE RESOLUTIONS STICK

3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF TO MAKE RESOLUTIONS STICK

Resolutions are great- but not if they don't stick. Are you with me? You swear that this time will be THE time that you'll pray more, get up early, finally work out, finally learn French but a week goes by and the Bible has dust on it, you still hit the snooze...

15 BEST BEFORE AND AFTER TRANSFORMATIONS OF 2015

15 BEST BEFORE AND AFTER TRANSFORMATIONS OF 2015

I really can't believe this year is coming to a close! I'm currently working through Michael Hyatt's 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever and it's always a great exercise to celebrate past wins and evaluate how I can improve. This past year saw the arrival of baby #5, I...

CHRISTMAS AT THE CANNING’S

CHRISTMAS AT THE CANNING’S

From my family to yours, a very Merry Christmas!!!! I hope your celebrations have been amazing. We are still partying on and feeling quite indulgent. Speaking of indulgent, we had the lovely opportunity to celebrate my mom's birthday at my house just before...

HOW TO DECORATE FOR THE HOLIDAYS USING NEUTRALS

HOW TO DECORATE FOR THE HOLIDAYS USING NEUTRALS

I am so excited for the holidays this year for a couple reasons 1) I am out of a cast- having 2 hands for Christmas is basically the best gift ever and 2) it's our second Christmas after our massive #canningreno so it's super fun to feel more at home and...

GIFT GUIDE: WHAT BUSY MOMS WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

GIFT GUIDE: WHAT BUSY MOMS WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

If you're following me on Instagram you know I've had a bit of a health issue recently- through either a scrape or a bug bite on my left hand I developed an infection called cellulitis, which for some reason would not heal, which led me to being on days...

Style at Home

Style at Home

Home makeover with Lisa Canning Interior designer Lisa Canning makes over her living room, home office and son's room, giving her home a fabulous facelift. Watch the video

Global News

Global News

Lisa Canning We talk interior decorating tips, tricks, and what to avoid.

CTV News Kitchener

CTV News Kitchener

Family-Friendly Decor  Design expert Lisa Canning has four young children, so she’s the perfect person to provide family-friendly home décor tips.

CHCH

CHCH

Family-friendly renovating Trying to get a decorator look in your home isn’t always possible for busy families. Designer Lisa Canning is here with tips for family friendly renovating and décor ideas.

Global News

Global News

Home reno survival guide for parents Big home reno projects can be tough. But with kids in the house, things can get even tougher. Design expert Lisa Canning has your survival guide to budgeting a home reno when you’ve got children.

CHCH

CHCH

Spring cleaning the clutter Spring is officially here and designer Lisa Canning is here to help you conquer the clutter if you are living with kids.

Global News

Global News

How to keep your home in tip-top shape with kids running around Design expert Lisa Canning explains how to keep your home organized and in great shapes even with your kids keeping you busy.

CHCH

CHCH

Lisa Canning’s Laundry Lift You could call it one of the most overlooked rooms in your home. Interior designer Lisa Canning is here to show us how a laundry room lift can make chore time easier. Watch the video

Whirlpool

Whirlpool

Lisa Canning & Whirlpool Black Ice Collection Interior designer Lisa Canning shares an inside look at her Whirlpool Black Ice collection – appliances that have made meal time, storage and clean up a breeze for her growing family.

CHCH

CHCH

TIFF15 // Tastemakers Lounge One of the most popular gifting lounges at TIFF gives us a sneak peak into the glitz, glam and swag at the festival. Styled by Canadian designer Lisa Canning the Tastemakers Lounge returns to TIFF for its 11th year. This year the gifting...

ORC WEEK 6: A CHEERFUL HOME GYM

ORC WEEK 6: A CHEERFUL HOME GYM

IT'S DONE! I made it. Praise God, because this was another race to the finish of this amazing blog series called the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda at Calling It Home. We're all challenged to design and reno a room to completion in 6 weeks. I...

Home Decor & Renovations

Home Decor & Renovations

5 Steps To A Sweet Sleep Retreat As the cold weather sets in and the days get shorter and shorter, ensuring our bedrooms feel like sanctuaries becomes so much more important. The bedroom is such an easy place to overlook – and in my experience, it’s often the last...

Savvy Mom

Savvy Mom

Your De-Clutter Checklist for Fall As the cold weather approaches and we prepare to spend more and more time cooped up inside, fall is the perfect time to declutter and get the house ready for the colder months ahead. Here’s a step-by-step checklist to declutter areas...

Home Decor & Renovations

Home Decor & Renovations

A Finished Family Basement In 5 Steps Before our renovation my basement was a dark and dingy mess of wood panelling, cedar shingles on the walls, and a scary dirty furnace room. It was essentially a massive storage room that no one wanted to spend any time in. Post...

Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun

TIFF gifts that keep on giving The movies, the red carpets, the press conferences are all part of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) but there is another side that is only for the VIPs — the celebrity gifting lounges. Read

FAJO Magazine

FAJO Magazine

TIFF 2015: Tastemakers Lounge With the Toronto International Film Festival in full swing, celebrities have flocked to the city to once again hit the Red Carpet. Between press conferences, exclusive parties and interviews, a little pampering goes a long way. And what...

immrfabulous

immrfabulous

Tastemakers Lounge Media Preview   The Tastemakers Lounge for TIFF 2015 is always the place to be during the ten-day Toronto International Film Festival. Read

Savvy Mom

Savvy Mom

9 Ways to Conquer Clutter Permission forms on the counter. Shoes by the door. Sippy cups falling out of the cupboards. You do your best—but clutter has a way of appearing, seemingly overnight. It can be frustrating, especially in September when we’re all looking for a...

Culture Addicts

Culture Addicts

Tastemakers Lounge Canadian gifting suite announces new sponsors for 2015 The countdown to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is on with only a few more days until everything kicks off including the festival’s most coveted gifting suite – the Tastemakers...

Style at Home

Style at Home

Kitchen design: Warm and rustic An outdated kitchen transforms into a welcoming space that strikes a balance between country and contemporary design. This article was also published in the September 2015 Style at Home Magazine. Read

Sothebys Realty

Sothebys Realty

At Home with Lisa Canning A graduate of Ryerson University’s acclaimed School of Fashion, Lisa Canning brought her flair for textiles and colour as she transitioned into designing homes. She has had immense success and is very busy with her Toronto-based interior...

Savvy Mom

Savvy Mom

5 Minutes to An Organized House Keeping a house organized can be an overwhelming task. But if you make organizing a daily commitment, it’s a task that can absolutely be accomplished. If clutter rules your life and you want to climb out from under it, commit to these...

Home Decor & Renovations

Home Decor & Renovations

The New Neutral – Dynamic Neutrals In The Laundry Room In my recently completed laundry room, I really wanted to achieve something serene – but not boring – so I chose to utilize a graphic treatment on my floor. In this space I wanted to remain really practical with...

Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun

Renovate without breaking the bank I argue that how to budget, and what things actually cost, are the most mystifying aspects of a renovation project. Where should you invest, and where should you save? How do you ensure your project doesn’t get way out of control and...

Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun

Make your laundry load a lot lighter I find laundry a grueling task made quite a bit easier if you convert your laundry area into a bright, organized space. After completing my own laundry room for my family of seven, here are my five essential items that can make the...

Savvy Mom

Savvy Mom

5 Time-Saving Cleaning Products That Will Make Your Life Easier While some people love to clean, it’s not a chore I particularly enjoy. But it is a chore that provides important value and care for our homes and our families, so I love finding ways to make it as...

Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun

Can you really trust your contractor? 5 questions to ask to protect your family I have worked with over a hundred contractors as a result of my diverse career, which has included helping families renovate, designing spaces on several HGTV shows and creating sets for...

Savvy Mom

Savvy Mom

Conquer Clutter: Top 5 Organization Tips for a Clutter-Free Home Keeping the family home organized can be a super daunting task—especially when the kids outnumber the adults (like they do in my house)! Here are my top tips for conquering the clutter so you can stay...

Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun

First 5 things every family should do before they renovate In 2014, my husband and I packed up our four small children and the contents of our north Toronto home and embarked on an ambitious home renovation. Read

Savvy Mom

Savvy Mom

5 Time-Saving Home Products for Busy Moms Busy moms need all the help they can get. Luckily there are some pretty innovative products and services on the market that can help you get the work done so you can go back to living life. Here are my top five home products...

Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun

Form and Function x5 Demands on the modern family are high so when a product can serve more than one function, I love it. These items stretch my dollar and keep space footprint low, both really essential things for growing families. Read

ORC WEEK 5: RACE TO THE FINISH LINE

ORC WEEK 5: RACE TO THE FINISH LINE

It's week 5 of the One Room Challenge, an online challenge to get a room designed and finished in 6 weeks hosted by Linda at Calling It Home. My favourite part about it is the camaraderie that exists between all the participants as we race towards the...

Home Decor & Renovations

Home Decor & Renovations

Before our renovation my basement was a dark and dingy mess of wood paneling, cedar shingles on the walls, and a scary dirty furnace room. It was essentially a massive storage room that no one wanted to spend any time in.

Savvy Mom

Savvy Mom

As the cold weather approaches and we prepare to spend more and more time cooped up inside, fall is the perfect time to declutter and get the house ready for the colder months ahead.

HOW TO GET A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP

HOW TO GET A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP

I am a former night owl. (You can read all about my transformation from night owl to early riser here.) While I occasionally slip back into bad habits I feel the impact of the absence of my preferred sleep routine so much it's usually not difficult to get...

ORC WEEK 4: HOW TO STAY FOCUSED TO FINISH STRONG

ORC WEEK 4: HOW TO STAY FOCUSED TO FINISH STRONG

I have heard Linda over at Calling It Home say that week 4 of the One Room Challenge, this crazy fun challenge where designers and bloggers are challenged to complete a room in 6 weeks, is the hardest. Boy is she right. Because looking at my photos and thinking that...

5 SUPER QUICK FAMILY HEALTH WINS FOR BUSY MOMS

5 SUPER QUICK FAMILY HEALTH WINS FOR BUSY MOMS

As a busy mom of 5 kids, up until VERY recently I made an abismal effort to be healthy. Vegetable intake was the little garnish on top of the pasta. My car was a literal storage area for Harvey's take out paper bags. Poutine was consumed twice...

ORC WEEK 3: THE CONQUER OF CLUTTER CONTINUES

ORC WEEK 3: THE CONQUER OF CLUTTER CONTINUES

Hello friends- so excited to be sharing another installment of the One Room Challenge, where designers and bloggers are challenged to completely design and renovate and style a room in SIX WEEKS. Crazy, I know. But let me tell you it was incredibly motivating...

CONFESSIONS OF AN INDECISIVE DESIGNER: HELP ME PICK MY PAINT

CONFESSIONS OF AN INDECISIVE DESIGNER: HELP ME PICK MY PAINT

I am always astounded by how difficult decisions for my own house are. For clients, I can make decisions at lightening speed. For television sets, we simply don't have time to ponder things for too long. Yet in my own house, I can think and think and...

ORC WEEK 2: HOW TO BUILD A DESIGN SCHEME

ORC WEEK 2: HOW TO BUILD A DESIGN SCHEME

During the last One Room Challenge I blogged a little bit about the process I go through to build a design scheme. Today I am going to expand on this topic and provide a few helpful tips if you are starting a project of your own! But first, if you are...

ORC WEEK 1: Oh boy this is ugly

ORC WEEK 1: Oh boy this is ugly

Pretty darn excited it is that time of the year again- One Room Challenge! The crazy time time of the year that designer / bloggers / decor enthusiasts the world over embark on the challenge to renovate and complete a room in 6 short weeks. Yes, we be cray cray. And...

Simplifying Safe Products: The Honest Co. at Well.ca

Simplifying Safe Products: The Honest Co. at Well.ca

As a mom of five it is a huge priority for me to protect my family from harm. I feel like that is a principle that unites all parents- the desire to to keep our babies safe. While we can't protect our kids from everything, we can control what comes into our homes...

#RIVERDALERENO PUBLISHED IN STYLE AT HOME MAGAZINE

#RIVERDALERENO PUBLISHED IN STYLE AT HOME MAGAZINE

So excited to share that a project I am so proud to have completed is in this month's Style At Home. I completed this project which we tagged as #riverdalereno across my social media platforms so feel free to take a peek at all the behind the scenes process...

HOW TO SURVIVE A ROAD TRIP WITH KIDS

HOW TO SURVIVE A ROAD TRIP WITH KIDS

Happy summer! Is it really August- the time when back to school shopping hits full marketing swing and fall fashion look books come to be? I am in full fall denial and am going to soak up every remaining minute of summer- I hope you are too. We just survived a pretty...

4 STRESS REDUCING CLEANING QUICK WINS

4 STRESS REDUCING CLEANING QUICK WINS

With my kids home from school I am loving spending aimless time relaxing with them in our house. Challenge is- with 7 people, now in the house very full time, we make a lot of mess. I have to work hard to keep my house in a somewhat sane state! We recently had a...

HOW TO MAKE TIME FOR WHAT MATTERS

HOW TO MAKE TIME FOR WHAT MATTERS

The most common question I get asked is hands down, "how do you do it?" And I will be the first to admit- having 5 kids under the age of 6 and running a business and attempting to maintain a healthy marriage, friendships, volunteer in my community, etc....

iRobot product review

iRobot product review

With 5 kids under 6 years of age the opportunity to sit down is ALWAYS WELCOME. So when I was offered the opportunity to test out the iRobot Braava I was very excited. So were my kids, let me tell you!  The pros: This is a pretty nifty piece of...

WATCH LISA TALK SMALL SPACE OUTDOOR DECOR TIPS

WATCH LISA TALK SMALL SPACE OUTDOOR DECOR TIPS

Recently I was interviewed by BuzzBuzzHome on the topic of how to decorate a small outdoor space. It was a super fun piece to shoot (and gave me some motivation to decorate my own outdoor space, which I usually neglect to be quite frank!)  My patio set...

FATHER’S DAY IS AROUND THE CORNER!

FATHER’S DAY IS AROUND THE CORNER!

In the sleepless haze of new baby time, it's so easy to forget important dates coming up- Father's Day is Sunday June 21 this year, incase you needed help remembering also.  This image is from a Father's Day segment I did on the Marilyn Denis Show...

IT’S A BOY! WELCOME BABY CANNING NUMBER 5!

IT’S A BOY! WELCOME BABY CANNING NUMBER 5!

With so much excitement we welcome baby #5 to our family. Joseph Andre welcome to the world. My Thursday was a fairly ordinary Thursday, except for the fact that I was 2 days overdue which is quite unusual for me compared to my past 4 pregnancies. But come the...

HOW TO EFFORTLESSLY SELL YOUR HOME IN 48 HOURS

HOW TO EFFORTLESSLY SELL YOUR HOME IN 48 HOURS

On the day we finished our laundry room 2 houses very similar to ours (except with zero upgrades) went on the market on our street. While I am NEVER leaving this house after all the work we've gone through (ok, ok, never say never), the thought of...

5 STEPS TO AN ORGANIZED LAUNDRY ROOM

5 STEPS TO AN ORGANIZED LAUNDRY ROOM

Last week I finished the #oneroomchallenge crazy event of completing my laundry room in 6 weeks. We legitimately went from dungeon to dramatic difference in 6 actual weeks. You can read all about the adventure and see some fun reveal pics here. Thanks so so so so...

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 6: LAUNDRY ROOM REVEAL

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 6: LAUNDRY ROOM REVEAL

Phew! It was a mad race to the finish but the audacious challenge of completing my laundry room in 6 weeks for the One Room Challenge is now complete. Let's keep it real: it wasn't like anyone was keeping track if I didn't finish. I am basically 9 months...

HOW TO BALANCE WORK AND FAMILY WITHOUT FALLING FLAT ON YOUR FACE

HOW TO BALANCE WORK AND FAMILY WITHOUT FALLING FLAT ON YOUR FACE

I think all parents could use one of these trophies from time to time. Cause being a parent- let alone a working parent- is a juggling act that is deserving of an award.  Being a working parent is no easy feat. It requires a great deal of organization and...

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 5: RACE TO THE FINISH LINE

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 5: RACE TO THE FINISH LINE

If it's your first time to the blog- welcome to my little corner of the internet where I talk about Interior Design, Productivity, Family and my design business. Happy to have you here for another installment of the One Room Challenge, this fantastic...

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 4: WHY I LOVE DEADLINES

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 4: WHY I LOVE DEADLINES

For a good part of 2014 I ran the design team on Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers. So I am used to racing to the finish line. To get ready for reveal days, we would sometimes work until 2am to get an entire main floor to camera ready perfection. It...

THE COOLEST ECO-LIGHT BULB I HAVE EVER SEEN

THE COOLEST ECO-LIGHT BULB I HAVE EVER SEEN

Where possible in my home and in my business I try to operate as eco-friendly as possible. This includes composting, recycling, reducing paper use, and using energy-efficient light bulbs. But let's keep it real- the spiral shaped bulbs are not the most...

5 MOTIVATING PEOPLE YOU SHOULD FOLLOW TODAY

5 MOTIVATING PEOPLE YOU SHOULD FOLLOW TODAY

When I am overwhelmed with life I have a few tools in my back pocket I go to often. But my favourite technique to battle overwhelm is to simply fill my brain with as much good stuff as possible- meaning reading things that fill my soul, make me better,...

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 3: DEMO AND FRAMING

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 3: DEMO AND FRAMING

If this your first time to the blog welcome! To refresh your memory, I'm participating in the One Room Challenge, this fun and ambitious project where I am completing a room, in real time, in 6 weeks. Get caught up here and here. And did I mention I am having a...

DRESSING THE BUMP: DENIM FOR THE WIN

DRESSING THE BUMP: DENIM FOR THE WIN

Who doesn't love a great pair of jeans and a slouchy sweater? This basically has been my uniform during this pregnancy, especially as I near the end! I've only got about 6 weeks left of this pregnancy. It's super surreal how fast it has come but we...

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 2: BUILDING A SCHEME

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 2: BUILDING A SCHEME

When I start a design for myself or a client, I start with coming up with 5 words that will describe the design and I basically use them as a filter for all design decisions. Doing this for clients is really helpful as it ensures the goals of the project stay on...

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: FAMILY FRIENDLY LAUNDRY ROOM

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: FAMILY FRIENDLY LAUNDRY ROOM

Today begins the crazy interior design adventure that is the One Room Challenge. If you aren't familiar, it's a blog series / audacious challenge organized by the wonderful Linda at Calling It Home. Read all about the challenge on her blog here.  I'm...

HOW TO HAVE KIDS AND STAY SANE

HOW TO HAVE KIDS AND STAY SANE

When I was about to become a parent for the first time (actually exactly around this time 6 years ago!) I ripped a page out of a magazine that listed 30 essential things you needed to have before baby came. I had nothing. Most of it was medical related and so I...

TIME SAVING TIPS ON GLOBAL NEWS

TIME SAVING TIPS ON GLOBAL NEWS

Today was another fun day sharing products that will save you a ton of time so you can get back to living life and loving your kids. You can watch the clip here. Here's a round up of some of the products I shared today with Antony Robart on Global News...

SPRING CLEANING THE CLUTTER

SPRING CLEANING THE CLUTTER

Is anyone else SO EXCITED spring is here? It's still a little on the cold side in Toronto but the non -30 temperatures are so welcome. With sunnier times ahead I am totally in spring mode- so on CHCH this week I shared a few of my favourite streamline your life,...

VISIT LISA AT THE BABY SHOW: MARCH 28-29, 2015

VISIT LISA AT THE BABY SHOW: MARCH 28-29, 2015

I'm so excited to announce I will be speaking at The Baby Show, March 28 & 29, 2015 at the Direct Energy Centre. I'm going to be speaking on the topic of living with kids- conquer the clutter and keep your home beautiful!  Having just finished my own...

TOP 5 ACCESSORIES SHOPS IN TORONTO

TOP 5 ACCESSORIES SHOPS IN TORONTO

I LOVE the part at the end of an interior design project that involved pulling accessories. It's these little touches- trinkets, picture frames, vases, cloches- that make a space feel like a home. Here are my favourite spots to shop for accessories in Toronto. 1....

#MondayMantra: Inspirational quotes to motivate your week

#MondayMantra: Inspirational quotes to motivate your week

One of my favourite things on instagram right now is the hashtag #MondayMantra. Images marked with this hashtag include motivational quotes and great typography meant to remind you of your purpose and kick start your day / week off right. Here is my round up...

HOW TO STYLE (AND FINISH) A ROOM IN 48-HOURS

HOW TO STYLE (AND FINISH) A ROOM IN 48-HOURS

For the last 5 years I have been fortunate to work on some great HGTV shows including with the Property Brothers and For Rent. While some timelines on design shows are slightly altered for story telling purposes, one thing that is 100% factual is I...

DRESSING THE BUMP: CURE FOR FRUMPY DAYS

DRESSING THE BUMP: CURE FOR FRUMPY DAYS

Fellow pregnant mamas- I have found the cure to feeling "pregnant frumpy".  I dare you not to feel super feminine and take charge confident in these pants. If I am being honest these are a little bit out of my every day comfort zone- but I must say on...

SECRET TO AWESOME WALLPAPER APPLICATION

SECRET TO AWESOME WALLPAPER APPLICATION

When I put up the wallpaper in my living room  I did it with a baby on my back (lol, I was determined):    And when it came time to tackle the basement, baby was big enough to leave on the floor beside me, so no baby wearing necessary :...

WHY YOU SHOULD WAKE UP EARLY: CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER NIGHT OWL

WHY YOU SHOULD WAKE UP EARLY: CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER NIGHT OWL

Up until fairly recently (and most of my life post-high school), I was a crazy night owl. I would work after my kids went to bed and work well into the early morning hours... usually until 2am at the minimum. I justified this behaviour as I felt more...

HOW TO PLAN YOUR IDEAL WEEK

HOW TO PLAN YOUR IDEAL WEEK

Balancing work and family is no easy feat- especially when small kids can vocalize their needs at such alarmingly loud rates. So in the life of our family, it takes a lot of planning to ensure a certain level of sanity and order. Right now I am working on a couple of...

30-MINUTE GUIDE TO ARTIST PROJECT TORONTO

30-MINUTE GUIDE TO ARTIST PROJECT TORONTO

If you are time strapped this weekend but really want to take in some culture, support local talent and pick up a few trinkets for your house, here is my 30-minute guide to the Artist Project. Big time caveat- I think to really take it all in, chat with the...

SPRING IS COMING AT INDIGO

SPRING IS COMING AT INDIGO

Today, I thought I'd spread some sunshine on this little corner of the internet. Spring is coming. Here are my favourite items coming to Indigo this spring.  Who doesn't love colour on toss cushions- changing out pillows is one of my fav things to do...

TOP 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN ADDING A FIREPLACE TO YOUR HOME

TOP 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN ADDING A FIREPLACE TO YOUR HOME

If you are living anywhere north east-ish in North America, you have likely been hibernating (or wishing you were) because it has been FRIGID cold here. Like -45 degrees with the wind chill cold. Like why do I live where the air hurts my skin cold. All sarcasm and...

GIVEAWAY: ARTIST PROJECT OPENING NIGHT PARTY TICKETS

GIVEAWAY: ARTIST PROJECT OPENING NIGHT PARTY TICKETS

On February 19, 2015, Artist Project kicks off with its annual Opening Night Party, followed by an exciting three day art fair that offers attendees the unique opportunity to meet and buy art directly from over 250 emerging and...

TRUMP HOTEL TORONTO REVIEW

TRUMP HOTEL TORONTO REVIEW

This weekend was my birthday- thank you so much for all the wonderful kind words. I felt utterly spoiled- one big reason is that we treated ourselves to some much needed rest and relaxation with a little stay-cation in the city at Trump Tower Toronto.  Here's...

DRESSING THE BUMP: MIXING PATTERN AND TEXTURE

DRESSING THE BUMP: MIXING PATTERN AND TEXTURE

Almost every Friday for the remainder of my pregnancy I will be a series on "Dressing the Bump". Pregnancy can be a tricky time wardrobe wise as you want to feel great, look great but you kind of feel like a blimp. Comfort becomes mega important as...

5 THINGS TO DO TODAY TO ORGANIZE YOUR OFFICE

5 THINGS TO DO TODAY TO ORGANIZE YOUR OFFICE

Starting this post with another note of thanks- thank you for all the love regarding our newest addition to our family. I am so touched by all the lovely comments and phone calls and texts.  Pregnancy absolutely gets me into big time organization mode-...

DRESSING THE BUMP: VOLUME 5

DRESSING THE BUMP: VOLUME 5

Firstly, a few brief words about my earlier post this week on how mental illness has touched our marriage. Thank you for reading, sharing, and for the words of support and words of solidarity. Let's keep talking : ) Today I'm talking about something...

HOW TO SUPPORT A SPOUSE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS

HOW TO SUPPORT A SPOUSE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS

Today is #BellLetsTalk day, so I'm interrupting a regularly scheduled design post to talk about a topic quite personal to me, and a little vulnerable- mental health. My husband has for much of his adulthood suffered from anxiety and depression. When...

MUST SEE ITEMS AT THE INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW TORONTO

MUST SEE ITEMS AT THE INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW TORONTO

It's that fun time of year again- when design lovers (often dressed in black!) descend upon the GTA for Toronto's Design Week. For me it is always a great time to reconnect with old friends and colleagues, and of course get inspired by new products and...

LISA ON LOCATION: AYA KITCHENS

LISA ON LOCATION: AYA KITCHENS

With the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show on in Vegas right now I've got kitchens on the brain. Having just recently designed my own kitchen I can attest the end result is so worth all the effort of the many steps it takes to get a kitchen from concept to...

5 SHORTCUTS FOR DECLUTTERING: SAVE TIME AND INCREASE SANITY!

5 SHORTCUTS FOR DECLUTTERING: SAVE TIME AND INCREASE SANITY!

Who has been there- school permission slip lost in sea of papers, hats and mittens buried in a pile of miscellaneous clothing, floor so covered in various shades of neon plastic blinking toys you barely remember what colour your area rug was.  For a really long...

HOW TO SELECT KITCHEN APPLIANCES- THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

HOW TO SELECT KITCHEN APPLIANCES- THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

Kitchen renovations can be pretty daunting. There are just so many decisions and many of them are permanent, and a big time investment. From doing this with so many clients, and last year on my own house with my #canningreno, I know how difficult the decisions...

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO MAKE 2015 AMAZING

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO MAKE 2015 AMAZING

This year I am determined to make some changes. 2014 was a wonderful one for many reasons- we underwent a huge renovation, work was plentiful and rewarding, and my husband started a new job that has blessed our family immensely. But 2014 was also very challenging. The...

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

One family tradition that I cherish is that we celebrate 12 days of Christmas. No, I don't have milking maids and french hens at the ready- but for the period between Christmas and Epiphany we are full out, rocking around the tree, making a joyful noise. Tree is...

KEEPING IT SIMPLE THIS CHRISTMAS

KEEPING IT SIMPLE THIS CHRISTMAS

First of all- congrats to Maggie who won my Scotch Gift Wrap Giveaway! Thanks to all who entered via commenting, Twitter and Facebook. I so appreciate you!  Now on to the topic of simplicity at Christmas. Aren't kids at Christmas the best? This is my daughter...

GIFT WRAP GIVEAWAY!!!!

GIFT WRAP GIVEAWAY!!!!

Today I have a giveaway that I am hoping will help simplify the holiday hustle and help with some last minute prep before the big day. This year I have been really intentional in keeping it simple- so I hope this giveaway will help you simplify too!  I love...

Building a Master Bedroom You Can Be Proud Of

Building a Master Bedroom You Can Be Proud Of

As evidenced by this image, our master bedroom pre #canningreno was kinda horrible. We had a closet with no doors that basically looked like it was exploding at all times. Paint chipped everywhere and the space was never designed- just a thrown together mess of...

DIY paint your way to a pretty holiday

DIY paint your way to a pretty holiday

You know what I love about paint? It's an easy way to add a big amount of change for a relatively low investment. So when CIL asked me to share some ways to use paint in your holiday decorating prep I was excited to get my hands dirty. But not too dirty :...

BEST GIFT GUIDES ON THE WEB

BEST GIFT GUIDES ON THE WEB

So my entire family is sick... like really sick. Like send us chicken soup but leave it on the porch cause you don't want to come in to this germ pool sick. My husband and I have been hit too so basically, Canning's are down for the count. But we're not...

WHO WANTS TO SIMPLIFY THE HOLIDAY HUSTLE?

WHO WANTS TO SIMPLIFY THE HOLIDAY HUSTLE?

The whole notion of simplification and making life easier when possible has really been on my mind. With the number of kids that I have and the juggling act running a business can be- I need simplicity wherever possible. I can attest to how making my...

GIVING THANKS

GIVING THANKS

To all my American friends, a very happy thanksgiving weekend. I hope you got to be filled with love and joy, and a whole lot of calories all at the same time.  We hosted our own little feast for American friends living in Toronto and ate our fill. There is...

The most important job I’ll ever do

The most important job I’ll ever do

As I have mentioned previously I'm being brave and being a bit more personal on my blog. Still lots of good interior design stuff (like here, here and here) but for today's post, I'm talking about the job of being wife and mom. Last weekend, my...

LISA ON LOCATION: FLOR

LISA ON LOCATION: FLOR

Remember when it was sunny and warm in Toronto?!?!? We sure do. As part of my #canningreno crazy project turning myself into the client I have been visiting my fav retailers to help outfit my space. Earlier when it did not require 700 layers of clothing...

Top 10 quotes from Platform Conference 2014

Top 10 quotes from Platform Conference 2014

Last weekend I had the beautiful experience of visiting The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado for Michael Hyatt's Platform Conference. I could write 10 blog posts on how fantastic this location is (I promise a post on the features of this location to...

AN INVITATION

AN INVITATION

I have spent the last 2 days at the Platform 2014 conference in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. It has been an inspiring, invigorating few days with some of the best speakers in the country. More on that later.  I am so inspired that I'd like...

#CANNINGRENOCOUNTDOWN UPDATE

I recently posted the gargantuan list of things still to be done, and my ambitious ambitious goal of getting it all done before November 30. As this date quickly approaches I am coining a new hashtag: #canningrenocountdown. Here's a quick update- progress makes me...

LISA ON LOCATION: THE HOME DEPOT

LISA ON LOCATION: THE HOME DEPOT

Renovating a house requires lots of coordination- so any chance I get to streamline the process of purchasing products I take it. And I certainly took at The Home Depot this summer shopping for materials for my #canningreno. While big box stores can be overwhelming to...

LISA ON LOCATION: MODERN SENSIBILITY

LISA ON LOCATION: MODERN SENSIBILITY

In the beginning years of my career I worked on a lot of condos- to the point that I had basically memorized the floorplans of certain buildings in Toronto! So I really appreciate what small space, dual-purpose furniture can do for people living in tight quarters....

HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT PAINT

HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT PAINT

Over the last 8 weeks I've been traveling around the Greater Toronto Area on a fun tour with CIL Paints and the Home Depot. During #CILontheroad, experts have been in cities across Canada giving paint and decor advice every Thursday evening. It has been great fun and...

EXPERT CLEAN UP

EXPERT CLEAN UP

Over the summer the lovely Vicky Sanderson invited me into her home to assist her with designing her laundry room. As she describes in her recent Toronto Star article, I came in at a time when she was overwhelmed by the number of options / decisions...

LISA ON LOCATION: ARTEMANO TORONTO

LISA ON LOCATION: ARTEMANO TORONTO

I have always loved the Castlefield design district in Toronto- and when Artemano opened its doors not too long ago I was enthralled. A visit to this store is like visiting a gorgeous hand carved jewelry box- full of pretty hand crafted things. I paid a...

The Canadian Press

The Canadian Press

This article was posted on the Canadian Press news wire and was featured in numerous publications including: Huffington Post The Province Brandon Sun Winnipeg Free Press Canada.com Download

From the archives: Motherhood and Finances

From the archives: Motherhood and Finances

Fun surprise on this sunny Saturday - I was recently interviewed by the lovely Melissa Leong of the National Post on the topic of motherhood and how it impacts finances. I may be somewhat biased but I think my kids are pretty darn sweet in it. As I say in the video,...

From the archives: It’s a Girl!

From the archives: It’s a Girl!

Please join us in our joy as we welcome baby Rose (so excited to have another little girl!) into our family! They say the more babies you have the faster labour goes. Well fast was certainly the case yesterday morning. Let’s just say I was...

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From the archives: Read This Post Before You Buy a Sofa

From the archives: Read This Post Before You Buy a Sofa

Last year I upgraded our $299 faux leather futon (bought on a recent college grad budget) to a lovely streamlined number (bought on a working professional budget). In purchasing it I took myself through similar steps I take my clients- consider what style, what size,...

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From the archives: Marriage Under Construction Wayback Playback

From the archives: Marriage Under Construction Wayback Playback

It’s wayback playback time! I started my career in television under my maiden name Lisa Santos on Season 1 of Marriage Under Construction. It was originally commissioned for HGTV Canada, and since it’s original air date in 2007, it has been repeated...

From the archives: 3 Photoshoots and a Little Lady

From the archives: 3 Photoshoots and a Little Lady

Last Thursday September 30, my design assistant Kristelle and I were busy busy at work setting up for two photoshoots I had booked for Friday- my last day of work before going on my maternity leave. This entailed a unloading a van full of art work options, propping...

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