Growing up in rural New Brunswick during the 70's my exposure to design was limited. My largest influence was my parents. They loved original art and loved to renovate. I still remember my mom calling me up when I was in university, " honey can you come home this weekend, I need help with the toilet." I arrived home to discover that my mom had gutted the downstairs bathroom ( dad was in China). The only thing left was the toilet sitting all alone in the room. There were always stacks of interior design magazines in the house, and to this day I love magazines. They are one of my greatest sources of inspiration. I always encourage my clients to spend less time watching t.v. and more time at the book store. As an antique and vintage furniture dealer for over 20 years, I've been into some beautiful homes. The homes that stand out for me are those full of individuality, homeowners who are not afraid of breaking the rules of convention. Enjoy the blog, it is a little sample of the wonderful homes, furniture and places that I've seen. Cheers, Kristiane
Surroundings offers a curated collection of early Canadiana, English antiques, organic upholstered sofas and chairs, architectural details, vintage lighting, mixed with the latest in modern home decor accessories.