Westender Profile: A Good Chick To Know at the Home Show in Vancouver

 

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Vancouver interior designer and fashionista Jennifer Scott of A Good Chick to Know is one of the featured HGTV Main Stage presenters at the BC Home + Garden Show at BC Place (Feb. 19-23). Shell be talking home trends on Feb. 20 and 22.

What is the hardest part of deciding the look of a room?

This is the trickiest part of design for most people: they see many things that they like and many that they dont like but are not sure where to begin in terms of putting these items together in a cohesive fashion. Although most of us can align our general taste with one overlying look, there are usually different decor styles that speak to us; the difficult part is blending these styles together to create a look for the space that makes it our own. The desire for a showroom home is behind us; people are now searching for a way interact with their space.

How do you determine what style suits a clients personality?

At A Good Chick To Know we encourage people to find the items within their home that have the most importance to them whether it be a sofa, a painting or a treasure collected from a travel and we begin to group things from there to determine the feel of a room. We work within a hierarchy of styles: we select the three most prominent looks based upon the furniture or accessories that weve asked our clients to gather, and layer the three different looks together in order of importance. This method allows us to combine different styles in a prioritized fashion, and create a personalized, slightly eclectic space that avoids feeling too cluttered or visually confusing.

Which colours suit which personalities?

Matching colours to personalities is a grey area (pardon the pun). We have had clients that have seemed very reserved, and leaned toward ultra traditional in their decor preferences, yet ended up falling in love with a space filled with colour and pattern. There have been those who come across very outgoing in personality and bold in decor that have craved the serenity of a neutral palette. Im totally one of those people: I have a highly eclectic style that incorporates pieces Ive collected over my lifetime, I have a strong personality and most people who meet me assume I have a home overflowing with intense colours. The truth is, Im happiest with crisp white walls and only smaller hits of colour (usually soft greys or neon pinks).

What are your inspirations?

I have a long background in the fashion industry, so I often look to the runways and fashion glossies to pull inspiration. My fave designer is Stella McCartney her soft edginess encourages me to amp up the femininity to my design, and balances my typically more masculine signature style. As for stores, I love nothing more than to scour our citys cool vintage spots for standout decor pieces. My first stops are always Space Lab and ReFind (make a day of it, there are so many treasures to discover!) Another hot little vintage spot is Duchess Vintage, just around the corner from Space Lab in Chinatown. (Side note: the best cuppa joe is at The Shop, conveniently next door to Duchess.) For non-vintage inspiration, I love to shop at Nineteen Ten Home, Vancouver Special (both on Main Street) and, every locals go-to for fab finds, The Cross. For truly unique pieces or for custom woodwork, I never pass up a stop into Shop Wrong Collective (Vernon and Hastings) and Union Wood Co. (Railtown).

Describe your dream room:

For my own home? Think of Elvis and what his house looked like. Blend that with a classic California mid-century home with tons of windows and light, and youve got my dream space. Architecturally I love the mid-century openness, clean lines, sunken living rooms and overflowing natural light; from a decor standpoint, Im a lover of over-the-top statement pieces, golds, and many of the pieces that were popular during the 1970s. In a modern way, of course.

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Chicks Chatting Vintage with the Media

With all the excitement that took place leading up to the Vancouver Home + Design Show this month, we Chicks had a few opportunities to chat with media about vintage decor and how to bring it home. We were rocking the HGTV Main Stage at the Home + Design show, chatting about ‘Living With Vintage’ to show-goers, and also designed the feature installation at the show, The PreLoved Lounge, under the same principles. As many of you know, vintage finds hold a significant place in our design philosophy, and it was a total blast to share that on such a broad platform.

Want to see us in TV action and get the tips we shared? Check out these media segments with the links below! These recent clips highlight our time with Colleen Christie down at CTVBC studios for the News at Noon segment, as well as our interview with Johanna Ward and the Go! Vancouver crew as we walked them through the PreLoved Lounge!

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1023501&playlistId=1.1496810&binId=1.1184694&playlistPageNum=1

See you soon! xo, The Chicks.

a scented story

As the transition from Summer into Fall begins, we Chicks have found ourselves coveting comfort decor pieces, particularly the wide variety of beautifully packaged and scented candles gracing the shelves of local shops like Anthropologie, The Cross and West Elm. Now that we are shutting our doors and windows a little earlier in the evenings and the natural fragrance of the summer has faded, we’re yearning for warmth and sweet smells – and these chic candle collections are definitely filling that void.

While we would love to shop til our hearts’ content, there are simply too many lovely choices to have them all. We decided to look at how we can have a full roster of light + scent at home, without breaking the bank. Turns out a little time and a trip to Michaels (and the thrift store) was just the trick – we made our own! For under $50 (and less than an hour) we have a fab little set of naturally scented candles to fill our shelves.

Aligning with our feature in today’s 24 Hours newspaper, here’s our super simple DIY to having your own collection – give it a go; draw yourself a bath or grab your fave read, light ‘em up and enjoy!

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 STEP 1

What you’ll need from a craft store: two packages of candle wax (we opted for soy to keep it au natural), candle wicks, natural scent blocks and a thermometer.

What you’ll need from a thrift shop (or your cupboards!): various pretty dishes or vases to create the candles in.

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 STEP 2

Using a double boiler and a medium heat on your stovetop, dump all the candle wax into the bowl; stir as it melts to ensure an even melt and to prevent burning.

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 STEP 3

Watch your thermometer, and heat the melted wax to 160 to 180 degrees.

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 STEP 4

Slice the natural scent blocks into thin wedges to allow for a faster melt into the wax.

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 STEP 5

Add the sliced blocks to the liquid wax; once it is also melted, lower the heat to achieve a temperature of 125 degrees. Don’t be afraid to mix the blocks to create your own custom scent (our fave was a blend of honeysuckle and lavender).

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 STEP 6

Trim the wicks to a height just lower than your various containers (about a 1/2” lower than the rim).

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 STEP 7

Dip the metal weighted end of the wick into the liquid wax, and then plant firmly in the bottom of the containers; as the thin layer of wax melts, it will affix the wick to the base of the jar.

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 STEP 8

Pour the liquid wax into the various containers, being careful not to spill on the outside of the jars (it leaves a film that is hard to remove and looks less pretty). If the wick has moved at all during this step, reposition it while the wax is still liquid.

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 STEP 9

Let the wax sit for about an hour (depending on the container size) then “dress” your vases as desired. We left the glass votives and vintage tea cup as-is, but opted for a vintage leather tie and charm for the mason jar. Stage up your shelves with these pretty little pieces, and it’s time to enjoy!

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AGCTK wins Best of Remodelling 2012 [Design] Award!

A Good Chick To Know of Vancouver Receives Houzz’s 2012 ‘Best Of Remodeling’ Award

First-Ever Survey & Analysis of More than 1.2 Million Members Reveals Top-Rated Professionals and Current Design Trends from Across the Country

Vancouver, BC  —  April 08, 2012 – A Good Chick To Know (AGCTK) of Vancouver has been awarded  “Best Of Remodeling” 2012 for the Design category by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The young, fashion-forward design firm was chosen by the more than 1.2 million registered members of the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Remodeling” award for 2012 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionals.  As is the case with A Good Chick To Know, Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the 1.2 million members, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 16.5 million professional images to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site and iPad/iPhone app.

“We are super thrilled to have been considered for this award, and couldn’t be any more honoured to be the first ever recipient!” says Jennifer Scott, owner of AGCTK. “Our team loves perusing all the fab design on Houzz and are glad to be a part of this awesome community of designers and design enthusiasts.”

“With 3.5 million monthly unique users and 80 million monthly page views, Houzz has rapidly become the largest community of active remodelers, providing homeowners and design enthusiasts with first-hand advice from Houzzers who have been through the renovating and decorating process,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of marketing for Houzz. “This is a real stamp of approval for A Good Chick To Know from the Houzz community and we’re thrilled to welcome them to this elite group of ‘Best Of’ winners.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like A Good Chick To Know, but also those whose work visually aligns with their own design goals. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

About A Good Chick To Know

AGCTK (www.agoodchicktoknow.com) is a Vancouver-based design firm that offers services for Interior Design, as well as personal Fashion Styling. With a team of diversely talented designers, A Good Chick To Know believes individual personality is best reflected in the style of a person’s home and wardrobe – the most prominent opportunities for expression. The team approaches style with a beautifully unconventional blend of vintage and modern to create a classically eclectic aesthetic for each client. @goodchicktoknow
About Houzz

Houzz (www.houzz.com) is the leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.2 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc

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From our CTVBC News At Noon segment today: a cheap + cheerful DIY decor piece

If you saw our clip on CTV News At Noon today and want to recreate the fun book decor piece we showed, here is the step by step! It’s a super easy and affordable way to add personality to your space, plus it’s a great repurpose for a dusty old book. Try it yourself – we’ d love to see pics of your creations!

Step 1: find a hard cover book; choose a cool vintage one to add some style!
Step 2: open the book leaving about 1″ of pages before you make the first fold.
Step 3: make one large off-centered fold, and then a smaller fold to complete the off centered triangle.
*repeat this step another 4x to have thickness in the design
Step 4: make your folds in the reverse direction to make the off-centered triangle lean to the other side.
*repeat 4x to add depth and match the thickness of step 3
Step 5: fold you paper to make a triangle in the middle of the page.
*repeat 4x to match the other 2 sections
Step 6: continue repeating step 3-5 until you have about an inch of paper left on the backside of the book, to balance the book open.
Step 7: viola! Now you have a super fab book ornament!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGCTK becomes Castaways for the Wish Kids!

We are ultra honoured to be included in the group of 10 ‘Castaways’ competing on September 21 for the Exile Island fundraiser for the Children’s Wish Foundation. Hosted by Vancouver’s Tamara Taggart, the event is modeled after the popular TV series Survivor. Castaways will be “banished” to Exile Island for a day of friendly competition and fun! In order to win our way back to civilization, our team must compete in a series of innovative physical, mental and creative challenges, battling it out to win the title of “BC’s Ultimate Survivor”. The best part? We will be paired with a Wish Child from BC and will be competing to raise needed funds grant to this child’s most heartfelt wish. We can’t wait to meet our Wish Child and put our skills to the test to make their special Wish a reality… but we can’t do it alone! The goal of the event is to raise money and we have been given a goal of $10,000 – please help us hit (and blow past) that target! Simply go to our AGCTK Fundraising page to donate for these amazing kids. If you want to check out the fun in person and cheer us on, hit the lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Wednesday, September 21st at 11:30 – we hope to see you there 🙂 xo, AGCTK.

Vintage Love: our feature in BC Home Magazine

Rachel and I had the pleasure of meeting the super lovely Tracey Ayton (of Tracey Ayton Photography) at the launch event for the CRAVE Vancouver book (that we are both involved with) last year; upbeat and charming, we took an immediate liking to Tracey and have kept in touch with her on a professional level ever since. She has shot a few of our projects and most recently, my own home. Tracey pitched the space to BC Home Magazine and the end result is our feature in the Fall issue! Thankful to Tracey for the fabulous pics and for the lead, we also owe thanks to Wendy Goldsmith, who lent her kind words to create the story; it was a treat to have Wendy over, chat about the space and the history of all the pieces it holds. As a designer, it’s a funny feeling to share your own home – it is much easier to openly promote a space that has been created for a client; it was a well-needed reminder of the pieces I treasure (and why!) to walk through my home and explain my design choices. I am absolutely grateful to BC Home, as well as to Wendy and Tracey, for this opportunity to invite you into my space – it’s a lot of fun to look back and see just how much I have relied on our most favourite resources to complete the feel of my own house as we continually shop for clients! Peruse and enjoy the pics – if you want to check out more photos, see our Gallery shots of the space , and if you want to read the full story you can read the digital version from BC Home online. I would love to hear your thoughts! xo Jenn.