Henhouse at Dine by Design East!

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This month I will be showcasing my design skills at Dine by Design East. Presented by East Coast Living magazine, this 4-day event is a wonderful celebration of Nova Scotian interior design and food. It’s all taking place here in Halifax at the Olympic Community Centre from October 30th-November 2nd.

group-shot-finalThe concept is really fun – 10 designers and 10 local chefs are paired up to create an experience that is a feast for the eyes and belly. And to add to all of that, the funds raised from Dine by Design East help to support design eduction at NSCAD University through the Amber Harkins Memorial Scholarship Fund. Amber Harkins was a long-time editor of East Coast Living who passed away from cancer in 2012.


There are many exciting things happening over the 4 days, including the gala evening where guests are invited to meet chefs and designers, while taking in 10 different dining room designs, and sampling food and wine prepared by the chosen chefs.

To learn more about the many exciting events that will be taking place click here, and you can purchase tickets here.

My work has been to create a dining room design that I will install in a 10’x10′ space at the venue. Here’s a look at some bits and pieces in progress.


The inspiration for my design comes from the welcoming nature of the Maritimes and the tradition of the kitchen party.

I decided to create a dining space that would capture this spirit and also recall the imagery of the iconic fish shacks that can be seen along the South Shore of Nova Scotia. The contrast of the rustic textures of  fish shacks against the brightly coloured fishing boats is so stunning.


I’m also really excited to be paired up with local chef Brad Wammes of Kitchen Door Catering. As head chef, Brad leads the team at Kitchen Door, which specializes in restaurant quality meals created with local ingredients. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with for our fish shack concept.

It’s going to be a great event, if you’re in the area, please join us!