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Blissful bunkie

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Blissful bunkie

Words & Photography by Karen Kirk

“As I strolled the lush property for the first time of what would become my new home, I instantly fell in love with a small outbuilding nestled in the woodlands at the base of the Niagara Escarpment behind the house,” says Glass. “Its construction was solid, the size perfect and its romantic lure undeniable. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and transform it into whatever I wanted it to be.”

After three years spent designing, renovating and decorating the original ’60s-era house, it was time for Jackie to set her sights on a fun little project – creating a garden studio – a personal oasis situated off the beaten track in the back of her verdant woodland garden.

The rustic 10’x10′ bunkie featuring lovely, solid-wood salvaged doors and mullioned windows, was about to be revived and transformed into a welcoming and functional outdoor workspace. With paint from her local Benjamin Moore and a fun Ikea shopping spree, Jackie’s cosy little garden studio came to life in brilliant colour one hot summer’s day in July.

A splash of paint

Situated in a shady spot on the property, Jackie’s fresh colour palette was inspired by the surrounding flora. She chose fun vibrant colours for both the exterior and interior – fuchsia, aqua, ocean blue – on a background of mid-to-dark grey tones and white. “During an intense summer heat wave, I gave every surface a fresh coat of paint, including the porch extension and vaulted ceiling,” says Glass. “The bay window seat is my favourite detail in the garden shed.” Colour, cushions and suspended window vases breathe new life into this unexpected architectural detail. An eye-popping, bright fuchsia painted-wood floor is a bold choice but if not here, there’s no better place to freely express your personality.

“With paint from her local Benjamin Moore and a fun Ikea shopping spree, Jackie’s cosy little garden studio came to life in brilliant colour one hot summer’s day in July.”

Patio pleasures

A six-foot extension off the full-width existing porch offers a spot to catch the fresh Niagara Escarpment breezes as well as the early morning and end-of-day sunlight. The natural light is essential when working on fabric and paint samples for my clients and to catch a few rays with a steamy cup of coffee or a happy-hour cocktail. Heaven!

Shedding light

It was important to Jackie that she maintained a rustic cabin in the woods feel to the garden studio so she decided not to run power to it. “If I ever need power, I can always hook it up to the generator outside my house. I typically work here during the day when there’s plenty of natural light but if it’s a gloomy day or in the evening, when I need light, for safety purposes, I use solar candle light in my lanterns and a rechargeable bulb from Ikea in my bamboo chandelier,” says Glass.

Create a budget-friendly modern-rustic look

To keep her little project on-budget (house renos cost money!), Jackie chose affordable, stylish and durable furnishings that appealed to the purpose and style she wanted for her garden studio. Powder-coated aluminum and glass storage cabinets to prevent rodents from making themselves at home, natural-wood furniture and accessories to provide a modern rustic look and add function to the space were the perfect choice. A kitchen island cum desk features shelves on one side and an overhang for adding stools for clients and friends. Folding stools help maximize space and can be stored efficiently against the wall when not in use. A wood ladder serves as a planter, sample storage and magazine rack. Everything has a purpose and a place.

After a long winter in a constant state of anticipation, the thought of getting back outdoors to enjoy the summer months with our family and friends is palpable. Whether you purchase a kit or restore an existing structure, a garden shed is the perfect project to kickstart your summer and release your inner designer, gardener or builder. Make it your own and you’ll enjoy it for years to come.


DESIGNED by Jackie Glass FURNISHINGS, LIGHTING, RUG AND ACCESSORIES, TOSTHULT RECHARGEABLE BULB: Ikea PORCH CHAIR CUSHIONS: HomeSense HANGING BASKETS: Hofland FAUX PLANTS: Maclaw PAINT: Floor: Tulip 2000-30; Interior: Chantilly Lace OC-65; Exterior: Iron Mountain 2134-30; Accents: Egyptian Green 2043-40, Caribbean Blue Water 2055-30; Deck: Whale Gray 2134-40

Jackie Glass, Principal Designer for her firm Jackie Glass Inc. with over 25 years of experience in the design industry. A former Editor of Reno & Decor magazine, you’ll also find Jackie sharing her design projects as a regular guest expert on Cityline. Follow Jackie Glass on Instagram @jackieglassinc and Twitter @jackieglasscity


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Jackie Glass’s holiday decor with a nod to the past, woodland views and a touch of glam

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Jackie Glass’s holiday decor with a nod to the past, woodland views and a touch of glam

Now that the dust has settled, literally, in the recently renovated home of designer Jackie Glass, nestled in the heart of Niagara Escarpment’s incredibly beautiful wine country, Glass was excited to decorate her new home for the holidays for the very first time. After two years of missing Christmas, due to the constant chaos caused by the renovation, it’s easy to understand why she wanted to keep the holiday decor simple and low-key.

But for Glass, this didn’t mean ignoring her lifetime urge to inject a touch of holiday glitz and glam into her decor. Even if a little recycling of old decorations from her previous Hamptonstyle home were all she had to kick-start the theme in her new modern home. After all, that’s what creative people do, right? Create incredible spaces with what you have, even if it’s only a four-year-old, pre-lit white-flocked Christmas tree – not very modern – and a few odd, white Christmas balls.

Jackie’s house of glass

As only designer Jackie Glass does best, a freshly decorated home featuring her signature neutral palette, inspired by the incredible natural woodland views through the magnificent floor-to-ceiling glass walls, celebrates Christmas with a touch of glitz and glam in a sophisticated monochromatic black, white, grey and silver palette. “After years of renovation chaos, I wanted to create a calm yet joyous holiday spirit in my new home. A peaceful place where my husband and I could celebrate the holidays in a serene environment with our friends and family, many of whom have been so supportive through our gruelling renovations,” says Glass.

Here, she invites us to step into her stunning mid-century modern glass house as she reveals how she lovingly created a simple elegant holiday decor by pairing favourite old decorations from Christmases past with a few new bits and bobs to pay homage to her home’s sleek modern style.

Hamptons meets mid-century modern

Glass’s previous home was designed with the popular Hampton’s-style esthetic of the early 2000s. Its Christmas decor (featured in Reno & Decor Dec/Jan 2018 issue) is a tough sell for Glass’s new mid-century modern look in her new home. By choosing just a few elements, like the white pre-lit flocked tree, some traditional family ornaments and a few new decorations, Glass was able to pull off a modern look that looks beautiful in the window overlooking the snow-blanketed woodlands beyond.

Glitz & glam ornaments

To help modernize the flocked Christmas tree, Glass chose a monochromatic collection of geometric-shaped ornaments in grey, white, black and glass with a touch of glitter to trim the tree. Using this simple palette for the holidays creates an elegant look that can be easily enhanced with a pop of a favourite colour without sacrificing the overall look.

Snow-covered woodlands

From Glass’s living room, the views of the freshly snow-blanketed Niagara Escarpment woodlands bathed in golden rays of winter sun naturally set the tone for the room’s nature-inspired holiday decor. “I chose natural boughs, pinecones, glass, white and silver accents to decorate this serene space for the holidays. It’s where we would entertain our friends and family while enjoying the glorious views of gently falling snow so I didn’t want any holiday decor to distract from the views,” says Glass.


Wrap it up

Glass kept the theme going with gifts wrapped in inexpensive paper picked up at the discount store. Who knew kraft paper in tan, white and black, trimmed in luxe double-sided satin or sheer ribbon, could look so chic?! Glass added a few gifts wrapped in coordinating coloured metallic papers in keeping with her palette.

Jackie Glass
Jackie Glass

Festive bar cart beauty

Be prepared for invited and unexpected guests stopping by to celebrate the season. “I always have a pretty bar cart fully stocked and ready for any holiday occasion.” Glass has decorated an acrylic and silver bar cart with a few evergreen boughs, mini-lights and ornaments to add a little glitter.

Dining room glam

In the dining room, for Glass it’s all about the view no matter the season. Glass accents, a few natural boughs and pinecones is all it takes to set the stage for a winter-white Christmas celebration. The gas fireplace and a delicious holiday feast complete the look and elevate the spirit of the holidays when family and friends fill the room with laughter and love.

When guests arrive, Glass’s covered main entrance porch sets the scene for the holiday celebrations underway inside. “Year-round we spend many quiet hours watching the dogs on the lawn in the early morning and before bedtime on this cosy covered porch. This year we’ll add a heater!” says Glass.


HOME DESIGN by Jackie Glass, Jackie Glass Inc LIVING ROOM: RUG, Imperial Rug FLOOR, Lauzon Flooring FURNITURE, through Jackie Glass Inc. DINING ROOM: Dekton FIREPLACE WALL, Cosentino FLOOR, Lauzon Flooring FURNITURE, through Jackie Glass Inc.

Photos: Karen Kirk




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