The Hunted & Gathered Podcast: Jane Lockhart

I’ve been a fan of Jane Lockhart for many years and I’m so honored to have her on the podcast as my guest. She is a true delight and I know you’ll love listening to this episode!

Jane Lockhart is an interior designer, television personality, colour expert and author. Since 1997 Jane has been designing award winning, retail, hospitality, and residential spaces. Her tv series Colour Confidential, helped homeowners transform their homes with colour, proving she is the true paint deck whisperer! Jane has designed and developed two furniture collections and continues to share her expertise across North America on television and in print.

This episode is filled to the brim with design goodness! You’ll learn how to how to find the perfect paint color and why we need to start buying furniture made in Canada.

Show Notes

(Products, places & people mentioned in the podcast.)

A few of Jane’s favourite paint colours:

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, Kendall Charcoal & Pale Cherry Blossom

Jane’s furniture collections:

Jane by Jane Lockhart is timeless, family friendly and affordable. This collection is available at retailers across Canada.

Jane Lockhart Platinum is a collection of sustainable, exclusive, luxury furniture that is completely customizable.

A special thank you to Jane for being my guest on this episode. Happy listening!

The Hunted & Gathered Podcast is produced by Valleyway Media. Promotional consideration provided by OSO Home.

The Hunted & Gathered Podcast: Joel Bray

My guest on the podcast this week is interior designer Joel Bray. You know him from the pages of Canadian House and Home magazine and the Marilyn Denis Show. When Joel isn’t solving decorating dilemmas or giving his expert advice on how to style your home, he’s creating classic interiors infused with youthful energy. Joel has a great eye for design and his spaces feel warm, personal and inviting.

In this episode, Joel shares his best decorating secrets (spoiler – it has nothing to do with design), and once and for all defines what Canadian style really is! We also talk trends, how to create balance in any space and how one simple change can make your room come to life.

Show Notes

Why you need to push your bed against the wall:

Top Row: Kate Zeidler Designs, Brian Paquette Interiors                                             Bottom Row: Salvensen Graham, Kate Rheinstein Brodsky

You’ll have to listen to the episode to get all of Joel’s great design advice and hear the most common decorating mistakes we’re making and how to solve them.

A huge thank you to Joel for being on the show. Happy listening!


The Hunted & Gathered Podcast is produced by Valleyway Media. Promotional consideration provided by OSO Home.



The Hunted & Gathered Podcast: Tiffany Pratt

This week on the podcast I chat with Tiffany Pratt. During our conversation I kept thinking “Yes! This girl gets it!”. I was deeply moved by her passion for individuality in design and life. If your home is feeling lackluster and needs revitalization, this episode is for you. If you’re feeling unsure of how to inject your own personality into your space, this episode is for you too. If you love colour, authentic beauty and have your own defined sense of style then you will find a kindred spirit in Tiffany.

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The Hunted & Gathered Podcast: Janette Ewen

If you’ve watched TV, scrolled through Instagram or opened a design magazine recently then you’ve more than likely come across designer and globetrotting glamour girl Janette Ewen. Janette is Canada’s leading décor and style expert and for more than a decade she’s been sharing her passion for design and fashion to avid fans through magazines, newspapers, TV and social media.

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The Hunted & Gathered Podcast: Andrea Haraldsen of Harlow & Thistle

On the podcast this week I’m talking with Andrea Haraldsen. Andrea is the  creative force behind the popular blog, Harlow & Thistle where this designer and do-it-yourselfer shares her home décor and DIY projects. Her relaxed modern style has a hint of uptown glam that makes her home stand apart. She is also amazingly talented at re-creating high end designs for less.

As a three time participant in the One Room Challenge, Andrea knows a thing or two about renovating under pressure. Her living room and laundry room where transformed during this design challenge and she’s currently working on her office.

Here’s a peek at some of Andrea’s favourite DIY projects:

We also chat favourite paint colours. Here’s what tops Andrea’s list:

All this, and great ideas on how to decorate for the holidays. Plus Andrea’s best family-friendly decor tips. Lots of inspiration packed into this episode!

Produced by Valleyway Media by Beth Labelle and Jon Laakso.

The Hunted & Gathered Podcast: Jesse Lauzon

If you love great Instagram feeds, then you probably already follow Jesse Lauzon (@jesselauzon) who features gorgeous photos of his extensive antique collections with hilarious captions and a more-is-more attitude that inspires his multitude of followers. If you aren’t following Jesse, you will be after hearing this episode of the podcast.

Here are some of Jesse’s stunning collections:

Learn Jesse’s tips for photographing antiques and how to make photo-worthy vignettes. Plus he answers the question whether or not he will ever have a snow globe collection!

As promised these are Ham Stands. They apparently hold ham.

And these vintage ramekins are perfect for Onion Custard. See Jesse’s recipe below.


  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 c. finely chopped yellow onions
  • ¼ tsp. herbes de Provence
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1½ c. half-and-half

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a medium skillet, melt butter. Add yellow onions and cook until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Stir in herbes de Provence, salt, and pepper, and cook 1 minute more. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks with half-and-half, then stir in onion mixture. Divide evenly among six 4-ounce ramekins or oven-safe pottery cups. Place in a large baking pan with 2-inch sides. Pour enough boiling water in pan to come halfway up sides of ramekins and transfer to oven. Bake until custards are just set, about 30 minutes. Remove dishes from hot water bath. Serve custards warm.

You’ll have to listen to the show to hear the story of this beautiful painted canvas.

All this, and the heartbreaking tale of how he was betrayed by someone in his own family over a sentimental collection. This one is definitely worth a listen!

A huge thanks to Jesse for being on the show. This one was so much fun. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Happy hunting (and listening!)

Podcast produced by Valleyway Media 

The Hunted & Gathered Podcast: Karl Lohnes

This week on the Hunted & Gathered Podcast I’m chatting with Canada’s favourite interior designer, Karl Lohnes. I’m a huge fan, so it was an incredible honour to have him share his decorating wisdom on the show.

Karl Lohnes is one of Canada’s most well known interior designers. A celebrity in his own right, Karl has appeared on radio and television across North America sharing his expertise on decorating and entertaining. He has written for countless magazines and newspapers and was a founding editor for Style at Home magazine. For 8 years Karl appeared on HGTV America’s This Small Space, he was a regular contributor to The Marilyn Denis show and can now be seen on CTV morning shows across the country. On top of all this, Karl blogs about cooking, entertaining, art and design at The Karl Lohnes Daily.

There are so many amazing take-aways from this interview but my favourite is the idea that everything in your home should have a story. Karl’s recently renovated dining room is a beautiful example of this. It feels collected and curated and every piece brings personality to the space.


While the rest of Karl’s gorgeous townhouse feels more traditional, the guest room is a cozy, nautical-themed getaway. Which perfectly illustrates Karl’s 70-30 rule. You’ll have to listen to the show to get this one!


And I can’t finish this post without mentioning Karl’s famous mixed-media paintings of the Queen. These modern pop art prints have a remarkable story of their own.


I know you’ll learn so much from this episode – click the the link in the sidebar to listen to the show. In addition to an upcoming book, you can see Karl on various morning shows across Canada starting this Fall as he travels the country talking trends and great products for the home.

The Hunted & Gathered Podcast: Cobi Ladner

I’m incredibly excited to introduce the guest of my latest episode of the Hunted & Gathered Podcast. Cobi Ladner is one of Canada’s leading design authorizes. During her 15 years as editor in chief at House & Home magazine Cobi helped develop the magazine into Canada’s source for design inspiration and information. Under her direction, readership increased from 600,000 to 2.5 million. Each month her editor’s page was the first place I flipped to when my issue of House & Home arrived. Style and design became accessible and attainable through Cobi’s warm, personal and insightful editorials; as if what I saw in the magazine could truly be something I could create in my own home.

In 2008 Cobi left the publishing world to create her lifestyle brand Cobistyle, which now includes furniture, fabric, home décor accessories and more. Cobi has recently jumped back into publishing as the editorial director of Reno & Décor magazine, inspiring readers with the latest decorating and renovating tips and trends. I’m thrilled she’s back writing those wonderfully inspiring editor’s letters.

The self-promclaimed poster girl of pretty decor (and colour!) chats with me about her favourite Instagram accounts and how to create a comfortable and approachable home by infusing personal style and individuality (like she did in her amazing kitchen, pictured here).


Here are some of Cobi’s favourite Instagram accounts for fresh doses of decor inspiration.

Studio McGee


One Kings Lane

Feasby & Bleeks Design

Cobi has also written a beautiful children’s book.

Why is an Orange Called an Orange?

I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did! To listen click here or on the link in the sidebar.



The Hunted & Gathered Podcast: Kim Power from Kim Power Style


It’s here! Episode 2 of the Hunted & Gathered Podcast. I’m having so much fun with this. I get to chat with designers, bloggers, DIYers, architects and renovators to find out what’s happening in the world of home design and interiors from the people who are making it happen. This week I’m talking with Kim Power from Kim Power Style.

Kim is the queen of serene blue and white spaces. Don’t you already feel more calm just looking at this room? 


Here’s a peek at her recently renovated office/workroom that she completed for the One Room Challenge. Beautiful!


I think my favourite part of our conversation is when we talk about how easy it is to feel discontented with our homes when we compare ourselves with what others are doing. Kim reminds us that what we see in the squares (the Instagram photos or the Pinterest pins) doesn’t show the whole story or even always the truth – like the messy kitchens and bathrooms. This is definitely a reminder I need! There is so much more happening in my home (and I’m sure this is true of your home too!) than just how it’s decorated. Right now there are piles of books in the living room, wet towels by the pool and a board game in progress on the table. But home isn’t about being perfect, it’s a place where family and friends feel comfortable and accepted. Which, to me, is better than a perfectly styled, photo ready house any day!

A huge thank-you to Kim for being on the show! She was lovely to talk with and her passion for creating home was so inspiring!

Click on the notes below to find more about Kim’s favourite decorators and the go-to decor items she mentioned in the show.

Life Style: Elegant Simplicity at Home by Tricia Foley

Atlanta Bartlett                                                                                                                 Keep it Simple: A Guide to a Happy, Relaxed Home

Easy Elegance: Creating a relaxed, comfortable, and stylish home

At Home with White

Sarah Richardson

At Home: Sarah Style

Sarah Style

 IKEA Lenda Curtains

 Curtain Clips

Produced by Valley Way Media

The Hunted & Gathered Podcast: House & Home Senior Editor Sally Armstrong

I’m so excited to launch this new podcast series! I’ll be chatting with designers, bloggers, DIYers, architects and renovators to find out what’s happening in the world of home design and interiors from the people who are making it happen.


My first guest is Sally Armstrong. Sally has been with House & Home magazine for over a decade and has overseen some the magazine’s most famous and well loved features. Sally’s own beautiful house remodel can be seen here and here.

I’m especially in awe (and really jealous) of her amazing mudroom.

Click the link or player to hear the entire interview with Sally and her simple styling tricks to get a photo-shoot worthy kitchen!