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18KARAT Spring 2014 Catalogue ~ Take a Look !!!

So how did you all survive losing one hour of sleep this weekend?  I have to admit that I had a caffeine fuelled iced cafe mocha drink far too close to my bed time so I hardly slept and before I knew it, it was already 4 am!!!  Ah well, I digress...... This week I wanted to share with you a few snaps of the Spring 2014 catalogue for 18KARAT.  I just love the simplicity of their pieces. Have a great week!

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18karat 9 Tracey Ayton Photography

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Happy new week!  My apologies for not doing a post last week, things have been a little delirious around here with work and the fact that it's summer certainly plays a part. I thought I would share some snaps I did for 18KARAT while shooting their latest catalogue.  A big part of my job is taking pictures of beautiful spaces and pretty little details ....  (Lucky me) Most times I have very talented people working with me in order to make the scene a beautiful one.  In this case, I have Zoe & Jeannine to thank, two very talented girls who worked tirelessly to get the job done.  Every time I looked up, they had another pretty scene set up for me to shoot, I was like a kid in a candy store ready to snap away.


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Amanda Evans showcase at Once A Tree Furniture

Happy new week!  To all of my fellow Canadians who live in BC, I hope you had a lovely holiday Monday.  Mine was certainly heightened by the lovely sunshine we've been having. This week I wanted to introduce to you a really cool designer, in whom has turned into quite a good friend:

I have worked with Amanda Evans from Twenty One Two Designs on several occasions and I have been completely blown away.  The girl is a firecracker, her talent is obvious in the incredibly glamorous and crazy beautiful interiors, she designs.  I had the opportunity to photograph Amanda's latest project: Once A Tree Furniture's Designer Showcase Series.  This is where Amanda designed a master bedroom .... one that I found hard to leave because it was so inviting and cozy.  Amanda's showcase "Comfortable Luxury"  is on until mid September.  You can see more of Amanda's work and more on the showcase here.  Keep your eyes peeled on this one people, Amanda is going places!!!

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A few good things ......

How was everyone's long weekend? Did you take advantage of an extra day to get away? We stayed close to home and spent time with family and worked in the garden. It was nice to be able to sleep in too!!!! Speaking of sleeping, I am so happy to finally see this bedroom get the attention it deserves ...... It is the first space that I shot for Karla Amadatsu from Kerrisdale Design Inc. and is featured in the latest issue of BC Home & Garden. It continues to be a favorite of mine. The colors are stunning and that studded, striped head board, TO DIE FOR! Master Bedroom Tracey Ayton Photography

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On another shoot I did for Karla is her own lavish office that is featured in the latest Style At Home 100 + Designer Secrets issue.

Office Tracey Ayton Photography

And while you're at it, feel free to check out some of my design ideas also in the Style At Home 100 + Designer Secrets issue ......... :-) Have a fantastic short week!

Livingroom Tracey Ayton Photography


A ruff time.

With a heavy heart, I'm sad to say that Griffon, my just shy of 11 year old dog passed away last weekend.   It's been a very tough few days, trying to get over the fact that he's not clomping around the house or lying by the fireplace beside us.  He will forever be in our hearts and I want to thank you for all of your well wishes, it means a lot. On the flip side, work was beckoning and yes, I had to post pone some shoots in order to get my head straight but as I have always said, I love my job.   I'm very thankful that I was able to shift my thoughts away  just for a little while to shoot some beautiful spaces.

Always nice to shoot for Zoe Pawlak.  Her paintings are absolutely stunning ....... this one found a good home.  FYI, Zoe has an exhibition on this Thursday, January 24th 605-55 Water Street.

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Artwork by: Zoe Pawlak Tracey Ayton PhotographyWorking with Jennifer Scott & Megan Baker from A Good Chick To know on a photo shoot for an upcoming issue of BC Home & Garden  is always, a treat.  Here's a tiny, tiny peek.  Cool lights huh?

Designed By: A Good Chick To Know Photography by: Tracey Ayton Photography


A beautiful space always puts a smile on my face.  Here is a peek into a shoot I did for Kirk Talent, designed by Lesa Kirk & Shannon Powell.

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A little festive here & there .....

In a blink of an eye, another week has come and gone. I'm not sure if it's just me but I feel like I'm going as fast as I can and barely hanging on in order to keep up with my schedule. Between shoots, dinner parties, decorating, shopping and throw in the usual domestic duties, I'm really looking forward to a break. Instead of staring at the computer editing, I am looking forward to sipping a glass of wine and staring at the tree, knowing everything is done. Is it really ever all done? Or do we just try to make ourselves believe that we will reach a time where it will be all done? For now, the tree is up and the decorations are out... we opted for a small tree this year and love it. I am still staring at this computer screen but look forward to slowing down soon to enjoy the holidays. I hope you enjoy a little peek into our home at Christmas.

A few things ......

Happy new week everyone! Do you find that most times things always happen all at once?? I've been kinda busy lately and am finally able to share a few things that I've been up to. First off, I had the pleasure of working with Karla Amadatsu over at Kerrisdale Design We photographed her daughter, Caris' room, which ended up having a little snippet in the Style At Home organizing issue. I do believe you will see the rest of the space in an upcoming issue.

Then I had the opportunity to work with Amanda Swanlund of Twenty One Two to shoot an incredible space that was featured in the latest issue of House Of Fifty.

Lastly, I was pleasantly surprised by a little tweet that came my way, from Kinfolk Magazine, letting me know that my work had been featured in their online journal. See more HERE Bye for now :-)

A couple of things to ponder

A couple of things to ponder during my weekend ......

A trip to the PNE

A shoot with Jen & Megan from A Good Chick To Know .... isn't the color of that drift wood super pretty?

Lastly, I wanted to get your opinion on how to improve the curb appeal of this little beach house that my mother-in-law just bought. They've decided to put shingles on it but besides that, what would you suggest to make this little home more interesting in the front? Keeping in mind that it's a block away from the beach. Need help!!!

A window box, garage and apple pie

I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend. After a few busy weeks AND weekends, I finally have some time to get catch up on the home front. Every once in awhile we all need to recharge and get centered. This long weekend is much needed and is very welcome. The window box that hubby and I made at the beginning of summer has turned out to be a big hit with the plants ....... we can't even see the new box anymore !!!

Our garage is coming along quite nicely, if you didn't see my earlier post on the start of the project, here is a picture of the cute shed like structure that leaned into itself, had furry tenants, a growing roof and a cement pad that was completely cracked in half. Cute but had to go. I sold the original window at the market but ended up salvaging another one very similar, which was in better shape. We kept the original door but for another project which I will post in a later entry... The entry door isn't on yet but I salvaged that from a home that got torn down the day after I took it.

Just a couple of things around my house that makes me happy. I hope you are having a nice Thanksgiving weekend, I'll end off with a snap I took for an upcoming issue of Delish Magazine. Seems fitting for this weekend ....

A new project

Welcome back! This week I'm posting some pictures of our beloved 1927 garage that we had to tear down in order to make room for a new garage. If you have read any of my posts in the past, you will know that I am saddened by character homes that get torn down. Here I am tearing down an adorable little "shed" as we called it that we have kept gardening tools, our lawn mower, paint etc. Also, if you have read my past posts you will know it is where I kept all of my salvaged goods that eventually my hubby kicked out... (due to lack of space) So for about 8 years we have had this little structure in our yard serving it's purpose and even looked pretty darn good with a new coat of paint but you can't hide some serious issues with keeping a garage like ours ..... it was rat infested, the roof was "growing" it was caving into itself and the door would no longer close ..... but most of all, we couldn't park our car in it as it just wasn't sufficient or safe.

There were several steps we've had to take before getting to where we are now and still more to come but in the meantime, here are a few pictures of the steps we've had to take in order to make room for a new garage.

First we had to tear down the old (we kept the window)

Sadly take down a tree that was breaking through the existing concrete pad and would impede on the new garge..(we are planting a magnolia to replace it) And then ...... the construction starts

As the builders were digging, they found a whole bunch of broken glass, from bottles and vases. I find this fascinating and wonder why people always find broken glass buried in their yards. My house was built in 1927 so this is probably more common in older homes. I looked in to it and only found that back in the day, people simply threw out their garbage in a certain spot in the yard. Hence why there is only glass found in one part of the yard. I'm not sure on how accurate that information is but I would love it if anyone else knows why there are glass objects buried deep below the ground sometimes.

Here are some of the glass objects I found: Does anyone know the age of this nail polish by looking at the bottle???

Lastly, here are some pictures of the inspiration we found while vacationing at Seabrook, Washington. These are very similar to what we are building.

Have a great week and I will post some more pictures soon !!!

A simple window box

It was such a pleasure meeting all of you that came to the Design & Lifestyle Bloggers meet up. I had tons of fun and the food was delicious! It truly is an honor to not only be part of the group but to also get to work with those talented and passionate people. This week I'm sharing some pics of a DIY project my hubby and I did creating a new window box for our front window. When we bought our house we had 3 little shelves under our window where a window box would have normally gone but I guess along the way, ours was taken down. A few months after we moved in, the house 2 doors down from us was being torn down (what else is new) and it had a window box that would fit perfectly on our house ... so we took it and made it ours. Over the years that window box has served us well but this year when I went to go plant my new batch of plants in it I noticed the bottom had finally rotted through......... what else is a girl to do that just bought a ton of plants for a window box but go get hubby to help build a new one!!!

Here is the sad old box .......

Here are the plants patiently waiting ........ which I picked up at Southlands Nursery. The passionate and very talented gardener, Thomas Hobbs owns Southlands Nursery and next month I am very excited about shooting Tom's house for Style At Home magazine.

Here's hubby hard at work ..... He built it, I painted it.

We love it !!!

A Sweet Art Trade

How was everybody's weekend? For those in Vancouver, wasn't the sunshine beautiful? I'm glad to welcome May flowers and say goodbye to April showers. A few months ago I met a wonderful and talented illustrator/graphic artist through blogging. She was one of the entries for my Polaroid art giveaway and her name is Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli. After looking at her amazing talent on her blog "chubby broccoli" I ended up contacting her in hopes of doing an art trade. I was ecstatic when she said she was into it. For the trade: Jacqueline choose a Polaroid picture I did of the steam clock in Gastown, here in Vancouver:

... And I was curious to see what a family portrait of of my hubby, our dog Griffon and myself would turn out like and couldn't wait to see what she came up with.

A few days later, a package arrived..........

It was like Christmas all over again ..............

She captured us with her quirky drawing, perfectly. Now I just have to find the perfect frame. Thank you Jacqueline !!! It was such a pleasure to have met you.

If you want to see the process in making this piece, go visit Jacqueline at chubby broccoli

The old house on the corner

I decided to start a blog to perhaps "inspire" those that come by for a visit. This week isn'tgoing to cut it visually, my apologies.... Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of old homes getting torn down lately. Completely understandable with the real estate market etc. ..... I get it... but it still is really hard for me not to be sad for these character homes when I see the house sitting behind a bright orange fencing with a bulldozer looming.

Just like the rest of the neighbors, I stood watching it's demise. Some were happy to see it go, some were sad to see it go.

The calender was still hanging and so was the hat that the gentleman that lived there used to wear. Word has it he passed just shy of his 99th birthday.

This has nothing to do with my story but at least it's a little more cheerful.

A White Christmas ? ...... no, it's gonna be green.

It's Christmas eve and for me, it's always been a peaceful, magical time of year.Especially when there is snow on the ground. However, not this year. In Vancouver, the weather forecast is for a "green" Christmas...(Which means rain) So, to get into the spirit of things, I'm posting some pictures I took during a nice brisk walk we took in the neighborhood last year.  Enjoy ....

Have a cozy Christmas Eve everyone, have fun over the holidays and stay dry out there !!