Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More Nursery Snippets

Hello, friends! I thought I'd pop in with a few nursery updates. As it turns out, we're planning on painting the room this weekend. Whoot! I couldn't hold off for another month (which was the original timeline). So, I have my work cut out for me getting the room cleared out and ready to paint come Saturday. I decided to go with a warm white - Ivory White by Benjamin Moore - to be exact. Pictures to come on that front. 

These curtains have arrived and will be hung just as soon as the walls get painted. I went with ready-made panels for sanity sake. 

Paired with this rod in the smaller size (both curtains and rod from Restoration Hardware). 

Here's a peek at the sofa and "fur" pillows that will be moving into the space soon. We've been storing the sofa in our basement since we moved in, and there's lots of room in the nursery so it may as well be put to use. At the very least I'll have a place to crash if baby is having a particularly fussy night. 

The gold bows pillow (Caitlin Wilson) and this pom pom throw in white (West Elm) will be added to the mix soon too. 

I've been thinking of bringing a good dose of colour into the space with some artwork inspired by the fabulous Lulie Wallace. I'd love to own an original by the talented lady herself, but it's just not in the budget this time. So, I've been practising. A first attempt (and more to come before I invest in an over sized canvas). Please excuse the garbage bag and painter's tape. I think there's hope that I may come up with something presentable. 

If I'm feeling ambitious, a trio of giant paper flowers would be so fun and cheery. 

The bassinet is out and that makes me happy. 

Oh, and that gold "goodnight" wall script arrived. It's puuurdy! (I know you can't really tell from this angle but trust me... it's good.) And yet another reason to get those walls painted. 

So, hopefully that whets your appetite to keep coming back here despite the sporadic posts. This blogging momma has been more momma than blogger lately, but you know, that's probably not a bad thing. I think my littles appreciate their mommy time, and soon I'll have 3 to keep track of! Prayers appreciated. 


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Design Crush Past (Apartment of Candace Bushnell)

I remember seeing the NY apartment of Candace Bushnell way back when and loving it. The main living room area is especially pretty. It's funny how images can stick in your head. I guess that's both a blessing and a curse. In this case, I'll consider it to be the former. Fast forward several years and the apartment still looks as stylish as ever. 

It goes to show that decorating with antiques (classics) will stand the test of time. You can see more of the apartment over at Elle Decor

There are so many pieces in this space that I would love to incorporate in my home all this time later. Definitely a winner in my books. What do you think? 

On a personal note, this pregnancy of mine is clipping along with just over 11 weeks to go! We haven't done anything at all in the nursery yet although I've been collecting stuff and making plans. We will hold off until mid-May to do the painting and then probably do a big "install" at the end, transforming the room in one fell swoop as it were. I've never decorated a room like that before, so we'll see how it comes together. Fingers crossed that all my planning translates into a good-looking space. I'll give you some updates soon. 



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Maxi Skirts for Spring

Blowy, flowy, fun & feminine maxi skirts. I want me one. Maybe it can be my reward/finally I have more clothing options carrot at the end of this pregnancy thing. Skirts vs. dresses will be winning out for me this spring and summer due to the fact that I'll likely be nursing full time. Here are some of my favourites.



This pleated black one is a steal at $20 right now. See it here.  

Pair these types of skirts with a classic chambray top like this one

Or maybe something on the lighter side when the heat of summer really finally hits. This crossover tank is rather lovely. 

And while we're on the topic, here are some other fashion picks for spring. This whole ensemble from GAP caught my eye. 

This statement necklace just might sneak its way into my collection. Just the perfect mix of funky & pretty. 

I just can't wait to dig out my sandals come summer. I ended up getting these way back in February for our Hawaii trip and look forward to slipping my feet into them again. 

And this peachy pink from essie is the perfect shade for summer toes. (Did you know you can get essie polish at superstore? I was pleasantly surprised when I was there the other day.)

Are you eyeing some new duds for spring (and summer) this year? Those warmer temperatures cannot get here soon enough.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Little People Art in Big People Spaces

The kids did some painting yesterday afternoon. I'm hoping we can hang a few of their "works" in baby girl's nursery. Nothing like a little personal touch from the big brother and sister, right? Here's what we can came up with. I say "we" because I made a few finishing touches here and there for composition sake. It's mostly their own work though. 

Kid art doesn't have to be relegated to kid spaces though. When properly displayed, in can be pretty darn chic in almost any space. You may be surprised how seamlessly in can fit into the most "grown up" spaces. Here's a fun round up of some fantastic little people art. 

So, let your little artist(s) at it. The one thing about kids is they're not afraid to just go for it, and you just might be lucky enough to come away with some wall-worthy pieces. 

Have a good start to your week, friends. It's finally warming up in my part of the world. Melt snow, melt! 

Hugs all around. 


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Five Fine Favourites

Here are 5 things that are part of my almost daily routine that I just like having around and putting to use. I was going to say I can't live without them, but of course that's not exactly true. They are far from essentials, but they have become useful little luxuries that I find myself going back to again and again. 

1. Davidoff perfume. I try other scents but always end up coming back to this favourite. It's the perfect scent for everyday wear - light, fresh and pretty. 

2. Professional Flat Iron. Spend the money and get the good kind (purchase through your hairstylist). They work much better than the cheap drugstore brands, and they'll last much longer. 

3. GAP jeans. I always find a good fit and they hold up well. It seems they often have some kind of promotion on where you can save cash too. 

4. My Eileen Bodum. She's pretty and she makes a mean cup of coffee.

5. Joy of Cooking - the Bible of all cookbooks. Buy it. It's quite comprehensive and every recipe I've tried has been tasty.

So there you have it, a few of my favourite things. Day to day kinds of things that add just a little bit of "special" to my lifestyle. I'm sure you have your favourites too. Do tell...


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Nursery Snippets

So, this pregnancy is well underway, and it's time to start making preparations. With roughly 16 weeks left, I've got quite the to do list. We're thinking pink based on our 20 week ultrasound. Of course, I don't want to rule out the chance of that being wrong, so I'm not going overboard with girl nursery decor. Just a few pretty things here and there. All the main/big pieces are very neutral. Here are a few things I've picked up recently. Nothing new is installed yet, since old stuff has to be moved out of the room and the walls have to be painted first. We'll probably do one big install towards the end to give us extra time with the room as a play room for the two older kids. (Where am I going to stash all those toys?!)

Anyway, I'm leaning towards a light grey colour for the walls. Right now I have my eye on Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore, but I have yet to sample it in the room. 

And I picked out this tole chandelier (via ebay). Obviously one of the more girly elements. 

These faux fur pillows were a steal at Restoration Hardware, and they'll look great on the taupe sofa we're going to haul up from the basement. (The baby room is quite large, and I like sitting on a sofa to nurse, so I figured why not move it into the space.) 

Two other pillows I'm thinking of adding to the ensemble. 

I think we'll go with this simple and inexpensive dresser from IKEA and just switch out the knobs for something prettier. Something glass or brass. 

And a "goodnight" sign like this is on order. We had it customized a little so it wasn't so tiny and it will be done in brass too. Whoot! I'm thinking it will hang above the crib. 

These adorable photos are en route. It was hard to narrow it down to 4 because they're all really cute. Let's see... we went with zebra, bobcat, giraffe and money. But you really have to pop over and see them all (the animal print shop). 

This garland tassel from Studio Mucci is coming too. Just a little bit of peachy pink for the room. There's lots of bare walls to fill up, so this will certainly find a home somewhere. 

Well, I could go on, but this is getting long and it at least gives you a good idea of where things are headed. My excitement is starting to build. A new little babe is on the way. 

Thanks for the visit! 


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Beach Bound

Hello, friends! I hope things are well with you and yours. I'm feeling pretty over the moon at the moment because hubby and I are headed for much warmer temperatures in less than 24 hours. We're leaving this bitter cold behind so very soon. "Bitter cold" is no exaggeration either. Step outside your house in these here parts and the cold will bite you. I'm SO ready for an escape. Bring on the sun, the sand and the sea! 

Here are a few stylish accessories that would make any beach vacay a total treat (but believe me, I'll be enjoying myself regardless). 

1. Yellow Lace Kaftan Beach Cover Up at Top Shop
2. Cateye Sunnies at ASOS
3. Floppy Black Hat 
4. Sequin Beach Bag at Zappos
5. Ikat Print Maxi Dress, Calypso St. Barth
6. L'Oreal Sun Protection
7. Digging Orange Polish, Essie
8. Flat Sandal, ALDO

So, with that I'll bid you adieu, and here's hoping I can pop in for a hello from the land where palm trees sway! 

Catch you later! 


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Meredith Pardue's Home (An Artist at Home)

Time for a lovely house tour, friends. This particular abode belongs to Austin-based artist, Meredith Pardue.  I really love her work and have featured her art on my blog before. Now I get to show you her fantastic home. I think my favourite room is the dining area where she has an oversized piece of art hanging. The colours are beautiful, and it seems to have so much texture and dimension to it. The organic shapes are particularly interesting too. The overall look of her home is relaxed and a little beachy with loads of white (love). She's mixed together a nice variety of styles - pieces both old and new. It's real good. 

Anyway, see for yourself! 

That Art! 

I pulled all of the images from the recent issue of Bungalow Magazine. Read the article here and see more (and better quality) pictures too. 

I'm quite smitten with this charming home and what I wouldn't give to be able to paint like her!