Friday, July 29, 2011

My Top 5 Clean-Lined Dressers

This week's round up is a collection of sleek, modern dressers or chests of drawers. I also found some more feminine, ornate options in my travels that are quite lovely. I'll have to share them with you next week. For today, here are some clean-lined options. 

#1 Claude Double 8-Drawer Set by Jonathan Adler

#2 Jackson Chest of Drawers by Oly Studio

#3 Niche 6-Drawer Dresser by West Elm

#4 Eva Side-by-Side Mirror Dresser by Oly Studio

#5 Latitude Low Dresser by CB2

Well, that wraps up another top 5 and another week! Summer, please slow down! I can't believe how it's whizzing by. This is a long weekend for us so we're going to be enjoying that. I hope you'll enjoy your weekend whatever your plans are. 

Thanks so much for reading! 


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Designer Feature: Windsor Smith

Windsor Smith is an American designer with a flare for creating glamorous interiors. Her work has a timeless, elegant feel to it with a slight feminine flare. She uses texture, colour, and classic furnishings to create luxe spaces. Her look has a well-travelled feel to it as well.

Here are some of my favourites...


Did you notice her use of chinoiserie wallpaper in a few of the spaces? Completely lovely and definitely luxe!

You can visit Windsor Smith Home to see more of her portfolio and to check out her line of furnishings and textiles for the home. 


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ottoman... finito!

Sooo, I was able to finish my DIY ottoman yesterday. I'm very excited to finally be able to share it with you. It was a smashing success (if I do say so myself)! 

The inspiration ottoman was the Humphrey Ottoman by Shine (SHO). It comes in a variety of different upholstery options. I decided to go with with the white leather look. 

I hope to share a tutorial on how it was made, but for now I'm just going to show it off.

The Humphrey Ottoman sells for around $2,000, but I was able to get this glam look for less than $150. (You can see why I couldn't just go ahead and purchase the real thing.) 

It was a time-consuming project but well worth I think. We have yet to decide exactly where we'll put it, but I know it's a keeper. Have you finished any "finally" projects lately? It's always nice to stroke those off the list after they've been there for so long. 

I'd like to say a big thank you to my brother, Stephen, and our friend, Sam, for helping with the construction of the ottoman.

Tutorial to come. For now, I'm going to sit back and put my feet up our newest piece of furniture!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pool Perfection

The blistering heat of summer would be so much more bearable with one of these in your backyard. 

My parents had a backyard pool for a few of my childhood years and now have a pool again (for the grand kids of course). They are so much fun, and there's really no need to go on a summer vacation when you have a poolside paradise to escape to. 

Are any of you pool people (or wanna be pool people)


All images via decorpad

Monday, July 25, 2011

DIY Ottoman... Progress!

Hello, friends! I hope you had a nice weekend.

Do you remember that ottoman I showed you awhile back? The one I was hoping to recreate as a DIY project. Well, I've finally made some good progress on it, and I'd say it's over half done! (I was going to wait until it was all finished to show you but I just couldn't.) Again, the inspiration ottoman is by Shine by SHO Furniture. It's their Humphrey Ottoman.

And here's a sneak peak at where things are at with my attempt at recreating this beauty!

All the sides are covered so we're really getting there! I've had lots of help along the way from my brother and a friend. My brother will be the one putting all of the sides together, and then all that remains to be finished is the nail head detail (and I think that will be the funnest part of the project)!

Stay tuned! I hope to have it finished in the next few days. Yay! 


Friday, July 22, 2011

My Top 5 Cribs

For today I thought I'd share some adorableness with you, but first let me say that the only reason I have cribs on the brain is because some of my friends and blogging buddies are expecting. I am NOT. Really. That being said, if we do have another child, I would like to update the nursery (it stayed more or less the same for our first two babies), and a new crib may be in order.

Without further ado, the cribs of choice are...

#1 Metal Crib from Little Miss Liberty. I like both of these styles.

Aviary Crib

Crystal Crib

Crystal Crib

#2 Jenny Lind Spindle Crib (available through various vendors). So classic and pretty. Love the yellow one!


Via Apartment Therapy

#3 IKEA Gulliver Crib

And check out all of these hacks... a one-of-a-kind crib on a budget!

via Chic Cheap Nursery

#4 Ooba's Nest Crib. Something a little more modern. The rounded edges make it unique.

#5 Oeuf Crib. Another modern-looking one.

And here's the Stokke Sleepi Crib Collection. I can't say it's my favourite looking crib, but it's definitely smart; it grows with your child which is perfect.

Alrighty. That's all for this week. See you Monday!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Harlequin Fabrics & Wallcoverings

I came across Harlequin Fabrics & Wallcoverings the other day. They carry some really gorgeous wallpaper, and there's a huge selection of it. They are based in the UK so I imagine you'd pay a pretty penny to secure any, but it's fun to look.

Here are some favourites...

Aren't they lovely? I don't think I could choose a favourite. There are just too many gooders.

Harlequin also carries fabrics and bedlinens. Pop on over and have a look. (Their children's collections are so sweet!)

Tomorrow is Friday, and that means a top 5 coming your way. (That means it has to come my way first... hmmm. What'll it be?)


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Kid's Play Area: Crafting Jars

This past weekend I had some time to myself which was very nice. (Three cheers for grandparents!) I took the opportunity to run errands like crazy. In my mad dashing around town, I squeezed in a little thrifting stop and came away with some cork topped jars for the kid's play area. I liked them because they weren't your typical jars, the cork tops come off very easily, and the jars have a very wide mouth so it's easy to reach in for things. At $3 each, I thought they would be perfect atop the wall shelf in the play area.

What do you think? I imagine they were once used as kitchen canisters, but they work just as well in a play room as craft supply sorters! Thrifting success.