Monday, October 31, 2011

Goods Reads

Hello there! I hope you're all refreshed after the weekend, although that's not likely the case for everyone. Sometimes weekends can be more tiring than the weekdays! If you have little ones, you've probably been busy putting costumes together. What fun! And Happy Halloween by the way. 

I've been over at Amazon lately looking at some decorating books. (Much of my inspiration comes from reading other blogs and decorating magazine, but a good design book is hard to beat.) I haven't amassed a large number of design/decorating books, but I'm slowly adding to my collection. So far, my favourite decorating book is Domino: The Book of Decorating by Deborah Needleman.

Domino is filled with lots of great advice and inspiration. It offers some really practical and helpful tips too. I enjoyed the sections on how to mix and match furnishings to create a personal look. The back of the book has resource material on everything from furniture styles to how high curtain rods should be hung above a window. I've read it all and have referenced it many times. I would highly recommend it. Deborah's own home is featured in a section of the book. I love how cozy and family-friendly her living room looks. 

A few more shots of her home...

Deborah has recently come out with another book, The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well.  I don't know about you, but if imperfect can somehow become perfect, that would be alright with me. (I'm pretty good at the imperfect part, so here's hoping.) I've heard some rave reviews of the book, and if it's anything like Domino, we're in for a real treat! The title will be released on November 1st (yep, that's tomorrow)!

I can't wait to delve into it, and I'll be sure to let you know how I like it. Enjoy your day!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Holy Hardware, Batman!

Hello, friends. Happy Friday to you all! Sorry I wasn't around yesterday. We have been quite the social butterflies the last few days. Anyway, that's not really the norm for us. We're usually rather hermit-like, but we do get out from time to time to visit with other humans.

So, I've been thinking about the "top 5" posts I've been doing every Friday for quite some time now. I enjoy doing them, but I often have trouble keeping the list to 5 favourites. Calling it "top 5" was becoming a bit of a joke. Anyway, I've decided just to share some favourites every Friday. The content will still be home furnishings and accessories, but there's no point calling it a top 5 when it rarely is.

This week I've rounded up some favourite hardware for you. I've tried to go with sources that are more familiar.

First off, a few favourites from Home Depot:

Favourites from Restoration Hardware:

From Lowe's:

From Lee Valley:


I also really love these brass pulls Jen of Made by Girl used on her new sideboard. They are available through

"Holy Jumble, Batman!" (And happy weekend too!)


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

One G-G-G-Gorgeous Home

O.k. I realize this may fall into the category of "old news" in the design world, but this home is remarkable and MUST be shared... again. To be honest, I hadn't really had a look at the whole house in one sitting before. I had seen this room and that at different times, but didn't know they all went together under one roof. Ah, to live under that roof. Honestly, this is one of my favourites.

It was the home of food critic and chef, Katie Lee Joel, and musician, Billy Joel. (They have sold the house.) It was designed with the help of Nate Berkus. It's stunning and near perfect in my books.

Completely Lovely. Enough said.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My Budding Artist

We have an aspiring artist in our house these days. All Avery wanted to do on Monday was colour. First she made a birthday card for her little friend who is having princess party later this week (how totally exciting is that?). Then she went through multiple sheets of paper and actually filled them all up with her doodles. I noticed that she was trying to draw people, and she was getting pretty good at it. We're definitely going to add these pieces to our collection. You could say they kind of "speak to me".

I asked her if the one face belonged to a snow man (the nose looked rather carrot-ish), but she said, "No, it's Daddy." Awww. Melt my heart.


My Layered Space

I've been thinking about this post for a while now. I basically knew what I wanted to include as the next layer of "my layered space", but it took me some time to put it together. Anyway, my layered space would most certainly include some fabulous art. I realize that what I consider to be fabulous art may not be fabulous at all as far as you're concerned. That was part of my trouble in putting this together. So, while I will share some favourite pieces of mine, I've also put together a few thoughts on collecting and displaying art that will hopefully be helpful.

1. Collecting art that "speaks" to you.

For example, as I was browsing through the Graham and Green site, I saw this print titled "Belle Hugs Boo". I thought it was so sweet. The little girl reminds me of my Avery with her short, brown bob. Something like this would be darling in A's room.

This piece is by William Perehudoff, a Saskatchewan-born artist. The painting is called Waskesiu Lake. Waskesiu is a national park in the province of Saskatchewan, and is a perfectly lovely place. This piece brings back fun, childhood memories.

2. Collecting art in the colours you love.

I won't try to describe the colours I like. I'll just show you! I love abstracts for showing off colour.

1, 2 Meredith Pardue; 3 Rebecca Cabassa; 4, 5 Zoe Pawlak; 6, 7 Patricia Larsen

3. Collecting art that sets the mood and "agrees" with the overall feel of your space.

What I mean is... you would not likely put "Belle Hugs Boo" in your formal dining room. You might put these fabulous fashion sketches in your dressing room though.

all images via pinterest

4. Collecting art that catches the eye and grounds the space.

A bold piece of art is stunning and can really make the space. Lately, I've been drawn to the dramatic look of brushstroke art, especially in dark or contrasting colours.

via made by girl and James Nares

Photography can be eye-catching as well, especially black and white prints. Hanging them in a very symmetrical grid pattern has big impact on a space. It's often a more affordable, but still very effective way to create a dramatic focal point.

both images: Samantha Pynn

I'm still very much in the beginning stages of art collecting, but I'm trying to remember to have fun with it and to make it personal. I want pieces in our home that mean something to us and reflect us, our lives, our experiences, etc. I plan to leave room for the fun and cheery. Oh, and a bit of quirky is always welcome too. (James is the one with the quirks.)