Thursday, March 29, 2012

A-List Lighting (For the New House)

I'm knee-deep in lighting options right now. We can't choose lighting from just anywhere because of warranty issues and such with our builder. That doesn't mean there isn't a ton to choose from though, and we can always change things up down the road if we want to. Some options that have caught my eye...

1. Chrome Dome Pendant at Robinson Lighting (To possibly hang above a round table in the foyer.)
2. White Drum Shade & Chrome Semi-Flush Mount at Robinson Lighting (Front Entrance)
3. Jolene Mid-Sized Chandelier at Richardson Lighting (Considering two of these to hang above the kitchen island.)
4. 5-light Drum Shade Chandelier at Richardson Lighting (Perhaps for the Dining Room)
5. Quatrefoil Semi-Flush Mount at Robinson (Mudroom or Hallway)
6. Exterior Lighting at Robinson
7. Drum Shade Semi-Flush Mount (in black or white) at Robinson (Mudroom, Hallway, or Master Bedroom)
8. Sconce, Brass with White Shade at Robinson (Considering a pair to flank the fireplace in the LR.)
9. Bathroom Fixtures at Robinson

Here's another fixture I thought was rather stunning (at Richardson). It's unfortunately quite expensive. I love the simple, clean lines and the vintage feel though. We could eat noodles for a month, right?

Obviously this doesn't cover all the lighting in the house, but it's a start with a focus on the main living areas.

So, what do you think of the lighting so far? Love? Hate?


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thoughts on Choosing Hardware

Hello, friends. I hope this finds you well. We had a big morning around here. My little girl got her first "real" (professional) haircut and she did amazing. I've always been the one to trim butcher her hair in the past but since she's going to be a flower girl this weekend, I thought I would trust the experts with her "do" this time. To celebrate the occasion we ate ice cream sandwiches for lunch, and that makes me the best mom ever!

So, I've been on the hunt for some good hardware for our kitchen cabinets and still haven't made any final decisions. Originally I wanted brass but it's difficult to find just the right brass finish. I don't want bright brass because it can look cheap and it really shows fingerprints, but I don't want aged brass because it would be too rustic-looking for us. I thought it be nice to have a brass handle with a glass knob but getting the two to look good together is tricky. I also want to make sure we choose hardware that is a standard size so that we can replace it easily down the road if we want to. Maybe I'm overcomplicated things. I just get nervous thinking about putting holes in my brand new kitchen cabinets.

Here are a few options I was considering until I saw them in person.

I also briefly considered recessed hardware which is popular right now, but I'm too scared to make that commitment. It would be difficult to replace since it's actually set into the front of your drawer or cabinet.

Glass knobs are always lovely and add the perfect amount of sparkle to any space. Still considering them.

Here are two options that are still options for us as well. I like the brass finish on both of them. The one is more classic or traditional looking, the other more contemporary. (The second one looks quite rustic in the picture but it really isn't.)

I would highly recommend that you choose your hardware in person if possible. It made a huge difference to actually see them and feel them, because how they feel in your hand is important too. You don't want something that feels flimsy and cheap.

Feel free to share your thoughts. I'd love to hear your tips and suggestions.

Still on the hunt...


All hardware from Lee Valley

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Notes from Samantha Pynn

Here are some notes I took from Samantha Pynn's presentation at Home Styles (Saskatoon, SK) this past weekend.

She gave us four main points for decorating a space. Her approach is practical and accessible.

1. Start with a Floor Plan. Either draw it by hand or try an online program. Lots of furniture stores have programs you can use for free.

2. Create a Storyboard or Inspiration File. Collect pictures of furniture and write down the dimensions for each piece. Carry paint chips and fabric samples with you. Don't try and go from your memory.

3. Work with what you have.

4. Buy vintage or 2nd hand. Consider upcycling what you find with a fresh coat of paint or an upholstery job (or even just a professional cleaning job).

Other little tidbits:
  • Avoid too many big pieces in a space.
  • Repetition is your greatest tool.
  • Be VERY purposeful with your feature wall. If not done correctly, it will look cheap like you couldn't afford to paint or paper the whole room so you just did one wall. (Very true.)
  • Create banquette/bench seating with short, "above the fridge", upper cabinets. This is way cheaper than having something custom built.
  • Mount sconces at eye level.

I mentioned yesterday that the subject of the "oak package" came up several times. Samantha's solution was to paint it (which isn't surprising). She said that oak trim visually breaks up your space too much, whereas white trim blends in better. White trim almost recedes into the background, allowing other things (like your furniture and artwork) to take centre stage.

Here are some of my favourite "Samantha Interiors". She's one talented lady!

Oh, and she has a new show airing April 2nd called "Summer House" where she and her team decorate 13 homes in cottage country. Sounds like it will be good!


Monday, March 26, 2012

A Few New House Goodies

Sorry for the late post today. I've been feeling crumby. I did have a good weekend though. It just tired me out and I think I was already on the edge of coming down with something. Just need some extra rest and I'm sure I'll be back to normal.

I had a good time at Home Styles this past weekend. It was a treat to hear Samantha Pynn speak and I had a chance to meet her afterwards. She was really sweet and gave some helpful advice in response to the questions that were asked. (I took some notes so I'll tell you more about it another time. I will say that the subject of the "oak package" came up more than once though.) We also got some inspiration for our new build at the show. Speaking of which, I did some running around on Saturday and had a look at some flooring, lighting and hardware. My iphone is loaded up with pictures of things that caught my eye, and I came home with a few goodies in hand.

The colour samples are for me to choose a kitchen cabinet colour and you'll see a sketch of our kitchen layout beneath. I ended up buying a few hardware options for us to consider too. I'm having such a time choosing the hardware. Perhaps I'll have to put it to a vote in the end (if you don't mind helping me with that)!

So, it's coming together. They are actually going to start framing tomorrow (Tuesday), so I'll have a picture for you next week that actually looks a bit like a house.

For now, I'm going to curl up on the couch and have a little nap.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Which Would You Choose? (Two Nursery Design Boards)

Hello, friends! Happy Friday to you. I'm extra excited that it's the weekend because I get to see my darling whom I've been without for the entire week. And when he's away I do crazy things like eat 1/2 a pound of mushrooms all by myself (in the form of a delightful mushroom bisque of course), but I've nearly made myself sick of mushrooms and that's a sad thing.

Anyway, I had fun putting together two very different design boards for you. They are both nurseries which means nothing (in other words, we are not in need of a nursery makeover at this time). Kid's spaces are just fun to do! I tried to keep both looks as gender neutral as possible. One look is bold and daring, the other not so much.

So tell me, which would you choose? I keep going back and forth between the two. 

"Bold Move" Sources:
Crib, Cub Sleeper Netto Collection
Brasa Pendant Light at IKEA
Persisk Belutch Rug at IKEA
Mona Lime Elephant Cushion at Tonic Living
Hemnes 8-drawer dresser at IKEA
Ekorre Rocking Moose at IKEA
Luca Glider by Monte
Kid's Art via Parlour (original source unknown)

"Soft & Serene" Sources:
Light fixture, mirror and rug at IKEA
Jenny Lind Crib in white at Babies R Us
Pillow at Tonic Living
Children's Art, Sarah Jane Studios
5-Drawer Dresser at Wisteria
Savoy Glider at Dwell Studio

Enjoy your weekend! I'm off to Home Styles 2012 (our local home show), and I hope to knock off a bunch of "new-house" things on the to do list.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Blue, Velvet & Wanna' Race?

Blue velvet sofas are nice things. Just sayin'.

Very luxe and sophisticated, don't you think?

And I've decided to go public and let you know that my legs are training for this...

If I can stick to my training plan, I'll run the 1/2 marathon. It's hard to fit everything in though and training for a longer race takes that much more time! Does anyone else find it difficult to maintain balance? Sigh. (And I'm not even half as busy as some of you!) Well, wish me luck, and if you care to join me, I'd love to try and keep up to you.

Race info here.


Image Sources: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams; via Pinterest; Anthropologie; via Elements of Style; via Pinterest

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Local Talent: Remnant Steel

Allow me to introduce you to two sweet girls who make cool stuff. Meet Naomi (left) & Elizabeth (right) of Remnant Steel.

These ladies design, cut and fabricate steel, and here's what steel fabrication looks like in their world. Pure awesome.

You can visit their website to see more of their designs, and they are available for custom work as well. In their words, "You dream it. We will make it happen." They design and fabricate house numbers and other signage, along with a wide variety of decor pieces. If you see something you like, feel free to shoot them an e-mail ( to find out more about it.

And the best part is that Naomi & Elizabeth are prairie girls, born and raised here in Saskatchewan. It's exciting to see them join their talents and venture out into the world of design and business right here at home.


Monday, March 19, 2012

A Few Delightful Spaces

There's something about this kitchen that grabs my attention and makes me smile. I love all the unique elements in the space - the layout, lighting, custom hood range, gorgeous millwork, etc.

The kitchen was designed by Trisha and Julie Dodson of Dodson & Daughter Interior Design. The mother-daughter design duo has a real talent for creating elegant, sophisticated interiors. These are few other spaces that caught my eye in looking through their portfolio.

And a reminder for those who live in the Saskatoon area: The SK Home Show (Home Styles 2012) is being held this coming weekend at Prairieland Park's Wheatland Building. Samantha Pynn is going to be there speaking at various times over the weekend. I'm looking forward to hearing her and having a look at all the exhibits.

Have a good start to your week!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Good to Know: A Few Decorating Tidbits

Hello, friends! I hope this finds you well. I've been a little under the weather lately. Perhaps a few too many late nights this week. My honey has been taking very good care of me though so I'm on the mend.

Just thought I'd share a few decorating tips today. I've been collecting them over the past little while. You never know when they'll come in handy.

And to send you into your weekend with the delightful outdoors. After all, spring is in the air!


Decorating Tip Sources: Fabulous Window Treatments; Home Goods; Etsy; via google; via pinterest (2 images); Centsational Girl
Outdoor Images via pinterest