Monday, July 30, 2012

A Little Kelly Fix

How are you, my friends? Thanks for putting up with my absence last week. I was having some summer fun with my husband and kids, and it was nice to take a little break from blogging. I missed you though.

Thought I'd pop in today with a little Kelly Wearstler extravaganza. Extravaganza is a good word for her. She's such a design icon, known for her bold and glamorous look.

Let me back up though. I've been eyeing brass dome lamps like these lately.

Images 1 & 3 via Sadie and Stella; Middle Image: Arteriors Jana Brass and Marble Arched Lamp via Amazon

And I remembered seeing them in several of Ms. Wearstler's interiors.

That last one isn't brass, but it has that similar dome shape. I like the simple, clean lines. Perfect for making a modern statement and adding some structural interest wherever you choose to put it.

While we're on the topic of Kelly Wearstler, I have to show you some of her china patterns. I LIKE.

I must say, Kelly Wearstler never ceases to amaze me. Who else do you know reads to her boys in a ball gown?

And coordinates her dress with her wallpaper.

Images via Pinterest

I mean, come on!


Friday, July 27, 2012

Bits of Our Staycation Week

Here's a little peek at some of the fun we've been having this week. We've been enjoying summer!

The kids rode the carousel and train at Kinsmen Park. It costs $1/child/ride, so it's cheap fun. They wanted to go again and again. Grandma came along and was just as excited as the kids!

There have been trips to the park. Swings are always a favourite! (And I can actually get pictures of them on the swings. Otherwise, they're moving around too much.)

We are water logged and sun baked from all the swimming we've done this week. Avery especially loves the water, and I mean L-O-V-E-S it.

And of course there is summer food to be eaten. Some healthy, some not so healthy. All of it rather delicious though and easy to prepare.

We also took a trip to the Western Development Museum which the kids enjoyed, but we found ourselves saying, "No, you're not allowed to touch that!" a little too often. Catching up with friends old and new has also been happening throughout the week which is always lovely. We have a trip to the Berry Barn and a day at a small town fair still ahead of us. Summer is a wonderful time of year! This staycation has turned out pretty well.


Monday, July 23, 2012

More Progress at the New House

Hello, friends. I hope this find you well. Thanks for your sweet comments and e-mails about my art. You're all so kind. One reader said she loved the energy of the second painting (the real abstract one), and I thought that was a good word to describe it. I hope to do more painting in the future so I'll keep you posted. For now, I'm enjoying a week of fun with my husband and kids. We plan to go hard and fit lots of activities and outings in this week. You won't be hearing from me all that often, but I should be back at it next week.

I'll give you an update on how our new build is going though. I was able to see it a few days ago. A lot of the tiling and flooring has been done or is being done. The ensuite shower is more or less finished, and it turned out pretty well. As you can see, they were short one tile so they'll have to come back and finish it. I'm happy with how we took a basic, inexpensive subway tile and did something creative with it. Yay! The darker grey grout makes the boxy pattern pop. What do you think?

We went with 12x12 white/grey metallic tiles on the floor. They are VERY dusty and dirty right now so you don't see their pretty irridescent shimmer, but they do shimmer! That thing sticking out of the floor by the tub is where the floor mount tub faucet will go.

Have I shown you the faucet? This be her.

Purist® floor-mount bath filler by Kohler

Here's a view from the back of the ensuite looking into the master bedroom. Notice the carpet (which is exquisitely soft) is in. It's a creamy sort of colour.

Against the grey wall colour

The kid's bath has dark grey 12x24 tiles which again are dusty (you can see my toes in the dust)! There will be a pocket door between the vanity and tub/toilet so more than one person can use the bathroom at a time.

And the hardwood is going in. Whoot! It's maple in a medium to dark brown stain.
More dust-o-rama!

And some stunning black doors (we only did black on the main floor). Yum-dee-dum!

We'll finish those off with some sparkly glass knobs down the road! Goody. Goody.

So, that's where things are at right now. We're totally happy with how it's all coming together. Moving day is fast approaching! SO. MUCH. TO. DO. But this week we have fun!


Friday, July 20, 2012

Wanna Be Artist (Me)

I finally did it. After putting it off for way too long, I set to painting the last two evenings. I've had the supplies for years and I've tried my hand at it a few times, but lately I've managed to come up with something half decent (or at least I'm not completely repulsed by it). I still have a long way to go and lots to learn, but I'm doing it and enjoying it. And I'm showing you??? I know you'll be kind.

This first one is simple with lines thick and thin going this way and that. The colours are navy, charcoal, light grey, blush and gold.

I was inspired by this painting in Kelly Wearstler's book, Hue.

And then I went a little crazy and tried something very abstract and dramatic. I realize this look is not for everyone, but it works for me. The colours make me happy.  

I actually started by painting the canvas a dark navy and the sides are a charcoal grey. Turquoise blue and gold brighten it up, and I experimented with some drips and splatters in black.

Dare I ask what you think? At any rate I now have something on the canvases and it was fun putting that something there. Now, to tackle the 3x4 canvas I have waiting for me. She intimidates me just a little.

Have a fabulous weekend, friends! Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Woodsy Kitchens

I tend to be an all white kitchen kind of girl. Not everyone is like me though. Some love the look of wood, and it can be very lovely. It's warm, rich, natural etc.

While I doubt I'll ever do a wood kitchen for myself, here are a few I do like.

It's also a great look to mix white cabinets with a little wood. Both of these kitchens have wood islands while the rest of the cabinets are white. The best of both worlds.

Which way do you lean? Wood or White? I think there's a place for both. It really depends on what you like best. Too much wood is overpowering and can feel a little drab. It needs to be paired with light, bright colours and lots of natural light (windows) can help too.

We had another showing today. They were in our house for an hour! (Our place in not that big.) Hopefully that's a good sign. She needs to sell soon.


All Images via Pinterest or Houzz

Monday, July 16, 2012

Now This is a Gorgeous Detail

Curved back splashes in various shapes and sizes. A stunning detail that catches the eye and makes for a beautiful focal point.

The way the marble follows the curve of the hood range in this first image is perfection.

Nice Contrast

I've shown you that tub surround before, but it's really lovely so I had to include it again.

Beautiful stone becomes even more beautiful in the hands of talented, creative people. Still my beating heart.

Hope you have a good start to your week!


Image Sources: via decorpad; via pinterest; via Sarah Klassen; William Hefner (2 images); via pinterest

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pillow Mix

This is me having some fun (and some practice) mixing up a whack load of pillows. It's fun to experiment with different colour, pattern and texture.

It took me way too long to put these three collages together, so I hope you like them! I did have a lot of fun doing it. Pillows are the perfect way to brighten up any space, and they're easy to change up. It's good to have one pillow that pulls all of the colours but of course there are no real rules. Plan but don't over think.

1, 2, 3, 5, 6 at Tonic Living
4 by John Robshaw

All by John Robshaw

1, 2 at Peridot Decorative Homewear
3 at the Cross Decor & Design
4 by Jill Sorensen

I found this article at Better Homes & Gardens about mixing patterns. It has some good tips and lots of inspiration if you're looking for a little more info about what works and what doesn't. Sometimes it's a bit of a mystery and we figure it out by trying. Experimenting is such fun. 

Happy weekend, friends!