Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Our afternoon involved a lot of crafting - cutting, taping, colouring, etc. The results are VERY hand made looking, but they were fun to do and they add some colour to our home. We ended up with a pumpkin theme.

The costumes.

The decorations.

The loot.

Should be a good time handing out candy to the neighbourhood kids. Bring on the chocolate, please and thank you! I hope you have some fun planned too.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Better Together

I love a set of double doors. They provide a grand entrance and a strong focal point to a home's exterior. A home seems to acquire an instant sense of grandeur with the addition of double doors. The idea of throwing them both open to welcome guests has such an elegance and charm to it (in my mind anyway). Double doors look good from the exterior and interior. Yes, they are better together.

So entirely lovely, don't you think? Apparently that first house is a home in Charleston. I think it's gorgeous! The details are exquisite. Dream home material indeed.


Image Sources: via pinterest; Elle Decor; La Dolce Vita; via Houzz (2 images)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Curtain Call & Chandelier Hunt

I finally got a start on Luke's curtains last night. They are cut and the top hem is ironed and pinned in place. I probably won't get to stitching things until this evening, but I've got a start and I can feel the momentum. Ha! Hopefully I can get them done tonight and the shower curtains started as well. I practised putting in one of the grommets on some scrap fabric last night. SO easy. Why haven't I used them before?!

I'm also bidding on some designers guild fabric on ebay right now.

It would be for Avery's room. I'm thinking of doing a cornice along the top of the window in a style/shape similar to this. 

The designers guild fabric would cover the cornice, and I'd hang white curtain panels edged with cutesy pom pom trim. A few bloggers have done this kind of window treatment lately, and I think it's fabulous. Something like this.

Bijou & Boheme

Bailey McCarthy

And with the floral, scalloped cornice (use your imagination, folks). I think it could be pretty awesome!

I'm also hoping to have a look at some chandeliers this weekend (found them on kijiji). They have a retro 80s vibe to them. They could be ugly, but they could also be totally rad. It depends on what they look like in person and of course what kind of space they're used in. I'm pretty sure I could make them cool. Here's a look (there are two flush mounts like the one below and one hanging chandy) for cheap.

I'm hoping for a productive weekend. What are your plans?


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Happy Find

I had an unexpected find at Pottery Barn Kids yesterday (online). Their Emma Mirror is currently on sale for $100 (nearly half price) and it occurred to me that the shape and size of it would be perfect for our powder room! The mirror has a kind of moorish shape to it and would go nicely with the wallpaper we're considering.

Here's a look at the mirror. It has a wood frame and a bevelled edge.

And remember the wallpaper? This be it (comes in other colours as well).

Here's a similar paper in action.

Designed by Tamara Wouters

Now, the only drawback is that the mirror is only available in light pink now, but since the price was right and the dimensions perfect, I went for it. Light pink can easily turn into black or gold with a little spray paint! Here are some high end options that are very similar to Emma (but WAY more expensive).

Queen Anne Mirror by Jonathan Adler

Princess Margaret Showhome, House & Home

I'm pretty happy with my knock off find! I guess it pays to look high and low for what you want - even in unlikely places.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Stylin' Baskets

Large floor baskets are great for filling up the space under a table, adding a little rustic charm, and they double as storage.

The more traditional ways to fill them are with logs, blankets, books and magazines.

But consider unconventional options as well. Perhaps a beach bag that is kept packed and ready to go when you head out the door for the sand and sea.

Or maybe display some pairs of shoes or a small tree.

If you're short on space in your kitchen, keep a basket beside the counter for stashing chopping boards and cookie sheets.

Simply charming, don't you think?


Image Sources: Better Homes & Gardens (2 images); This is Glamorous; Lauren Liess; via Pinterest; Massucco Warner Miller; via Pinterest (2 images)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

On the Home Front

Things are slowly getting down around the house. We ended up making a last minute trip to Edmonton this past weekend and of course that means we stopped at IKEA.

We came home with the MALM dressing table that will go in our bedroom, and I've ordered the greek key o'verlays to dress up the front of it (they will be spray painted gold). I should also mention that you can get 15% off at O'verlays right now. Perfect timing for me!  

We had a look at those MALM mirror dressers too, but they looked kind of chintzy. They're rather metallic looking since they aren't faced with real mirror. So, I'm thinking we'll probably go with the Reflection Dresser from Urban Barn instead. It is more expensive but it's made with real mirror and should look much better than the IKEA option.

We got a few things for the kid's rooms which I'll show you eventually and we picked up this mirror for the mudroom. It has yet to be hung (and it looks much better in person).

Oh, and I finally got my hands on two of these pretty vases. They've been discontinued for forever and are finally back. Yay!

I'm hoping to add some art to the mudroom soon. Maybe some ginger jar prints from The Pink Pagoda.

And perhaps a black and white brushstroke piece. Something like these. (I'll have to get painting.)

By Edmund Lacoste

I feel like I'm close to having the mudroom finished. It would be nice to have at least one room completely done so I will press on.

Hope you've had a good start to your week. I've had a very snowy start to mine!

View from my bedroom

Winter, anyone?


Friday, October 19, 2012

All Shapes & Sizes

Upholstered headboards are all the rage right now, and it makes sense. They are generally more affordable than purchasing a whole bedframe/headboard set and are pretty easy to pull off as a DIY. They're comfortable to lean against and can be upholstered in nearly any type of fabric - luxe velvet, bold stripes, colourful florals, etc. Extra little details like nailheads and tufting pretty them up. The sky is really the only limit when it comes to the shape and size of headboard you want. It's interesting to see what creative minds have been coming up with lately.

I've been favouring something fairly simple with strong lines lately. Do you have a favourite?

Happy Weekend, friends!


Image Sources: A Perfect Gray; via Pinterest; Thom Filicia; Fawn Galli; via Poppy Talk; Muse Interiors; Jackie Astier; Jill Sorensen; Kerrisdale Design (2 images)