Thursday, February 28, 2013

Griffin & Wong (Handpainted Silk Wallpaper - Oh My!)

Yep. This is one of those "me, oh my" finds. So pretty. And the part that has me even more excited is that the chances of me getting my hands on some of this wallpaper goodness are actually pretty good. In other words, you don't have to sacrifice a limb to pay for these pretties. Let me back up though. 

Griffin & Wong is a design house that specializes in silk, hand painted wallpaper design. They are based out of Vancouver, BC. The current collection consists of 22 Chinoiserie and 5 Western Scenic designs which can be hand painted on a variety of coloured silk wallpaper backgrounds. Papering an entire room in one of their designs would be costly, but you can get the look for much less with one or two panels. Like this. 

Dining Room of Christine Dovey, Meredith Heron Design. As seen in Style at Home

Dining Room of Jessie Epley Short as seen on The Everygirl

The panels are approximately 3 feet wide and can range in height from 4-12 feet high. You can read more about the ordering process and cost here

Some other designs. 

If you're looking for some large scale "art", these panels could do nicely. Our stairwell is crying out for some blossoms and birds to keep it company. Sign me up!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Scale & Proportion

Our eye tends to like a mix of pieces that have varying proportions. Mixing small and big is a great way to add visual interest to any space. It's nice when pieces relate to one another in complementary ways, but we don't want them to all be the same. Variety is the spice of life and an important (essential) part of decorating!

Throwing in something unexpected is a great way to keep things fresh and lively. It makes a space unique. An over sized piece of art paired with petite furnishings. A massive mirror hung alongside a collection of small, framed photos. A large chair set beside a small, diminutive table. A large lamp on a small table. The options are endless. Have a look!

In the end, it has to look "right", but it's fun to play around with various arrangements until you get it just the way you like it. Sometimes it's surprising to see how disparate pieces can work (and look good) together. Fun. Fun. Fun. I guess that's why they call it playing with scale!


Image Sources: Amanda Nisbet Design; Elle Decor; Pinterest; Elle Decor; Pinterest

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hemming & Hawing (Floor Lamps & Side Chairs)

Hi and how are you? I hope things are well with you and yours. We've got some slight sniffles and coughs in our house, but nothings too serious (thankfully). We've been fortunate not to have too many "sick days" this winter. Last year was a different story!

Anyway, I've been starting to look around for a floor lamp for our living room. We won't be getting anything right away, but of course I like to know what's out there. Giving myself time to flip back and forth between all the various options is part of the process. (The only drawback is it drives my husband crazy. Can anyone relate?)

The lamp will sit in the one corner where we plan to have a small side chair, right near the piano. I would like a light that is good for reading and one that can also be turned or swivelled to give light to anyone playing the piano. A few of the styles below have two or three lamps/heads which would work really well, but I'm not as fond of these. Certainly keeping them as options though. 

While we're on the topic of the living room, here are some occasional chairs I've got my eye on. We'd like a pair of chairs on the one side of the room in front of the windows. The only catch is they need to be small, and that definitely limits our options. If money grew on trees, I would go with this scallop slipper chair from Oomph. It's the perfect size and oh. so. cute. (Probably a lighter colour though.)

Here's another quite affordable option. The only catch with this one is that it's VERY small. Almost too small according to the reviews, and I don't like the finish on the legs for our space.

This brentwood chair by Thibaut is also very nice, but I'm afraid it would be too big (and probably quite pricey). It's a stunner though. The scallop back and those bamboo legs! So good. (At Peridot)


So, the search continues. I know we'll find something that works in the end. For now it's fun to look around and explore the options. Hoping for one of those "fabulous finds along the way" I guess. Gotta love those. 



Find the lamps: Circa Lighting; Euro Style Lighting; West Elm; Lamps Plus; Circa Lighting; Robert Abbey Bruno Light at Lamps Plus

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sponsor Welcome: Hollie Cooper of Pillotopia

I'm excited to introduce one very stylish sponsor to you on this fine Friday morning. I've mentioned her here and there, but I'm thrilled to introduce her as an official sponsor. I couldn't be happier to have my very first sponsor be Hollie Cooper of Pillotopia; she's one talented lady. (I feel like we should have had a drum roll going there.)

Hollie runs an etsy shop called Pillotopia where she sells some very chic pillows (many of them featuring her hand painted fabrics). She also offers e-design services and a "design box" service. Here's a look at what the "design box" is, while we're on the topic. 

As you can see, you get a custom design from her with all the little extras: fabric and wallpaper samples, paints, stains, and a shopping list of stores in your area where you can purchase, as well as any additional items of importance. Once you have the plan in hand, you can move forward. This gives you the confidence and direction to get started. Awesome. 

She also offers an e-design service which is a really great way to get expert design help no matter where you are or where she is! Love this concept. 

And of course there are the pillows! Piles and piles of squishy goodness. 

Hollie has recently started a blog so pop on over and say hello. You can also visit her etsy shop here to see more from this stylish gal. 

Oh, and before we say good bye for the weekend, here's a sample of a fabric she's doing for us. SO looking forward to getting rid of the granny upholstery job that's currently on our dining chairs. The fabric ties in beautifully with our sofa (Hollie nailed the colour). Going to be fabulous.

Hugs all around, 


If you're interested in sponsorship let me know! E-mail me for rates and more info.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Leather Club Chairs (Let's Go a Sourcing!)

Here's a wee bit of a round up of leather club chairs for you. Actually, my brother has asked me to help him find a good chair for his living room, and I thought, "Why not turn it into a post?!" (Hope you don't mind, brother dear.) He sent me a picture of a chair he had seen in a hotel lobby or conference room, and that's what I had to go on - a blurry iphone picture. Here's hoping I came close to what he had in mind and what was in the picture. From what I can tell, this is the chair he wants (if this isn't it exactly, then it's a twin sister for sure).

Unfortunately, I could only seem to find it through UK suppliers, and that could be prohibitive. It's unlikely that they would ship to Canada, and if they did, it would probably be quite costly. I kept looking around though, and as a last resort, went to ebay. I wasn't expecting to find anything worth while, but to my pleasant surprise, there was the (almost) exact chair! It comes in two different leg styles as you can see. This leather seems to be a little less "red" which is maybe nicer and certainly more versatile.

I will say that it's not cheap, but it's reasonable for a classically styled, genuine leather chair. I think it's a great choice. Kind of a happy mix between masculine and feminine, and it's not overly big so it would fit nicely into my brother's small-ish space. We'll see what he decides! 

Here are a few other styles I gathered along the way to have as options. 

1. Bilson Leather Armchair at Pottery Barn
2. Hans Leather Armchair at Dwell Studio
3. Jensen Leather Chair at Restoration Hardware
4. Leather Club Chair at Elte

 Sourcing is so much fun! (Especially when you find what you're looking for.) I'm also going to be sewing some curtains for my brother's living room. Maybe I'll get to show you a few pictures at some point. 

Thanks for the visit!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

To Decorate a Boy's Room

Little man's room is kind of on hold right now until we get his bed in place (that will happen eventually). Once we're ready to forward march, these are some things I could definitely go for. Maybe it's due to our recent mountain trip, but I've got a bit of an outdoorsy look in mind. This large piece of art that previously hung in my husband's office has also given me some direction (and the colours are perfecto)! It will be hung once we have a few other key pieces in place, but here's a quick look. 

And have I shown you the baskets we got for the expedit shelf? They're from IKEA and are made to fit just so. We also put feet on the expedit to raise it up and accommodate a heating vent beneath.

And more stuff that would be oh. so. perfect. 
I love how the wire detail/structure of the side table and light fixture relate to one another, and they're both quite affordable.

These gazelle horns are actually 40" tall which is kind of awesome. They could be great hung at the head of the bed. 

We must have a Hudson's Bay blanket on the bed. Nothings says "great outdoors" quite like this classic, comfy blanket.

And imagine these petrified wood slabs framed up in shadow boxes and hung on either side of the window. They're actually coasters (made from petrified wood), but they could pass as art, don't you think?

And if we want to splurge a little or feel the need for some more red, a juju hat would be most welcome. Loads and loads of texture with all those feathers. 

A gallery wall of beautifully detailed airplane sketches could fill up one of the walls. I really like these ones by Tara Neal of Flights by Number. You can buy them in sets of 4, 6, 9 or 12 to do a gallery (or as individual prints if you just want one).

And I've been eyeing this mustache made by Remnant Steel here in Saskatoon. It's so fun and playful - perfect for a kid's room. Not exactly outdoorsy but certainly boy (although it looks pretty cute on Naomi here).

I want to do all of this yesterday, but patience must take hold on me. Getting that bed in place is key and so is paying off credit card bills from recent shopping trips! hee hee

Thanks for the visit! 


Sources (if not mentioned above): Market Basket Side Table at Urban Outfitters; Wire Globe Lantern at Shades of Light; Gazelle Horns at Black Rooster Decor; Petrified Wood Coasters at Anthropologie; Red Juju Hat Africa Direct on Etsy