Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It Makes Perfect Sense...

I should have this ring on my finger. And I'm really ok if this is the closest I get to ever having to read an ECG. 

The ring would remind me of the person I am closest to who does read ECGs on a semi regular basis. A rather lovely way to remember him working away at the clinic all day.

(This might be my best attempt yet at talking my husband into buying me something, but let's keep that between you and me! Shhhh.)

Feeling a little facetious today.



Monday, July 29, 2013

Softness Underfoot

I would much rather chat about stair runners than run stairs, so let's do just that, shall we? (I knew you'd be all for it.) Stair runners aren't absolutely necessary, but they are a nice way to add some decorative flourish to a staircase. A stairwell can sometimes be a tricky spot to decorate (since you can usually only hang things on the walls), so a runner is a good way to add a little extra pretty. A runner adds some nice softness and makes the stairs safer for running up and down. It also muffles the sounds of footsteps, keeping it quieter in the house. Here are a few looks I like. 

Right now our stairs are fully carpeted which was a money-saving/sticking to the budget measure we took when we built. We'd love to turn them into wood stairs down the road, and then a stylish stair runner will certainly be in order.

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you have a good start to your week. I'm down to one kiddo this week because my oldest is at a day camp. Maybe, just maybe I'll get some things done around here. 



Image Sources: #4 via Better Homes & Gardens; #6 via Bijou & Boheme; all others via pinterest

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wear It: Summer Colour

Hello, friends! Somehow I've managed to come up with another fashion-y post for today. I don't consider myself much of a fashionista, but it is true how fashion and interior design are closely linked. One can certainly inspire the other. Details from one can be seen in the other, only re imagined and reinvented. A fabulous floral skirt by Alice + Olivia was the starting point for this particular summer ensemble. It's definitely one of those show-stopper pieces that needs very little accessorizing. It's so good all on its own in a Vavoom! sort of way. The colours are stunning. I've paired it with some simple black and gold.

Hair like this would be perfect to help complete the look.

And for a little sparkle, these pretty earrings would be just right.


Pleated Floral Jungle Maxi Skirt, Alice + Olivia
Black Tank here
Basket Weave Gold Pendant Necklace here
Essie Raspberry Polish
Stella McCartney Plexi Tortoise Shell Clutch
Rachel Zoe Sandal here
Hair here
Earrings here

With that I will wish you adieu. Thanks for the visit, and I hope to catch up with you later this week. Swimming lessons are in full swing around here which has been fun. My girl is not exactly a fish, but we're getting there. I hope things are well with you and yours.




Friday, July 19, 2013

A Bit of Party Fashion

As a follow up to yesterday's post, I've put together a little party fashion for the hostess. To me it's the perfect hostess outfit - big on comfort yet totally chic. Bohemian and beachy (to fit the theme of yesterday's kitchen) with a dash of sparkly glamour. A simple top knot keeps long hair up and out of the way. Sandals with only the slightest heel are practical for a hostess who will be on her feet for most of the evening. A bit of pink here and there keeps the look fun and fresh. Party on!

(Click on Image to Enlarge)


1. Summer Hair here.
2. Tory Burch Alicia Dress
3. Lemon Quartz and Prasiolite Earrings, Taigan
4. Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick 16 pink coral
5. Essie Boat House Polish
6. Rock & Roll Links - Moritz Glik Bracelet Amanda Pinson Jewelry at Fragments
7. Kelly & Katie Cuff Wedge
8. Chloe Cat Eye Sunglasses
9. Beach Tote here.

And with that it's weekend time! Perhaps you'll be doing some partying of your own this weekend. Here's hoping "Hostess Extraordinaire" shows up to give you some help, or at the very least she could lend you something fabulous to wear! 



Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ultimate AyA Party Kitchen

Hello, friends! Here's a little something I've been working at over the past few days; it's my entry for the BlogPodium Bound Contest (2013) courtesy of AyA Kitchens and Baths. Here are the details. 

Well, if we're going to talk ultimate party kitchen we must first discuss ultimate party location. For me, the ultimate party locale has surf, sun and sand waiting just beyond the patio doors. Actually, forget patio doors and bring in a nana wall that completely folds away, opening up the entire back of the house to the sights and sounds of the ocean. Let's imagine we're in a tropical paradise where the view looks something like this. 

Ok. Now we're talking. My kitchen in such a paradise would looks something like this. A prairie gal can dream, right? (Click on image to enlarge.)

Let's dissect it just a little:

1. Party means guests and open shelves are perfect for entertaining. Guests can easily grab whatever they need. (Image here.)

2. Statement lighting that's a little beachy, a little bohemian would be oh. so. perfect. (Carmen Chandelier by Made Goods, available through Peridot Decorative Homeware.)

3. An otherwise neutral palate is kept bright and cheery with some fabulous art. (Art by Kim Johnston.)

4. Fresh flowers add just a bit more colour. (Image here.)

5. Beachy accessories are a reminder of what awaits us if we but only step outdoors. (Clam Shell through Cyan Design.)

6, 7. The gorgeously detailed base of the Jonathan Adler Nixon table is complemented by the simple lines of parson dining chairs. (Parson Dining Chair through Ballard Designs.)

8. A vintage rug pulled up to the sink provides a little softness underfoot and echoes the artwork colours beautifully. Its worn look is a nice contrast to the sleek, contemporary lines of the cabinets, giving the kitchen a welcoming, "lived in" look. (Rug here.)

9-13. Here's where the main components of the kitchen are pulled together. Kelly Deck's AyA kitchen design for last year's IDS West (9) was a big inspiration. To "get the look" I chose AyA's Tribeca Ariss Finish Door (10). Gold calcutta marble (11) would be the perfect countertop material. Imagine an oversized island with wonderful waterfall counters. Brass finish accessories like the Delta Trinsic Faucet (12) and the Richelieu pull (13) keep the look warm and glamorous.

14. Set a long row of these sculptural swivel bar stools at the island and get the party started! (Swivel Bar Stool through Black Rooster Decor.)

Ok. Now let's talk food. Good Food = Good Party. Here's one recipe that's sure to be a crowd pleaser, and it ties in rather nicely with our tropical, beachy theme. I will eat curried coconut fried shrimp all night. 

These shrimp are unbelievably good. I wish I could take credit for this culinary masterpiece, but alas, the recipe is not mine. The genius belongs to Shawn of I Wash, You Dry. Shawn, my taste buds thank you, my waistline does not. Waistlines are overrated... "Pass the shrimp!" Recipe here

So, there you have it. An ultimate party kitchen and a chance to win an ultimate kind of prize... a blogger's weekend away! Me time is always hard to come by for us mommies. A big thank you to AyA for the chance to enter their draw (and hopefully win). Visit them here.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lake Life and Lamp Love... Finally

Hello, friends! It's been way too long. I've missed you all. In case you wondered, I do live and breathe. Me and the fam jam slipped away to the lake last week for a little vacation time. It was great fun and we had near perfect weather the whole week so that made for a terrific holiday. Lots and lots of outdoor time. AND I even caught myself a fish! Snapshots of our week.

We visited the farm one day as well. My mom's uncle lives here. He keeps a few animals which was great fun for the kids. He also happens to have the tallest, look-out type play house around (tall enough to give me heart palpitations) and a couple quads which were a hit with the kids (also highly safe). 

More palpitations for Mom
We also visited the doll museum in the nearby town. It was once someone's private collection and houses 2,500 dolls. Very neat to see. 

Our days usually ended like this - a fire blazing and the sun setting. Throw some s'mores in there and it was simply perfect. 


Now, on to the lamp love. I've been on the hunt for a pair of lamps for the sideboard in our dining/living room for a while now. It's been hard to find something that I liked and that was the right size and not crazy expensive (since we need two). I came across the delta lamp by Robert Abbey the other day, and it just might be the one! It's a good size and a good price and it comes in over 20 different colours. How perfect is that! Here's the bone colour (which is probably the shade I would choose for our space). 


Colour Options

Yep. My search may be at its end. I do hope so.

Well, it's good to be home and back to the blog. Thanks for the visit, and I hope to get a few more posts up this week. I've been a slacker lately.

Hugs & High Fives, 


p.s. Maybe I should mention "the lake" we were at is Lac des Isles near Goodsoil, SK in the Meadow Lake provincial park. My mom grew up in Goodsoil.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Summer Made Me Do It

Yep. I've been a bad blogger. Summer does that to me. It's hot here. REAL hot. The precious few days of summer we get are not to be wasted, but it's about time I popped in to say hello and give you a little update on this and that.

So, our deck has been started and it's looking good. Some of the railing still needs to go up and I have to pick out some post caps to finish things off. Then of course the stairs and the lower deck need to be done. We're still a little ways off "completion," but it's good to at least have a start on things. And cheer cheer for brother dear! (He's the one doing all the work.) 

We plan to paint/stain the deck down the road. I'm thinking in white, black and shades of grey. Something along these lines (colour-wise).  Grey deck floor. White posts and hand rails. Black iron spindles (obviously those won't need to be painted).

Post caps like these would do the trick. (Both at RONA.)

Once they're painted a crisp white, they'll look even better. The contrast with the iron spindles should be good (or that's at least what I'm hoping for). 

So, that's what's new around here. Now we just need some outdoor furniture so we can sit out in the evenings and nourish the mosquitoes! I hate those suckers. 

Hugs & High Fives,


Images via Pinterest