Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bar Cart Bonanza with Chairish

Hello, friends! I was asked to participate in a fun series Chairish is hosting this month. Chairish is an exclusive, curator approved, online marketplace for vintage and used furnitureThey've asked me (along with other decorators/bloggers) to choose a favourite bar cart and get it all styled up and party ready. I'll be honest and confess that I don't have a bar cart in my house at the moment (something about having a 1-year-old who climbs everything and a 5-year-old who plays hockey in the kitchen). I do love the idea of piling a pretty cart up with appies and drinks though and wheeling it around to serve guests. It's like a party on wheels!

I was given a few bar carts to choose from, and there are tons more at the Chairish site (see their entire bar cart collection here). They were all nice, but I picked this mid-century brass beauty as my favourite. 

The "essentials" in my mind include an ice bucket, a variety of serving trays for snacks, napkins, and assorted stemware/glassware for drinks. I also jumped at the chance to scour the Chairish site for some decorative pieces (art, lighting, etc.) Here's what I came up with:

Sources (click through for details on each item):

6] Partly Cloudy Napkins (These are SO cool and only $38)

7] Gold Stripe Cocktail Set (I love how the gold stripes echo the lines of the cart!) 

There's a whole lot of good stuff to see over at the Chairish site. Pop on over and have a look! And, Chairish, thanks for the good excuse to browse your fabulous site for hours on end; I had a blast (and my "I want that" list has somehow gotten twice as long)! 


Friday, November 6, 2015

Recent Painting & the Process

Hello, there! I hope things are well with you and yours. I've been painting a fair bit lately, and I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of things. One thing I like to do is take pictures along the way. It helps me see how things have improved when it feels like they haven't. Seeing the process in picture form is interesting and *usually* encouraging. I'm learning to trust the process and not stress too much when it looks bad before it looks good (that always seems to happen)! I thought I'd show you some "process" pictures just for fun. 

Here's a recent painting I finished. ("What the Bee Saw" Acrylic on Canvas, 48x48). Let's start with the final product, and then we'll jump back to the start and move forward one painting session at a time. 

Now, back to the very beginning. (Sorry for the picture quality. I usually paint in my basement where natural light is limited and there's a pot light right above me.) This would be after about an hour of work. It's basically just a sketch establishing the composition. 

And moving forward. 

Starting to get near the end. When I find myself focusing on small sections and working on about 15% of the canvas, I know I'm getting close. 

I find myself sitting back and just staring at the canvas in the final stages. I pinpoint the parts that bug me and think about how I can make them better. Deciding whether to go back into the painting or leave it be is always tricky. (That's when I bug my husband for his opinion and then ignore whatever he says. He loves it.) 

But I manage to get it done. All finished! 

Hope you liked seeing the process a little. Have a terrific weekend! 



Monday, November 2, 2015

Apartment Therapy Feature

Just popping in to say a quick hello and let you know that Heidi's nursery was featured on Apartment Therapy last week. It's a short and sweet article (basically an abbreviated version on what I posted here), but it was fun to see it up on their site. Pop on over and have a look!

A big thank you to Apartment Therapy for the feature and again to, Lisa, for the beautiful photos. 

Wishing you a happy start to your week.