Blogpodium 2014

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending BlogPodium for the first time. This event of 300+ bloggers from across the country is the only one of its kind in Canada that I know of and it was such a fantastic event. I haven't been the best at keeping up with my blog lately, but I have found myself in front of my computer at home a lot working on design projects. It can get a bit lonely, so the lovely people behind BlogPodium, Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators in particular, are to be thanked. It's so great to get out and meet so many other people in similar industries and have the opportunity to discuss the issues that are on our minds. If you have a blog or a small business website, I highly recommend it. Definitely check it out for next year.

There were great sessions throughout the day - some more technical (Essential SEO and Google Analytics), and some that were more creative (Tabletop photography and a Ryobi power tools workshop). I felt like I was in university again madly trying to capture what all the fantastic speakers were saying. I haven't written that furiously with a pen in years!

The focus of the day was on entrepreneurship and the keynote speakers brought a lot to that discussion. Scott McGillivray from HGTV is obviously one of the most ambitious guys out there (I think he said he owned and was leasing 25 properties by the age of 25 - whoa!). There were a lot of people who wanted to talk to him, but I managed to sneak a photo in...

Monika Hibbs was another panelist. If you aren't familiar with her blog, have a look. It's so beautifully laid out and clean. Her story is really interesting (doctor turned blogger) and she brought a ton of insight about the online world.

I leave you with one more photo just for fun... These HGTV guys are so cute!

My must-haves: new kitchen pendants

I saw a post about a kitchen remodel not too long ago, and the pendants that they hung in the kitchen  had me swooning. I strongly feel that if you're still thinking about a product you saw one week after originally seeing it, then it's likely something that you really, really love. These have been on my mind a lot! So....

Amazing, no? Details and to buy the fixtures visit Cedar and Moss. For more images of this gorgeous kitchen, visit here.

I'm going to put together another post of just how much I love mossy green cabinetry and brass hardware.

Custom framing DIY

Custom framing can be really expensive, but for someone like me who buys art without necessarily thinking about the framing element first, storing poster tube after poster tube of rolled prints can be a total nuisance - and a waste of art!

Since my art collecting began most prints have been sitting in storage waiting for the day that I have them framed. The thought of doing it myself has come to mind many times, but I've been avoiding it because I've been intimidated by matting. The fact that there are specialty tools required had me assuming it's hard and I would eventually frame my prints when I had some money burning a hole in my pocket. But, we've been busy with some changes in our dining room lately and I knew I wanted to hang a Kandinsky print we bought online years ago. 

Of course the print was a weird size and none of the regular frame stores sold anything nearing the size I needed, so I headed to Goodwill in search of something that might work. Sure enough, I found a frame that I thought could do the trick. For under $10 I was able to get a wood frame with glass to fit my large 24" x 20" print. A can of gold spray paint was all I needed to make it work along with some white poster board that I was able to cut to surround the print. Sure, it's not the greatest matting job in the world, but as long as you have a steady hand, a sharp knife and a good ruler, it's pretty hard to notice. It ended up looking like the poster itself had wider borders.

Turns out the gold paint I picked wasn't the right colour (I actually can't stand it), but until I get around to spraying it again, it is what it is. But to anyone looking to frame a print this is a great way to go. Ikea is my go-to for frames, but the sizes are pretty standard and I'm finding  more and more of them aren't made with glass but with a thin sheet of plastic which just isn't the same. Also, whatever the good people at Ikea use to make their frames it is next to impossible to paint it. The paint just peels off like nail polish. For less money you can get a thrift store frame and make it yours.

Summer vacation

I've been in cottage country this week soaking up the sun lakeside and enjoying every second of quality time with my family. There are 14 of us here which makes for lots of energy and many, many trips to the grocery store, but there is really nothing like being in this part of the world. It's magical here.

I've been trying to take advantage of nap time by doing a few cottage crafts and some reading. I finished The Paris Wife last night and I'm a bit shaken by it. I thought it was so sad. Has anyone read it?
I also experimented with marbelizing paper with nail polish. Have you tried it? I've got to work on my technique, but the finish when it's dry is really nice. It's got a lovely shine and it seems quite hard. I'm hoping to play around with different applications back in the city.

I hope everyone in Canada had a wonderful Canada day, and that all American readers enjoy their 4th of July celebrations tomorrow. Here's to summer!

Mint Green at home

I was at Ikea this morning shopping for another rug for our living room (lots of trial and error here folks), and as I was leaving this pretty shelving unit caught my eye.

Isn't it fun? There's so much mint in interiors these days. It looks fantastic with black, white and gold. I love how it's feminine but not in an in-your-face kind of way. I wish I had somewhere to put it in my house.


While we're chatting about mint...


From Home Beautiful magazine but I can't find the link

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