Something to think about

7.31.2012
From Elle Decor

Eye candy from Pinterest

7.30.2012
How was your weekend? We had amazing weather and tried to spend every available second outside. We took Brigs to his first Blue Jay game and then celebrated a wedding of good friends. Oh, and I took pictures. Lots of pictures! My sweet husband surprised me on Friday night with a new camera lens that he knew I was dying to get my hands on. What a guy! He's a keeper I tells ya!

To kick off the week and help ease back into it, I've rounded up a few pretty/cool/unusual finds from Pinterest that I wanted to share. Enjoy and please feel free to check out the other zillion pins I have on Pinterest. Have a great Monday!


Images: Rainbow flower arrangement/Reflection photograph/Wooden sofa armrest/Red balloon coat hook/Van Gogh halloween costume/Balloon party decorations/French children's print

Inspired by Alex Gross

7.27.2012


Happy Friday friends! I'm so happy the weekend is almost here. I feel like this has been a tough week and I'm dragging my feet. It's been so hot and I really hope we get a bit of a reprieve over the next few days. What do you have planned for this weekend? We're headed to a baseball game tomorrow and have a wedding party for good friends on Sunday. Should be good.

Before signing off until Monday, I wanted to share a few of the works by artist Alex Gross. I think these are so unique and I love his approach. He's taken vintage portraits and added some serious pop culture to each in this large mixed media series. He's done quite a few, more of which you can check out here. I think my faves might be the Wizard of Oz  pieces. It's true (art) love.

Have a great weekend!

Images via The Jealous Curator

How to upholster a Bergere chair

7.26.2012
We have a Bergere chair in our living room that we inherited from my grandfather last year. The chair is upholstered in a pale pink fabric which was a perfect fit in his apartment but looks not-so-hot in our living room. Also, either my grandmother or my grandfather got it in their heads that it would be a good idea to white-wash the wooden frame of the chair and then cover it in a wax, making it pretty much impossible to get rid of. The wood is too pale for our space, and I really want to darken it.

To make a long story short, I don't want to pay to have the chair recovered or fixed up. I've been determined to re-upholster it myself since we got it after seeing a few online tutorials. Based on the amount of 're-pins' I've had on Pinterest for an upholstery tutorial that I stumbled upon, I figured there were lots of other people out there also interested in learning how to do this. So, without further a do, here are a few images that have caught my eye and at the bottom you'll find a few links to upholstery tutorials that make the whole process look really easy.










The first link is to Jenny's take on the job at Little Green Notebook. She's got good step-by-step instructions that look really useful and the project is divided into 5 parts.

Here's another one from The Hunted Interior. I really love the contrasting fabric on the back of this one. I'm planning on doing that on mine for sure.

Image: 1; 23; 4; 5; 6; 7;8

Thrifty wall art: Framed wrapping paper

7.25.2012
There are about a zillion DIY's out there for inexpensive wall art options. Everything from paint chips to crayons can be used to create really bold pieces to suit your home.  I have another one for you today, and I do believe that it's the easiest of all the options out there, short of buying a piece of art.



I've done a few staging jobs recently and this is my go-to suggestion for adding colour or interest to a wall. Frame wrapping paper. Simple. Easy. Very inexpensive.

I suggest buying a group of frames in the same colour - for a modern look, go white. Cut the paper to size, stick it in the frame and presto. With all the paper options out there - especially if you have a good paper shop in your town that sells it by the sheet - the options are endless. The hardest part is picking a paper.


While I've done this in my own home several times, I found these images on Pinterest and should give you an idea of what I'm talking about.Speaking of Pinterest, are you on there yet? If so, check out more of the DIY projects and home decor/design that I've pinned recently.

Images: Top/Middle/Bottom

Patterned Sofas

7.24.2012


So tell me, what do you think of these beauties? Too much? Just right? Too much commitment? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Images: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/ 8/9/10/11/12

Books by bloggers: my new faves

7.23.2012
This weekend I bought myself a present. I finally got my hands on a copy of Dinner A Love Story by the incredibly talented and hilarious Jenny Rosenstrach. Do you know it? If you're familiar with her blog by the same name, then you already know how amazing all of her recipes are and how they make cooking for a family a breeze. I have yet - and I mean this sincerely - to find a recipe on her blog that we haven't completely devoured at our house. That's saying a lot because I use her recipes pretty much daily.

Her book is fantastic! Laugh-out-loud funny and the recipes are fool-proof. If you don't have it, buy it! If you don't already read her blog, you gotta fix that and check it out here.

Not only do I love the recipes she comes up with, but I really like the idea of supporting bloggers as they continue to succeed. The way I see it is that every blogger starts off with only a few readers (likely their husbands and mothers), and as I'm finding, it takes patience and perseverance to get more people tuning in. Jenny started there too, and I love how she's succeeded doing what she loves.

I'm a big fan of two other books written by bloggers that cater to the interior design junkies out there! Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney of the hugely popular Design Sponge blog, and Decorate by Holly Becker of Decor8 fame. Both these ladies have taken blogging to another level, and their books are a testament to their hard work. And they're awesome!


It's impossible to be bored when you own these books. They're great for flipping through anytime you need a lift. Next time you're at the bookstore, have a browse at these titles and let me know what you think.

In a white room....

7.20.2012
Would you dare or does the thought of an all-white room scare you? I really love the look, but would be so on edge about messes that I don't think I could handle it.

There seem to be lots of people who find white to be a really boring colour choice for home decor. I couldn't disagree more! There's nothing boring about these spaces, especially with all the hits of colour. We recently painted our main floor white and I absolutely love how it makes the art pop, how it brightens and enlarges the space, and how flexible it is.

What about you guys? Do you think you could live in an all-white space? Do you think white is best for minimalists or good for family living? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Images: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7

DIY birch bark light fixture

7.18.2012
Aren't these light fixtures gorgeous! I think they would be stunning at a outdoor wedding or hung over a rustic dining table. You can find the tutorial here.

DIY Sharpie dishes

7.17.2012
Have you guys seen some of the tutorials floating around the Internet for make-your-own china patterns? I couldn't help but notice a few of them, such as this cute one and this pretty one, and this detailed one, so I decided to give it a shot today.

It's a whopping 36 degrees Celsius here today before the humidity, which makes it about 2456 degrees Celsius total, so going outside was out of the question. After a trip to Ikea to grab a mug and enjoy their AC, I spend a couple minutes hand-writing a silly message for Cam on a mug he may (or may not) use at the office!

 
 

All you need to do is write or draw your design on a piece of china (or a set if you're feeling ambitious)  with any colour Sharpie marker, bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, and voila! Custom pieces! Be warned however that this project doesn't stand up too well in the dishwasher, so be prepared for some hand-washing with these guys.

(I should mention that the message on the mug I made is in reference to the show Damages, which we've recently got hooked on thanks to Netflix. Cam's a lawyer, and once he heard the characters reference themselves as attorneys in New York's world of high-stakes litigation (duh, duh, duhhhhhhhh), he couldn't help himself. He's now not just a lawyer, but a high-stakes litigator. I think you kind of had to be there!!!)

A summer cocktail colour wheel

7.13.2012

Yay, it's Friday! Anybody else planning on celebrating the weekend with a nip or two of something grown-up?

My go-to cocktail of choice is usually a gin and tonic, but everywhere I look there are recipes for such amazing summer cocktails that I'm thinking this week I might need to shake things up. The designer in me couldn't help but notice that with all the colourful recipes, you can work your way through the entire colour wheel if you want to (primary, secondary AND tertiary colours).

So spin the wheel to find the perfect weekend cocktail!

Do you guys have any go-to cocktails that you could recommend to those of us in a bit of a rut? I'm all ears!

Have a great weekend. See you back here on Monday.

Links to the recipes clockwise from 'red'.
Claret Cup; Dark & Stormy; Crowning Glory; The Tart Marg; Dancing Queen; Canadian Julep; Kiwi Caipirinha; Catalina Margarita; Blue Heaven; Berry Spritzer; Fusion Bubbles; Pretty in Pink.



Summer "cooking"

7.12.2012


Isn't cooking in the summer the best. It can't get any easier and everything taste so good! Last night after a visit to the local farmer's market, this is what we had. Glorified crudites made better by bringing out the good china and whipping up a two-second dressing with herbs from the garden. Paired with some white wine and perfect evening weather, it was a great dinner.

 
 
What do you like to cook when it's hot outside? I think I could survive on watermelon for two months straight, myself! Do you have any summer go-to recipes that you can't get enough of? I've been making this quinoa salad a ton lately and it keeps getting rave reviews. I'd love to hear some new ones if you have some to share.

Summer vacation pics

7.11.2012




Yesterday we got home after being at the cottage for a blissful 9 days! It was such a relaxing week and as happy as I am to be home, I'm missing the marshmallows and campfires, boat rides and celebrity gossip with the girls!


Design craving: Hudson Bay blankets

7.05.2012
Maybe it's because it was Canada Day this week or maybe it's because I'm up north in cottage country, but I was feeling inspired by a Hudson Bay blanket that I saw in an antique market yesterday and wanted to post a few images of the iconic Canadian design that remains as popular around the world today as it was in 1780. 


 
 

Images: one/two/three/four/five/six/seven/eight

Happy 4th of July!

7.04.2012

To all the American readers that pop into my site every day, I want to wish you all a very Happy 4th of July! I hope you have a fantastic day celebrating with friends and family.There are lots of Americans who own cottages in Muskoka (where we are this week), so no doubt we'll be hearing the fireworks across the lake. We can't wait!

Have fun!

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Cottage lusting

Can you images having one of these cottages of your own? Somehow, I feel like the word 'cottage' is inappropriate with these beauties!





Images: one/two/three/four/five/six/seven/eight
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