Mint Green at home

6.30.2014
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.

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While we're chatting about mint...

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

Wicker pendant lamps

6.26.2014
I have one of these guys that I picked up at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore a few months ago. Turned out it was too big for where I wanted it in my house so I've got it up for sale on Craigslist, but it really bums me out that it won't work. Don't they look so nice hanging over a dining table?

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Vintage Portraits

6.23.2014




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I was recently given a portrait of my Dad that was painted in the late '50's. I love the way portraits were done back then. When everything is digital now I like thinking that there was a time when people just sat still and waited for an image to unfold. There were a few paintings done of my grandmother throughout her life and I always thought they were so elegant and regal.

I love the way people are using portraits in their homes now. Mixing them in with modern elements I think they help a room look so personal and unique. And the nod to history adds another layer to a space. I dream of having a portrait done of my kids one day, but I doubt I'd be able to find an artist who could make them sit still long enough. No doubt it would be done from a photo. I guess we have to change with the times a little bit!

Here are a few lovely spaces that incorporate portraits into the design. What do you think? Is it for you or a bit too old-fashioned for your taste?

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Silver leaf plant pot DIY

6.17.2014




We're hosting a party here this week for my brother and his fiancee and I'm trying to get the back garden in festive shape for the occasion.

Rather than go with cut flowers for all the tables, I thought I would put out potted herbs on the tables with a few cut stems from the flower shop to add some colour. I didn't have enough pots kicking around though, and I didn't want to spend a fortune on a bunch of stuff I would have no use for after the party was over, so I headed to the dollar store to see what they had.

I remember seeing terracotta pots here that had been gold-leafed and I thought it gave the prettiest sheen to the matte pots, so when I saw a row of terracotta pots for under $.50 each, I thought I'd try something similar.

The art store sold me the necessary tools for the job - silver leaf and gilding paste - and I was able to finish off all the pots in less than an hour.


I think they turned out pretty well. I didn't put a sealer on them which I probably would recommend if you want to keep your pots outside, but I had a grumpy baby with me and it didn't even cross my mind!

The lady at the art store said to paint on the adhesive and wait 15 minutes before applying the silver leaf, but I found that it was tacky pretty much immediately (rather than wet) and almost dry by 15 minutes, so I would paint the adhesive and right away stick on the silver. You just place the silver on top of the paste and then rub it in with your fingers. It couldn't be easier. When they were almost dry I gave them a wipe with paper towel just to get rid of any silver dust, and that was it.




I'm happy with how they turned out. I think they make the otherwise brand new pots look a little more aged. Next time I might try to weather the pots more before I start this, but for this event, I think it will add just the right amount of shimmer under the string lights. 



New antique french mirror for the living room

6.12.2014
 Yesterday was one of those amazing Craigslist days where I found the exact thing I wanted at the exact moment I wanted it. Don't you love those days? I've been thinking that we needed a much larger mirror than the one we had over our fireplace. The one we had was a decent size - about 32" x 44" - but it had a thick black frame and I was ready for a change. I wanted a giant mirror that would go almost to the ceiling. Preferably gold. I have a master plan in the works for a complete living room change up and this was a first step.

My search led me to a seller who had an antique French mirror circa 1880 that they bought at the Paris Flea Market. They had it listed for a great price and the seller lived about 4 blocks from my house. All the stars had aligned. 
I was a bit skeptical about the legitimacy of the antique claim until I saw it. This thing is built on old slats of wood and the frame is seriously crumbling in parts. The glass has a lovely antique patina on it. If it isn't a genuine antique, then somebody did a great job trying to make it look like one. I'm a believer! It also weighs about 1000 pounds so I know it isn't an Ikea hack.

We need to figure out a way to secure it to the wall but that will have to wait until I can get help - I can't even adjust the placement of it it's so heavy!

I can't wait to play around with a few other styling ideas I have for the mantle, and maybe some sconces?

Yay for change!

Vintage inspired bedroom for a little boy

6.09.2014



It's been a while since my son moved into his new room. Aside from the fact that it's not very well insulated so freezing in the cooler months and sweltering in the summer, it's a great space for him. It even has a little sunroom off the back where we've put in shelving to house all his toys. I love that there's a door separating me from tiny Lego pieces and Hot Wheels!

We tried to make this room as kid friendly as possible while using elements that will last into his later childhood years. I'm not completely sure why I bothered with that though, as there's no doubt I'll be switching it up sooner rather than later when I get bored with it. I have a problem. But that's another story altogether.

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Pretty much everything in his space is either DIY or re-purposed. The bed frame belonged to his grandfather when he was a kid. Bonus that it's really low to the ground so we could get away with no bed rail. The art over his bed is a piece of fabric stapled over a large 36" x 24" canvas. The bunting was made with scrapbook paper and the polka dot valance is a cheater blind that hides a blackout shade underneath. The Pendleton blanket was an Etsy find and I love the colours so much! Obviously I don't iron his duvet cover!



The vintage French poster was in my very first apartment. It hangs over a Goodwill dresser that I repainted in a dark army green paint.


I painted a blue frame around a white corkboard to display the vintage pendant banners that I picked up when we were at the cottage a few years ago. The barn light fixture is from Restoration Hardware and I adore it. I realize it needs a different bulb though...it's on 'the list'. 

These are office supply wire wall baskets from HomeSense but when I saw them I thought they'd be great for displaying his books.



This LP was a lucky find from Ebay. He was one excited boy to see his name and a cowboy on the same cover! The train drawing was from his older cousin.

A little history graces the room with his grandfather's baby brush, a photo of the same grandfather as a baby, and a snap of he and his great-grandfather - one of the few taken before his death when Briggs was 3 months old.


I talked about these apple crates here. I still love them so much and keep wondering where else in the house I can stick more of them.


I am so happy with how the room turned out and all the projects that we did ourselves which make it feel so much more personal.

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