Dear friends, family, and followers alike,
I hope you all had a great Easter / Passover / long weekend and are ready to take on spring!
Today is an exciting day – I am ready to announce my move over to a new web address and the debut of a new header design. I hope you like it as much as I do!
Please join me at my new web address (http://inspirationfordecor.ca)
If you were already a follower, or want to be a new follower, make sure to click on the SUBSCRIBE ME! button in the top right-hand corner of my new page (or the RSS button if you prefer blog readers). Even if you don’t visit my blog on a regular basis, this will ensure the latest posts are delivered right to you.
So just to re-cap: this blog site will no longer be updated. Instead, please follow me over at http://inspirationfordecor.ca where I will continue to share my inspiration with you.
See you there!
(image: via pinterest)
I fell in love today. Head over heels in love with this: the ultimate kitchen. This divine creation combines my two obsessions -white cabinetry and exposed brick. H-e-l-l-o.
The cabinetry is very modern but the scuffed wide plank floor, industrial stools, and chalky brick really tone it down. And if you didn’t examine it closely already, take a look at that gorgeous chandelier!
We had a blizzard today! Spring where are you? We are in serious need of sunshine and warmth ’round these parts. It’s time to do away with the winter blahs and give us a little more of this:
I love this bedroom by Lauren Liess. What is so great about this Room of the Week? White on white, just enough brass accents, chic chandelier, sisal carpet, casual bedding, perfect body/accent pillow, cute dog, and she keeps it real with Ikea side tables and a West Elm duvet. Whole room decorated for under $1000.
You should see the ‘Before’ picture of this bedroom – total ’70s, paneling, and very uninspiring. In fact, you should take a peek at all the ‘Before’ and ‘After’ pictures of her amazing home. This girl has serious talent.
(image: design by Lauren Liess, photograph by Helen Norman)
This past week I was seriously inspired by two blog posts. The first was the brilliant entryway by Emma over at the Marion House Book. Both the console table and oculus (which she then turned into a mirror) were found at an architectural salvage store here in Toronto (!). Totally laid back but with loads of personality and style.
Isn’t it lovely? So welcoming. I also really liked how she styled her console table. It’s too easy to junk up your console with all those things you walk into the house with and drop on the first horizontal surface.
Then I read this post over on Decor by Christine, where she gave a rundown on how to create a beautiful tablescape or vignette. So that got me thinking about all the junk that gets piled up on our entryway console and on our bedside tables. Especially on our bedside tables.
I would like to point out this isn’t my side of the bed. That said, I will take full blame for leaving that frame picture-less. As you know, our bedroom is a work in progress but that is no excuse to ignore the piles of junk as they grow and grow. Please tell me this isn’t just us – you have junk on your bedside table too, right?
Anyway, as I said I was inspired to clean things up and now I’m proud to say, this is my side of the bed-
Honestly, I am almost certain I’m going to be able to keep my bedside table this nice and tidy. The key is this lovely tray I picked up at West Elm – because what you can’t see is a bunch of little items sitting inside the tray (necklace, rings, chapstick, nail file, some change, etc.) Not only does the tray corral those books and mags I’m so inclined to keep on hand, but it also nicely hides all those random items you toss off at the end of the day.
Ok – time to go tidy up your bedside table and try your hand at an attractive vignette.
(images: 1-the marion house book, 2-me, 3-me)
Hey Moms. I know time is precious when you have one or more lil’ munchkins running around so I thought I’d save you some time and do a round-up of some super cute and affordable decor items for the kiddos.
Etsy is such an excellent source for access to fresh, creative, inspiring, handmade items and art. If you aren’t a regular already, I hope this post will inspire you to browse the online market-space and sign up for an account.
First I’ll start with all things girly:
1. Wall decal – Windy Tree Fabric Reusable Decal ($87.00 USD) by trendypeasdecals
2. Print – Small Map of Canada ($20.00 USD) by englishmuffinshop
3. Pillow – Baby Pink and White Zebra Print ($35.00 USD) by MiCasaBella
4. Print – You are so loved ($8.00 USD) by jessgonacha
5. Pom poms – ($4.00 USD) by orangekisses …..(psst- you can totally make these yourself, just Google it!)
And for the little men in our lives:
1. Mobile – Nova Baby Mobile, in Spectrum ($68.00 USD), by thewonderlandstudio
2. Prints (set of 4) – Royal Safari Nursery Print Set – Unframed ($92.00 USD) by LeoLittleLion
3. Bunting – Vintage Little Golden Book Bunting ($30.00 USD), by collectingfeathers
4. Wall decal – Baby Zoo Lion King ($49.00 USD), by LeoLittleLion
5. Print – Personalized ‘Big Deal’ 11.5 x 11.5 Size ($25.00 USD), by pennypeople
And for you parents who want to keep things strictly gender neutral, I’ll have a post next week just for you.
If you’d like some help decorating your nursery/child’s room or want more decor advice, feel free to contact me!
I am going to ignore the fact that there was snow on the ground yesterday morning. La la la la la. It didn’t happen.
It’s time to start planning for summer 2011! Our condo balcony has space for exactly two medium size chairs and one side table -small but just enough room to sit out on a warm summer night to watch the sunset and have a glass of wine. I’ve been scouring the internet for an affordable but stylish set available in Canada (sigh, the selection is so much better in the US), but I came up empty-handed because all ‘sets’ are very traditional and usually pretty ugly. So instead, I did some picking and choosing from a few different sources and came up with three options.
There is a fairly big price difference between these sets but before you look at the prices, what do you think?
Option 1: $647.00 CAD
(1) Outdoor rug by Martha Stewart available at Home Depot, $119 CAD, (2) Garden stool available at Target, $169.99 USD (this will require a trip over to Buffalo), (3) Mojito rocker by CB2, $179 CAD (we don’t have a store yet but CB2 now ships to Canada!)
Option 2: $349.95 CAD
(1) Outdoor casbah rug by CB2, $ 99.95 CAD, (2) Nordano armchair by IKEA, $85.00 CAD, (3) Stool/table by Tikki Offi available at Modern Karibou, $79.99 CAD
Option 3: $758.00 CAD
(1) Linear outdoor rug available at Costco, $79.99 CAD, (2) Sawyer chair by CB2, $299.99 CAD, (3) Stool/table by Tikki Offi available at Modern Karibou, $79.99 CAD
Which would you choose?