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[room of the week] a Victorian in Melbourne

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

I love Victorian row houses, especially in my beloved Summerhill neighbourhood.  But it can be really tough to decide where to place your furniture  in those narrow spaces.  Here is a casual but elegant living room by a couple of talented gals in Melbourne Australia. Placing a chaise where one room flows into the next is a great way to provide additional seating but maintain a visual sight line into the next living space.

(image: gardener & marks)

[diy] “where did I come from?” map

February 22, 2011 2 comments

Ok, so to be upfront (in case you are looking for real advice), I’m not helping you answer the REAL “where did I come from?” question.  Ha! I have a few more years before my son starts asking about that.  Rather, I am sharing a little project I did for my son’s room, showing where exactly he came from – on the map.  And since I’m being honest, I should also say that I am not a real DIY’er.  It is more of something I admire from afar.  Not that I don’t appreciate the skill, creativity, and perseverance of DIY’ers, I do! I follow a number of DIY blogs on a daily basis (especially home reno ones), it’s just that I just don’t have the time, nor space.  So this project is an exception.

Here are a few images that inspired this project….

As a child, my sister and I had a huge map book and we would pore over it for hours, quizzing each other on all the American capitals (funny enough, I don’t remember looking at Canada). Maps are cool. And a great learning tool.

Since I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of cash on a giant map or wallpaper, my map project is scaled down in size. Anyway, isn’t saving $$ a major goal of DIY?  I already had an IKEA RIBBA frame (16″x20″) that was sitting around and while I was making an Etsy purchase for something else, I noticed this shop also sold vintage maps of Canada for only $5.00.  Score. $5.00 was the total cost of my project!

To give some real meaning to this project, I decided to use only maps that had meaning to our little family.  I made a collage using the whole map of Canada, the map of Alberta (where my man was born), the map of Ontario (where my son and I were born), and a snapshot of Montreal (where my man and I met in University).

20 minutes later I was done.  Easy! DIY is not so bad after all.

What do we think?

Now, if you aren’t into DIY but you’d like to add a small map to your child’s room, I would highly recommend checking out the Montreal-based Etsy shop English Muffin Prints & Posters.

Or if you want to go big, you could always pick up this large canvas from IKEA (78.74″x55″).

I’m not quite ready to debut the photos of my son’s room but stay tuned. For now, you can check out my inspiration board here.

(images: 1-lonny, 2-cox&cox, 3-kids room decor, 4- remodelista, 5&6-me, 7-english muffin)

[homework] top trends of 2011 – the new global

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

“Subtle and tailored” is the way Canadian House & Home described the “New Global” trend for 2011. Moving away from the wildly eclectic decor we’ve seen in the past, we are going to see a more elegant approach to the look.

You can channel Moroccan vibes with items like carved screens, perforated-metal lanterns and leather poufs. Leggy chairs, African artwork, natural woods, and Asian-inspired furniture can be combined with subtle accents to achieve today’s contemporary global decor.

Here is my take on the look…

For those who may not have the luxury of globe-trotting to amass worldly items, you could make a trip over to Anthropologie (in person or online) to buy yourself some exotic decor. They have a number of great ethnic-inspired lines this season, including really gorgeous bedding and rugs.

This concludes my five part interpretation of  H&H’s Top Trends of 2011.  Let’s sit back and see how the predictions play out….

RELATED POSTS:

You can read my first four posts on the Top Trends of 2011 herethe new modernthe new vintage, the new country, and the new traditional.


(images: 1-made by girl, 2-houzz , 3-katie leeds , 4-desire to inspire , 5-me, 6-Anthropologie)

lush design love

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all.  Don’t you LOVE these pillowcases?

Speaking of LOVE, I have to tell you about this lovely little store in London (UK). Ok, since my Mom reads my blog, I should ‘fess up and say that she found this store online then showed it to me.  A truly great find. Lush Designs is located in Greenwich, where my sister is currently living, so I’m hoping she’ll read this post and bring me back a little something. *wink *wink

Here is just a selection of their whimsical, playful, vibrant products…

How cute is this tableware set?

And these greeting cards?! Fantastic. They come in sets of six and I definitely want a set.  Or two. Pop them into frames and ta-da you have yourself a fabulous little art collection!  I may have to go visit London just to get some.  Err, I mean go visit my sister and while I am there, stop in.

I highly encourage you to pop over to their site to look at the entire Lush Designs collection. Definitely check out the lampshades while you are there!

(images: all lush designs)

[room of the week] by Joe Schmelzer

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment

I can’t decide what I like the best -the clerestory windows, the gallery wall, the Eames chairs, the openness, the airiness, or the combination of wood, chrome, and white. In any case, I’d like to be invited over for lunch!  Next week perhaps? For more oooing and ahhhing, check out the photographer’s website: Joe Schmelzer Inc.

In case you missed it, last week’s Room of the Week was this darling floral nursery.

(image: joe schmelzer via desire to inspire)

Grey. Wool. Wood. Velvet. Texture.

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

I think the grey skies of winter have swayed my choices of late. I’ve been drawn to woolly, woody, and velvety textures in natural colours but especially grey.

If you are feeling the same way, here are a few suggestions from local retailers.

West Elm – not so hard on the budget, on-trend designs:

Restoration Hardware – creeping up the $ scale but classic, quality designs:

ELTE – high-end designs in all styles, available to the trade (contact your designer or me!):

(images 1-solid frog , 2-greige , 3-little plastic horses, 4-flickr, 5-greige , 6-moncer, 7-West Elm, 8-Restoration Hardware, 9-Elte)

It’s snowing….

February 7, 2011 Leave a comment

I really do love winter. Especially when I can stay home and watch the snow fall outside my windows.  But then again, I’d also love to be sitting slope side.

Stay warm!

(images: 1-log home, 2-franciskas vakre verden)