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spring colours

April 17, 2011 Leave a comment

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:

(images: 1-here, 2-marimekko, 3-cb2 , 4-here , 5-here , 6-cb2 )

clean up that bedside table!

April 7, 2011 1 comment

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.

Exhibit A:

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-

Exhibit B:

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)

[etsy] decor ideas for nurseries and little kid’s rooms

April 4, 2011 1 comment

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!

 

 

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prepping the balcony for summer 2011

April 1, 2011 1 comment

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?

lighting for everyone in the family

March 7, 2011 Leave a comment

I am supposed to be sourcing furniture, accessories, fabric, and lighting for a school project.  However, I’ve been procrastinating for more than an hour by looking at way more lighting than I need to.  But I can’t help it!  I’ve come across too many amazing light fixtures that I can’t stop admiring. And now I’ve decided to take a full break  to do a quick post on my favourite finds.  I’ve chosen one for each member of my family…

For my son: Spectrum Pendant Shade from Urban Outfitters, $69

For me: Etch Pendant by Tom Dixon from Design Within Reach, $375

For my man: Chandelier by Lindsey Adelman, *$

I’m not sure he would necessarily want this pendant if he saw it in a retail store (even though I know it is amazing) BUT Lindsey Adelman provides down-loadable instructions on how to make this yourself so he did say he would be interested in making it for me!  (check out a finished version over at The Brick House).  *The cost is only the parts.

And finally, for our dog Lucy: Begging Buddy Lamp by Offi, available today at Zulily for $41.99


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)

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)