Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An Urban Lakeside Townhome gets ready for Spring!

Pillows, Sofa, Table, and  Rug all from West Elm

I have to tell you... I'm kind of excited by the decorating projects I have taken on recently! I'm working on a couple right now, one a beautiful Victorian home with original details in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood and the latest is a city townhouse steps from the lake. I'll be sharing some inspiration for both homes in coming weeks but I thought I'd start with the lakeside townhouse for today.

The client currently has a leather sofa that may stay in the space temporarily. She has a dog and two cats, so the furniture has to be pet-friendly and easy to clean. I know she loves to travel, is drawn to beachy colours such as blues, greys and white and wants her space to be a comfortable space to entertain friends.

all images via West Elm

I'm playing around with some looks for this space here on the blog, just for the fun of it. This isn't the final look, but just a starting point and a way to share ideas and inspiration.

Those pendants! They are so pretty. Very feminine but modern and fun too. I thought I'd pop them in there and see what happens. I think I want them...

And yes, everything is from West Elm because it's one of her favourite places to shop. It's the perfect one-stop shop that fits her aesthetic and although we will pull ideas and product from many places I thought I'd share what I'd pick (right now) if I could only shop there, which wouldn't be so bad, right? ;)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Spring Giveaway from Matthew Mead and Paper Parade Co.

 Spring! I thought it would never arrive!

"Desperation" was setting in as I watched people plan winter getaways to sunny destinations that weren't in the cards for us. But now, the snow is melting, the sun is shining, and I'm wearing wellies instead of snow boots. Yay!

Last week, when it was winter, lol, I ventured out to find my friend Matthew's newest magazine. I knew it would be full of inspiration and, of course it was ... it is! 

So I'm so thrilled to share some sneak peeks of it with you AND giveaway two copies of the magazine to two lucky readers!! 

I thought I would add a gift of pretty paper goodies to each magazine winner's prize! Perfect for spring gift wrapping and inspiration as well. So I'll also draw for two of those, one for each magazine winner!

You know I love Matthew's work but this was an extra special issue, because, as a friend, I knew how hard Matthew had worked to bring this to you, to make this happen. Upcycled Style is the Matthew Mead you remember from Country Home and his first published issues of Holiday with Matthew Mead. I love this issue and I'm thrilled to share it with you.

One of the things I look forward to most about Spring is the outdoor antique markets that start in April and May. I cannot wait! Hunting for vintage treasures and finding ways to breathe new life into them epitomizes Spring to me. Upcycled Style has loads of ideas and inspiration for your Spring and Summer vintage finds, plus lovely home tours, craft and entertaining ideas and more!

Love this brilliant idea of upcycling vintage pendant lights into a tiered stand!

A collection of vintage bottles.  I am obsessed with vintage glass. These look like they might have been dug up on the beach or found buried in someones backyard....

pretty vintage bowls ... 

lots of inspiring florals ...

plenty of diy projects

Good luck with the Giveaway! 

Matthew Mead's Upcycled Style is available to purchase on news stands everywhere. In Canada, I've seen it at Chapters, Loblaws and Superstores. It will also be available to order online very soon. 
Visit Matthew's website here for more info.

For a chance to win one of two copies of Upcycled Style  simply leave a comment at the end of this post or on my Instagram post for this giveaway. Two winners will be selected on Tuesday March 17th! Giveaway open to Canadian and US addresses.

PS. I'd love to hear what inspires you. Do you have any Spring projects planned?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Colour Inspiration - Red, White & Black + A Fun Gift Wrap Idea

 and here is some more red for you - colour inspiration!


Just popping in with some colour inspiration for you. Being Valentine's week and all I thought I'd tempt you with some red. 

These are just some odds and ends I have in my studio. Things I like to keep around for inspiration and crafting fun.

How do you feel about the colour red? 
Red is supposed to be stimulating and energetic. It equates to love and passion, and is a powerful primary colour that has deep meaning in different cultures all over the world. If you are interested in reading more about the significance of the colour red go here.

We had red walls in our living room before renovating. I actually loved the colour for many years. We had lots of colour on our walls back then. Today our walls are white and soft grey and I use colour as an accent. It's fun to change the look of a room just by swapping out pillows and other soft accessories.

 Here is a little gift wrapping idea for you. 
Make gift wrap out of vintage stamps!! I'm kind of excited about this. It's the vintage paper geek in me :)

 Scan a vintage stamp, enlarge it and print it out or you could take it to a copy store and have them do it. If you are doing this large scale or multiple copies, a copy shop is the way to go.  
I embellished my wrapped gift with a heart stamp. So fun!
Valentine Card via Paper Parade Co. 
I used the stamps in the photo above.

I'm always looking for ways to use my vintage stamps and I thought this was fun. I got the idea for this after chatting with an Instagram friend who suggested that I take one of my favourite stamps to a print shop and have it enlarged to use as art in my house. I love that idea!

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