February 26th, 2015

Pillow Talk: Florals

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Classy Clutter

Perhaps I have had a little downtime lately, or maybe its the fact that SPRING is coming, but today I want to talk pillows. But lets narrow it down a little and talk about floral pillows. And guys, don’t worry, for you, we can even refer to them as botanical prints once in a while, now avert your eyes for a quick second (ladies this is a little trick I use at the sofa shop, so as not to alienate the manly men who become less than cooperative when it comes to flowers). Alright, back to business! Pillows!

Want an easy way to add a little refreshment to your home? You guessed it, pillows. Toss pillows can give you a whole new take on your living room decor, and its not going to cost you much. And its super fun to inject a little colour and whimsy either with what you already have or when starting fresh.

 

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Be Book Bound

My absolute favourite part of my job at the sofa shop is fabric, its no secret, I am a little obsessed, and for good reason. There are literally endless combinations to choose from and it makes me happy, so very happy. Whether my clients opt for a neutral sofa and a pop of pillow colour or a bold sofa and more textured pillows I have come across a few combinations that I think really work to tie a whole room together.

Most of our vendors offer one choice for the pillow fabric, but my favourite company, a Canadian one, Decor Rest, often offers two choices. This really opens things up design wise. I usually suggest doing a solid colour paired with a bold print. Want to know something sad, some people choose the same pillow fabric as the body of their sofa, waaaaaah! Oh, what a waste! With these clients I suggest they source out bolder options to add to the pillow scape, and hope that they do so, because who doesn’t love pillows?

 

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Dimples and Tangles

For a quick update a splashy, bold, modern floral pillow can be placed on a chair or a sofa either solo or introduced into an existing colour scheme. Florals, I mean botanicals, work well with solid hues or repetitive patterns like stripes, polka dots, chevrons, or geometric prints like Moroccan arabesque and the French quatrefoil.

 

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House of Turquoise

I could go on and on about pillow choices, but today I will leave you with a few floral pillow images to keep that fresh spring feeling alive with one little botanical (coral) for good measure. So when it comes to pillows have fun and whatever you do, look beyond the colour of your sofa for inspiration!

January 28th, 2015

Feather Wallpaper

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Style Me Pretty

Ok, wait a sec, where did January go? Seriously, it disappeared. I mean yes, the weather was unseasonably warm, so warm in fact I briefly entertained the thought of doing a full on spring cleaning, but wow! The sunshine has been great and a welcome distraction from the indoors. What’s new with you? Big plans for the year? Me too! So Dreaming of June turned three! Yay!!! Happy birthday!!! Thank you so much to my beautiful consistant readers and friends! XOXOXO And now, for some fancy feather wallpaper.

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Mini Moderns

The first feather wallpaper would be so elegant for a dining room. Just imagine how cosy it would be amidst a candle light dinner. Or how about a watercolour themed wallpaper? This design would be so pretty in a bathroom or a foyer. Both of which, by the way, are ideal places to dabble in the arts of wallpapering. High impact + low commitment = love. A formula I certainly wouldn’t recommend for your love life, but here, it works perfect.

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Decoist

Feather your dreams with a pink-ish version fit for a bedroom. I love the hot pink accents in this room too. And that headboard sure is pretty. I am sort of headboard obsessed at the moment. I have been wanting one forever and I found one I love but it has no tufting. Big sigh. However, on the upside, it does have nailhead trim, a compromise I believe I can live with as long as I get a tufted bench for the end of the bed.

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Homegirl London

Oh feathers. How fancy is this last sample? And you could get some pillows to tie it all together. Click through the link to read about the artist behind the design. She seems pretty fabulous. Well friends that’s what I have for you on this fine day in late January. I hope each of you is doing well with the goals/resolutions you came up with for the new year. Keep on keeping on! XOXO

December 21st, 2014

Laurel Wreath Love

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Acquired Objects

As if my love of crowns wasn’t enough people! Now I’m enamoured with the laurel wreath. Of course it is the wreathiest time of the year, so its not out of the question that one might come across a few green specimens to admire. But laurel, oh wow, wait till you see the incarnations I have found. I just love it when things come together. You see, the other night, well a week or more ago, I was watching the Mindy Project, have you seen it? It’s so funny. Mindy made a wreath which she called Wreath Witherspoon as it was covered with magazine cutouts of Reese Witherspoon. So funny. And then I saw the vintage laurel award pictured above…and I fell in love a little. Just a little. Look at it. It is gorgeous.

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My Shabby Chic House

And what of the history you ask? Well, the origins of the laurel wreath begin with a tragic love story. Greek God Apollo slighted Eros (later known as cupid) who then shot him with a gold tipped arrow so that he would fall in love with Daphne (a nymph), but sadly Daphne was also shot with an arrow. A lead tipped arrow that repelled love. She spent her life running from Apollo until her father turned her into a tree. A laurel of course. So laurel became the symbol of the devastated God. And he often wore it in his hair and bestowed it upon the victors at sporting events etc. Which is why it is used as a symbol of victory.

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He and I

And today we incorporate it into our Christmas decor in the form of green wreaths and greeting cards and chalkboard-style printables. The joyful printable pictured above can be printed free of charge if you follow the link. Ok, so new goal: win something so that I am awarded a vintage French laurel wreath award. Now what must I do to win one?

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Acquired Objects

Why keep it strictly for the holidays? Let’s combine laurel wreaths with jewelry and see what happens. Well you knew what was coming, didn’t you? Irresistible beauties. If you don’t want to decorate with it,  you could always wear it. A ring? A necklace? Oh my!

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Bloomingdales, Scout Mob, White Bird Jewelry

Another interesting fact, many tiaras and crowns have a laurel detail about them. I swear I was a queen in a past life! Happy holidays readers and friends. Be good to one another and may all your wishes come true in the new year and beyond! XOXOXO

December 9th, 2014

Crown Decor Galore

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Desire to Inspire

Well if you can’t wear a crown every day, you could always get your fix with crown inspired decor. Crowns are not just for the royals you know. So if you need to channel elegance and poise for your home check out these beauties. On this quiet, already snowy morning, crowns, a little background music and of course some strong coffee are in order. Sounds like a perfect day to me.

 

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Pinterest

The thing about theme based artwork is that it introduces character to your home, plus, I love it. Crowns are my latest love, but give me chandeliers, bird cages, hot air balloons and other whimsical art and I’m a happy girl. In an already elegant space, the right art, and by right I mean whatever it is your heart desires, can set the tone. For me I like a little something dreamy or sweet.

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The Bella Cottage and Home Edit

The curvy lines and contrasts add a bold pop of interest to any wall or surface they adorn. Crowns can be introduced into your space in a number of ways. The first painting pictured here is my favourite, but a smaller scale in a line drawing or a sketch might be just the thing for your space. Textiles are ever fun to play with. Chairs, ottomans, pillows or curtains are a perfect non-committal way to play with pattern.

 

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Trend Hunter

Or for a larger scale full on installation, how about wallpaper? The crown wallpaper pictured here would be perfect for a closet or a bathroom. Or if you wanted to glam up a little girls room thiis wallpaper can be adorned with gems. Simply glue coloured glass marbles (the flat ones) directly onto the crowns.

 

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The DIY Dreamer

Also, if you happen to be a queen with a rather sizeable collection of priceless crowns, you could always display them in tall glass cabinets with glittery warm lighting. That’s what I would do. Just saying. There are options for everyone.

October 14th, 2014

Arabesque Tiles to Die For

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I hope everyone had a refreshing and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend, filled with laughter and good food. SO VERY much to be thankful for right? Furniture, pretty tiles, loved ones, friends!!! The days have been so sunny and warm, everything seems brighter and better under wide open blue skies.

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New Ravenna Mosaics

About the tiles, are you in love yet? I just cannot stop with the curvy geometric patterns right now. On my last visit to my fabulous nail lady, she hand-painted a pink and charcoal quatrefoil pattern on my nails and this week I can’t get enough of arabesque designs. And I see it everywhere I look, which is a wonderful, wonderful thing. These arabesque tiles are elegant and delicate and so very pretty. In my forever home I would do a kitchen backsplash in white ceramic in a heartbeat. And of course a chandelier in every room to up the pretty factor and balance the curvaceousness of the tiles.

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Edgewater Studio

The watery blue-green tiles in a bathroom, just saying, wow. Whichever of you are in your forever homes right now, do this! Please! For the sake of all things good and true. I found the arabesque tile pattern in three different mediums as shown here in glass, ceramic and stone. Each has its own special quality about it, however I think my fave is the glass. If you follow the link below the glass arabesque you’ll see a whole range of pretty geometric tiles. Let me know if you find the one…

September 29th, 2014

Ottoman vs. Coffee Table

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SAS Interiors

Ottomans are pretty hot right now and I will tell you why! But first let us think about the basic function of that little something you place in front of your sofa. Gender wise, I think the guys either need a place to put their feet or a spot to rest a drink, it depends on the guy, but this seems to be the most common concern! And for the ladies, style and a place to put pretty things is on the top of the list of requirements.

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Elements of Style and Decor Pad

Not only is the immediate function of the ottoman or the coffee table important, but the overall function and usage of the room is something you want to consider. Is the room a rarely used but dainty sitting room? Is it the must-be comfy movie watching room? Or does it lay somewhere in between? Take a moment and visualize what you want the room to feel like.

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Belle Maison

Of course coffee tables are a classic choice, limitless styles are available to suit any type of decor and for the adventurous among you there are ideas out there for building your own, refinishing old ones and manipulating the new. You can arrange a vignette on the table with aptly named coffee table books, candles, and other items of interest.
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Style Me Pretty

However, the ottoman has its own individual attributes which add to its appeal. First of all you can comfortably put your feet up. At the sofa shop, this is a great option for people who like the idea of having a chaise on their sofa but don’t want to commit to it. The ottoman can be pushed right up to the sofa for those cozy movie watching nights. Or, place a tray on it and it can hold drinks (and of course pretty things!). When you have a dinner party or a family function the ottoman can be pushed aside and act as extra seating. Many ottomans offer storage and if you order a custom one you can add another layer of colour or texture to the room depending on if you choose fabric or leather.

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So there! In your own coffee table vs. ottoman dilemma you now have some additional input to make a decision that works for you!