August 26th, 2014

Double Trouble: Accent Chairs

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houzz

Well hello! What a summer! There was some heat, some travel, some lazy days, some painting days, and some beautiful inspiring nights. And while the weather holds steady, the imminent routine of the school year looms! So let’s chat about chairs. Accent chairs!

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Chatelaine

Accent chairs are an important part of my own personal room planning philosophy right now. I love them! I love them and here is why: they offer flexibility to your seating plan both now and in the future. That’s right friends, the future. I mean, things change right? Why not let some of your furniture change with you?

For instance, at this particular juncture in time you could place two accent chairs parallel to your sofa, two sofas across from one another with an accent chair at either end, or even two accent chairs in front of a window with a table between them.

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Spoond

And in the future, near or far, if you had to or wanted to split things up, a pair of chairs can easily be placed elsewhere! In a foyer, a den, an awkward hallway, etc. Or if you are really adventurous you could even unpair them, break those babies up. One could be placed in a bedroom, another beneath a window or next to a bookshelf for a reading or thinking spot. So very many options. And there you have it! Why I love accent chairs and why you should too!

July 10th, 2014

Lovely Layered Living Rooms

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La Dolce Vita

Oh, hi! There seems to be a common colour thread unintentionally uniting these three photos. What drew me to this trio was the combination of so many pieces executed in a pretty, organized way. The unity in the colour scheme makes it cohesive and shows a few different ideas for layering. White with grey and a pop of pink and/or indigo. Lovely, lovely and more lovely.

The layered look evident in all three images creates a homey, cosy feel with colour, pattern and texture. Each room is inviting and has an overall sweetness to it. While not overtly masculine (yes that’s a little pink guys!) they aren’t exactly screaming girl space either.

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Little Green Notebook

The furniture placement is conducive to entertaining, notice how you see one sofa combined with groups of two chairs placed in a square around the coffee table. Lengthy conversations and late nights can be had in these beautiful settings.

Sometimes it’s ok to place individual chairs in a furniture grouping, but I really like pairs. If you choose too many singular elements the space can become choppy. Instead combine pairs, and more than one pair is quite alright. See how the matching stools look? Pretty right?

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Lauren Conrad

To create your own layered look, accentuate the furniture placement with textiles like pillows, an area rug and drapes. Add a little glitter or sparkle to polish the look. Tables with a metal sheen, a glass top or mirror top accomplish the glimmer and add function.

These lovely layered living rooms are stylized with accessories like books, lamps, vases and flowers, but I love adding house plants for a vivid pop of green, some texture and a little life.

June 12th, 2014

Pretty Plants: Echeveria

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I bought two echeverias a while back and they have been living on my kitchen windowsill ever since. The green one is happy but the blue one has dropped a few leaves which has prompted me to try something different with them.

There are many a pretty way to plant them, but I know for sure one of them will end up in my favourite milk glass vessel. You’ll notice the green one is a little wonky. He has grown lopsided and has sprouted some babies. Can I plant these babies? Hmmmm… I’ll have to look into it!

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The blue echeveria pictured below is the winner of the milk glass pot, don’t you think? I think. He looks happy.

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Too bad I don’t have more pedestal type planters I could group them like this sweet little trio. I’m quite sure I could find some ceramic ones at Homesense, right? But wait! I just committed to a shopping ban until my upcoming mini vacay, but that shouldn’t include decor should it? I’ll have to revise the fine print.

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A Casarella

And them there’s terrariums, some of which I like. A simple glass bowl with rocks etc. might work.

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Clean Slate

This lantern planting trend is something I could definitely work with. How pretty to include a variety of succulents at different heights. Again, Homesense would be a great place to find the right lantern. A small to medium one would work for my space.

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The Given Life

Well, the blue echeveria found his new home today and we shall see what becomes of the green one. For now he can return to the windowsill.

April 14th, 2014

Rustic and Yet Elegant Dining Tables

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Adore your Place

Our home right now is by no means a forever home, and until that time or home comes I have been exercising creative ideas for decorating the space. I recently purchased these amazing chairs (which we will get into next time), and now it’s all about the table. Hence the rustic, yet elegant dining tables you will see here.

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Rooms for Rent

I have looked everywhere for the perfect size, look, etc. but everything is too big, 60-84″ when I need 50″ max, (or too high, no thanks to the pub height table trend!) and so it looks like a DIY situation is at hand. What’s a girl to do but call her Dad of course! And the verdict? Dad thinks we can do it! Hooray!

What I’m thinking is this: pair four of the six chairs I bought with one of these custom made table beauties. I want a table top with a relatively dark stain atop a base which I will most certainly paint blue, yes the same blue as the chairs. Shhh, stop asking so many questions about the chairs! Patience!!

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i Heart Naptime

Truth be told, what I really, really wanted was to create a banquette on one side with some pretty feature chairs, but with the age of my boys being still fairly young (potential dining mishaps for all my non-parent readers) it seems best to forgo the dainty upholstery and feed my fabric love on the seats of the chairs alone.

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If you would like to attempt this project with me I will be using these Husky Farmhouse Table plans found at Ana White.

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Pinterest

And then I watch an episode of Cracking Antiques and think, hey! Maybe I can find an antique table! But alas, it took me six months to find chairs. Make the dining table! And of course it will be an awesome project to do with my Dad. Win, win. Stay tuned for the chairs!

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March 21st, 2014

Textiles: Trellis and Lattice

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Pinterest

As the last of the winter melts away we open windows, put the cozy away and trade it in for airy light colour. A little pattern goes a long way, but it is near essential to creating a sophisticated look. What better way to experiment and dip your toes in trend? Ask yourself: is there a colour I love but could never paint a room in? Is there a design I am drawn to again and again?

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Decor Pad

Trellis and lattice patterns offer a splash of graphic interest, usually with some colour and they are kind of fun for spring don’t you think? Look for trellis patterns with a light colour for the background to brighten your space.

Trellis and lattice are repetitive patterns with geometric flare. You may find ethnic themes like Moroccan or Greek especially with wallpaper or stencils like the ones at Royal Design Studio

Here are some ways to freshen up your home with trellis patterns. Throw pillows of course! A rug. New curtains? Bedding is another way to add life and colour to the home.

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Decor Pad

Trellis, lattice, soon we will be out in the garden enjoying the sun! Until then, we can dream and we can brighten our inside spaces with bright pattern and hopeful colours.

February 5th, 2014

Green Sofa Glory

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Sunny Days and Starry Nights

This time of year I begin craving colour, especially green because we haven’t seen it in months. Grey skies, partially melted snow and panels of clear ice leave me wanting luscious shades of emeralds, mosses, pea pods and forests. So let’s look at some sofas!

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Dust Jacket

A bright green sofa is a fabulous way to punctuate a palette of neutrals. Yet in each of the photos you see here, no matter the shade or hue, it works. I’m sort of obsessed with turning colour into the neutral, if that makes sense. If it doesn’t you might need more colour in your life!

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Pepper Design Blog

Each of these glorious green sofas represents a slightly different shade of green. Before you dive in, consider what other colours you will be working with, not just today but tomorrow too, because if you pick the right sofa, you will have it for many many years.

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The Cottage Market

What works best with green, you ask? Great question! My favourite neutrals to mix with green include: white, black, navy and brown. For a sophisticated look you can also work secondary colours into the palette. But where do you start? With feeling. Figure out what you love and decide what you want bring in.

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Style by Emily Henderson

So my next question is, who here is bold enough to go for glory in the form of a green sofa?? Now send me pictures!

January 8th, 2014

Glittery Mirrored Backsplashes

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Her Umbrella

In the old house- the apple house as I liked to call it, because of its red and green apple colour scheme- I wanted stone counters with a mirror fleck in them. That kitchen ended up with a black and grey stone. No mirror fleck. When I came across the first of these glittery mirrored backsplashes, it reminded me of how pretty the white quartz with the mirror was! Perhaps in my future home, my forever house?

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Decor Pad

I love how the new year brings it’s own energy, it’s own luck, it’s own number possibilities for life and love and decor (of course!). Optimism is rampant. How fantastic!

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Pinterest

Each of the glittery backsplashes are elegant and reflective and pretty. The mosaic pictured first is my true favourite, but the antique glass, the multi-tile mosaic and the subway tile designs are all viable options that would brighten up a space with reflective rays of light.

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Ali Express

I wonder, have you tried out a mirror backsplash I haven’t shown here?

December 29th, 2013

Fabulous Framed Fabric

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my job! Days spent at the sofa shop are great days. One of my favourite things about my job is the fabric, I mean what’s not to love about playing with fabric all day?

Since the boys and I moved into the condo, I have been trying out different ideas to fill the endless blank-slate walls. Mirrors, art, photos and typography to name a few, and still! More walls!

Back to my love for my job…I thought why not incorporate some discontinued fabric into the scheme of things and voila! A project was born.

I happened to have a spare frame at home I wanted to use. I sifted through a few boxes of disco’d fabric and found three that would work together. It took me all of five minutes to frame these little darlings (not including the drive time to Ikea to find two more frames) and I just love them!

Of course you also get a glimpse of the feather tree the kids and I decorated (and the cat messed up) and the turquoise reading chair I got from the sofa shop a few months ago. The third piece is hiding behind the tree, but I assure you it is lovely.

About the framed fabric? These particular swatches are from one of my favourite Canadian custom furniture manufacturers Decor-Rest The patterns are elegant and they act as a reminder of good things!

You can do this too! But what can you frame if you don’t have access to discontinued fabrics?

•Fabric remnants

•Vintage tablecloths

•Linen with patterns stamped on them

•Curtains

•Sheets or blankets with pretty designs

The more meaningful the better! As with all things. That’s one thing I adore about textiles. You can fall in love with a design and base a whole room around it and when it works it’s a little bit magical, don’t you think?

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December 3rd, 2013

Chaise: What a Way to Lounge

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Curated Style

Hello, hello! There has been a major turn in weather in these northern parts. We are in full in winter mode! So normally I would look for ways to hibernate, but this year I am embracing the cold, the ice, the frost and with it the stark beauty that cloaks the streets in sheer shades of white, like a wonderland.

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Desde My Ventana

And naturally this means we are spending more time indoors snuggled up with a book. I know I am. Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan is my current fiction choice. It is at once beautiful and sad, as it chronicles the lives of three Parisian sisters, ballet and murder in the late 1800′s. What’s not to love!

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Abode Love

The top chaise has an arm on each side, but it is backless. Many of the others have one arm. When you custom order a chaise you can often decide which side you would like the arm on. Or you can opt for a two-armed chaise like the one directly above. Another reason to custom order is choice of fabric. To me, a chaise should be adorned with a soft luxe fabric in a colour that appeals to you.

Details to consider include tufting, leg design, nailhead trim, and cushion style.

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Pinterest

Once you have found your chaise, where do you place it? The obvious choice is near a window or in a corner as a stand alone piece, but you can also add it to a seating arrangement. For instance, a chaise with a few accent chairs will fill up a condo sized room. Or if you have abundant space place the chaise opposite a sofa with a chair at each end.

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Houzz

Dress your chaise up as you would a sofa with pillows and a throw. While a sofa is happy with uniform rectangular pillows, and a feature pillow, the chaise can take on pillows of varying sizes and shapes. Keep it simple, and above all comfortable.

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Mabley Handler

And we close this post with a warning: your best intentions for reading the afternoon away may often turn into a long dreamy nap. And that friends, is quite alright!

October 23rd, 2013

DIY Coffee Table Ideas

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Julie Loves Home

 

I really, really, really do not mean to be so absent, neglectful, AWOL these last few months. What a bad little blogger I am. In my defense the sofa shop has been busy, which equals super exciting for me! Unless you have found something that quickens your heart, causes sharp inhalations and maybe a gasp or two, I would be hard pressed to tell you just how thrilling custom sofas are. There is fabric. Lots of fabric. Textures, patterns, colours. Combinations of these elements. And each and every one is different! So much fun. Even though I may not be here as much as I would like I am taking in all the beauty to put back in place here at DOJ. So hang in there, readers, friends. It will be worth it. I promise.

 

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Hello There Home

 

I have not had a coffee table in years and I will tell you why. When my little ones started waddling along it seemed best to get rid of the over-sized two-tiered coffee table that was bossing the room around to opt for cozier spaces with pillows and what not. Those days have passed and since I moved my sectional around a while back I have been looking for ideas. Of course I could just buy one, but where is the fun in that? The coffee table pictured at the top has a mirror for a table top and a painted coffee table base. Glam. Love it. The one directly above this text has cute legs.

 

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Saved by Love Creations

And while I do love the Isala coffee table from Ikea, perhaps I could modify it with a stencil or some nailhead trim, as seen above and below. And here is an interesting fact… I am currently reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and he cites Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad as 67th on his list of the richest people in human history. I mean, we all love Ikea right? But, wow, that sort of surprised me.

 

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Little Green Notebook

 

I know for sure I want a round coffee table with a little DIY flare or slight modification, but nothing too crazy. I have no time or desire, if I want to be really honest, to build one from scratch. Which of these coffee table design would you try out? I am thinking mirror or stencil, but I do really love the nailhead. Hmmm…

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