January 31st, 2016

Sofa of the Month: January

 

White blank-slate sofa

White blank-slate sofa at The Every Girl

 

Well its about time we glorify one of my favourite pieces of furniture…the sofa! And its also a perfect time for Dreaming of June to start writing a monthly feature piece. Which brings us our very first sofa of the month, and I know its the last day of the month, but this idea just came to me a few days ago so I wanted to slide it in even though most of you won’t see it until tomorrow! After much careful consideration I chose this pristine off-white fabric model. Like a fresh month, like fresh snow, the blank-slate nature of this sofa is a perfect starting point.

 

What makes this sofa special?

A shirred, English style arm stands out and creates a subtle elegance perfect for many interiors. The seat depth is inviting, doesn’t it whisper “curl up with a book”? Oh, are those feather seats you might ask? It could very well have down seats, which means it is ultra comfortable. Our little white beauty also has two seat cushions instead of the typical three.

 

How is it decorated?

This sofa is all off-white and neutral with some woven textures. A sofa like this can be decorated with bright colours, current patterns, and chunky textures. This is a great piece to invest in because you can change things up in any colour palette you want to try out without it costing much. Pillows and throw blankets will give your living room a new look whenever the mood strikes.

 

What to Consider

Of course a white sofa may not be for everyone. High traffic rooms, families with young children (or teenagers, I hear they make all kinds of messes!!) or pets, may not want to deal with the maintenance of a light sofa like this. It can be done though if you fall in love and have to have it, but it will take some upkeep, more so than a darker cloth would. You could always opt into a protection plan that most furniture stores offer. The fabric itself is warrantied for a number of years against spills and such.

And there you have it. Our first of many features to come. Each month I will show you another beautiful sofa.

XOXO

 

January 8th, 2016

4 Dramatic Bedrooms and How to Cozy Up Your Own

Christine Dovey

So all I really want is to sleep and dream the rest of the winter away and hibernate like a little bear. Yet, instead of napping any chance I get I have been at the gym. Which, is GOOD, and BETTER, I suppose but this morning, looking at these beautiful rooms…messy bed + excess pillows + dramatic mood = daydream bliss. Don’t you love my formulas?

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Still working on organization this month, one room at a time. I have even streamlined my book collection! That is big news. I have been holding onto every book I have ever read for too long. I am aiming for minimalism, my own take on it of course. I do love stuff. But pretty stuff. Lovely stuff. Necessary stuff.

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Back to these dramatic bedrooms! How cozy. So the question is, how do we distill the essence of these gorgeous rooms into our own homes? Layers. Dreamy layers. Are you daring enough to paint a dark wall? Navy, black, charcoal, dark? I mean look at the results. If not, that’s ok. How about dark curtains, less commitment, rivaling drama. Next, we need lots of pillows. I currently have twelve on my bed, but you do what you need to do.

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Quilts, coverlets and throws can all be draped across the end of your bed too. Think of different textures. Faux fur, chunky knitted blankets, there are even some beautifully texture chenille throws in the market right now. I had, key word here, had, a very soft one on my bed until my son claimed it for himself and named it Fifi. Cute right? Well if, like me, you are too busy to nap away your January and are instead overcome with action, take heart. You can always create a dramatic bedroom so when there is down time you are ready to dream, dream, dream.

XOXO

December 21st, 2015

Happily Ever After: Decorating Resolutions

 

 

As I look around this little condo the boys and I have lived in since we sold the house, it amazes me how far it has come along. Like the fireplace pictured above. I stared at it for the longest time before deciding to paint it. And one day, I just. Couldn’t. Take. One. More. Minute. Of the 1980’s bricks! And how fabulous and fresh it looks now.

 

But I ask myself will the condo ever be finished to my liking? My answer is no! An emphatic, resounding, happy no! Our lives are busy and ever changing, as is the décor of our home. It reflects our tastes and our lifestyle. As hectic, craft-induced, magazine and book loving as it is, we wade through it all happily designing the days as they pass.

 

My decorating resolution for the year is to edit, revise and rewrite a second draft for our home so that when we leave the condo by the lake, we leave it better than we found it, and ready so ready, for our next decorating adventure. Which means I may just paint the kitchen cupboards after all, and a few other things seeing as I have the paint brush out.

 

I’m reading ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing’ right now. I have always been all about bringing items (whether furniture, art or accessories) into the home that make you happy, but I love the whole concept cited in the book of removing anything from the home that doesn’t make your heart happy! All those books I’ll never read again. All those clothes we will never wear again. If you too are looking for a topic for your décor aspirations for the year, I recommend reading it.

 

Every time I finish a DIY project, I’m all, ‘Ok! That’s it! No more projects. And then I start another one. So another portion of my décor resolution is to start manageable projects with appropriate time frames, so that I can fit them into what little time I have.

 

Ideas for 2016:

  • Wallpaper something, anything!
  • Repurpose something
  • Reupholster dining room chairs
  • Buy a new house and paint it wild yet muted colours to match the powder blue sofa!

 

In the condo, all my decorating aspirations have been cosmetic, but there is still so much fun you can have in a cosmetic way! So, friends, what about you? Maybe you need to paint a room, install new flooring, wallpaper something… Perhaps you need new furniture, updated lighting or to hang a gallery wall. Its going to be an exciting year here at Dreaming of June. Lots of ideas and bright inspiration, so bear with me through these busy times and we will have some fun and see where all these resolutions take us.

 

And through this dreamy little holiday season, remember that maybe what you need most of all is to carve out more time with your loved ones in your sweet, beautiful home, because that is what we all need a little more of. Time together. In our very own version of a happily ever after.

 

XOXO

 

 

 

 

December 9th, 2015

Christmas Window Decor

Holiday Window


Pinterest

I am a little obsessed with Christmas this year! All that glitter. All those lights. We went to the Festival of Trees here in Edmonton and discovered this beautiful tree decorated in blush tones, which you can see on my Instagram. So beautiful! School has ended until January which means I can relax, just a little, dream up some stories and enjoy each day to the max all the while decorating and re-decorating! Like these fantastic wintry window scapes for instance.

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The Inspired Room

Inspiration comes from many sources for me, sunrise, my boys, endless magazines, furniture (of course!) and music. The soundtrack for these days, is an album I keep listening to over and over again, ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ by The National. And not just because my name is quoted! Each song fills my heart with hope for what or who comes next. Perfect for driving around these mild winter days and completing projects like hanging up the curtains I bought a month ago in anticipation of creating a pretty window .

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Ushii Landia

The Christmas windows pictured above are beautifully curated with just the right amount of detail. High impact + low investment of time = brilliant! My kind of DIY project. Pretty Christmas bulbs, ribbon, a wreath, beaded strings, candles, lights, branches or other greenery, and any other props you love can be added to your window to complete the scene. This year less is more when it comes to decorating. I am only bringing out the items I adore for a simply decorated space the boys and I can cuddle up in, because the winter may have been warm so far, but let’s face it, Edmonton is cold! And the winter is long!

 

October 20th, 2015

Dining Room Envy

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Windsor Smith Home

Well hello! It’s been a while, far too long. As most of you know I have been oh so busy. Work, kids, school! Need I say more? Against these pure blue October skies life is wonderfully full and happy and ever changing. Autumn mornings are my favorite thing right now! Side note: my powder blue sofa is home where it belongs. Photos will follow once I reformat the art, mirrors, photos etc.

The dining room (pictured above) of interior designer Windsor Smith was the inspiration for my first project in class, so I thought I’d share it with everyone here too. So lovely!

I have stared at this picture so much in the last little while, I feel like I have been here. So often I get captivated by a room and wish I could jump into the page of a magazine and stay a while. Now that’s a type of travel I could get on board with. Room to room.

I love this particular dining room for its beauty and all its layers. First of all that Chinoiserie wallpaper is gorgeous! The curtains and all that glitzy silver and crystal in the chandelier make it special, but the room, all in all, is sweet and casual. Lived in. Something to aspire to!

The choice of elements new and old make this room family friendly which to me means it would be used often and used well. I could picture a family brunch in here, an elegant dinner or coffee for two. Versatile as any dining area should be, right?

This is such an exciting time for me. Decor wise, family wise, life wise! More fabulousness will follow perhaps in a slower way, but I promise the wait will be worth it! Now if only I could follow my own advice and practice patience in other areas of sweetness. XOXO

August 6th, 2015

Ceiling Medallion Marvels

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This is Glamorous

Ambient lighting is an important factor you can and should play with in every room in your home. It creates warmth and depth and conveys a cozy, loved and lived in feeling. One day, I plan to have a chandelier of some opulent sort in nearly every room of my dream home and I won’t stop at that! Oh, no I won’t! For instance, I’ll add a ceiling medallion to finish the look. Ceiling medallions act like a picture frame for your light fixture and provide architectural interest. Such a great way to add detail, and they are relatively inexpensive and you can find them at most hardware stores.

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Hunted Interior

Finishing details add polish and a sense of completion to a room. When the lights are low and the evenings long you may even experience some shadow play with the architectural details in certain medallions depending on your light source. The ceilings shown here are dramatic and lovely all at the same time. You don’t have to paint your ceiling black, you could paint the medallion a contrasting colour or paint it the same as the ceiling for an understated look.

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A Storied Style

What else can you do with ceiling medallions? Well, you can paint several of your favourites and create a gallery wall of ceiling medallion art. You could also affix a mirror to the backside of a medallion, for a pretty take on a small mirror.

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Gem Daily

Of the photos I procured for this post, the chandelier pictured in the first photo is a great fit style wise. As for the rest, this might surprise you but I would change them all to chandeliers. Maybe even a drum chandelier in place of the ceiling fan and light fixture in the second and third photos respectively. Pretty, glitzy ceiling bling, you just can’t go wrong!! XOXO