June 30th, 2015

Teacher’s Gifts: Potted Plants

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We are so blessed to be part of an amazing school filled with fantastic educators. Not everyone can say this and really mean it. And I mean it! This year I was feeling a little craftier than usual and I wanted to put something cute together to show our appreciation for all the hard work they do. Each of the boys had two teachers this year so all the supplies you’ll see pictured were enough to make four potted plants. You can tailor this little set up to however many thank you gifts your family needs to hand out!

 

So how did all these pieces add up to these adorably stylish plants? Well, I’ll show you…

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Select a plant. I like these bulbous frilly plants I found at a local hardware store because they are different. Succulents are a low maintenance option, but anything bright and luscious would work well. I try to keep an open mind when I am shopping for plants and base my decision on the healthiest specimens I can find.

 

Choose a pot. Because I wanted to embellish the plants with other objects the plant pots had to be simple in order to let the pretty parts take center stage, And clay, was an obvious choice for me.

 

Originally I wanted to use tags to create little messages (the round ones with the black and white strings) but I didn’t end up using them. But you sure could! How about ‘Thanks for helping me grow’!

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Embellishments! I found these antique style keys and fell in love. They added detail and gave them their own look. Plus I found two green ones which my youngest son loved because its his favourite colour!

 

The chalkboard tags I did use clipped onto the front pots like they were made for it. I could imagine using them in other applications too. A simple little clothespin.

 

Finish it with a bow! I used raffia and it worked with the whole look I was after but you could use any type of ribbon.

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This is one of my favourite potted plants I have done. I want one! There truly are so many ways to finish a potted plant. Send me a pic via e-mail if you make one too. Have fun with it. This would also make a great hostess gift, housewarming gift or simply a gift, gift. Don’t you think?

June 17th, 2015

Bathing in Beauty

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I haven’t written about bathrooms in a little while and I think this is a fabulous way to revisit one of the most essential, high-traffic rooms in the home. These bathing beauties feature some of the most gorgeous bathtubs I have ever seen.

 

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La Dolce Vita Blog

We begin and end our days, perform our ‘getting ready’ rituals and beautify ourselves all in the bathroom. In busy days time flutters by and our surroundings can blend together in the rush of mornings and the haze of bedtimes. So how do we slow down and savor our moments? Linger a bit? Pay closer attention?

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One thing is for certain, with any one of these beautifully stylized bathrooms, slowing down would become a necessity right quick! You would begin to make excuses to take a bath! Gardening? Oh, my look at those dirty hands. Time for a bath! Oh, no, dirty again. I guess I’ll take a bath. It could go on like that for a while. An elegant bathroom with any one of these soaker bathtubs is a like a mini retreat. I love how designer Sara Richardson often refers to the bathroom as a jewelry box. As it tends to be a smaller space (not that you’d know that by the size of these lofty bathrooms) you can splurge on materials that offer some impact, translation: glamour.

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La Dolce Vita Blog

To add a little glamour to your home without a full blown renovation, you could always update the accessories. New textiles can go a long way. Fresh flowers, fluffy white towels, a new shower curtain and pretty, glitzy, things like a new mirror or light fixtures can elevate the look of your bathroom and foster a new sense of mindfulness. And if you are able to make time for a bath, make it a luxe one! Light some candles and add some Epsom salts! Happy bathing, beauties!

May 11th, 2015

Pale Blue Sofa Daydreams

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Style at Home

Like a clear blue sky, these pale blue sofas add some unexpected cheer to the living rooms lucky enough to house them. Personally, I am on the brink of custom ordering a soft blue tufted sofa with silver nickel nailhead trim and I am so excited! I have had a mocha toned sectional for a few years now and can’t wait to introduce this light colour to the room.

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I love the tufted goodness of these two blue sofas pictured in the bottom frames. Even in leather, how pretty! A little glamour, a little softness! The baby blue leather sofa is even curved. Now friends, it doesn’t get much better than that. My sofa has more linearity to it, once it gets to me I will post a picture for you all to see. Blue is my new neutral. Of course, I still love turquoise, always will, but blue is simply what I need to do at this point in time. Anyone with me on this?

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Horchow

So many accent colours will work with a colour like this, but to start with I will add white and slightly darker blues for a little moodiness.  I’m also thinking I need to order some leather chairs to balance the girliness of the fabric. I have a beautiful mid-range grey/brown leather picked out, but I have not yet committed to the chairs that go with it. We shall see. That is the beauty of working in a custom furniture store, there are new pieces arriving every single week!

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