Archive for October, 2012

October 14th, 2012

Painted Front Doors

Turquoise Door

Image via 20 State


Shut the Front Door!


I love it when people paint their front door in a wild bright colour. It lets you know ‘fun’ people reside within. Is your front door painted? Are you ‘fun’? I would like to test and prove this theory. In terms of curb appeal, the front door is a pretty important place. You can leave the front door neutral and let it blend in to every other house on your block, or you can paint it and stand out! Painted front doors can give your home a whimsical, polished look especially if you choose to accessorize and style it accordingly.


Yellow Door

Image via Pinterest


When you style your front door consider fixed elements (stair rails, fences, steps, hardware, lighting, house numbers, etc.) and changeable elements which you can switch throughout the year. Changeable items like planters, urns, a welcome mat and other styling props will pull the whole look together. And you can create different vignettes for different seasons and holidays.


Red Door

Image via Houzz


The red door flanked with twin topiaries is just lovely. Red is probably my favourite colour for a front door. It pops out at you more than any other colour, yet it retains a certain sense of classic-ness.


Green Door

Image via This Old House


Not only do I enjoy this painted door because it is the exact colour of my living room walls, but it works well with this whole porch area.


Blue Front Door

Image via The Design Files


Painted front doors like this pretty cerulean blue are a quick fix way to bring energy and increase curb appeal. Plus, don’t you want to let everyone know how fun you are?

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October 9th, 2012

Bookshelf Love

Bookshelf House Beautiful

Image via House Beautiful

When it comes to thankfulness of course, of course, the first on the list are my two beautiful boys, followed by family and friends and light and love and hope and beauty. After the biggies I started thinking, and looking at my life and what I hold dear. Anyone who knows me knows books are stacked in every corner of my life, so it only seems natural to pay homage to the books in my life and give you a little bookshelf love!


Bookshelf and Globes

Image via Pinterest

There are a zillion ways to arrange your books—vertical, horizontal, alphabetical, colour coded and more. I tend to arrange mine in groupings of favourites. Favourite authors and favourite books. The rest get randomly shelved together according to height. No matter your method, a bookshelf is a personal display of the literature and stories you contemplate and reflect upon. I love having my books cozied around me. Each book on the shelf holds the memory of the story. Like that of a photograph.


Bookshelf and Fuzzy Chair

Image via The Art of Doing Stuff

Whether you choose to build the bookshelf right into your space and make it part of the room’s structure or choose a freestanding shelf, many options are available. Let the book spines shine or paint the interior of the shelf with a jolting shock of colour. You can also wallpaper the inside of the shelf for another look.


Bookshelf Pink InteriorImage via Pinterest 

How unexpected the peekaboo pop of pink is, but I love it! Don’t you?

Bookshelf and Dog

Image via Pinterest 

What living space couldn’t use a little bookshelf love? I know I dream of built-ins to house my collection of novels. One day. Dream house. Until then, I remain ever thankful for the books in my life amongst other things!


October 5th, 2012

Picture Frame Ideas

Accumulations of things have a way of adding up, creeping and crawling over your pristinely empty surfaces until they become that dirty little word…CLUTTER. Why not use a pretty picture frame to collect, organize, display and give finish to the spaces in question? Look for inexpensive ornate frames in the discount area of home decor shops, thrift stores and flea markets to design your own picture frame ideas.


Skeleton Key Frame

Image via Design Sponge


Key Frame– This image shows a painted frame with decorative keys, but with a cute frame, some spray paint and some tiny hooks you can create this look in a functional way. One idea is to paint the frame a bright hue and use scrapbook paper, wrapping paper or wallpaper remnants to paper the opened area of the picture frame. Install the hooks at the top of the frame and hang it in your foyer or next to the door.


Jewelry Frame– This option is near and dear to my heart right now, having recently launched a business with Stella and Dot. When you have pretty jewels, why lock them up in a dark box? I say showcase them so you can enjoy them even when you aren’t wearing them.

Jewelry Frame

Image via Just Live Simply 

Chalkboard Frame– Whether you want to jot down a nightly menu for your kitchen, hand-write a memorable phrase, or scribble random lists on the chalkboard, you might as well do it in style. Right?


Framed Chalkboard

Image via Shabby McFabby 


Bulletin Board Frame– Cover cork board in a graphic fabric and frame it. You can then pin messages, photographs, and other odds and ends to the board. Play with the palette of the room the frame will hang in, to see if you can introduce something new. For a craft room, study, or office space the fabric you use will help you create a focal point while at the same time, managing the chaos.


Fabric Memo Board

Image via Shabby McFabby


Magnet Board Frame– Same idea as the bulletin board, except you can paper a sheet of metal and frame it! And then of course you can cover it with cute magnets, handmade or otherwise.


Magnet Board

Image via Elegance Farm Home 


Craft Supply Frame– Pegboard is handy for coralling clutter of many types. Give it a fancy remake for your craft supplies, kitchen utensils or other hobby supplies. Paint it and house it in a frame with an alternate colour. Or, borrow an idea from the key frame and wallpaper the pegboard. I like the wallpaper idea because it takes away the utility vibe and gives it a fresh update, depending on the wallpaper you choose.


Framed Pegboard

Image via Martha Stewart


Picture frame ideas can be used in any room of your home that you require a little extra polish and a little less mess. If you make one pretty enough you could even include it in a gallery wall! Happy framing, adieu!

October 2nd, 2012

Painted Chair Ideas

Mismatched Chairs

I am so in love with the fabric choice on these beauties as viewed at Design Sponge! The houndstooth print marries the curves and ornate details of each of these chairs and makes them look like a set. An unconventional set, yes, but a set. I am seriously going to hit Kijiji after this because I want to create my own version of a dining table with painted chairs.


Red Legged Chairs

Image via Indulgy

I mean, really, aren’t these kinds of chairs a dime a dozen? Standard wooden chairs can be made uber-elegant with this dipped leg look. So many possibilities for colour. You could also change the look with cushions and change them with the season or when the mood strikes.


Aqua Dining Room Chairs

Image via Apartment Therapy

While I understand the need for division, isn’t unification so much better? These chairs are really nothing alike, misfits in fact, but, paint them the same colour and Voila! I like the addition of the stool here and would even take it a step further and put a small table or another stool in a corner with a plant on it. Painted chair ideas come in many shades, but I am drawn to the aqua variations as per usual!


Red Chairs Aqua Table

Image via House of Turquoise

Adorable! This table showcases two sets of chairs all painted red. The striped fabric is a cute choice but for me, polka dots or chevrons would be optimal. The contrast between the table and chairs is a lovely bright balance.


Aqua Dining Room Chairs

Image via Pinterest


This just goes to show you that you can choose a chair with a fabulous silhouette like these guys or a plain Jane set of old wooden chairs and achieve noteworthy results! I am torn between which ones I love best! What do you think?