Archive for November, 2012

November 22nd, 2012

Birch Tree Decor

Birch Tree Magic Marker Arch

Apartment Therapy 


Stark white birch trees have made their way into the home on many fronts. Visually, the black and white pattern is stunning when used in the right measure (dependant upon personal taste!) and suitable for pretty and rustic spaces all the same. When I lived in Westmount (an older neighbourhood in Edmonton) all the birch trees were dying and had to be cut down! If only I had some of them now, I think I could add one somewhere. Birch tree decor combines two of my favourite things: trees and graphic black and white prints. At first glance I thought the photo pictured above showed birch tree wallpaper, I bet you thought the same thing, but this savvy couple created the wallpaper effect with magic markers. How stunning!


Birch Trees in Blue Room

Apartment Therapy

This room has a lovely balance of rustic and clean lines. The colour palette is soothing and the trees add whimsy.

Birch Tree Painting

Kristen Dougherty

I love this painting. This morning, on Pinterest, I was looking for birch tree paintings for some inspiration for a project I want to do and this one caught my eye and inspired this whole post. So pretty.


Birch Tree Pillow

Yellow Bug Boutique 

Throw pillows are ALWAYS a fun way to play with a trend. Zero commitment, you can freshen your decor automatically with a few of these babies.


Birch Tree Bed

The Berry

Rustic enough for you? I have no idea why, but to me birch trees require a blue, green or gray palette to sustain my approval. This is quaint but I would change the taupes.

Birch Tree Bedding

Urban Outfitters

Even birch tree bedding can be found if you look around.


Birch Trees in Living Room

Apartment Therapy 

Combine natural elements to create a masculine room, like Patrick did here. Cowhide, driftwood, antlers…man!

Birch Tree Wallpaper


If you want to commit to the pattern, try birch tree wallpaper. Myself, I would try this (like they did here) on a feature wall or in a smaller space like a bathroom or a foyer.

Birch Trees with Red Bookshelf

Pottery Barn

Or, you can prop a few birch trees in a corner and call it a day. I have also seen thin birch branches made into curtain rods and you could always chop up a basket of birch trees for firewood, although I’m not sure if it burns well, it would look amazing! Whether you plan to incorporate birch tree decor into your home or you just stopped by to have a peek, thanks for being here on this one of a kind Thursday in November!

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November 17th, 2012

Valance Ideas for a Girl’s Room

Geometric Valance

Bibiddi Bobbidi Beautiful

Valances, you either love them or you hate them. For me, it all comes down to the fabric used and the room the valance is intended for. If you are planning a nursery or re-decorating there are a range of valance ideas for a girl’s room. Valances can be made or bought (your chioce) and hung as-is or with modifications. The image shown above is a valance made from bedsheets (follow the link for the tutorial!).

Hot Pink Ruffle Valance

Selah James Handmade

Um, ruffles are just about always a good idea. You know it, I know it, the ruffles know it.

Yellow Geometric Valance

Crea8tive Designs Inc. 

Follow this link and you will learn how to make a tailored valance. Which I love in this pale lemon geometric. Yellow is an understated palette choice for a girly room.

Monogram Valance

Hi Sugarplum!

Love this! The grosgrain ribbon sewn on the curtains is an easy way to add detail to a plain set of white curtains. Follow the link and you will learn how to build the pelmet and how to monogram it.


Tulle Valance

Nest Full of Eggs 

Pink tulle ruffles for a girl’s room equals pretty perfect in my books.


Ribbon Valance

Good Housekeeping

This collection of ribbons makes a pretty cute valance, but there are lots of other things you can do with ribbon. Try sewing strips of grosgrain ribbon to a valance in a solid colour to create vibrant stripes. Or use it to create an edge like the curtains pictured above, but on a smaller scale.


Butterfly Valance


A valance is a great way to introduce a bold graphic print like this butterfly one.


Yellow Chevron Valance

 Miss Muffet’s Tuffet

Ah, chevrons, in a small dose like a valance or a large dose like a painted floor, I lova ya! Use these valance ideas for a girl’s room as a starting point to choosing your own, or, if bold, make one! I would love to see any you make. Happy decorating!




November 12th, 2012

Children’s Library

Children's Library

November can be a tricky month, sandwiched between holidays as it is, especially when you take on Nanowrimo, which yours truly decided to do this year. What is Nanowrimo? National novel writing month! You have thirty days to churn out a 50,000 word novel. I know right! Craaazy! I did it in 2007, completed it, and thought hey, what with how busy I am surely I can write an additional 1700 words per day.


I must say it is worth it. The catharsis involved in pure creative writing is bliss. I am tempted to throw a chapter down here, but the story is so young and I wouldn’t want to frighten it. Soon enough, a glimpse will land here. I promise! Until then, how awesome is this library? As a kid, libraries were one of my favourite places, I have strong memories of many school libraries (we moved alot!) and often feel nostalgia when I think about them. There is just something so wonderful about a room devoted to books.


What I love About this Library:

  • Bright light
  • Shelving
  • Red accents
  • You can hide it if you close the curtains
  • The curtains and accessories could be changed for a different colour scheme


Tips for Creating your Own Children’s Library:

  • If your child loves a certain type of books you could determine a colour scheme
  • Bring in blankets to soften the room and different types of lighting so the library can be used effectively at different times of day. You will want softer lighting for bedtime reading
  • Use some shelving for display of new or favourite reads
  • for visual interest try stacking some books vertically and some horizontally


I would forgo the island area and add a dozen colourful pillows, the room could be used for awesome pillow forts and reading time. What would you add to your version of a children’s library?

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November 6th, 2012

Hurricane Vases

Hurricane Vase with Green Peas

Two Twenty One

Hurricane vases are one of those home accessories you will use time and again. On a recent Homesense commercial there were fun ideas like filling the hurricane with goldfish crackers, and I thought yes, these vases are handy indeed. You can display one of them on a dining table or coffee table or group several of them together to create a vignette.


Hurricane Vase with Christmas Bulbs

Down Ruby Lane

Seasonal Hurricane Centrepiece Ideas


  • Autumnal ideas include branches, Chinese lanterns, mini pumpkins. Experiment with a variety of dried legumes such as dried split peas, kidney beans and other colourful beans.


  • In the winter use Christmas bulbs, painted pine cones, snowflakes or candles floating in water (another throwback to the eighties and my mom’s decor, but only if you add food colouring!!). Vibrant cranberries in a hurricane would be a beautiful centerpiece for a white and silver holiday palette.


Hurricanes with Petals

Bravo Bride 


  • For summer, add sand and candles, water with floating blooms, or gumballs or marbles for pure colour fun.


  • In the spring fill your hurricane vases with eggs and ferns, hyacinths or jelly beans.



Hurricanes with Easter Eggs

Williams Sonoma

What kind of pretty things will you showcase in your hurricane vases? I love the painted pine cone idea so stay tuned. Hint hint.


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November 1st, 2012

Vintage Crystal Door Knobs

Crystal Door Knobs[Amore, Linguini and Me]


If you have ever lived in an older home, namely ones built in the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s, chances are you have come across vintage crystal door knobs. While the clear crystals are most prevalant (and my favourite!) they were also made in a range of jewel tones like purple, green, amber and blue. Each design is different and most contain a pattern, like a star, in the center of the knob.


Purple Crystal Door Knob



Look for vintage crystal door knobs at estate sales, flea markets, antique stores and garage sales.  They can be used in a variety of ways, first and foremost as door knobs, but if you look beyond the norm, to the translucent beauty of each door knob you will see new and exciting ways to showcase and enjoy them.


Crystal Door Knob on an Iron Base

[Evie Met Hugh]


  • Use vintage crystal knobs to hold messages or old photographs, and visit Petite Michelle Louise to read about her inspiration for creating the message holder. Lovely sentiments!


Crystal Door Knob Message Holders

[Petite Michelle Louise]


  • Refashion one into a hook and hang it by itself, or use a series of crystal knobs to make a hanging jewelry display.


Crystal Door Knob Hooks

[Evie Met Hugh]


  • Make handmade table markers for a wedding or event. Simply mount the crystal knob on a rustic board.


Crystal Door Knob Table Marker

[Wedding Chicks]


  • Curtain tiebacks add a little vintage appeal, perfect for a new house.


Crystal Door Knob Curtain Tie Back

 [The Hunted Interior]


Vintage crystal knobs range in price depending on quality, colour and condition. For a DIY project look for inexpensive variations you can manipulate to include in your design.