Archive for July, 2013

July 24th, 2013

Summer Bloom Inspiration

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lolo Moda

This time of year with gardens brimming with luscious blooms in striking colours and pallid pastels, I want to bring them in! We are in transition this summer, so I skipped out on gardening which means I must live vicariously through you and you and you!

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Project Wedding

Clip, snip and enjoy! I love little collections of different flowers. I once worked in a flower shop in Toronto owned by a brilliant floral designer named Helen. We would get shipments of flowers from Holland and while we cleaned them up and gave them a fresh cut after their long journey, Helen would make mini hand-tied bouquets called posies. The posies were adorable! She placed them in smallish clear glass bottles. These single bloom arrangements remind me of Helen’s pretty posies.

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Style Me Pretty

If your garden has lots of heavy-headed beauties like peonies, roses and dahlias experiment with making your own hand-tied bouquets. They make thoughtful gifts for friends and neighbours and will freshen up your bedroom or kitchen. Or, cut your faves and arrange them in clusters as you see here.

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Pinterest

Don’t even get me started on this delicious bowl of ranunculus.
Perfect on any table in your home. Now who is going to cut me some ranunculus for my table? And don’t forget about the foliage. You can make elegant arrangements with greenery alone. Go ahead, try it!

July 3rd, 2013

Turquoise Ottoman Options

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oBaz

As far as multi-functional furniture goes, the ottoman is a pretty little work horse. A place to rest your feet, or a drink, or some magazines. Extra seating for entertaining. And storage. The tufted turquoise ottoman pictured above is an exquisite centerpiece which brings a fantastic splash of colour.

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CA Custom Furniture

Cube shaped storage ottomans hide toys, hobbies, and whatever else you want to keep close at hand but out of sight. You could use one or group two or more together. Assign one to each of your kids for easy clean up.

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Horchow

Bench ottomans are a lovely type of ottoman you can use at the end of a bed, in a hallway, behind a sofa and many other little spots you require a spot to sit for a bit. And again in turquoise. Ottomans are available in a range of shapes and colours, but to customize your space many places will help you choose a custom fabric or leather.