Archive for ‘Books’

March 6th, 2017

Precious Plant Inspiration

The tail end of winter seemed to be an endless dance of chilling days, new storms and slushy streets. Cold puddles alternated with sunny skies. It was all over the place! Amidst all this I have busied myself with cultivating an inner garden in our home. We always had a plethora of house plants growing up and as I get older I find all my favourite people grow plants (Sara & Andrew to name a few). I love the little pop of green, the coziness and the simplistic element of life and growth a house plant offers.

Medinilla Magnifica

I have collected many favourites over the years and this last week or so I have added a few more beauties to my collection. I fill windowsills with plants, the window in my kitchen gets a perfect amount of light for most of the year. It gets a little too much sun in the summer though, so I must admit there have been a few casualties. Work with the light conditions in each room of your home, to choose the best possible plant.

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And of course there are the health benefits, the clean air, purified for breath and sleeping. The fact that they effortlessly remove toxins just by living is pretty amazing don’t you think? For a family that practices mindfulness, meditation and yoga knowing that our air is fresh and clean is a good thing.

So people are always telling me they kill their plants and asking me how I keep mine alive. Here are a few tips I use to keep my plants both healthy and happy.

The Shelby

Light– some plants need a ton of bright direct beams of light and others can live with partial shade. Knowing who needs what ahead of time is crucial. If your plant doesn’t come with a tag, look it up! If you are shopping at a greenhouse the staff can advise on proper placement.

Water– a schedule is vital for me. If I don’t pick days for watering it simply does not get done. I water my plants every Monday, and if any of them need a second watering I will water on Thursday or Friday.

Moisture– some plants need to be misted as well as watered. Keep a small spray bottle on hand. Or you could even put a tropical plant in the bathroom which is naturally humid.

Gardening Gazebo

Fertilizer– I never do this! Yikes! I’ll start soon, I promise. For orchid beauties this is something that will help them bloom again and again. Most plants only need it a couple times of year, but I will get back to you on this one.

Relocation- Once your plants outgrow the pot they are in it is time to re-pot them. Some will happily stay in a small pot, like many succulents or my favourite right now ‘Haworthia’. But others will grow and grow and to encourage their thriving you need to give them a bigger pot to keep the roots happy.

Lobster and Swan

Whether greenery is your style or you prefer a stunning, blooming plant like the luscious one in the first picture, there are options for everyone. I almost always have a few aloe vera plants in my home. The soft creamy green of the fronds is very pretty and they are wonderfully low maintenance. A mixture of both is lovely and I love, love, love cut flowers too, so we usually have a little something here or there. Currently a couple of creamy barely blush roses, a sprig of genestra and hellebores. Check out my Instagram for a glimpse.

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February 6th, 2017

Bookshelves for Miles


Sometimes, some days when all these hectic moments accumulate in the depths of a wintry deep freeze, I dream of running off to a luxe little cabin in the woods. Obviously it would be lined with bookshelves for miles. Obviously! Imagine curating a shelf like the one pictured above from Of Iron and Oak with a whole winter to read? I might read a fair amount sometimes, but that might take several winters. Between work, the kids, planning a total rebranding of this blog (yes, its true) and going back to school (true as well) I don’t know where I find the time to read, but I make it!

The Art of Doing Stuff

So we would read. So we would walk in the woods. So we would cuddle up against the rattling winds. So we would hibernate like little bears… And don’t forget coffee, copious amounts of coffee!

The Decorogist

And maybe its because I am such a true romantic (or perhaps its the time of year) but I will always believe in the truest love. Love like ‘A Man Called Ove’ kind of love or a ‘The Light Between Oceans’ kind of love or a ‘Time Traveler’s Wife’ kind of love. And one day, maybe when I’m like a hundred, that love will find me. Until then I read about it, glimpse it out there in this pretty little world and hope not to spin so fast with this little heart of mine.

Life in Grace Blog

The way these shelves are styled within such put-together rooms really makes a difference. You are not just looking at stacks of books, nothing wrong with that approach either, but why not leave things just a little prettier whenever we can. That’s a personal motto I live by. I was about to get rid of the hutch in my kitchen a few months ago, but I restyled it in order to take pictures and I ended up falling in love with it again, and so it stays. It surprised me! But it just goes to show you with a fresh outlook and a little reshuffling you can breathe new life into something.

House and Home

It has been an interesting winter so far, with snaps of brittle cold and weeks of frosty ice fogs that left hoar frost in the trees. Life in a sparkly snow globe. Shaken and settled. So, wherever you are whether its cold or warm why not pull out your favourite books and style a shelf or two. Take some inspiration from these beauties or go wild with it like I did and remove everything to start fresh. Edit. And maybe you’ll find a little treasure you forgot to read or head out to the bookstore to add some new titles to the waiting list. For more book styling ideas check out @mylittlebooktique and @bluestockingbookshelf on Instagram, they each put together fun little vignettes! Happy styling everyone, cozy up and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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

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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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!

 

August 7th, 2012

Alice Through the Looking Glass Baubles

Through the Looking Glass Ring

Moon Faces Via Etsy

 

I just love Etsy, where else can you find something to satisfy your literary and shiny pretty thing urges at the exact same time? Alice in Wonderland has always been a favourite tale of mine and Alice Through the Looking Glass is second to it. Wouldn’t you love to step through a glass into a magical world of wonder? I know I would, especially wearing one of these! This collection of Alice through the looking glass baubles vary in format, but they all have a whimsical, playful quality.

 

And if you need your decor fix too, check out Alice in Wonderland inspired decor. Or, you can check out Alice in Wonderland themed restaurants right here.

Through the Looking Glass Images

Images By the Book Via Etsy

 

Through the Looking Glass Charm Necklace

 The Bijou Babe Via Etsy

 

 

Through the Looking Glass Faceted Necklace

That Old Blue House 2 Via Etsy

 

Antique Looking Glass in Brass Casing

Meanglean Via Etsy

 

The Looking Glass Necklace

Faeried Treasures Via Etsy 

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