Archive for ‘Decor by Room’

June 26th, 2017

Three Ways to Ready Your Bedroom for Summer

Ahhh, the sun, so glorious, right? As we turn our homes over from the colder months with spring cleaning, the bedroom is an important place to swap out a few things to ready for the hot summer nights coming our way. Start with a complete top to bottom cleaning session and do the extra things that don’t get done as often as they should. Like what, you ask? Flip and rotate your mattress, clean under the bed, wash walls and windows…all of it. This is also a good time to move the room around if you want to try a different configuration.

What I love about this little list is that it is meant to be a quick fix. These tasks can be done quickly and efficiently and will bring optimal impact comfort-wise. Try one of the categories, two of them or all three! Summer living should be light and breezy as the days are. Everything easier. Everything simple. Bring on the summer! But first, open the windows and let the fresh air and sunshine into the room.

 

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Textiles

Bedding:

Fresh linens in a new colour will give your bed an instant makeover. Crisp white sheets are so classic, but depending on the room you could try blush pink (so hot right now), gray, sea foam or even pale yellow.

Remove your heavy winter duvet and replace it with a light summer duvet or a quilt or coverlet. Even in the summer, it’s so lovely to sleep in a bed with layers that you can peel off if you need to.

Pillows:

Take off the decorative pillows with dark heavy textures and fabrics and opt for soft hues. One option is to shop for seasonal covers with zippers so they can be changed out whenever you want to. This eliminates closets full of spare pillows like some people (not me ooooooof course). Shop for pillows with hefty down inserts. Furniture stores can often order them in an array of upholstery fabrics. They are well worth the investment as you will have them for years. Try to think a season ahead as there may be order times involved if you go the custom route.

Curtains:

Light white cotton curtains with some texture are perfect for summer. If you want to add a pop of colour your draperies are a perfect way to experiment with a bold colour or pattern. If you are a little shy with it, try adding a trim of gros grain ribbon to white curtains, along the inside edges of each drape panel. Fuchsia, Kelly green, turquoise, or any other bright colour will work. However, if you want to go for it, go for it! Look for something with blackout capabilities if you require darkness. Here in Alberta we have light until 11pm in the summer months! It’s beautiful.

Carpet:

This might be the last update you would think of, but even a small one with a soft texture can be the detail required to ease you into your day whether its summer or not. As someone who generally wakes up grouchy until fully awake, its the little things that help act as happiness cues. Oh yeah, being awake is awesome!!

Crazy Wonderful

Decluttering

Closet:

Empty it and start over. Doesn’t that sound like great fun? I find it hard to get rid of clothing, but it is vital to keeping an organized closet. All those clothes that don’t fit or you simply don’t want to wear anymore, they need to go. So what do you do with them all? Donate the slightly worn stuff, or even better start a clothing swap with friends. Or have a yard sale. Brand names can often be taken to consignment stores or you can sell them online (think Girlboss!) Also, get rid of that weird stuff you bought for no reason, let’s face it, it has to go!

Dresser:

Same thing as your closet! Dump everything and start over. Only add back items you will currently wear. Fold everything up nice and neat. If you want to get really fancy and you are up for a DIY project, line your drawers or the sides of them with a pretty printed paper. So much impact in the photo pictured.

Night-side tables:

Remove any books you’ve already read, organize drawers, replace emptied products (free pass to shop for new stuff) and rethink the types of things that have collected here. I like to have reading books and writing books close by at all times. I also need a place to put my earrings and bracelets and some scented hand cream and water.

Create a vignette! Is it time for a new set of lamps? Corral all your necessities and arrange them together. Books can be stacked. Add a plant or some fresh flowers and a decorative dish to house jewelry. Download the step-by-step PDF for some help. I’ve got you covered!

 

Eat Love Savor

 

Accessories

Pictures and Art:

Whether you design a whole gallery wall or just change one picture, you will get immediate impact and give the space a fresh look.

Upcycle something from another room. This is so fun, especially if you are doing a gallery wall. Take a little walk through your home and try to look at things with fresh eyes. I did this for my living room last summer and I used art that I never would have thought to put together, but it looks marvelous!

Mirrors:

Mirrors bounce light and create the illusion of space, plus they are pretty! Hang one over your dresser or get a full length one (my favourite) and you’ll be able to do a proper wardrobe check before you leave your room.

Jewelry:

All that beautiful jewelry tucked away in boxes can be displayed. Even with a small display or a delicate dish (vintage or white milk glass?) a few curated pieces can act as part of the rooms decor.

Lighting:

Ambient lighting is essential in the bedroom. Bedside table lamps should be tall enough to reflect light down upon your book. A pair of pendant lamps on each side of the bed will free up tabletop space if you need it. Another lamp can be placed on your dresser if you prefer back lighting.

Once I reorganized my bedroom I realized a few things. First of all, this should be done for every room for every season as it is so refreshing and it made me feel happy, so it will probably make you happy too. I love the way shuffling, cleaning and decluttering changes the energy of your home. Also, when you edit the things around you, you keep only what is loved or needed, the rest can go and this in itself is a really great life lesson, don’t you think?

XOXO

 

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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

July 7th, 2016

Pattern: Wallpapered Bathrooms

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Thank goodness, wallpaper has been brought back to life! Don’t you love it? Every now and then when wallpaper comes up in conversation (as you know it does) someone will question my love of it. It seems we all have our associations and aversions with things we grew up with. And wallpaper, in some circles, has a bad rap! Some gaudy room wallpapered to the nines no doubt. Or perhaps a wallpaper removal incident? I encounter this with furniture all the time and I find it fascinating. Our homes, and the way we decorate them, shapes our lives in a way that sticks with us. It is, after all the backdrop where we make many of our memories right?

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I mean look at the gorgeous printed papers in this little post. The bathroom or powder room is not always the favourite room in our homes, but adding a splash of graphic wallpaper sure helps place it in the running. Due to its smaller square footage why not have fun with it and introduce a wild print that you wouldn’t consider in one of the larger rooms in your home.

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Today I wanted to look at black, white and/or gray wallpapers for a few different reasons. First: impact. As soon as you open the door the nature of each of these patterns immediately grabs your attention. And second, colour trends can be played with in the accessories with flexibility throughout each season or whenever you want a fresh look. Think pretty hand towels, art work or fresh flowers.

Elle Décor

Even if you don’t want to paper the entire bathroom in wild patterns you could also achieve the same type of impact with a feature wall. And paint the rest of the room in a complementary colour. But I say live a little. Go for it. Wallpaper the whole room.

 

October 20th, 2015

Dining Room Envy

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Windsor Smith Home

Well hello! It’s been a while, far too long. As most of you know I have been oh so busy. Work, kids, school! Need I say more? Against these pure blue October skies life is wonderfully full and happy and ever changing. Autumn mornings are my favorite thing right now! Side note: my powder blue sofa is home where it belongs. Photos will follow once I reformat the art, mirrors, photos etc.

The dining room (pictured above) of interior designer Windsor Smith was the inspiration for my first project in class, so I thought I’d share it with everyone here too. So lovely!

I have stared at this picture so much in the last little while, I feel like I have been here. So often I get captivated by a room and wish I could jump into the page of a magazine and stay a while. Now that’s a type of travel I could get on board with. Room to room.

I love this particular dining room for its beauty and all its layers. First of all that Chinoiserie wallpaper is gorgeous! The curtains and all that glitzy silver and crystal in the chandelier make it special, but the room, all in all, is sweet and casual. Lived in. Something to aspire to!

The choice of elements new and old make this room family friendly which to me means it would be used often and used well. I could picture a family brunch in here, an elegant dinner or coffee for two. Versatile as any dining area should be, right?

This is such an exciting time for me. Decor wise, family wise, life wise! More fabulousness will follow perhaps in a slower way, but I promise the wait will be worth it! Now if only I could follow my own advice and practice patience in other areas of sweetness. 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

October 14th, 2014

Arabesque Tiles to Die For

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I hope everyone had a refreshing and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend, filled with laughter and good food. SO VERY much to be thankful for right? Furniture, pretty tiles, loved ones, friends!!! The days have been so sunny and warm, everything seems brighter and better under wide open blue skies.

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New Ravenna Mosaics

About the tiles, are you in love yet? I just cannot stop with the curvy geometric patterns right now. On my last visit to my fabulous nail lady, she hand-painted a pink and charcoal quatrefoil pattern on my nails and this week I can’t get enough of arabesque designs. And I see it everywhere I look, which is a wonderful, wonderful thing. These arabesque tiles are elegant and delicate and so very pretty. In my forever home I would do a kitchen backsplash in white ceramic in a heartbeat. And of course a chandelier in every room to up the pretty factor and balance the curvaceousness of the tiles.

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Edgewater Studio

The watery blue-green tiles in a bathroom, just saying, wow. Whichever of you are in your forever homes right now, do this! Please! For the sake of all things good and true. I found the arabesque tile pattern in three different mediums as shown here in glass, ceramic and stone. Each has its own special quality about it, however I think my fave is the glass. If you follow the link below the glass arabesque you’ll see a whole range of pretty geometric tiles. Let me know if you find the one…