Archive for ‘Decor by Room’

September 25th, 2012

A Pop of Turquoise

Turquoise Masculine Bedroom

Image via Decorology

This masculine bedroom showcases proper pops of turquoise in all the right places! I love it for so many reasons I will count them out to you!

1. The geometric pattern of the curtain is repeated in a smaller dose on the bed with a single pillow.

2. The throw at the end of the bed and two of the other pillows are mixed with crisp white bedding with an elegant edging detail.

3. The wall behind the divinely tufted headboard is papered in a non-evasive print.

4. The wall opposite is painted a neutral shade lifted from the wallpaper (or was it vice versa?)

5. The oatmeal wall is home to a lively painting that ties separate pops of turquoise together, as one.

6. The lovely grouping of mini vases include turquoise and introduce green into the mix.


While this room showcases a pop of turquoise you can introduce any bright hue into your bedroom by hiding a little peek of it here and there without making any permanent changes to a neutral backdrop. Turquoise is a fun fresh colour I just can’t get enough of.

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August 27th, 2012

Bathroom Organization Ideas

Better Homes and Gardens Bathroom Organization with Wallpaper

Better Homes and Gardens via Pinterest


The bathroom is a high traffic area of the home and therefore requires some organization now and then to keep it functional, neat and pleasant. If you edit what you keep on hand and delegate new storage areas to keep stuff nearby, but out of sight, you can transform a cluttered space into something lovely. Look in unconventional places such as the kitchen, to come up with solutions to update existing storage solutions.


The bathrooms pictured here are so light and bright, the organization makes them shine! However, if, like me, your bathroom has no window and the glorious morning light illuminates elsewhere, you can still incorporate the same bathroom organization ideas and maybe add a sconce or two to filter in more light!


Good Housekeeping Bathroom Organization

Good Housekeeping via Pinterest

Start fresh and clean and remove everything. This is a perfect time to get rid of products that have been lingering, empty containers and other accumulated stuff. Give everything a proper scrub while you are at it!


  • Use the same-sized containers to unify different products like cotton balls, cotton swabs and makeup wipes
  • Look to kitchen shelving to optimize the backside of cupboard doors
  • Group hair and skin products in their own baskets for easy access and to minimize counter clutter
  • Mix decorative items in with everyday essentials to create a pretty balance
  • Hang art that will enhance your morning and nighttime rituals with a little beauty or inspiration
  • Install cabinetry to accommodate your products, towels and decorative elements glass doors can showcase neatly grouped items, while solid cabinets can keep mismatched items hidden away!


Labelled Container Bathroom Organization

 Via Kristen Mc Ashan

Take pointers from the well-organized bathrooms shown here and make it pretty! Wallpaper remnants can be put to good use inside cabinets, drawers, and even on the backside of cabinet doors with shelving.


Better Homes and Gardens Bathroom Organization

Better Homes and Gardens via Pinterest

Once the bathroom organization plan is complete, and your bathroom is clutter-free and organized you can freshen it with a single flower in a glass vase or introduce a house plant. And voila! Beauty and function walk off into the sunset together!

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August 21st, 2012

Aqua and White Bathrooms

Aqua and White Bathroom2

Decorati via Pinterest

As far as dream rooms go, I think a few of these aqua and white bathrooms hit the mark for me. A  bathroom can be a beautiful space to tend to your daily rituals whilst providing a space to soak, reflect and gaze at a view. Aqua and white bathrooms exude a simple yet serene beauty. I love the spa look in a bathroom and what I love even more about the aqua and white scheme is that they have a splash (get it?) of colour, which translates to lovely in morning light, afternoon light and evening or candle light. The bathroom pictured above has just the right balance of white, aqua and sparkle. The lighting is exquisite!


Aqua and White Bathroom with Window

Better Homes and Gardens via Pinterest

I must admit the morning light in this room is what I love best, as it graces the aqua walls. Everything about this rooms says: ‘enter, stay for a spell and read as long as you like, would you care for some tea?’

Maybe its the mini heat wave baking the streets of Edmonton that makes the cool wash of aqua and white tones so appealing. A watery paradise. An aqua oasis. The summer is ending, sorry to break it to you, and in the bustle of this last blast of heat, I try not to notice the lengthening nights. Instead I will focus on doing all the best summer things while I still can!


Aqua Mermaid Tiles

Paris Apartment via Pinterest


If you want to emulate the look of the aqua and white bathroom in your own home try adding a pop of aqua in one or more of the following ways:


  • Paint a feature wall
  • Change out your towels
  • Add an aqua ribbon or monogram detail to existing white towels
  • Hang a bright new shower curtain
  • Paint wainscoting
  • Tile a backsplash or shower enclosure
  • Accessories
  • Curtains
  • Picture frames


Canadian Family via Pinterest

How sweet is this bathroom and it’s different-sized stepping stools?


Aqua and White Bathroom with Aqua Picture Frame

Fox on the Run via Pinterest

This eclectic design looks lived in, functional and quirky. Punchy pops of aqua give the space character without an all-out commitment. And how fun to place graphic art above the tub.


Aqua and White Bathroom with Painted Bath Tub

 Casa Haus via Pinterest

Aqua painted tub. Need I say more? Not so sure about the bathroom Bhudda watching over the tub though!


Aqua and White Bathroom with Chocolate Hardwood Floors

Beyond the Screen Door via Pinterest

This room as a whole is very pretty, but the combination of the chandelier and the tubside table are my favourite elements. Aqua and white bathrooms can be styled in a zillion ways! Be true to your sense of style and choose elements– fixed or transient, that make you happy and work together to create a bathroom you can soak and contemplate within.

July 20th, 2012

Bedroom Curtains for Girls

Pink Ruffled Waterfall Curtains



Ever since I posted Bedroom Curtains for Boys, I felt compelled to offer up some inspiration for all those decorating a girl’s room! Like clothing, fabric options for curtains are super-abundant for girls, so many pretty styles, bold styles and dainty, dainty styles.


Yellow Ruffled Waterfall Curtain


Ruffles are obviously a favourite of mine. As you can see they can be found in sheer white, colour or multi-coloured. I would be hard-pressed to pick only one. I like the ruffle curtains because they add a nice textural element without overwhelming the entire space. A Boy, a Girl and a Pug created a Ruffle Curtain Tutorial if you want to attempt one of your own!


White Ruffled Curtain


Modern decor is exciting in that you can hang curtains for girls with any colour scheme in mind and personalize it with pretty details to tie everything together. Or you can go all out and indulge in petal pinks and pearly whites for the ultimate girly room.


Pink Elephant Curtains


Graphic patterns are fun and help to add a proper pop of colour, and the advantage is, you can change them whenever you want. As you can probably guess by now, I am not the number one seamstress on the block, but I have made curtains and let me assure you that if you wanted to make your own, you sure can! Check out the awesome curtain tutorial round-up Apartment Therapy came up with.


Turquoise Floral Curtain Panels


Embellishment Ideas for Curtains


Another option is to find panel curtains in a colour to match the room, or white, and embellish the curtains to add an original touch.


Red with White Polka Dot Girl's Curtains


Grosgrain ribbon, a strip of fabric along the leading edge or the bottom, rubber stamp images, beads, or anything else you wish to use will add that extra something for your little girl’s curtains. Or you can make tiebacks in an alternating colour or pattern.


Raspberry Pink Dandelion Curtains


As always, options are aplenty for bedroom curtains for girls. Happy shopping, or sewing or embellishing!

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July 17th, 2012

Navy and White Decor

Navy and White Dining Room

Ashley Putnam via Lonny

Navy is ever so appealing to me lately. Paired with crisp white it creates an elegant and definitive atmosphere. Moody yet sleek. Accent colours really bring something special to the mix. I have seen the boldest hues inserted into this colour scheme—fuchsia, orange, kelly green, yellow and poppy red. This is a perfect way to unify a bold colour used elsewhere in your home. For instance, if your living room has bold bits of red or fuchsia, you can add a dash of the same hue in the navy and white kitchen to tie it all together.


Phoebe Howard Navy and White Bedroom

Phoebe Howard via Decor Pad

All my walls are painted with a matte finish, but I keep spotting high-gloss walls in magazines as pictured above. What do you think? I really like it on someone else’s walls and I think it could work in certain spaces, but not all. Side note: I have only viewed glossy walls in dark colours, I must find out if there is a reason for this!


If you want to incorporate a dash of navy into a primarily white colour scheme check out Freckled Laundry! So pretty.


David Netto Navy Office

David Netto Design

The storm blue and white of my own bedroom could use some navy influence. I am thinking textiles. New navy and white bedding, curtains or pillows. Time to shop. I once saw a sewing project in a craft book that has been on my mind ever since. It was a half-size quilt meant to grace the end of your bed made of pale blue satin. What if I made a navy one? The original was tufted with pearls, but white ribbon sounds dreamy to me. The only thing, and here is a dark secret of mine, I bought a sewing machine well over a year ago, and I have yet to turn it on. Yikes!!


David Jiminez Navy and White Bedroom

David Jimenez’s Kansas City House via House Beautiful

Whether you paint your walls navy or indulge in navy textiles or accents, navy and white is a classic colour scheme you can update with modern choices. I love navy and so should you!



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July 10th, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom and Banquette Seating

Cheery Banquette

Via Caitlin Creer Interiors


I have been a fan of Wes Anderson‘s films forever. The Royal Tenenbaums is one of my all-time favourites. A movie so visually appealing Design Sponge featured it as one of their Living In segments. And Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson’s newest film about two 12-year-olds who fall in love and run away together– was awesome! The whole film was so Wes Anderson, from the costumes to the cinematography, to the quirky family, and of course Bill Murray. It is a must-see as far as I am concerned! The only thing missing was a token Wilson. Also, I want to read every single one of the books Suzy was reading. How campy! Now, without further ado, let’s talk about banquettes!


Gray and Turquoise Banquette

Via Amaroso Design 


One day, I hope to have a kitchen that will welcome banquette seating with wide open arms. There are so many beautiful ways you can incorporate this type of seating into your home. Whether you build it yourself or have someone build it for you, work with your available space and design something you can sink into to dine by candlelight or sip coffee by the morning sun.


Rustic Banquette

Via The Estate of Things


10 Things I Love About Banquette Seating


1. Esthetics is first on my list because I absolutely love the way they look.


2. It creates additional seating in an area where you may have placed only two chairs you might have room for three or four seats.


3. Less room is required around the table. Chairs require extra room for sliding in and out of the table. With a banquette, the seat is against a wall and the table is placed right snug alongside it.


4. Storage space can be built into the seat, the frame itself or at each end. Depending on the placement of the banquette, you might also gain some display area along the top of the backrest.


5. Banquette seating is a fantastic excuse to introduce a lovely graphic print into your dining space.


Black Banquette

Via Carrie Hayden


6. You can create a nook in a corner of your kitchen or take advantage of an empty area and extend the banquette along a wall.


7. This type of seating works with any shape of table—square, round, rectangular.


8. Less chairs are required, which means you can either spend a little more and pick the ones you really REALLY want! Or you can spend a little extra time and care on re-purposing or upcycling old chairs.


9. DIY-abled people can save some money and create and build their own version of a banquette. Everyone else can hire a carpenter and show him or her your ideas! I have seen banquettes designed with anything from kitchen cabinetry to low bookshelves, the options are endless and ever so exciting.


10. A banquette can be placed in front of a window without obstructing it which means you can maximize your space and the features within it!



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