January 8th, 2013

Chalkboards in the Home

Chalkboard with Phrase

320 Sycamore Blog


Chalkboards are kind of like everyday living, you can wipe them clean all the time and start fresh or write one definitive thing and leave it there for extended periods of time. I tend to do both. If something speaks to my heart I will leave it on the board for months and then all of a sudden a new group of expressions works their way into my life and the slate is wiped clean. Perhaps an indication of how fast or slow life is moving?


4 Chalkboard Gallery

 Smile and Wave


I am loving the oversized chalkboard in the home as well as groupings of them. So scholarly. So smart. Like the ones pictured above displayed gallery style. The aged nature of these chalkboards creates a fun, rustic, played-in look.


Wall of Chalkboards

Mechant Design


Old windows paired with chalkboards establish an eclectic feel for this patio used for potting plants. I like how they wrote on some but not all of the chalkboards giving it a work-in-progress vibe.


Chalkboard in the Kitchen

Pretty Kitchens


Chalkboard paint on the walls offers this modern kitchen a little character. To do. To do. To do.


Chalkboard in a Playroom

Kid’s Stuff World


Practical and cute at the same time! As the toys change you can erase the labels and re-write them.



Breakfast at Toast


The whimsical collection of chalkboards pictured above are some of my favourites, the chalk umbrella and the kitchen with the wall of drawings are adorable.


Chalkboard Vignette

Decor Pad


I fully embrace the inspirational quotes trend. Written quotes painted, scrawled, drawn, posted, typed and photographed are word-ish treasures we can pass on to each other. Inspiring quotes. Little reminders of the good in the world. The good in people. The good in life. Chalkboards in the home, large and small, fit into many styles of decor and bring their own useful, whimsical, practical nature with them wherever they go.


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January 6th, 2013

Bright New Beginnings

Rainy Window

Dreaming of June is offically one year old! Out of babyhood and into the toddler years we go! First off, I would like to thank each and every individual pair of eyes that have stopped by and read me here. My supporters– I am ever so thankful for you! As DOJ continues to grow and expand into my ultimate vision, I know you will be right there with me. Mwah!! While 2012 was a year of deconstruction for me personally, I believe 2013 will be a year filled with bright new beginnings. When you take the time to build a path and fill it with dreams you can act on, happiness will prevail!


In order to construct, there are sometimes periods of deconstruction. And well, 2012 was a year of great change filled with said deconstruction. Let me just say that divorce is like a tornado, a hurricane, a tsunami, some great yet unnatural disaster that rips your life apart and leaves you baffled and confused. And so you grasp at the remainders, the truths, the little certainties that make your heart tick. Little faces, family, dear friends, decor (you know it!) things that keep your momentum going forward until some semblance of normalcy kicks in and overrides what was.


I hesitated for a long time about mentioning the divorce here, this is a happy place for me and I do not want clouds to cast shadows, but I also want to engage my readers and let you into my little world, the good, the bad and the beautiful! This blog was built in the midst of great ruins and in it’s building I have made many discoveries. Good ones. Passionate ones. This new year is filled with the promise of bright new beginnings in more ways than one. Dreaming of June has grown and will continue to grow in it’s own way branching out and branching up across the great big beautiful ever changing, hue-bent sky. So stay tuned and visit often. I welcome feedback, comments and suggestions on posts you would like to see and topics you would like to explore. Here are some of the year’s besties:


Favourite Posts of 2012:


Birch Tree Decor


8 Clocks to Count On


Eclectic Gallery Wall Ideas


Bathroom Organization Ideas


A Little Chandelier Love


Modern Canopy Bed Ideas and The Law of Dreams


Asparagus Green Decor


Layered Bedding Ideas


My heart is brimming with excitement for what this new year holds in store for me both personally and for Dreaming of June. I expect more great change. Change of the constructive sort. Change of the imminent sort. Change of the unexpected serendipitous sort. There will be much building, this much I can promise. So, here’s to you my readers and the wonderful year ahead!!

December 21st, 2012

Red and White Christmas Decor

Red and White Christmas Decor

Source Unknown


Red and white Christmas decor is one of my favourite holiday palettes. The clean crisp lines and the division between the two shades is just lovely. Use red and white to decorate a table, shelf, centerpiece, wreath or mantle.


Red and White Christmas Decor with Candles

Marie Claire Idees 

White punctuated with a pop of red is sweet in the photo pictured above. I bet it looks just as good at night, and cozier.


Christmas Table Red and White

Midwest Living 

What’s better than a candy cane theme this time of year? Although I must admit I had to remove the candy canes from my Christmas tree this year due to some deft little fingers that couldn’t sneak enough candy from the tree!!


Red and White Christmas Mantle

Better Homes and Gardens

The balance and the symmetry of the photo above resonates with me. The pops of red and white and neutral oat tones makes for a rustic festive atmosphere.


Good Housekeeping 

Yum, and how pretty!


Red and White Christmas Decor

Home Klondike

I love the stillness of this photo. If I could take a walk into this room and avoid Christmas shopping, I’m pretty sure I would!


Red and White Christmas Table

Ish and Chi 

Love. This. Deep garnet red divinity! There are a zillion ways to incorporate red and white Christmas decor into your holiday design. I’m already thinking about next year. Starting fresh. Changing new. Time for new beginnings.


December 11th, 2012

Holiday Decorating with Branches

Branch Decor with Reindeer

Plush Palate


Rustic elegance is what comes to mind when branches and baubles come together! Whether you paint the branches or leave them natural, branches can be embellished to add to your holiday decorating scheme. Holiday decorating with branches can be tailored to any home.


Branch Decor White Room

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Ideas for Incorporating Branches this Holiday Season


  • Cluster painted branches into a hurricane vase in shades like turquoise, white or red
  • Hang a branch above your dining room table and decorate it with Christmas bulbs
  • Decorate a single branch with baubles and use it as a centerpiece or for a side table


Branch Decor Green Glass Bottles

Source Unknown

I love that this look is a perfect marriage between rustic wilderness and refined elegance. The holiday twist makes it work for a variety of spaces. Dress it up with ribbons, shiny ornaments and glittery glass or dress it down with twine and handmade ornaments.


Branch Decor Aqua Table

Country Living 

Well what doesn’t look better with a bright pop of teal. Can I please have dinner here??



I love how the pedestal is reaching up to the glass bulbs. So pretty. The varying sizes of the bulbs creates a perfect balance of visual interest. Have fun holiday decorating with branches.

December 3rd, 2012

4 Pretty Kitchens

Pretty Kitchen with Chandelier

Veronika’s Blushing via Decor Pad


Well, it is certainly no secret that I love pretty. Each of these kitchens has pretty factor, but with it’s own twist of elegance and character. For me, pretty is in the details, small and large, and can be achieved in any space be it masculine or feminine. These 4 pretty kitchens embrace their own style and include just enough pretty. See? Pretty is for everyone.


Pretty Kitchen with a Mint Palette

Cape Cod Collegiate


Elements to Increase Pretty Factor in your Kitchen:


Tufting– Tufting creates visual interest in the best way possible. In the kitchen a tufted bench, chairs or even a banquette will work.


Curvy Lines– Tables, chairs, decorative moldings and cabinetry help break up and soften the lines of definitive fixed elements and hard surfaces like stone counter tops.


Delicate Patterns– Swirly curly patterns like trellis, lattice, florals, geometrics, botanicals and damask will add visual appeal to your kitchen and give you a motif you can repeat in small doses to unify the space.


Pretty Kitchen Galley Style

 House Beautiful

Gloss and Shine– Objects that glisten pretty up even the darkest spaces. Look to lighting choices such as chandeliers, glass pendants, and drum chandeliers to bounce light around the room. Include accessories and dishware with elegant details and display some of them.


Colour Palette– Most colour palettes can be dressed pretty, however certain colour schemes welcome pretty readily. Of course white or white and silver would be at the top of my list, but work with whatever your colours are and personalize it to your taste. The result, (I’m sure) will be an eclectic pretty unlike any other space.


Pretty Kitchen with Elegant Backsplash


Textiles– Inject pattern and colour with the use of the textiles. A patterned carpet or set of curtains can set the tone for the room. You can also change them for a different look.


As you have seen in the 4 pretty kitchens pictured above, pretty things can be worked into your kitchen design in several easy ways and they really do make a difference in the overall look of the space.


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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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