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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November 6th, 2012

Hurricane Vases

Hurricane Vase with Green Peas

Two Twenty One

Hurricane vases are one of those home accessories you will use time and again. On a recent Homesense commercial there were fun ideas like filling the hurricane with goldfish crackers, and I thought yes, these vases are handy indeed. You can display one of them on a dining table or coffee table or group several of them together to create a vignette.

 

Hurricane Vase with Christmas Bulbs

Down Ruby Lane

Seasonal Hurricane Centrepiece Ideas

 

  • Autumnal ideas include branches, Chinese lanterns, mini pumpkins. Experiment with a variety of dried legumes such as dried split peas, kidney beans and other colourful beans.

 

  • In the winter use Christmas bulbs, painted pine cones, snowflakes or candles floating in water (another throwback to the eighties and my mom’s decor, but only if you add food colouring!!). Vibrant cranberries in a hurricane would be a beautiful centerpiece for a white and silver holiday palette.

 

Hurricanes with Petals

Bravo Bride 

 

  • For summer, add sand and candles, water with floating blooms, or gumballs or marbles for pure colour fun.

 

  • In the spring fill your hurricane vases with eggs and ferns, hyacinths or jelly beans.

 

 

Hurricanes with Easter Eggs

Williams Sonoma

What kind of pretty things will you showcase in your hurricane vases? I love the painted pine cone idea so stay tuned. Hint hint.

 

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November 1st, 2012

Vintage Crystal Door Knobs

Crystal Door Knobs[Amore, Linguini and Me]

 

If you have ever lived in an older home, namely ones built in the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s, chances are you have come across vintage crystal door knobs. While the clear crystals are most prevalant (and my favourite!) they were also made in a range of jewel tones like purple, green, amber and blue. Each design is different and most contain a pattern, like a star, in the center of the knob.

 

Purple Crystal Door Knob

[Pinterest]

 

Look for vintage crystal door knobs at estate sales, flea markets, antique stores and garage sales.  They can be used in a variety of ways, first and foremost as door knobs, but if you look beyond the norm, to the translucent beauty of each door knob you will see new and exciting ways to showcase and enjoy them.

 

Crystal Door Knob on an Iron Base

[Evie Met Hugh]

 

  • Use vintage crystal knobs to hold messages or old photographs, and visit Petite Michelle Louise to read about her inspiration for creating the message holder. Lovely sentiments!

 

Crystal Door Knob Message Holders

[Petite Michelle Louise]

 

  • Refashion one into a hook and hang it by itself, or use a series of crystal knobs to make a hanging jewelry display.

 

Crystal Door Knob Hooks

[Evie Met Hugh]

 

  • Make handmade table markers for a wedding or event. Simply mount the crystal knob on a rustic board.

 

Crystal Door Knob Table Marker

[Wedding Chicks]

 

  • Curtain tiebacks add a little vintage appeal, perfect for a new house.

 

Crystal Door Knob Curtain Tie Back

 [The Hunted Interior]

 

Vintage crystal knobs range in price depending on quality, colour and condition. For a DIY project look for inexpensive variations you can manipulate to include in your design.

 

October 30th, 2012

10 Black Rooms

Black and White Room

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Black is a colour often reserved for furniture and accents, or paired with white for balance, but as you can see here black is chic and beautiful all on its own. Perhaps a few of these rooms would be better suited to Eric Northman, but hey, we can admire him, er, them today right?

 

What I love about these rooms is how classic and elegant they become with pristine white accents. With a black and white fixed palette, you add colour pops as you see fit with accents or introduce gray and silver accents and keep it demure and glamorous.

Black Living Room

The Every Girl

Pure white light keeps the black bright and the room feels airy and exquisite and not dingy or small. The mirror, light fixture and art add a little shine and polish.

 

Shiny Black Bedroom

 Zsa Zsa Bellagio

I must admit this one is a little vampire-worthy or at least Poe-worthy. I could easily see a raven perched on that ornate footboard!

 

Black Walls with Plates

Freshome

This is pretty with a capital P. Love it. It would be so cute to add framed photos and develop it into a gallery wall.

 

Black Dining Room

Freshome

This room must be so cozy for a dinner party. The black wallpaper has a lovely sheen that reflects the light as it shows off it’s pattern. The centerpieces define this space for me. I would love to see more green in here.

 

Black Hot Air Balloon RoomPinterest 

 

Hot air balloon photos framed against this black wall with the luggage all packed up below makes me want to take a trip. A whimsical trip. One that definitely involves a hot air balloon. Although probably a tethered one.

 

Elegant Black Bedroom

Pinterest

This black beauty of a bedroom is dark, yes, but in all the right ways. Imagine if you needed to sleep during the day? Well, who doesn’t? But, if you worked at night and this was your resting place for the morning. A little spooky reading before bed and you are all set!

 

Black Office

Natural Beauty

This is the office of a manly man who gets things done. Don’t you think? The owl tells the tale. His tell tale heart.

 

Black Bedroom

Porter House Designs 

Yes, ok. Another villainous vampire’s lair. But well stylized, right? I would add a velveteen tufted gray headboard to soften the vibe.

Black Sitting Room

Open Wardrobe

So Happy Halloween! I hope you enjoyed these 10 black rooms, now go eat some candy!

 

 

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October 27th, 2012

5 Second Painted Key

Painted Key

Ever fumbled in the dark through a chain of keys looking for the right one because you forgot to leave the porch light on? Ever fumbled with your arms full of groceries and/or kids looking for that key of keys when they all look the same? Ever tried to not turn into a popsicle because you live in a partially sub-arctic climate as you searched for the key that will end your foray into chill? Do you have 5 seconds to spare? The 5 second painted key will take the guesswork out of getting into your home.

 

I saw these painted keys on Pinterest and I thought, what a simple, yet great idea. I should try that. And in literally 5 seconds the mini project was done. Yay Pinterest! And yay, painted keys! All you need is your favourite shades of nail polish and some keys. Remove each key from your key chain and paint the end of it. You could get all fancy and paint stripes or polka dots or a French manicure, but for me a couple of coats of my dazzling red sparkle polish was just the thing. I also tried cotton candy pink. I know some people have lots of keys, why not try doing a sparkle set, a greens and blues set or a random rainbow set? Have fun with it!

 

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October 24th, 2012

White Sheers

Sheers in the Bathroom

House Beautiful

Back in the eighties, it is entirely possible that my mom had sheers in every window. Sheers in lovely shades of dusty rose, peach and beige. Sound familiar? In spite of the flashbacks, I love pure white sheers. In a monochromatic white room they keep the light pure. In masculine or dark rooms they bring a touch of femininity. And in every other room they become a layer of texture, and help to soften hard lines from furniture, wood and stone elements. White sheers can be used in many curtain layering combinations.

 

Monochromatic White Sheers

Malia Maui

On their Own

 

White sheers are frequently hung on their own in rooms with abundant natural light. This is a good choice for rooms where you will be happy with constant light. Another point to consider is privacy, because with sheers hung alone, you won’t get much!

 

French Room with Sheers

Metropolitan Home via Elle Decor 

Over Blinds

 

Soften the look of wooden slat blinds and hang white sheers over top of them. This will work with a range of decor styles. I love sheers in a nursery, but the practicality suffers when you want baby to sleep and all this luminous white light keeps him/her awake. Solution: blackout blinds plus sheers. This way, you get the look and the nap time. The sheers over blinds is a pretty option for any bedroom.

 

Under Heavy Drapes

 

Whether or not you are privy to a formal sitting room, you can hang billowy white sheers beneath a heavier set of drapes. What I like about this look is that you have options. Open both sets of drapes and tie them back letting a peek of the sheers poke out from behind the drapes. Or leave the sheers closed, but pull back the drapes and let them hang. Another option is to leave the sheers closed and tie back the drapes.

 

Layered Ruffle Sheers

A Beach Cottage

In Between

 

The layered curtain look is my favourite right now. Hang different drapes and sheers on one single curtain rod to create a varied, textured look or a wall of curtains. Mix sheers with solid colours, prints or patterns.

 

Polka Dot Sheers

Country Curtains 

Patterned Sheers

 

Modern sheers can be found in a range of patterns to add just a little more textural appeal to your windows. Polka dots, diamonds, stripes and more are available.

 

Patterned Sheers

Horchow 

Length of Sheers

 

Like any curtain, sheers of different lengths can be used for different applications. In the kitchen, for instance, you might want a short variation. Try sheer cafe-style curtains, modern ones are pretty and campy all at the same time. In the bedroom, hang extra long sheers and let them pool on the floor.

 

Overlapped Sheers

Pinterest via Bing

 

The versatility of white sheers makes them a sure bet in any home as they can be moved from room to room. Your windows can wear them with many other fabrics and colours. Sheers also come in a range of colours, while I do adore some of them, I will beware of colours that might not date so well so be gone dusty rose!