August 6th, 2015

Ceiling Medallion Marvels


This is Glamorous

Ambient lighting is an important factor you can and should play with in every room in your home. It creates warmth and depth and conveys a cozy, loved and lived in feeling. One day, I plan to have a chandelier of some opulent sort in nearly every room of my dream home and I won’t stop at that! Oh, no I won’t! For instance, I’ll add a ceiling medallion to finish the look. Ceiling medallions act like a picture frame for your light fixture and provide architectural interest. Such a great way to add detail, and they are relatively inexpensive and you can find them at most hardware stores.

Hunted Interior

Finishing details add polish and a sense of completion to a room. When the lights are low and the evenings long you may even experience some shadow play with the architectural details in certain medallions depending on your light source. The ceilings shown here are dramatic and lovely all at the same time. You don’t have to paint your ceiling black, you could paint the medallion a contrasting colour or paint it the same as the ceiling for an understated look.

A Storied Style

What else can you do with ceiling medallions? Well, you can paint several of your favourites and create a gallery wall of ceiling medallion art. You could also affix a mirror to the backside of a medallion, for a pretty take on a small mirror.

Gem Daily

Of the photos I procured for this post, the chandelier pictured in the first photo is a great fit style wise. As for the rest, this might surprise you but I would change them all to chandeliers. Maybe even a drum chandelier in place of the ceiling fan and light fixture in the second and third photos respectively. Pretty, glitzy ceiling bling, you just can’t go wrong!! XOXO

July 13th, 2015

Reading Nook Ideas

Casa Sugar

I don’t know about you, but I read a little every night before bed. I just finished reading ‘All My Puny Sorrows’ (kinda sad, but ended well) and now I’m about two thirds into ‘The Goldfinch’ (intriguing so far) and I have a whole waiting list of others to get me through the summer.

I mostly read in bed all cozied up to my upholstered headboard and a bunch of feathery pillows. Where do you read? I also have a special turquoise chair for reading on those rare day off occasions where I can take some extra time and settle in with my book, usually writing, plotting or planning something. I am a chronic list writer, trying to keep all the details of this little life in some type of flowing order.

Better Homes and Gardens

A reading nook is a designated space carved out for reading, studying and contemplation. You can turn any space in your home into a nook. Think awkward corner, space by a window, unused area in your bedroom, a hallway. You know it doesn’t take a lot of floor space, but measure well if you plan on purchasing a chair to create the area.

Pretty much all you need is a chair (I mean look at these beautiful chair specimens), a source of light, a book, a throw blanket and maybe even an ottoman or a pouf to kick your feet up. My reading chair is an overized chair and a half style chair, no need for an ottoman. Note the little ottomans pictured here are not at all matchy matchy.

Liz Marie Blog

At the store we have a little wingback chair called the ‘Idea’ chair. I just love the thought of it! A place to think, to dream, to develop an idea or two… If you want to finish the area, add some art or a mirror, a side table or if space allows even a small bookshelf.

Apartment Therapy

And lastly, one leather chair for the guys, because let’s face it, what is hotter than a man who reads? And what better place to do it than his own leather chair in a reading nook.

June 30th, 2015

Teacher’s Gifts: Potted Plants


We are so blessed to be part of an amazing school filled with fantastic educators. Not everyone can say this and really mean it. And I mean it! This year I was feeling a little craftier than usual and I wanted to put something cute together to show our appreciation for all the hard work they do. Each of the boys had two teachers this year so all the supplies you’ll see pictured were enough to make four potted plants. You can tailor this little set up to however many thank you gifts your family needs to hand out!


So how did all these pieces add up to these adorably stylish plants? Well, I’ll show you…


Select a plant. I like these bulbous frilly plants I found at a local hardware store because they are different. Succulents are a low maintenance option, but anything bright and luscious would work well. I try to keep an open mind when I am shopping for plants and base my decision on the healthiest specimens I can find.


Choose a pot. Because I wanted to embellish the plants with other objects the plant pots had to be simple in order to let the pretty parts take center stage, And clay, was an obvious choice for me.


Originally I wanted to use tags to create little messages (the round ones with the black and white strings) but I didn’t end up using them. But you sure could! How about ‘Thanks for helping me grow’!


Embellishments! I found these antique style keys and fell in love. They added detail and gave them their own look. Plus I found two green ones which my youngest son loved because its his favourite colour!


The chalkboard tags I did use clipped onto the front pots like they were made for it. I could imagine using them in other applications too. A simple little clothespin.


Finish it with a bow! I used raffia and it worked with the whole look I was after but you could use any type of ribbon.


This is one of my favourite potted plants I have done. I want one! There truly are so many ways to finish a potted plant. Send me a pic via e-mail if you make one too. Have fun with it. This would also make a great hostess gift, housewarming gift or simply a gift, gift. Don’t you think?

June 17th, 2015

Bathing in Beauty


I haven’t written about bathrooms in a little while and I think this is a fabulous way to revisit one of the most essential, high-traffic rooms in the home. These bathing beauties feature some of the most gorgeous bathtubs I have ever seen.


La Dolce Vita Blog

We begin and end our days, perform our ‘getting ready’ rituals and beautify ourselves all in the bathroom. In busy days time flutters by and our surroundings can blend together in the rush of mornings and the haze of bedtimes. So how do we slow down and savor our moments? Linger a bit? Pay closer attention?


One thing is for certain, with any one of these beautifully stylized bathrooms, slowing down would become a necessity right quick! You would begin to make excuses to take a bath! Gardening? Oh, my look at those dirty hands. Time for a bath! Oh, no, dirty again. I guess I’ll take a bath. It could go on like that for a while. An elegant bathroom with any one of these soaker bathtubs is a like a mini retreat. I love how designer Sara Richardson often refers to the bathroom as a jewelry box. As it tends to be a smaller space (not that you’d know that by the size of these lofty bathrooms) you can splurge on materials that offer some impact, translation: glamour.

La Dolce Vita Blog

To add a little glamour to your home without a full blown renovation, you could always update the accessories. New textiles can go a long way. Fresh flowers, fluffy white towels, a new shower curtain and pretty, glitzy, things like a new mirror or light fixtures can elevate the look of your bathroom and foster a new sense of mindfulness. And if you are able to make time for a bath, make it a luxe one! Light some candles and add some Epsom salts! Happy bathing, beauties!

May 11th, 2015

Pale Blue Sofa Daydreams

Style at Home

Like a clear blue sky, these pale blue sofas add some unexpected cheer to the living rooms lucky enough to house them. Personally, I am on the brink of custom ordering a soft blue tufted sofa with silver nickel nailhead trim and I am so excited! I have had a mocha toned sectional for a few years now and can’t wait to introduce this light colour to the room.


I love the tufted goodness of these two blue sofas pictured in the bottom frames. Even in leather, how pretty! A little glamour, a little softness! The baby blue leather sofa is even curved. Now friends, it doesn’t get much better than that. My sofa has more linearity to it, once it gets to me I will post a picture for you all to see. Blue is my new neutral. Of course, I still love turquoise, always will, but blue is simply what I need to do at this point in time. Anyone with me on this?


So many accent colours will work with a colour like this, but to start with I will add white and slightly darker blues for a little moodiness.  I’m also thinking I need to order some leather chairs to balance the girliness of the fabric. I have a beautiful mid-range grey/brown leather picked out, but I have not yet committed to the chairs that go with it. We shall see. That is the beauty of working in a custom furniture store, there are new pieces arriving every single week!

February 26th, 2015

Pillow Talk: Florals

Classy Clutter

Perhaps I have had a little downtime lately, or maybe its the fact that SPRING is coming, but today I want to talk pillows. But lets narrow it down a little and talk about floral pillows. And guys, don’t worry, for you, we can even refer to them as botanical prints once in a while, now avert your eyes for a quick second (ladies this is a little trick I use at the sofa shop, so as not to alienate the manly men who become less than cooperative when it comes to flowers). Alright, back to business! Pillows!

Want an easy way to add a little refreshment to your home? You guessed it, pillows. Toss pillows can give you a whole new take on your living room decor, and its not going to cost you much. And its super fun to inject a little colour and whimsy either with what you already have or when starting fresh.


Be Book Bound

My absolute favourite part of my job at the sofa shop is fabric, its no secret, I am a little obsessed, and for good reason. There are literally endless combinations to choose from and it makes me happy, so very happy. Whether my clients opt for a neutral sofa and a pop of pillow colour or a bold sofa and more textured pillows I have come across a few combinations that I think really work to tie a whole room together.

Most of our vendors offer one choice for the pillow fabric, but my favourite company, a Canadian one, Decor Rest, often offers two choices. This really opens things up design wise. I usually suggest doing a solid colour paired with a bold print. Want to know something sad, some people choose the same pillow fabric as the body of their sofa, waaaaaah! Oh, what a waste! With these clients I suggest they source out bolder options to add to the pillow scape, and hope that they do so, because who doesn’t love pillows?


Dimples and Tangles

For a quick update a splashy, bold, modern floral pillow can be placed on a chair or a sofa either solo or introduced into an existing colour scheme. Florals, I mean botanicals, work well with solid hues or repetitive patterns like stripes, polka dots, chevrons, or geometric prints like Moroccan arabesque and the French quatrefoil.


House of Turquoise

I could go on and on about pillow choices, but today I will leave you with a few floral pillow images to keep that fresh spring feeling alive with one little botanical (coral) for good measure. So when it comes to pillows have fun and whatever you do, look beyond the colour of your sofa for inspiration!