August 6th, 2013

Fiddle Leaf Fig Love

Inspired by Charm

Oh, dear! These baby fiddle leaf figs are adorable, as if I wasn’t already in love with them! Ficus Lyrata, commonly known as the fiddle leaf fig, is an indoor tree option with broad green leaves. The trunk is quite thin, but some greenhouses offer a braided version. I like the straight one best! Indulge with me in some fiddle leaf fig love as I try to decide if one would survive in this dry Albertan climate.

Haddon Interiors

Each tree will develop its own quirky shape, but can be pruned to your liking. My research tells me they require plenty of light and a weekly watering. The fiddle leaf fig trees I found at Houston Interior Plants have been grown and conditioned with partial shade so they are ready for a home environment. Seems like a sound idea, wouldn’t want to shock the darling.

Casa Sugar

You will also need a large decorative pot to place the fig in. However, all of my favourite looks (and these trees are EVERYWHERE!), involve the pot being placed behind or beside other furniture, so you don’t see it. I also found that Ikea often carries them. I think this is my best option, to see if I can convince it to live for me. I already have a spot picked out. Time to head to Ikea!

July 24th, 2013

Summer Bloom Inspiration

lolo Moda

This time of year with gardens brimming with luscious blooms in striking colours and pallid pastels, I want to bring them in! We are in transition this summer, so I skipped out on gardening which means I must live vicariously through you and you and you!

Project Wedding

Clip, snip and enjoy! I love little collections of different flowers. I once worked in a flower shop in Toronto owned by a brilliant floral designer named Helen. We would get shipments of flowers from Holland and while we cleaned them up and gave them a fresh cut after their long journey, Helen would make mini hand-tied bouquets called posies. The posies were adorable! She placed them in smallish clear glass bottles. These single bloom arrangements remind me of Helen’s pretty posies.


Style Me Pretty

If your garden has lots of heavy-headed beauties like peonies, roses and dahlias experiment with making your own hand-tied bouquets. They make thoughtful gifts for friends and neighbours and will freshen up your bedroom or kitchen. Or, cut your faves and arrange them in clusters as you see here.



Don’t even get me started on this delicious bowl of ranunculus.
Perfect on any table in your home. Now who is going to cut me some ranunculus for my table? And don’t forget about the foliage. You can make elegant arrangements with greenery alone. Go ahead, try it!

July 3rd, 2013

Turquoise Ottoman Options


As far as multi-functional furniture goes, the ottoman is a pretty little work horse. A place to rest your feet, or a drink, or some magazines. Extra seating for entertaining. And storage. The tufted turquoise ottoman pictured above is an exquisite centerpiece which brings a fantastic splash of colour.

CA Custom Furniture

Cube shaped storage ottomans hide toys, hobbies, and whatever else you want to keep close at hand but out of sight. You could use one or group two or more together. Assign one to each of your kids for easy clean up.


Bench ottomans are a lovely type of ottoman you can use at the end of a bed, in a hallway, behind a sofa and many other little spots you require a spot to sit for a bit. And again in turquoise. Ottomans are available in a range of shapes and colours, but to customize your space many places will help you choose a custom fabric or leather.

June 18th, 2013

9 Mirror Walls to Look Upon

Mirrors in the Stairwell

Danielle Muller


All vanity aside, I absolutely love mirrors. Maybe its the way they reflect light. Maybe its the distortion of image. Maybe its the way they act like backwards windows to some place we will never reach. Hanging groups of mirrors together, gallery-style creates a mini wall of wonder, and while you can get matchy matchy (paint the frames all one colour), you can also create random displays of beauty. Trial and error makes way for some sweet imperfections of endearment at times, and who wouldn’t want that to grace a wall?


The display above brings movement into the stairwell, a space often closed in, static. Note the off-kilter balance of light and dark frames and how they play with the two-tone stairs.


Mirrors on a Shelf

Coco Cozy


The way the light refracts in this room is divine. This mirror wall is not fixed so you could change them now and then if you found new ones.


Mirrors all Whimsical

Casa Abril


You wouldn’t think this collection of frames would work, but look at that. Whimsical and sweet.


Mirrors Painted Green

Dimples and Tangles


A range of shapes and styles come together with bright kelly green paint! Click the link for the how-to at Dimples and Tangles.


Mirrors on a Brick Wall

Tilly’s Cottage


The entire room appeals to me. Not only is the mirror wall something to look at, but the collection of looking glasses or magnifying glasses intrigues me.


I Dream of Chairs


Ok, that chair is cool, right? And the mirror wall is quite meticulous with the inner portion of some of the frames painted.


Mirrors with Chains



See? Reflections rule! Pop of turquoise…check!


Mirrors Under the Stairs



Way to make use of an awkward space. And with elegance at that.


Moody Mirrors

Whimsy Decor


The combination of the mirror wall and the way the room is lit is compelling. I want to browse and peruse and to find the treasure I am certain awaits me. I love mirror walls and am plotting one for myself as I collect mirrors that catch my eye. The question is, “are you looking right at the other half of you” as you plot your gallery wall with mirrors instead of art and photographs??

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June 10th, 2013

6 Ideas for a Patterned Sofa

Printed Sofa in Taupe

Holly Mathis Interiors


All over pattern? Yes. Dress it up with plain pillows? Yes. A neutral graphic layered with other neutrals? Yes, yes, yes! Ok, so maybe a printed sofa is a bit of a stretch for you. But I’m here to hold your hand and tell you yes, you can do it. And you can do it in so many wonderful, beautiful, pretty ways that I assure you, the initial appeal will not wear off. I recently ordered my own first piece of custom furniture, (SO EXCITING!!!), and let me tell you after helping other people embrace their vision it is so much fun to create something just a little on the wild side for moi. For me, it’s tame, really. A turquoise chair and a half. Not that crazy, and besides it will meld with the rest of my stuff, so stay tuned for photos when that baby gets here in 6-12 weeks!


Blue Floral Printed Sofa



So back to the all over patterned sofa idea…florals, botanicals, geometric designs, each one of them holds their own level of beauty and interest. If you intend the sofa to be somewhat of a focal point then pick something that speaks to you in a loud yet memorable fashion. Let it be colourful. Find a print that you can’t stop thinking about and do it. If anyone needs help designing a custom sofa message me and I will show you some amazing fabrics. Until then look at how the patterned sofa works in the photos I have procured for you today. I won’t tell you which one is my favourite just yet.


Pink Floral Printed Sofa

Truelock Equals Truelove


Vintage styled fabric sofas can create an interesting little time warp in an otherwise modern looking room. Oh, and check out the rectangular pillows. I so love them!



Printed Sofa with Pattern on back



This one here is my favourite. Only the back is done in a pattern. Love this! Combined with an array of printed pillows this sofa is so fun!


Grey and Black Printed Sofa

6th Street Design School


Wow, right? Holy pattern Batman! I applaud the proud owner of this sofa for his or her tenacity and comittment to the print. I wonder if it was an instant, oh my god I have to have this fabric all over my sofa! Or a debatable thing that went on for weeks before the final committment was made. Hmm…


Blue Chevron Printed Sofa



And there you have it! Some super cute ideas for a patterened sofa. You can see how the chevron print was carried elsewhere in the room pictured above to tie the scheme together, for me it is a bit much, but the idea of painting a ghost of a whisper of a smidge of the print somewhere else in the space is a good one.


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May 30th, 2013

Rectangular Throw Pillows

Rectangular Sofa Pillows in a Grouping

Southern Charm


Throw pillows add colour, texture and visual interest to your sofa. I can think of no greater way to keep your sofa fresh and interesting without getting a new one every year! Square throw pillows are a welcomed standard, but to mix it up I love rectangular pillows, on their own or combined with others. The wild mixture of pattern and colour pictured above work well together because there is just enough repetition of geometric and botanical gently balanced and finished off with the rectangular pillow front and centre. And, oh, those blooms are beautiful. Great colour.


Rectangular Sofa Pillow on a Tufted Sofa

Junk Garden Girl


This solitary throw pillow is such a sweet complement to the tufted sofa. How awesome would this room look with some marigold curtains and a little something to finish off the coffee table?


Rectangular Sofa Pillow in a Trellis Pattern

Sarah M. Dorsey Designs


Note how the heavily patterned pillows dress an otherwise plain sofa. The sofa has clean simple lines, yes, but it is brought to life with the pillow combo. And Mr. Rectangular is the showstopper here. Another example of how many colours can be used with grey. My faaaaavourite being turquoise!


Rectangular Sofa Pillows Smaller than the Rest



This little rectangular throw works with the taupe and blue scheme, but I imagine it could work well in a monochromatic palette with more oatmeal tones for texture. And is it just me or would a couple of these guys stood on end be alright?


Rectangular Sofa Pillows Times Two

Little Green Notebook


I love the solidarity of these two throw pillows. So floral in a room not dainty at all. Bolsters would be lovely if used like this too. Throw pillows of all shapes and sizes come together to add personality and depth of character to the space they grace. Pillows should be daring, fun. What better way to take a chance on a colour or pattern you would normally shy away from. Come on! Take a chance. You might be surprised at how well a rectangular pillow fits into your grand scheme of things. It might just be your missing link, the key to all your mysteries, or maybe just a finishing touch.

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