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July 3rd, 2012

Canada Day at Dreaming of June

Canada Day Sunset in Edmonton's River Valley

My crazy busy Canada Day weekend has ended and left me with a lovely overcast day of summertime fun with the kids. We bought and planted some petunias and some hot pink geraniums, made macaroni and cheese for supper using Ina Garten’s recipe with a few of our own modifications and did some errands. My friend Raman has inspired me to cook dinner earlier in the day (something she does all the time, how organized I say!!) and what freedom it is to just pop that dish in the oven and make a quick salad!

 

The weekend was fleeting, watched a few movies– 21 Jump Street for laughs and Happy Happy a quiet little Norwegian movie about two couples in a wintry albeit adulterous landscape. Went out with my friend Sara for an appetizer extravaganza at the Blue Plate Diner, went to see Edmonton’s fireworks display, did a 6.5km walk with my Dad and relaxed a little in between. It was a great weekend.

 

In decor related news, my Matilda Ikea curtains were spotted yet again in Happy Happy. That is the second time I have spotted them cinematically. The first time was in this super freaky Australian flick I Am You, based on a true story about a maniacal ex-babysitter who murders a young girl and attempts to assume her identity. Ikea is so global its neat to see them pop up here and there in unlikely places.

White Ikea Curtains

 

The kidlets managed to stay awake until the 11pm for the Canada Day fireworks show without a hitch. And by hitch, I mean mini meltdowns from being up way past bedtime! We woke up to ominous gray clouds and it rained all day, which canceled our picnic, but luckily the clouds passed and the sky cleared and it turned out to be a gorgeous night to be in the river valley celebrating what a great country we have.

 

I have been working on adding more DIY projects to DOJ, and have decided on a decoupage cookie jar project to update an existing jar I have. Now I just have to decide on the colour and the pattern. My kitchen is red with all black and white and silver accents, but I am thinking of introducing some blue or yellow accents to shake things up a bit. Another choice is whether to work with paper or fabric. I have decoupaged with paper, but never fabric and I can’t wait to. I watched this tutorial on Mod Podge Rocks and she made it look easy enough! So we shall see!

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March 20th, 2012

Spring Decor Ideas

Ranunculus Bloom

Rananuculus photograph courtesy of Mr. Phil Price

Hooray for the first day of spring! As gray as it is, the dry streets are heavy with the scent of rain. How happy is that? This time of year I like to take stock of everything in the main living areas to see what I can change or update in the coming weeks to make way for spring and summer living.

 

Away with the heavy carpets meant for holding boots and wintry debris. Away with the heavy wool throw on the sofa. Away with any indication that winter was ever here!

 

I want to introduce vibrant energy and at the same time choose items that don’t need a whole lot of upkeep. The back of the house gets pure sun in the summer, presently a thick-slatted blind hangs with a valance I made from fabric bought at Ikea. A new valance in a summery pattern to change the look, is in order this year. The kitchen is very red, as red as red can be, I believe the shade was called ‘Daredevil’ which means I need to find a fabric with a pattern that can stand up to such a bold colour. I might even pair the valance with a sheer curtain to soften the look of the blinds.

 

As for the back entrance, a small rectangular carpet will do the trick for warmer months. Now, if only I could come up with a solution to deal with all the sand from little shoes which ends up in the porch!

 

Another way to lighten the mood in your home and incorporate spring decor, is to reposition mirrors to reflect more light. Not all of them, of course, but try moving one and see what happens. Update wintry patterns and cozy prints with airy fabrics you can use in areas around the home. Break out the flowing cotton curtains, linen throw pillows and pack up the wool!

 

Spring decor would not be complete if you didn’t arm yourself with supplies and develop a game plan for spring cleaning. Depending on your climate, the indoors and the outdoors will need some love, and by love I mean a scrubbing! Windows, screens, door frames, closets and more will do well with a major haul over. With the onset of winter, things tend to accumulate. Now is the time to release them and make way for the new.

 

Another sure way to introduce spring décor into the home is fresh cut flowers! Whether it be tulips, white lilies, anemones or my absolute favourite ranunculus, fresh flowers add instant spring appeal to any type of décor.

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