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February 6th, 2017

Bookshelves for Miles


Sometimes, some days when all these hectic moments accumulate in the depths of a wintry deep freeze, I dream of running off to a luxe little cabin in the woods. Obviously it would be lined with bookshelves for miles. Obviously! Imagine curating a shelf like the one pictured above from Of Iron and Oak with a whole winter to read? I might read a fair amount sometimes, but that might take several winters. Between work, the kids, planning a total rebranding of this blog (yes, its true) and going back to school (true as well) I don’t know where I find the time to read, but I make it!

The Art of Doing Stuff

So we would read. So we would walk in the woods. So we would cuddle up against the rattling winds. So we would hibernate like little bears… And don’t forget coffee, copious amounts of coffee!

The Decorogist

And maybe its because I am such a true romantic (or perhaps its the time of year) but I will always believe in the truest love. Love like ‘A Man Called Ove’ kind of love or a ‘The Light Between Oceans’ kind of love or a ‘Time Traveler’s Wife’ kind of love. And one day, maybe when I’m like a hundred, that love will find me. Until then I read about it, glimpse it out there in this pretty little world and hope not to spin so fast with this little heart of mine.

Life in Grace Blog

The way these shelves are styled within such put-together rooms really makes a difference. You are not just looking at stacks of books, nothing wrong with that approach either, but why not leave things just a little prettier whenever we can. That’s a personal motto I live by. I was about to get rid of the hutch in my kitchen a few months ago, but I restyled it in order to take pictures and I ended up falling in love with it again, and so it stays. It surprised me! But it just goes to show you with a fresh outlook and a little reshuffling you can breathe new life into something.

House and Home

It has been an interesting winter so far, with snaps of brittle cold and weeks of frosty ice fogs that left hoar frost in the trees. Life in a sparkly snow globe. Shaken and settled. So, wherever you are whether its cold or warm why not pull out your favourite books and style a shelf or two. Take some inspiration from these beauties or go wild with it like I did and remove everything to start fresh. Edit. And maybe you’ll find a little treasure you forgot to read or head out to the bookstore to add some new titles to the waiting list. For more book styling ideas check out @mylittlebooktique and @bluestockingbookshelf on Instagram, they each put together fun little vignettes! Happy styling everyone, cozy up and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

XOXO

October 26th, 2016

That Green & that Dilemma

I read so much this summer and was fortunate enough to have devoured title after title that not only resonated with me, but blew my mind. And then autumn hits and I find myself halfheartedly reading three different books that are not doing it for me. And it has been so cozy inside. And it has even snowed a few times. Can you believe it? I need to be drawn in. I need to be consumed with the story. Captivation please! Wait, let me gush a little over luscious green hued furniture and home decor and then we can talk books. Let us focus.

Sheer Luxe

You know that green, that beautiful shimmering emerald green? The one you have a crush on? Yes, that one! I love it too. Its bold, its brilliant, like a precious jewel, but for your living space. Maybe you want to experiment with it? I know I do. Each of these exquisite rooms unabashedly goes for it. A bench at the end of the bed, a full sofa (this one has some teal tendencies), a sidebar, curtains and a voluptuous chair– each of these ideas make it simple to incorporate this luscious hue.

Most of these ideas involve some commitment, but if you wanted to dabble in that green for a season or two, pillows and throws are an alternative that is both cost and commitment effective. Or why not paint a vintage end table, or a bring in a new piece of art? So many options to play with this colour.

Est Living

Alright back to the books! So there’s two books I’ve wanted to read for a while now—Girl on a Train and The Light Between Oceans, both of which are currently in theatres. This sparks that dilemma again. The book or the movie? And if both, which one first? Normally I would say book, but there have been a few times when the film was better.

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Like Suite Francaise, for instance. I saw this film before I read the book. The book was good, but the movie was spectacular! And interestingly the movie was based on a portion of the book, but it was enacted so beautifully, I will always remember it. Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts were breathtaking, and the whole film was stunning. The origins of this book are fascinating, check out this article from the New York Times book review, for the full story. So in this particular case I indulged in both, but loved one. After discussing this dilemma on more than one occasion, I have decided to watch Girl on a Train and read The Light Between Oceans. And then? Then, I will watch The Light Between Oceans and decide about Girl on a Train…

About Home

Once you’ve brought that green home and jazzed up a room or two I strongly suggest you watch and read Suite Francaise if you haven’t yet, ’tis the season to be cozy. Happy decorating, and happy reading!

XOXO

October 3rd, 2016

White Pumpkin Decor

I can handle orange in small doses, but if you asked me to pick a colour for basically anything, orange would be my last pick. When it comes to autumn decor in a house layered with sea foam, teals and blues, (pictured above) the only realistic thing to do is to paint those orange pumpkins white. And how beautiful they look with white chalk paint. Of course a proper vignette must always include a little sparkle. So a glittery pumpkin found his way into the mix and a few other items from around the house. For now they are inside, but I will be moving them back outside on the front steps.

Style Caster

As far as holidays go, Thanksgiving is my favourite. A whole holiday based on gratitude and thankfulness! Such an inspiration and a reminder to be mindful and pay attention to all the good, because there really is so much good. Plus, an amazing meal without all the gift giving frenzy of Christmas, what’s not to love?

A Blissful Nest

I painted my pumpkins with white chalk paint (the spray paint variation made quick work of it) just make sure to tape the stems so they retain their natural colour. I love the results, incidentally so did the pizza guy, but now its time to decorate them. You can do this in phases, like I did, if you like to keep updating and changing the look of things. A little ribbon, some silver thumbtacks and some glitz in the form of a single upholstery bauble, and voila, glamorous pumpkins. You could also experiment with glitter, sequins or gold and silver pens or a black cat for alternate looks as shown.

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As this beautiful season progresses and we cozy up to one another, take time to appreciate each and every beautiful moment of it. And bring some of the outside in while you still can, before the winter sets in. Pumpkins, branches, even that fresh crisp morning air. Get chilly, wear sweaters and love, just love, the moment, the people in it, your home… XOXO

 

September 16th, 2016

Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets to Crush on

First off, I am a huge fan of pristine white kitchens (all that monochromatic love and white light) need I say more? But recently a handsome new friend inspired me and I ended up falling for two-tone cabinets pretty hard. So today I’d like to show you some beautiful two-tone kitchen cabinet options that made my heart beat just a little faster, perhaps you’ll feel the same. And oh my goodness, don’t even get me started on the exquisite back splash tiles I found while looking about for ideas.

Many of the kitchens shown here explore the two-tone look with neutral combinations which are absolutely lovely, but you could also play with colour. Possible combinations you could easily pull off are: grey + white (my favourite), white + black (classic!), white + sea foam (or teal, or green, or blue…), and white + wood (love this one too).

Remodelaholic

You might think, okay, beautiful, but how could this make sense in my life? Well, family life is messy right? I always say that, but the truth is, I make a mess too and my kids are quite careful and usually ask before attempting science experiments with old sneakers, buckets of water and who knows what else (yes, this happened). Dark lower cabinets are less maintenance than an all white ones!

Better Homes and Gardens

How to Achieve the Look:

Upper/Lower Split: White upper cabinets and dark lower cabinets leave things bright and airy yet functional.

Feature Wall Split: Say you have an enormous kitchen and you want to create a visual break or designate an area for special, duty like a coffee bar. This combination looks best when you carry the feature colour via accents into other spots in the room.

Island/Main Cabinet Split: I like neutral cabinets– white, wood, black– with a brighter colour for the island. But hey, its your kitchen, so pick a combination that makes you happy! Every morning the kitchen is where we land. Command central!

HGTV

When choosing finishes for your kitchen there will be many exciting decisions to make. Paint is one of the choices that will tie it all together. The colour you choose for the cabinets will dictate the mood for the whole room, so have fun with it!

Happy decorating!!

XOXO

July 7th, 2016

Pattern: Wallpapered Bathrooms

My Domaine

Thank goodness, wallpaper has been brought back to life! Don’t you love it? Every now and then when wallpaper comes up in conversation (as you know it does) someone will question my love of it. It seems we all have our associations and aversions with things we grew up with. And wallpaper, in some circles, has a bad rap! Some gaudy room wallpapered to the nines no doubt. Or perhaps a wallpaper removal incident? I encounter this with furniture all the time and I find it fascinating. Our homes, and the way we decorate them, shapes our lives in a way that sticks with us. It is, after all the backdrop where we make many of our memories right?

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I mean look at the gorgeous printed papers in this little post. The bathroom or powder room is not always the favourite room in our homes, but adding a splash of graphic wallpaper sure helps place it in the running. Due to its smaller square footage why not have fun with it and introduce a wild print that you wouldn’t consider in one of the larger rooms in your home.

Suburban Faux Pas

Today I wanted to look at black, white and/or gray wallpapers for a few different reasons. First: impact. As soon as you open the door the nature of each of these patterns immediately grabs your attention. And second, colour trends can be played with in the accessories with flexibility throughout each season or whenever you want a fresh look. Think pretty hand towels, art work or fresh flowers.

Elle Décor

Even if you don’t want to paper the entire bathroom in wild patterns you could also achieve the same type of impact with a feature wall. And paint the rest of the room in a complementary colour. But I say live a little. Go for it. Wallpaper the whole room.

 

April 6th, 2016

Beaded Chandeliers

Kim Gray

Currently, it is a beautiful April afternoon here in Edmonton. Sunny, windy, somewhat enchanting. Maybe its just me, but it feels like everything is about to burst. Burst with life, with excitement (wait, that’s definitely me) with new moments. I am so excited to share these beaded chandeliers with you. There is a company in South Africa called Hellooow, and they hand make some of the chandeliers pictured here. They even have an ombre one, but you can pick your style and the colour of the beads. How tantalizing is that? I want one, or three…

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Many of the photos shown here even have the beaded beauties placed outside. With a whimsical combination of ceramic beads, wire, and embellishments like tassles and crystals, what’s not to love. I mean you had me at chandelier, right? We all know how much I love a good chandelier.

Amie Corley Interiors

There are many different shapes to choose from depending on the space you are working with. Teardrop, French, Vignette and Elongated ones are all available to suit different areas. I imagine two cute little ones placed on either side of a bed instead of lamps. Or a bone coloured one for a beachy room.

Hellooow

I am so in love with the look of these. I can envision one in every room I walk in these last few days. Kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, entry way. No matter where you hang one the effect will be stunning! Where will you put yours?