Dec 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a very joyous holiday season with lots of fun, family and relaxation! Below are a few pics of our Christmas Tree and holiday decor as we gear up for the festivities.

 My little tree re-arranger ;) Continuous re-decoration

See you all in a few days! 

Thanks for stopping by :)

Dec 20, 2013


Happy weekend everyone!

Only a few more sleeps until the big guy comes. It's going to be magical! And then it's onto New Years Eve festivities. We are hosting this year and I have visions of vintage barware in my head. If I had time and space I would so get a vintage barcart.

To get the party started, I'm sharing my favorite bar items from Etsy.
Which is your fav?

I leave you today with this amusing item.

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Dec 19, 2013

Christmas Gift Do's and Don'ts

Hi friends,

Are you ready for the holidays? Here at Casa Marshall, things are pretty much there. We have the tree up and for the most part gifts have been purchased and cards have been sent. I still have a few little things to take care of and I am sure me and the million other people in Toronto doing the same thing will have a joyous weekend getting it all done :)

In the meantime, I have the final installment of the Holiday Do's and Don'ts posts to share. Today it's all about gifting. Things to buy and things that shouldn't even be sold. All in good fun of course. Have you ever received anything that someone really shouldn't have gotten you? Please do share your don'ts. I am sure there are some good ones out there.

First up, DON'T give edible petroleum products like this:

DO give homemade cookies to your friends and family like these yummies:
DON'T give Christmas sweaters as gifts

Would you wear this? I hope not ;)

DO shop at stores with good return policies and buy chic items like this:
Love, love, love this coat. It has me written all over it. Although, I would skip the bedazzled hat.

DON'T give anything that sings as a gift:

DO give beautiful household items like this stylish terrarium:

DON'T gift cartoonish jewelry like this:

DO select tasteful accent pieces  (diamonds are always good too if my husband is reading this ;)

And those are my thoughts on gifting. Please do let us know yours.

I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Dec 17, 2013

Dining done right

Hi friends,

Today, just a quick post as it's another busy week. I am sharing my dream dining room design board. This is another in the series I've been doing to pull together my dream house.

On the list:
  • Master bedroom
  • Master bath
  • Guest bed
  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Basement
  • Kids room (s)
The dining room is a rich deep grey and would of course be in addition to the great room with an open concept kitchen and dining area :)

Dining done right

I could have some serious dinner parties in this room.

I leave you today with this amusing item for my Canadian friends who are already tired of winter:
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Dec 16, 2013

New Year's Eve Plans

Hi friends,

Yes - its true. We all survived yet another Monday. Now onto Tuesday. Although, I still have a few small items to finish up for Christmas (holiday cards, presents...etc) I am moving on to New Year's Eve planning. Cuz that's how I roll. We are having a few close friends over to celebrate and I have visions of bubbly and pretty champagne glasses in my head. Scratch that - there will be 8 kiddos in the mix. Plastic cups and gingerale for all. But I love to dream so I've pulled together some lovely options thanks to my good friends at Polyvore. Which is seriously one of my favorite web apps ever.
There is no such thing as too much champagne

Which would you pick? My favorite is definitely the pink. I am feeling very pink these days.

I leave you today with this amusing item:
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Dec 15, 2013

Hollywood Glam meets real life

Hi friends,

Hope you all had an amazing weekend. It was hectic around here. Hockey, swimming, and a bday party. I did manage to catch up on a few holiday items but still lots to go.

Today, I have a quick idea board that I pulled together for a Polyvore contest to share. It's Hollywood Glam meets real life. Since most of us live in the real world, the suburban world, this is my interpretation of how this gorgeous style might work in a family room.
California Dreaming

What do you think? Too glitzy for kids? I am loving all the retro gold and barware that I've been seeing around the blogosphere and feel inspired to bring some of it to Casa Marshall. Maybe at least for New Years to ring in the New Year in style.

I leave you today with this amusing item:
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Dec 13, 2013

Pink Christmas

Happy Weekend!

Apologies for being away for a few days things have been hectic around here. I still have holiday cards left to do. And presents to wrap. Eek...will I do it all? I think there are going to be some late nights involved.

We got our tree tonight. The plan is to decorate tomorrow night. This year I've purchased plastic ornaments so we don't have a repeat of last year when some of my favorite vintage bulbs bit the dust. It happens. Especially with kids. Lesson learned.

Anyways....I pulled together a pinkalicious collection of Etsy Christmas items. If I didn't live in a house of three boys that have banned pink, I'd totally do a pink Christmas. So pretty.
3 Large Pink Glitter BottleBrush Christmas Trees Plastic Stands - CottonRidgeEmporium
Pink Christmas Shabby Santa Roses Large digital download ECS buy 3 get one free - CottageRoseGraphics
1940s Vintage Pink Christmas Ornaments, Transparent, Unsilvered Glass Ornaments, WW II Era, Free Shipping - CarnabyVintageJewels
Soft pink Christmas trees Felted vintage wool Pink glass pearls Set of 3 Girly holiday decor - HereAtSmallGoods
Vintage Pink Christmas Ornaments, 6 Hand Painted Teardrop and Ball Shapes, Free Shipping - CarnabyVintageJewels
Hot Pink Beaded Icicle Ornaments - pink Christmas decor - CJKingOriginals
Large Pink Wool Christmas Stocking - Raspberry with Lemon  Modern Heirloom Holiday Decor - spongetta
pink Christmas decoration- 4 christmas ornaments- glass teardrop ornaments- mid century Christmas tree - Sweetlakevintage
Deer gift tags, Love, pink Christmas, roses, vintage style, lace doily, mint green, pink, woodland - mulberrymuse
Christmas garland- Hip Holidays fabric circle garland - PaisleyHandmade
Dusty Rose Flower Ballerina Ornament, Miniature Dancer Doll, Ballerina Gift, Girl Dancer, Little Girl Gift, Pink Christmas Fairy, Petalbelle - petalbelles
Pink Christmas Tree Ornaments  / Vintage - sevenbc
holiday christmas peppermint garland pink red and white - chiarabelle
SALE Vintage Pink Brooch. Pendant. Frosted Pink Rhinestones. Hot Pink Snowflake. Cluster Pin. - waalaa
Christmas Lime Green and Pink Ornament Wreath with White Tinsel Garland - NOLACraftsbyDesign

I leave you today with this amusing item:

Thanks for stopping by!