Jun 30, 2013

Contemporary Pink Living Room

Hi friends!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. The weather has been pretty good here and we've gotten some tennis and yummy bbq in so far. I had time tonight to pull together a design I've been thinking about for the last week. It involves incorporating pink into a living room without it looking too cutesy or over the top. I like how this design uses pink but still manages to look sophisticated. What do you think? Would you use pink in your living room?

Contemporary Pink Living Room

Crate & Barrel Eiffel Loveseat

Ottoman Amboise - Natural
$620 - sweetpeaandwillow.com

Solid Faux Silk Taffeta Robin's Egg 96-inch Curtain Panel

I leave you today with this amusing item:
It's Bat Cat! Seriously, cats crack me up.

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Jun 29, 2013

Teal Tea Party

Hi friends,

Happy weekend! And to my Canadian friends happy long weekend and Canada Day!

Today, I am sharing an Etsy roundup of teal tea party treasures. How fun to host a backyard tea with gorgeous dishes and yummy treats for friends.
Conical-Shaped Ceramic Mint Green Vases With White Crawling Glaze , Home Decor - Marengerpottery
Danish Modern Pottery Bowl Knabstrup Denmark 50s 60s Mid Century Vintage Turquoise Green Leaf Teardrop Vase - afterglowretro
Modern ceramic cup handmade in polygons - Poligon Cup - polygon faceted medium mug - Green - studioLORIER
Husband & Wife Couple Redesigned  2 Coffee Espresso Cups with Saucers and Sugar Pot Porcelaiin Moustache  Lips Vintage White Wedding Present - MoreThanPorcelain
One Porcelain Blue Bee Tea Cup - FaithAdamsCeramics
Ceramic Cups Sake Japanese Tea Hand Painted Scallops Teal Emerald Green Orange Modern Nautical Espresso cups - sewZinski
Ceramic stoneware cup saucer coffee tea espresso - unique handmade serving decorative textured kitchen pottery morning coffee - blue - imkadesign
Home decor photography, Bistro, Cafe, Fine art photography, Travel photography, Still-life, Print - cottagelightstudio
Food Photography, Sugar Bowl, 8x10 Photograph, Minimal, Modern, White, Soft Blue,Simpl, Kitchen Decor, Fine Art Print - birdandbloke
SALE - Paris Flower Market design - DISH Tea TOWEL - Premium Cotton - Bright and Colorful - mountainlodge
Blue and White Lace Doily Design Handmade Ceramic Pottery Soap Dish Plate - madhatterceramics
vintage turquoise jello mold - mamasgirlmarket
Vintage glass dish - aqua, teal, turquoise geometric bowl - reconstitutions
Retro Dishes Harker CORINTHIAN Teal Pate Sur Pate Vintage Dinnerware 25 Pieces - bythewayside
Tea Towel, Dish Towel, Kitchen Towel, Feedsack, Cotton, Dinnerware, Retro, Mid Century, Kitsch, Teal - enchantedsquirrel
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Jun 28, 2013

What makes a great room?

Hi friends,

Today, I am sharing my thoughts on what makes a room look super fantastic. These are no fail design elements that make any room look fabulous. Many of them are what I call 'Good Bones'. They are more structural than decor related. We are looking at buying another house and I am always looking for these elements  because I know how hard it can be to work around not having them.

The first is high ceilings. I am obsessed with high ceilings. Ask any contractor who has installed new flooring for me. They would tell you how insistent I am that they keep the floor as low as possible to maximize the ceiling height (he - he). And don't even get me started on our basement reno where we lowered the floor

Here are some pics to show the difference that high ceilings can make:

High Ceiling

Low Ceiling

The next design element is a basic one that many homes have but I think it is super important. Hardwood floors. Area rugs on top of them yes. But wall to wall carpeting is never as nice as hardwood in my books (we do have carpeting in our basement due to the conditions but in an ideal world I'd have hardwood with rugs).

Here are some examples of rooms with and without hardwood to show what I mean

Beautiful hardwood floors

carpeted floors

Lots of windows and light are super important too.

And open concept rooms versus small closed in rooms:

And so that is what I look for in a room and a house. Anything I'm missing from my list? 

I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Jun 26, 2013

Art I am loving

Hi friends,

A quick post today. I am dreaming about more art for the house and loving these ideas:

I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Jun 25, 2013

Dining Room Do's and Don'ts

Hi friends,

Today, I am back with Do's and Don'ts for dining rooms. These are just according to me and meant to be on the humorous side. So feel free to disagree!

First up DON'T decorate with chairs that look like national flags:

DO use upholstered chairs to add elegance and sophistication to any dining room (full confession: I have been drooling over upholstered chairs for years now. My Dining Room Board on Pinterest is full of gorgeous upholstered chairs that I am scared to purchase. We use our dining room for all meals, homework, and family assemblies so it gets pretty messy and need to hold off on fancy upholstered chairs for the time being. I do have these lovely chairs that I rescued from my neighbour's curb and hence don't need to worry about but in the future when things calm down a bit I will be purchasing high end upholstered chairs!

DON'T decorate windows with fluffy balloon drapes (and avoid orange oak colored trim while you are at it!):

DO dress windows with simple, modern drapes like this:

DON'T leave a floor bare and crying out for a rug like this:

DO frame a dining room table with a statement rug like this:
source: Candice Olson

DON'T Paint your dining room furniture to look like a deck of cards:

DO reclaim dining room furniture with a fresh coat of paint and styling:

And that's it for Dining room do's and don'ts. Do you have any of your own to share? Please do! I welcome your thoughts on this matter.

As a parting thought today, I leave you with this amusing item:

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Jun 24, 2013

Vintage bathroom for Two

Hi friends,

Today, I am sharing a bathroom design. It was inspired by subway tile with dark grout (love!) and elegant dark woods. This would be a great look for our upstairs bathroom when we redo it. Too bad we don't have room for two sinks. These old houses don't have all the modern amenities like ensuite bathrooms. Hence the reason I keep dreaming and frequently checking the realestate listings. Wouldn't that be fun to have a whole new house to plan and decorate

Vintage bathroom for Two