Oct 29, 2013


Hi friends,

A quick post today brought to you by the color 'greige'. Love the combination of grey and beige in living rooms. I've pulled together this composite design on Polyvore to enter their 'greige contest'


Ceiling light, 520 CAD / Bauhaus furniture, 1,000 CAD / Sofa / Modern classic furniture, 685 CAD

I leave you today with this:
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Oct 28, 2013

More thoughts on house hunting

Hi friends,

I'm back again with more deep thoughts on house hunting. Firstly, I need a house now. It needs to be in my neighbourhood, three stories, and a good sized backyard for the kiddos. If you have one let me know.

Okay - now that we've got that out of the way....I have a few thoughts to share on the slim pickings available in our local housing market right now.

1. It is amazing how many houses have the cheapest fixtures. Most people can recognize a builder basic basic (boob) light pretty easily.
It doesn't have to cost a lot of money - vintage or antique would be fine. But I like a little thought and personality in my lighting (I am also a converted fan of pot lights. So simple, it's hard to go wrong with these).

2. Speaking of builder basics, plain bathroom vanities are also not on the love list. Anything like this cries out for paint, pizzazz or at least fancy knobs.

 I like a bathroom with tile, color, and style like this - fancy I know but I can be fancy like that sometimes :)
source: Linda Bergroth bathroom design

3. Cupboards that are too short. I have a lot of stuff people! And I need to hide it to give the illusion of tidy. Big cupboards are an important part of creating this illusion. This just doesn't work for me:

Now this is a dream kitchen (so many hiding places!)
source: styleathome.com

4. Red flooring. I know some may prefer this...but its just not for me. Red doesn't match my furniture and I just can't go there. I would need to tear it up and start over.

This is what I'm talking about

I like a rich dark brown, medium brown or even blond wood. A floor like this would be much loved:
source: houzz.xom

Okay - I think that covers a lot of what I've been seeing in houses lately versus what I am actually looking for. Would be so amazing to do a custom build and get exactly what we want. A girl can dream :)

I leave you today with this amusing Halloween costume as we approach the coming of the great pumpkin:
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Oct 27, 2013

What's your drink style?

Hi friends,

Hope you've all had a good weekend. It was busy but fun here at Casa Marshall. I've been seeing a lot of gorgeous bar carts lately and was inspired to pull together this design board with options for styling with barcarts. Would love to enjoy a tipple from anyone of these portable drink servers :) But my favorite is the Color Mosaic one. What's yours?

What's your drink style?

Anatolian kilim rug, 730 CAD / Wool rug / Wool area rug, 285 CAD / Wooden bar cart, 135 CAD / Worlds Away round bar cart, 850 CAD / William Yeoward decanter, 140 CAD / Glass decanter, 160 CAD / Lauren Ralph Lauren crystal decanter, 170 CAD / Waterford decanter, 640 CAD / Asprey lead free decanter, 3,545 CAD / Luigi Bormioli decanter, 21 CAD / William Yeoward drinkware, 170 CAD / Butterfly home decor, 72 CAD / Serena & Lily framed wall art, 390 CAD / Bird wall art, 37 CAD / Deer picture, 155 CAD / Asian wall art, 59 CAD / Truman Bar Cart, 835 CAD

I leave you today with this amusing thought:
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Oct 25, 2013

Piney Goodness

Happy weekend everyone!

It's colder here in Toronto and everyone is starting to bundle up. To get the weekend off to a good start, I've rounded up some pinecone goodness on Etsy
Natural Pinecone Nest Ornament, Autumn Rustic Woodland Wedding, Brown Natural Wood Home Decoration, Pine Cone Favor, Beige Brown Table Decor - VENDecor
Pinecone Collection Printable Digital Image Pine Cone Graphic Collage Sheet Download Artwork Antique Clip Art HQ 300dpi No.1048 - VintageRetroAntique
Pinecone. Original encaustic autumn wall art. Encaustic nature Photography. Brown. 12x12 - AllofOurBeeswax
Fall Cotton and Pinecone Wreath - SweetlySouthernChic
pinecone garland + yarn pom pom holiday garland **can be purchased seperately** - BannerBabble
Pinecone organic soap white - HancoxHomestead
Natural history-Pinecone-Botanical print-fir cones - arttour
Six (6) Pinecone Note Card - Letterpress - FlyingRabbitPress
Warm Autumn Decor, Rustic Kitchen Decor, Pinecones, Hemlock, Brown, Beige, Fall Decor, Winter Decor, Pinecone Picture, Nature Photography. - LisaRussoFineArt
vintage brass pinecone candle holders pair autumnal decor - amysvintagedecorium
Rustic Wedding - Autumn Decorations - 2 Quarts Dried Casorina Pods - Tiny Pinecones - BotanicalMelange
Fall Seasonal Photography, Autumn- Three Pinecones, Rustic, Fine Art, Wood, Cool, Blue, Teal - KHowellPhotography
Pinecone Papercut Original Art - rosieplustheboys
Project Pinecone - Blank Architecture Construction Card - ArchitetteStudios
Pinecone in Sunlight -  Original Oil Painting - 6" x 6" masonite - HeatherNibertART

Thanks for stopping by!

Oct 23, 2013

The house hunt continues

Hi friends,

We continue to house hunt and I must say I am  becoming impatient. The fall season is coming to an end and we are going to have to wait until February to start again. Boo. Its hard to find what we are looking for because we have so many needs:
  • It has to be in our same small neighborhood
  • We need more space but do not have unlimited funds
  • We don't want a major fixer upper that we can't live in due to the full gut job required (our neighborhood is filled with houses that are 80-100 years old and some of them are in pretty bad shape or duplexed for apartments)
  • I don't want something that is totally 'done' in someone else's taste that is very different from mine. A lot of the houses we've looked at fall into this category where I would have to pay for someone else's reno BUT then pay to redo it all to our taste.
Kitchens and bathrooms are a big deal for us. We need at least two bathrooms (with neither in the basement) and ideally a master bedroom ensuite bathroom so that I can have some privacy (it's tough being the only girl). In these old houses, ensuite master baths are hard to come by. I also really, really want an open concept kitchen. No bowling alley galley kitchens allowed. I can compromise a little but opening things up tends to be structural, messy, and expensive so I'd rather buy a house already done.

Anyway...thought I'd share some of the kitchens we've seen recently....

The first is this Mediterranean style kitchen (apologies for the fuzzy photos they were the best I could get off of the real estate site.
What I liked about this kitchen:
  • Open concept
  • Large island
  • professional range and counter depth fridge 
  • pot lights 
  • good layout
Things I didn't like:
  • Tan colored tile flooring
  • Ornate light fixture over island
  • Countertops (granite on island and butcher block on main counter)
  • Cupboards are painted a pale beige
  • Backsplash tile
So even though the kitchen is technically 'done' and I'd be paying extra for it...I would want to redo a lot of it to my taste... (I know a lot of people would really like this kitchen - I am sure this kitchen will make someone very happy. It's not the kitchen, it's me)

Next up is an even more 'done' kitchen

Things I like about this kitchen

  • marble counter tops (Love)
  • Espresso colored cabinets
  • Open concept with island
  • appliance
  • Cabinetry detailing and glass doors

Thanks I would change:

  • Range hood (more coverage with cabinetry less open space)
  • Make it wider (next to impossible I know)
  • Light fixtures (not sure you can see them all from the pics)
  • Floor color is beige - I would probably go with more white penny tile or something
  • Rad cover

So what do you think - Am I being overly picky? It's just going to be so much work and money to move that I don't want to do it unless we find something we love and are willing to sacrifice for.

I leave you today with this inspiration:
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Oct 22, 2013

My favorite place to sit

Hi friends,

Just saw a lovely new reveal on Centsational Girl today where Kate shared her new reading nook. This inspired me to share my favorite place to read here:

I've had this chair foreva and it is super cozy. In terms of reading material, I love to read blogs, the New York Times magazine when I can get it and a good novel set in another place or time is always fun. Do you have any favorite authors you'd recommend? The best thing I've read lately was 'Cutting for Stone' by Abraham Verghese.

On a slightly random note, I leave you today with this amusing laundry bin that I definitely need in my life:
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Oct 21, 2013

Welcoming, bright foyer

Hi friends,

Today, I have another design board to share with you. It is the kind of entryway I dream about: bright and warm with a rich afghan rug, comfy window bench and lots of welcoming touches.
Bright Foyer

Magical Thinking circular lamp, 71 CAD / Indian wool rug / Iris Hantverk wooden door mat, 85 CAD / Wall mirror, 495 CAD / Striped throw pillow, 82 CAD / Lava bird throw pillow, 41 CAD / Geometric throw pillow, 93 CAD / Oly handmade home decor, 205 CAD / Weathered furniture, 390 CAD

I leave you with this amusing item (when I first read it I was laughing hysterically)
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Oct 20, 2013

Odds & Sods from the weekend

Hi friends,

Hope you all enjoyed this fine October weekend. A little bit rainy here and a few of us felt under the whether but always glad to have the time off to relax.

I have some pics of our outdoor Hallowe'en decorations to share today. Nothing too fancy but I think it creates a festive welcome for the little ghouls and goblins who will come by trick or treating. Of course, we'll have our jack o lanterns out on the night of but it's too soon for those.

The wreath was under $10 from Joe Fresh and I couldn't pass it up. Gotta love those grocery store decor items that make the task a little bit more enjoyable.

I leave you today with this inspiration:

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Oct 18, 2013

Cozy Mosaic Blues

Happy weekend everyone!

Yes - it's that joyous time of the week when relaxation and fun reign. For the most part anyways. To get things started off right, I've rounded up some Etsy lovelies under the theme of cozy, mosaic blues. Guaranteed to give any home a welcoming vibe :)
Handwoven 20x20 Wool Kilim pillow Cover Blue Pillow Red Pillow Red blue pillow blue throw pillow red throw pillow red blue throw pillow - DECOLIC
Lake Print - Fine Art Photography, Landscape Photography Lake Norman, Lakeshore, Blue Photo, North Carolina Art, wall art, home decor, lake - kimfearheiley
Dark Blue Vintage Persian Hamedan Rug - oldnewhouse
Nocturne: Ocean - Original Oil Painting in deep blues and foamy light blues and greens (37.5x21.5 cm - app. 14.8x8.5 in) - KoseBose
Throw Pillow Set of Two Covers.Blue Pillow .Blue Tan Pillow 20 x 20 covers printed fabric on front and back 20x20 Throw Pillow Covers - EastAndNest
Droplet Photograph 8x12 water drops abstract blue photo print fine art photography wall art decor - AnaPontesPhotography
pillow cover, decorative throw pillow, midnight blue pillow cover, Los Angeles home decor, abstract, bokeh, for him for her, 20x20 pillow - MyanSoffia
Organic Dyed Turkish Black Kilim Rug, Decorative Blue Brown Lilac Kilim Rug, Handwoven Wool Kilim Rug  59.05" x 118.11 inch  FREE SHIPPING - Sheepsroad
Original Zen sketch of the Provence in Southern France Aqua,blue, green. Alpilles. Grottes de Cales  Landscape Painting. Zen drawing. - Zendrawing
bath mat / cotton rug  REDFISH  color: white on navy blue - AnneHallDesigns
Original Abstract Painting. Reds. Black. Green. Blue. Yellow. Abstract Modern Art. Playin in Asnieres  by Jenny Davis. - Outlook8studio
The Land and the Sea Artist Book - GetElevated
Vintage French Louis Style MIRROR  ~ Gold Gilded Framed Mirror ~ Wall Hanging Decor ~ Shabby Chic Style ~ Petit Miroir ~ Antique Gilt Mirror - FeatherAFrenchNest
Retro print, poster, explore Scandinavia, discover Scandinavia, Scandinavian landscape, vintage poster, print, sunset, retro wall decor, - EmuDesigns
Paris Photo. Fine Art Photography. French Doors. Versailles. Marie Antoinette. Rococo. Gold Cornice. Navy Blue. Home Decor. Size A4 - happeemonkee
I leave you today with this amusing item:
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