Jul 30, 2013

Living Room Two Ways

Hi friends,

Today, I have another design dilema to share with you. I tried out a few different combinations for a living room design I've been working on but am not sure I am loving either of them.

First up, this blue number which is heavy on the drapes (yes, yes, it's that blogger look everyone has come to know with chevrons and such)

Living Blues


And here is another version of the room that is a bit more sedate but also possibly less interesting:

Living Beige

So which do you prefer? I think I am going to go with the second one. I'm a keep it simple girl at heart. 

I leave you with this amusing item (for those who love Downton Abbey as much as I do - I could not believe the final episode of last season!):
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Jul 29, 2013

Idea Board for J's bedroom

Hi friends,

Well, we survived another Monday. Thank goodness. I truly believe that all summer weekends should be three days in length. Whose with me ? ;)

I have some more holidays coming up and want to make more progress on our house projects. One of the main ongoing projects is my oldest son's bedroom. As I've probably mentioned in several posts by now, he really needs a proper bed as he still has a toddler bed. He loves it but I know he'll appreciate having a larger more modular bed once we get it.

Below is the evolution of his bedroom and the idea board of where I want to take it.

Ideas for boy's bedroom




Well there you have it. The plan. Now to execute! Updates to follow I promise. As a side note, has anyone out there had problems with Ikea Ribba frames falling apart? We used them for the vintage posters in J's room and they worked well except one day we heard a loud crash and two of the frames had fallen apart under the pressure. Not sure if it was related to the humidity but I was glad no one was hurt (surprisingly the glass didn't break) and disappointed the wood frames didn't hold up better. They are currently on my take back list to see if I can get them replaced.

I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Jul 28, 2013

Coastal Color Palette

Hi friends,

Hope you all had a fun summer weekend. We made the most of ours (including a two hour nap for me this afternoon - oops) and would really like one more day of weekend.

Last night we watched a documentary about Bob Marley that was quite moving (so sad that he passed away at 36 of cancer). We watch a lot of movies and documentaries around here and that's when I play around with room design ideas. I need something to keep me busy while I watch things or I feel unproductive. Of course, some things suit themselves better to multi-tasking than others. I have been known to ask my husband for frequent plot updates he-he and of course I'm totally lost when subtitles are involved.

Anyways....all that being said...I have another design to share! This one is inspired by summer breezes and coastal colors.
Summer Breeze



Dimplex Winston White Electric Fireplace
1,235 CAD - lampsplus.com


Jackson Ottoman
510 CAD - williams-sonoma.com




Bling Crystal Drop Chandelier In Polished Nickel
1,185 CAD - gracioushome.com



Jonathan Adler Urchin Vase
49 CAD - jonathanadler.com


Crate & Barrel Della Vase
41 CAD - crateandbarrel.com


Crate & Barrel Catalina Sofa with Casters
2,775 CAD - crateandbarrel.com



Love the big windows and openness of this room. It would be so amazing on a beach somewhere in the Hamptons. Dreaming.

I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Jul 26, 2013

Swedish decor ideas

Hi friends,

Yay! It's the weekend! I couldn't be more excited. A little tennis, some bbq, and some time with the kiddos.

And to start the weekend off right, I've rounded up a collection of Swedish decor items. I know what you're thinking: Ikea goodness. But no, this is even better. It's Etsy goodness :)
Wall Pattern Stencil Swedish Floral Allover Stencil for Wall Decor and More - royaldesignstencils
Coastal Photography, Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, Scandinavia, Modern Fine Art Print, 8x10 - SaltyLyonPhotography
Leaf Design Plate Dove Grey Scandinavian Decor Vintage Retro Serving Display Upsala Ekeby Porcelain Sweden - europeanmodern
Kiss Me - Handknit Viking Runes Artwork - Knitted Viking Home Decor : Ancient Symbols Fiber Art in Shadowbox - HistoricalKnits
July sale 20%Swedish Vintage candle holders Set of 2 White wooden candle holder Swedish folk art Shabby home decor - TasteVintage
Beautiful Vintage Sweden collectible Bowl Plate from Upsala Ekeby  Ceramic / collectible home decor - Luckytage
Hand Woven Natural/Brown Stripes Thick Linen/Cotton Vintage Tablecloth, Bed Cover, Sofa Cover, Wall Decor, Swedish design, Swedish vintage - Deccorista
Sweden Vintage Trangia Aluminum Tea Kettle Rustic houseware 1970s Farmhouse kitchen decor - Luckytage
Landscape bedroom decor port travel sweden stockholm water blue abroad water clouds gift Light in your eyes fine art photograph - brandMOJOimages
Mid Century Modern Laholm Vase - Studio Pottery, Sweden - Nautical, Stripes - Mad Men, 1960s Home Decor, Vintage Home, Summer, Eames Panton - mungoandmidge
Vintage Swedish Sweet printed small tablecloth with hearts in white and black - annchristinljungberg
Stockholm Vintage City Map 1955  Street Plan,  Sweden - CarambasVintage
Mid Century Alsterfors glass vase signed by Per Olof Ström from Sweden - vintage2remember
Vintage 1970s Pair of Swedish Big Blue Turquoise Blue Flowers and Green Leaves Colorful Printed Design Panel Curtains - SwedenFolkArt
Rosa Ljung Elephant.  Vintage White Swedish Ceramic Animal - domestikate

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Jul 25, 2013

Kitchen Combinations

Hi friends,

I've been trying out different kitchen combinations and I must admit having quite a bit of fun with it! It's so much easier when you don't have to commit to anything. I've never truly loved the combination of slate tile and mint green mosaic glass tiles in our kitchen but it was the best we could do given the options available at the time.

If I had it to do over again, I would definitely consider one of these lovelies:

Kitchen Combinations


Pendant jewelry
target.com


Distressed Cane Back Bar Stools
1,640 CAD - belleescape.com


IKEA RAMSJÖ Door, black-brown
66 CAD - ikea.com



Pottery Barn Paxton Glass 3-Light Pendant
205 CAD - potterybarn.com



Emeco - Barstool
600 CAD - connox.com


Uptown Parson Barstool - Trellis
87 CAD - target.com



Exposed Bulb Pendant Ceiling Light
25 CAD - jcpenney.com









Which do you prefer? I think my favorite is the third one with the 'Stylish Bistro' look (at least that is what I was going for!)

I leave you today with this amusing item:
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