Sep 30, 2013

Design within Reach

Hi friends,

A long time ago when we lived in Manhattan I came across this store called Design Within Reach. And being the decor loving girl that I am, I got excited. Look at all this fabulous furniture! And it must be a good price right? It says it's within reach. Ha-ha! Not so. What they meant was awesome mid century modern finds available for medium to high prices. But that's okay. I still love it for what it is. And someday, when I am more flush with money, I will own a lot more of it.

For now, I dream. Over on Polyvore, they are having a contest sponsored by Design Within Reach with the winners getting a $1000. Fingers crossed! Here is my entry:

I would eat here


Balloon lamp, 660 CAD / Chilewich door mat, 46 CAD / Microwave safe dinnerware, 62 CAD / Stainless steel serving tray, 130 CAD / Serveware, 115 CAD / Home decor, 17 CAD / George Nelson clock, 555 CAD / 3 leg table, 2,570 CAD / Black kitchen chair, 87 CAD / Low media console, 3,325 CAD / Media storage shelve, 3,900 CAD

It's very mod and bright. Bolder than I go in the real world but that is what is so fun about design boards.

I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Sep 29, 2013

Family Photos

Hi friends,

We finally got some family photos taken and I have few good ones to share with you today. My cousin, Laura Clarke, a professional photographer, took the photos down at the beach by where we live. I'm not going to lie - our family is extremely difficult to photograph. My boys do not like to sit still for long and we often get photos that would be amazing except one of the kids is doing something silly or upset because they were doing something silly and we asked them not to. Even given all these challenges, Laura did a lovely job capturing our family and we couldn't be happier. Below are just a few of the great pics she took (including some fun artistic ones):








If anyone out there, lives in the Toronto area and is interested in getting some professional photos taken I highly recommend Laura Clarke photography. To learn more about the services she offers, please check out her adorable website here

I leave you today with this amusing item (yes more fun with cats):
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Sep 27, 2013

Hauntingly Good Decor

Hi friends,

Hurray! The weekend has started. Time to put our feet up, drink wine, see friends, and enjoy ourselves. To kick things off on a festive note, I've rounded up a collection of 'Hauntingly Good' Halloween decor items from Etsy. I remain a fan of the less is more school of festive decor but I must say one or two of these Etsy finds would get the job done nicely and help create fun memories for little ones.
Decorative Pillow, Pumpkin, Mom and Baby, Halloween Decor, Pumpkin Pillow, Kawaii Pillow, Stuffed Toy, Room Decor, First Halloween, 7 x 7" - mymimi
Spooky, Scary Skull with Crown, Bat, Halloween Decor, Sassy humorous Halloween Sign, Embalm and scary on, For him for her, Friendship Gift - IndigoRain
Halloween Decor ... Tissue paper pom poms - 3 poms - choose your colors - pomtree
Happy Halloween Sign - Halloween Chalkboard Art - Halloween Decor - Black and White Halloween - Halloween Art - 11x14 Print - LilyandVal
Nevermore Owl: stuffed handmade Owl, Halloween decor, goth,pillow pal, Edgar Allan Poe - AnimalCrackersbysue
Ombre Pillow Cover: Colorblock Yellow and Orange Stripe Pillow Cover, Gradient Throw Pillow, Cabana Stripe, Halloween Decor--12 x 18 inch - HabitatHandcrafted
Cereal Killer spoon. Hand stamped spoon for halloween decor. Choose Your Size with this listing. - MilkandHoneyLuxuries
Miniature Ghost, in a Bottle, Halloween, Ghost, Polymer Clay Ghost, Halloween Decor, Miniature Halloween Art, Halloween Diorama, Tiny Ghost - ChikoCraft
Halloween Candle Pumpkin Handcarved Handmade Candle Halloween Decor Thanksgiving Decor - LessCandles
HAUNTED HALLOWEEN-Orange & Black Wreath-Halloween Decor-Fall Wreath-Scented Pumpkin Spice-Choose your Scent and Ribbon - WildRidgeDesign
Nature photography halloween decor dreamy photography wall art abstract art green and white reflections 5x7 (13x18) - AnnaKiperPhoto
Halloween Decor - Fabric Pumpkin - Dinner Setting - Table Top Accessories - ecarlateboutique
Halloween Felt Garland , Halloween Decoration, Halloween Decor - BrightBride
Halloween Decor Art Print - 8x10 Halloween Ghost Family Personalized Art Print - Custom Grey Polka Dots - MooseberryPrintShop
Large French antique apothecary bottle, glass bottle, brown amber orange bottle, Primitive decor, Halloween decor, poison, potion, 1 of 11 - FrenchCountryLife
I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Laundry ?

Hi friends,

Just a quick post as there is too much going on at Casa Marshall right now. I've pulled together some fun laundry combinations. Would love to use one of these for our scary work in progress basement laundry area.

How to have fun with laundry

I leave you today with this amusing item:


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Sep 25, 2013

Drapery Do's and Don'ts

Hi friends,

I'm back with another installment Do's and Don'ts. Today's topic is drapery and as always the theme is humor mixed with stylish pics.

First up, DON'T hang your curtain rods too low like this:

DO hang your curtain rods as high as possible to create the illusion of taller windows and ceilings like this:

DON'T fit your drapes to your arched windows like this (or go to floral and peachy for that matter):

DO hang your drapes over the arch like this:

DON'T go all 80's style pouf drapes like this:

DO keep it simple and chic like this:


Finally, DON'T Go to frilly or country style with your drapes like this:

DO add some color and panache with your drapery choices like this:


Well that wraps up another fun session of do's and don'ts. Please DO let me know your thoughts on this topic (it's not meant to be taken too seriously).

I leave you today with this amusing tidbit:
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Sep 23, 2013

Reveal: J's Bedroom

Hi friends,

We got the posters up on J's wall and snapped some photos this past weekend and I can finally share the final reveal with you. It turned out just as we had hoped. Nothing fancy, just a simple, bright boy's room that will hopefully last us for many years to come.

Here are the final reveal pics (wish we had better light for photos but I couldn't wait)




And here is the before shot (which of course had great light unlike the afters!)

And a link to the 'in process' shots and design board in case you are interested.

All said and done, this update cost us about $1000K. Here is a quick budget run down:

Ikea - Brimnes Daybed $299
Ikea - Sultan Heggedal mattress $499
Ikea - Odda Headboard $89 (because they were discontinuing the model)
West Elm Duvet - $63.47
West Elm Pillow case - $25.86
Vintage race car print (x3) - $120

The rest of the stuff (the interactive world map, the stuffies, the drapes) we already had.

I leave you today with this amusing idea for real life Monopoly:
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Sep 22, 2013

Dark, glamorous Autumn thoughts

Hi friends,

Hope you've all had an amazing weekend. Here at casa Marshall, we are in the swing of fall lessons for the kids and starting to nest with the cold weather approaching.

One interesting event that happened this weekend, was the visit we had with our real estate agent. Yes - we are thinking about selling casa Marshall and finding a little bit more space in the same hood. Its not that easy to do given how picky we are and how much we abhor the thought of keeping the house pristine in order to sell it and then the (shudder) packing. My husband and I both work long hours and we cherish our time off with the kiddos so the thought of the stress that comes with moving has led us to put it off for quite some time. At one point, we thought we'd never move but we are rapidly outgrowing our current house.

I'll keep you posted on our house hunting exploits.

In the meantime, I have an Autumn inspired design to share. It's dark and dreamy and all the good things that come to mind with the fall season
In the mood for fall


Contemporary window curtain, 31 CAD / Portrait painting, 87 CAD / Barbara Cosgrove mirror, 725 CAD / Williams-Sonoma gold accent pillow, 155 CAD / Baxton Studio grey chair, 370 CAD

Very different from Casa Marshall eh? However, if I had a big, dreamy Victorian house I would go for this look in a heartbeat.

I leave you today with this amusing item:
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Sep 19, 2013

Fox Love

Hi friends,

I have been inspired by all the fox designs I've been seeing around the blogosphere. They are the perfect design theme for fall as we start to think warm and comfy thoughts.

I've rounded up some of my favorite fox and cabin inspired decor items from Etsy to share with you today:
Rustic Wedding Decor, Cedar Wood Circles, set of 10, thin, natural wood, unfinished, ready for your DIY wedding decor or centerpiece - tricia16designs
Fox a la carte - Art Giclee Print Poster - Mid Century Modern - A2 420 x 594 mm - Cincuentas
Rise & Shine Poster Print (11"x14") - FrenchPressMornings
Pillow - Pendleton Wool Fabric ... Yakima Camp Blanket Rustic Cabin - RobinCottage
Owl pillow in grey plaid - warmpersonality
Custom wedding print with tent quote: Home is wherever I am with you. - Arcadiagraphic
EARLYS of WiTNEY 5 POiNT wOOL BLANkET. MULTiSTRiPED iNDiGO yELLOw RED gREEN. NATiVE AMERiCAN. fUR TRADiNG. - ShastaBrookVintage
Red Vintage Everbright Camping Lantern 202 - VintageSilverLining
Elm Wood Bowl, Hand Turned Wooden Bowl - Eco-Friendly Rustic Home Decor - sunsetturnings
1  linen  simple Red black plaid  printed simple deer  decorative  pillow case / cushion cover 45cm x45cm - linxge
Dandy Fox Full 8X10 Original Illustration Art Print Mixed Media Painting Wall Art Wall Decor Wall Hanging - LoopyLolly
Classic Plaid Wool Throw Blanket, Everyday Use, Picnic Basket Blanket, Dark Blue Plaid w Forest Green, White and Yellow - KaiserVonVintage
Salvaged Wood Wall Lamp- Rustic Wall Sconce, Salvaged Wood Lamp, Exposed Edison Bulb Lighting, Modern Rustic Decor - WorleysLighting
Country View - fine art photography, digital art, wall decor, landscape print - PrintRevolution

I leave you today with this amusing item:

Thanks for stopping by!