Nov 8, 2015

Coastal Seating

Hi friends,

I'm's been a while I know. A quick design board to share today. It's my very favorite design inspiration - coastal living. Who can get enough of that calming ocean vibe?

Soon we get our new front door door and stained glass window so I'll have more to share shortly. And with the holidays approaching, I'll have some festive sharings.

So here's hoping I get back into the groove!

Coastal Living Room

I leave you today with this:

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Aug 18, 2015

New bathroom Sconces

Hello friends,

We've been enjoying summer - so not as much posting as I'd like but lot's of precious moments with the family.

We have got a few projects underway (and a wasp nest in our bedroom wall) but today I just a quick update. Ever since we moved into the house I wanted to replace the sconces in our second floor bathroom. The ones I wanted were expensive and in general I find there is limited selection when it comes to sconces.

Here is a before pic

The tulips had to go.

A few weeks ago, I made the journey up to the Toronto Design District and visited Union Lighting. They have one of the best selections in the city. I found sconces that had glass crystals that matched the Robert Abbey bling chandelier and was sold.

Here is the after

We need to fix the paint (the previous owners had painted around the sconces). We also need a new mirror and tap. And,...I worry that the bathroom is too glitzy / blingy now but it will be okay.  I am okay to install double sinks anyway so that will be the time to right any wrongs.

I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Aug 4, 2015

It's DIY Art Time Again

Hi friends

Hope you all had an amazing weekend. The boys were away at the cottage this weekend so I was on my own.  I shopped a lot of course. But mostly, I gathered ideas for the house.

I went to GH Johnston Trading Company as they always have well priced furniture. They also have a pretty awesome art selection of large, hand panted canvasses. Art is expensive though. It is well worth it but I'm not sure I am ready to commit yet.

So,...I've decided to try my hand at some more painting. Just the abstract kind - nothing too technical.

I finished off a small canvas I've been meaning to finish

And....I purchased a super large canvas for the living room. The plan is to install an electric fireplace here but in the meantime the room is driving me crazy. It's so drab. It needs color. Hence, it's DIY art time. The canvas wasn't a small investment at $50 plus the cost of paint but it's far less than the $2000-3000 prices for professional art of this size.

Here is where the canvas will go. I tried it in both dimensions and have decided lengthwise is best. Sorry about the grainy photos. The good camera went to the cottage for the weekend so I had to use my iphone (hopefully this will make for more exciting after photos).

So stay tuned...

I leave you today with this amusing item:

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Jul 27, 2015

Plans for the Entryway

Hi friends,

So I mentioned before that we are planning some entryway updates this summer.

A new front door, window, and lighting are on the menu. Right now the trim is not to my liking so the plan is to change it up as well.

Here is what the hallway looks like now:

We are planning to add a new fibreglass wood grain door. I was waffling on the wood and considering a creme colored door. Or perhaps a grey / blue. Wood is so elegant though. It would be a simple door similar to the one we installed in our previous house

This time we would have wood grain but otherwise I want the same clean modern look. I couldn't find a picture of exactly what I wanted but here is what a similar door would look:

Too dark? And yes - I may have added some bling :)

Okay - more to follow on this topic.

I leave you today with this amusing item.

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Jul 19, 2015

Pretty Balloons

Hi friends,

Hope the weekend has been good to you. It was lovely casual weekend here at Casa Marshall. We spend some quality time playing tennis and swimming and got a few things done around the house.

One of things we talked about was the minor renovations that I am looking forward to sharing. Nothing epic - just refining what we have. I hope to have more on our plans this week.

In the meantime, I've rounded up a pretty collection of inspiring art from Etsy. It's all about balloons and dreaming. The perfect theme for warm summer nights.

Thanks for stopping by!