The Love List

Apr 17, 2015 +

Every little boy's dream room, I think

More scallops! Sarah came up with DIY scalloped draperies

I adore this bedroom. It's so calm but refreshing.

I'll let you in on a secret: one of the reasons I love having a child is because it gives me a chance to colour in colouring books on a regular basis, something I loved to do as a child. This is on my Mother's Day wishlist.

American Idyll: Malibu by Annie Seaton

Minted, always a great source for art, has rounded up some Impressionist inspired pieces from their artists. I love this one. My love for beachy art will never die!

A helpful list of the mistakes new bloggers make

And lessons learned by a seasoned blogger

Your reasons will always win

Scallop Patterns in Home and Fashion

Apr 15, 2015

Once in a while, I become obsessed with a pattern. For a long time it was chevron (just like every other design blogger!). Herringbone is also a favourite too, especially in tiles. Then there's the classic stripe which will never go out of style. More recently though, scallops are my thing.

I have been spotting this sweetly shaped pattern everywhere. From fashion to home decor, scallops add a hint of nostalgia and retro appeal.

scallop pattern trend in home decor and fashion

I like how scallops are feminine without being too cutesy. I tried to buy the shorts last weekend but sadly, my size was already sold out! I bought myself the clutch (it has a cute blush pink liner!) as a consolation.

Looking around my house, I realized I already have a few scallops here and there. There's the scalloped awning I made for the playhouse under the stairs, the scalloped stitch on the 5 minute pillow, this DIY scalloped tray and of course the scalloped shingles on the doghouse. Funny what you notice when you really look.

DIY scallop pouch using Frog Tape Scallop pattern

I received this pouch from a media event for Too Fifteen recently. It's made of Tyvek which is a material that looks and feels like paper but is waterproof and durable. It needed a little something so I pulled out the scallop Frog Tape and craft paint and added a touch of whimsy. Scallops seem just right at this time of year. Swingy and fresh. And they remind me of beach waves!

What can I scallop next - a plain lampshade? A picture frame mat? A mug? Something tells me you'll be seeing more scallops around here soon.

Dollar Store Flower Bouquet

Apr 13, 2015 + , ,

Chloe's birthday is tomorrow. Tomorrow! How could my little baby be turning six already? We're not having her party though for another few weeks because I was the mom that didn't get her act together enough to book a venue beforehand. #momfail

We usually have her parties at home, but this year, we're going to have a splatter paint party (thanks Avery and Elaine for the suggestion!). But, you know, I can't have a party without having a few DIY touches so I've put my spin on the party theme and made it a "Parisian Art Party".

That means I'm incorporating many artsy and French elements... berets, black & white striped decor, canvases and easels. There will be macarons as well :) When I think of Parisians though, I also picture pretty French girls riding on bicycles with flowers in their baskets so I thought it would be fun to give each of our guests their own spring bouquet to take home.

Really, this is nothing more than a dollar store flower wrapped in pretty paper, but it really kind of exemplifies my approach to DIY and decorating and renovating in general: the details make all the difference. With a little imagination you can take something as simple as a dollar store flower and make it look beautiful.

I've made yet another video! I'm really having fun exploring this new medium and seeing how it can add to the blog so I hope you enjoy it. The last few frames are my favourite ;)


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