The Love List

Aug 28, 2015 +

An awesome residence or Toronto's swankiest new bar? It's both! Design by Lisa Ho, photo by Joel Levy.

Show up. Work hard. Create things. I think I'll adopt that as my mantra too.

This backsplash is so pretty!

A simple porch refresh

I think I'd like to live in Jenny's playhouse

The evolution of an entry. I love it turned out.

A great example of working with what you have

Love this DIY sconce

A beautiful farmhouse tour. I think I like Tucker's room the best!

This home office is just perfect.

The Cottage Diaries: Mix and Match Dining Room Seating

Aug 27, 2015 + ,

One look I'm loving these days is having mismatched chairs around a dining room table. Chairs paired with benches, Eames chairs with Thonet, upholstered settees and wicker cafe chairs. These days, anything goes.

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I think mix and match dining room seating is especially suited to casual living (which makes it a good choice for a cottage or summer home). It's also a great way to freshen up a tired dining room. Why not change out two of your matched set of dining chairs with chairs in a completely unexpected different style? Or move three of your chairs out and replace them with a bench? I like the idea too that you can sit in a different chair every night.

Working with Canadian Tire on their CANVAS patio collection a few months ago, I came across the CANVAS Lakeside Wicker Chair. These chairs are so comfortable and when I'm looking for a dining room chair, comfort, even moreso than style or price, is the top factor on my list. When I saw these chairs were on sale at my local store, I had to scoop them up. Even though they're made for outdoor use, I plan to use these around the indoor dining table. We will be renting the cottage out in the future and these chairs will stand up to wear and tear. Plus, we can we switch them with our outdoor dining chairs if we feel like changing things up.

The chairs come with a comfy cushion but it's a tad brown so I plan to add some lakeside style by sewing new cushion covers, perhaps navy with white piping.

To get that eclectic, mismatched look, we could pair the chairs with bench and table. I'll have to think about the table options a bit more - stain vs paint? Ornate or simple legs? Farmhouse or industrial style? It's coming together.

The Cottage Diaries: Choosing the Finishes

Aug 25, 2015 +

Things are underway at our new build cottage and it's all I can think about lately! Construction has started which means it was time to pick out the finishes. Fun!! I find this part of the process so exciting but nerve-wracking too. We plan on having this cottage for a very long time so we wanted to pick finishes that we won't tire of too soon. Easy, right?

When I start to design or decorate a room, I head to Pinterest. I gather images that convey the feeling I want to create in our lakeside cottage. The ones I'm drawn to, like this one, all seem to share a few things in common: light floors, white walls, and white cabinetry. Using that inspiration made our first few choices fairly easy:

country oak van gogh flooring

I really love this flooring. A bit grey, a bit taupe, a bit washed out... it reminds me of driftwood. The berber carpet (going in the bedrooms and loft) carries the same tones and is very neutral and should work with whatever furniture we choose.

glendale white cabinetry

Simple white headboard cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms were a must.

star white quartz

I was a bit unsure of this quartz for the kitchen and bathroom countertops. It looked a tad green in the showroom and was more beachy in feel than the other choices. In the end, we decided we wanted the cottage to be completely different in look and feel from our city home so we went with it.

driftwood cottage finishes

Here's how it's looking all together. We might change the black knob for something more ornate but this is the general direction. Baby steps!

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