The Love List

Feb 5, 2016 +

A clever use of colour in this white kitchen. Via Design*Sponge.

A must read for bloggers, influencers, marketers, and agencies

Cute printable valentines for the classmates

I'm a breakfast loaf kind of girl. I need to make this recipe.

A roundup of white farmhouse kitchens.

I'm on the lookout for lighting for the cottage and keep debating whether to go modern or more farmhouse over the dining table. I really love the drama of a singular pendant like this one. And something like this copper pendant has been in my head ever since we visited this cafe.

Have you seen the new Farrow & Ball colours? So moody (and they have the best names).

Great tips on how to redecorate for free

Tents, Tile and the Magic of (Kids) Tidying Up

Feb 3, 2016

My phone is full of random but interesting photos and things I've come across lately so I thought I'd share some with you. I apologize for the low quality of some of the pics!

Chloe asked to sleep in a tent the other day so her dad came up with this clever solution. He used the flexible poles from our beach tent, zip-tied them together, then then threw two bedsheets on top. Clothespins hold the bedsheets to the poles and allow her to have the tent 'walls' up or down. I took a nap in here the other day and I'll tell you it's just as cozy and warm and dark as you think it would be.

Another small change happened in this bedroom. I have the Marie Kondo book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" (which I've misplaced... a sure sign I need the book!) and recently reorganized my drawers, folding my clothes to stand up, as she recommends. Chloe saw my drawers and asked me to show her how to do the folding. This weekend, I was putting away the laundry and saw that Chloe had Kondo-ized all her own drawers. Even funnier, she had enlisted her friend who was over for a playdate to help with the folding. Now that's the sign of true friendship!

This is what January 2016 in Toronto, Canada looks like. Definitely not the white winterland you'd expect. Crazy!!

I came upon a new consignment store, Elle and Eve. It had some great pieces like these two side tables priced at $130 each. They would have been great for the cottage but sadly weren't wide enough. I would have painted these up, maybe in a chalky dark grey with contrasting white interior to bring out the wire mesh. Somebody buy them please!

A trip to The Door Store is always inspiring. It's like a trip back in time and is full of amazing vintage and reproduction finds. I have my eye on that barn light pendant with cage!

This tile from Saltillo Tiles stopped me in my tracks. Doesn't it look like real barnwood?? I love how they've mixed different tile sizes - 2.75"x24" and 8.25"x24" - which gives it a more authentic reclaimed look. The tile was called Retro Negre and was priced $9.95 per square foot. I think this would look fantastic in a farmhouse mudroom.

Large Scale Audubon Pelican Art - Free download!

Feb 2, 2016 +

Ever since we painted our grey walls white, I've been searching for a piece of art for the top of the stairwell. I knew what I wanted: something large scale, portrait orientation, primarily dark colours to contrast against the white walls, and more realistic than abstract. And sometimes you put a wish out into the world and it gets granted!

Audubon white pelican free download high res file |

I came across Kristine's post and loved her pink flamingo print. Who knew that you could get high res Audubon downloads for free? Not me. It's such a great resource that I had to share so hop on over to Kristine's blog and scroll to the bottom for detailed instructions on where to get the prints.

I've long admired Audubon's White Pelican and knew it would work in this space. After I downloaded the file, I resized the photo to 24"x36" in Photoshop. I had it printed at Staples for $30 and popped it into an inexpensive frame from Michaels. I put a faux forsythia arrangement on the window ledge to pick up the yellow.

large scale art at top of stairwell |

The high resolution of the file really makes a difference and you can see how detailed the print is, even up close. Given the great quality, you can do much more with this digital file: print it on canvas; or go to a commercial printer and have it printed at even larger scale.

Audubon white pelican free download high res file |

Audubon white pelican free download high res file |

John James Audubon has many famous paintings you might recognize: the pink flamingo, the blue crane, the great blue heron, and the common American swan, among them. I am tempted to print even more of these. I think they would make a wonderful grouping for a gallery wall or over a long bench.

Don't you love it when you find great things for free?

The Love List

Jan 29, 2016 +

A gorgeous (and quick!) bathroom makeover

Very wise words on living a creative life. I've always thought this way... to let my thoughts or work or creations or blog posts speak for themselves. To set them free.

A chic fireplace makeover

A dream come true for indie designers... or not?

The cutest dollhouse kitchen ever

A simple change to give an old lantern new life

Tips on selecting roman shades

Why you might not want to install marble in a bathroom. Side note: we have a marble floor in our basement shower stall. So far, so good, but I'm going to have a closer look for fissures!

I'm having dinner tonight with my dearest girlfriends for our 25th annual (!?!) very-belated Christmas get-together. I'm a lucky girl. Hoping you get to share laughs with friends this weekend too!

2016 Trends: The Round Mirror

Jan 28, 2016 +

Mirrors aren't anything new, but in this year's interiors they are commanding all the attention. Just like in my living room refresh, the trending look is round and oversized.

Source House of Jade Interiors
round statement mirror | natural wood wall

From bathrooms to living rooms, over mantles or sideboards, round mirrors can work in most any space. They can be rustic or glam but their impact on a space is almost always the same: expansive, reflective, and an ability to make the most the smallest of spaces feel grand.

round statement mirror over fireplace
Photo: Michele Anderson. Source: mydomaine

When I think of round mirrors though, the first one that springs to mind is this one in Emma's entryway which she featured on her blog years ago:

Emma had picked up the frame (a vintage oculus) at an architectural salvage store and had it fitted with a mirror. It has such great character!

What do you say... is the round mirror trend one you'll be trying in your home?

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