Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bar Cart Bonanza with Chairish

Hello, friends! I was asked to participate in a fun series Chairish is hosting this month. Chairish is an exclusive, curator approved, online marketplace for vintage and used furnitureThey've asked me (along with other decorators/bloggers) to choose a favourite bar cart and get it all styled up and party ready. I'll be honest and confess that I don't have a bar cart in my house at the moment (something about having a 1-year-old who climbs everything and a 5-year-old who plays hockey in the kitchen). I do love the idea of piling a pretty cart up with appies and drinks though and wheeling it around to serve guests. It's like a party on wheels!

I was given a few bar carts to choose from, and there are tons more at the Chairish site (see their entire bar cart collection here). They were all nice, but I picked this mid-century brass beauty as my favourite. 

The "essentials" in my mind include an ice bucket, a variety of serving trays for snacks, napkins, and assorted stemware/glassware for drinks. I also jumped at the chance to scour the Chairish site for some decorative pieces (art, lighting, etc.) Here's what I came up with:

Sources (click through for details on each item):

6] Partly Cloudy Napkins (These are SO cool and only $38)

7] Gold Stripe Cocktail Set (I love how the gold stripes echo the lines of the cart!) 

There's a whole lot of good stuff to see over at the Chairish site. Pop on over and have a look! And, Chairish, thanks for the good excuse to browse your fabulous site for hours on end; I had a blast (and my "I want that" list has somehow gotten twice as long)! 


Friday, November 6, 2015

Recent Painting & the Process

Hello, there! I hope things are well with you and yours. I've been painting a fair bit lately, and I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of things. One thing I like to do is take pictures along the way. It helps me see how things have improved when it feels like they haven't. Seeing the process in picture form is interesting and *usually* encouraging. I'm learning to trust the process and not stress too much when it looks bad before it looks good (that always seems to happen)! I thought I'd show you some "process" pictures just for fun. 

Here's a recent painting I finished. ("What the Bee Saw" Acrylic on Canvas, 48x48). Let's start with the final product, and then we'll jump back to the start and move forward one painting session at a time. 

Now, back to the very beginning. (Sorry for the picture quality. I usually paint in my basement where natural light is limited and there's a pot light right above me.) This would be after about an hour of work. It's basically just a sketch establishing the composition. 

And moving forward. 

Starting to get near the end. When I find myself focusing on small sections and working on about 15% of the canvas, I know I'm getting close. 

I find myself sitting back and just staring at the canvas in the final stages. I pinpoint the parts that bug me and think about how I can make them better. Deciding whether to go back into the painting or leave it be is always tricky. (That's when I bug my husband for his opinion and then ignore whatever he says. He loves it.) 

But I manage to get it done. All finished! 

Hope you liked seeing the process a little. Have a terrific weekend! 



Monday, November 2, 2015

Apartment Therapy Feature

Just popping in to say a quick hello and let you know that Heidi's nursery was featured on Apartment Therapy last week. It's a short and sweet article (basically an abbreviated version on what I posted here), but it was fun to see it up on their site. Pop on over and have a look!

A big thank you to Apartment Therapy for the feature and again to, Lisa, for the beautiful photos. 

Wishing you a happy start to your week. 


Friday, October 23, 2015

Heidi's Nursery Reveal

I'm hoping you can overlook how tardy I am in getting this done; I finally have some nursery photos to show you. (Never mind that Heidi is a year old now!) Her nursery is really the sweetest space. Here are the details: 

I wanted to give Heidi a fresh and "new to her" nursery while keeping the budget in mind. With the exception of the IKEA dresser, all of the big furniture pieces are things we brought in from other rooms in our house or borrowed from friends and family. For example, the sofa was something we had in storage. I've never really liked the colour, but rather than buying something new, I embraced the drab brown and did my best to make it work - breaking it up with lots of bright pillows helps and repeating the oatmeal colour (I suppose that's better than "drab brown") in the curtains does wonders too. The armoire was being underused in the master bedroom so we moved it into the nursery; there's actually no closet in this room so the storage is terrific! The crib was a hand-me-down from a friend and the antique nursing rocker was borrowed from my in-laws.

We did most of the spending on art, lighting, accessories and a fresh coat of paint. The wall colour is ivory white by Benjamin Moore which reminds me of a most delicious buttercream frosting! The toile chandelier is vintage and adds a lot of charm. I also love the watercolour prints from Yao Cheng (Minted). There's a small original painting that hangs above the crib; I painted it especially for Heidi. All the little details add bits of colour that make the room come alive. The room feels age appropriate but most of the pieces will grow with Heidi for years to come. I'm delighted with how it's come together and hope you like it too! 

A big thank you to Lisa for her photography work. I'm delighted to have such a keepsake. A sweet baby nursery for my darling little girl. 

Below is a list of sources but let me know if there's anything you want more information on. And with that I'll wish you a happy weekend!  


Sources: Crib, Nursery Works (no longer available); Armoire, Vintage; Toile Chandelier, Vintage (purchased on eBay); "Goodnight" wall script, Gauge NYC; Baby Animal Photographs, Sharon Montrose; Nursing Rocker, Vintage; White Dress, IKEA (ring pulls from Lee Valley); Curtains & Brass Curtain Rod, Restoration Hardware; Swing-Arm Wall Sconce, CB2; Watercolour Art Prints - Flora in Peach, Yao Cheng (on Minted); Pom Pom Pillows, H&M Home; White Pillows with Pink Dots, Tonic Living; Gold Bows Pillow, Caitlin Wilson; Green Velvet Bench, Vintage (reupholstery by Hiddenstitch); Faux Fur, Costco; Square Mirror, White Wall Shelf, Trays, Clothes Basket, Homesense; Change Pad, Bassinet & Rocking Stand, Babies 'R' Us; Sofa, Urban Barn (no longer available); Picture Frames & Shadow Box, Michaels

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fall Table

Hello & Happy Thanksgiving! I hope things are well with you and yours. We hosted an intimate dinner for my mom's 60th this weekend. I jumped at the chance to set the table pretty; somehow a perfectly set table just doesn't happen all that often with three littles around. I used my china (given to us by my husband's grandmother) and had an arrangement made by Blossoms in Saskatoon (gorgeous!). I'm not overly crafty but manged to come up with some sweet placecards - gotta love washi tape. Have a look!

The "table cloth" is actually an IKEA duvet cover I had in my linen closet. I thought it worked pretty well. 

The burlap runner and bits of twine lend a slightly rustic, casual vibe - a perfect counterpart to the formal china. 

We also enjoyed a delicious meal courtesy of my brother. The house still smells SO good, and my tummy is still full. I hope you get to enjoy some good family time this weekend too. If a pretty table and yummy food goes along with it then all the better! 



final picture courtesy of my dad

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Simply Perfect Home Tour (at home with Caroline Roth)

So I know I haven't blogged in just about forever, but I stumbled across this gorgeous home and just couldn't keep it to myself. You know how that goes (your facebook feed is full of such things - ha!). It's pretty, classic, glamorous, refined and just a little unexpected - perfection! I thought it better be good if I was going to break the blogging silence. Hope you enjoy! 

The home belongs to fashion executive, Caroline Roth. I spotted it over at Domaine Home and Metro Mode. 

I told you it was good - I could move right in! I hope things are well with you. Life keeps filling up and clipping along for me. That's likely your story too. Until next time...


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wedding Inspiration

Hello, friends! I hope this finds you well. I've been very neglectful of this blog of mine. (Sigh) Life is busy. 

I haven't been idle though. Right now I'm working on some decor for my brother's wedding this fall. Of course the bride and I have been pinning away! (Where was pinterest when I got married?!) Here's some of what we have in mind. 

A little rustic. A little sparkle. A whole lot of pretty! It's a big wedding too, so I've got my work cut out for me. It's a pretty fun "job" though and a nice diversion from diapers and the relentless armies of weeds that threaten to overthrow my garden (maybe that's a little dramatic). Hopefully I can give you some updates along the way. 



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Weekend Vibe

Just popping in to say hi and how are you? I want to wish you a lovely weekend, filled with coffee and books and time with the ones you love. I'm hoping for those things myself plus a little yard work on the side. 


Image Sources: chicwish; hemingwaycool; mydomaine

Friday, May 1, 2015

Last Chance to Grab Some Art (SALE)

Hello, friends! Thanks again for your generous support and encouragement in my painting project. I wanted to post the few paintings here that didn't sell to give you one last chance to purchase. All of the prices have been reduced too. Have a look!  

"This Way & That" Acrylic on Canvas, 11X14 


"Something New" Acrylic on Canvas, 5X5


"Au Naturel" Watercolour on Paper, 5X7 


"Ship Shape" (Watercolour on Paper, 5X7) 


"Sunday Bunch" (Watercolour on Paper, 5X5) 


Let me know if you want to make a purchase/donation. And have yourselves a most excellent weekend! XO