Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Around the House (Of Gardens & Fabrics)

Hello, friends! I hope this finds you well. My garden is in the works, sprouting happily in the corner of my kitchen right now. The kids and I planted beans last Monday (for earth day), and they're already up! It seems fast to me, but I know nothing about gardening. Someone asked me just the other day if I liked gardening and I told them I'd have to get back to them on that! Total novice here. We've never had a yard let alone a garden before.  



You can see in the background that we still have a ridiculous amount of snow. It will be awhile yet before the snow is gone and our garden plot is ready, so I thought I'd get the plants started indoors. Fingers crossed that it works. At any rate, we love watching the plants grow. They've shot up so quickly which has been fun and exciting for the kids. 

Our yard is completely undeveloped since we built new. We're excited to get it started this summer. We're not going to try to do everything but a deck, fence, grass and garden would be nice. Here's hoping we can at least get the "essentials" done. 

Let's see... I got the orangerie pillow sewn for A's bed. LIKE!



Oh, and I'm experimenting with hand painting some fabric for curtains in the master bedroom. Trying for a coral colour, but it's hard to get it just right. I'm having to mix colours. More experimenting needs to happen. Green is also an option. And I for sure like the smaller brush strokes best (in green).



Christine's curtains are the inspiration there. 



My husband also hung that ginormous mirror for me and the chinoiserie panels. Waiting until I get a few more things in place before I show you those. It's pretty bare bones in the room right now. 

Catch you later!

-Sarah






Friday, April 26, 2013

Phooey Foo Dogs

Time for an update on those foo dog lamps I ordered way back when. Well, I got them painted (they went from turquoise to white) and put back together. Then it was time to look for shades because they came without. I figured it wouldn't be too much trouble to find something that would work. Well, I was wrong. So then I decided to look into having shades custom made. The verbal quote I received was somewhere between $50-$60 per shade. That's more than I wanted to pay, but it seemed fair for something custom. When we got the real quote back, the price was waaay more. $170 per shade!!! Yikes! I paid less than that (with shipping) for the pair of lamps). So, the foo dog lamps are on hold for now. Live and learn. Worst case scenario, I get a pair of ornamental foo dogs, and I never buy shadeless lamps again!

I guess it's back to the drawing board as far as sideboard lamps go. I'd really like something sculptural or unique looking. Nothing with too much colour though. And it can't be too large or tall (something around 30" would be ideal). Something rounded would be best so it looks good from all angles. (The lamps will sit on the sideboard which rests behind the sofa in our open concept space.) Oh, and I don't want them to cost me a fortune! Is that too much to ask? We shall see.

Some options. 








To Get an Idea


We will find the right ones... eventually. My favourites are the last 2 styles. And the search continues.

Happy Weekend, friends!

-Sarah


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Large Scale Lamps

Thanks for your sweet comments on A's curtains. You make a girl feel good. 

I've shared these cage lamps from Black Rooster before, and here they are again, because I just like 'em. I so want to use them somewhere.



The only drawback to these beauties is that they are massive! We're talking almost 4 feet tall. Oh, how I wish they were closer to 30" or thereabouts. I'd snatch them up in a heartbeat. So, I'm trying to decide if they might work in our bedroom as beside lamps. Thus, a large scale lamp round up to ponder.







Maybe, just maybe, I could make them work after all. Working over sized lamps into a space seems possible, but it's a little more risky I would say. You have to be more aware of how they relate to the headboard/bed, bedside table, window or wall behind, etc. Because of their size they're going to make a statement and catch the eye, so you want them to look good and relate well to the other pieces in the space.

Hmmm...

-Sarah 


Image Sources: via pinterest (Nathan Schroder photography); Betsy Burnham Design; via pinterest; via Chinoiserie Chic; DC Design House via pinterest

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Curtains Up in A's Room & Pelmet Box Innards

I'm happy to report that A's curtains and the pelmet box got finished and installed yesterday. It feels soooo good to be done, and I'm thrilled with the end result! It's been a long time coming, but it was certainly worth the wait. Pretty. Pretty. Pretty. Have a look!



I left the pom pom trim off the bottom edge of the pelmet box in the image above. The rest of these pictures have the trim running along the pelmet edge. Which do you prefer? 






I think I like it with the trim, but I can still change my mind since it's held in place with only double-sided tape right now (love that stuff). 

The whole window treatment is very elegant but still appropriate for a little girl. The large scale floral chintz (orangerie rose by Designers Guild) feels fresh and modern. The pom poms are a terrific playful touch. The orangerie was definitely a splurge, but we saved by only buying enough to do the pelmet and a pillow (still need to sew that). The white curtain panels are a faux dupioni silk that I found on clearance for $4/meter and doing all the sewing myself certainly cut down on cost. 

Here's a look at the innards of the pelmet box to give you an idea of how it was built and hung. See the box in its earlier stages here and here


A "ledge" was mounted to the wall. The pelmet box slips into the ledge.

The ledge sit atop the window casing and is held in place by 4-5 large screws.


The panels have a simple fold over top and I used a basic wood dowel (cut to size) as a rod.

The hardware we used to mount the dowel & curtain panels.

A close up. (Not exactly pretty on the inside!)

With the curtain panel in place.


Can you see that back piece that's about 5" wide? It stretches along the back of the entire box, and that's what fits into the ledge I showed you earlier. The back piece slips into the ledge and that's how it's hung. Make sense?

A few quick facts if you're thinking of making one:
  • We used 1/2" plywood
  • The dimensions are approximately 60x20x4 (inches)
  • The box extends beyond the window casing by about 5-6" on each side
  • I used 1 layer of batting between the fabric and plywood
  • I staple gunned the fabric in place  
  • Be sure to leave enough room above the ledge to slip the box in (it can't hang right flush with the ceiling the way I designed it).

I may still line or paper the backside of the box since it doesn't look great from the other side of the window (sorry, neighbours!). I have to say this was one of the more challenging projects I've done to date, but it turned out ok. It actually looks quite good (if I do say so myself). It's solid and has a well made, professional look. I've seen other DIY pelmets using foam core, glue and duct tape that look pretty good in the end, but I was skeptical. I decided to go the wood and screws route instead. 

Yay! Project Done. Feel free to e-mail if you plan to make one and have questions along the way. I'm not a pro, but I can help you out if you're making it the way I did. 

Hugs,

-Sarah


Monday, April 22, 2013

Around the House

Hello, friends! I hope you've had a good start to your week. We're on the mend around here although not totally back to normal. I'm busy washing bedding today and trying to air out the rooms. Get rid of the sick!

A few of the antiques/heirloom pieces arrived from ON over the weekend, and we got some of them in place. It feels like Christmas in April! The ensuite got a pretty two-tiered table with curved legs. We're really happy with how it fits and looks in the space. I took a few minutes yesterday to style it up. Doing something creative was rather therapeutic.



As you can see, it fits perfectly in the space between our tub and toilet. I had thought we might put the fiddle leaf fig tree in there, but now I'm planning to move it to the dining room. The wood really warms up the all white space. I also like how the curves of the legs break up the clean, straight lines of the tub and floor-mount faucet. (Getting some more mileage out of those tulips!)





I think I've shown you some of these pieces before, but here are a few other things we hope to bring into the ensuite as the budget permits. A pretty venetian mirror to replace the builder basic one. I've wanted a venetian mirror for for-e-ver. They're so so pretty.





Greek Key trimmed curtains (they'll tie in perfectly with the rug). The trim will likely run just along the leading edge of each panel. Something like this but in black and white and no cornice.




very much like these


And then we'll get some art up on the wall and viola, she'll be done! Well, I guess we're still a ways away from "viola!" We will get there though. 

L's bed is in place now too, but we don't have any bedding yet so I'll hold off showing you for now. This chair moved into A's room though. It makes for a really pretty reading corner for her. We hope to recover it at some point. 



And this side chair moved into the living room. It will also be recovered/refinished down the road.  



I'm kind of thinking this fabric (pink city maze) by Caitlin Wilson would look good on it, but we shall see.




My fingers are crossed that I'll get A's curtains finished or at least mostly finished today. I'm finally starting to feel energetic again, so I can get back to working on that project. Eeek! Enough talk though. I better get off the computer and rev up the sewing machine. Catch you later!

-Sarah




Friday, April 19, 2013

Things Will Get Better

Hello, friends. I hope things are well in your corner of the world. Let's just say it's been one of those weeks around here. I won't elaborate because the details aren't pleasant. I'll simply say that it's been rather messy, and the fact that I'm single parenting this week hasn't helped either. Yes, feel sorry for me (ha!).

A big thank you goes out to my mom who watched the kids yesterday afternoon so I could get out for a few hours. It's funny how even a trip to costco with its hoards of shoppers can be a break when you've been cooped up for days.These tulips came home with me and offer a little cheer and a bright spot amidst the ick. 







Here's hoping next week is better for us. I should have some good stuff to show you provided the sick goes away.

Hugs, 

-Sarah


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Simple with Big Impact

I do not like clutter, but I am not a minimalist either. Somewhere in between is where I sit. Sometimes less is more when it comes to styling and putting together pretty vignettes. Otherwise, it starts to look like the shelves at homesense (know what I mean?). It's like the home accessories fairy puked out a bunch of haphazard nic nacs onto your console or coffee table. Ick. Simple styling does not need to be boring though. I think if it's going to be simple it needs to be well thought out and you certainly need some drama or flair (otherwise it will be boring). Here are a few examples that caught my eye recently. 

First up, here's a library nook decorated by Nick Olsen. The focal point is the elegant, round table topped with a ginger jar vase and over sized blossoms. It's simple (table, vase, flowers) but oh so good. 



A collection of white vases sits atop this chinoiserie chest. Simple but effective. 



Here's a close up consisting of only a vase with pink blooms and an inlaid jewelry box. That's all folks, but isn't it pretty? (I guess there's the lamp base or vase in the background too.) Proof that a few well chosen accessories are better than an armload full.




I also really like this look. It's a collection of magazines of the same size and spine colour (white). They've been artfully arranged, stacked this way and that. Such a simple move, but it makes for an interesting arrangement. 




Nothing fussy here, just real good styling. I like. 

Hugs & High Fives,

-Sarah


Image via Pinterest

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tuesday Randoms

Hello, friends. I am alive and well, or at least mostly well. The kids and I have colds right now but nothing too bad. Let's see... Friday I had a post nearly ready to go and then the power went out and didn't come on again until the late afternoon. By then I was out and about and didn't get a chance to sit down at the computer again. Yesterday I felt sluggish all day - must be the cold. Anyway, here are a few house updates.

The whales painting from Adriane Duckworth arrived. It's so cute and the perfect addition to the kid's bathroom.  




Have I shown you the little rug in the kid's bath? We picked it up at IKEA a while ago. It adds some colour and pattern to the small space. Not your typical bath mat. 



This is me trying to decide on the size of canvas I want for the living room. This is a 48x30 size, which seems pretty good to me, but there's also 48x24 which could work too. My cousin's going to paint something for me because she oozes talent. 



I wish I could show you the window treatment for A's room, but it's still not ready yet. This cold has definitely slowed me down. I'm getting there though. 

Oh, and I don't think I've told you that we have a good number of hand-me-down/heirloom/antique pieces coming from ON (or maybe I have). James' grandparents sold their home out there and it was packed full with lots of beautiful stuff. The goodies are en route to us as we speak! That means Luke is finally going to have a bed. Yay! Can't wait to show you.

Also, I've got something rather exciting to tell you, but I'll wait until it's a little more official. It's not baby news if that's what you're thinking. I'll keep you in suspense just a bit longer. Here's a hint: I've been doing a little shopping so I can shed the mom look I normally have going. 

Catch you later!

-Sarah