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September, 2011

  1. DIY Door Moulding

    September 30, 2011 by admin

    September’s Martha Stewart Living had a great article on DIY tricks for jazzing up boring doors.  I especially loved this one – using a ceiling medallion on a hollow-core door with a centre knob.  Genius!  Gorgeous in black…or is it off black…

    Martha Stewart Living, September 2011

  2. Details, Details!

    September 29, 2011 by admin

    This is the first in a new series of posts I’m going to try out for a while.

    I’m a big believer in the idea that it’s the details that really make a huge difference when it comes to loving your home.  I won’t deny that taking care of the big picture is important and that’s usually how a room design begins, but if you’re lucky enough to get to that point where you pay attention to those little details – to create those special little moments – that’s the sweet spot.

    It’s those little moments that really make you smile as you sink into your comfiest chair or that extra special view when you look through your window into the garden.  So often when I sit quietly in our house I smile from ear to ear when I notice the details.

    Here’s the first picture that inspired this blog series.  A beautiful tableaux with inexpensive blue and white vases just the right size for holding single garden roses.  The antique wooden box was a keepsake from Maine this past summer and the gilt mirror is from Maine the summer before.  I love how the mirror reflects the room beyond, like an Old Master painting and the watery, soothing wall colour in the background is still my favourite.

    Here’s hoping you enjoy the details in your home.

  3. Serious Score: McGuire-esque Chairs

    September 28, 2011 by admin

    Last week I spied these amazing vintage bamboo chairs in Toronto.  Of course I liked them for what they are, but they also seemed familiar to me too.  Then, flipping through a back issue of House Beautiful Magazine, I saw them!  They’re just like the ‘cracked ice’ chair by very exclusive, very expensive McGuire!

    These are the vintage ones I found – $195 for a set of four!!!

    And these are the ‘cracked ice’ ones from McGuire.  Pretty close aren’t they?

    Not bad!  Just have to reduced the puff factor on the seat.

  4. Sweet Endings

    September 26, 2011 by admin

    Our good friends James & Samantha were over this weekend and it was so great to catch up.  They’ve just returned from an amazing trip to England and Scotland where they had a change to recharge and get inspired by the beauty and green of the U.K.

    Samantha is an incredible chef and pastry chef and she brought (in an adorable card box) this delicious homemade cheesecake piled high with white chocolate curls.  Just thought I’d share (and get your tummies rumbling)!

  5. Fun, Fresh Shower Curtain DIY

    September 25, 2011 by admin

    Here’s a shot of a fun DIY shower curtain idea by my friend Sally Armstrong at House & Home Magazine.  It’s totally cute and fresh!

    Produced by Sally Armstrong, House & Home Magazine

    Sally just used a basic white shower curtain and sewed some striped fabric into ruffles and added them to the curtain.  Totally simple!


    Some other fun shower curtains I’m craving at the moment are…

    Pretty paisley from West Elm…

    Sporty stripes from Ikea…

    Pop Art prints from Crate & Barrel…

    And fanciful flourishes from Urban Outfitters.  Take your pick or Do It Yourself!  Great job Sally!!

  6. Style On Sale!

    September 23, 2011 by admin

    Finding items with great style and great prices can be tricky and take a lot of time.  Luckily there are some great sales going on right now (getting ready for Christmas I guess. The horror!).  Check out these fab frugal finds!

    Find these items and their great prices on sale now at West Elm.

  7. Mid-Century Teak Heirlooms

    September 22, 2011 by admin

    Remember the vintage green table and platter etc from Sara’s grandparents?  Well Sara’s grandparents were also into modern teak furniture and so there are a couple of items that we’re trying to figure out the best spot for.

    First a pair of chairs.  There are two of this type of teak and upholstered chair.  Obviously they’ll need recovering, but in what?  And where will they live?

    There’s also this cool teak desk from Sara’s grandpa’s doctor’s office.  It’s got sleek drawers with brass keys.  Now where could we put this?

    Wouldn’t this look amazing with a cool modern lamp?  Maybe a white and chrome Eames desk chair?  It doesn’t really suit the vibe of our house though…maybe I can spin it some other way?

  8. David Austin Rose

    September 20, 2011 by admin

    Before they’re gone for the season, I wanted to share this pretty little still life near my kitchen window.

    It’s one of my home-grown David Austin roses in a vintage bottle looking absolutely ravishing.  I can’t believe I grew it!  They petals are so full and luscious and old fashioned looking.  The plate is Martha Stewart transferware I picked up at Putti in Toronto.

  9. New Tom Scheerer: Tropical Hotel

    September 18, 2011 by admin

    Take a look at this pure gorgeousness from Tom Scheerer.  He seems to do a lot of work in the Bahamas and I just love the blending of his preppy North Eastern style with the tropical motifs and colours.  This is the most dreamy vacation spot ever!




    I just love the grand scale of this room.  The mixture of chocolate, coral and spring green is genius and the combination of casual and buttoned up furniture is just right.


    The white painted chairs are a lovely fresh update on a classic and traditional motif.   And the large palm trees looming above remind me of the children’s book, Where The Wild Things Are.  So fantastical!Who wouldn’t want to stay in a room like this?  The white bamboo bench at the foot of the bed is such a nice touch and I love the colour of this updated wing chair.





    Pale blue walls with a camel sofa and lots of cream?  Perfect!  Gotta try this combo!




    The cabana stripe effect from this wallpaper is so fun, don’t you think?  Again this coral, apricot colour is just perfect for this tropical modern scheme.


    And I’m sure I’ve seen these chairs at thrift shops all around.  How great do they look in black?!  Love the high gloss striped floor and crisp white walls.  And the fish!


    The large grand wooden doors are lovely with those centre brass knobs, don’t you think?  Such a fun room with all of the nice little groupings of furniture and that centre skirted table.

    Design by Tom Scheerer, Photography by Pieter Estersohn.

  10. Jason + Kate

    September 17, 2011 by admin

    This summer my little (err 6.4′) brother Jason got himself engaged to the lovely Kate.  They’re planning a snowy New Year’s Eve wedding and setting up their first apartment together and I couldn’t be happier for them!

    Recently Sara and I hosted an engagement party for them in our back yard to celebrate with both families and their wedding party.  It was so much fun and so great to get to know everybody.  I barbecued and with so many burgers on the grill nearly burned the near by garage down.  But everything turned out nicely and we had a great time.

    Congratulations Jason and Kate!

    Remember the old table from the basement?  We hauled it out onto the lawn and covered it’s tattered top with a chintz cloth.  The galvanized bucket soon held ice and drinks and the old platters etc were filled with barbecue staples and delicious pot luck desserts!

    We tied some tissue paper pom poms to old maple tree over the dining table for a pretty, festive effect.

    I even used two saw horses and some old lumber to make a buffet table covered in a blue and white HomeSense table cloth.  The branches with cherries in a water pitcher made for a charming and free flower arrangement!

    The funniest part was the weather.  It was scheduled to rain but on the day of the party the weather couldn’t have been nicer all morning and afternoon.  Sara and I decided to risk it and set up in the yard, carrying outside tons of chairs, tables, table cloths, pom pom’s – you name it!  Just as the guests began to arrive it started to rain and thunder!  We carried everything back inside, set up again (taping the blasted pom poms to the ceiling) and greeted our guests.  Well then of course the rain passed by and everyone wanted to be outside!  We carried everything back outside and started again!   Jason – I hope you’re reading this!