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November, 2011

  1. Earthy Holiday Wreath Project

    November 29, 2011 by admin

    If you want to know what a perfect day for me looks like, just click on over to  Jeeze louise, this looks perfect!  A perfect day in a beautiful local that will always pull at my heart strings – Maine.  Katy – why do you torture me?!?

  2. Happy Monday!

    November 28, 2011 by admin

    Good morning everyone!  It’s going to be another busy day of decorating today!  Today I’ve got a to-do list as long as my arm that includes finding the perfect bedding, picking up a some furniture from Crate & Barrel, having one chair sprayed and another reupholstered, framing some vintage items in shadow boxes, getting some drapes sewn, buying some fabric to create one-of-a-kind somethings, and criss-crossing around the city to find unique and beautiful accessories for a room that’s finishing on Wednesday.  Trust me, that’s no exaggeration – I left out all of the boring t0-do’s!!

    So while I scurry around like a madman, take a moment and be inspired by this beautiful Eddie Ross-designed room.  So inspiring and relaxing – but I’ll bet it took as much work or more to make it happen!!


  3. Beaver Panel Truck Love

    November 25, 2011 by admin

    I. Want. This. Car.

  4. Classic HBC Product For The Holidays

    November 24, 2011 by admin

    Okay, I am kind of loving The Bay these days.  I’m not usually the biggest fan of department stores but these days I think The Bay has really been stepping it up.  One of my favourite things they’ve got are all of these great-looking products inspired by the classic Point Blanket.  I want them all!


    These great totes are under $15 I think!  So graphic and chic.  I actually bought one for Suzanne Dimma last year for our office gift exchange!

    The good old wool point blanket.  Actually pretty expensive, but something you’ll keep forever.  And so cozy!

    The Bay even has this Assouline coffee table book all about the hundreds-years-old Hudson’s Bay Company.  This would make a great gift, I think.

    And finally, these fun stripped HBC mugs – how great are these?  They’re totally affordable too.  I love this stuff!  Cheers to HBC!

  5. Simple and Cheap Christmas Wreath DIY

    November 23, 2011 by admin

    So I’ve decided to get into the holiday spirit a little early this year.  This is the first Christmas in years that I haven’t had to do the whole thing twice (think Christmas in August for a magazine story).  This year I’ll just put my tree up once!  Well since Christmas has more of a novelty to me this year, I’m getting into the spirit even though it’s still November.

    This weekend I picked up this cheap and cheerful balsam wreath at my local Home Depot.

    Let’s just say I wasn’t thrilled with the sad little bow.  That had to go straight away!

    My favourite technique for hanging a wreath is to use a nice length of grosgrain ribbon and looping it through the centre of the wreath.  Then I simply use a regular old thumb tack to attach the ribbon to the top (or thickness) of the door.  That way you don’t need a nail stuck in your door!  So simple!  You can totally leave this simple ribbon as is if you like, but…

    I added a second piece of ribbon and just tied it like shoe laces onto the first ribbon loop.  Couldn’t be simpler!

    Merry Christmas everybody!

  6. Hot Trend: Marbleized Papers (and fabrics!)

    November 22, 2011 by admin

    Marbleized papers are making a big splash these days.  Okay well you might not see them everywhere, but they’ve been catching my eye!

    Design by Todd Klein; House Beautiful Magazine

    I like them because they remind me of the ‘end-papers’ in a good old book.  You know what I mean?  The marbleized paper they would use to bind the inside of a dusty old hardcover?  It gives this design style a (pardon the pun) bookish feeling.  Very scholastic!  I’ve seen it in some interesting wallpapers (like the powder room above) and fabrics too.  Maybe a bit kooky, maybe a bit traditional, but definitely something interesting to think about.

    I found these marbleized papers at

  7. WOW! Camelback Sofa Score!

    November 21, 2011 by admin

    I am in love.

    A little while back I was in Belleville, Ontario at one of my favourite vintage and antique shops, Funk & Gruven.  I took my usual spin around and saw this little beauty.

    This gorgeous camel-back sofa caught my eye, and when I sat down on it, the comfort-factor sold me!  It may look like a bit of a formal perch, but trust me, it’s the perfect depth with lots of support.  Problem was, I really didn’t need a camel-back sofa!

    Fast forward a few months and Sara being intent on rearranging our furniture.  She really wants to put our linen slip covered sofa in the bay window of our living room, but the problem is it leaves a big whole in the room.  If I’m going to make her happy I need a second sofa!  But I don’t like the idea of another sofa that looks too much like the one we have.  I wouldn’t want it to look like we were going for a set and missed the mark.  If I had a second sofa it would have to be intentionally different that the tuxedo style we have.  That’s why this camel-back number is perfect!

    Well the best part is, I was able to scoop it up the other day for $75!  Yes, you read right – $75!  I can’t wait to get my hands on it and dream of the makeover.  I’m thinking velvet upholstery in a fresh colour maybe?  We’ll see…for now I’m just excited!  Yipee!!


  8. Vintage Furniture: Before & After

    November 19, 2011 by admin

    Just a quick little bit of inspiration for those of you embarking on some furniture DIY.  If you’ve got an old chair, dresser or whats-it kicking around, why not reinvent it with a lick of paint and maybe some fabric or wallpaper?  Go on, you can do it!



    You too can have a home that’s pretty and pulled-together!  Thanks once again to Martha for the inspiration!

  9. Details, Details: Beautiful Bottle Glass

    November 18, 2011 by admin

    If you’ve ever scrutinized the images I created as a Style Editor at House & Home, you’ll likely know I love bottles.  I think their shapely gorgeousness fits into almost any space.  They take serious rooms down a notch, they add whimsical mystery to something that’s just a little too new, and they bring colour, sparkle and life any and everywhere.  Best of all they’re cheap and easy to find!

    Most of these were a gift from my cousin-in-law Scott and they’re a prized collection for me and Sara.  We’ve moved them around the house but for now, they’re a green glass tableau atop an old wooden dresser.  When the light hits them just right, it’s pure magic.  Thanks Scott!

  10. Todd Klein – Happy Home

    November 16, 2011 by admin

    Just a little decorating eye-candy for you!  Todd Klein, a talented U.S. designer transformed this home to be colourful, layered, and most of all, happy.  I just love a home with spirit like this!

    I’m craving pale mint walls these days.  I especially love this combo of mint, black and raspberry!  The natural floor covering tones things down and the gilded mirror adds history and substance to such an ice cream coloured palette.

    Love the old cracked leather on this tufted sofa.  A wall of well-used books is a big style statement in my book (no pun intended)!  Also love the symmetrical floor lamps with tapered shades.

    It’s nice to have rich, cozy rooms like the library space and then also have light, bright and cheerful rooms like this eating area.  The striped rug is just pure fun and I love the painted chairs and their seats upholstered in different colours.  You may recall this room was on the cover of House Beautiful Magazine.

    Who doesn’t like a bright, white kitchen?  The french bistro-style stools are the perfect homely (and stylish) touch and I love the hint of yellow!

    Sunny yellow continues upstairs on some glowing, lacquered walls.  This custard yellow room just glows and seems to me like the perfect place to start your day.  Quirky prints on the cushions and a substantial reading lamp make for a room that’s not predictable and full of charm.