Monday, May 31, 2010

One of my favorite rooms in the house!


I came across My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia through Isabella & Max Rooms some time ago and ever since I saw Kriten's kitchen transformation I wanted to share something with you -- check this out!

Kristen's Kitchen

My Kitchen

Similar aren't they?... funny. :)

B thought I was a little nuts wanting a vanilla coloured kitchen but after countless magazine clippings of what I wanted he was game. Word of caution, it's very challenging getting the right shade of cream (not white and not beige!), in the end, we decided on White Tie from Farrell & Ball and we love it!

Ever since we completed our kitchen redesign project 2 years ago, I've loved my kitchen! In the warmer months, I love how crisp and clean it feels and in the colder months we all appreciate the heated floors. All in all, we're thrilled with the results of our kitchen redesign and it's now one of my favorite rooms in the house!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Outdoor Cabanas... bliss.

This morning as Liam ate his breakfast he said "its a beautiful day today"... and beautiful it's been. We've had great weather for the last several days but what's worth mentioning is that it spanned the weekend! :) And, what a weekend it was... the boys, B and I enjoyed our time together, mainly in the backyard. While I was playing with the boys and enjoying the sunshine, my mind wandered off, thinking about how nice it would be to have an outdoor daybed / cabana of some type included in our future backyard plans. Perhaps that would be just the place for boys and either B or I to rest and take in a little afternoon rest or better yet, a nap! B says, not a chance but happy dreaming!

This is my picture perfect... (pictures 2 & 3 from House & Home)


Here's a round up of similar outdoor daybed / cabana's on the market today... who knew? Ahhhhh, bliss.

Dedon through Studio B

at Neuvo

at Zuo Modern

Palmetto Wicker Egg Chair from PotteryBarn & how Nicole from Making it Lovely incorporated it into her beautiful backyard.

Hauser & a DIY canopy bed

Hmm, wonder what I'm going to have to edit from my original backyard dream list to add in this? The funny thing is... as plain and as bare as our backyard is today, the boys don't seem to care or mind. They enjoy their time playing in the kid pool (I bought 3 years ago) and running through the crazy arm sprinkler. I love hearing them laugh!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Playful Picasso


I had a little DIY project up my shelve at Evan's birthday party. I wanted to do something for his big boy room, something he could keep, I was thinking artwork. Thankfully all the parents were game in letting their kids get their hands painted!

Somehow I will include blue and red into Evan's big boy room, you can read that here, but for this project I wanted to add in green as well to keep my future colour scheme open.


Here's the paint and the protective coat I used for the artwork.


Viola... I love the way it turned out.

We have all the kids that were at the party and most importantly, we have grandparents, Liam, B & I... oh, and we couldn't forget my parents dog Toby!!

Now, I just need to figure out where I'm going to hang it!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's not just flowers anymore

A trip to my local flower nursery truly takes me twice as long these days. It's no longer only about perennials and annuals... it about outdoor living. If you haven't been to your local nursery lately, I suggest you take a trip and you'll be pleasantly surprised to find a variety of accessories for decorating your outdoor space. Outdoor artwork, iron work, candle holders, lanterns and absolutely gorgeous outdoor pillows (in every colour!) are just a few things you'll find. Just stunning... so, yes it takes me twice as so long because there's just so many beautiful things to look at and it's not just flowers anymore. 

It's not all country looking anymore either... this display has a modern twist to it with silver, blue and black.

How about yellow?... I love the little yellow chicken in the center, it bounces up & down. :)

Which do you prefer... orange or pink?

Need a little R & R... perhaps this will help.

I love gardening for the abundance of colour and creating a pretty flower arrangement. Maybe it's because my mom always had pretty outdoor flowers while I was growing up... don't know, but whatever the case, I enjoy it and find it satisfying. 

Lastly, if you really don't want to do it yourself but love the idea of choosing your own colour combination, it's likely your local nursery will offer the service of planting your pot. Just round up all the flowers you wish, find your pot and they'll take care of the rest!! Easy as 1 - 2 - 3. Whichever route you choose, I hope you give it a try... enjoy!

Monday, May 24, 2010

How about blue?

What a weekend! Excluding Saturday mother nature was kind to us this long weekend, which meant we've been outside enjoying the warmth and sunshine. A little play time with my boys, some gardening and a DIY project, it was perfect!!

I went to the flower nursery several times this past weekend. The 1st time I had Liam with me and before I even had a chance to decide on colour, he was ready to go home. Home we went - or to Walmart we went looking for a Thomas lego set. We've been talking about it all week.

My next trip to the nursery was successful. I love going to the nursery... so much colour and so many pretty things (which is another post I'm working on). I decided on pink & purple for my backyard flowers this year and picked up a variety of pretty flowers to fill my pots.

Enter DIY - looking at a pair of old pots I had, I thought they needed a pick me up... and what better way than to paint them. I asked Liam what colour should I paint them and he said "how about blue?".  With a quick trip to Home Depot we had ourselves the beginning of a DIY project. Who needs new pots when you can paint your old ones! 

Here's what they started out as...

I went for it... blue it is.

Here's the after... I love it! Adds a little fun to the arrangements, don't you think?


I also painted an old pot for my herbs... so much fun!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

P is for party!

My little man Evan turned 1 this past Thursday and we celebrated with a party on Friday. While I originally wanted primary colours as my party theme, I opted out in favour for green and blues and I'm so happy I did. We had lanterns, a flag garland, a happy birthday banner, my special silhouette lollipops not to mention, yummy eats and yummy treats like; vanilla cake, mini cupcakes and cake pops! Thank goodness the weather forecast was right because we hosted the party in backyard, which made everything feel more casual and easy going for moms and our little party friends.

I've always loved baby silhouettes and I wanted to use Evan's somehow... silhouette lollipops seemed like a perfect special touch. :) I even found adult plates and napkins in my party colours, how perfect!


B & I had fun panting the lanterns, making the flag garland, lollipops and HBE banner.


The cake pops were fun to make too! So glad I found that idea via Rambling Renovators. Go to bakerella for how to and more awesome ideas!


The kids were perfect entertainment for my little man -  he was watching everything with  interest and eagerness. He's crawling but not walking yet, that said, I think it won't be long before he goes. Liam had a great time too!

 

Friday, May 14, 2010

On Line Magazines

More and more magazines are beginning to make their pages available online. While I think it's a great idea for a whole host of reasons, especially for blogging, I for one, prefer the old fashion hardcopy. I think it has something to do with enjoying a cup of coffee, finding a quiet, comfortable place in my house - which for right now is in our familyroom, after the kids are in bed, to read my magazines.

Maybe its because I assoicate the computer with work so it's doesn't have the same allure and sense of relaxation as sitting in my quiet spot ready to take in my design magazines. That said, I still enjoy Lonny Magazine which I introduced you to a weeks back. I hope one day my quiet place will be our living room, a room redesign that B and I are talking about now.

If you fancy online, you should definitely make your way over to Poppytalk. Yesterday she dug up a few that maybe some of you haven't seen, some were new to me too. Truly some beatiful pages await... enjoy! and enjoy your weekend!!





Thursday, May 13, 2010

Backyard Dreaming

I'm not sure how I got on this mailing list but I'm so happy I did. Imagine my surprise when I saw this fabulous outdoor living feature... it's 90% of what I'm envisioning for our backyard oasis to be. I love the pavilion, outdoor fireplace, sitting area, separate dinning area and waterfall incorporated into the pool design.

Perhaps I'm drawn to this scenery because it's exactly as it would be in our backyard - coming into the yard from the left. 


I love that the sitting area is infront of the fire place as it would be in a familyroom or living room but I love the idea of having a covered dinning area, with rustic lanterns hanging above... like in these pictures.


I love this wall feature... a gentle way to hide out peeping neighbours!


I've always been drawn to rectangular pools vs. the popular kidney shaped... and here, I love that the waterfall comes from the straight stonewall.


All in all, there's just a few changes I would make... I would change out the flower bed on the left for some grass, add more trees and use different stone material. These pictures give me hope that you can have an backyard haven, even in our size backyard. I could also give or take the pool but I would definitely take all the rest!

By the way, the magazine is called West of the City and you can see past issues here... gotta love online magazines but this May / June edition hasn't been uploaded yet so I've scanned the pictures to share with you.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bone Inlay, Mother of Pearl, Capiz or look a likes?

I've come across Bone Inlay furniture in design photos a few times now. There's no doubt that there's a level craftsmanship involved in creating these pieces however, I'm not sure I like the idea of actual bone being used for furniture. That said, the pieces are so beautiful they would certainly be a conversation piece.


Perhaps Mother of Pearl would be a suitable alternate?


How about capiz? A few chandeliers that are on my favorite list right now... Gorgeous!!! And, a mirror of course.


How about embossed accents?


Which do you like the best?

Sources;
Lonny Magazine
Graham & Green
Wisteria
Sangeeta Arts & Crafts
Out There Interiors
Colee Hammock Home
Oly
West Elm

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