Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Myrlilja :: Ikea’s Limited Edition Textile Collection

This Spring I’ve been crushing on colour, pink, coral, pastels so when Ikea’s Myrlilja look book landed in my inbox, I knew there was something to share. The Myrlilja is Ikea’s new limited edition line of textiles. The edition includes duvet covers, pillowcases, cushions, bags, scarves and a rug. It launches June 1st, in all Ikea stores.

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Click HERE to view more, or better yet, pop into your local Ikea and check it out in person.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Colour Boards for May

Happy Monday my friends!

Here’s a peek at just a few of the colour boards I pulled together for May. Lately, colour as been my inspiration drug of choice…

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… but neutrals will always be a favourite.

beige d2d on tumblr

Desire to Decorate on tumblr; all things interior design, fashion and food. Many of these images can be found via my pin boards and all images are sourced correctly via tumblr.

Friday, May 25, 2012

DIY Hardwood Floor Refinishing

One of the DIY projects you might not have tackled yet is refinishing hardwood floors. The process is messy and lengthy, but the rewards of doing this yourself can be fulfilling.

It doesn't have to be difficult. Consider some important points beforehand; ensure you have sought expert advice on your stain preference, you have purchased or rented the right tools and you’re completely comfortable with tackling the project. Here’s the ‘how to’ for the project:

Prepare Your Work Area

Sanding wooden floors creates an incredible amount of dust. It will get everywhere. Move all items of furniture that you can out of the room, and cover anything that has to stay put with heavy dust sheets. Close off the room you will be sanding in by taping any doors out of the room with masking tape.

Assess the Boards

Do a thorough check of all the boards and if any are damaged or rotten, replace and repair them before you start sanding. Any loose boards need screwing down. Use joists as a guide to nailing them down. Make sure any screw heads are 2mm below the surface or they’ll catch on the sander, and later on, on people’s feet.

Gap can be filled by shifting boards along and filling the space near the wall. If this doesn’t seem possible, you can glue slivers of timber into the gaps and hammer them into place. Any superficial knocks can be disguised with wood filler.

Ready to Sand

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Use the floor sander in a diagonal direction across the room. Depending on the condition of the boards, you can start with medium grade or coarse grade sanding sheets. Avoid ruts forming by keeping the sander moving along.

Then criss-cross in the opposite direction. As you work through the layers of grease and grime, switch to finer grades of paper, following the direction of the boards. The last sand should be with the finest grade paper.

To sand the edges, a round edging sander will be necessary. Any dirt stuck in corners can be removed with a chisel.

Finishing

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You’ll need to vacuum up the dust – this will take several attempts. Wipe all surfaces sanded with a cloth that is damp with white spirit – this helps pick up any traces of dust. Don’t wear shoes as this will help protect the unsealed floor.

To keep the new look floor looking great, you need to seal it with varnish or paint. Apply at least two coats of varnish, following the drying times and instructions on the tin.

Leave the room empty for at least 24 hours after the final coat and drying time has passed before placing any heavy items like a leather sofa or display cabinet on the floor.

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Ready to handle your own DIY hardwood floor refinishing project?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Coffee or Tea Anyone?

Last week I mentioned to a few bloggers that I recently created a coffee / tea tray in my kitchen. I was asked to show it off, so here it is…

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I’m more of a ‘stow’ vs. ‘show’ person but this came to be simply because I was tired of reaching for tea or sugar from the upper cabinets. B and I have coffee every morning and tea every evening so it made sense to arrange things nicely on the counter. It also gave me an opportunity to showcase some pretty keep sake pieces we have. The tin is a vintage short bread tin from England and the teacup was a gift from my bridal shower, also from England. I also added a touch of whimsy but framing scribbles from my 3 year old. I’m in search of a more ornate frame, but until then, here’s what it looks like.

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Do you have anything like this in your own kitchen? Do tell.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Meredith Heron Design :: Office Reveal

In light of my lunch date with the insanely talented Meredith Heron today, I just have to show you the reveal of her new office via Chloe Magazine.

Meredith Heron Design Office Reveal

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And, finally the diva herself…

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All photos via Chloe Magazine, read all about here.

Gorgeous, right? Here’s more sneak peeks at her office space…

MHD sneak peek

You’re impressed no doubt. Meredith Heron Design. Get a glimpse into her world via her blog or follow her via twitter.

Looking for good old fashion tear sheets to pin to your design board? Chloe Magazine is available at Chapters/Indigo in Canada and at Barnes & Noble in the US.

Happy Weekend!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Arranging Garden Flowers Indoors

Our lilac bush is blooming for the first time since we planted it years ago. We have it placed just outside our back door in hopes that the scent will carry through the air when we step outside. I’ve already taken a few clippings and filled a small vase to bring the scent indoors. It’s a great little pop of colour and freshness to our kitchen these days.

Here’s three great ideas for how to arrange garden flowers indoors.

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I think these photos are pretty in their simplicity. What your favourite outdoor / indoor flower?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Potted Up! {Summer}

At our home, new potted creations come with every season. Okay, often I skip Spring and move right into Summer and this year was no different. I like annuals for splash of colour, while our garden bed is filled with hardy, low maintenance perennials in varying shades of green.

I have always loved container gardening. Perhaps it’s because my mom always had potted annuals, in our front and back yard as I was growing up. Every year we had new colour combinations, and by mid July, every pot was in it’s full glory – so pretty.

This week my mom and I potted up a little something for my front step and I’m so pleased. I can’t wait to see this pot once the Miracle Grow kicks in!

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I needed a new pot and wanted something a little different in the way of annuals so first, I headed to a nearby garden center for inspiration. Here’s my snapshots…

summer 2012 inspiration

I have yet to complete pots for the backyard. Do you do any type of seasonal gardening? Do share & enjoy the weekend. Happy Mother’s Day to all those celebrating.

Have a peek at some of my earlier creations… Summer, Fall and Winter.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

DIY :: Wanna Be

Truth be told, I’m not much of a DIY’er. Sure, I’ve made fabric framed artwork, given an old lamp new life with a can of spray paint and made a message board, but an avid DIY’er I am not. Never the less, I continue to collect ideas for what is a hopeful someday in the DIY department…

DIY pillar lamp covet garden

DIY dipped legs console the sweet beast blog

I’ve recently painted a toy dinosaur and added metallic gold legs for added fun ~

DIY painted dinosaur gold dipped legs 

DIY gold frames a thoughful place

These DIY art masterpieces are on my summer to do list. I think we’ll have a blast making them!

DIY Art Collage

How about you? Are you a DIY’er? What’s in your portfolio or on your to do list? See more of other peoples fabulous DIY projects via my DIY Projects pin-board.

Photo Sources; Covet Garden, The Sweet Beast Blog, Isabella & Max Rooms blog, A Thoughtful Place Blog and 1, 2, 3 for the collage.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Coloured Denim Crush

Since my trip to Florida, I’ve been crushing on coloured denim. They were everywhere – in a rainbow of colours. I returned empty handed. Needless to say, I’m still crushing…coloured demin

green | yellow | pink | blue | mint | coral

I want a pair in every colour. Do you have a favourite? {thank you Staci for letting me reblog this post! It’s exactly what I was set out to source}

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Affordable Art Wall & A Birchwood Frame

I was looking for a way to showcase my many iPhone photos – and voila, this mini art wall in our mudroom was born. Fun, right? My boys love it. Now, we usually have some sort of reminisce about one of the photos as we’re putting on our shoes and jackets.

It’s only been about a week that the photos have been up, and already I’ve noticed that my request for a photo is now returned with a smile. Yay!

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I think the washi tape adds to the playfulness. I wish I could have a roll in every colour! My DIY Cork + Chalkboard project, courtesy of The Home Depot, is being put to good use, pop over here for a step by step on how I made it. 

I recently received our framed photo, courtesy of PosterJack. Have you heard of them? They are a Canadian company that turns digital photos into artwork – photo enlargements, photo on canvas, photo printing, photos on birch wood etc. The quality of the frame is superb, and the service great.

If you have a photo enlargement project you’re considering, pop over to PosterJack and let them handle the rest!
birchwood via posterjackca

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