Monday, November 29, 2010

giveaway | Tis the Season

I am so excited to share this giveaway with you!! Tis the season to give and Fresh Crop wants to do just that -


Joanne is the creative mind behind Fresh Crop and she’s graciously offering a free set of 5 Christmas cards to one lucky Desire to Decorate reader. Joanne’s a graphic designer from Halifax, Nova Scotia, specializing a variety of paper goods such as; Christmas cards, birthday cards, photo cards, kids illustrations and custom wedding invitations, which you can see at

FC collage

To enter, check out Joanne’s wonderful Fresh Crop shop on Etsy and leave a comment letting me know which card you love. For extra entries and please post a separate comment for each extra entry…

  • Become a guest via google or facebook of Desire to Decorate
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Open to US & Canadian residents only. Entry period closes at midnight PST, Wednesday, December 1st, 2010. Winner will be selected via Check back on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 to see if you’re the lucky winner!

Wait there’s more -

For Desire to Decorate guests only, Joanne is also offering FREE SHIPPING (to Canada & US) when you buy a set of 5 cards. Simple mention Desire to Decorate in the note field when placing your order! Goodness all around… love it!!

Good Luck!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Decorating {Festive Chandeliers}

Every Christmas I dress my dining room chandelier with clear acrylic snowflakes, hung from invisible thread. Just another way I add a festive touch to the dining room. Some people choose to pile on the greenery and ornaments, I prefer simplicity but either way its another opportunity to dress the house for the holidays. Here’s a round of festive chandeliers… enjoy!

coastal living


ribbons H&H NO07



sweet paul via real simple

Photo credits; coastal living, Canadian House & Home (2&3), Martha Stewart, Flickr, Martha Stewart and Sweet Paul via Real Simple.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


With our basement renovation last year came a playroom for my two boys, Liam and Evan. Today, the bunting I originally made for Evan’s 1st birthday hangs in the room and I have a corkboard and alphabet artwork yet to hang. As I continue to look for ways to keep toys organized - yes, there’s been a trip or two to Ikea for storage bins - I also continue to look for ways to stimulate their imagination and creativity. Here’s a round up of playroom inspiration photos I’ve been collecting… enjoy!

playroom elle decor

playroom kohler idea homes

sloan mauran interior design

playroom coastal living

playroom lauren stern design

craft room project nursery via margaret norcott

playroom southern living

playroom assembly required

Photo credits; elle decor, kohler idea homes, sloan mauran interior design, coastal living, lauren stern design, project nursery via margaret norcott, southern living and assembly required.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Staci Edwards blog {guest post}

Today you can find me over at Staci Edwards blog, the stylish design blog of Staci Edwards. I’m participating in her weekly ‘Favorite Interior Tuesdays’ series. Can you guess who I’ll be featuring?

Staci Edwards blog

Staci is the founder of Staci Edwards Designs, located in Oakville, and is an insanely talented interior designer… check out her portfolio here. Thanks for having me Staci!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stylish shelves… in the living room

There’s no doubt that bookshelves add character and personality to a room but I especially love bookshelves in a living room. For some reason I think it adds an instant sense of comfort, making family and guests feel more comfortable to linger in the room. Here’s a round up of stylish shelves in the living room.

3 lonny


2 kohler idea homes

4 sunset

decor pad 3

jcoolidge photograpthy

living etc library-living-room

my home ideas via Cottage Living

For more on my Stylish Shelves series go here.

Photo credits; Architectural Digest, Lonny, Ikea, Kohler Idea Homes, Sunset, Decor Pad, John Coolidge Photography, Living Inc., My Home Ideas via Cottage Living.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas Decorating {Bare Branches}

I love the idea of adding sparkle to bare branches for a festive touch around the house. I do this every year to potted branches I have in my entryway and I love how it adds a little holiday season whimsy in an unexpected place. Here’s a small round up of branches dressed for Christmas!

atlanta homes mag

H&H NO 07


the inspired room

house to home

Whether an alternative to a customary Christmas tree or simply to add more festive fun (as I do) I love the idea. What do you think?

Photo credits; Atlantahomemag, Canadian House & Home, Ikea, theinspiredhouse via Costal Living and House to Home.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Exposed Brick walls

Instantly adding character and rustic charm even, lending an industrial modern touch to a space, exposed brick has me hooked. I don’t see the purchase of a loft or historical building in my future however, that hasn’t stopped my from collecting beautiful spaces of exposed brick, here’s my round up - enjoy!
exposed brick hallie burtonexposed-brick-new-yorkH&H August 2008houzzH&H Aug 08hallie burtonhouse to home via living etcS @ H April 2010
How about painted brick? Many people favor one or the other -- how about you, which side are you on?
gray bricks apartment therapyexposed brick living etcmanmakehomeblogspotvia remodelistawhite-brick-country-living
Exposed brick or painted brick, there’s tons of charm and character, wouldn’t you agree?

PS... I'll update this post with all my sources when I get another 15 minutes later today!! Sorry, got to go now!

Monday, November 15, 2010

How to Decorate with Kimberley Seldon

kimberley and i resizedI spent the weekend attending the How to Decorate class hosted by Kimberley Seldon. If you’ve ever had a chance to hear Kimberley speak, I’m sure you would agree that she’s informative and entertaining. The course was great, the ladies that I shared a table with were great and of course, Kimberley was great!

I recommend the course to anyone considering building a house, undergoing a renovation or design enthusiasts interested in learning the foundation to a well designed and decorated home. You may still hire a designer after taking the course however, now, you'll be more prepared and have an understanding, not to mention an appreciateion, of the design process.

Here are 5 highlights from the course;
  1. Before making purchases of any kind – PLAN. Consider the floorplans, furniture placement, lighting, budgets and the desired mood and look you want to achieve before spending any money. Be prepared to pass up something, no matter how much you like it, if it doesn’t meet your defined criteria and plan.
  2. Don’t take on a room until you have the budget to complete the entire room. By waiting, the end result will be that much more rewarding.
  3. Think of your main floor as an outfit, get an idea of your desired look before purchasing anything.
  4. The purpose of paint is to make sure everything else in the room looks good. therefore, you need to have thought though everything else (see #1) before you paint.
  5. 20% of your design budget should be reserved for styling, i.e. accessories.
Overall, I left with energy and excitement to take on more client projects and I would love the opportunity to shadow Kimberley for a day.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Perfect Pairings

Last week my Double Vision post looked at wallpaper and fabrics of the same pattern. Many of you shared that the double vision was a little overwhelming and would prefer wallpaper with coordinating fabrics… don’t you love when companies make it easy for you? In this post I feature Thibaut Wallpaper & Fabrics and Osborne & Little... enjoy!

stlucia & natural resource

norwich paisley

buds & anafi

osborn & little

Maharani(1) osborne & little

Osborne & Little

1, 2, 3 via Thibaut Wallpaper & Fabrics, 4, 5 and 6 via Osborne & Little. Happy Weekend!


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