Friday, October 28, 2011

Scary Spiders via Style at Home

A big thank you to Elaine Song, Web Editor of for asking me to take part in the 'Bloggers' Halloween tricks and treats' post. I’m so happy to be among so many talented bloggers. Pop over here to get inspired by the all bloggers' tricks and treats for Halloween.

My trick? I pulled from my Halloween Decorating post earlier this week.

Halloween Style at Home Bloggers

I’m happy to say we’re ready for Halloween this year. Are you? Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My Wild Floral Headboard

Months ago my girlfriend Staci at {inspired by life} started a business called Switch Studio. She redesigns, refinishes and reupholsters furniture, giving each piece a little TLC and a brand new life.

switch studio

Fortunately, before she got super busy with customer projects, she was able to finish what I thought was going to be my 1st real DIY project. Yes, that’s dated back to April 2010, sigh. I had this headboard and fabric sitting in the closet of our guest bedroom waiting for some TLC. Thanks to Staci and her team, the headboard is all together and gorgeous now. The attention to detail is impeccable, there’s absolutely no way I could have produced the same result. The added piping and cushion was Staci’s suggestion and I love it.

guest room closeup

guest room close up

I love how the upholstered headboard makes the room feel happy. Staci and I refer to this headboard as ‘wild floral’ because my husband initially said this fabric was too wild and suggested I keep looking. I’m so happy I stuck with it because I love the result!  Pop over to Switch Studio to see more of their fabulous pieces.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Decorating

Is it just me or does it seem that Halloween is no longer about one pumpkin out front? In any case, with Halloween just a week away, I’m happy to share that we finally have our Halloween decorations up. My boys are young so our Halloween collection is still in the making. Last year, I started on spiders – not too scary, but scary enough. This weekend I was surfing for some last minute Halloween decorating ideas, here are some of my favourites… enjoy!

spiders martha stewart

spiders countryliving

spiders BHG

spiders style at home

spiders bhg (2)

Maybe one day we’ll attempt…

spiders apartment therapy

Next year, I want to add in bats or ravens into the mix. I love this next photo.

raven & bats style @ home

I’m always amazed at how people ‘do’ Halloween these days. There are so many creative and creepy ideas out there, but I’m especially impressed with how stylish Halloween can be today. How do you ‘do’ Halloween?

Photo Credits; Martha Stewart, CountryLiving, Better Homes and Gardens, Style at Home, BHG, Apartment Therapy and Style at Home via Inspired by Life

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

White with Tan Interiors

Lately I’ve been drawn to rooms that are mainly white with tan. There’s something very calming about the combination that has me intrigued. I also love when there’s a hint of a third colour in the mix, especially; green, blue, orange or coral. Here’s a round up of white with tan interiors… enjoy!

powell and bonnell

w & t mae brunken design

the lennox

style @ home white & tan

elle decor

rue magazine

barbara purdy design

Lisa Kauffman via vtinteriors

richard bubnowski design


house beautiful 2

style @ home

We often see white with tan and a hint of blue or green in beach-inspired spaces so I tried to keep this round up away from the water.

Photo Credits; Powell & Bonnell, Mae Brunken Design, the Lennox, Style at Home, Rue Magazine, Lisa Kauffman via VT Interiors, Richard Bubnowski Design, Houzz, House Beautiful and Style at Home

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Adirondack Chair {with a twist!}

I recently came across Scotia Blue Design, an east coast Canadian company that’s transforming a Canadian cottage classic - the Adirondack chair. Also known as the Muskoka chair, Barb & Jan of Scotia Blue Design have found a novel approach for these cottage classics, encouraging people to bring them inside… take a look!

scotia blue design

Each chair begins with a traditional Adirondack, crafted from local timber, and is covered in fabric. With their own unique fabricating process, the chair goes from plain cedar to…




Fun, right? I love Barb & Jan’s innovation - the same old Adirondack but with a twist of the unexpected. These are sure to be conversation starters – don’t you think?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Polyvore {Love it!}

For months now I’ve been stocking the Polyvore website. Have you heard of it? It’s a website where users create online collages of clothing and accessories – much like a mood board for interior design. The site has an impressive listing of iconic fashion brands to choose from like, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana and Coach – and, like Pinterest, it allows users to bookmark a favourite found item while surfing the web. If that’s not enough, it also has pages of fabulous backgrounds to choose, as the base of an online collage. The whole concept is very impressive. Here’s a look at some of my favourite fashion sets -

Red Leopard
wrap skirt: work or weekend
sequin go-to
Wearing 02/13/2010

A fashion set with a fabulous background…

Untitled #386

While Polyvore is targeted to fashion enthusiasts, it also has an Interior Design section, where users can create an online mood board. Here’s an example…

Life is something that happens when you can’t get to sleep.

What do you think?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Coriander Girl

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here and wouldn’t this be perfect for your Thanksgiving table? This little number is from Coriander Girl, a quant floral shop downtown Toronto. Pretty, right?

We have a busy weekend ahead and I especially love this weekend because it’s Liam’s birthday weekend. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to having fun with my boys this weekend. To my Canadian friends, Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thanksgiving with Style at Home

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, my friends at Style at Home have gathered festive inspired ideas for home decor, table tops and recipes. Here’s my shortlist of favourites from the Style at Home Thanksgiving collection… enjoy!

I love ghost pumpkins!

S@H Thanksgiving-Tablecloth

Mini pumpkins as dining table decor – playful and perfect!

S@H Festive Decor

Whether Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie – both are Fall classics in our house!

S@H Thanksgiving Pie Dish

S@H Pumpkin Pie

Also, a BIG thank you to Elaine Song, Web Editor to for letting me participate in the 'Bloggers fave Fall Design Trends' blog post last week. It was a lot of fun, thank you!

S@H Bloggers fave Fall Design Trends

S@H blog-fall-trend-wendy


What’s your favourite Fall decor item or food?


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