Friday, November 30, 2012

Beauti-Tone Holiday Projects

It’s beginning to look a lot like the Holiday season and Home Hardware Stores Limited, through its Beauti-Tone Paint Division, is adding a splash of colour with decorating projects that put the focus squarely on beautiful round holiday ornaments.

“When it comes to ornaments, there is such a variety of beautiful styles and colours, they deserve to steal the show,” says Bev Bell, Creative Director, Beauti-Tone Paint and Home Products Division, Home Hardware Stores Limited.  “Sure they look great on a tree, but, with price points that can be extremely reasonable, you can easily use them to switch up your holiday colour scheme and add a dash of flare throughout your home.”

Each of these holiday projects puts the focus right where you want it – on these little round pops of colour. Go wild or stay subtle. Whatever you choose, it’s bound to be beautiful.

Holiday Centrepiece

This dramatic project is so versatile it’s the perfect place to mix and match for beautiful mantels, centerpieces, and tables. Best of all, it’s simple to make.

Home Hardware Beauti-Tone division 1 via Desire to Decorate

Decide on the length of the tray. The tray pictured is for a small table. However, the longer it is, the more impressive it looks. If you are creating a centrepiece, ideally it should be long enough to cover the usable space on your table!  Even as long as 12 feet if you’ve got the space to do it!

  1. Choose a board 5” longer and 5” wider than the desired “footprint” of your tray. (for example, 1” x 8” x the desired length or 1” x 10” x the desired length board would be ideal.)
  2. From this board cut 2-1/2” wide pieces off each long side (these will be the sides of the tray).
  3. Then cut two 2-1/2 inch pieces from the remaining board (these pieces will form the ends.) The remaining piece of board becomes the bottom of the tray. If you want a wider bottom, start with a wider piece of wood.
  4. Nail the two end pieces to the bottom piece.
  5. Trim the two side pieces to length and nail to the bottom and end pieces.
  6. Cut 2” x 2” or 1” x 1” pieces (you can use the leftover pieces from the sides) for the legs and nail into place. Sand and paint or stain as desired. Hot tip: Paint the tray in a neutral shade and so that what you put in it becomes the focal point. Great choices from Beauti-Tone’s new Simon Chang Oh Canada! Trend Colour Collection are SC061 Inukshuk or SC075 Nickel Black. Go here for more great colour ideas and inspiration.

For the Holidays, load the tray up with greens and beautiful ornaments that tie into your festive colour scheme. But, unlike your live action Rudolph or your collection of Nutcrackers, this d├ęcor piece does not have to go away in January. Change it up as the season changes. Line with pots of spring flowers or fall foliage, or you can even use it to create an edible centrepiece for a buffet table. Line the tray with plastic then wet oasis. Cover that with parsley or mint, then load it up with fresh cut vegetables or fruit speared with tooth picks. So easy, so genius!


Ornamental disguise. Here’s a beautiful way to camouflage gifts or package baked goods with a silver paint can sporting a bow of ornaments. Purchase empty paint cans, lids and paint can openers. Many Home Hardware stores have them in stock, or you can special order and receive them quickly. Place a bike lock or bell for a new bike, or keys to a new car into the can! Fill it with baked goods, jewellery, or tickets to a show. Heck, even socks and underwear look better in a can. Secure the lid and decorate with a colourful array of plastic ornaments attached with hot glue and embellished with ribbon. (Don’t forget to attach a paint can opener for easy access to the treasure.)

Home Hardware Beauti-Tone division Paint Cans vis Desire to Decorate

A Twist on Tradition

Style your stairway with beautifully decorated garland at the base around the spindles instead of the normal railing dressing. The result is stunning and you can actually hold onto the railing while on the stairs – functional and safe!

Home Hardware Beauti-Tone division Garland via Desire to Decorate

Table Charms

Set the mood for the evening with charming table favours crafted from Home Hardware’s selection of gorgeous hand-blown glass ornaments. Simply glue a washer to the bottom, gently remove the top, fill with water, and place a beautiful seasonal flower or delicate greens in the opening. Not naughty, just nice. (Hot tip: Don’t use plastic ornaments as the top is usually glued on.)

Home Hardware Beauti-Tone division Placeholder DIY via Desire to Decorate

Holiday DIY courtesy of Home Hardware Beauti-Tone division Table Charm via Desire to Decorate

For lots of great project ideas, no matter the season, visit the Beauti-Tone page on the Home Hardware website. Manufactured in Canada by Home Hardware, Beauti-Tone paints are available exclusively at Home Hardware, Home Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre locations across Canada.

For great ideas and information on Beauti-Tone paint drop in to your local Home Hardware store. Home Hardware Dealers are Canada’s Paint Experts and provide expert advice to help Canadians with their painting projects. Beauti-Tone has earned a reputation for delivering exceptional colours, top quality, innovation, and great value to Canadians for more than 30 years.

Thanks for all the ideas Judy!!!


Beauti-Tone Paint and Home Products Division

This Division of Home Hardware Stores Limited is headquartered in Burford, Ontario and is one of the most modern paint manufacturing facilities in North America. The Division distributes a full range of private label products, including Beauti-Tone paints and a wide range of aerosol and cleaning products including our most popular and environmentally friendly line of Natura cleaning products. Beauti-Tone is the #1 Canadian-owned and Canadian-made retail paint brand, exclusively sold at Home Hardware, Home Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre stores across Canada.  Beauti-Tone is part of a family of both water based and solvent based formulations that includes Designer Series, Signature Series, Natura, Weather Shield, Wood Shield and Professional paint. Beauti-Tone has made top quality paints and home products since 1980, and by providing expert advice and designer results, has earned Home Hardware a reputation as Canada's Paint Experts. 

About Home Hardware Stores Limited

100% Canadian owned and operated, Home Hardware Stores Limited has a presence in every Canadian province and territory and is the country’s largest independent, Dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials and furniture cooperative. Founded on January 1, 1964 by 122 independent hardware Dealers, the cooperative now includes more than 1,080 stores, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners, with annual collective retail sales of more than $5 billion. Home Hardware’s independent Dealer-Owners, recognized by the North American Retail Hardware Association as Canada’s best-trained Dealer group, have access to 100,000 quality brand name and private label products, a world-class distribution system and draw upon the power of Home Hardware’s network to provide their local communities with top quality products and services at competitive prices.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fall Style {Food}

I’ve had so much fun pulling together this little Fall series. Fall Style {Interiors} showcases my love for warmth with layers and textures within a neutral space. Fall Style {Fashion} shares how I adore scarves, boots and layers again. And finally, Fall Style {Food} brings it all home.

I think Fall inspired food dishes may just do it for everyone - ladies, gents and kids alike. Fall brings on the goodness of comfort foods like, stuffed peppers, squash, casseroles and hearty soups. Oh, and the deliciousness of home-baked goods like, baked apples, apple pies, seasonal loaves, and pumpkin! All favourites here. This year, I did pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie and found a new discovery, pumpkin macaroni & cheese… heaven.

Fall Style Food via Desire to Decorate

There’s so many fabulous reasons to love the Fall, there’s no wonder why it’s a favourite season for so many people… myself included.

Many of these photos are my own, sources for the others are… Bakes Apple via Stella Blue Foodgasm, Broccoli & White Bean Soup via Whole Living, Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese via Lauren’s Latest and Meatloaf via Kraft Canada.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Fall Style {Fashion}

Here’s a look at Fall Style {Fashion} from within my comfort zone. I often choose pants over skirts, and love jackets, crisp shirts, scarves, necklaces, bracelets, boots and a great handbag.

I’m happy to say my scarf collection is sizable, and I add to my shoe, handbag and jewellery collections every time I visit our place in Florida. My mom is there right now, so thankfully she’s getting in on the Black Friday deals…

Fall Style Fashion via Desire to Decorate

I hope all my friends in the US have full bellies and enjoyed special moments with loved ones today.

Sources; The Glamourai, Riches for Rags, Cape Cod Collegiate, Cervix247, Southern Grace and Sunshine, Workday Weekend, Hunter USA and Wendy’s Look Book

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fall Style {Interiors}

A neutral colour palette, simple styling, textures, layers, herringbone and plaids… just a few of the things that say Fall Style for the home to me.

Fall Style Collage via Desire to Decorate

Sources: Atlanta Homes Magazine, Architectural Digest, Martensen Jones Interiors, Canadian House and Home, elle Decor, Gregory Alonso via Simplified Bee, Houzz, Foley & Cox Interiors and Lund

Friday, November 16, 2012

Apple Pie

We made Apple Pie! Yes, it’s been weeks since I mentioned it, made it and here’s me sharing it with you only now. Sorry about the slow-turnaround my friends, I have no excuse. Never the less, our Apple Pie was devoured by little kids and big kids alike. Always a Fall favourite in our family.

Apple Pie via Desire to Decorate 1

My boys helped with the preparation… here’s a peek at those moments.

Apple Pie via Desire to Decorate

Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy too -

Apple Pie Recipe via Desire to Decorate

Happy weekend all ~

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wall Murals

What do you think of wall murals as a wallcovering option? Every now and then, an interior featuring a wall mural pops up in a design magazine.

My grandparents have a mural in their upper hallway, it gives you the illusion that you’re walking into a garden. They’ve had it for as long as I can remember, I always thought it was a little tacky, but who knows, maybe they were onto something.

Almost seems as though murals are replacing art…

wall mural via mad cap cottage

wall mural emily gilbert photography

wall mural architectural digest

And, some a little more novelty like...

wall mural house to home

wall mural via joanne fabrics

What do you think of wall murals? Hit or miss?

Sources: Madcap Cottage, by Modern Declaration, photographed by Emily Gilbert Photography, Architectural Digest, House to Home and Joanne/J.F. Fabrics.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cocoon Furnishings ‘New’ Grand Opening

Recently I attended the Cocoon Furnishings new location grand opening. They are a high-end home furnishings studio located on the cusp of Mississauga, catering to both designers and the public.

Cocoon has always showcased drool-worthy pieces and this new location, a whopping four times larger than their old place, let’s them showcase even more eye candy. Please & thank you!!!

Cocoon Furnishings collage 1

I attended the celebration with a few lovely lady friends… Christine via Decor by Christine, Vanessa via Vanessa Francis Design and Ana via Second Wind Interiors.

Cocoon Furnishings collage 2b

Cocoon Furnishings collage 3

Cocoon Furnishings collage 4

If you’re ever in the neighbourhood, I encourage you to pop into the studio. It’s fabulous and you’ll need an hour {or two!} to take in all in… congratulations Cocoon Furnishings, it’s gorgeous!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Holiday Cards via Inslee

I follow fashion illustrator Inslee on instagram, and earlier this week she announced her Holiday cards release with this little sneak peek…

inslee on instagram 

Fabulous, right? Almost too pretty to share, but its good to share the love. They are perfect for Holiday artwork around the house -

present perfect via inslee by design

shoetree via inslee by design

little-tree-full via inslee by design

december-24th via inslee by design

Be sure to pop over to her website for more lovelies…. Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Blonde Lasagna

You know how I love Etsy… well, yesterday I discovered Blonde Lasagna. Artwork created by Blair Breitenstein. Since landing on her shop, I’ve been thinking about where I can add one of her ultra chic, girl-craze illustrations in my house. Fabulous!

blonde in the rain via blondelasagna

blonde in red rain boots via blondelasagna

pink bubblegum via blondelasagna

She does iPhone covers and t-shirts too… check out her Facebook page here.

iPhone cases via blondelasagna

I love her illustrations and I love her philosophy around art too…

blondelasagna annoucement

Pop over to her Blondelasagna for more fabulous and you can check out her blog here.

Happy raining day in Toronto!


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