Artemano’s Grand Opening in Ottawa

 

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I’m so excited to be co-hosting Artemano‘s Grand Opening at the Trainyards in Ottawa, on Wednesday, November 19th between 5 – 9 pm.

This Canadian company has the most amazing wood furniture and now we don’t have to travel to Montreal or Toronto to see it.

Just take a peek at some of the deliciousness Ottawans are in for.

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I would love to see you there.  Please RSVP to me at lisa@lisagouletdesign.com by November 13th and I’ll make sure you are on the guest list.

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And mum’s the word…but a little birdie tells me there is going to be fabulous sales on as well during the evening….shhh!

And please feel free to pass this invite onto your family and friends.
Lisa

And we have a Refinished Table!

Happy New Year! Hope you had a restful and fun filled holiday! Mine was great, very relaxing, spent a lot of time with family and definitely ate and drank too much. But then, that’s what the holidays are all about.

We spent some time at the cottage and I managed to finish my table makeover, finally.  It was more of a job than I thought, but isn’t that usually the way.  I had to make a compromise or two on the way but I still am very happy with the way it turned out.  It’ll be perfect for our card playing evenings come summer time.

So to refresh your memory this is how the table was looking. It was in pretty rough shape.  To read my original post, click here.

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I sanded slightly and painted the base in chalk paint (made by myself – click here for the recipe) in this bright green. I wanted to bring some lightness and freshness to the sunroom.

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Next up, I sanded the top which was much more arduous than I originally thought. The original finish kept gumming up the belt sander and then we tried the palm sander, which unfortunately due to our over zealous sanding caused many ripples in the surface and horror of horrors, went down to the plywood base…so much for it being a solid wood top.   Luckily, most of our boo boos were in the leaves of the table which I usually do not leave in place, as I prefer the smaller footprint in this room.

So after finally getting the top sanded, it looked like this.

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I had originally intended to sand the apron by hand and stain it the same as the table top, but after trying to do just a small area, I was totally discouraged and decided on the simpler and faster route of painting the apron the same as the base.  I know a bit lazy, but I really don’t have that much patience.

So I painted the apron and then stained and varnished the top (with a satin polyurethane) and here’s the finished result.

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I love how by painting the base and apron the details show up so much more than just staining the wood.  Sorry to all the wood lovers but there is definitely enough wood in this home!

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Modern and colourful space

I’ve been helping a client with furnishing and finishing her home, for the past few months.  We started with her main floor, which includes a living/family room, dining area and kitchen as one large open space.  She is a chic and modern lady with a hint of tradition and we are doing her home in the same fashion.

Leading the design is her beautiful and colourful collection of modern Indian artwork.  The vibrant, blues, greens, purples, yellows and reds will be the focus of the space so the rest of the furnishings will be calmer and more neutral. Accessories will be the final touch to marry everything with the vibrant colours of the artwork.

So far, we’ve chosen this beautiful sofa, shown here in leather but we had it done in a beautiful soft charcoal gray wool.  It’s gorgeous and all that tufting is STUNNING!

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Together with this sofa, will be two of these curvy leather chairs in a metallic taupe that I am swooning over.

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We’ve also chosen this large modern dining table. It has a wood grain veneer that has a high sheen and in a charcoal gray it is pure glam.

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So up next is wallpaper for the TV/console wall.  My client requested one that had an india feel and this one is on the short list. Hard to see in the photo but it has a wonderful metallic sheen that ties into the dining table and the leather finish on the chairs.

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Next up, we will be choosing a entertainment console and dining chairs.  These chairs are being considered as the yellow/green will contrast nicely with the dining table and will pick up on the artwork.

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So fun to work with a client who loves colour!

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Under the Pines concert, power outage and getting published!

Well, what a weekend.  We spent the entire weekend with no power or running water.   After a huge storm and reports of a twister or micro-burst (not too sure what it officially was or will be classified as) very near to our cottage on Friday afternoon, we still did not have our power back on when we left on Sunday night.  Many cottages and homes in the area were damaged by falling trees, so we were rather thankful that it was just a power outage we were dealing with.  Really hoping everything gets fixed up soon for all those still toughing it out there.

The weekend started out great with some good friends coming down to spend it with us.  They arrived just as the power went out and managed to tough it out with us for the entire weekend.  So happy we had our BBQ as we did all our meals on it, even boiled water for tea.

We had tickets to Coronation Hall’s Under the Pines Music Festival opening night and 100 Mile Dinner, catered by Cafe 349. And like troopers the show went on, albeit with a couple of generators.  Musicians and talented singers and a fabulous and delicious dinner, which was sourced within 100 miles.

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The venue, Coronation Hall was built as a dance hall in the 1930’s and named to celebrate King George VI’s coronation.  Coronation Hall has been the site of many dances, wedding receptions and was a central part of the community.  It was closed in the 1960’s when business was slow and then used for storage and forgotten.  In early 2003, Coronation Hall was bought by the Graham family who wanted to process apples into ciders.  By 2008 Cider Mills was opened and became the Pontiac’s first licensed winery, making Bristol Light Cider. Jams, jellies and baked goods are also made here and equally delicious! It now includes a tea room and gift shop and runs tours, tastings, orchard visits and high tea.  Be sure to stop by if you are in the area and pick up a tasty treat.

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The menu which as I mentioned was catered by Cafe 349.  The TBBs enjoyed dinner here in June.

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And look!  Lavender Ridge’s Brise was one of the wines on sale for the evening.

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What a magical evening (sorry for the blurry picture but this was the best one of the lot).  This is Under the Pines’ second year (after a very successful first year) and it runs all week, so if you are in the area be sure to see a concert or two.

Also some wonderful excitement for me as my Ottawa Citizen article was printed up in the Saturday paper.  Very thrilling for a small business owner to have such great media coverage!

Click on the photo to read the entire article.

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All in all, a really fabulous, exciting and interesting weekend!  Hope you had a great one as well!

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