Simple and easy turquoise accented Christmas urn

As promised, here’s my urn and wreath at my city house. As you can see I went with turquoise accents on my Christmas urn, this year.  I love the way the turquoise stands out against the evergreens.

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And a close up.

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It was super quick this year, I just picked up some cedar and boxwood branches from Loblaws and I used some leftover pine branches that I had brought home from the country and layered them together.  I added in the huge pinecones, which I always seem to use,  along with some birch branches.

I’ve used the turquoise bow and butterfly before and I just pulled them out of my supplies and that was it.  Quick, simple and inexpensive

I also picked up a ready made boxwood wreath and just added a few pinecones and another turquoise butterfly for a super simple DIY.

Exterior christmas wreath with turquoise accents

I love the way the turquoise and green pops against the dark brown door.  Hopefully the boxwood wreath will hold up all the winter.

Exterior urn and wreath with turquoise accents

Exterior christmas urn with turquoise accents.

If you haven’t seen my first Christmas urn I did last week for my cottage, you can see it here.

I also decided to go back and share some of my previous exterior urns and decor from years past. I think you’ll see that I stick with a pretty similar style, year and year.  And they may give you some inspiration to get yours done, if you haven’t already.

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Lisa

This year’s country christmas urn

After our 15-25 cm of snow this weekend, it now looks just like Christmas here! So pretty but NOT so great for driving.

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This past weekend, I got my country log home ready for the holidays (minus the real tree). Have you started your decorating yet?  Yesterday, I did my country Christmas exterior urn and the rest of my entrance’s decor. I rarely have a plan for this, I just go where I’m feeling it, and this is the result.

Exterior Christmas urn with snowflakes

I found these adorable wooden snowflakes at Wicker Emporium last year and I was excited that I fit them into this year’s decor. I kept it pretty simple and rustic with some pine branches, cut from our own trees, my old standby birch branches (from my neighbour’s lot) and some bought cedar branches, as we don’t have cedar on our property.

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I added in some red dogwood branches in the middle (from my backyard in the city) and of course, a huge pinecone and a sparkly bow to finish it off.

Exterior christmas sled

I also did up my vintage sled and two of the lanterns that I had spray painted black (from their original rusted silver) this summer.

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Exterior christmas entry with urn and sled

Please ignore all my little wet footprints, everywhere.

Exterior christmas sled

Exterior Christmas urn and lantern

Later this week I’ll be sharing my city home’s exterior urn and I’ll be taking a look back at ALL THE ONES I’ve done in year’s past. Wish me luck finding all those old pics.

Exterior Christmas urn with snowflakes

Lisa

A new welcoming

So now that Spring has finally sprung here in Ontario, it’s all about updating and freshening up.  This past week I was helping a client do just that by giving her entry a new feel.

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Some fresh graphic wallpaper is the key piece and it will help make a grand statement to all who arrive.  The new dark hardwood floor and dark mirror will ground the space and complement the soft grey walls.  A hint of silvery metal in the pendant, tray, coat rack and hardware will give a little sparkle.  Texture comes in from the paper, baskets, and mens-wear grey inspired fabric on the ottoman. A classic console and an octagon shaped mirror make a great match and the blue vase and flowers are a little finishing touch to pull in the blues in an adjoining room.

I can’t wait to see it completed!

Lisa

 

Adorne switches that I adore

Awhile ago, Adorne by Legrand approached me to see if I would like to try some of their wall switches, plates and outlets.  I replied with a BIG YES!

If you haven’t heard of Adorne before, I would encourage you to check out their website to see all the fabulous products that they have that can totally update your old switches and outlets.  They also offer under cabinet lighting and wireless home systems to control your lighting and even your music.  I specifically loved the Dream area where you can see all the possible ways to use their products to finish off your rooms. Once you’ve finished dreaming you can move on to the Plan section and then finally to the Select sections.

There are so, so, so, so many possibilities, it really took me awhile to figure out where I wanted to bring in this design loveliness.  The cottage entry way ended up being the big winner, as obviously it is the first room people see and it had two large banks of switches that were rather ugly (as evidenced below).

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I decided on oil rubbed bronze wall plates with the switches done in a magnesium finish. They really complement the pine logs beautifully as well as the dark accents in the cottage. The multitude of types of switches is a little overwhelming but I quickly narrowed it down to the ones that would work well for us.

After the installation, done by a licensed electrician, we now have this bank of handsome switches.

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A closeup.

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The switches in order from right to left are: Soft Tap Dimmer, Soft Tap switch and then two more Soft Tap Dimmers.  And the dimmers actually light up to indicate how low or bright they are (see the photo below).

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Now as I said I had two banks of switches, the one above on one wall and then one by the front door (as shown in the before photos).

Here’s how that wall looks now.

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So much better!

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Again a close up. The first switch is the Wave switch, so we just wave our hands by it and it turns on and off…so fun! The other two switches are Touch switches.

We are really enjoying them and having fun turning the lights on and off.  They look and feel so streamlined and futuristic.  I would stress that you do not attempt to install yourself, as it did take our electrician awhile to figure out the installation since he was not familiar with them.

Now, Adorne was very generous to me and offered me a few more to try out.  So I selected a Sensa switch, which is basically a motion detecting switch that you can program to shut off after a pre-selected time along with a couple of other goodies.  I’ll be posting all about them very soon!

Disclaimer: Adorne supplied the switches, outlets and plates, all installation was paid for by me, and all opinions are my own.

Lisa

Opening the door to France

Hi, I’m back!  Sorry for the long absence but I was travelling in Europe.  Doesn’t that sound posh, I was being terribly spoiled by my hubby for my upcoming birthday.  And I enjoyed every moment.  Travel is so inspiring.  I thought I’d share some photos that I took on my trip of some absolutely stunning doors.  It is one of my passions, finding incredibly amazing doors and doorways.

So here we go to France!

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I realize this first one isn’t exactly a door but is a great archway don’t you think.  I am a sucker for all that age and texture.
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Also please excuse all the parked cars in the photos, it is virtually impossible to get a photo of a doorway in France or Europe without a car or motorcycle parked in front of it.

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I think this one above is my favourite! I love the carvings and those faces in the stonework above the door along with the greenery and ironwork are just spectacular!

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I also realize this one below is not technically a door but it’s such a great entrance I couldn’t resist.  Can you imagine coming home from work everyday to THAT?

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This one above doesn’t quite give you the warm and fuzzy welcoming vibe, does it?  It was in a castle and I believe, meant to scare anyone away from knocking or using a battering ram.

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Stay tuned for the Italian doors!

Adieu!

Lisa