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

 

Easy, peasy Springtime urn

I managed to get my exterior Spring urn done this past weekend and thought I’d share my easy, peasy steps on how to do it.

Boy, it has been awhile since I’ve written a post. It has been a very busy spring for me and there just hasn’t been any time to blog.  But I’m back at it now.  I hope you are having a great Spring and had a wonderful Easter weekend.

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Now back to the urn.  To do this arrangement, you’ll need:

A container; floral foam; floral wire and cutters; faux wreath (a great way to use an old tired wreath); dried moss; birch branches; tall branches or dried grass; secondary faux branches (in this case, pussy willows, 3 of them); focal faux branches (1 of them); grapevine ball; small decorative object (tiny bird’s nest, in this case).

So my easy, peasy steps are:

1. Tie the three birch branches together with floral wire and place them in the center of the container. Then cut the floral foam (you can just use a bread knife to cut the blocks) to fit between the branches and the edge of the container, to keep them from shifting.  The foam will secure all the stems and keeps everything from moving around.

2. I then placed an old wreath with faux pussy willows (that has seen better days) on the rim. It helps to fill in the base of the arrangement. If you don’t want to do this you can just fill in the area with the dried moss.

3. Pop in some dried moss between the wreath and the container if you have any bare spots, like I did here.

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4. The long dried branches/grasses at the back, were from Ikea, bought many, many years ago.  I find they help to fill in the background and are a great neutral against the logs.

5. I then added in a few faux pussy willow branches spaced fairly evenly around the birch branches. Repetition is a great way to make an urn cohesive, in this case the faux pussy willows.

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6. Next, your focal branch(es) can be added in. I used a faux forsythia branch. I recommend either one or three of these and since I only had one, I placed it a little off center.

7.  A grapevine ball is a great piece to add some weight to the bottom of the urn and I’ve used this one constantly since I bought it. It holds up really well and I just wire it in place.

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8. Adding in a little up close interest, is a fun thing to do. This time, I’ve tucked in a cute little bird’s nest a little off center, again.  A bird or butterfly ornament would also work especially well here.

Hint: If some of your flowers fall off, like mine have, I just tuck them into the base as a little hit of colour. If your urn is placed where it will get some wind and exposure, be sure to either wire or hot glue your pieces in well.

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Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to see yours.

 

Lisa

 

Friday ponderings Vol 3

And it continues.  Here’s this weeks ponderings:

Fifteen Chic ways to make your kitchen look expensive via Lonny.  I particularly like #7 – Add mirrors. I’m going to try and find a way to do just that in my cottage kitchen. Oh yes, and #9 – add in a vintage rug, as I just adore the colour and texture this adds to the heart of the home.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s Apartment Therapy’s 10 tips for the sexiest bedroom.

Elle Decor posts Neal Beckstedt’s favourite tips for a stylish bathroom renovations. #2 mixing up your textures is a favourite of mine for bathrooms and kitchens. With so many hard surfaces adding in some softness is a necessity.

Want to take a little peek at Jennifer Garner’s and Ben Affleck’s California ranch? I know I did.

Domino has 13 ways to bring colour into your home, easily and brightly.  I’m particularly fond of painting the interior doors, adding colourful area rugs and artwork.

I’ll be heading to NYC in the spring with the TBBs and I think we will need to check out the newly opened Cafe Clover.  Lonny has all the deets.

Dabble magazine’s most recent edition is out as well, just in time for your weekend reading.

Are you struggling with what to put on top or beside your tall furniture? Well Emily A. Clark’s recent post has your back.  

And finally, the best movie love stores via Domino.  Perfect for a romantic night in.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

 

Lisa

One chair, two looks courtesy of Wicker Emporium

Today I’m posting on Wicker Emporium’s blog on how to get two different looks just by changing up your accessories.  Click here on or on the photos below to be redirected to Wicker Emporium’s site and click on the blog link to read One chair, Two looks.

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If you’d like some help creating your different look, just contact me and we’ll have you sorted out in no time.

 

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