Two mantels, two different looks

Mantels are one of the best places to decorate for the holidays and if you are like me, you love looking at different ones and different styles to get some ideas for your own.

I’m lucky enough to get to do two totally different ones every year, just for me.  Here’s my cottage mantel that I keep pretty minimal and rustic, totally appropriate for the country setting that it is in.

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Photo credit: Justin Frost

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I used lots of fresh local greenery, some pinecones in a vintage apothecary jar, some antique encyclopedias (which I have sprinkled around the entire place), some sparkly grapevine balls, a birdcage and of course some candleholders. Honestly, this mantel took me all of half an hour to do. Quick, simple and rustic, just the way I like my country Christmas mantels.

Now for my city house, I went with a more sophisticated style.

CHIC AND CLASSIC, GREEN, BLACK AND WHITE CHRISTMAS MANTEL

CHIC AND CLASSIC, GREEN, BLACK AND WHITE CHRISTMAS MANTEL

CHIC AND CLASSIC, GREEN, BLACK AND WHITE CHRISTMAS MANTEL

Some similar elements here, fresh greenery and some dried magnolia leaves (they do last a few years, if you are careful when you store them), some fairy lights and of course candlesticks and candles. I may just tuck in some white and clear christmas balls amongst the leaves, at some point.  Pretty, simple and classic, perfect for my home in the city.

Merry Christmas!

Lisa

 

 

Update on my updates

So I thought I’d give everyone a little update on what’s been happening at my house this December. (Click here to see my previous post about what we were planning). We’ve had the painter in for 3 weeks now and it looks like we will be done early next week.  Phew! It’s been a bit of a long haul having the whole house painted at once, every night is spent putting a room back to together and taking another one apart.  I’m so looking forward to that being over.

So the living room, lower and upper hallways have been painted in Benjamin Moore’s Grandma’s China and doesn’t it look so very fresh and clean?

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The kitchen is soft and lovely in Subway Tile.  I love the way the gray/blue looks against the warm wood.

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We also decided at the last minute to do the den in the same colour, instead of Picket Fence.  Pics of that room later, we are still putting it back together.

I hate to play favourites, but the dining room is the best….shhh…don’t tell the others. This is Andes Summit and I’m in love with the colour, so rich and dramatic. Perfect for entertaining.

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My master bedroom went just a bit darker than it was, as I was keeping the wallpapered accent wall.

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The family room, sunroom, guest bathroom are also done but I haven’t got a great picture of them yet as we are having this done as well and the mess is encroaching on those two rooms.

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I know, I know, I’m crazy for doing this now.  But really, it should all be done by next Tuesday….fingers crossed.

Lisa

Using a room’s full potential

Do you use your rooms to their fullest potential?  By that, I mean do you stick with a room’s original purpose or are you willing to switch it up to suit your lifestyle.

I am currently working on a home office for a client.  It was originally  a living room but since there is a large cosy family room just down the hall, this room was looking pretty, but was rarely used.  Since both my client and her husband work from home, they decided to make better use of this prime and sunny location.

Some minor renovations were done first by my client, to ensure a successful transition –

1. Closing in the stair wall that runs beside the room, so that french doors could be added so that the office can be closed off from the rest of the house;

2. changing the half wall, that divides the space from the entry way, into a full wall.  The addition of long thin frosted windows ensures that light will pass through and keep the entry way feeling bright.

Here’s what we have so far for this feminine and practical home office.

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My client found this beautiful ceiling fan with beautiful crystals that make the most spectacular reflections on the ceiling.  Definitely a great find.galant-storage-combination-with-drawers__0148968_PE307332_S4 chair My Home

 

There will be a small sitting area with a television so this comfy chair and a half fit the bill perfectly.

We need to live in our homes and having barely used rooms is really a waste of space, so much better to change it up for your family’s needs.  So have you or would you change a room’s function to suit your lifestyle?

P.S. I’m posting a fabulously quick and delicious weekday meal on the TBB blog today.  Click here to read.

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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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Living Room Staging

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By removing the area rug and  some of the accessories – this space feels larger and cleaner and no money was spent!