And just like that it is Fall

Well, after these last few days feeling the chill and seeing the leaves start to change colour, I think it’s safe to say that Fall has arrived.

I put away the summer decor at the cottage this past weekend and brought out the pinecones and fall foliage :-)  Fall is my favourite time of year.  I’m all about the boots, jeans, sweaters and scarves…but especially the boots.

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I’ll be taking a little break from blogging, but I’ll be back to share what I hope will be some amazing inspiration, within a month or so!

Lisa

 

Wallpaper Murals – would you or wouldn’t you?

The trend of oversized patterns and murals on interior walls, is still on it’s way up! If you were like me, when you hear “wallpaper mural” you think of the 70′s versions of forested and jungled rooms.  Well, not to fear these are not your 70′s murals. And there are no variegated moss green shag carpets either….shiver.  Did I ever tell you we removed exactly this type of carpet from our first home, along with some green palm frond wallpaper?  Yup, we did …but I digress.

Today’s murals, from Prime Walls are nothing like that.  They are pure gorgeousness.

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I think this one above is my favourite.  I’d love to put it in a bedroom at the cottage.  The panels are 18″w x 110″h (and come in 4 panel packages) so they are great for rooms with high ceilings.

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Can you tell what this one is? Red, rusting metal. Fabulous in an office lobby, or as shown here, a boardroom.  Perfectly appropriate in an engineers office or metal company.

Cork

This one is cork.  So neat, I kind of see pencil shavings in this one.

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This would be so great in a living room with some very sleek, white and soft neutral furniture and a splash of red.

Concrete

Of course, concrete is so popular right now.  I can see this around a gas fireplace insert, instead of a traditional surround for a modern contemporary feel.  It would also be great as a backsplash in a kitchen with glossy cabinetry.  The contrast would be amazing!

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Probably my second favourite. If you had a cottage or country home that didn’t have wood walls inside, this would be the perfect solution to bring in some of that warmth.

Marble

Now, this one I would put in an elegant spa, a powder room or a women’s boutique.  Beautiful and oh so classy!

So which one would you use and where?

*All photos courtesy of Prime Walls

Lisa

 

Hunky, Chunky, Roving Wool Throw

For me the colder weather always brings with it a need or perhaps a craving to create homemade items.  Being stuck inside makes me look at my spaces with bored eyes and my hands get itching to create something to spice them up.

This winter I’ve gone back to knitting, which is so, so, so popular, right now.  The inspiration is everywhere.  I decided to get on the huge chunky knitting bandwagon and went off to my favourite wool store…….and I came home with 12mm knitting needles.  These are the BIGGEST needles I have ever used…I know, I know, if you look on Pinterest you will see many, many larger needles, some that are made from PVC pipes….WOW clever people, really clever.

Well, I wasn’t quite up to that, so I’m sticking with my somewhat large needles and what’s called Briggs and Little Pure Wool Country Roving yarn.

It is five strands thick and very, very, easy to break….take my word on that.  I choose a dark blue…I’m sure you are shocked by that…snicker….for the throw blanket I decided to make and it’s coming along nicely.

I call it my Hunky, Chunky, Roving Wool throw.  And I just may have it done by spring :-)

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No pattern for me, nope, I just read up on a bunch of blogs and Pinterest, on what everyone had done and I kind of went from there.

So for those that want a pattern to follow, here’s what I did, by no means do I claim to be an expert knitter, I’m just a dabbler, so proceed at your own risk.

Cast on 40 stitches (about all these knitting needles could handle)

Then first row knit in garter stitch (that’s straight knitting, if you’re not sure).

Then the pattern is -

1st row – K1, *K2, P2* and repeat * to end K1

2nd row – P1, *K2 , P2* and repeat * to end K1

Easy, peasey, and you can see the pattern shaping up in the photo.  Now, if you are wondering how many balls of yarn to buy, I am going to have to get back to you on that.  I bought four to begin with, but I fully anticipate having to go back to pick up some more.

****Disclaimer – you really should get all your wool at one time so that they are all from the same dye lot (the colours can vary with each dye lot).  I’m just hoping that I get back there soon enough that they aren’t on to the next dye lot.

If this works out well, there may be many, many, many throws given as gifts next Christmas…..you didn’t read this, family and friends.

So what are you making during this long, cold, snowy winter?

Lisa

 

Hot travel inspiration

Sorry for the quietness around here lately, but I was taking in some sun and sand.  Don’t you find going away always makes you see your place with new eyes?  So much inspiration comes from travel.

These are a few of my inspiring photos, can you feel the heat? Lord knows, we need it here in Ontario right now.

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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!

Lisa