Rustic and soft beachy bedroom

Today’s post is how to get a rustic yet soft beachy bedroom.  But first, I must apologize for that large blogging break! I was away in sunny California – San Francisco and Yosemite to be exact. What a beautiful place California is and we enjoyed it so much.

And now I’m back and a little swamped with all the spring fever that is going around over here.  I’m knee deep in lots of designs and plans.  And I had just enough time to do up a post for Wicker Emporium a few weeks ago (when the weather was still cool and pretty miserable here).  So if you are itching to freshen up your bedroom decor for summer, look no further.

soft rustic beach bedroom-001 And if you are looking for the links to the items above, they are below.

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Metal sand dollars; pillows;  New Haven Queen bed; artwork; glass lamp; drapery; dresser; area rug; cabinet

Have a great sunny week!

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

 

Rustic country decor with a touch of sparkle

I was  a busy Christmas elf this past weekend getting my log home into shape for the holidays.  Inside and out it’s ready for the season to begin, minus the fresh tree, of course.

Hope you enjoy!

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Now onto the house!

Lisa

And it’s open – Artemano in Ottawa

Artemano’s grand opening last night was a great evening.  Lots of wonderfully dressed people came out to welcome this new store to Ottawa’s design landscape.

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Vintage pieces like the door above, mix with the organic.  Btw – I took these pictures about a week before the event so that I got clearer views.

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This daybed was a favourite spot to sit and get your photo taken.

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This little desks are just the cutest things.

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These bell lanterns had me at HELLO! I am seriously bothering the better half to get one installed at the cottage.

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This bedroom was my favourite space, from the textured, stacked wood wall, to the moody blue/gray walls, to the Leonard Cohen quote (which coincidentally I had on my website for many years), to the huge and glamourous mirror, to the dramatic basket lights, and finally to that BED!

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It was a great evening, filled with fabulous wine, great food, wonderful live music, and lots of very thrilled Ottawans to have another great furniture store in the Capital.  Thanks to all who attended!

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PS.  I also wrote a short write up for Ottawa at Home’s blog, click here to read it.

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