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

 

8 easy steps to keep you on your decorating budget

I’m sharing my BrazenWoman post here on how to keep you and your budget on track when decorating.  Click on the logo below to read to visit BrazenWoman and read my 8 steps.

BrazenWoman Have a great weekend everyone!

Lisa

Euro Tile Grand Opening

Last evening, some of the TBBs and I were fortunate enough to attend Euro Tile’s Grand Opening.

Delicious food, beautiful people, sparkling wine and lots of absolutely stunning tiles, what a lovely evening!

I took some pictures of the tiles that really inspired me and I’m more than happy to share.

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I thought this patchwork style quilt effect tile was stunning in blue and so very elegant in the soft grey below.

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These thin sliced mosaics were another favourite.

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This floor tile actually made us all stop and gasp when we saw it.  The brass inlay would patina over time and just get more and more beautiful.  This is now my “I want” floor tile.

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We’ve been seeing 3D tiles but how about 3D and embossed?

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This mosaic shows more of patchwork style tile, that we are seeing.

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And who could resist a large scale marble basket weave?

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I was so disappointed that this last photo came out blurry, probably due to me trying to juggle my glass of champagne and the phone…..sigh…but I will include it as it was a whole entire wall of inspiration.  It really doesn’t do it justice, you’ll just have to go in and see it for yourselves.  Free flowing forms and glass, marble, stone inlays done with such a creative hand.  Truly one of a kind masterpieces…really whatever you can dream up, it appears it can be reproduced in tile, to grace your floors or walls or both!

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Lisa

Glass railings and weddings…oh my

Happy Friday Everyone! I’m sorry for the lack of posts here, but with trying to get some client work completed, getting the cottage ready for a wedding, and being saddled with a bad cold, not to mention a shortened work week, it’s been a little crazy.

My hubby did manage to complete the new glass railing at the cottage and it looks as good as I thought it would :-)

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We had a great long weekend at the cottage with all the family and I was thrilled to see that my article that I shared here online, was printed up in the Ottawa Citizen on Saturday.  So fun to see my powder room in print!

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And the tent went up this week for the wedding being held here tomorrow. So exciting, we will be checking it out tomorrow to see how it’s all been set up, since two of my children are talking about perhaps getting married here as well :-)

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Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll be back on Monday to share some of my recent mood boards.

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.

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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.

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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

 

Sewing and craft room dreaming

I guess it’s no secret, if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, that I love to create thing.  Painting, sewing, knitting, really any DIY is not safe from me.  So, when my daughter moved out last year, which is a tough thing I tell you, but to console myself, I have been planning her bedroom makeover, into my own creative space. Filled with all my crafting supplies, ALL IN ONE ROOM! Right now, they are all over the house, some in the basement, some in the guest room closet, some in the living room armoire, yes, the living room…sigh…

So, onto some inspiration shots of craft and sewing rooms.

I’m not really into the pink but I do love the rest of the space. If only, I had this much room!
This is more my type of colours, however, I did get some free office furniture awhile back, that consists of a kidney shaped table, a long narrow table and a somewhat matching bookcase.  These are all in a mid tone orangey wood colour, and since, I have them and they were a struggle to get home, I will be using them.  Not too sure about the colour but I’m going to try and make them work.
Love the thread storage in this picture! So creative.
And this one just makes me smile, it so speaks to my need for organization and pretty! Great way to store fabric books!
Now if only I had a curved room and all those fabulous windows!
I’m thinking it will be something like this,with a center table and some large bulletin boards, I’d love to fit in a sofa, but I don’t think that is an option.

I will definitely need some beautiful drapes, absolutely, for sure.

Oh my, that light fixture!
Now, what would your dream craft or sewing room look like?  What would you include?
Lisa

A tray table makeover, how to turn souvenirs into decor and cottage updates

As the title suggests this post is a little meandering :-)

So first off, I had a busy back to work week, but I’m so excited to share an Ottawa Citizen interview I did recently that has been published online this past weekend. It’s on how to turn vacation souvenirs into decor items that will fit with your home’s style and decor.  And yes, that’s my powder room featured with some Paris vacation photos turned into art.

Read it here.  

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In my last post, I mentioned that I had done a few DIY projects at the cottage, while on vacation.  Well, here’s another one.  I was a bad blogger and forgot to get a before photo but trust me, it looked just like this but with a totally damaged top (due to being left out in the rain one evening…d’oh).

 

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I sanded the top and even smoothed on some polyfil to try and even it out.  I then painted it all over, with some of my leftover Fat paint in a custom blue that I used for my bathroom vanity.

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I did paint the legs after this photo was taken.

I knew I wanted to do some sort of pattern or stencil on the top but hadn’t figured out what, until I was inspired by some pretty striped fabric I saw.

So out came the painters tape and some little jars of sample paints that I have hanging around, that I thought would go together well.   And, I just randomly laid down the tape some with thicker stripes and some with thinner stripes.

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Then I just painted some lines.

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The first pass turned out like this.

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Not quite enough stripes, so I added more tape and kept painting.  I also fixed up any little boo boos.  You can nicely see the tree shadow on this one, as I was painting outside on the deck.

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My final step was giving it two coats of semi gloss varnish to protect the top, as I fully intend to use this tray for serving drinks and snacks on the deck :-)

Ta Da!

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And hubby made a ton of progress on the glass railing.  I am so happy to see the old, rotting wood railing gone, I actually couldn’t stop smiling all day!  We are really hoping to have this part finished up soon.  Just one more side to do, that will have to wait for next year’s budget.

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Lisa

Making over a piano stool

After a long and somewhat restful holiday, I’m back.  I hope you have been enjoying your summer, even if you have been having rather questionable summer weather, like we have in Ottawa.

I didn’t entirely rest during my holiday at my cottage, as there is always lots to do there, but we did get more down time in this summer, as compared to previous years.  And I’m excited that we will be continuing the three year long process of replacing the rustic log deck railing (that is literally falling apart) with more of the modern aluminium and glass railing that we started last year.  It’s part of my quest to have pieces that are less maintenance,  I’m sure it will eventually pay off :-)

Hubby spent most of his time working on some exterior plumbing and yearly roof maintenance and I was happy to get a few more painting projects done.  I even managed to buy another item that needed some love, as if I didn’t have enough items already around to refinish or repaint.  It all started when my daughters came up for the weekend and we made a little trip to Renfrew. We popped into Pick-it-fence, which is such a great store,  and managed to find ourselves in the second hand area at the back of the store. I just couldn’t resist this adorable little piano stool.

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I just can’t seem to resist a little stool, as I always see it as double duty piece, a stool and/or a side table.  So, home it came.  My daughter immediately said it had to be the same happy colour as the small china cabinet that I recently refinished.  Read about that makeover here.

And so with those instructions, I was off.  I didn’t even give it a sanding as it was in good shape and I think the white paint was pretty recent.  So out came the latex paint (I didn’t transform it into chalk paint this time) and with a soft brush I gave it two thorough coats of paint.  Easy as pie!

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For it’s first job it got to hold my cup of tea and the last of the cupcakes from our weekend celebration :-)

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I love that it can be either a stool or a little table, and predict that it will be well used.  A pretty and practical piece, in a bright and happy colour!

Lisa

A fire table and a photo gallery wall

Well, I’m happy to report that the fire table was up and running this past weekend, just in time for our wonderful avalanche of guests for the next month.  Click here to see my previous post which shows our inspiration for the table.

We christened it on Saturday night with some good friends and a little bit of Prosecco, they were kind enough to bring.

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Here’s a little better shot of it the next morning.  My hubby did such a great job of it.  I picture many evenings here with a glass of wine….sigh….

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So totally in love with it, but a little disconcerting when later Saturday night, the bugs just kept flying right into the flames.  We are now nicknaming it,  the insect crematorium :-)

And on another note, I’ve started a photo gallery wall in the upstairs  hall.  It’s been a long time coming, since I wanted to do it ever since we moved in.  Keep in mind that it is just in the beginning stages and it will be added to in the years to come, as it’s a very long hall.  My friend, Mary Anne was kind enough to donate some of her antique finds and I thought they would be a great addition to the gallery wall.  I always like to mix it up and not just have photos and artwork on a gallery wall.

Here’s my process, first I trace the outline of the frames on to newspaper and then cut them out.  With painters tape I arrange them on the wall.  This way you can change it up until you like what you see.  Much easier than putting a huge amount of nails in the wall.  This picture was taken after I had already hung some new frames, I did use the newspaper trick for them as well, just didn’t get a shot of it :-/

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And the semifinished wall. Sorry for the blurred out faces but I just don’t feel right posting pictures of my kids on the internet.

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I’m off to help out my son and his fiancé, with their own art gallery wall tonight. Should be fun!

Lisa

Beachy caribbean blue china cabinet makeover

Hope you had a great Canada Day my fellow Canadians and, to my American readers, hope your Independence Day is fabulous!

We had such great hot weather here that it was hard to get all the jobs done but I did get this accomplished.   I’m thrilled with the little brightness it adds to this dark corner.

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If you don’t remember this is how it looked before the mini makeover.

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Such a cute little cabinet but it needed a happy colour!  P.S. Sorry for the all the reflections, it’s really hard to take a picture of a glass cabinet with three windows reflecting all around it.  You can even see my purple floral sundress that I was wearing when I took the photos :-)

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And it brightens up this corner perfectly.  And if you were really paying attention, you’ll notice that I also changed out the hardware.  I had a cute crystal knob on hand that I used on the top door. But for the bottom I decided on a tiny brass knob instead of the larger crystal one, it just seemed a tad too big on the bottom door).  I also had great fun styling it.

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Some faux coral, a pretty glass aqua starfish, a little white canister from Indigo to add some texture and a trio of small blue bottles I picked up in California last year.  I may add some blooms to them as well.

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And last but not least a glass dome with some green moss and a few seashells to add to the beachy theme.

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P.S. Since a lot of people asked, I thought I would include the recipe for homemade chalk paint that I used for this piece and in these furniture makeovers as well – China Hutch and Buffet (click on the name to read those posts).

Here’s the recipe (which I found online here).

Homemade Chalk Paint

2 cups of latex paint (I used eggshell) in the colour of your choice
5 tbsp plaster of paris
1 1/2 tbsp cool water (the original recipe calls for 3 tbsp, I like the thicker version of the paint)
Mix the plaster of paris with the water, stir thoroughly till there are no lumps.  Then add latex paint and mix completely. It should be just as smooth as the plain paint when you started.
 

The beauty of chalk paint is that very little prep is needed.  I very lightly sanded the piece because it was so dark and then I used a small foam roller to apply two coats of the chalk paint.  For the tight areas I used a tiny foam brush, letting the first coat dry for about an hour.  I then let it dry completely for a few days, before I applied  The Fat Paint Company Wax in antique.  I spread a very light coat  over the entire surfaces, buffing it to a shine, after waiting 10 minutes.  After a half an hour,  I used The Fat Paint Company Wax in natural,  to cover the entire piece and buff it to a shine, once dry.  If more shine is desired, another coat of wax can be used.  It goes on so nice and easy with a clean dry cloth.

If you have any other questions, I’d be happy to answer them to the best of my amateur painter ability :-)

Lisa