Doors of Italy

Today is all about the doors of Italy.

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I love how so many of these huge doors have smaller doors within them…for the regular sized people.   :-)

 

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Next up, alleyways, streets and architecture.

Lisa

 

Opening the door to France

Hi, I’m back!  Sorry for the long absence but I was travelling in Europe.  Doesn’t that sound posh, I was being terribly spoiled by my hubby for my upcoming birthday.  And I enjoyed every moment.  Travel is so inspiring.  I thought I’d share some photos that I took on my trip of some absolutely stunning doors.  It is one of my passions, finding incredibly amazing doors and doorways.

So here we go to France!

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I realize this first one isn’t exactly a door but is a great archway don’t you think.  I am a sucker for all that age and texture.
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Also please excuse all the parked cars in the photos, it is virtually impossible to get a photo of a doorway in France or Europe without a car or motorcycle parked in front of it.

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I think this one above is my favourite! I love the carvings and those faces in the stonework above the door along with the greenery and ironwork are just spectacular!

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I also realize this one below is not technically a door but it’s such a great entrance I couldn’t resist.  Can you imagine coming home from work everyday to THAT?

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This one above doesn’t quite give you the warm and fuzzy welcoming vibe, does it?  It was in a castle and I believe, meant to scare anyone away from knocking or using a battering ram.

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Stay tuned for the Italian doors!

Adieu!

Lisa

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.

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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.
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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