Happy Easter and Spring!

Just a quick post to say Happy Easter!

I did some spring decorating a few weeks ago at the cottage, when I really needed a touch of spring.

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And this is where my little glass spheres (that I posted about here) ended up for now. I so love the bright green moss in them for now and I added in some shells for a beachy touch. I will likely get around to hanging them at some point but for now they are happy here.

Lisa

Weekend meanderings and a new fireplace.

So how was your weekend? Great, I hope.  Mine, well I had a pretty productive weekend.  After three winters of dealing with the noisy and not so pretty wood pellet stove, it was time for it to go.  We put in a high efficiency and as large as we could fit, wood insert, to try and help with the exorbitant heating bills that we keep receiving, especially during this particularly long and cold winter.  And as an added bonus, it’s actually quite pretty in a masculine, log home kind of way.

This is the before –

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And the after (but I think you could have figured it out on your own) –

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So much better in my opinion.  It smells so good, you can see the fire so much better and we are certainly clearing up our stash of logs from some previous tree cutting.  There are only two things I would change, I wish it would have fit a little more flush into the space, but this was as good as we could get and I wish I had managed to clean off some of the soot on the stone, prior to the installation.  Does anyone have any good tips for cleaning the stone?  I’m all ears!

I also worked a little on the laundry room and managed to get some stencilling done.  I’m hoping to share the complete makeover next week.

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And speaking of this never ending winter, I was determined to de winterize the cottage decor.  Here’s some of the results.

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So what were you up to?

Lisa

Design Plan – Gray, Mauve and Yellow

For this cold St Patrick’s Day, I’m sharing I’m  a little bit of spring with a fresh and pretty design, even though there’s not much green in it.

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I’m totally in love with the yellow chair, the artwork, the rug, the console…okay I just love everything.  This entryway design is for a client’s home. It was decided to do the entryway after we had finished converting their main floor living room into a functional and pretty home office, a little bit of reno creep.

Stay tuned for the home office reveal soon.

Lisa

 

 

Spring has sprung and some news

So after being terribly embarrassed by my yellowing evergreen arrangement at my front door, I finally had some time on Sunday to make it feel like spring.  And with gorgeous temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius (unheard of here at this time of year) it was definitely time.

I went through the large tupperware container I have in the basement full of craft bits and pieces.  I found a square spring wreath that I wasn’t planning on using this year and a bunch of twigs as well.  I picked up a wicker ball and some faux forsythia and pussy willow branches and I was all set.

Here’s how it turned out.

I just placed the square wreath right on the top of the planter, it fit perfectly and with a little dab of hot glue in each corner, it shouldn’t move, I hope….  Then I placed a floral foam rectangle (to hold the twigs in place) into the small planter inside the large planter and pushed the twigs in.  The pussy willow and forsythia branches were added into the twigs and lastly, I wired the wicker ball in place and I was done.

Then, since I was on a roll, I took out the spring wreath I had found in the clearance bin at Pier 1, which I thought would be great at the cottage.

Here’s what I started with.

Pretty but a little sad.

So I gathered my supplies, from another trip to the craft bin and this time I even had a helper come along.

Here’s what we ended up with.

Much better, now it looks happy!

I’ve linked this post up to Rhoda’s Spring Door Decor Party.

Now for my news.   I am working at the Canadian Decorator’s Association (CDECA) booth this week, at their Ask a CDECArator which is held during the Ottawa Home and Garden Show. I’ll be there Thursday and Friday evening and Sunday morning, so if you are in the area, stop by and say hi!

Anyways, my news is that…. I’ll be on the Rogers Daytime Show channel 22 for a short segment during the 2 pm show (airs at 5 pm and 11 pm) to talk design and the latest trends.  Maybe I shouldn’t say anything in case I’m terrible…..ekk!

Wish me luck!