Archive for November, 2011

Porte Française

Written by on 29th November 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Ever want to put in a french door instead of your basic builder door? Ever think “oh they are probably really expensive” and give up on the idea? Well I’ve been doing research….like I do…and thought I would share my Victoria French Door results…cause I’m nice like that.  These prices don’t include milling (which just means cutting out that area where the hinges and doorknobs go and cutting the door to size) …but they’ll tell you all about it when you go get a door for your place so read this and then go….go ….

The Usual Suspects Rona, Home Depot, Windsor Plywood

Traditional, Primed, 15 openings

Left Home Depot :  $109                                                                                         Right Rona: $159











 Contemporary, 5 lite

Left Home Depot primed $135                                                                             Right Rona: Unfinished $139











My Recommendations

Either of these options above are great but consider…do you want to paint those mullions? (the grid over the glass?) My answer to that question is NO because Ive done it before and it SUCKS! So I would opt for an internal grid style door, a door with fewer glass panels (like this one left  from Home Depot for  $140)  or leaded glass like this one right from Windsor Plywood.


If you are space challenged you can still have the great look of a french door with the smaller 10 Lite version. Home Depot has a primed one for $109. Totally reasonable and adorable in small spaces.

If you are looking for the best bargain (and a weekend project). The Rona unfinished Pine Door is only $69.

I know you didn’t ask but I’m going to tell you my opinion anyway. Clear glass is the way to go. Resist the urge to get rain glass or frosted or striped or any other kind of texture.  If you must get a design choose a classic timeless motif and not a frosted pantry sign or wolf baying at the moon..I hope no one actually makes that.

So get building that frame peeps and add value to your home. Everyone Loves French Doors!!! I ll share some pics with you when I’m done.

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Jimmy Wright

Written by on 28th November 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

My admiration for the work of artist Jimmy Wright brought me in touch with another private seller this week.  She has two small Polar Bear pieces one red and one navy blue. These could be a good deal, but need to be authenticated by a reputable gallery. I love these pieces and have suggested them for children’s rooms and residential gallery walls.  The picture below is a similar representation of the style of the pieces for sale.  If you’re interested contact me and I can put you in touch with the seller. Pic from Canada House Gallery

This is an example only...not the exact item for sale


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Mercury Retrograde

Written by on 27th November 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Retrograde…moving in the opposite direction.  My weekend DIY that never was…

Christmas decorating is upon us and one of the hottest trends this season is mercury glass.  As an ardent DIY’er I sought out tutorials online and found several on how to create the look for less. Yay!!! The trick is to buy a special mirror like paint called Looking Glass by the Krylon paint company. Sounds easy enough…so off I went to Rona, Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Michaels, Walmart and Home Hardware…enough….I couldn’t find it anywhere…and later learned that it is not sold in Canada.  Sad that I couldn’t make cool stuff like this….

…I went home and searched online and found that through you can buy a can  for $18 USD  plus shipping of almost $30 for one can!!! OK.  I’m headed back to the stores tomorrow to simply buy the candle holders I liked and as long as it’s under $50 bucks..I’m still ahead. Happy Shopping Peeps!!

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Pattern Parlance Part II

Written by on 25th November 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Here’s a few more explanations of fabric Parlance. Some of my custom pillows make use of these beauties…now you’ll know what I’m talking about when they are for sale.

  Ikat is a tribal patterned textile that is achieved by dipping the weaving threads into dye before the textile is woven on the loom.



Jacquard is a type of fabric with an intricate variegated weave or pattern. Unlike the Flocking example, which is atop the fabric, these variations in height are woven into the fabric itself.  A heavy and elaborate Jacquard with an all over pattern is also called Brocade.



Lattice is a popular pattern trend at the moment.  It ranges from simple (as featured here) to elaborate geometric designs. Also referred to as fretwork or interlocking patterns.



Matelesse is french for “quilted, padded or cushioned”, it appears raised or blistered due to the weaving process but actually has no padding in the fabric.



Nap is the fuzzy fur like feeling created when fibers from the fabric extend beyond the surface. Velvet and Velour are examples of Nappy fabrics.



Quatrefoil means “four leaves”, and applies to general four-lobed shapes in various contexts. A similar motif known as Trefoil comes from a Latin term that translates roughly as three-leaved.



Suzani is an embroidered textile using sun moon and flower motifs. Originally from eastern Europe and Asia these textiles were used as wedding gifts and are EVERYWHERE in western design these days.



Toile de Jouy, sometimes abbreviated to simply “toile”, is a pattern consisting of a usually white or off-white background on which a fairly complex scene, generally of a pastoral theme is repeated.



Zig Zag, also known as Chevron, is one of the most popular modern fabric designs of the moment.

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Simple Wreath Idea

Written by on 24th November 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I found this oversized gray painted willow wreath at winners the other day. I painted on a little glue here and there and sprinkled some glitter on it.  I took three large rusty metal bells I had left over from a country style wreath I did last year for the coffee shop and dry brushed them with silver craft paint. Tied them with black sparkly ribbon at different heights and voila! Cheap cheerful and nowhere near traditional.

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Under Construction

Written by on 24th November 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I had some technical difficulties this week which has pushed up the release date on my new website.  I hope you’ll continue to follow and be patient with me as I get it all up and running.

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Bedroom Make-Over

Written by on 17th November 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

If you’re like me you’re always thinking about how things could be improved…tweaked or re-arranged.  I am usually happy with my creative results in terms of decorating…. but I am also always thinking and learning and being inspired by the world around me and the result is that I mess around with my own house ALLOT!  At the moment I am preparing to re-do my bedroom. My basic scheme can be seen on the board below.

I’ll keep you posted over the next couple months as to how I’m doing.  What projects are you working on?

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My Friends Foyer

Written by on 16th November 2011 in Blog POSTS with 4 Comments

When my husband travels (like he is this week) I spend a little more time than usual at the old computer.  Tonight I was checking out lighting at Home Depot and as usual I see things I think would look fab in my house and the homes of my friends and family…so what the heck…here are lights I think would be awesome in My Friends Foyer… and to keep it interesting they are all from Home Depot and are all under $200.

Angela – This awesome orb complements her new satin nickel kitchen lighting and strikes the right balance of traditional and contemporary styling for her home.

Sandy – This star would look terrific next to her black front door and the fixtures scale is perfect for the narrow front hall. It is appropriate to mention that she’s actually a super star…so it fits.

Jenn – has a retro modern space with an Orange accent wall to die for.  Her space could easily handle this pop of colour that says WELCOME as soon as you enter.  I have yet to see her place in person…but I’ll get there one day I promise:)Kelly – Has a VERY Tall husband so a hanging fixture is not suitable for her place. This flush mount ties in the rubbed bronze of her dining room chandelier and the beveled glass will cast nice light and shadow at night time.

Jennifer – has an amazing foyer. It’s hard to find a light under $200 that can command such a space. But Ive been eying this little lantern and loving its simplicity.

Tracey – Loves all things design and I know she’s a huge fan of Sarah Richardson.  This little cutie looks original and has so much style that I thought both Sarah and Tracey would love it as much as I do.

As for me, my kitchen is near the foyer so it makes sense for me to repeat my fixtures at the entry and in the hall.  I am using schoolhouse pendants…now if I could just get around to installing them!

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I’m Back

Written by on 15th November 2011 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

Sorry I was away so long. I was Here…

I didn’t go because I love the winter driving…I went because I got to help design and decorate a Christmas tree for a charity auction!  The original idea was a sugar plum theme but it ended up being a little more  hip but still sweet and cheerful.  Whoever bids and wins it this Friday night is VERY lucky.

We custom glittered most of the ornaments because the colours I wanted don’t exist in the stores. This crafty approach gives the tree a truly one of a kind look, and I hope it brings in lots of money at the charity dinner.

The boxes you see here and there will be filled with delicious and beautiful cupcakes made by my oh so talented sister Kelly. Super fun weekend…it went by too fast.

What is your tree going to look like this year?

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