As promised, I am going to share some posts over the next few weeks demonstrating how to achieve my casual eclectic style in Victoria. I have put together a mood board to show you how I might interpret an entry hall in my style using items that are available from Victoria retailers, or online. The entryway seemed like the logical place to start, and eventually we’ll make our way through the whole house. OK?
WHY THIS WORKS: This entry is achieved by mixing materials like wood and metal and sticking to a colour palette emerging from the gorgeous Turkish Rug I found on eBay. The mix is interesting due to the pairing of the traditional rug and lighting with the modern art and chair. The ’beat up’ looking console table and personal items framed on the wall make this entry a welcoming and relaxed area that is friendly, not fussy.
If you want to achieve a casual and eclectic look in your home email me anytime for a consultation. email@example.com
My weekend was well spent. I helped a good friend find an awesome dress and was rewarded with an amazing Halibut burger from Ferris Oyster Bar and Grill downtown. Thank YOU Thank You Thank You Sandy! Ive been teasing my husband with tales of its delectability so I expect to go back with him…. hmmm….. probably before Friday:)
On Sunday I went for a long run with my bootcamp group into the Royal Roads Campus (lovely) and finished it off with a little shop stop to Winners in the afternoon. Go to Ferris Peeps!!! Pic is the link as usual
One of my “to do” list items after the dust from our reno settles is to create a gallery wall. Many people shy away from creating a gallery wall because they are unsure about the spacing, measuring etc. Fear not, there are some simple solutions to the logistical questions (see steps below) and the good news is that whatever you like to look at makes the cut! Be bold – you will love looking at how gutsy you are every day!
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Step One – Get a collection of artwork, keepsakes or artifacts (maybe it’s your kids drawings, your grandfather’s war medals, a collection of leaves, stamps or whatever). My ideal collection is a grouping that says something about you.
Step two – collect some frames – They do not all need to match. It depends on the look you are trying to achieve, but I think it is visually more interesting…and a little edgy to use a mixture of frames.
Step three – trace the frames onto newspaper and apply the paper cut outs to the wall with painters tape and play around with the arrangement. Some people suggest putting the largest piece in the near middle and working outward – but do what works for you.
Step four – nail’em to the wall. This tool makes life so much easier.
It is called the Hang and Level and it’s available at hardware stores. The instructions are:
1. PLACE the item on the hook on the yellow thingy.
2. POSITION the frame (which is hanging on the yellow thingy) on the wall and find the right spot.
3. PRESS the button on the yellow thingy to mark EXACTLY where the nail goes.
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You’ve been reading your magazines and researching your favourites but how the heck do you pronounce some of those names? Are you a little shy to speak the words in a store or showroom? I’ve heard a few pronounciations that I was sure were off, but who am I to say, right? Well you and I are not the only one’s in the dark and lucky for us a movement is afoot on style sites like Apartment Therapy and Plinth and Chintz to tell us how to pronounce them once and for all. I have included the ones I wonder about the most but you can click on the links above for some pretty comprehensive lists of hard to pronounce brands and deisgn items:
Uh oh, I know I know not another fabric post! but I can’t help it. My heart beats faster I fall in love with these textiles and I feel like it’s my duty to share them with you and to convince my husband that more pillows and duvet covers are needed because….
While I work on getting my story straight look at these block printed linens by John Robshaw and tell me the designs don’t say Spring/Summer?!? In the winter the patterns incorporate more earthy tones like rust and brown and these cool colours are a sure sign that Spring is coming; far more reliable that those groundhogs wouldn’t you say?!!
In my opinion the California Casual look is always in style, but if you need confirmation that it is in full swing for 2011 come back next week when I showcase some amazing California Casual options and where to get them in Victoria!
I recently discovered a wood worker and artist near my home on Vancouver Island who does amazing cabinetry and custom wood pieces. Her name is Sheryl and I enjoyed talking to her so much on the phone that I can hardly wait to finish my current weekend projects so I can go spend some time in her workshop! I was really impressed with her cabinetry making, and check out those beautiful fir counter tops..she made those too! I’ve been renovating my own kitchen lately and I can tell you nothing in the marketplace compares to what she’s doing. You’re amazing and talented Sheryl!!
If you would like more information, or to see more of her custom work, check out her website/blog Daisy Express!
That Bookshelf video got me thinking about my bookshelves, and your bookshelves and everybody’s bookshelves. I started surfing and soon stumbled upon a blog that has a Bookcase of the Day feature, how cool is that? Check out I Suwannee for a daily dose of book geek chic.
Remember in High Fidelity when Rob (John Cusack) re-organizes his records..Not by type, not chronological…but autobiographical. Ahh that movie was pretty good. Now, as if I have nothing else to do…perhaps I will try a re-org of my books (ahem sorry, our books) by colour?
Or turn the spines around (just kidding – I wouldn’t)
Or Maybe I could just work on making them look as effortlessly cool as this? And maybe dust a little too while I’m at it, that would be time well spent, no?
My favourite baby is little miss Ellie and I can’t wait to see her on our visit this week! She has been referred to as the little giraffe because she’s so long and as a result the giraffe theme really took off!
I am hopelessly unqualified to blog about all the necessary gear that the baby needs, but I will take a few moments to highlight some giraffe related items that might suit the sophisticated nurseries of all the little giraffe’s out there.
Keep in mind you should not incorporate all of these elements into one room, and if you have any questions about which ones…I am just an email away:)
Starting with a neutral or white room is key, why not place a giraffe patterned rug on the floor?
Is this Art? Or a hook? You decide…
Pillow for your rocking chair?
This lamp from Sarah Richardson’s show is very cool!
A change of hardware might be right for you?
The artwork you choose will make a style statement. For example:
Photography lends a contemporary & calm feeling to the room:
Modern lends a colorful and graphic element to the room:
Animated art adds a softer, playful and colorful element to the room:
Mix up your fabrics and try to stay away from literal patterns and jungle themes. I like these…
If you do find one fabric that is really cute, make a pillow, maybe even a floor cushion for you to sit on…but just one!
Decorating your baby’s room has to be one of the most fun in terms of decor. I hope all you lucky moms and dads have fun with it!!