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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Your Happy Stories - CityLine
As much as I admire the organized clutter free homes that I see in magazines,I have come to accept that I will NEVER be able to live that way. I really wish at times that I could give up all the treasures around me but I just have to have something pretty to look at. I can't help it..when I fall in love it's for life LOL something speaks to me and says "take me home" or I see something and think I can do something with that! and I am hooked all over again. If the seasons here in Ontario Canada were always the same I probably wouldn't change my home so much,but with each season new inspiration comes. Nothing compares to the colours of fall,the pumpkins and corn stalks thrill me,then of course it's Winter and Christmas, time to layer up all the blankets and bring out all my prim Santa's which I haven't seen since Jan. After a long cold winter Spring arrives in all it's fresh pretty splendor..out come the summer quilts,white jugs take over the kitchen,my love for birds is apparent..pussy willows and pastels make me happy:) Summer is the continuation with more flowers and colour. This sounds expensive having to rotate everything but it really isn't. You can achieve great results with bits and pieces found outside,bring the outside in. Pussy willows are out now..one of my favourite things ever! and the tulips are coming..even placed in an inexpesive (or recycled jam )jar can look like something special. Having kids rooms to decorate is great the girls have all the whites and pretty things,and the boys get the rustic masculin touches. I can't really define my style because it changes all the time,I am "rustic ,log cabin,primitive" Fall and Winter and "cottage/garden" Spring and Summer..maybe its the Gemini in me LOL
Thursday, March 25, 2010
P.S The oil painting is our colour palette for the bathroom.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
For many reasons this kitchen has been a work in progress for too long to admit :S In 2005 I painted all the outdated 1980's cabinets black..stripped the heart wallpaper and painted HC38 (my fav colour at the time.)Also painted out the burgandy wainscotting and french doors white.One by one we removed the upper cabinets,and tile back splash,and added T&G with open shelving. We lucked out one day when a customer walked into our shop and said she had a cupboard to sell before she moved..it now holds most of our kitchen items,dishes,glasses,mugs,canned goods,cereal,snacks,linens,even the phone book. We hadn't finished the T&G when the washer from the upstairs bathroom leaked and damaged the ceiling...good reason to pull it down,as the previous owners had drywalled over the lathe and plaster ceiling. We will have another 5" in height by taking it all down and T&G'ing it as well...(too much wood?? never !! just look at Sarah's Cottage or her latest Farmhouse mudroom) http://www.hgtv.ca/sarahshouse/theshow.aspx?sectionid=399&categoryid=8337944842383420279&postid=124059
We have since repainted the walls a light sage,(a mistint from Home Depot $9....love it!) Still have the floor to tile,trim to finish,new sink and counter tops to install...but hey it all takes time and $$$ which are both very hard to get at the same time!
Even though our kitchen is under reno's, I just had to display some of my Ironstone pitchers,the ceiling is going to come down any day ,but they have been in boxes way too long...all I need now are some daisy's to put in them :)....(and the T&G ceiling and the rest of the T&G wall and the sink,counter tops,floors and and and...ahhh but I love to look at my pitchers they make me happy every morning)
Jen and I went to Ikea and Home Sense the other day for some inspiration...I only bought an embroidered floral cushion for my couch but have been thinking about the island ever since,who ever thought I'd like IKEA??? my kids are proud! I love the way the stainless fridge looks in our kitchen,and already have an old store counter for an island..but ..but I could sell the island in my shop and buy the new one...that's the best part about having a shop (well besides shopping for the store) I can love a piece at home for awhile then when something new catches my eye I can swap it out..it's really an outlet for my overstock and an excuse to keep upgrading our home..except I really don't want to sell anything :S it's so hard when you get attached to pieces to see them go,but I am trying to make a living here so I do sell things I love and then sometimes even get to see them again..or a picture of them at least...just the other day I sold a chair from my basement..it was needing some love and a good cleaning..I always meant to do something with it..but a girl came into the store and she was so nice she was looking for a chippy painted chair so I went to my stash...(I only let people I really like buy from my basement),her taste was so similar to mine I had to find her something..I brought up 5 or more chairs for her to choose from and she picked the sweetest blue one...yesterday as I was adding blogs that I follow to my blog, I saw it !! there is was in its new home all pretty....see Canadian Cottage. I was so happy it had a good home and was out of the basement..
Monday, March 22, 2010
My friend Jen and I were part of the audience on CityLine last Thursday for Home Day. We got to meet Tracy Moore,Brian Gluckstein (who answered my paint colour question)and Jackie Glass. It was great to be part of the show,we made a day of it by hitting the Eaton's Centre after and stopping into Pottery Barn to see the new "Nest" displays..fell in love with an embroidered bird cushion which I will have to go back for..I can stop thinking about it. After lunch we went to Mississauga to a few wholesalers we frequent for some great cash and carry Spring giftware.