Friday, October 22, 2010

Fab Find: Shine On

I'm completely in love with this chandelier from Shine by S.H.O. The turquoise lacquered beads and tiered shape are perfection. It's fun, modern and exotic looking. Definitely a must-have on my list — along with a number of other pieces from this collection!

 {Photos from Shine by S.H.O.}

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Inspiration Board: Living Room

We've been in our townhouse for almost a year now and I'm itching to finish the living room since we use it the most. With the bookcases in place, there's just a few finishing touches left, like painting the walls (okay, maybe that's major!) and curtains for the windows. My all-time favourite paint colour is Benjamin Moore's Classic Gray (OC-23). I think it's the perfect neutral, hands down, next to Cotton Balls (OC-122), another favourite of mine. I also picked out a few fabrics from Designer Fabrics. I was thinking of the large striped linen for the curtains, and the leafy (love its vintage feel) and geometric linens for the accent pillows. The leaf-patterned linen really ties together all the blue and green accents I have in the room, like the table lamp, the '60s war plane drawings and the vintage McCoy pots. Stay tuned for the final product!

Cast-metal Elephant, Kooboo Tall Weave Log Basket, West Elm 
Classic Gray (OC-23), Benjamin Moore 
GRID Storage Unit, EQ3 
Axis Sofa, Boka Lime Table Lamp, Crate and Barrel
Rolly Table, Umbra
STRIND Coffee Table, EGEBY Rug, IKEA

Monday, October 11, 2010

Reversible Tote Bag

Last week a friend and I (hi Sandi!) attended a class at the Workroom downtown Toronto. We created these beautiful reversible (and reusable) tote bags. I was pretty impressed with the finished product. The Workroom not only offers classes and sew-by-the-hour workspace, but they also carry a wall full of fabrics in every palette imaginable. I was in a cheerful mood that day, so I headed straight for the pinks! I chose a bright floral for the outside and a fun graphic for the inside, which picked up on the peachy pink colour of the roses. I had a great time and plan on taking the zippered pouch class next!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

DIY Project: Chalkboard

Completed another project, yah! My grandmother gave me an ornate antique frame that she had kept for decades. My grandfather was a big collector of oil paintings and intricate frames back in the day. I thought it would make a fantastic border for a chalkboard — a project for the kitchen I've been wanting to do for a while now. I spray painted the frame in a matte black (sorry I forgot to take before photos!). I then purchased a piece of 1/8-in.-thick mdf board and applied a few coats of Rust-Oleum's specialty chalkboard paint available at Home Depot. I secured the board to the back of the frame with a few finishing nails. I finished it off with a quote from chef Julia Child, which I thought was very appropriate for a kitchen setting. Voila!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Functional art

Design duo Scott Fellows and Craig Bassam of BassamFellows created the Tractor Stool after finding a tractor seat on the side of the road in Switzerland. The tractor seat's most significant feature — it allows you to sit in an upright, ergonomic position without a chair back. Using this as the basis for their design, they created these beauties carved from FSC- and SFI-certified American walnut. (Bonus: The scraps are used to make accessories!). Now carried at Design Within Reach, you can pick from three different heights. I love its simple form, soft curves and, of course, the natural variations in the walnut.

{Photos from Design Within Reach}

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Chandelier Makeover

Finally got around to taking a few snaps of the chandelier I refinished with a few licks of white spray paint. If you remember my original post, I picked it up at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore for 30 bucks. Here's the before and after. I love its curvy lines and it adds a feminine touch to the bedroom.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Design Solution: Bookcases

For the longest time we've been debating over whether or not to invest in built-ins. I've been on the hunt for a more cost efficient — but just as stylish — solution for the alcoves on either side of our fireplace in the living room. Finding a bookcase or shelving unit to fit the exact dimensions obviously posed the biggest challenge. But I'm glad to say that my hunt is officially over. While in Ottawa, I decided to check out EQ3's latest wares. And that's when I came across their new line called GRID. The shelving unit (available in two brown tones) can sit vertically or horizontally and the shelves are all completely adjustable or removable (both the vertical and horizontal ones which I've never seen!!). You can also add shelf inserts, drawers, and glass and panel doors. Can't wait for them to arrive!

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