Door Knockers

11 01 2012

Well, it’s that time of year again when all the decor comes down and somehow everything looks so barren.  The part that bothers me the most?  My front door.

So out on my travels the other day I stopped in one of my favorite local stores, La Belle Vie in Cloverdale.  Sadly she doesn’t have a website but definitely worth a trip for anyone local.  Its a small shop… bring kids with caution.

That is where I found the perfect solution to my door dilemma….

Mr. Owl

He’s so cute and exactly me, and at $17 how could I refuse?

I took some time to look up some more really cool knockers to dress up your door with.

 Anthropologie has this woodpecker knocker for $40.

I found both of these on the Restoration Hardware site. The bear knocker is $39 and the ring ranges from $28- $50 depending on the size and finish you choose.

The horse and monogrammed ring are both from Pottery Barn.  Both are priced at $37

Next is my ratty old door mat….. hope you enjoyed and hopefully inspired.



15 10 2011

So here it is……my first Christmas post. Yes, it’s only October and I should be thinking about Halloween but I’m not. Especially because I know I need to order what I want in November so I can I have it all for December 1. Christmas time gives me the opportunity to completely justify the redecorating of my whole house. Usually I can slip in some paint and some other little reno that I can completely justify to Mike. He is so good at letting go off on my whirlwind of holiday bliss.

So here’s a little inspiration to get you in the festive mood……

Feathers ornaments are so beautiful and I love how you can easily make a DIY project out of them. The large assortment of feathers on the top left can be found at Seltzer Studios I found the beautiful feather wrapped ornament at John Lewis , Red Book Magazine showed the large grouping as aDIY for a table chandelier. Made by Roost you can find the feather porcelain ornaments at Out of Gray. The single peacock ornment is sold at Crate and Barrel.

I love owls….like LOVE them. They are so beautiful and I REALLY love them in my Christmas decor. Starting at the top left here is where I found these beauties. Cute little fluffy owl (branch not included) at West Elm. the Pearl white owl is from John Lewis. The winter owl tree topper I CANNOT find anywhere. However….last year I became completely obsessed with having this owl on top of my tree. So I bought a white feathered owl from a store, ordered some feathers, glued them on and ended up with a pretty close comparible. It was a fun project…although very messy (feathers EVERYWHERE and Mike was a “bit” annoyed with me). Ok…ridiculously cute fluffy owl I found on Trendy Tree. This site has a lot of cute owls, birds, etc you can find….and my favourite part about this site….not expensive. For those of you who do not want to turn there house into a feathery disaster, Pottery Barn has come out with their own version this year. He is cute….very woodlandish.

I really like simple non fussy decorations. Decorations that have a handmade feel (whether I made them or not) . What a really like about all of these is that although they have a rustic, primitive feel to them they all feel very modern. Starting with the lovely papiere mache deer i found at West Elm. The fabric wrapped ornments on Etsy are so simple. I love the way the fabric gives them such a nice texture. The string ornaments are a DIY on Martha Stewart’s website…I love you Martha. Wired stars are fabulous, I really love their shape. You can find those on the Garnet Hill site. House stocking hook is from Crate and barrel. Silver temple bells, Vivaterra. The final bunch I found on a Danish site calle Oi Soi Oi. I don’t think you can buy these but I love how they show you can make beautiful Christmas decoration from unexpected materials.

These are SO pretty. It never ceases to amaze me the impact one word, or on black and white image can have. The german glitter frame , I found on Pottery Barn, is just beautiful. I love trees and the sparkle they added is just perfect. The She Loves Christmas ornament hits a personal note for me. It is made by Beth Quinn, blogger, jewlery maker. She is so talented….definitely worth exploring her shop and her blog. The book ornament is made by Brookish on Etsy. I love how you can capture your favourite words on something you can bring out once a year, this particular one is Pride and Prejudice. Okay the music sheet ornament is BRILLIANT. It is photocopies of christmas sheet music decoupaged onto a glass ball. I am doing White Christmas FOR SURE! The typepad ornaments can be found on Ornamental, another fantastic blogger and Etsy shop owner.

Oh my goodness…..I can’t get enough of any of these! You’ll either love or hate these. I honestly cannot get enought of the mermaids! Mermaids and deer are from Plasticland (very cool site). Bear cup (and other varities are on Modcloth. Flying pig (oh my goodness….can you stand it???) is sold on Vivaterra. Jackalope jewelery holder, Seltzer Studios. These white nesting doll are actually measuring cups, can be purchased from Urban Outfitters.

Okay…..this is it for now. I am already thinking of a million other things I need to blog about for Christmas! Hope you enjoyed!

A Modern Thanksgiving

22 09 2011

This year Daniela is hosting Thanksgiving dinner.  I thought it would be nice if I gave her some ideas  on what a perfect Thanksgiving dinner  for me would be.  No pressure but I think we should amp it up this year…..don’t worry….I’ll bring the wine.  I don’t want you doing too much.

I came up with a the perfect colour scheme for your house (and possibly mine).  A well dressed table is important.

I really like this one.  The Marrimeko table cloth, white pumpkins are gorgeous.  Pillar candles are always a classic and we can make the indian feather headresses together…..we will look stunning.   I found the table cloth on Crate and Barrel and the headress how to is on Martha Stewart’s website.

Found this through Pinterest but the banner can be bought from Etsy

A great DIY I found on Pinterest.  I’m not a fan of fall wreaths but I like this one, it’s not too fussy.

A creative tree.  So nice to write down all of the things you and the family are thankful for.  Create memories, add new ones every year

A beautiful pumpkin setting Daniela found on Pinterest.  Good job Danny!

I love how a simple inexpensive arrangement of twigs can look so amazing just by adding twine.

Or a vase filled with maple branches.  So dramatic….love it!

Found these cuties on Martha Stewart’s website.  She calls the centerpiece “Putting Down Roots”.

You may need to hang this up.  It will help 🙂

Turkey coloring books for the kids.  What a cute idea to keep the kids busy!

What table doesn’t have room for a pine cone turkey….honestly its the cutest thing ever.

So you don’t get side tracked I am adding a link to a very useful Thanksgiving checklist:

My favourite part about Thanksgiving at your house?  That Ryan’s mom and aunts all bring their signature dishes making everything absolutely delicious!

Favorite Wallpapers!

9 07 2011

Trinity says:

O.K. it’s no secret to anyone that knows me that I am completely obsessed with wallpaper.  I love all of the amazing designs that are out today and it is such a great way to put your stamp on a room.  These are five of my favorites that I am HOPING to find space for in my home (number one I have already!).

1.  Cole and Son The Woods

The Woods
This isn’t an image of my home….my room is a work in progress but I will post one as soon as its done!

Honestly I don’t think this one will ever go out of style.  I see it everywhere and love it every time I do.   I have done a feature wall in my office and my powder room in this one.  I really shopped around for this one. The price on can really vary.  I’ve seen as much as $175 dollars a roll!  I found it at for the best price.b On this site it was $68.24 cad and $50 to ship.  The shipping does not go up very much for multiple rolls so for the 4 rolls I bought shipping was $69.75.  This is an amazing deal!

2. Beware the Moon Ostrich Collection
  This probably one of my favorite wall papers for sure!!   This one is going to go downstairs in my games room on a feature wall.  I haven’t shopped around for it yet but at the Beware the Moon website it is priced at 52 pounds and 25 pounds to ship to Canada…..about the same as my Woods paper I bought.
3 & 4  Aimee Wilder wallpapers.
It is very hard to pick a favorite with Aimee Wilder’s wall papers!  These will be so cute in Romy and Gabriel’s rooms!  She is such a talented designer!  She has designed Vans (the shoe), bandages, baby shirts and pillows.  She’s pricey though…..$140 a roll with free shipping is the best deal I could find.  Most of her papers come in different colors.  I’m adding a couple of strong runner ups as I really am having a hard time deciding which ones I should do!  I mean come on…..sumo wrestlers?  LOVE!
5. Graham and Brown “Darcy”
 My good friend put it in her formal living area and it looks amazing!   I would like this behind my headboard in my master bedroom. So gorgeous.   It is currently priced at $70 a roll on the Graham and Brown website….but sign up for their email list and they will send you promotions about twice a year.  They have a lot of really nice wall papers on their site and I find their pricing to not too bad.  Other stores do sell their paper so its worth shopping around.
So these are the chosen ones.  Now if I could just find the time to put them all up! Us moms always have loads of time, right :).  They’ll be worth the wait though!

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