Catching Up

Catch me if you can.

Or should I say, catch up to me if you can?

Getting a new job at Burning Kiln Winery, moving into a new house, my computer breaking and the gorgeous summer weather, all combined, has left me neglecting the old blog.  Well, this may end up being the theme of the summer.  In the meantime, here’s sum summa pics, just for you dear readers.

If any of you are still out there….

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Bam.

Bam.

…Bye.

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Canadiana, Eh!

Remember that?

Well, that inspiration turned into this, my Canadiana bedroom!

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Welcome, eh : )

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Make an entrance…

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Here, kitty, kitty…

Put in new laminate grey flooring.

(Replaced bright pink carpet!)

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Took an old Ikea dresser and attached birch branches as thrifty handles.

(Great idea mom!)

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Take a right turn and you will find the world!

Quilt made by my Nan, many years ago.

(Incorporates all the colours of the room together.)

Classroom map that, once upon a time, was used at my old high school.

Armoire love affair:

Purchased at the Antique Market in Waterford.

(Originally made in Montreal).

Painted, “key” knobs from Stratford, & filled to the brim with all my favourite clothes.

Vintage butter box.

Old barn farm door as headboard.

Side tables found on the road, repainted red.

Good as new!

Wake up in the morning:

A-OK kinda day!

This above all; to thine own self be true.

You maybe can’t tell, but my shirt says,

“Love that beaver.’

No joke.

And now, time to curl up with a good book.

Vintage is the new modern.

Don’t you think?

Why It’s So Easy Being Green

Living in a world that has become consumed with technology, it may give us reason to think that “being green” could become a lost cause.  Yet, technology has given us so many outlets to become more ecologically responsible.  Bills, schedules, and even airline tickets can now be accessed paperless.   The Internet and television have made us more connected and globally aware of products available to help protect the environment in every aspect of our lives.

In the home especially, you can now choose a range of products that will help sustain the environment, while still providing beautiful, sleek and modern finishes.  The Home Depot has a link on their website (www.homedepot.ca) to a section called “Eco Options,” where you can easily locate the product type you are looking for, from flooring to appliances to décor, there is a way you can help manage your carbon footprint.  But the green initiative doesn’t stop at technology and interior/exterior design.

Almost all major grocery stores have become more eco-friendly as well.  By providing large reusable bags/bins, made out of recycled materials and typically costing $1, consumers are given a convenient eco-option.  And even if you do forget your reusable bags at home, you will be charged 5 cents per plastic bag, which have also become noticeably larger in order to try and reduce the volume of plastic bags and encourage the purchase of reusable ones.  The food itself has taken on the green trend; growing organic crops and eating green foods like avocado, broccoli, spinach, and kale are all the buzz with regards to keeping good health and a healthy planet.

The trend of being environmentally friendly has transpired into the fashion world as well.  For example, H&M has created the “Conscious Collection.” It is H&M’s “action for a more sustainable fashion future.”  This collection uses greener materials such as organic cotton and recycled polyester.  Originally the campaign came out in April 2011, and the colour scheme was mainly different shades of white and muted earth tones.  However, one year later, they are still producing the collection but have amped up the colour pallet.  Walking into the store this season, you will be bombarded—literally—with everything green. Emerging mainly in pastel and mint, but with occasional pops of emerald, green is popping up all over the fashion world and the colour is going to be a huge trend this spring.

So maybe it was the resurgence of Kermit the Frog, or maybe it’s because being eco-conscious has spanned to every outlet of our lives, but I am happy to say that it’s never been so easy being green.

(This article was originally written by me for www.thesilo.ca and published in the March 2012 issue.) 

Copy Cat

It seems that the hilarious, mysterious, and all together fabulous novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, has captured my full attention since my last post – and what a story!  I highly recommend it to everyone.  Maybe I will write up a little review after I have let the true stories from Savanna, Georga really sink into my soul before I write how I feel about them.

Blogcrastinating?  Perhaps.

I have also been getting into Pinterest a lot lately.  For those of you who don’t know, it’s basically a forum where you can take pictures from other people’s websites, blogs, or Pinterest boards and “repin” them to your own boards.

Yes, it’s pretty much a site that encourages copy cats.  So what!

Pinners don’t plagiarise – you just copy images into self-made categories and browse through lots of other users boards and track where the original link came from.

I kind of like it:  it’s fun, it’s time consuming, and there are lots of great images for when you feel your own creativity may be lacking; instead, you can organize other people’s creative images into neat little categories of your own.

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Perhaps it will make me feel slightly better about how I spend my time.

Birchin’

Did everyone have a good weekend?  I did!

Last night, I was relaxing, watching CTV’s new show, Once Upon A Time, when I spied with my little eyes an office design that is oh-so-sublime.

Although being inside of it for long periods of time might have a dizzying effect, it’s fun to look at in pictures; not to mention an extremely fitting setting for the evil Queen to reside in.

It got me thinking about how much I enjoy birch tree prints.  Lately, I have been seeing it everywhere and wishing I had a place in my own home to wallpaper.  Sigh, someday.

I think it is tricky to pull off, but when done right – wowwy-wow-wowwww – does it make a statement.

Check out these birchin’ design ideas:

This room is totally over-the-top,  it is a fairy tale set after all.  I love how the entire room is black white and symmetrical all over – it’s frighteningly modern.

Evil Queen's Office from the Once Upon A Time Set

Not brave enough to wallpaper an entire room?  Or maybe you just can’t afford wallpaper? Small accents like this organizer are the perfect solution.

Organizer from This Next

This chair is stunning.  My mom has a set of wingback chairs I am just dying to reupholster with this pattern.  So chic.

Chair from Design Sponge

A cozy cabin feel, birch on the bed is a nice, relatively neutral touch.  I think it would work well in any colour pallet.

Bedding from Pottery Barn

What a creative and simple wall accent for the high ceilings in this modern attic apartment.  Really draws the eye upwards.

Staircase from Design Sponge

Now this is ideal for a renter like me – small, cheap, mobile, goes with everything – not to mention elegantly functional.

Little Birch Tree Jewelry Stand from Urban Outfitters

Will you try adding some birch trees to your space?  In what form?

Eat-In Kitchen from Design Sponge

All in all, I think the birch pattern is bitchin’, no matter how you use it.

I’d love to read your comments!

Pumpkin-Bowl

The big P-Fest weekend has almost arrived.  Every year we hold a “Pumpkin Bowl” where the Waterford High School’s football team plays against another local high school team.

Personally, I think the version below looks much more fun!

Maybe that’s just me…

My Kingdom For A Chair

Slowly, I am redecorating the living room.

The hardest part about my particular living room is it’s small, oddly shaped, and has a slanted ceiling.  We call it the bat cave…

The shape and size don’t leave much room for improvement, but I am trying to change that with the decor.

An accent wall has been painted, a new TV purchased, and new shelving and couch are on the way as “hand-me-downs” when my Dad sells his house.

One other element that needs to be fixed is a large rocking chair that is dark brown, with a wooden frame that is in shabby condition.  We bought it at a thrift store for $20, and it has so much potential.  If I sand down and re-finish the frame, all it needs is some new upholstery… I’m thinking a fun and bright pattern to lighten up the “cave” room.

My chair is similar to the one below and it makes me really want to get started on my own project!

Again, I got the project from Design Sponge. They have the best “Before & After” projects!

I love when old furniture gets a second chance!

Pump Pump Pumpkin Up!

Driving to work today, I saw all the pumpkins popping out of their patches.  This is an exciting time for Waterfordians because next month is Waterford Pumpkinfest!

I have already “stumbled upon” countless pumpkin recipes and ideas for festive celebrations.  So, from now until October 31st, I will be positing lots and lots of pumpkin-y things!

Here is one idea I will definately be using for my Pumpkinfest party:

Perfect for filling with Pumpkin Ale!

(They should be out in the LCBO soon!!)

Now I just need to get out in the feilds and find a big enough pumpkin.

Thanks for the idea Martha… it’s a good thing.