Archive | December, 2010

Christmas Eve Smile

24 Dec

To learn more fun facts about Rudolf and Santa’s Magical Reindeer click here.  This is very cute write-up.  Enjoy.



Out with the Old & In with the New.

22 Dec

Before I left Manitoba I was instructed to get rid of a ten-year old burgundy love-seat (the matching sofa had been given away several years ago).   That leaves us with one black leather sofa which is destined for the games room and one green paisley accent chair (custom-made about 4 years ago) which is either going into the living room or the master bedroom.

So, if we plan on entertaining at all……we are going to need some new living room furniture.  But before I begin the hunt I would like to get clear in my mind what I’m looking for.  (Please note that when I say sofa, I’m referring to a 3-seater).  Furniture arrangements in my family’s living room is centered around the television.  Sad but the reality is that I watch too much T.V.

Sofa, a love-seat and chair?   Our T.V.  would be situated across from that love-seat.

Sectional with two or more chairs?  Imagine our T.V.  where that gorgeous fireplace is.

Parallel sofas &  two or four chairs?   Put our fireplace in the right corner and a T.V. where the fireplace is shown.

Sofa, love-seat and a chair?  Put our T.V. where that fireplace is.

Sofa and 4 chairs?  In this photo imagine that our T.V. is where the door is.  By the way, why is the furniture in this photo arranged around the door?? Am I missing something?

Sofa, two chairs and bench, or chaise?

Sofa and two chairs?

All images above are from House & Home magazine.

I have been thinking about this for a while now.  I feel that only two people want to sit on a sofa (no one wants to be in the middle on that center cushion) and only one person wants to sit on a love-seat (unless it’s a couple).  Maybe it’s a little quirky but I’ve been toying with the idea of four roomy accent chairs with a three cushion sofa.

Here’s a smattering of the styles that we have been window-shopping for years now.    Love the combination of multiple fabrics with leather.

All sofa images from Treehouse Furniture dot-com.

What do you have in your space and is it working for you?

So as you can tell, we are going to go through some “simple changes” in our new house.  I’ll be sure to keep you “posted” on what we decide to do with our empty space.

“Simple Changes or Complete Transformations” – thoughtful design simply works.

You can continue to reach me here with your questions and photos regarding your simple changes or complete transformations.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like help making design work for you too.

Pantone Color of 2011.

20 Dec

I know I’m quite late in blogging about this and you probably have already heard but I’m so tickled “pink” by Pantone’s choice for 2011 that I just have to write about it!  (The only choice that could have made me happier would have been Royal Purple).

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2011 is – 18-2120 Honeysuckle, a very sassy, chic reddish-pink.

“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

So, just as we saw this year, with the announcement last year of turquoise being 2010 color of the year, we can expect to see this shade of pink starting to appear more and more on the store shelves and on the clothing racks.

via NY Daily

Cuisinart Yogurt & Ice Cream Maker

Google Images

Google Images

Google Images

via Little Green Notebook

via Apartment Therapy

via HomeGoods

"Mom Cave" via HomeGoods

Pantone Visa Card

Yes, this is a real VISA card!


Style at Home Magazine - Jan. 2011

Even the Style at Home issue that is on the stands now has a masthead in something resembling “Honeysuckle”.  Cool.


The Pantone Color Institute is widely recognized as setting color standards for the fashion and home industries.  It’s also the common color language spoken in the paper and graphics worlds.

In 2010,

Color of the Year 2010









In 2009,

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I really like 18-2120 Honeysuckle and was thinking of a bubble gum pink for the new laundry room but now…… maybe something with a bit more red in it!

This Honeysuckle pink is going to be an awesome accent color for those who have been painting their walls gray (the new neutral).  Too punchy for you?  Start small, a pillow here, glass bowl there.  If you are tickled pink about this color but are not sure where to begin, just ask.

Simple Changes or Complete Transformations – thoughtful design simply works.

You can still reach me here with your questions and photos. 

Mantle x Two

19 Dec

According to the pictures I’ve seen of our new house, we have two mantles.  One in the living room and one outdoor mantle located above an electric stone fireplace located on the back patio.

The fireplace in the living room is a dreaded corner unit.  However, instead of lamenting on its unfortunate location I’m going to celebrate it’s stone facade and large mantle.  Even though we don’t move in until 5 days before Christmas, you can bet the farm that I’m going to have that mantle dripping in Christmas!

Finding inspiration is no problem!  (My ponderings follow each picture).

via Centsational Girl (favorite blog)

Kate never disappoints with her thrifty decorating tips and tricks.  Everything in her home looks like it’s brand-new right outta the box!  I love thrift store shopping and she continues to inspire and encourage me not to give up on finding the next treasure.

Colored glass, bowls filled with sparkly ornaments, swoops of beaded garlands….what’s not to love!

(Side note: Has anyone else noticed that the U.S. thrift stores seem to be filled with more pieces that are worthy of transformation than the thrift stores here in Canada?)


via Susie Harris

Love the use of the branches – bringing in an element of nature into any decorating project is always a great idea.  I have several footed glass jars with lids and have a ball changing them out all over the house over the year.  Don’t restrict yourself with what you put in them and if you don’t own at least a couple in various sizes, keep your eyes open for a sale!


via Home Goods

While I’m not fond with how the collection of finials are spread out seemingly evenly along the length of the mantle, those draped beaded garlands with the hanging stars are terrific!  I know I have some rattan stars and if they aren’t glitzy enough – I can take care of that!   (now where did I pack that glitter??)


via Google Images

Love this photo!  Would love to have this on a large  canvas to put up every season.   This puts me in the mood for sitting by the fire with a hot beverage and carols playing in the background.  I have a whole collection of flame-free candles…. yes, the wheels are turning….thoughts forming….


via Cottage Hill

A simple palette of red and green – lovely with a capital “L”.   Way more than just a mantle-scape here!  With the raining red ornaments shimmering down from the ceiling  and the light-infused cedar boughs that wrap down to the floor, this design makes a statement.   Notice the white bulbs are the big variety – nice touch.   J-O-Y, definitely!

Don’t limited yourself to just using your ornaments to adorn your tree.  Hang them in front of your windows, attach them to a wreath, hook them to your drapery treatments, dangle them from your wall sconces or chandeliers…. the opportunities or endless!


via Cottage Instincts

The homeowner here is working with and not against his/her gray brick.  Really a stunning, calming effect.


via Echoes of Laughter

More nature – love it!  This is a good lesson on using what you have – eg. the desert tier to showcase glass ornaments and add a punch of color.  And don’t overlook the use of stacked books to give height to an item that needs a little boost to be noticed.  This is one trick that I admit I overuse.  I can’t help myself!


via Cottage Hill

More draping of beaded garland – I’m definitely going to attempt that.  (Wonder if I’ll have enough beads left once I’ve finished the tree??)  Using the ceramic and glass birds is a wonderful idea – very woodland.  And of course you know I love seeing the use of picture frames in nontraditional ways!


via House & Home

How great is this?  A row of simple metal trees and the use of the floor directly on the hearth for two topiary trees.  You know I don’t like all white interiors but I appreciate the simplicity of this fireplace decor and the punch it brings to the room.  Love, love, love those trees – I need to figure out how to make them for next year!


via Google Images

The look of a cedar wreath against a stone backdrop is just classic to me.  Since this wreath is not dripping with ornaments or Christmas ribbon, I’d be tempted to leave it up during the remaining frosty months.  Love the simple groupings strategically placed on the mantle.  Don’t forget the punch of color – with the help here of a Poinsettia!


via Home Goods

Again, not my color palette but it’s a great lesson…..big statement pieces, add height, create drama….. the goals of any effective mantle/fireplace decorating scheme.


Google Image

I have boxes of pine cones that I’ve collected over the years and while they may not show up in the indoor mantle scheme, they’ll likely have a role in the outdoor one.

Just a couple more days…… tree, mantles, front entrance, back deck ……getting excited about putting my Christmas decorating ideas into action.  Oh ya, unpack first…then decorate.  I better keep repeating that to myself!

I can still be reached here! How are your holiday plans coming along?

Three borders later…

17 Dec

Provincial borders that is!  Henry and I have made it safely from Manitoba to British Columbia to join my husband who had to come out 6 weeks ahead of us.  While we are not from B.C. originally, we have lived around the province over a  20 year period and it feels like home.


B.C. Forest



On the way here while driving through Mt. Robson we were treated to a sighting of bighorn sheep!  If there weren’t so many other wildlife lovers too, I would have stopped to take a picture.  Henry also saw them and was sure that they were interested in playing with him.  I, of course, was certain they were not and kept driving.



Mount Robson Provincial Park



Our previous B.C. locations have been near the ocean, near valleys filled with grapes/fruit trees or beautiful evergreen forests.  This time we are in the desert-y part of the province.  If you want something green around here, you’ll have to water it!  I’ve heard we have underground sprinklers to keep our lawn green.  Will have to check into the watering schedule – I’m a stickler for following the rules!


We are in ranching country now!



This is the nearby lake where we will be launching our boat on those warm lazy summer days.  I hear there are Rainbow Trout in this lake – Yum!



Our valley's nearby lake



Speaking of home….we move in this Tuesday on the 21st!  The motel has been fine but I’m getting anxious to start unpacking and Henry is really itching to check out his new backyard.


Old Homestead.

Hee Hee, no that’s not our new house.  We are in town and our house is a little newer than that!  Sorry I don’t have a picture – there is a long story about Henry’s cousin (also a dog) who chewed on my memory card (insert sad face here).


Getting excited….floor plans to think about…..unpacking strategy to mull over…..Christmas decorating priorities to establish (oh yes, we are still having a tree!)……and menu planning to convert to grocery lists……

Something tells me the days remaining are going to fly by!!

10 Things to do in December.

4 Dec

I know I missed November and I’m sorry, but here from Style at Home (magazine) is their list of 10 Things to do in December.

While you may be thinking “Are you crazy? ….add 10 more things!”, take a minute to check this out because this list likely contains some things that are already on your existing to-do list.

Additionally there are a couple of time-saving reminders (like start now preparing some freeze-ahead appetizers for the party season and getting your wrapping supplies organized now).  Also on the list are a couple of activities that maybe you haven’t thought of yet (open up a window for a few minutes each day to let in some fresh air) or simply need a gentle reminder-nudge (food bank donation).


Here’s hoping your December has started off with a bang and you are finding ways to cope with all the merriment and mayhem!  Cool heads will prevail!