Tuesday, June 25, 2013

sweet dreams are made of this...

Photo courtesy of Matthew Mead

I have been coveting this bedroom since I saw the beautiful photos last week. 
It was designed for a lucky young client by Matthew Mead. You can see all the lovely photos here.

Matthew has layered the bed in beautiful textiles, including some stunning pillows from John Robshaw.

I haven't really spent much time on our bedroom decor yet. My priority has been the main floor. But when I saw these pictures it reminded me how important it is to have a comfortable place to lay your head. So I decided to put together a little mood board for our bedroom.

From Top to Bottom: Carved Headboard - West Elm, Pillows - John Robshaw, Brass Swing Lamp - One Forty Three,  Mirror - Anthropologie,  Louis Bench - Restoration Hardware,  Pillows - John Robshaw

In my dreams, I would have a rotating selection of bedding and pillows to choose from, but wouldn't we all? It's so hard to choose. There are soo many gorgeous patterns and colours!

The headboard would look great with the existing simple bed frame we purchased from West Elm.  I just bought a new white quilt from Homesense. It is embroidered with a simple Indian teardrop motif. I really like white bedding. You know, there's nothing like crisp white sheets. However, I'd love add a layer of this to the bed...a Khadi in Jade from John Robshaw.

Ah well, it's all quite lovely but will have to remain in my dreams for now...

Bonne nuit.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

what's brewing over here...

Before you get all excited...no I am not expecting twins! These are some shower favors that I created for a beautiful mom expecting baby girls. Inside is Moroccan Mint Tea and a recipe for iced tea mojitos. I found the recipe here. I highly recommend you try it out.

I was out looking for some gifts the other day and found this dhurrie rug at Homesense. I love the indigo colour! I think I might keep it. I wasn't quite sure how I felt about the fringe but I think it will make a nice light summer rug. I also picked up some pillows for a STEAL from Chapters/Indigo. I'm still hunting for a pop of colour pillow. Maybe yellow...

I've been reading this book written by Sheryl Sandberg. It is brilliant. It's just what I needed right now. 
It's a call to live your life fearlessly.
Thank you to the friend who has leant it to me :)

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Thanks xo Debra

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

backyard planning

Our backyard has been seriously neglected since we "finished" this renovation. It's time to take back our yard so we can enjoy our indoor/outdoor living space. Right now, we are planning out our backyard space and considering what to do to finish off the deck area. 

back exterior

back exterior

Our contractor built a small deck off the back of the addition last fall. He added a nice little privacy screen on one side which serves two functions. It eliminated the need for a railing and provides privacy. The other side of the deck has a standard wood railing which still needs some work. We are considering replacing it with a wood and glass railing system. 

Aren't those garbage bins pretty? So yes we need a plan for those as well. 

We are debating whether to stain the wood decking or leave it natural. It's not cedar. Thoughts? I was originally thinking grey. But now I'm not sure.

See those stone tiles to the left of the deck? Those will be continued out in front of the deck area.

1.Montauk Nest Chair, West Elm 2.La Mer Outdoor Pillow, Crate and Barrel
3.Stone-Link slate look stone in grey, Home Depot 4.Moroccan Tray Accent table, Pottery Barn

This is a look I really love for the patio area. A Montauk chair and maybe a settee. Maybe we'll keep a dining table and chairs on the patio and place the Montauk further back in the yard. Decisions...

I'd like to fill the beds around the trees and in the back corner with a mixture of greenery that suits our shady garden. The grass (what's left of it) needs a rethink. It may be replaced with ground cover or pea gravel as there won't be much left to manage after the stone is installed. 

We are in desperate need of a new shed. The old one you see above is rotting from the bottom up and is much too small. I think we will have to design and build our own as we haven't found anything that looks nice enough to become the focal point of our back yard. We envision building a shed that nearly fills the width of the yard. I'd like to see some doors that are similar in look to the doors on our back addition. Just sized down to fit a shed.

What do you think of these? The first one is quite modern. The second more traditional but I figure it could be given a less old-timey look with paint, door and window choices etc.

Our goal is to get the patio done (a diy project) by the end of this month. The shed will hopefully make an appearance towards the end of the summer. Fingers crossed :)