It’s been raining consistently since October here and the seasons have blended themselves into one: The WET season. Surely it must be spring by now and time to step outside! It’s this time of year that I like to add a little happy to the front porch with some original standout pieces found on ETSY. Here are my top picks for adding renewed life and fun to your porch. Pop O Color : throw pillows Green Desk : hanging planter Petrified Design : bench Moda Industria : mailbox Urban Mettle : house numbers Wasatch Creative : concrete planters Olive Paper Company : doormat Masaya Trading Company : mid century modern armchair Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased these products, I’m looking forward to incorporating them into my future design projects
Currently my kitchen is gray, on gray, on white, on gray. I love the simplicity of it, but in between the rain and the rain, I’m looking for some sunshine! I’m looking to add some color to my kitchen without changing the color of my kitchen. Changing up the accessories in a room can instantly alter the mood of a space without a major overhaul. As always, I start my search with ETSY looking for some fresh, original products to add interchangeable color to my kitchen. I’ve noticed a trend in my search… and may have to write a future blog posting on ‘paint dipping’. I absolutely love it. Here are my top picks for adding instant color and SUNSHINE to your kitchen. For The Host : wood kitchen utensil set Sea & Asters : geometric air plant cube Little Design Haus : apple pear prints Earth Cadets : hand printed kitchen towels Objectify Homeware : Objectify demi blue wall clock Gleaming Renditions : nesting trays Willful : wooden snack bowls Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased …
There is something about a standing coat rack (coat tree) that it so beautiful and sculptural, yet practical (which I love). Coat trees add color, dimension and texture to an otherwise open space, creating a warm, welcoming entry. It’s an opportunity to add color without the commitment of painting an entire room and the freedom to mix metals with woods, paint and other materials. The statement of a coat tree can be as bold or as subtle as you wish. I have been shopping for a coat tree for the last 6 years, yet I have never purchased one. We now have the space so it’s time to narrow my search down. Here are my top picks in making a bolder statement. This year, I will buy one… 1. Blu dot; 2. Room & Board; 3.Overstock.com; 4. IKEA; 5. Room & Board; 6. West Elm cover photo source: idea collection.net
Well, I’ve been wearing my snowboarding socks for a few weeks now, which only means one thing (regretfully, I’m not snowboarding), it’s cold outside! I wanted to share a few of my favorite finds to help bring some warmth into your home. I love wool for its ability to add texture, warmth and colour into a space. I love that it’s being used in so many unconventional ways, and I’ve noticed that I’ve often included one wool piece in my past ‘ETSY find’ postings (bowls, baskets, acorns). Here are a few of my favorite winter wool accessories. a. Set of 4 Coasters – Felted Wool, Papaververt, Alameda, California (www.etsy.com/shop/papaververt) b. Grey wool pillow cover, Mazizmuse, Vancouver, British Columbia (www.etsy.com/shop/mazizmuse) c. Boys knitted wool blanket, Rocket and Bear, Bath, England, United Kingdom (www.etsy.com/shop/rocketandbear) d. Wool blend felt pillow,Alichu Studios, Cleveland, Ohio (www.etsy.com/shop/AlichuStudios) e. Wool pom pom flowers, Berry Island ,Calgary, Alberta (www.etsy.com/shop/berryisland) f. Upcycled eco-knit floor cushion , the Remakerie, Montreal, Quebec (www.etsy.com/shop/theRemakerie) g. Lines Tall Bud Vase – Felted Wool, Papaververt, Alameda, California (www.etsy.com/shop/papaververt)
As an avid music lover I’m a little embarrassed to say that I’ve been living without a dedicated audio system for years now. I am currently limited to listening to music via an iPod, a computer or an Xbox. With a makeover of our living room on the horizon I thought I would take this opportunity to sell my wife on including a Sonos System in her design plan. Below are 6 reasons why I think the Sonos Wireless HiFi System will work for us: Small footprint. We have a very small house overflowing with 2 adults, 2 young children and 2 large dogs. We just don’t have the space for a standard setup with a receiver and bookshelf or floor standing speakers. At 8.50 x 14.40 x 4.80 in. We should be able to find the room in our living room for the PLAY:5. Kid friendly. Ok, the actual components themselves may not be kid friendly, but their size and lack of wires makes this system a lot more practical with kids in the house. …
Often colorful accessories are used to introduce drama and emotion into a room, but what about white? White can add just as much impact to a room with its classic, subtle simplicity. It goes with everything. I love the clean, crisp, freshness of white and for that reason, I’m addicted to white accessories. a. Birch Wool Acorns – Felted Acorns SET of 12 / White Gold, SewnNatural, Ottawa, Ontario (www.etsy.com/shop/SewnNatural) b. White Crochet Basket with Handles, ADKnits, Richmond Virginia (www.etsy.com/shop/shmugusta) c. White record clock – Moby / Wait For Me, PatrickHoesterey, Long Beach, California (www.etsy.com/shop/PatrickHoesterey) d. Porcelain and BROWN leather hanging planter, Farrah Sit, Brooklyn, New York (www.etsy.com/shop/farrahsit) e. Personalized natural white birch candle holder – carved heart & initials, urban + forest, Rockland, Maine (www.etsy.com/shop/urbanplusforest) Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased these products, I’m looking forward to incorporating them into my future design projects.
I’m a girl with freckles, so I couldn’t resist. I like this. An inspiring poster for any girl’s room. Photo: FinnyAndZook
Nautical design is one of those classic chic trends that never goes away and this summer it seems to be popping up everywhere. Whether decorating for the cottage or in the city, the key to incorporating this design into your living space is to add subtle suggestions with accessories and mix it up with non-nautical items. The room should look inspired by ‘the sea’, not a ‘seaside gift shop’. Don’t go overboard with your nautical design.Here’s my take on classic nautical design with a splash of whimsy. a. Custom Sailboat Pillow. with embroidered name, ChristineElliott, Bowmanville, Ontario (www.etsy.com/shop/ChristineElliott) b. Wooden folk art peg dolls … Alfred and Gaby beach bums, mooshoopork, Wisconsin (www.etsy.com/shop/mooshoopork) c. UpcycledBoat Vent Lamp, BingoBox, Troy, New York (www.etsy.com/shop/BingoBox) d. Nautical coat rack with boat cleats, made from reclaimed wood, DocksideCottage, Wilmington, North Carolina (www.etsy.com/shop/DocksideCottage) e. License Plate Art – Beach One Fish Two Fish Red Fish, recycledartco, Niceville, Florida (www.etsy.com/shop/recycledartco) *Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased these products, I’m looking forward to incorporating them into my future design projects.
I’ll admit, today’s blog entry started out as a tribute to Mother’s Day. With flowers being the number one gift for Mom, my intent was to share some ideas for outdoor planters. While searching I came across these incredible little birdhouses. I just had to share them with you. In addition to their design aesthetics the variety of materials used to construct the houses caught my attention. These are great examples on how to add texture and personality to your outdoor living space with wood, ceramic and concrete. Plus, they do make great Mother’s Day gifts. Happy Mother’s Day! a. Scan Birdhouse SECOND, PigeonToeCeramics, Portland, Oregon (www.etsy.com/shop/PigeonToeCeramics) b. Modern Birdhouse – Walnut ‘Canopy’ series, StudioLiscious, Caledon, Ontario(www.etsy.com/shop/StudioLiscious) c. Concrete Birdhouse, fmcdesign, Montreal, Quebec (www.etsy.com/shop/fmcdesign) d. Woodland Acorn Birdhouse, CattailsWoodwork, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (www.etsy.com/shop/CattailsWoodwork) e. Bird House Trailer – Tear Drop birdhouse -Blue/White, birdhouse20, Grants Pass, Oregon(www.etsy.com/shop/birdhouse20) Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased these products, I’m looking forward to incorporating them into my future design projects.
Lately I have been drawn to everything chevron. It’s a pattern that is being used in every aspect of design these days, from fashion to wallpaper and I love it. It can be very chic and subdued, but I’m attracted to the playfulness of the bold pattern and the many variations of colour being used. Here are some simple and affordable ways to incorporate chevron into your home without investing a lot of time or money into a trend. a. Schumacher Zenyatta Mondatta Peacock Chevron Lumbar Decorative Pillow Cover, habitationBoheme, Indianapolis, Indiana (www.etsy.com/shop/habitationBoheme) b. Chevron Zigzag Colorful Round Glass and Metal Knob, featherandwind, Portland, Oregon (www.etsy.com/shop/featherandwind ) c. Deer Antlers Chevron Nursery Wall Art Print, AldariArt, Victoria, British Columbia (www.etsy.com/shop/AldariArt) d. Monogram Chevron Plate, Personalized Melamine Plate, SimplySublimeBaby, Albert Lea, Minnesota (www.etsy.com/shop/SimplySublimeBaby) e. 4×6 Distressed Chevron Picture Frame, TwoHandsDesigns, Portland, Oregon (www.etsy.com/shop/TwoHandsDesigns) Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased these products, I’m looking forward to incorporating them into my future design projects.