Monthly Archives: December 2011

Sorry for the lonnnngggg delay!! The holidays were so busy with get togethers!

But I did manage to sneak in few little decor related adventures.

I have been on the hunt for a chandelier for the office, but I am still out of luck.

But atleast I came across this previously dusty looking number at a local shop. I walked past it a few times, despite the $6 price tag. I was trying to figure out how it would look with a shade, since it didn’t have one at the time.

Then the lightbulb went off in my head and I realised it looked pretty chinoiserie to me and would benefit from a black pagoda style shade.

I like the way it looks in my office.

And it reminded me how much I love the chinoiserie look!


Now if only I could find a chandy like this to complete the office look, I would be in heaven!



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It’s been a year since we moved into our new home and I think we have been able to get quite a lot done. Still there are many projects that are on the list for completion.

One was this chandelier. I picked it up for $10 at a resale shop.

The goal was to make it look like a million bucks on a budget! Chandeliers are expensive! Step one was to paint this white. Since it’s a neutral I felt the chandelier could be used in any room. Still for the last year, we have been eating in what seemed like the dark. So I was itching to get this thing up over the dining table, so I could actually see my food!

Step two was to find some beads or crystals that I could add to glam up this chandy. That search took me to Arton Beads on Queen Street in Toronto. Luckily for me, my clever little sister remembered that this places was chok full of nice stuff since our childhood days of making bracelets.

After burning my fingers a few times with the glue gun, I was able to get all these beads onto the curves of the light fixture.

Et Voila!

I know it’s pretty girly, but I’m so glad my husband was excited about having more light too!


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This week I decided it was time to hit a few of my favourite thrift shops. But I guess since it is holiday time, there were slim pickings!

Still I managed to find a few little tid bits that I would have liked to buy, if the prices were a bit more reasonable.

These footstools looked pretty shabby, but all they needed was a coat of paint and a fresh colour.

I would go for a bright blue. Problem is they were selling as a set and I didn’t want all three.

I also liked these shiney tea cups.

I could just picture them in a pretty tea party.

This coral chandelier was huge! But so was the pricetag.

Still it would give a crazy wow factor in any room.

And I spotted this vintage looking napkin holder. Or you could even use something this pretty to stash mail.

And these old phones were oozing old Hollywood glamour!


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The last two days I had a sudden burst of energy. I’m thinking I’m going through the “nesting” phase of my pregnancy, when all I want to do is rearrange and clean up before the little bean arrives.

For atleast the last six months, I had these bare cork boards hanging on my office wall.  I finally decided it was time to do something about them and I”m so glad I did!

I picked these up at a resale shop.

Several months ago I had given the frames a glossy coat of white. I wasn’t careful about the spraying, you’ll see why in a sec.  I got this creative idea from Jenny over at the Little Green Notebook.

I had bought this grey fabric a few months back too to make a curtain for the family room, but those plans changed. I also considered using this fabric to reupholster my bar chairs, but then I think maybe something with a pattern would be more bold.

Then I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday and picked up some black velvet ribbon at 50% off. Woohoo!!

Then I cut the fabric to the size of the inner cork board.

And started to glue the fabric and then the ribbon down along the edges. Don’t put glue in the middle of the cork board because you will see those nasty little smudges.

Et voila!

I got them up on the wall and have yet to post my inspiration decor ideas, but I will!

This project was so easy and took me maybe an hour max!  Now the office just needs pretty desk knick knacks and knobs, a new light fixture, more wall art….. ok still a work in progress!

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I come across many designers and blogs. And although there are many great ones out there, this designer really blew my mind.

Ana Antunes lives in Portugal and has her own TV show. Sounds like a dream situation to me!

This is where clients come to meet with her to discuss their decorating dilemmas.

If I had an office this chic I would never leave!

This bedroom is simply yet so classy!

This combination of blues and mirror is so soothing.

Beautiful decor comes down to the fine details.

Mirrored ceiling!!!

I can’t even find one single aspect that I dislike about Ana’s styling. If I could put my design ideal into pictures, this would be it!

Now I am in the mood to hit the shops and do some crazy makeovers in my home!

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