I thought that I should show you a section of our house that may be changing soon! Our living room is the first thing you see when you enter our 1800 sq.ft. home. We do a lot of living in here, so we try to keep it warm and casual, but it has been largely ignored while we’ve been doing renos in other parts of the house. See the artwork in the picture above? That was done by my amazingly talented aunt. I love how her large paintings fill our home with warmth.
Our armoire stores our second tv, stereo for the kids, and Wii console. Large baskets in the bottom hold the accessories that come with it all! It’s invaluable to have a second area for the kids that I can close the door on at the end of the day. And the large basket to the right of the armoire makes for easy clean up of all the trains and tracks.
Vintage suitcases are so much fun to store toys in. I want to find at least one more of these, so let me know if you’ve seen one somewhere!!
PROBLEM WALL CURRENTLY:
The two images above show the wall that has bugged me since we moved in. The rather ugly stone, super teeny tiny mantle, and large expanse of empty wall, etc. This is one of those projects that I had planned to tackle the moment the keys were in our hands… but other renovations keep being prioritized above it. I think this is going to be the year!
I threw this together in Photoshop so you can see what’s in my head for this side of the room. I’m thinking of adding some visual texture with wood trim, painting the whole space white, and a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. And a CHANDELIER!!! I’m very excited about the whole thing! What do you think? I’m imagining 1″ wood strips from floor to ceiling to give the look of board and batten siding without the expense of cladding the whole wall in wide wooden planks. Save some money for built in bookshelves or either side down the road! LOL. Any suggestions? Tips? Have you ever mimicked exterior siding inside your home?
Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson Design
Kate Forrester‘s work first caught my eye with her Christmas campaign for John Lewis, but more recently I’m loving her screen printed “My Home is Nowhere Without You” poster design. Check out her blog for more of her amazing talent.
Julene Harrison is another paper artist I adore who’s work was recently featured in Computer Arts Projects magazine! What a great gift idea for a first wedding anniversary – made with paper! Wish I’d thought of that oh so many years ago!! There are so many more of her wonderful designs to see on her blog, Made by Julene!
I happily discovered graphic designer Helen Foers’ beautiful paper cut cards recently on her Etsy shop Storeyshop. Love the simple, bold designs. And she’s got a blog too!
A big thanks to all these super friendly ladies for allowing me to share their talents! What do you think? Does it inspire you to get out an x-acto knife? I think I just may…
Images: Kate Forrester, Julene Harrison, Helen Foers.
I got a little break from the action today, thanks to my mother in law, and ran out to Fabricana to check out what’s happening in the world of fabric. I need to make some covers for the pillow inserts that lay naked in a bag hidden in my closet. I fell in love with these fabrics as soon as I saw them and I’m not surprised, since they’re designed by DwellStudio! Turns out that they have teamed up with Robert Allen to produce their beautiful designs and I’m loving them. Now maybe you have known about this for quite some time, but I often ignore things like fabric until I need some. So, it was a great surprise for me!
I’m absolutely loving Peacock Azure pillow. It would certainly bring a pop of color on the white slip covers in our family room! Hmm, now if only they had this at the fabric store!
If you’re on the hunt for design inspiration, like me, or want to see the behind the scenes action at DwellStudio then you should check out their blog. Makes me think that it’s been too long since my last visit to NY!
Canadian House & Home
I can’t wait to have a functional mudroom! That is the first project that we’re going to tackle this year. I’ve been saving inspiration pictures for every room in my home into my iPhoto album for years. Now that I’m blogging, it’s fun to be able to share!
I’m liking this piece by Etsy seller May Day Studio. It’s fitting with all the grey Vancouver weather we’re having here. I hope the skies are sunnier where you are… maybe send some our way if you can!
In the meantime, here are some links to brighten your day:
- Loving the branch chandelier in these Mountain Style pics.
- For those of you with kids, this Lego stop motion video will entertain.
Well, I ran out of Christmas cards this year, due to guessing how many I would need… and obviously underestimating. Next year I’ll be putting together a formal list to avoid this predicament, because obviously my memory and estimating skills are not going to cut it. This is what the family version of our Christmas card looked like this year. So to everyone who comes by and reads my blog, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope that you have a wonderful time, wherever you are, with your friends and family.
Image: Coe & Waito
What is it about birds? I know friends that have been “banned” from buying another item with birds on it – you know who you are! I have to admit to a long term case of bird crazy myself. Ever since I saw these beautiful, simple bowls in House & Home Magazine years ago… I was hooked.
Local artist Arleigh Wood is one of my personal faves for using bird imagery in her art. She always creates such beautiful paintings.
Image: Arleigh Wood, “Placing Leaves on Trees”
Image: Arleigh Wood, “Cardinal Blossoms”
Local sister design team Kelly and Karen Schmidt make up Double Trouble Design. They are both multi-talented people and so much fun! I bought one of their beautiful clocks for the wall in my studio last year and it really brightens up a gloomy gray Vancouver day. (The bird image on the right, with the blue colour of the other image is the combo I chose. They have so many to choose from – not just birds!)
You can find them all selling their wares at Shiny Fuzzy Muddy this weekend. I’ll be there checking it out too!
How about you? Any animal obsessions?
I’ll be having a bird-themed giveaway tomorrow, so check back soon!
The last Hot Off The Press for now is featuring the Christmas card for the hubby’s company. This year I designed a series of cards all based around the “o” in “joy” being die cut out of the paper to make a different image… VERY fun to play around with! Do you like how the hole casts a shadow on the red inside of the card to make it look like an actual ornament? Can’t wait to send out the family version! Won’t ruin the surprise by posting the picture of that one… since you may see one in the mail soon enough!
One of the other jobs that came back from the printers on Friday was this custom Christmas card for Spraggs & Co. They had seen one of my cards from last year, and approached me to create one for them. More than happy to oblige! If you are ever in need of an injury lawyer you can find them here.
Due to the demand for Christmas cards since my last post (thanks so much!) I’ve loaded up two options into my Etsy site for those late shopping Christmas card buyers! The Snowman Card above is one of the cards I’ve listed. Can you see the dove hidden within the illustration? Hint: It’s upside down.
I was thinking about how far some of my Christmas cards are going to travel this year, and was wondering just how far away you readers are? Leave me a comment and let me know where you’re checking in from! And what’s the weather like in your part of the world right now? Here on the Canadian “wetcoast” the weather seems to be a little confused, because it’s way colder than I remember it ever being!! Brr..
UPDATE: Rosa Pearson Design is up! See my online Portfolio here!