Patio Season Prep

Patio Season Prep


My Kitchen – Turquoise and Boho Mismatch

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My Kitchen - Turquoise and Boho Mismatch

KitchenAid kitchen aid stand mixer
460 CAD –

Silver flatware
130 CAD –

Kim Seybert everyday dinnerware
63 CAD –

Royal Doulton serveware
40 CAD –

Cotton napkin
42 CAD –

Cotton dish towel
32 CAD –

Lou Rota bird dinnerware
24 CAD –

Cotton pot holder
18 CAD –

Cost Plus World Market food storage container
17 CAD –

16 CAD –

Glass drinkware
16 CAD –

Kitchen gadgets tool
13 CAD –

Glass drinkware
11 CAD –

Soup mug
11 CAD –

Rose dinnerware

Black home decor
120 CAD –

Bone china
13 CAD –

Ikat Monogram Letter
21 CAD –

Be Our Guest

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Be Our Guest

Our guest suite is an eclectic blend of global inspired pieces, unified by a palette of white, green and teal. Gilded metals and lots of texture help to make it an polished, but relaxing space. One corner of the room is a sleek home office, where a glossy Ikea desk is a work space, or dressing table for guests; the room is also full of books and plentiful throw cushions, perfect for propping up in bed and reading. Admittedly, our pillows are much nicer than the ones I included in the mood board (pictured above), but the overall vibe is the same. Sweet and serene. With  souvenirs, original art and a sepia toned map of the world that charts our travels, this room is really going places. It’s a far cry from the dark, forest green room full of hockey paraphanelia that was the former home owner’s shrine to… nineties suburban decor.

Global Femme – Powder Room

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Global Femme - Powder Room
People said, “Don’t paint your powder room an obnoxious colour.” I assume by ‘obnoxious’ (see also, bold, vibrant, individual) they meant fuscia, the bold, unsellable to anyone but you, shade of raspberry that I chose for our main floor bathroom. I promptly ignored this advice and painted the walls ‘Fandango’. Every bit as dramatic as the name.
In this small space, with white toilet and pedestal sink, chrome faucet and taps, the punchy colour is overwhelming… in the best way possible. So, I didn’t stop there: I loaded every wall with framed photos, everything from pictures of our parents as glowing youth, photos of the cat, magazine tear sheets and anything that caught our fancy. Throw in a gorgeous hand woven towel from Greece, white with flecks of red, green, yellow, pink; a scarf (also hand-woven) from India, in white, but bordered in purple, red and other lush hues, with tassels at one end – made into a window treatment; the vanity mirror is a black painted wood frame, intricately carved; purple glass votives and bud vases line the window sill. It’s over the top, but somehow really works.
It’s always evolving and new pieces find their way to the wall as we acquire them. Don’t be afraid of colour, especially not in tiny spaces.

Global Femme – Powder Room by jc-alison featuring colored glass vases

Zuzunaga op art
140 CAD –

John Robshaw beach towel
105 CAD –

John Robshaw beach towel
105 CAD –

TTYA cotton beach towel

The Beach People cotton bath towel
145 CAD –

Cultural Intrigue bath accessory
18 CAD –

Van Verre water carafe
84 CAD –

Baroque mirror
450 CAD –

Dermond Peterson wall art
360 CAD –

Torre Tagus colored glass vase
46 CAD –

White wall art

Black frame
155 CAD –

Evive Designs flower wall art
225 CAD –

Handmade basket
63 CAD –

1.03 CAD –

Sweet Dreams: Inspired by World Travel

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Sweet Dreams: Inspired by World Travel
I finally have my dream bedroom.  Bed: West Elm. Bedding: mix and match, tapestries, quilts and throw pillows. A big white duvet. Chair: a slipper chair from my granny. Bed side tables: painted antiques and an IKEA standard. Paintings: Frida Kahlo inspired piece from my sister in law and a piece from my Granny’s collection.

Our custom couples portrait. A chair from Jamaica is nestled into the corner and was painted white to soften the original black frame. Jewellery boxes and framed photos add personality to the dresser.


This piece was painted by my sister-in-law and was exactly what we’d hoped for.


Girl with red stockings in chair. An original oil painting from my grandmother’s collection.


I’m a pillow queen (pun intended).


A restored slipper chair, originally from my grandparents’ home. Painted antique washstand and hat box for storage.


One of the tapestries we drape across the bed is a cream and gold metallic ‘Thinking Eye’ piece from Urban Outfitters. The pillows are raw cotton with printed flora and fauna. Gilt mirrors on either side of the bed were picked up for a dime and repaired with paint to fix their chipped edges. Frames from world travel and art with safari animals (above the bedside tables) brings a global vibe to the girly master bedroom.


The chandelier was moved from our dining room, repainted white and hung in the center of the room for great illumination. Depending on the bedding we choose, we can take this from a crisp all-white bed scape, to a mauve and brown with feather trimmed pillows, or bright green and gold, woven Aztek blanket and mismatched pillows or even further – by adding a large scale print of a pair of cockatoos in a jungle setting, with bright woven cushions, this place feels just like a Hawaiian beach escape.


Repurposed old book shelves now house first edition literature, candles, bird cages and paper bouquets.


Pretty bottles, bound books and calling card cases from my granny (bottom right).


Shelves from my wife’s old apartment provide a place to display paper bouquets from our wedding, perfume bottles and my grandparents’ old editions of Jane Austen and Shakespeare, beautifully detailed with gilt gold lettering. The the heavy dark wood dresser is an antique with carved details and big white knobs. Either side of the bed has sheepskin rugs to cushion cold feet in the morning.

Lots of patterns, bright colour, textures and mixed materials – bother old and new- combine to create a retreat that feels like a restful haven. White walls keep this room serene, even with the busy patterns, wood floors gleam and a big double window to the right of the bed lets light in, unless the blackout curtains, in patterned white, are drawn to shut daylight out. It’s a place I like to come to at the end of the day, and definitely a change from the dark beige walls I inherited from the previous owner!

Backyard Patio Getaway

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Backyard Patio Getaway

I picked up two patio sets for a steal; end of summer clearance had a set of bistro tables and chairs on sale for $179, marked down from $400… then at 50% off again. So, I bought two. Then I imagined myself transported back to the Mediterranean. Wishful thinking. But with colours and textures like these, dreaming is easy.

Zuo outdoor patio furniture
730 CAD –

Innit patio lounge chair
525 CAD –

Zuo outdoor patio furniture
315 CAD –

Outdoor holiday decor
265 CAD –

Legend of Asia blue garden stool
205 CAD –

Edie Inc outdoor decor
86 CAD –

Dash Albert outdoor decor
99 CAD –

Garden planter
75 CAD –

Outdoor decor
59 CAD –

Patio decor
53 CAD –

Jonathan Adler bar tool
63 CAD –

Artland glass pitcher
50 CAD –

Le Cadeaux drinkware
6.27 CAD –

Flower arrangement
340 CAD –

Home Decorators Collection floral decor
145 CAD –

Artificial palm tree