Friday, November 26, 2010

Guess they call them dreams for a reason...

Doing some browsing on Craigslist and Kijiji tonight, I found a new href="">Antique Store, Backstreet Antiques that I will definitely need to visit very soon!

In fact, I found my dream dining chairs on their site tonight:
But sadly they were sold... :(
I had lofty dreams of spraying them a bright white and re-upholstering their seats in some sort of amazing (yet to be decided on fabric), but sadly, it wasn't meant to be and these beauties will be finding a home with someone else.
If anyone in the Edmonton area knows where I can snag a similar set, please, please, please let me know!

Coming to you Live from my Desk at work!

Happy Friday to you! I'm starting to get sick, so there has not been much going on with me, just working, hitting the gym (getting ready for our upcoming vacation) and not much else.

Our house is a DISASTER! But we will be starting our Christmas decorating tonight, so I will have a ton of good stuff to share with you in the coming days. Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday and I love decking out the house. In addition to our regular decor, I will also be trying my hand at a few christmas crafts if I can find what I am looking for.

Speaking of Christmas decor, my first festive gift arrived at work yesterday! This pretty poinsettia makes me smile everytime I look at it!
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Inspiration Home - Style at Home Magazine

When I saw this picture in the latest Style at Home I couldn't help but dall in love!  This West Coast condo has the same colors and overall feel I want in our place... you know, if I had money to spend.  The living room is my favorite part, the rest of the home is gorgeous as well, take a peek:

Here's a look at the view... and of course a view into the dining room.

I adore the glam pendant they used in the dining room and am still considering something similar for our house.

While you don't see much of the kitchen, I am really liking these simple leather stools.  Throughout the home, they really allow the furniture to take a step back and the focus really go to the gorgeous artwork!

I love the sleek, simple lines of this master bedroom.  I am thinking we should go with something a little sleeker in our room.

The ensuite is so spare, but makes a statement.

Who wouldn't want to stay the night in a guest room like this?  I'd never want to leave!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Paperwork Prettifier!

One of the easiest ways to make a workday go by quicker is to surround yourself with pretty things.

This gorgeous set of vases sits on my filing cabinets at work and is the simplest, prettiest thing ever!

Not only does it add a little interest to the back workspace, but It makes the manila envelopes beside it, less of an eyesore.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Snowbunnies & updates

I apologize for the lack of real content. I've been both busy and lazy. The weather isn't helping my cause either. Our original snowfall from October had come and gone and we'd been existing with some fantastic fall weather until 2 days ago when it decided to dump HARD!

Good news; Finley loves the snow! We were worried since she didn't take so well to rain, bt she's a true little snow bunny and just wants to play!

Bad news: since we are still without a fence, we have to go out with her everytime she has to go! That includes not taking chances she's faking and just wants to play! We hope to solve this soon by re-building her temporary pen outside.

In other news, I hosted a Stella & Dot party last Friday and should be closing that shortly. I am excited for all my free jewlery and will share my loot when it comes in!

I am headed to a new product launch for <a href="">Princess House</a> tomorrow so I will be getting all my samples and seeing all the new stuff. It will have to be a secret until the new period begins but I will make sure to share photos when I can!

If you are in the Edmonton area and love free stuff, let me know! We have a HUGE Ladies Night Out coming up with THOUSANDS of dollars in giveaways! I'd love to have you come as one of my guests and check it out! Not only can you win a ton, but you can check out the new product even better if you've never heard of us! Leave me a comment or email and I will get back to you!

Other than that, it's been uber quiet on the home improvement and decor front. We have a big trip coming up so all the extra finances went to that, but I will be starting my holiday decorating soon enough so stay tuned for those details!

Stay warm!
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

An Oldie but a Goodie... why didn't I think of that??

Since we decided that we will most likely be overhauling all the furniture on our main floor (sofa, loveseat, coffee tables, dining table and chairs) AND we will most likely be needing to purchase new furniture for the family room when we finish the basement next year, I have frantically been looking for stuff I love!!

I hadn't been having much luck finding something I loved though... until today when a gf mentioned that she was also looking and found a set at La-Z-boy that they loved!  **BING!**  A lightbulb went off and I couldn't figure out why I hadn't thought of looking there sooner.  I mean, when I was 5, my parents purchased a new set for their new house.  My dad is still using the set TODAY!!!! 

The quality speaks for itself.  Plus, La-Z-Boy has come a long way from the old-school recliners of the 80s though!!

A quick peek at the site tonight turned into a half hour of desiging my own furniture!!  :)  Here's a cute little pair of items I designed that I think would look fantastic in the yet to be created basement family room:

I've always known I wanted chocolate brown for the sofa down there.  This "Sinclair" sectional would be perfect, since it's not too big, but still features the chaise option, since I love to lay out!

A pair of the Karli armless chairs in this subtle floral are the perfect touch of pretty in what I am sure will be a most masculine, cozy space! 
We'll most likely have to get some ottomans for these as well!

What do you think?  Has anyone had any experience with designing La-Z-Boys?  Fill me in!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Feathered Inspiration!

For the last few years, I have been in love with those gorgeous white feather wreaths that I've been seeing pop up everywhere.  However, I never bought one as I kinda thought they were a little cheesy, plus I thought it was a bit expensive.  But since I did switch out my holiday decor colors last year to white, silver and blues, I think this fluffy wreath will add just the right romantic, wintery touch I am looking for!

After reviewing some saved inspiration shots to get in the Christmas crafting spirit, I came across this gorgeous shot from Holly  over at In the Fun Lane and instantly became enamored again.

I have officially decided that I need one  three of these beauties.  I know I saw them somewhere already in the stores, but I've decided that I can probably make them myself for MUCH CHEAPER!!

So this week, I am heading out to gather supplies.  I will keep you posted on how it turns out.

Now only if I could get my hands on such a gorgeous old frame....

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Starlight, Starbright....

I've been thinking alot lately about the impending furniture/decor overhaul of the mainfloor I will be doing come 2011.

One thing that I keep comig back to, is the fact that I really want to get a big mirror for above the loveseat in the living room.  In particular, I am leaving towards something either starburst or with lots of bevelled edges.

I came across two different ones that I quite liked, and while both are a bit more than I want to spend, it really helped me get a better idea of the vibe I want to create: pretty, feminine and a little more glam!

This starburst mirror from Sears is probably my favorite so far, but I may be DIYing it, if I can't find something cheaper!

This beveled edge mirror from Urban Barn is a little less feminine but would still give me that sparkle and lightness that I think I am currently missing!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cozy Inspiration Shot

I came across this photo on the Urban barn site and fell in love!

It's much different than my usual style, but there was something so warm, cozy and inviting about it!  I'd really love to do something similar in our basement when we finally get around to getting it done!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Back in business

Today was a good day, technology wise!  I picked up a new cellphone and finally got rid the piece of crap Blackberry Pearl I'd be struggling with since the day I bought it! 

Plus, my new laptop came in tonight!  It was a birthday gift from Cory - aren't I a lucky girl?
I WANTED pink, they didn't have it in stock, so he did the guy thing and got red which he deemed closest to pink.  But I'm not gonna complain too much :)

I will be using tonight to get acquainted with everything and make sure all my programs are loaded, etc. etc.  But, I am back at it, so expect some posts real soon!