Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Willows

I have become addicted. I found this blog and have been reading it and saving photos into my inspiration computer file for a few days now. You should definately check it out.The Willows Home and Garden
from recent posting of a buying trip. look at the amazing decor and vintage finds she is surrounded by.
all of the photos are this inspirational. at least to me. planning a trip to AZ now.
Have a great day

Monday, May 24, 2010

My backyard and the latest DIY's

Hopefully all you Canadians had a wonderful, warm, sunny, holiday weekend, and Americans are looking forward to next weekend. The warm weather brings us out into our outdoor spaces and we just finished our backyard "outdoor room"

our dining area with newly made buffet

(inspiration picture later in post)

our seating area with a hard to see 3 piece log coffee table

the lion wall plaques were previously a planter that my handy hubby grinded apart and sprayed to be hung as modern outdoor wall art

i LOVE buddhas and ferns!

a view of our pond, in the beginning of the growing season


Restoration Hardware Leo containers

our table planter version using a brass painted black knob/pull

we had a load of greyed(picture scewed because of sun) pallet wood we used and sheet metal painted black and then a cast iron lion face
my plants look a little small now but give them time. i will post a fully grown pic later

as stated earlier my inspiration for the buffet/sideboard, rusty casters and all (this project did not have my husband saying i love you's)


BEFORE- no attached wires, bulb holders etc. original plan was a farmhouse style candleholder

AFTER- rewired, copper pipe holder coverings, happily sitting above our outdoor table on a dimmer cord.
Have I mentioned before I am dimmer crazy? Every single light and table light in my whole house is dimmered.
Well that's it for today. More pictures rather than writing however, I hope you enjoyed and got a little inspiration to get outside and breath some fresh air.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Things that Inspire....

SO easy at this time of year. My garden is blooming like crazy and of course, I am out there moving, splitting and digging. My favorite past time!
All of this excess activity has got me cruising blogs and getting very inspired by other people and stores that are out there. I always have a revolving list of things to do, things to buy, things to make instead of buy and ideas for future consideration. I thought I would just share a few from my huge pile of inspiration pics stored in my computer. Some today, some another day. Hope you enjoy. Let me know what inspires you right now.

pigeon basket coffee table (recreate maybe)

picture HGTV

The Barnhouse Market blog and all of the blogs that share photos of their markets are all a source of constant inspiration. chippy peely paint with farmhouse style. LOVE it. Must plan to make a trip to Battle Ground.

a photo of Dan Marty's work via a blog cruise. the subway sign, industrial laundry cart are definately on the want list.

the name of the blog is posted on the picture as I cannot remember now. i was searching for photos of tobacco baskets in use and vintage mannequins. this particular photo satisfied both.

i love these Leo containers from Restoration Hardware and am sure these are on the things to make instead of buy list.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Loot i say, wonderful Loot!

I have been waiting for what feels like forever to go to the spring market at my local (1.5 hour drive, seems local enough to me, as my husband rolls his eyes) Aberfoyle Antique Market.

I had a list a mile long piling up on me that I was saving for this day. We had just walked in the gate and bam there was 1 of the items on my list. A lonely little dirty carbouy in its wooden crate sitting on some steps and the owner of it just wanted to get rid of it. Spring special she said. 10.00..... I felt like the lady in the Ikea commercial and all Trevor could do was laugh and shake his head.

all the antique market scores

my factory cart table. *sigh* dreaming and wishing for about a year now, and it is finally mine, at a whole lot less than retail value. i almost missed this man, as last year he was always out in the open and after many rounds I still hadn't seen him. Almost in tears and then... Trevor said hey isn't that a cart there? where? in a little tent in the back corner up a ramp and in the back of a barn. i got the last 1 and it is a 6 wheel version (unusual) a 1500.00 value at our local Restoration Hardware. relief...

plus of course the greyed wicker planter, 2 huge galvanized buckets and an old pulley(not trying to copy the RH look at all)

tub wash stand(now happily home at the end of my bed(pics to come), my Ikea Carbouy, and a wonderful mission chair with original leather, a steal at 40 bucks.

An overall wonderful day complete with garden center stops, new pond pot fountain and a trip to one of my favorite inspirational stores Accents for Living in Aberfoyle, Ontario

Have a happy weekend. Happy Antiquing!