Thursday, September 29, 2011

The pumpkin explosion.......

Do you love changing your home around with seasons? I look forward to fall and cooler temperatures. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE SUMMER but I can feel the nesting setting in. Wool and fur, neutral colours and the fires to come with the cooler evenings. Oh, and the odd feeling of wanting to eat chilli all the time....

nothing says fall like a pumpkin. i am not much of an orange person, and am blissfully enjoying the return to neutrals in our home.
therefore, bring on the wicker and white pumpkins

the gold finial on the table, is actually a topper from a very old lamp that broke.

new old wood box stuffed with spanish moss and white mini pumpkins

of course lots of birds. i love birds.

the round wood piece on the floor was actually a Christmas gift from my winemaker brother. it is an old wine barrel top turned into a lazy susan, and it gets quite a bit of use in the middle of the table.

the shiny candleholder on the table is called a firepot from CB2, Crate & Barrel's sister store. the inside glows when lit up. an industrial bit of glamour.

large glass vase with birch, pinecones, pumpkins and pheasant feathers.

More fall to come in the rest of house but nobody would make it to the end of the post with so many pictures. Does anyone else love redecorating for each season?

Have a great day


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall is bringing the changes.....

So Fall is emerging in our house(more on that to come) but in my rip down, redo of the season the upstairs bath saw a little facelift too. Our upstairs bathroom was the first first first room that needed an overhaul when we moved in. The size was right, the cherub wallpaper(they had black eyes) border was NOT. I had a gracious friend rip all of the paper down as we were still carrying in boxes. The other major issue was no shower. What? A bathroom on the floor of the bedrooms and no way to bathe. It had a 5 foot closet though. Hmmm.

The colour of the walls is Benjamin Moore's Maryville Brown

we were in a bit of a time crunch therefore no moving plumbing, so the replaced toilet stayed as the entrance feature. the shelving unit is a cherry colour , that looks great but, on the hunt for a primitive cabinet

ooh a DIY. this board is a rotating scene for my seasonal wreaths. fall sees it wearing a rustic grapevine. i had some reclaimed thin barnboard hanging around, lined them up and strapped them together on the back with allround (galvanized strapping) and screws. it gives the wreaths "something" instead of being on their own.

brown and aqua accents with the towels and glass insulators

the pail on the second shelf is an old copper pail and the lady that sold it to me gave me many instructions to clean it up and make it shine. she was very excited to find a "young people" who loved it for its patina'd charm

sparkling blues in the sunshine

my had to have sink. my plumber(who is a good friend) still busts my chops about buying this sink. can't just buy a regular pedestal from the hardware store.

have a seat or a leg up in the shower. a sea sponge purchased on Ebay holds our soap, razors and a rubber ducky nailbrush for the tradesman hands

the five foot closet or do I mean shower? the tiles are a polished porcelain that look exactly like marble but half the price point. of course every room needs some vintage flair, and the bathroom is no different. how about a 5 dollar chair/towel holder.

Have a great day


only because I know you were curious about those cherubs. a little before at the end...........

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Our Spare Bedroom, a DIY haven

Welcome to our spare bedroom. It is where I house all my orchids waiting to rebloom, read on a Sunday afternoon, oh and of course where you would be sleeping if you came to visit.
Won't you come in?

the floor in this room was not unlike the others with pet-stained carpet. as we did not want to spend the money on this floor right away, we pulled it down to the plywood and painted it bright white. i am not sure if i even want hardwood now because i like the brightness so much.

the chandelier was green and gold from an antique shop for 25 bucks. the wall art is ceiling medallions (of course now this idea is everywhere but, i still like the look). the shutter was a gift from my mom.

the lamps on the end tables were posted about here. the dressers are the matching set to our bed but, i didn't want the matchy matchy look. they were re-stained darker and found a home here. (they hold all of the seasonal changeovers, open a drawer and you'll probably have an explosion of seashells or pinecones.

the mirror on the wall is strapped together reclaimed wood with an extra mirror i had from another project. the tree growing out of the wall is just that. i cut a bunch of large branches off of one of our trees and tied it to the ceiling with eye hooks. i think it adds that extra bit of nature.

so this gnome made its first appearance here, he was a 5 dollar flea market find and i think he looks quite happy with his pinecone bed.

the curtain rod is a fallen birch pole from up north. the curtains are from Ikea in a linen blend.

mirror closeup. my ladder was free from one of my antique haunts. the gentleman just had it laying in a field. to be used for blankets only, no climbing.

Time for a snuggle.

Have a great day


Monday, September 12, 2011

Christie antique show fall 2011

The second of two shows per year was held at the Christie Conservation area this past weekend, and it did not disappoint again. The weather was beautiful and the inspiration was on the same path.
Here are some of the photos of the day. Although, we do not have as many styled booths as some of the fabulous shows you see here in blogland, there are more and more at every event.

these chairs are quite beautiful, and the styling above the mantel was reminiscent of days past.

antique baby shoes in an old dough bowl. i love the wire shade on the antique floor lamp.

a miniature drafting table. would have made a cute end table.

this booth had about 30 of these an amazing surveyor tripod lamps. at 950.00 a piece, they were slightly out of the realm of reason for me.

this stool is a cream separator base with reclaimed wood top, DIY anyone?


i actually heard one lady threaten her friend if she bought this table, she wouldn't visit her anymore. but wouldn't it be kind of cool painted a flat black?

taxidermy is wiggling it's way back in

hmmm, where to put this?

on my must have/find list. anyone out there have a black floor safe they don't want? it doesn't need to open. i will pick it up, with men for lifting. i'm serious. no laughing.

The Finds:

another heavy patina'd book press for our ongoing basement remodel.

oh the gold birdcage. it went like this:
me: oh a gold birdcage
trevor: it's alright
me: yeah we don't need it
walk 5 steps away
enter lady examining birdcage for purchase
me(in my head): i want that, cool candleholder, yup should be mine, back off lady, i'll fight you for it. didn't you see me touch it first
me to seller: i'll take it
trevor: i guess we need it now
me: yup

antique plaster capitol. patina & style.

pure white antique blanket, cast tobacco cutter from quebec and a wood foundry mold

Oh how we enjoy antique fairs.

Have a great day