Sunday, September 30, 2012

Antibes Green

 When I first heard about Annie Sloan paint I went to her website and started flipping through the colours. I loved all the gorgeous muted tones and couldn't wait to use them on furniture in our home. Then I found Antibes Green, and with my love of green my heart was taken. There is some inspiration out there for this colour but, not a ton because it is very green and it scares people off I think.
I wasn't committing to painting a huge piece either but, decided on an accent frame for the wall. I was going to sell this in a recent garage sale and "picked" my own sale when the lightbulb went off.

 here is the before (good thing I remembered the before, I get excited to start things and sometimes forget about this little blog)

one coat of paint. it really looks like ninja turtles at this point.

 finished with many coats of dark wax and clear wax to give it that deep green colour.

and once you start painting you get the urge to paint everything else too. planters, pumpkins, pears, headboards etc.

Happy Painting,


Thursday, September 27, 2012

More gold walls bite the dust....greige dust that is!

Another thing off the to-do list, which have you ever noticed you finish 1 thing and add 2 more so it never feels like you're getting anywhere. 
Our front hall has undergone 2 renovations since we have lived here and this past week made it number 3. The stair banisters and railings are all golden oak in our house and yes are solid wood but they looked old. They made everything around them look old. I love antiques and vintage but not old and tired.
We painted the railings to match the rest of the trim in our house in Benjamin Moore's cloud white and used a floor paint so it would be more sturdy with the wear and tear.
We then painted out the walls in BM's Rockport Gray (but colour matched it to Behr paint because Trevor likes it better to paint with) which turned out to be the perfect shade of greige. I had colour swatches on the walls for 3 weeks. Sarah Richardson's elephant ended up being too dark and greenish.
And of course since the room was already ripped apart, might as well freshen up all the trim and doors, add the quarter round we didn't get to when we re-did the floor and restain the floor.
I'm tired again hearing the list but, love the results.

the completed entry. lots of hits of green of course,and some fall decor for the season

the demijohn collection that is forever growing. just in case there is an apocalypse and i have to store my wine for emergencies.

a green frame done in ascp antibes green to frame an architectural relic (i'll do step by step post later for the finish)

the little pumpkin was a cheapo craft pumpkin painted ascp chateau grey

an ikea hack: the detolf glass cabinet got zinced. this cabinet is one of the lights in our space at night but i didn't love the cheap finishes and the "hey i came from ikea look" so we took all the pieces apart and sprayed them with black chalkboard paint. i rubbed them with chalk, wiped it off and volia zinc.

the brass picture light was actually my piano light growing up. i snafooded it from my mom at our garage sale before she sold it. repurposed.

a peek at the "zinc" finish

i found this idea on pinterest. spray pumpkin with flat black spray paint. creepy and neat. 

i love using the black crows for fall decorating

i chopped up a fur coat from the goodwill to make this little seat for our chair. i still have plenty left over for a pillow. added to the to-do list.

The "BEFORES"  of the front foyer can be seen here (ooh bad lighting, small pictures but you get the idea) and here or, just hit front foyer button in the sidebar.
it is awesome how much blogging has taught me about interior photography. i have a long way to go but flipping to that first post was a prop up for sure.

Thanks for coming in.

Have a great day,


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall with the Tigers

The seasons are changing and of course, so is the house. Just a quick post today with mantel pictures but, I will be sure to share some more of our fall decor in the near future. Our giant (sometimes awkward) mantel got its redressing for the season a little bit ago. It is always with a bit of regret to see summer end and put the shells away but, if you noticed my last post there are still many things to look forward to. This year's mantel has a lot of white, birds, nature in the form of conks and pumpkins, black birds and mercury glass candle holders for sparkle. Perfect for those cool nights by the fireplace.
The color in our beloved tigers really suits this time of year. Although they are not for everyone, our Edward Spera pieces hold pride of place. 


Have a great night


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Christmas Crack

Have you seen this magazine yet? It is like crack for people who love Christmas.As an added bonus, many of our favorite bloggers are inside. Miss Mustard Seed, Dear Lillie, and even My Sweet Savannah. I swear! Let's just hop-a-long with this fall business and bring on the glitz. I'm kidding, kind of. I love fall decorating, but seriously after summer is over, it means the crazies (me) are starting to plan.

Have a great fall day,
cutting grass in my plans, so un-Christmaslike


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Country Living Fair Ohio

Trevor and I just returned from the amazing Country Living fair in Columbus, Ohio. We made the 5 hour trek to see what all the fuss is about. We definately found out, and brought a few goodies home to show for it. These shows are a complete showcase of goods, handmade and vintage. There is so much work put into the presentation of each booth, and the vendors are kept hopping all weekend long.
Very different from the antique shows around here. A few of the vendors found it funny that were there from Canada. We weren't the only ones though, we checked license plates!

this amazing car part box would have been coming home with us, if we could think of a place for it.

that sign doesn't lie. Cash & Cari. and she was there. and she was just as nice and down to earth as she seems on tv. super exciting.

an old bathtub turned club chair

Cari from the back. i thought she might be inundated with people asking to take pictures, so i snapped a quick one.

neat wall baskets. so many possibilities. DIY anyone?

to do: find stand for my laundry tubs, fill with plants. asap.

amazing displays

painted foam pumpkins. ascp?

the next few pictures were from a booth that totally overwhelmed me. "Great stuff by Paul". so many things i was looking for, and at great prices. dough bowls, french bread boards, market baskets, french demijohns in crates, baskets galore.

great signage for the booths as well. Trevor is checking out a filing cabinet in this booth that I should have brought home with us. 

really neat vintage charts.

We will definately be revisiting this event in the future.
Even if just for the fresh lemonade!

On a side note we also visited the Easton Town Center in Columbus. OMG! This place puts malls to shame. It is like a little town in itself with so many great restaurants to try.  

Have a great day,


Thursday, September 13, 2012

An industrial Shelf comes to life.... plus some fall decor

You've seen me posting the pictures on my Pinterest,  and posting my favorite views here. Can you imagine the whining talking about shelves at home!
I worked my wiles and conned/ sweetly asked my loving father if he would yet again like to be roped into one of my ideas. 
Here is the rest of the shelf, now completed in our dining room for organization of my our many glasses, and dishes. Bonus part, now that they are not stashed in cupboards or on top of them, I can use everything.

a view through our fall centerpiece. a gigantic toolbox (probably too big but I love it for this season) filled with squash, exotic pumpkins, and candles. 
the lamp in front of the shelf also got a makeover. more on that later in this post

THE INSPIRATION SHELF from Restoration Hardware: 

would have only cost 1400.00 with shipping. yeah right.

the build, shiny galvanized steel being meticulously welded together. i had not much to do with this part. i enjoy welding but my patience with the perfect measurements sucks.


the riddling rack table that was previously under this piece of art was dismantled and hung on the wall. ( more space for people movement) and a new industrial brass light custom made from this shop was added for light.

the steel on the shelf was aged using muriatic acid (very carefully) and then waxed with annie sloan clear and dark waxes to give it a more authentic look

to organize the shelves i cut out cardboard while i was waiting for the build to finish and boards to dry and laid everything out until it looked pleasing. i could have waited until it was finished and just done it once but, then i wouldn't be me and where's the fun in that.

the shelves are plain pine shelving that were stained with 1 coat dark walnut minwax rubbed on and immediately wiped off, a heavy coat of the new minwax grey leaving some spots heavy. they dried in the sun for 12 hours and then were waxed with clear wax.

the gigantor mortar and pestle are new. i found it for a steal at the Junction Flea in Toronto

the shelf happy in her corner, with demijohns on top. you know i love me a good demijohn.
i was majorly fighting with light in this room and my camera, trying to hear my uncle in my head. sometimes cameras are just plain frustrating. anyone else agree?

this light came out of my parents attic and was still in original condition. Trevor and I rewired it so that it was safe to use, added an inline dimmer for ambiance, and added real beeswax candle sleeves. these things are lovely, look authentic to the lamps age and make a huge difference from the cardboard, metal or plastic sleeves.
i found out about them through one of my favourite blogs "for the love of a house" and they even have a special discount code for her followers. find it here

a detail view of the metal and handles added.


i love summer. bring on the heat. this summer was really hot. i am sad to say i am happy it is cooling off a little and it is time to fall up the house a bit. (more on that later)

simple with squash, pears and baby boo white pumpkins

still really enjoying our basket light. others have teased with their big lantern shapes but, for now my cheap DIY is still making me smile.

I am overjoyed with the result of this shelf. It looks fabulous and helps us organize a lot of the pieces we couldn't use because they were stuffed away.

Are you decorating for fall yet? 

Have a great day