Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Epic Shelf

We have had the brackets to put this planned shelf up in our dining room since November.
With good intentions to find the perfect board and release the hoard of pitchers from the basement "stock" room, something else just kept coming up and in recent months shelves at the store took precedence over our shelf at home.

When we got home last last weekend from our trip we had to run to the hardware store for something for the store again, and I saw this lonely piece of really rough looking board that was 12 feet long just hanging out in the rack. 
After a 5 minute conversation with the young man working about me actually wanting the grinch board in the corner and not the super smooth pieces next to it and him yelling at another employee for not explaining the cheapness of the board to us, we loaded our grinch board up. Me grinning, Trevor laughing, said employee shaking his head.

I should also mention I found this super fat cypress at a garden centre and had to have it. It doesn't have the perfect shape like all the others and I guess made it a little grinchy too.
These lemon cypress tress are always the perfect shade of green in this room.

The board runs right along the top of our windows and feels like the finishing piece. In the space the windows now feel like 1 big unit instead of 3 smaller pieces beside one another.
When I said hoarding I meant it. I have been collecting the different ironstone pitchers for about 2 years in all our travels and some have been gifts. I had the perfect amount to fill this shelf. The collection together looks impressive and has presence being all together.

And since I was playing in the dining room, I re-configured the steel shelving unit. The huge bread bin was 1 of my keeps from our recent trip. I only kept 4 items from the whole trip and actually removed a few more great items from our home so that's like a negative number of keeps and I should get points for that.

All the glassware and plates we use are on this shelf. Steak knives, pitchers for water etc are easily available to grab. The shelf is full on white and green for spring and summer right now and it just makes me happy.

The simple steel brackets are raw metal and will age over time. I purchased them from this etsy store. They hand make each bracket and give the simple look I wanted here.

It is extremely hard to get a full shot of this almost 11 foot shelf and no straight on shots because of the light but you get the idea.

Well have a lovely day everyone. I am off to sew a pile of summer pillows including outdoor fabrics and then dive into a huge (5yds) huge pile of mulch for my gardens. Lots to share in the coming weeks, hopefully I remember to take photos of it all.



Monday, May 18, 2015

Oliver and Rust: May 2015

Well, we're pooped.
It was a ram it through 3 days of binge junking. We came home with a whole truckload of goodies jammed right to the top.
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So for today on this lovely Victoria Day holiday, how about a tour around the store for the month of May after I did a rip apart again from a week ago. I added some great Texas sage standard trees to my displays and they are the perfect shade of grey.

you will also notice the amazing wooden mushrooms i was raving about when they came in. they are all unique and add amazing piece of nature to displays. these could work right from spring until fall for their versatility.

the cutest sets of coasters came in as well. each pack has either a different set of bees, flowers, owls or ferns

that concrete base that is up by the fabulous green garden chair. those are actually concrete stools. they have handles in the sides to move them around but they look equally fantastic as a pillar as i am using them. the poor delivery guy was dying lifting these off the truck

we also added these skid/pallet walls in the back corner. i am still brainstorming an idea for the other side. i don't want to use more pallets as it will start looking a bit junky but my brain will get there. the navy dresser that was here found a new home and i have actually already shuffled dressers since these photos were taken and now the grey provincial one sits here

our massive hardware spinner is almost ready and i can't wait to fill it with soon much more drawer hardware. my little mug stands worked well for a bit but they can't hold much.
do you also see that square boxwood wreath in the background. preserved and will last forever. the square ones are so hard to find which makes them a bit more unique in our canadian homes.

i switched out the ladder for a white one (which means the wood one is for sale now) just for a little bit of freshness to all the wood

cute little french white pots for succulents

Well enjoy your extra day off. We're all about the pricing and laundry today.
It's like Christmas all over when you have to unload that much stuff. We go so fast that you don't really even remember some of the stuff you bought. Yippee! 
Don't worry I'll post pictures of the loot soon. (hint, one of the typewriters already made it into the etsy store)


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Shop Notice

Happy Saturday everyone.

Just a quick pop in to let everyone know about the shop hours tomorrow.

We are open until 4 today, my mom is at the helm and I left her with some great new stuff from this week.


some amazing new cast iron pieces. this lovely rooster who i think deserves a name he is so fantastic. there are some new pots, trophy style urns, artichoke, and those great white rabbits that hopped away in no time the last set i brought in. perfect for that little piece of something to add to the garden this long weekend.

and as a teaser, we are loading the truck on our road trip. this side of the truck is all that's really left so i took a sneak peek photo of these authentic olive baskets that are coming home with us. they are also sitting on a factory cart flipped upside down. goodies goodies, can you hardly wait?

Have a good day, wish us junking luck,


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Classic Black

Good morning all.
We had to do the plant dance last night and move a lot of our plants inside our garage and into our front hallway because of the frost that snuck up on us. Spring is funny like that, 30+ degrees on Monday and 5 degrees on Wednesday evening. Anyways our front hall looks like a greenhouse with planters piled everywhere. Sammy thinks he's a jungle cat.

A simple before and after for you today.

A solid oak dresser with a missing previous mirror that left large holes in the top and some surface scratching that needed repair. Nothing major that could keep this solid boy from continuing its life.

This dresser feels like a Horace or an Edward. Very classic traditional but could be a chameleon with modern decor.

looks a tad streaky with the light but it isn't. common problem when having light from one side only and not the time to fix it for a proper photo shoot.
this dresser was finished totally with general finishes products this time.
lamp black milk paint
general finishes finishing liquid wax.
light distressing
original hardware

for all you layer lovers, a closeup of the vignette

check out the massive loving cup from the 30's we found. it has taken a lot of patience to get it this far. someone tremclad'd this beauty and it was a solid coat of bronze paint


This beauty has moved into the store today and will keep us company until finding a new home. He is 275.00 if anyone is interested.

Have a good day everyone,


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spring colours in the dining room and kitchen

Good morning everyone.
I thought I would continue taking you through the rest of our spring decor on the main floor.

I got into some overdue weeding and shovelling yesterday and am feeling the burn today.

It feels great to forget worries and get in the dirt.

our kitchen window is perfect for growing plants. i wanted something a little low maintenance for now with summer coming and outside gardens being my focus. i planted an old chicken feeder with succulents in varying tones of green and blue

I scooped up some of these green and white towels from the store and have been using them in replacement of the linen ones for a bit.

Have a great day


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spring on the main floor, living room and front foyer edition.

See, I told you it may not be tomorrow. I was planning to write Tuesday night when I got home but what do you know, my drive took us past a lovely little Mexican restaurant and it wasssss cinco de mayo, soooooo.
I chose tacos and margaritas over you.
Can you forgive me?
I mean I meant to have a burrito but since I already had those twice in the last week, tacos won. Yes, we are Mexican food fanatics.

Common question when meal planning for the week.
Me: What do you want for dinner this week?
Trevor: quesadillas
Franklin: Ruf!

Moving onto why we're all here. Some snazzy décor and plants.
Most notable change in the front hall is the removal of the Buddha fountain that has graced the little corner by the door for 6 years.
Seeing as a small but not tiny tank-like dog decided that since Oliver (the cat) can drink out of the fountain so can he.
Only problem is Oliver is gentle and delicate about his drinking, Franklin the bulldozer likes to knock all the stones off and cause the water to end up outside the fountain, under the floor and leaking down the wall into the basement.
So, rather than repaint the walls in the basement, donate one black bulldog back to the humane society and/or lose my mental sanity with the empty fountain sounds sucking wind, away it went for awhile until someone can be a little better trained with his fountain abilities.

I removed the birch branches that sit in the urn for the winter, made a top from a wine barrel and plopped the budda on top. instant statue. and since I am having a moment with succulents right now. I made 2 little planters for the area and if I forget to water them who cares, they love it.

gnome love is happening in the centre of the island. i finally secured myself one of these lovely green shirt gnomes. we had these in the store but they sold out in the first few weeks. anyone else have some serious gnome love? not the smiling odd gnomes, but the serious i'm guarding your home types.

when is too many green books too many green books? NEVER!

do your eyes deceive you? nope that is blue on my sofa. indigo blue to be exact (that botanical pillow looks so much brighter than it is because of the light). i am loving the combination of the greens and the indigo blue for spring. i brought the seed sack pillow that was on our patio last summer in to play with the inside pillows.

we got a great shipment (actually on the second shipment already) of these great galvanized vases. they come in so many sizes but this size makes my orchid look fantastic with a bit of green reindeer moss.
notable problem with being a shopkeeper. as I empty boxes of shipments,
1 for me 1 for the store. chaos I tell you. I also think that in a positive light some items are helpful to see in use to know what to do with them. so for my shoppers, it helps to get ideas.
(no judging, i made an excuse there and am fully aware of it, let me have that)

the "oliver" typewriter moved to this table with the microscope and became an industrial corner. swapped my seasonal lampshade to white and voila!

alright isn't this paint can amazing. i don't buy too much vintage online anymore as it is a full time job hunting for me now but this original paint can was just too perfect to pass
up on etsy.
the brass squirrel pair also just continues our collection.

trying to make a vignette work and something is just off? I love the little vase under the "cloche" but it wasn't holding it's own in this arrangement. it is the perfect size for a single bloom and with peony season coming it will get a lot of use. instead of my old standby of using book props I went into the vase cupboard (yes it is a whole cupboard) and grabbed a square one, flipped it over and now the little vase has presence. instant cloche!

I used ikea rugs as the backer for the chairs this season. we have white slipcovers which I love. i made these slipcovers but it was my first attempt and they are a smidge of a pain to remove so I put covers on the back of the chairs where the cats sleep. whip the rugs in the wash every so often and everyone stays happy.

Well everyone, have a fantastic day, and weekend for whenever I talk to you next.
Some of you I may see in the shop for your mother's day shopping.
It's supposed to be just lovely and warm for most of the weekend so the planting continues.



What I'm Listening to:

Like a wrecking ball: Eric Church
Oh my god: The Wooden Sky