Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Our Southwest Desert Night at Oliver and Rust

Nothing like a little dirt on your hands and some good food to help you enjoy an evening of fun. Last night the store hosted it's first "new" style workshop to amazing success. The theme of the evening was Southwest Desert: the art of raising cacti and succulents. Below is the table setup in the shop prior to guests arriving and I realize at the end of the night I didn't get a shot of the food because we were too busy eating the churro chips with fruit salsa and black lager chicken flautas to take any photos of it. I did however get a bunch of good shots of the tablescape to share with you and the take home planters our guest received as they finished off the night.

The table was set in all blue and gold tones with a touch of copper. Cactus planters, candles and a little fall nature add the final touch.

With a backdrop of pillows of course. One day sometime in the future [the list is a mile long but dreams never hurt anyone] I hope to have a dedicated workshop space for these types of events that doesn't require us to bust down a part of the store and therefore allows us to hold them more frequently. At most currently we can hold 8 maybe 10 people if we really squish which keeps the workshop intimate but also means we sell out quicker due to space constraints.  After this class, I believe a dishwasher was added to that wish list last night by my wonderful kick ass employees.

Each guest received their own table setting for nibbling, a workshop note area and of course wine glass to enjoy some refreshments. This style of workshop is new for us because of the less hands on approach the actual guest has. In previous workshops Jill and I found that while everyone was interested they were so busy "doing" they missed a lot of the information and instruction which didn't lead to the success they were hoping for with their planter. There was also stress because of worry they were doing it wrong or not actually enjoying the dirt part. We removed this part of the class so that everyone could freely eat, listen and ask questions. They saw their planters being made and still got to choose the actual planter for their home and the decorative touches but without the worry of doing it themselves.

This class had 7 planters to choose from for their take home piece and for the first time everyone chose a different planter. It was awesome to see all of them finished and for the guests to see each piece transformed from a simple pot to finished decorative piece.
This class was a simple take-home cactus piece that will be extremely low maintenance for our attendees. 
Future workshops will include orchid care, black thumb nights, Christmas arrangements and more..... The ideas are endless as long as my energy keeps up. 

Enjoy your day everyone


Friday, October 6, 2017

Set the table: Thanksgiving Autumn bounty

It's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and that means tables are being set, turkeys being roasted and the liquor store lineup is just a bit longer.

Thanksgiving is not my holiday to cook as I am not a fan of the bird this season goes along with, so our family members such as my lovely Mom take on the Thanksgiving holiday and do the cooking. I do however enjoy setting the table and thought I would share how our table is looking this season and did a little photo op prior to us eating dinner one night.

Autumn is the season for colours and nature and thats exactly what I pulled into this table.

The massive antique dough bowl in the centre of the table usually lives on top of our kitchen cabinets. I pulled it down to load it with all our pumpkins, gourds and dried bits for the table.

I set the table with our general southwest vibe in mind from the rest of the house. I used our super easy jute charger mats that we use every night [also available in store], brown transferware, some speckled white pottery from our everyday set and set the base with a creamy chindi table runner and some lanterns and votives.

My collection is currently insufficient in the amber glass department for more than 2 people but the thrill of the hunt keeps me looking for more.

So what's in the dough bowl? 
Well let's see.
Linen pumpkins [in the shop]
tree fungus/ mushrooms
artichokes from the grocery store
dried tansy and wheat [in the shop]
an airplant [in the shop]
wood fir root ball [in the shop]
and a squash

I just kept moving things around until they made me happy and gave me the look I was after. Harvest happy for the season and super simple.

Have a splendid weekend all,
I'll be back next week with the rest of our fall home tour.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

The fall mantel today and through the years.

Hey all.
It's time for a mantel post for the new season.

It's seriously one of my favourite parts of adding seasonal touches to our home. This monster mantel allows for the mother of all vignettes every season and since I don't really "do" sparse, it lets my little heart just indulge.

On the heels of our living room change up i didn't go total harvest style with our fall decor this year as I was saying and instead let the tones speak to the season. 
I did however totally get sucked into an instagram story by Young House Love with those damn gingko leaves from Crate and Barrel and ended up with 2 of them myself because it was one of those, I NEED THOSE IN MY LIFE moments.

the full view including the never changing tigers by local artist Edward Spera. loads of natural tones, mixed metals and bits of our african decor.

although there aren't a whole pile of pumpkins and wheat up here i am still enjoying the motif for fall. i added the giant metal leaf fronds i picked up at Terrain when we were there.

gives you a shot of how the mantel plays out in the whole room. it takes up the whole end wall of the room and is visible the minute you walk in our front door.

my mom scooped me some of that lunaria; the white sea shell stem looking stuff from her neighbour and it adds a bit more neutral texture to one of our collected trophies

On this year's mantel, textural pot with snake plant, calathea plant, squirrel figurine, old books, and deer statue are all Oliver and Rust store items.

the gingko stem. the leaves look so real when not standing right beside them and are the perfect shade for fall decor. i added another in our bathroom which i will share in the coming days. i kind of feel like it's a happy yellow i will want to pull our for spring as well so double season fun for my money is great.

I also thought it may be interesting to see the mantel arrangements of autumns past.
Below are last years and 2015's versions of our mantel. I still really love both of them and and the look of the pumpkins and wheat but it's nice to change it up a bit as well. All the pieces here have just found other homes in our autumn decor or stayed in their tote this year for something different.



So, how are you making your fall cozy for the season? 

Have a good day everyone,

Do something that makes you feel good today even if it's just saying hi to your neighbour, or having 10 minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee/wine.