Friday, April 24, 2015

backyard planning - adding a banquette nook

outdoor banquette

You guys! I'm so over this weather. Blah! April has been kind of crappy here in our household. My son was injured in a freak snowshoeing accident sliding down a hill during March Break and recovery has been slow. Poor kid has been such a trooper but we are all hoping he heals soon. He's a very active boy so it's been hard for him to sit still. I just want to see him healed and able to participate in his sports again. It's a reminder to not take our health for granted and really how lucky we are when you see what other kids go through.

Anyhow, I'm not sure about you but I'm dreaming of patio season! Spring made a brief appearance here and just as quickly disappeared but that hasn't stopped me from working on some backyard updates we've got planned. 

We have an empty wall/fence area at the bottom of our deck stairs that we want to turn into a banquette/seating area. The plan is to build a banquette we can use as a sofa with lots of comfy cushions. The layout could be a loungey conversation area if we move the table to the side and add in two chairs AND we can use it as a dining space with a big long table and chairs.

Originally, we really wanted to purchase an outdoor sectional but they are so expensive! So we decided to try our hand at a banquette/sofa DIY. I'm hoping this banquette option will give us some versatility in using the space for either cocktails or dining.

Now if only it would warm up so we can get started!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

8 Fresh for Spring Party Decor Finds via Etsy

Apparently Spring has decided not to show up in my part of the world, but that won't stop me from dreaming of pretty Spring parties. 

Etsy is one of the best places to shop for party supplies and it's always my first stop for finding unique and pretty decorations, baking supplies, invitations & more.

Here is a small selection of things that recently caught my eye. So...much...pretty.

Guess what? You guys know I love Etsy and have always shared all of it's awesomeness with you in my Etsy Picks, right? Well now I get to do that over on Etsy as a Tastemaker. It's an amazing way to explore Etsy, find new artists and makers in a more curated way. So stop by and follow me :)


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An Urban Lakeside Townhome gets ready for Spring!

Pillows, Sofa, Table, and  Rug all from West Elm

I have to tell you... I'm kind of excited by the decorating projects I have taken on recently! I'm working on a couple right now, one a beautiful Victorian home with original details in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood and the latest is a city townhouse steps from the lake. I'll be sharing some inspiration for both homes in coming weeks but I thought I'd start with the lakeside townhouse for today.

The client currently has a leather sofa that may stay in the space temporarily. She has a dog and two cats, so the furniture has to be pet-friendly and easy to clean. I know she loves to travel, is drawn to beachy colours such as blues, greys and white and wants her space to be a comfortable space to entertain friends.

all images via West Elm

I'm playing around with some looks for this space here on the blog, just for the fun of it. This isn't the final look, but just a starting point and a way to share ideas and inspiration.

Those pendants! They are so pretty. Very feminine but modern and fun too. I thought I'd pop them in there and see what happens. I think I want them...

And yes, everything is from West Elm because it's one of her favourite places to shop. It's the perfect one-stop shop that fits her aesthetic and although we will pull ideas and product from many places I thought I'd share what I'd pick (right now) if I could only shop there, which wouldn't be so bad, right? ;)

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