Senin, 30 April 2012

Client Sweetie Pie

Client Sweetie Pie's house is done with the construction!!!!
Wooo Hooooo...

It was a whirlwind couple weeks trying to meet a 2 week deadline, and we came in at 3 weeks...which is pretty damn close!

Here is what it looked like before...


Still during... 

 (please ignore the crappy photos)

The walls are Dunn Edwards Muslin (it's a neutral grey)
We ripped out the center weird wall thingy..
Drywalled over the bad wall paneling 
Replaced all the floors and added recessed lighting
We also closed up the weird pass through in the wall to the kitchen and opened up the ceiling in the kitchen to add some light..much better!


(again please ignore the crappy photos)

Here we added Phillip Jeffery's grass cloth in Fog to the entry wall to add some much needed texture. We painted all the trim Dunn Edwards White...its my FAVE!

Fireplace BEFORE:


the hand cut, custom pattern tile turned out really pretty..
It is Calcutta gold marble


So there is still the interiors left to do.... which will be done shortly.

Here is a peak of the fabric palette and some happenings..


Stay Tuned!!!!!!

Big News: Signed a Lease

Besides my first year at university which I spent living in campus residence, I have lived in the same house since I was born. It has been a blessing which has allowed me to save money, avoid student debt, and not have to worry too much about daily tasks such as cooking and grocery shopping.

Pursuing my dream career in the big city, however, means big changes. I've been on the hunt for some affordable housing in Toronto close to my design school for the fall. Recognizing that my own apartment was not realistic financially, I settled on student housing. All I wanted was my own washroom. 

I may have gone slightly over my planned monthly budget (oopsy), but I've found the perfect room!
The room is 12' by 19'. Lots of room for all of my design ideas!
This picture doesn't do it justice, but this is my extra large WALK IN CLOSET, maybe big enough for my very own dressing room.
Here is the huge shower in my private washroom!
And my big soaker tub! I love bubble baths after a long day.

I can't paint the walls or change any of the fixed elements, but I think it's a good blank and neutral canvas to create a space that is completely me. Stay tuned each day this week where I discuss my design ideas for the different areas of the room!
Tiffany Leigh
ps. I feel so grown up! Ah! Tell me about YOUR first rental.
All photos sent to me by my future landlord. Better quality pics to come when I move in and redecorate.

Jumat, 27 April 2012

Weekend decoration tips

As we do have a long weekend here in Belgium, I invited some friends to come over!

So I was browsing into my ‘decoration tips’ file. Since I started blogging I filed a lot of inspirational images which are very helpful whenever I have to create my tablesetting or if I want to redecorate my home bringing in only a few little changes. As I was printing some of the images, I thought that maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to share them with you.


First thing I always think about are flowers! I can’t imagine my house without flowers!

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5I love this silver bowl filled with flowers.  Source here


4Or this marble mortar filled with roses!  Source here


7Even in th kitchen I love to bring in flowers.  Source here


6A vase with flowers on the kitchen table.  Source here


Not only inside the home, but even outside I love to see decorations with flowers.

9Unfortunately I only have one of these Hermès bags!  Source unknown.


2Love this way of decoration.  Source here


And the second thing I think about is ‘how to decorate the guests’ powderroom.

31With a touch of flowers and a some candle light. Picture by me


29Love this basket filled with soap lathers. Source here


32Gorgeous idea!! I need to find these boots!  Source unknown


And after this, I love to decorate my bowls and plates with fruit. This is very inviting, isn’t it?

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13And I love to see pots and jars filled with herbs, on the kitchen shelves.  Source here


And then…the atmosphere bringer : lots of candles! In all variations.

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11Love this!  Source here


After all candles are given the right place, I start thinking about redecorating some room corners.

15Ceramic jars and table lamp, wooden spheres and flowers, brought together in a group.  Source unknown


16I am going to try to create a still as this here! Gorgeous!  Source here


The moment I am satisfied with all this, I start thinking about how to serve the food and how to set my table.

22Apero time!  Source here


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One of the most important things to create a succesful tablescape, is the way you display the napkins. Don’t you agree?

What will I do?

17Do you prefer to display them in this way?  Source here


25Or this way?  Source here


26Or this one with the key! Isn’ t this lovely? I found it at Jermaine’s blog French Kissed.  Source here


Die mit Rosenknospen bestickten Hohlsaumservietten werden mit Schleifenband umbunden. Wahlweise werden echte Rosen oder Kuchengabeln mit Rosenmotiv hineingesteckt.<br />Feine Gestecke Ohne Rosen oder Rosenstickerei kommen die Hohlsaumservietten nicht auf den Tisch. Ein hellblaues Schleifenband hält alles zusammen ? Kuchengabeln sind auch mit im BundOr should I go for the roses?  Source here


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And yes of course, candles on the table! Always!

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After dinner, dessert time.

1A dessert tray with strawberries and cookies!  Source unknown


8Or a fruit buffet.  Source here


27Don’t forget candies for the children.  Source unknown


And now it’s time to start cooking!


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It promises to be a succesful evening ! Don’t you think?


I wish everyone a wonderful weekend!