Rabu, 31 Oktober 2012

Happy Halloween!! &Top Gun Costume

Last week I posted about my favourite Halloween costume ever, Audrey Hepburn, so today I'll post a close second.
My boyfriend gave me the idea for this costume and I really loved it!
Top gun boys and girls. Third year university.
Costumes are so expensive these days, but I put this one together for around $25 dollars. I went to a local army surplus store and found a basic green coverall. They only had really large sizes so I got my mom to take it in quite a bit. I glue gunned on some of my old girl guide badges, bought a pilot pin at the costume shop for a dollar, and the sunnies I already owned. Voila!

Happy Halloween Everyone <3
ps. I miss my cat. I think I need to do a post solely in his honour next week.

Selasa, 30 Oktober 2012

Benches in Front of Fireplace

In my mission to fit seating for 8 in the floor plan assignment I discussed yesterday, I decided that the best option was to put a bench in front of the fireplace. I like this solution for extra seating because it is low and doesn't distract, but makes a perfect perch for guests and can form a conversation zone where there otherwise is not room for one. It would also be a fun way to add another textile or pattern in the room without a huge commitment. A bench is also light and easily moveable.

Don't put the bench too close and burn the house down now.
What do you guys think of this look?

Big Girl Room

I hate sneak peaks

but I am a hypocrite ....

here is an annoying sneak peak of G's big girl bedroom which is coming along nicely!!!

Senin, 29 Oktober 2012

My First Floor Plan

So, this assignment was a doozy.
It was for my Fundamentals of Space Planning class. We were required to draft a living room/ dining room combo, transferring a given room outline from a 1/4" scale to a 1/2" scale.
Then we had to provide a living room area with seating for 8 (Realistically speaking...whose living room readily seats 8 at all times?) and a dining table for six.
The fun part was inventing our clients (and budget woo).

The hard part? We have not yet learned how to do floor plans in my drafting class yet. We are still on lettering...
Awkward for all of us.
I spent all of last week figuring out my way through this drafting process with no knowledge!
I'm sure there are technical errors, but my prof is aware of our lack of experience with floor plans and hopefully will go easy on us. And I really like what I did. Any space with a cowhide rug, a sputnik chandelier and an  Eames Lounge Chair is pretty sweet in my books!
Right after we submitted this one, we got assigned another one! A kitchen this time.
We also need to do elevations (which we also have not learned yet eeek).
Wish me luck guys! This program is more intense than I expected.

Italian beauties


One of my preferred pieces of furniture is an Italian cassapanca.

I love the decorative painted ones!

Most of the benches are large sized and the seat is used as a chest, a storage seat.

They are highly decorated and were generally placed by pair in a hall.

2Lars Bolander source


3Garnier Antiques source  Photo credit Fotografie Claude Smekens 


Even if the cassapanca is not painted, it remains a beauty.2012-10-29_161633David Michael Miller Associates source  Photo credit Bill Timmerman


Late 19th century 1 of 2 Italian baroque style polychrome decorated high back hall benches of large size.7Très Belles Antiques source


Cassapanca 17th century Italian style, painted by the Italian artist Alison Woolley.1                                      Alison Woolley source                                  


Hand painted large Italian cassapanca.8source


This beautiful hand-carved and painted cassapanca is made by a 5th generation family-owned workshop in Florence, Italy!6source



Hand painted gothic style Italian cassapanca.5


Does anyone of you own an Italian cassapanca? I hope to ever find an affordable one!



Boy O Boy's room

I have been designing away over hurr

barely coming up for air.......... except to parent

One of the projects I am currently working on is Client Awesome's adorable little dudes 
"Big Boy" room

Think modern boat house, cool boy scout,...surf shack for the vibe

Here is what I have come up with thus far...

Who's with me?

Jumat, 26 Oktober 2012

We be Ruggin'

Under 500 bones y'all!


Favourite Furniture Fridays: Inside-Out Design

 Hi guys! I'm Brooke from Inside-Out Design  and I'm so excited that Tiffany invited me to be part of her Favourite Furniture series today!!

I love most of the furniture in my home, but honestly, picking my favorite was so easy! It's most definitely the ottoman that my husband and I made out of our old coffee table.

The table started out looking like this:

We shortened the legs, built out the sides, added foam, batting, and gorgeous fabric from West Elm,
and ended up with this:

All these tight, pretty tufts make me weak in the knees!! 
This was fun; thanks so much for letting me be here Tiffany!

When I asked Brooke to share her fave piece of furniture, I was hoping she would pick this lovely ottoman. I just love the tufts! Check out her full DIY tutorial here! Thanks so much for being here Brooke! Happy weekend everyone :)


Kamis, 25 Oktober 2012

Second life for old American barns in Europe


I have always been fascinated by the beautiful and authentic American barns. All around bloggerland I discovered the most beautiful images.


1. Providence LtdSource here

The grayed and red/brown aged wood reflects a long time farm activity and bearing of all weather conditions.

1Source here


I loved the images of the Winter Collection 2012 online catalogue of the Belgian brand Scapa Home, where a part of the photoshoot was taken in a barn. A wonderful location to present their winter collection. To discover the collection , click here.

2Source Scapa Home – Photo credit Arjan Benning


Today I am pleased and proud to tell you about a Belgian company that is importing old barn wood to Europe!

The Belgian Antoine Verhofstede, a man passionate about wood and experienced in the wood trade for more than 30 years, came up with the idea to give a new destination to the wood of old American barns!

He started to ship the best batches of old barn wood from the states to Belgium to give the wood a new destination. It meant the start of a new-born company, given the name EEUWENHOUT (literally translated in English : century-old wood).

This company is recycling old barn wood to re-use in European interiors.

LogoLogo company Eeuwenhout

‘During a trip through the US, Antoine Verhofstede’s passion for wood leads him towards old and deserted barns and buildings. They stand ‘in the middle of nowhere’, as silent witnesses of past activity. They were once built from trees from the direct vicinity: various woods, mostly over a century old. Today they still defy weather and time, but they are deprived of their functionality. In places, these barns are dismantled, and the wood is reused by local farmers. This is where Antoine Verhofstede got his idea to give a new destination to the best batches of wood in exclusive European interiors. A perfect mix of quality, durability, ecology and aesthetics.’

(text website Eeuwenhout)


The unique dimensions and stability, together with the aged look of the barn planks and beams, ensure aesthetic pearls.


Here you can see different examples of how to integrate the old barn wood into your contemporary home.















2http://www.eeuwenhout.be (realisation De Puydt Haarden)


16http://www.eeuwenhout.be (realisation Galle Houtbewerking)










Notice these coffee table tops!10http://www.eeuwenhout.be


In this picture you can see the barn wood used for the facade construction of a chalet in Switzerland (realisation Galle Houtbewerking).15http://www.eeuwenhout.be


To see more of the use of old barn wood, please visit Eeuwenhout website :  http://www.eeuwenhout.be

For further information :



Veldstraat 365
9140 Temse | Belgium
T +32 (0)3 710 66 40


Have a great weekend!




All pictures source :

Eeuwenhout website : http://www.eeuwenhout.be/  &   Eeuwenhout facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/Eeuwenhout

Rabu, 24 Oktober 2012

Halloween at Tiffany's - Holly Golightly Costume and Pumpkin

Halloween is fast approaching and I'm sad to say that this year I will not be dressing up.
I'm currently so busy with school, as well as having been hired on to work as a cashier at a two week pop up sale, that I just don't have the time for Halloween parties this year.

Instead, I wanted to share with you my favourite Halloween costume and pumpkin that I have ever done!
Y'all know I'm a bit obsessed with Audrey Hepburn, my idol, so in my first year of University when I was living on residence (can't believe that was 4 years ago already), I decided to dress up as Holly Golightly:
I seriously loved this costume more than anything. Believe it or not I was the only girl I saw in rez dressed up as Holly Golightly.. most chose to go the 'less clothing' route. And yes, I am holding a grilled cheese sandwich. The all night caf was truly a life saver sometimes!

Then, the following year I got all-audrey'd out with my pumpkin carving skills.
I've been seeing lots of pics of painting pumpkins this year. Love the look, but in my opinion nothing beats a handful of cold pumpkin guts. Just me or...?
 ^Photo op before changing into 'it's okay if they get messy' clothes. I drew the picture free hand from a similar image I saw on the internet.
All carved up! We still have that floral wallpaper in the powder room at my parents house. I kind of love it in a weird way. And yes, I cheated with the tiara. I purchased it at the dollar store and went all 'Mean Girls Homecoming Scene' breaking off bits until it fit.
 All lit up!
And that, my friends, is how you do Halloween at Tiffany's.
Are you dressing up this Halloween? As what?!