Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Connecticut: Part 2

In Westport (Martha Stewarts's old street, Turkey Hill is in Westport) we found a great store called Dovecote. In a dream world I could have purchased a house full of furniture and accesories! Here's a look at all they offer.

 They also have a good selection of jewellery. My big purchase was this watch to add to my oversized watch collection---only $39.00! I was being so good, I could of done some serious damage to the credit card. :)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Connecticut: Part 1

I had a great time in Connecticut visiting my friend Debby and helping her with her new home. So far she has had eight homes in two countries and she can be considered an expert at moving a family and making any house she has into a show piece in record time. This new house is a quintessential east coast colonial with five bedrooms and three fireplaces. It's situated on a quiet lane way on a small hill. I love the fact that it is full of light and has a pretty view out the front. It's hard to tell from this photo, but the shutters are dark green. In the spring the front door will be changed to a single door with side lights and the shingles will be painted a warm white with dark navy shutters. Probably Hague Blue from Farrow and Ball.

 Hague Blue


In just a few weeks time Debby has had the entire inside painted, the hardwoods floors redone, all door hardware changed and new light fixtures installed. While I was visiting we managed to purchase two huge loads of furniture and accessories. I love spending other peoples money!

One of the best finds was this lamp from Pier 1. I was surprised at how good the selection was and how well priced the lamps were. It is called the Grande Lux and is $150.00.
Some spaces require a substantial lamp, the great things about this mercury glass one is its height, nearly 34 inches. It has an acrylic base and finial.
Here's a close up. This was literally 20 seconds after we got in the house, we were so excited to get it in place we didn't take the time to style the table. Don't you love bringing home something new, it's better than Christmas for us design nuts!

In tomorrow's post I will show you a few more interesting finds from the Westport Connecticut area. Here's a sneak peak.
I love that little bench.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


I am off to visit a dear friend in Connecticut until Monday. She has just moved to a new home and I can't wait to see it.

When I think of classic east coast homes this is what comes to mind....

This Georgian style home in located in Darien and was designed by Mark Finley and decorated by Bunny Williams. (of course) It's tiny, only a little over 7,000 square feet!

Sam Allen is a Connecticut interior designer with an amazing portfolio.....Sorry some of the pics are so small.
  Isn't this pretty?


 See you Monday

Blog Award

Thank you to Pam from Cherish Toronto for nominating me for a Liebster Award. A Liebster award is given to blogs with less than 200 followers as a way to spread connections and bring attention to great blogs.

I have been reading Pam's blog for a while now and really love her Sarah's House recaps and I am always in awe of the vintage furniture she finds.

Rules: Thank the giver and link back.
          Mention five blogs of your choice that you have passed the award to, contact them by commenting
          on their blogs.
          Reveal 5 random facts about yourself.

Feel free to alter the rules if you choose, I could only find 4 blogs after hours of searching! I guess all the blogs I follow are popular.
I wasn't sure how to really tell what blogs had fewer than 200 followers so I hope I don't offend anyone.

My picks....

Erica from Lux Life. Erica is a designer, mother of 5 boys (and I though 3 boys was a lot!) and from what I can tell we share a love of big watches. Erica writes 2 other popular blogs. Pay her a visit, you won't be disappointed.

Haley in Wonderland is a new blog to me. I some how ended up on Haley's blog and was surprised to see that she is a McGill student (my alma mater) and she takes excellent photos. Jump over and say Hi.

Next, we have a husband and wife duo over at This Dusty House, follow along as these newlyweds renovate their first home in Toronto. I always love to see what can be done with old Toronto homes.

Beatrice from The Crafty Bee.  Fellow Canadian Beatrice was just mentioned in Style at Home magazine. Way to go Beatrice, I love that mag. Check out her DIY projects.

Five random facts about me....

I am afraid of dogs. I know, lame.
I love the Toronto Maple Leafs.
At university I was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta.
I own 2 vintage typewriters. (I used typewriter font in my banner)
I love, love, love anything British and have been known to call the bathroom the "Ladies" and use the word "arse" way too much.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In Five Words

I have started a series that I call "In Five Words".  Sometimes I come across an image that is so perfect to me it really doesn't need any introduction or discussion. The picture is so gorgeous and flawless it speaks for itself. The words or phrases describe why I love the photo and why I am drawn to it.  Scroll down a few pages to see my first image in this series.


Friday, February 17, 2012

Pink and Navy

At our wedding my brides maids wore pale pink and I incorporated small bits of pink throughout the event. The three tiered all white cake was decorated with pink fresh flowers and the church pews had flowers tied with pink silk ribbon that I bought at Mokuba.  (a super splurge at that time). I also hand painted little pink bows on all 180 place cards. It's surprising what can be done on a budget.

I wouldn't say that this wedding was done on a dime, but there are definitely lots of great ideas that can be replicated. The navy and pink combination is a favourite of mine, I think it appeals to the prep in me.



Enjoy your long week end. (Does everyone in Canada get Monday off for Family Day?-hoping so) : )

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Believe in Pink

from here




I believe in pink too, but I live in a house with FOUR boys so unfortunately my use of pink is very limited. Having a pink toothbrush and notebook is about all I can sneak into the house without comments from the boys club. One day I hope to have what I refer to as a "girl room". I am dreaming of something feminine, a cross between a dressing room/office/studio. The family is sick of my girl room talk, so I will be taking my frustrations out on this blog with lots of inspiration and references to my future room.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fuchsia Pink

One of my favourite shades of pink is fuchsia. It is so vibrant and happy. This is a recent addition to my office images file, it is from Edie over at Life in Grace. She is the real deal, not only does she have a stunning home but she home schools and also finds time for inspirational posts. She also writes a lot about C.S. Lewis who I have adored since taking a whole course on him in high school.

Hello---!! I can't get enough of it. Love the floor, the bench and of course the FUCHSIA chair.

Martha Stewart

Via the Decorista

 One more, not exactly fuchsia, but a great photo.

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Have a great day!!
More pink inspiration all week --Check back.<3 <3