Category — Vintage Inspiration
What a crazy burst of weather we’ve been having! Blizzard conditions on Monday turned into sunshine + bird-chirping Spring, total switcharoo but I’m definitely not complaining! I’ve got Spring cleaning on my brain and, inspired by our recent “freshening-up” over at my store, feel ready for a few bright + de-cluttering changes around our house. Considering my mild addiction to discount rug websites (like this one) and the endless quest for the perfect living room area carpet, it’s no wonder that this home tour on SF Girl by Bay caught my eye a couple of weeks ago. Layered with subtle pattern and texture, natural wood accents and bright pops of colour throughout, it’s hard to believe that this home was dark + dated before designer Natalie Myers got her hands on it:
So bright and classic, isn’t it? I absolutely adore the layered rugs in the living room and the vintage furniture + accessories used throughout the space. That bright turquoise door is pretty awesome too! I generally tend to paint doors out to match the walls but why not trick them out in a bold accent colour? Could you live here? I could.
February 26, 2014 0 Comments
This week flew by and having the kids home today for a pro-D day made it feel extra short. I haven’t felt overly productive but I did manage to have some great visits with several friends and plugged away at getting our new office at the shop organized so no complaints! I’m looking forward to hunkering down with the kiddos today and Brad + I are off to our first Bollywood-themed party tomorrow night, I can’t wait to dress up! Without further ado, here are some links I loved this week:
1. This Australian rental property, Vintage House Daylesford, is off the charts amazing! Built in the 1860′s, this miner’s cottage has been restored and re-designed into a luxury getaway full of vintage treasures and eclectic charm. When can we go?:
Vintage House Daylesford via Desire to Inspire
2. I find it so inspiring hearing about other people’s “success” stories, especially other women entrepreneurs, and Emma’s (from A Beautiful Mess) is pretty awesome:
3. While I love doing real “field trips” to new shops, virtual ones are the next best thing and Victoria always does an awesome job at mapping out new stores and things to do in San Francisco. This shop, Electric Blanket, looks pretty darn cool:
4. I’ve got a serious weakness for vintage bentwood and this entire Scandinavian home, including this dining vignette, had me at hello:
5. White cabinets, wood accents, black window/door frames, vintage rug, artwork and great lighting all add up to the perfect kitchen in my books! Loving everything about this one:
Any big plans for you? Our weather has been pretty manic jumping from stormy to warm + sunny back to wind and even some hail so it’s hard to plan outdoor activities. But I’m hoping to get outside at least a few times, really hankering for Summer these days. Sending you sunny thoughts wherever you are, enjoy the weekend!
February 21, 2014 1 Comment
Hey there! How did the weekend treat you? Mine started out pretty mellow but switched into high gear yesterday as we started our renovations at the shop. They are coming along great and it feels pretty awesome watching our storage and organization dreams coming together! But we’ve still got a solid couple of days of hard work ahead of us before opening our doors to the public once again so no chance of any R&R until then! I came across some pics of this beautiful Australian home last week and couldn’t wait to share them with you. If you can believe it, despite looking as though it could be a heritage shop conversion, it’s actually a newly built home! Home owner Carla Karsakis (of building design studio Etica Studio) has a passion for sustainable architecture and, together with her husband Ben, built and designed the home using recycled and salvaged materials, including some from existing structures on the property. Here are a few of my favourites and you can see plenty more (as well as detailed descriptions) over at House Nerd:
” I wanted everything to be recycled or secondhand, ” says Carla. ” We salvaged as many elements as possible from the garage and shed. This included jarrah beams, an old barn-style door which was made in England and a jarrah workbench which was constructed by the previous owner. “
Pretty cool, isn’t it? I’m totally in love with those Spanish tiles on the bathroom floor, what a statement! Enjoy your Monday!
January 13, 2014 6 Comments
Here we are, only a week away from Christmas! How are you feeling? Hopefully not too overwhelmed or stressed. I’ve got a lot to do but I’m feeling oddly relaxed about it all, which will likely change all too soon! But seeing these photos (featured in the December issue of Chatelaine, which my Spruce Collective girls and I just happen to be featured in too :) instantly brightened my mood and alleviated my writer’s block last night. I’m a sucker for a good house conversion and I doubt there could be anything more peaceful than living in a former church, unless of course, it meant living in this former church:
This stunning church-turned-home belongs to Alison Westlake (owner of the Toronto flower shop Coriander Girl) and her husband, Tyler. Together they took on a pretty ambitious renovation (you can read more about the process here) of the nearly 150 year old building and I just love how bright and airy it is, not to mention their subtle Scandinavian-style take on Holiday decorating. It’s like a breath of fresh air, isn’t it? Have a wonderful Wednesday!
December 18, 2013 3 Comments
Hey, it’s Friday again?! Whoa. Before we all jump into the weekend, I thought I’d share a fun press feature on my shop, Spruce Collective, in the December issue of Chatelaine magazine! As I mentioned last week, my friend Janis stopped by the shop last Winter (feels like so long ago now!) to photograph a festive dining table we styled for the Holidays and we couldn?t be more excited to see it featured. Although we styled it months ago, all things nautical are still near and dear to our Spruce hearts and I will pretty much be recreating this look for my own home in a couple of weeks, just so you know :) To pull it all together, we used several of our vintage rental pieces (mantle, table, benches and chair) and mixed in some of our favourite nautical art, handmade ornaments, fresh greenery (bouquets created by Kari Dueck of Confetti Floral Design) and plenty of gold and brass bits for added sparkle. I’m of the opinion that less is more when it comes to decorating for Christmas and always use what I have, layering in fresh evergreens, ornaments and candles (and in this case, seasonal fruit) for a festive touch. Here are a few more of Janis‘ pics in addition to what you’ll see in Chatelaine:
Pretty, right? Brad and I are off to our dear friend Julia’s birthday party in the city tonight (Happy Birthday, Juls!!!) before seeing Rachel and her family tomorrow. For new readers, Rachel and I started this blog waaay back in 2010 and our families became fast friends while we worked together and organized 4 vintage markets. They made the adventurous move to Florida two years ago and we miss them dearly! I cannot believe it’s been a year and a half since we last hung out but they’re up for a visit and we’re so looking forward to catching up with them as well as other friends and family this weekend. I hope you enjoy much of the same, cheers!
November 22, 2013 3 Comments