The Art of Handwritten

June 21, 2012

While I was writing a note on behalf of the tooth fairy a few days ago (how could she not respond after reading this sweet note from Sadie), I was once again reminded how out of practice my handwriting is. I stopped writing in script sometime in high school, although I’m not really sure why, and have printed or typed my words ever since. My mom and my aunts all have beautiful handwriting though and each time I open a letter or note from them I wish my writing looked as beautiful. Some say calligraphy may become a lost art (you can read more here) but with scripts as beautiful as these making their way into homes and storefronts, I really hope younger generations help hand drawn artistry stay alive and kicking…

Style At Home. Photo by Barry Calhoun.

Retail Design Blog via SF Girl By Bay

Design*Sponge

Leah Goren

Stylizimo

Sparrow’s Nest Script

Every person has their own distinct font and what better way to add personality to a space than with your own handwriting or a favourite quote. From DIY wall art to floor coverings and even upholstery, the opportunities are endless and a simple Jiffy marker will often do the trick. Rachel and I used fabric pens on an unbleached drop cloth to create this backdrop for our market displays and have received so many compliments with each event. I think I may actually sew it into a duvet cover at some point…

From Scandinavia With Love. Photo by Karin Foberg.

Elisa Blaha

A Beautiful Mess

The mug DIY above couldn’t be simpler and would make adorable gifts for just about any special person in your life, don’t you think? I know I love receiving gifts with special meaning to them…hint hint…just kidding, but it is my 33rd birthday tomorrow! I’ve got a busy couple of days ahead, starting tonight with dinner and drinks out with a handful of great girlfriends. After a family breakfast tomorrow with my parents and sister, I have some time booked at my favourite spa (well worth saving up  gift certificates for!) followed by family time with the kids and going out to dinner with Brad and some friends. On Saturday, I’m headed to the city to spend the weekend with another batch of my fave girls…looking forward to drinks on a patio somewhere, a little shopping and hopefully more of the sporadic summer sunshine! What do you have planned for the weekend ahead? Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Wentworth Falls Cottage

June 20, 2012

Filled with all sorts of vintage finds, this quaint little cottage in Australia is the home of Jane and Michael Frosh and their three young children.  Her design philosophy is very carefree and simple.  It was a good reminder to me while I dream and plan out our new home to stick with what makes you feel good and what you love and ignore all the rest.  Take the tour…

 Photos by Sharyn Cairns.  Styled by Geraldine Munoz.

Enjoy the rest of your week…we’re half way to the weekend!  

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Fresh Inspiration: Summer Berries

June 19, 2012

While Rachel and her family are already lounging poolside, our West Coast summer continues to elude us. I did get a big glimpse of the sunshine and some heat yesterday while on a field trip to White Rock and the beach with Sadie’s kindergarten class but, woe is me, our town remained shrouded in clouds when we returned. Feeling just a wee bit envious of our friends down South right now but I do have high hopes that our summer will start very, very soon! The power of positive thinking, right? In the meantime, I’ll console myself with the abundance of fresh summer berries that are now on sale at the supermarket. I have a major sweet tooth that I’ve been trying to reign in (without much luck) and healthy berries are the perfect solution…they look beautiful on the table too!

My Fudo

Isn’t this bright bouquet and it’s smattering of berries gorgeous? So original! It makes me want to plant some blueberry bushes in our backyard asap…

Camille Styles

Light Locations via SF Girl By Bay

What Katie Ate

Stylizimo for Lifestyle

With the ombre and dip-dying trends in full force, I don’t know if so many  varied shades of pink have ever been so popular! From baby blush to coral to neon, fashion and interior designers just can’t seem to get enough. Which is your favourite berry-inspired hue? Or do you prefer the gradations of the entire paint strip?

Janis Nicolay for The Barefoot Contessa

The Kitchy Kitchen

Design*Sponge via Poppytalk

Eat Yourself Skinny

Natty by Design

Wind & Willow Home

This afternoon, several friends and I are getting together to celebrate my mom, Mrs. Terry, who has run a well-known preschool in town for the past 16 years. Her time there has now come to a close and, while I’m sad that the preschool’s closing before Lilah’s finished her last year there, I am excited for my mom to move onto the next chapter of her teaching career and I know that she’s made such an imprint on so many little hearts and families along the way. Many of my friend’s children and each of my own three have been lucky to have her as a teacher and she was made to work with kids…her creative energy and love for the kids never wavered!  It was the perfect excuse to make my her favourite chocolate cake too…with fresh berries and whipped cream, of course! I love you Mom!

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Breakfast Room Inspiration

June 18, 2012

We are now sleeping in our house and I feel like we’ve made it over one of the biggest hurdles on our journey.  We took a break from unpacking and spent Father’s Day (and our anniversary) floating in the pool underneath the Florida sun and life couldn’t be better.  But even thought the sun is shining and the pool is calling, it’s a new week and I’ve still got a tonne of to check off my very long to-do list.  I can’t help but dream of what this place could look like as I’m scrubbing out cupboards and unpacking boxes and discovering my owl collection and other vintage finds that have been in storage for the past 3 months.  Once I’ve put away all of for our seasonal stuff, like Christmas decorations, camping gear and memorabilia, and I’ve given the laundry room a fresh coat of paint, I’ll be moving on to the breakfast room.  I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and thought I’d share where I’m headed.

 Styled by Lindsey Ellis Beatty.  Southern Living

Lindsey Beatty’s pretty little breakfast nook made me rethink my decision to get rid of my brand new blue sofa.  Our breakfast room has the space to make this happen and it would be nice place to spend a Saturday morning.  With a little sprucing up, using the mid century style dining set that I already own would help me stay within my goal of decorating on a dime.  With a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, a new light fixture and some art, I should have one room complete within a reasonable amount of time…here’s hoping.

Micky Hoyle via My Paradissi

jennys hus

 Joe Schmelzer via Desire to Inspire

Lonny

Photos by Sara Svenningsrud. Tove Mauritzson via Residence

Alexander Stutz

Let the week begin!

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Fun DIY’s for Father’s Day

June 15, 2012

Father’s Day is on Sunday and I thought I’d share some thoughtful yet simple DIY’s to celebrate all of the papas out there. My kids are at the age that they really like to get involved but also have fairly short attention spans…can any of you relate? I think a couple of these cute printables and some favourite beverages and snacks packed up nice will do the trick for my dad and Father-in-law and I have something a little more leisurely in mind for Brad…

Hello Lucky

Jordan Ferney for Alpha Mom

Isn’t this sidewalk chalk art adorable? It would be the perfect photo card for just about any occasion and kids of all ages could get involved…

Crafty Texas Girls

Kitten Bear

Jordan Bariesheff for Design Mom

She Knows

Hello Lucky

Gardenista via Poppytalk

I’m on the hunt for an affordable hammock for Brad (shhh!) and Jan from Poppytalk sent me this amazing DIY hammock idea, made out of a drop cloth…how awesome is that?! I don’t think it will be quite the right fit between the two fir trees in our backyard but can’t you just picture it strung up on a huge covered deck somewhere? The ultimate napping zone! You can see more hammocks and hanging chairs in my guest post over at Poppytalk today and fingers crossed I’ll find the perfect one for the man of our house later this afternoon! Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Father’s Day to all of the amazing dads out there!

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