Tag: Artwork

DIY: My Rub ‘N Buffed Frame for ‘Postmodernity’

DIY: My Rub ‘N Buffed Frame for ‘Postmodernity’

Some of you might remember waaaaay back in December that I was the lucky winner of Marcus Design’s giveaway, ‘Postmodernity’ by Nancy Marcus! If not, you can read about it here, or check out Marcus Design Inc on Etsy. Since then I have bought 2…

Giving Back by Vancouver Island Stagers, Stylists & ReDesigners Group

Giving Back by Vancouver Island Stagers, Stylists & ReDesigners Group

Have you heard of the Vancouver Island Stagers, Stylists and ReDesigners group? Just think, VISSR! VISSR is a group of business women on Southern Vancouver Island who meet once a month as colleagues and collaborative professionals. VISSR is a mix of home stagers, interior stylists…

A Project With Shadows of Doubt

A Project With Shadows of Doubt

Well, I had this great idea to feature a uniquely crafted work of art in a shadow box…

And since there’s a little back story to go with it, I might as well share.

You see, my Mr. plays the flute. And he has a little collection of cool flutes, including this handmade pottery one from South America.

Now I’m not a snake lover at all, but I really do like this earthy, ancient feeling hand-made flute. So I insisted on displaying it… that is until one day it got bumped over and broke in half. I felt just awful.

So now, here’s the forever flaw we live with as a result.


The flute has been Crazy Glued back together. If there is any ‘luck’ in this story, then luckily it broke in half without a million little fragments breaking off too, and so the mend went well.

But as a result I got this idea to showcase the flute in a shadow box. That way we could continue to display it and enjoy it, while also protecting it from another unfortunate incident.

I thought the flute would look good on an angle.

But once the flute was secured into place, I wasn’t loving the way it looked so much. I tried to give it some context by quickly setting it up in a few different spots.

I layered it in front of this mirror over our fireplace…

As a vignette it would need more, but this gave me the basic idea. I’m not feeling super sold on this placement.

So I tried swapping out the Haegar vase to mix the flute in with these other aged pieces…

I would mount the shadow box on the wall rather than sit it on the table, but I’m still not loving the angle of the flute.

Then I tried this little set-up.

And, still not loving it.

My conclusion is the flute displayed on this angle is just wrong. It has a base for a reason, and I’m thinking it needs to stand upright in honour of that. But then I’m thinking the shadow box needs something more, because when the flute is standing upright, there’s just way too much white space. I’m kind of at a loss. This is where you come in.

Do you have any ideas for me? I’d honestly love your feedback!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Decorating Palette Pals: Drinks & Decor

Decorating Palette Pals: Drinks & Decor

Inspired by the drink! Sometimes you see an image and it just takes you to another place. So I decided to have a little fun pairing up some summer love’n lemonades, a few adult inspired cocktails and their colour palette pals inside…   Source: Blessed…

TAG, You’re It!

TAG, You’re It!

My friend Carol over at The Design Pages tagged me in a fun little question and answer game, and today I’m ‘telling all’ as I answer her questions! So kick back and enjoy 😉  But this is only part of the fun, because I get…

The Romantic Gesture In An Equestrian Gift

The Romantic Gesture In An Equestrian Gift

Valentine’s Day has already come and gone, but I promised you this post for today.

See, even tweeted that it was coming!

So you know all about the current equestrian trend in decor, right?

I bet you’re familiar with this well discussed dining room by Sarah Richardson.

Source: HGTV

 Or maybe this lamp from West Elm.

Source: West Elm

You might have even seen these bookends on Pinterest along the way.

Source: Pinterest

Been inspired by a feature wall like the one in this room designed by Thom Filicia.

Source: House Beautiful

Or planned to invest in a smaller piece for big impact.

Source: Pinterest

So how does all this tie into a romantic gesture?

Bet you can’t guess!

Equestrian is the clue 😉

Well… have you ever wished for a set of these?

Yup, this is it. The first equestrian addition to our home decor… shiny new saw horses to adorn our garage!

A surprise Valentine’s gift to me from hubby! Told you it was a romantic gesture!

Valentine’s Day isn’t a big thing for us… cards, chocolate, a nice meal in and a little wine… So for me, a DIY-er at heart, to be given a set of saw horses when gifts aren’t part of the plan… well it feels like I’ve been pretty spoiled!

Want to see how I was doing things before?

We have two of these Asian stools. And they’re not really meant to be work horses, not in a saw horse kind of way!

But you do what you gotta do when it comes to a DIY fix.

And now thanks to my hubby extraordinaire, I have  a set of good things that come in a well designed package!

Saw horses people, saw horses! 😉

They’re compact and portable.

Yet sturdy and strong… they will hold up to 1200 lbs! I’m not kidding!

Adjustable in height.

See the extra holes on the legs?

A wider span to work on compared to the Asian stools.

With an anti-slip strip on the top.

And they even bounce a bit of light 😉

Isn’t my hubby the best?

If I told you he bought me a light-weight drill for Mother’s Day one year, I bet you’d wish for that too!

Seriously, for me these are the kind of gifts that fit the saying, ‘good things come in small packages’… you saw how compact they are when folded down! And I’m feel’n the love, because I’ve been wanting a set of saw horses for a long time now. The romance is in the thought behind the gift 🙂

How about you? Would you find this equestrian pair a romantic gesture, too?

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Affordable, Colourful, Creative Mid-Century Modern

Affordable, Colourful, Creative Mid-Century Modern

I went searching for some affordable Mid-Century Modern and came across a little extra colourful twist. It started with this MCM furniture clipart… Source: Lushpad Blog Isn’t it great? If you’re into Vector graphics, there are 4 different packages of furniture icons you can purchase for…

Artwork Placement: It’s All In The Tweak!

Artwork Placement: It’s All In The Tweak!

Artwork. It’s usually hung too high! Source: Apartment Therapy And just a little tweak can make a big difference… I did not style the space below, and changing it up was not why I was there. I was specifically asked for advice on the placement of…

Taking the Inside Out!

Taking the Inside Out!

Here’s a small Pinterest round-up, I just wanted to share. I thought these ideas were a great toast to outdoor spaces, with a little creative use of indoor pieces!

Like this deck.

Pinterest / Jillian Harris

It was styled by Jillian Harris… you know, the Bachlorette from a few seasons back?

And when does a quatrefoil mirror not look good?

Pinterest / Style Me Pretty

Have you ever thought to collage a grouping of mirrors outside?

What about flower pots hanging on the fence?

Pinterest / Shannon Eileen Blog

I’ve heard of sitting on the fence… or on a windowsill, but not hanging on the fence!

I love these Impatiens ‘sitting’ in the chair.

Pinterest / Flickr

And I seriously want to try this one day! Would you give this chair a makeover, or would you turn it into a planter, too?

Have you ever thought of recycling an old dresser like this?

Pinterest / Rose Petals & Rust Blog

What a great way to take the inside out… instead of bringing the outside in!

Love this wall of windows…

Pinterest / Velvet and Linen Blog

Oh wait, there’re no walls!

Don’t you think stairs make an impact on any space?

Pinterest / Tumblr

Yup, definitely crushing on these stairs!

And this is how I feel about these photos…

Pinterest / 2bseeds

Spilling over with lots of ideas I am dying to try!

How about you, any new ideas waiting in the wings for you?

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Change It Up… One-Two-Three

Change It Up… One-Two-Three

So our stormy weather blasted through, flipped our BBQ over (yup, it’s toast), knocked our power out, and did in one of our mega UPS battery power bars… so glad we had the UPS though, or it could’ve been the audio equipment instead 😐 Guess…