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Wood Glammed Up!

Wood Glammed Up!

As a lover of reclaimed wood pieces, live edge pieces, and just about anything that pays tribute to the wood itself, I was surprised to be completely smitten with these glammed up blocks! I have to tell you, it was instant attraction, love at first…

A Labour of Love in Colour

A Labour of Love in Colour

Every Spring my Dad and I put together silk flower arrangements to place with my Mom. With the heat of the summer, fresh flowers just don’t last. We tried the first summer to keep up both cut flowers and potted plants, but it was just…

Volunteering With Colour!

Volunteering With Colour!

My Dad is active in the local golf club, and recently helped oversee some maintenance and upgrades to the clubhouse. Like a new roof, re-routing some electrical, replacing the main door and mesh over the windows, ordering replacement signs… AND new colours were selected for the exterior. This is where I was asked to come in.

Green was the colour they wanted to start with – makes sense to me, after all this is the clubhouse at a golf course we’re repainting!

This is the clubhouse before any of the work began; the main entrance is actually around the other side.

Did I mention the course is a Par 3, and in the small seaside community of Ladysmith? Doesn’t the round shape of the building have an element of ‘fun’ about it? I think it’s charming, perfect for this setting, but… yes, in need of a little TLC and repainting.

So I met with members, and the Benjamin Moore colours we started with were:

Main Colour:  Silken Pine 2144-50

Trim Colour:  Georgian Green HC-115

Keep in mind that the colours on the screen aren’t true, but still… a definite ‘no’ for this combination. As I said, this was just a place to start based on their random colour choices. From here we talked about how much green would be too much green, what kind of green would create the feeling and image wanted for the building, and how the colours would work with the surroundings.

We decided to try this combination:

Main Colour:  Silken Pine 2144-50

Trim Colour:  Southfield Green HC-129

This combination was too close to the original colours, and we decided the Silken Pine just wasn’t doing it – it’s pretty, especially in the sunlight, but not the vision they had in mind. Something brighter, more green, and more cheerful was the desired direction. So Silken Pine got tossed out.

Then we tried:

Main Colour:  Hollingsworth Green HC-114

Trim Colour:  Southfield Green HC-129

This combination was a hit, but I suggested trying a darker trim colour, just to make sure something with more contrast was presented as an option.

And so we looked at this combination:

Main Colour:  Hollingsworth Green HC-114

Trim Colour:  Jack Pine CC-660

Jack Pine was really, really nice with Hollingsworth Green, but ultimately they thought was it was too dark and serious for the cheerful, inviting feeling wanted for the clubhouse. In the end the decision was to go with Hollingsworth Green and Southfield Green. In context, this worked with the surroundings as there are also a few homes in colour similar to Hollingsworth Green.

Here are a few ‘in progress’ photos…

Did you notice that the roof has already been replaced in this photo?

The Hollingsworth Green looks minty here, but it’s not really; it actually has a warm undertone to it.

Here we still haven’t touched the trim or the shallow fascia…

But it has been painted here. The skirting was taken off site and painted in my Dad’s garage by a small work bee of club members.

Capturing the moment… did I mention that painting isn’t my forté? I’m seriously determined to become more patient with it, and am so glad there was a bunch of us doing the painting!

Here is the finished product! I haven’t shown the other side where the main entrance is because new signs are on their way… the old signs have been put up temporarily and they kind of take away from the fresh paint!

So what do you think? Does the clubhouse look a little more loved? Do the new colours feel cheerful, fresh and inviting to you?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

An Explosive Beachcombing Project

An Explosive Beachcombing Project

A while back I was out having some fun beachcombing and came across this rusty piece of cable. Since the office I share with my hubby has a bit of a beach theme to it, I wondered what I could do with this cable to…

A Young Perspective on Ottomans

A Young Perspective on Ottomans

Ottomans. They can multi-purpose as storage and end tables, coffee tables, and extra seating. Cover them in a great colour, texture, or pattern, and they can bring sudden visual interest to any room. And with pattern, if you want to see it in a new…

Working With What You Have

Working With What You Have

I follow the blog ‘Young House Love‘ written by John and Sherry Petersik. Do you follow them too?

I find this dynamic duo to be incredibly creative, honest, and real. Their fearlessness to tackle DIY projects is refreshing and infectious. And they share their step-by-step process with us so we can tackle a DIY too!

In these photos my daughter Kaleigh is tackling the DIY project of painting her room. She’s a great painter!

Without further ado, here’s a very short video of John and Sherry describing their approach to design and decor, to living modestly and responsibly.

Wouldn’t you agree, John & Sherry’s approach is truly inspirational? Their creativity and willingness to tackle DIY projects adds a whole new dimension to working with what you have… which is you!

So here’s the thing from me to you. My approach to creating a remarkable space for you begins with you and your existing pieces. What, if anything, have you tried on your own? Where have you gotten stalled? Where do you want your space to go? What pieces tell your story, and which ones don’t? After this I will have a better understanding of your vision. And then… it’s time to let the magical transformation begin.

If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

Photos: Sheila Zeller

Video: Stodgy is Sexy

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