Filling A Vase In A Pinch

Yesterday I had planned on picking up some flowers for a little added colour splash. But I totally forgot.

So I cut a few leaves off my anthurium plant instead!

Large Anthurium Leaves Clear Vase


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Large Leaves in Clear Vase


Large Leaves Clear Vase Table Vignette

Do you think my plant misses these leaves?

Indoor Anthurium Plant Dark Coral Flowers

No, I don’t either!

I actually like the simplicity of large leaves being featured on their own. They make a nice impact without a lot of fuss!

Large Leaves Clear Vase Bar Cart Vignette

What do you think? Are you into featuring just the greens? Got any favorites to share?

Rethinking your options is always a part of decorating. And I really believe that shopping your home is a great place to start. You’d be surprised at what everyday items can do for your decor, especially when you’re caught in a pinch! It’s all in how you look at it! 



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Photos: Sheila Zeller




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

The Great Scape: Sofa Tables Talk

Ever wonder what makes the difference between simply placing a sofa table and really presenting it? Here are a few tips to make your table talk!

Choose a table to scale. This means find a piece that fits the sofa and really anchors the two together. Stay away from tables that appear to ‘float’ behind the sofa.

Credit: Maria Killam Photo – ‘Before’ Shot

Think outside of the box. Use another piece of furniture in place of the standard sofa table, such as a desk, a vanity, or a narrow buffet.

Buffet as a sofa table (Credit: Traci Zeller)

Create height and interest. Establish your focal point and work in a triangle from there. And don’t forget, symmetrical placement isn’t the only way to achieve visual balance.

Layer, layer, layer. This is all about mixing up the colours and textures of your objects (fabrics, woods, glass, mirrors, etc.), and how you go about placing them together (overlapped, on top of, in front of, to the side of, etc.).

Don’t stop at the table. Remember to fill in the area below the table. This is the difference between just placing your table, and really presenting it!

Example of ‘Filled In’ (Credit: Maria Killam Colour & Design)

Have fun. This is your statement, and a great scape is to ‘e‘scape from ‘rules, ‘rights and wrongs’, and ‘shoulds’… But if you must, then keep in mind the ‘Rule of Thirds’ to help you stay on track for picture-perfect results.

Oh, and one last tip, don’t be afraid to change out your ensembles and vignettes from time-to-time. Mixing it up with the seasons is a nice way to keep your look fresh.