Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I hope you all had a spook-tacular weekend! We sure did! As you read this we are on our way home from a great weekend of visiting with B's family, and celebrating his Dad's birthday.

via ritzy bee

We were so thrilled to bring Halle back to where B grew up and went to school, and meet so many family members and friends. It was also my parents first trip to the Boston area, and overall we are all so thrilled with how the weekend went. Now we're headed home, ready to put Halle into her costume once again, and hand out some candy to whatever little kiddos knock on our door!

I hope to be around more this week with some details of our road trip, some updates on our living room refresh, and more decisions that we have made for the bathroom.

Happy Halloween friends!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Fancy Friday Love

While I may not have had it in me to do a lot of writing this past week, I still had some time to browse this wonderful world of blogs and here's the best of all of the loveliness that you've all been sharing...

I must give a big thank you to Anne-Marie over at 10 Rooms, for introducing me to this outstanding and inspiring blog, brooklyn to west. The artist behind the blog is so incredibly talented, that words escape me. I mean, take a look at her studio...

via brooklyn to west

Right about now I could use a serene and organized living space - like this beauty photographed by Micheal Wee, care of desire to inspire...

michaelwee via desire to inspire

I always love seeing fun ideas for wedding invites, and I'm an especially big fan of wedding invite booklets! They're great, especially if you'll have a lot of guests from out of town and want to give them lots of helpful tips for their stay. Check out these pretties (as well as some additional wedding goodies over on Oh So Beautiful Paper...

via oh so beautiful paper

A gorgeous kitchen, from Design Darling. I love when ceilings are done in a way that instantly draw your eye upwards - stunning! 

via design darling

These built-in's, on Emily's blog, are exactly how I picture us finishing out living room when we get to do our big renovation in the future. But now I'm also thinking that I love this idea of using an accent colour on a fireplace. Isn't this gorgeous?

via emily a clark

How pretty are these dot painted plates that Kate made, inspired by this tutorial over at Under the Sycamore? I'd love to tackle a project like this if I had two free hands for more than five minutes...

via censational girl

We have a busy, busy weekend ahead! Halle's very first Halloween weekend and I am so excited about it! We have a lot to accomplish... but no details for me to share yet! I'll be back next week with more!

What do you have planned for this Halloween weekend?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

3 Months of Halle

It's taken me a couple days to get around to sharing this (thanks to some internet issues), but here's Halle at 3 Months (which she hit this past Sunday).

3 Months

She's growing so quickly it amazes me! Here's what she's up to now...

- Clearly, she's holding her head up strong and doesn't mind tummy time so much now that she can. We often both lay on our tummy's in the afternoon, on her pretty yellow rug and read and play together!
- Speaking of tummy time, little girl surprised us a week before she turned 3 months and rolled from her tummy to her back for us! She loves doing that... just needs to work on the back to tummy rolling!
- She's reaching for stuff and holding onto certain rattles. We now have 2 toys that she truly enjoys - a little giraffe rattle and some stuffed dice that make noise when she squeezes them. These two toys will now travel with us everywhere we go.
- She's squealing and "talking" up a storm these days... especially with her Daddy! Her face lights up when he gets home from work - the girl just can't get enough of him and I don't blame her one bit! Neither can I!
- She sits up well when we support her, and instantly starts reaching for her tiny feet. Aside from her two toys - those are her favourite things to reach for.

Thankfully - with all of this toy loving she's doing recently, I've had a chance to get a bit more done on our living room refresh! B and I are also making purchases and finishing up plans on the bathroom (no demo yet) - so I'm hoping to be sharing all of this with you guys soon. Even if Halle isn't the greatest napper in the world... I'm doing my best to accomplish things and hope to be back to regular posting ASAP!.... I miss you guys!

Friday, October 21, 2011

This Friday...

Hi Friends!! No Fancy Friday Love this week. We've had a bit of craziness around here this week trying to find a new nap/sleep schedule for Halle. Both Mommy and Baby are feeling a bit of the strain, so my posting next week may be sporadic to non-existent... I'll see how this munchkin takes to our new routine! 

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Back and Forth

So, the time has come and we are finally gearing up to begin our next big reno! Almost a year after beginning our last major renovation project, we are ready for a new upstairs bathroom. We're still finalizing our layout (post to come soon) and design, and let me tell you - it hasn't exactly been a walk in the park.

For anyone who has redone a bathroom before, you know that the decision making is not an easy process. There are a ton of tiles too choose from and you have to consider what type of material you want, the colour, shape, etc. For us, choosing our floor tile has been a big decision. Originally, I was thinking a nice simple 12x24 white tile would be great... then I thought maybe grey, but went back on that decision quickly. Unfortunately, I had mentioned it to B briefly, and that kind of stuck with him, leaving us wanting different things. While I was still leaning towards white, B was starting to think that grey was our best bet. 

via pinterest

I think we are finally ready to settle on some sort of marble tile. White and grey... the best compromise that we could come up with. Now to search for something that will not bust our budget. 

via pinterest

The other decision that we are having a hard time coming to agree upon is the wall colours. While I continue to lean towards my safe blues, B is hoping to see a nice pale yellow on our bathroom walls. I figure, if I can get some white floors, I can happily choose a nice soft, sunny yellow for the walls. 

via pinterest

Hopefully over the next few days, and the weekend, B and I can get out and start making some more purchases for the bathroom. Halle needs a tub and FAST!

What do you do when you and your other half cannot agree on elements of a renovation or decorating project? 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Two Steps Ahead

Yesterday morning I shared some of our Halloween decorations, along with some inspiration for future decorations. While we're preparing for Halloween around these parts, my mind is already on another upcoming holiday... Christmas. Yes my friends, I am a Christmas-aholic and I'm not afraid to admit it. Though I try to hold back on decorating until after American Thanksgiving for the sake of B, I've already started to think Christmas cards.

We had some family photos taken this past weekend by John Brunke - who has shot many family weddings (including my brother's last weekend). I plan to use these photos to create some family photo cards to send out this year. While I work away on those - I just wanted to give you a sneak peak of some of the beautiful photos that John captured for us...

JB-E (1009)

JB-E (1011)

JB-E (1017)

JB-E (1021)

JB-E (1023)

JB-E (1030)

A big thanks to John for capturing these moments. I know these will be photos that we will cherish for years to come!

I love that they are simple and straight forward. Of course, like everyone, I love photos that "tell a story", but I think these photos tell the only story that they need to. We're a family and we love each other! B and I have decided we'd like to try and get family photos done every fall to see how our family grows and changes. Do you have any family photo traditions?

Designer Love - Tammy Connor

It's been a bit since I've done a post on a fabulous designer. So, the other week when I stumbled across this drool worthy post over on The Cottage Mix, I knew my next one had to focus on the work of Tammy Connor. Each of the spaces below have the perfect coastal feel, without being too obvious in decor choices. The neutral paint colours and the textures used in each space bring the right amount of warmth. I'll take one of each please!

tammy connor via the cottage mix

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tammy connor via the cottage mix3

tammy connor via the cottage mix6

I would have to say that out of all of the designers that I have featured on here, Tammy Connor does the best at nailing my style right on the head! Laid back with that beachy kind of feel. 

Monday, October 17, 2011


Just popping in quickly this afternoon to share a bit of news! Halle's nursery is being featured today over on Ohdeedoh - you can find it right here! For those of you stopping by from Ohdeedoh, thank you for visiting and please poke around - I hope you enjoy my little blog!

Nursery - July 10, 2011

Getting in the Spirit!

I'm putting it out there - I've never been much of a Halloween fan. When I was a kid it was fun to dress up and run around the neighbourhood to collect candy. Once those days were behind me, I enjoyed carving pumpkins and handing out candy to the kids, but that was where my enthusiasm ended. Notice how I left out Halloween decorations? 

Now here I am, living with a big Halloween fan (B) and a baby. Suddenly, the whole thing seems a lot more exciting (especially the excitement of Halloween's to come when Halle finally understand's it), and I'm finally ready to get into the "holiday spirit", if you will. 

Since B and I moved into our home in 2009, we've acquired a few small decorations that I deemed acceptable and not overly cheesy. So, this past weekend while I added to our fall decor, I decided to add some Halloween decorations to the mix as well. Here's how the house is looking today....

October 14, 2011

October 14, 2011

October 14, 2011

Nothing overly exciting in the front entrance. A skull candle holder that we picked up at HomeSense our first year in the home. I sat it on top of two stacked books that struck me as Halloween appropriate (idea taken from Young House Love - Thanks Sherry!). The pumpkin was given to us by B's parents when they were visiting last week. The final touch was removing the little pink candle and replacing it with this orange one. Easy and free little Halloween table! Love it!

We have some mini gravestones that B made last year, and some gauzy cobwebs to put up, but with all if the rain we've been having recently, we've had no time to get them up outside. I'll probably have to share those photos after the big day!

Our Autumn mantel also got a few small additions...

October 16, 2011

October 16, 2011

The little bunting that I made last year made it a bit more fun, and I was also finally able to add a photo into our new frame! Our prints from our photographer arrived on Friday and I l-o-v-e LOVE them! Still looking for the perfect branches to put into my pitcher that is hiding out behind the red lantern. The mantel could definitely use the height and fullness. 

As the years go by, I hope we can add some more fun Halloween decorations to our collection, that will make the season and big day that much more exciting for our little munchkin. With that in mind, I've been collecting some Halloween inspiration over on Pinterest...

Glowing Ghosts

How cute are these glowing ghosts? So easy to do too! They are made from tomato cages, with Christmas lights strung inside of them and white sheets draped over top! Genius!

Eyeball Wreath

Cute eyeball and feather wreath! Great fun way to decorate your front steps without going too cheesy! 

If you are looking for something a little more classy - maybe for a party, these Halloween flower arrangements from One Charming Party are absolutely perfect - don't you agree?

Halloween Flowers

Are you a big Halloween fan? Do you get excited about decorating for the big day - or do you keep it low key? I'd love to hear what you do (or don't do) to decorate and celebrate for the holiday!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fancy Friday Love

Good Morning and happy Friday! What better way to start off this grey, rainy Friday than with the fanciest of finds from the past week? Let's check them out...

Some very cool wallpapers on 79 ideas on Monday morning! My favourite had to be this wallpaper that looked like the pages of books...

via 79 ideas

Adore this kid's bedroom from oh dee doh. Not only do I love that rainbow striped wall, but also how they made that plain old paper lantern look like a hot air balloon! Adorable!


Did you see Nancy's fabulous DIY panelled walls? They are absolutely stunning!!

via marcus design

This past week, I stumbled across the Etsy shop, Native Vermont, thanks to automatism. I love all of the artwork, but in particular, would love this piece to hang in our living room...

via Native Vermont

A gorgeous bathroom reveal over on Roncesvalles  Victorian Reno this week. 

via Roncesvalles Victorian Reno

This one is actually from last week, but I couldn't help but share this fantastic idea for a calendar by Southern Fete Creative, shared on Oh So Beautiful Paper.

via oh so beautiful paper

We have a pretty laid back (for us) weekend ahead! Family photos are being taken tomorrow, for our Christmas cards. Other than that, we'll hang out at home and hopefully cross some more projects off our to-do list. It will be nice after how busy last weekend was! Do you have any exciting plans this weekend, or are you just taking it easy, like we are?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Living Room Refresh - Project #1

Slowly but surely, I've been working away on our living room refresh project. New curtains have been purchased, the bookshelves have been styled (though I am sure I will make numerous changes before you ever see them on here) and a paint colour has been chosen (even if it's not on the walls yet). One of the other projects on my list for this room, was to give some new life to the hooks that hang over our arm chair...

Living Room - August 2011

I'd bought this piece back in my University days when I was big time into Paris... and went far too "themey" with my decor. Now that those days are behind me, I knew that I wanted to make it fit in with our more "grown up" style and provide us with some more function. God knows we can always use more functional pieces in our always busy household!

Since these hooks hang right by our front entrance, I thought it would be the perfect place to create a little message board centre. So after spraying the wood frame white, I pulled out the frog tape and chalkboard paint that was left over from my chalkboard calendar project and got to work. I taped off the rectangles, where the pictures of the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower were, and put on the required two coats of chalkboard paint (waiting four hours between coats of course). 

Chalkboard Paint Project 2

When all was said and done, we popped the mirror back in, screwed the hooks on and back on the wall it went! Piece of cake! Love these easy projects!

Chalkboard Paint Project 2

We still have a couple more days to wait before we can condition the surface with chalk and start to write on it, but it will be a great place to leave little reminders to ourselves or even just jot down a festive greeting!

My favourite part of the whole project? It was that we worked with everything we already owned... okay, so I bought the spray paint - but I used a gift card that the gracious people at Home Depot had provided to us, to help with our home renovation and decoration projects. So it still cost us absolutely nothing! 

Feels good to have another project crossed off the list, and be one step closer to sprucing up our little living room. 

Have you been feeling crafty and creative recently, and finished up any projects using pieces you had laying around your home? 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fancied Up For Fall

While B's parents were here visiting, it gave me a little bit more time to accomplish some things around our home. For one, I was finally able to start decorating our home for the Autumn season (not that it has felt much like Autumn around these parts recently). The #1 thing I wanted to get on top of was creating a fall mantel. I've never done one in the past, so I thought it would be fun to try and work with what we already have. This is my first attempt and it may evolve before it comes down, but here's a look for you...

Fall Mantel 2011

Fall Mantel 2011

Fall Mantel 2011

It was thrown together rather quickly on zero budget. The leaves I made the other weekend, by simply outlining a maple leaf and then using my water colours to paint them in different shades of turning leaves. I originally planned on making a garland, but we liked how they looked just taped onto the mantle (cheap? absolutely!). The red latern I picked up when I went antiquing last fall, the wooden picture frame comes from Chapters. I bought it last month and plan on putting one of Halle's baby photos in it. The munchkin pumpkin is Halle's first pumpkin that we picked up at the pumpkin patch this weekend for $0.75. The white ceramic gourd I bought last year and the glass vase I keep on the mantel year round. I just added some acorn vase filler that I picked up last season at HomeSense. 

Cheap and cheerful - but I'm not sure I'm absolutely in love with it. What is your fall mantel looking like? What would you add to ours? I'd love to hear your feedback! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Wedding Weekend

As you know, this past weekend was my big brother's wedding! There was all kinds of fun, and since I was so busy celebrating and spending time with my in-laws, I didn't have a ton of time to write any new posts. So, for today here are some photos from the festivities. I'll pop in tomorrow with some brand new content...

Halle arrived at my parents on Thursday, all dressed to impress Uncle Mike. He was thrilled!

Halle and Uncle Mike - October 6, 2011

... Then the wedding day. The weather couldn't have been any better and the couple couldn't have been any happier! What a fantastic day filled with love and celebration. I don't think any captions are needed for these (BIG thanks for my mother-in-law for capturing all of these for us!)...

Mike and Amber's Wedding

Mike and Amber's Wedding

Mike and Amber's Wedding

Mike and Amber's Wedding

Mike and Amber's Wedding

Mike and Amber's Wedding

There are more details I wanted to share (but don't have photos of), like the little jars of jam made by the bride's Granny as gifts, and the finger print tree "guest book" that the bride and I picked out for the day! It was all oh, so perfect for a beautiful fall wedding.

Since it was Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, on Sunday we took the little munchkin to the Pumpkin Patch that I went to growing up. We thought it would be the perfect time to buy her first pumpkin since she had both sets of Grandparents here... and the day couldn't have been any more perfect!...

October 9, 2011

Did any of you get up to fun fall festivities this past weekend?
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