March 30, 2009
March 25, 2009
The challenge with living this way, is of course space. We don't have the 3000 square foot house with 5 bedrooms to put all our stuff, we have 1200 square feet, plus a storage locker at our current address. Trust me, it's bigger than you may think, and because our storage space is so limited, we tend to not to accumulate stuff as much, or as often. This is definitely a good thing!
Currently, our second bedroom has been a 'catch-all' of spaces since we moved in 2 months ago, BUT we need to get on that ASAP, as the little squirt is arriving in 3 months! I've concluded that at least 1/2 of what's in that room can be tossed, I haven't needed or really wanted anything in there in the past 2 months, and I'm not missing it, so why keep it, right? It feels so good to purge!
I'm continually looking online, and in shelter magazines for creative small spaces and ideas, there are so many out there!
This amazing workspace is created out of a 5x8 foot storage alcove. Brilliant.
Two or more crates stacked together look like a piece of furniture. These come is various sizes, perfect for a tiny bathroom or powder room.
A small closest has been converted into a powder room - petite fixtures do exist!
Covering open bookshelves with curtains to create an instant storage space. It will look good anywhere in your space. Choose washable fabric that complements the decor of the room
Everyone has an old ugly metal filing cabinet around, and yes it's necessary to have, most are unsightly. Cover them up with fabric, gaining a convenient sideboard in the process
Better Homes & Gardens
Choose armless seating for your sofa, and/or side chairs. This will open up the line of sight, and make any room feel larger, and open.
I'm still not sold 100% with putting it on my walls, that may take some real convincing.
My personal favorites are below, and you can see Harlequin's full collection here.
March 24, 2009
You can read more about her here.
I small selection of her work below.....Florida, you are very lucky to have her!
all images from Phoebe Howard
March 23, 2009
Holly Becker of decor8, and Heather "Ez" Pudewa of Creature Comforts have collaborated to create and develop Kindred.
".....two passionate, prolific bloggers and friends who live thousands of miles apart and have never met in person but we share many of the same dreams and passions."
- Kindred, about us
image from Kindred
Unique desktop wallpapers, printable note cards, and gratitude notes, gotta love it!
Find them online here, and take advantage of their free stuff by registering here! Happy downloading!
March 19, 2009
Why oh WHY do you not deliver to Canada?
all images from Wisteria
March 17, 2009
Some of my personal favorites are Ideal Home (UK), Living Etc (UK), Home Beautiful (Australia), and Marie Claire Maison (France).
I'm LOVING these real homes in Ireland, call it a tribute to St. Patrick's Day! I found these beautiful house tours via House and Home in Ireland.
All photos courtesy of House and Home.
March 16, 2009
One of my Tweeple, is Sadie Olive, aka, Sara Duckett. She owns and operates an absolutely beautiful webshop by the same name, Sadie Olive. Sara is also a professional photographer and she also writes a blog! Busy girl Sara!
I've spent a good portion of my day today oogling over this absolutely beutiful webshop, and her blog, i'm sure you will be just as smitten as I am!
all images from Sadie Olive
These make me want a little girl so I can have one. I don't think my husband would like these very much.
Caitlin also makes beautiful wood burnings and paintings, and has a fabulous collection of vintage home decor and dishware!
Visit Caitlin's Etsy store here, and she has a blog too that you can visit here!
all images from Nice/Etsy
March 12, 2009
What the heck is a Binth? A derivative of Terebinth?
“a Mediterranean tree, Pistacia terebinthus, of the cashew family, yielding Chian Turpentine."
HUH? Actually, they just made it up.
I love the fact that all of their screen print designs are created based on collaborative efforts, there is no 1 person responsible for 1 design. Community and the environment is their priority, from in-house, to outsourced suppliers, Binth makes every effort to work with family-owned businesses run by traditional craftsmen that share their passion for detail and quality. Helping the environment along the way always helps as well.
All of their colours are mixed by hand using only water-based inks (wow!), and all their paper stock is of course recycled. This is so important people!!!!! We must all make more of an effort to recycle!
Here are a few of my favorite pieces from Binth, some are available here in Canada via Modern Karibou, or you can visit Binth online to check for other retailers.
1. Ocotpus Cuddle Pillow, 16" x 16", $72
2. Rooster Cuddle Pillow, 16" x 16", $72
3. "XOXO" screen printed cards, box of 6, $14.50
4. "Suitor" screen printed cards, box of 6, $14.50
5. "Awaiting Spring" ltd edition print, 16" x 20" matted, signed and numbered, $85
6. "Mum" screen printed cards, box of 6, $14.50
7. Thorn Notepad in brown, 100 sheets, $15.50
8. Numbers poster, 18" x 24" unframed, $55
all images from Binth
March 8, 2009
Original, motivational. He blogs too!
Visit his Etsy Shop here, or her website here.