Monday Morning Love – Wild for Etosha

Good morning everybody! I hope all my fellow Canadians are enjoying the Thanksgiving long weekend. Happy Turkey day!

Do you guys know Meredith Heron? She’s an amazing designer here in Toronto (she also recently spoke at BlogPodium) and she’s one designer whom I’d love to shadow for a few days – the pictures she posts on Instagram of the fabrics and finishes she’s mulling over? Amazing.

Anyways, about a month ago Meredith tweeted about a giveaway she was going to have later that week on her blog and naturally I responded:

Meredith Heron Twitter Conversation - Sept 16

(BTW – this video explains things in case you’re confused by the leopard bra and trapeze swinging reference)

It turns out the giveaway was for 2 double rolls of Thibaut’s Etosha wallpaper, and as amazing as that is, what’s crazier is I won!! Woot! The lovely people at Thibaut have sent me a sample of each of the five colours the paper is available in so now I need to pick one. I’ve decided that I’m going to use it in my bedroom, and I think I’m just going to do the one wall behind my bed, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten in the decision making process.

Etosha is quite a bold pattern which is a bit of a departure for me, but after poking around the internet and finding some lovely spaces in which the paper has been used I’m excited to see it in my place.

Nursery by Sarah Richardson Design for Sarah 101 - Season 2. It's also the nursery of Janice at Life Begins at Thirty, Right?

Nursery by Sarah Richardson Design for Sarah 101 – Season 2. It’s also the nursery of Janice’s son at Life Begins at Thirty, Right?

Kitchen by New England Design works via Subzero-Wolfe

Kitchen by New England Design works via Subzero-Wolfe

(Meredith Heron has also used it a couple of times – this post from her blog shows a recent project).

Here’s what I’m working with (apologies for the unmade bed – it was laundry day yesterday) :

Photo from the SweetSuite10 Instagram of a bed with wallpaper samplesThe available colours are black, green, beige, grey and pearl. You can’t tell from the picture but the pearl has a bit of silver metallic shine to it. I don’t think the black or the green are a good fit, but I’m still undecided on which of the other three is my favourite. My eventual plan is to get a new headboard in a rich green, but for now the one I’ve got will stay. What do you think – which colour is your favourite? Which should I choose? Would you ever use the black one?

Monday Morning Love – Jackie Astier Dining Room

My Mom came to town on Friday to see me and to give me a bit of a hand with trying to fix my dining room (also to see my brother who’s in town from the UK – it’s a bit of a family reunion this week). You may remember that I recently shared my big shame – my dining room, complete with globs of wallpaper paste and cracked plaster walls. I’ve gotten a few quotes from professionals to get the walls and ceiling skim coated, but when those quotes were from anywhere from one to two thousand dollars I’ve decided that I’m suddenly much more inclined to try the DIY route. So far we’ve sanded every surface trying to remove as much wallpaper glue as possible, and primed using a plaster friendly primer. Next up – adventures in skim coating. Wish us luck.

Anyways, in keeping with this weekends activities I thought I’d share this dining room that was featured in Elle Decor.

Dining room by Jackie Astier

Dining room by Jackie Astier

It’s it gorgeous? It’s the dining room of Jackie Astier, and I can’t decide what I like the most – the lacquered walls, the amazing dining table, or the chairs upholstered in teal. What do you think? Would you ever be tempted to lacquer your walls? Or use teal and gold?

Thinking About – Thank You Cards

It’s a few weeks after Christmas and I’ve been a bad girl – I’m only now getting to my thank you cards. I bought a package of cards last year before I realized what a marvellous selection of free printable cards available on the internet, and now I’m wishing I could use some of the lovely ones I found. The beauty of printable cards is you can print just as many as you need or pick the card that you think will best suit the person you’re sending it to.

Unfortunately I have to use up the ones I have on hand, but I thought I’d share some of the freebies with you in case you’re bad like me and haven’t written your thank yous either.Free Printable Thank You Cards

Here are some of the great cards I’ve found. Click on the image to go to the site to download the cards.

Confetti Thank You Card by Thanks Lot

Confetti Thank You Card by Thanks Lot

Bunting Thank You Card by 74 Lime Lane

Bunting Thank You Card by 74 Lime Lane

Sequins Thank you Card by Love vs. Design

Sequins Thank you Card by Love vs. Design

Bicycle Thank You Card by Thanks Lot

Bicycle Thank You Card by Thanks Lot

Flamingo Thank You Card By Creature Comforts

Flamingo Thank You Card By Creature Comforts

The above are a few of my favourites, but I’ve pinned a number of others on my Pinterest board. If you had to pick just one, which would you like to receive? I love the Flamingo card – they really are a strange-looking bird.

PS – I made a very concerted effort to find what I believe to be the original sources of these images and link properly to them. Please let me now if I am mistaken.

These aren’t resolutions. Really.

After my not so stellar attempt at resolutions in 2012 I vowed I wasn’t going to make that same mistake again. Nope – I wasn’t going to make any sort of resolution or list or mental note or anything related to things I wanted to get done in 2013. And then I got an email on January 2nd.

Apparently sometime in December Apartment Therapy posted that they would be running what they’re calling the January Cure, and I signed up. With statements like: ‘If you are ready to whip your home into shape, get it clean, organized and under control, we’re here to help – let’s do it together! … we’ll send you emails from January 2 through February 1, giving you all the info you need to know to follow along, stay motivated and complete your assignments. By the end of January, you’ll be sitting pretty in a clean, fresh, organized home’ can you really blame me? I mean who doesn’t want to live in a clean and organised home? I certainly do.

Anyways, I signed up and then kinda forgot about it, that is until I got my first email about it on January 2nd. The task? Make a list of the things in each of the rooms in your home that you want to change. Drat. My not-making-any-resolutions-or-lists-in-2013 vow lasted about 30hrs into the New Year. Oh well. I’m a glutton for punishment so I made my list of things I wanted to change in each of the rooms in my home, and unsurprisingly discovered that quite a number of them are the same as what was on my list from last year. What’s a little different this time is I was supposed to keep the number of to-do items per room to 3-5 which forces you to prioritise what’s most important – the changes that will make the most impact. Here’s my list:

Foyer

  • Organise front hall closet
  • Organise linen closet
  • Change overhead light
  • Add a rug

Bedroom

  • Organise closet
  • Add window coverings
  • Get two matching bedside tables
  • Paint the walls

Bathroom

  • Organise medicine cabinet and under the sink
  • Replace the shower curtain rings

Living room

  • Organise the bookshelf and media cabinet
  • Add more lighting
  • Get some more storage
  • Add window coverings
  • Paint the walls

Kitchen

  • Organise my cabinets – make better use of limited space
  • Paint the ceiling
  • Update the lighting
  • Remove the weird (ugly) wall organiser

Dining Room

  • Repair walls and paint
  • Get more storage
  • Add window coverings
  • Change the overhead light

Its funny that when you only list 3-5 things per room the list seems rather manageable even though some of the things will be big jobs (I’m looking at you dining room walls). You probably noticed that the first thing for almost all the rooms is to organise. I’ve got so much stuff that isn’t organised in any particular way (Er, I guess that  means it’s disorganised) that I can’t find anything (my tape measure for example).

If you’d like to join Apartment Therapy’s January Cure you can click here, and in case you want to know what you’re getting yourself in for, here’s a schedule of everything you’ll be asked to do.

PS – Yesterday’s task was to create an ‘outbox’. Mine’s done, and I’m hoping it will soon be overflowing.

Apartment Therapy's January Cure - Day 2 - complete

Apartment Therapy’s January Cure – Day 2 – complete